B. Wilkinson, 15 Manor Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH, Great Britain
If I had written this text some ten years ago, I would have told you that the situation here is quite good. Then, we had here two excellent SF magazines called SIRIUS and ALEF. They were both monthly magazines printed in more than 40.000 copies. There was an SF almanac called ANDROMEDA, and it's relative called MONOLIT, so we were well informed about what was going on in the world of SF. There were three different publishers/editions that published only SF books (KENTAUR, POLARIS, ZNAK SAGITE). Many other publishers published occasionally SF books as well. Those books were generally printed in 5.000 or 10.000 copies, sometimes in two or three editions. So, in my opinion, every average SF fan in Yugoslavia, at these days was a reader of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Ursula LeGuin, Roger Zelazny, Robert Silverberg, Phillip K. Dick, William Gibson, Stanislaw Lem, Frank Herbert, Steven Donaldson.
In those days there were at least ten SF clubs in former Yugoslavia, with quite a lot of members, regular meetings, occasional or monthly fanzine. Every year some convention was held (on state level, but it was international) bringing to us whatever conventions do. But those were the golden days. For a long, long time, since the former Yugoslavia fell apart, we did not have a SF magazine. Of all the publishers practically only POLARIS is continually publishing a new book every month. Even when published, these books are printed in poor 500 copies and according to publisher, only between 200-300 are sold. Other publishers' SF books are so rare, that they are not worth mentioning. What we have now is just a shadow of what we had before. It is hard to define why this is happening. The fact is that there is a general lack of money, and that our reality sometimes beats fiction. But all in all, the reasons are not so important. There are, of course, some bright spots. For instance, Dr Zoran Zivkovich wrote a brilliant SF Encyclopedia (the fifth of that kind in the world at the time, three of which have been written in English one in Swedish and one in Serbian). This encyclopedia is now available on a CD-ROM. Soon maybe all SF that has been published in Serbian will be available on a CD-ROM. As you may not know some books like Arthur C. Clark's 3001.The Final Odyssey' appeared in stores in Belgrade a couple of days before they did in New York.
When we talk about SF TV-series and movies the situation here is much better. I think that we here have not missed anything like UFO, Blake's Seven, Dr. Who, Star Trek, X-files or similar well-known TV-series. We are able to see all the latest SF movies at cinema like Godzilla, Sphere, Contact and other. There is a cinema in Belgrade (my favourite one) called Muzej Jugoslovenske Kinoteke (Yugoslav Filmography Museum) which plays only old movies. It usually has a month or at least two or three weeks a year, when it's complete program is dedicated to good old SF films. And of course, but not the last by importance is our club.
About our SF club FAROS. Faros was established by a group of enthusiasts in August 1996. For the first couple of meetings we were just happy to talk about science fiction, because no matter how our town Bela Crkva is small, a lot of us simply did not know the rest of the people. But even in those days we had an idea about making a fanzine of our own. Soon, the making of that magazine became a sort of our primary goal, but we had a lot of other activities too. We hold our meetings every Tuesday starting at 20.00 hours during winter period or 21.00 in summer. We think that it is very important that our meetings are organized always at the same time and at the same place. That way none of us needs any special invitations. All our members know that, and they come whenever they are able to. Generally, all of our meetings consist of three parts. First, there is a non-formal part until all members arrive. After that we have a more formal part, when every one of our members sets in view what he or she (we are lucky to have a lot of female members) had done in the past week. We read the letters that came from other clubs, or from our readers. Then, someone has the duty to present the latest book that he/she read. We speak of our future plans, for instance, which famous person from the world of SF we are going to invite for a literary evening, or how we are going to get the money for our magazine. Maybe it would be interesting for you to know how we are coping with the lack of money.
Generally, we do not get any other money except for the one from our members (10 dinars per person for a month, that is approximately 1 US $). What is most important, we do not pay any rent for our clubroom because Zivkovich family (Mr. and Mrs. Zivkovich and their lovely daughter Jelena were members from the beginning) had kindly offered a part of their house that has been made into our clubroom. We also pay nothing for computer services because Mr. Bleha, one of our members, is a computer expert. For our literary evenings city library is always open for us because the library manager, Mr. Mogos likes what we do. There is much more space there so even some people who are not our members can come to see famous SF authors. The local photographer is our friend so he does not charge us for his services. We somehow manage to do everything with no money, only by using our friendships, connections and our own human potentials, for what we do have is a lot of enthusiasm. So, what have we done for the past two years? We had our meetings every week, sometimes even twice a week, when it was necessary. We have together seen more than 70 SF films on video or in cinema. We had had four brilliantly organized literary evenings with 7 most important authors and experts of SF in Yugoslavia as our guests. Those were very successful happenings for our small town, with a multimedia presentation on three Pentiums, with video clips from best SF films and, what was very interesting, SF pictures and paintings (that was a real exhibition!) made by our painters like Mrs. Balasevich. We really did cover all kinds of SF art. We have published 7 numbers of our magazine (quarterly) and number 8 will be finished soon.
Unfortunately, our magazine is the only thing for which we do not have the necessary money. Why? The cost of publishing is very high. We usually print some 200 copies. It is very hard to find more buyers. Because we want our magazine to be read by as much people as possible, we sell it at the same price we paid for it to be printed. When you know that a large number of copies is being given away absolutely free (we do not pay authors for their articles or stories published in FAROS, we just give them a copy of the magazine and we give a copy to all people that are so kind to us. So, even though we have enough texts for monthly or at least bimonthly editions, we do not have appropriate financial background. We wait until we save enough money from our membership fees, and then use all of it to print the next issue. We would like to know how you cope with that problem. We are currently in the phase when we want to intensify our relationships with other SF clubs from the whole world. We really hope that you are interested to cooperate with us.
Best SF wishes, Klubljubitelja-naucnefantastike FAROS, I Oktobra 24, 26340 Bela Crkva, YUGOSLAVIA. (Dusan Kostich 1999)
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* Nasacon 2000: Sweden, Web: http://www.sigmatc.a.se/nasacon
Cabin Fever Y2K: 5 February, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Att. Canadian $60. Relaxacon. Email: crazydav[at]pangea.ca
Ad Astra: 18-20 February, Toronto, Canada. GoH: Nancy Kress, Fred Saberhagen, Charles Sheffield, Bob Eggleton, Scott Edelman, Lloyd & Yvonne Penney. Contact: PO Box 7276, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1X9, Canada. (Web: http://Terra.phys.Yorku.ca/~white/Adastra)
* Picocon 17: 19 February, London, UK. GoH: Brian Stableford, Garry Kilworth, Ian Watson, Juliet McKenna. Att. 8UKP. Contact: (Email: icsf[at]ic.ac.uk; Web: http://www.su.ic.ac.uk/icsf/)
* Mecon (3rd Northern Ireland SF Convention): 11-12 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Run by QUB SF&F Soc. GoH Harry Harrison, Ian McDonald. Contact: Convention Director, Mecon 2000, 24 Malton Court, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT9 6HB, N. Ireland. (Email: mecon2000[at]net.ntl.com. Web: http://www.mecon.co.uk)
ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5811 Bergen, Norway. Email: reconnaissance[at]fandom.no UK Agt: F Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. (Email: fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk)
SWANCON 25: Aussie Nat. Con. 20-24 April, Belmont, WA, Australia. GoH: Connie Willis, Ian Nichols. Contact: Swancon 25, GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6892, Australia. (swancon25[at]megabyte.murdoch.edu.au Web: http://www.swancon.iinet.net.au)
* Minicon 35: 21-23 April, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Att. $40 til 15/3, $70 on door except for non-N Americans – $40. Contact: Minicon 35, PO Box 8297, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA. (Email: request[at]minicon35.mnstf.org; Web: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon35/)
2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (Email: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk. Web: http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)
Lituanicon 2000: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. Box 216, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (Email: bgedimin[at]takas.lt)
* Arracon 2000: 30 April-3 May, Elblag-Kadyny-Malbork, Poland. Travelling con, including an RPG in Malbork Castle. Att. 50zl til 31/1/00, then 55zl til 31/3/00, then 65zl. Contact: Marcin Grygiel, skr. poczt. 20, 82-312 Elblag 13, Poland. (Email: pipok[at]vc.pl; Web: http://www.elblag.top.pl/~fremen)
Con D'Or: New Zealand National SF Con, 3-5 June, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH: Tad Williams, Sara Douglass, Maree Sole. (Email: enquiries[at]condor.sf.org.nz. Web: http://www.condor.sf.org.nz)
12th SF Days NRW/AREA49-Y-Con: 9-12 June, Dortmund, Germany. Theme: Transport. Contact: Beluga Post: (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax). Web: http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw http://www.area49.de. Email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)
* Seminarium Literackie 2000: 16-18 June, Katowice, Poland. Att. 30zl til 1/4/00, then 35zl. Contact: Slaski Klub Fantastyki, 40-956 Katowice, skr. poczt. 502, Poland. (Email: skf[at]skf.w.pl; Web: http://www.skf.w.pl)
ESE: 28-30 July, Darmstadt, Germany. Contact: F. Anderson, 129 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. (Email: fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk)
Atlantykron: During August, Capidava, Romania. (Email: srepi[at]yahoo.com)
Tricity: Eurocon 2000: (also Polcon & Baltcon) 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 20UKP til 31/1/00, 23UKP on door. +5 groups, reduced rate. Panels, films, LARP, medieval battle, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland. (Tel.: +48-58-531073. Email: gkf[at]gkf.3miasto.pl http://pweb.netcom.com/~slawcio/index.html). British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me).
* Bachanalia Fantastyczne 2000: 24-27 August, Zielona Gora, Poland. (Tel. +48-601-592959)
Chicon 2000 (Worldcon): 31 August-4 September, Chicago IL, USA. GoH: Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob & Anne Passovoy. Contact: Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (Fax: +1-312-946-3779. Web: http://www.chicon.org;: chi2000[at]chicon.org)
FilkCONtinental 2000: 29 Sep-1 Oct JH Freusburg, Germany. Att. 50 DM til 31/5/00, then 55 DM til 20/7/00 (deadline). Contact: Rika Koerte, c/o Walker, 130 Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0LZ, UK. (Email: rika[at]filk.de. Web: http://www.filk.de/filkcontinental/)
* Octocon: 7-8 October, Dublin, Ireland. Contact: James Shields, 42 Capel Court, Dublin 1, Ireland. (Email: james[at]lostcarpark.com; Web: http://www.Octocon.com)
ConTreaty/Beneluxcon 24: 17-19 November, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Memb: $30, Euro30, NFL 66. Contact: ConTreaty, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands. (Email: Contreaty[at]jimacred.demon.nl. Web: http://www.simplex.nl/~vdputte/ncsf/beneluxcon/con_2000/index.htm)
ArmageddonCon: 27-31 December, Israel. Held at: Kibbutz Shefayim (20 minutes north of Tel Aviv). GoH: Larry Niven, Joan Vinge, Paul McAuley, Ian Watson. Theme: Armageddon. Incl. End Of The World Ball on mount Megiddo (Armageddon). Org. Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Att. c 140$ (inc. accommodation?). (Web: http://armageddoncon.org. Email: con[at]sf-f.org.il)
Hogmanaycon: 29 December 2000 – 1 January 2001, Glasgow, Scotland. Att. 35 UKP. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Sydney Jordan, Archie Roy, Vince Docherty, Oscar Schwigelhofer. Contact: Hogmanaycon, c/o 26 Avonbank Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2PA, Scotland. (Tel. +141-569-1934. Email: andy.nimmo[at]net.ntl.com. Web: http://www.hogmanaycon.org.uk/)
Odyssey Con: New Zealand National SF Con, Auckland. (Email: enquiries[at]odyssey-con.sf.org.nz)
Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: April 13-16, Australian Nat. SF Con, 2001, Perth, WA, Australia. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. Eml: swancon2001committee[at]egroups.com. Web: http://www.sf.org.au/swancon2001)
Paragon: Eastercon, Blackpool, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK. (Email: members.paragon[at]keepsake-web.co.uk. Web: http://www.keepsake-web.co.uk/paragon)
13th SF Days NRW: 2-4 June, Dortmund, Germany. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice) +49-2301-5743 (fax). Web: http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de. Email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)
ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 136 Kendal Way, Cambridge, CB4 1LT, UK. (Email: ConStruction[at]Lycosmail.com. Web: http://members.xoom.com/con_struct/)
Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Berlin, Germany. Contact: (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice) +49-2301-5743 (fax). http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de. Email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)
The Millenium Philcon (Worldcon): 30 August-1 September, Philadelphia, PA, USA. GoH: Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers. Contact: Suite 2001, 402 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, PA 19046 USA. (Email: phil2001[at]unix3.netaxs.com. Web: www.netaxs.com/~phil2001/)
Con Jose (Worldcon): 29 August-2 September, 2002, San Jose, USA. GoH Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot, Tad Williams. Contact: Con Jose, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1363, USA. (Email: ConJose[at]sfsfc.org. Web: http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/)
Bid for the 2003 Worldcon Canada Torcon III – Contact: PO Box 3, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada. (Email: info[at]torcon3.on.ca. Web: http://www.torcon3.on.ca)
Bid for the 2003 Worldcon Mexico: Concancun. (Eil: artemis[at]cyberramp.net; http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/concancun.html)
Great Britain Worldcon Bid 25/8/2005-29/8/2005. Location: Brighton or Glasgow. Pre-support: UKP5, Eur8, $8, A$12, NZ$15, Yen950. Contact: UK in 2005, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S.Yorks, S2 3HQ, UK. (Email: uk2005[at]hotmail.com)
* There are rumours of an Australian bid for Worldcon in Melbourne: email Rose at mitchell[at]vicnet.net.au
Fans Across the World Many thanks for information and help etc. to: Faros, Roger Robinson, Marc Ortlieb, SFF, GKF, Piotr Cholewa, and many others. Sorry if I've forgotten your name... Please send any newinformation, corrections, etc., to the address over.