Elise Matthesen, conference chair for the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, writes,
From 1986 to 1995, Steven Brust and his friends put on a deep,
intelligent, and intimate convention on the literature of the
fantastic. Its return in 2008 was so much fun that we couldn't resist
bringing it back again in 2009
Fourth Street Fantasy Convention
Fourth Street is a small convention for people who are serious about
good fantasy and good books- serious about reading them, serious about
writing them, serious about appreciating them in all their various
forms. It's also for people who are serious about having a good time.
It's a weekend of high-quality, high-intensity, mind-stretching fun,
focused on books- there's a single track of programming that is at the
heart of it all. When everyone sees the same panels, it leads to
fascinating conversations in the consuite, hotel bar, and corridors.
Come and hang out with Catherynne Valente, Jo Walton, Pamela Dean,
Steven Brust, Sharyn November, Beth Meacham, Jon Singer, and many
other interesting folks. If you show up on Thursday evening, bring a
copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream, because we'll be having playreading
that night at the hotel, in between folding programs and prepping for
On-line registration will be open through tomorrow, Tuesday May 26.
Come and be part of the conversation. It will be better if you're
there -- you know it will.
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
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