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Newsletter 95 February 2000

Newsletter 95 February 2000

B. J. Wilkinson, c/o 15 Manor Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH, Great Britain


SF in Spain

Much of this information comes from: ESPORA, The Newszine of Spanish Science Fiction, issue 1. A publication of the Spanish Association for Science Fiction and Fantasy (AEFCF). (email:aecf[at] Ed.: Luis G. Prado (portico[at] To join the Espora list, go to

Hispacon 1999: The 17th Spanish Convention of Fantasy and Science Fiction, HispaCon, organized by the Galician Science Fiction Society (AGASF) and the AEFCF was held at Santiago de Compostela on 29th October to 1st November 1999. It was said to be one of the best conventions in the last few years. See:;; Photos:;; At the same place and time AznarCon took place, a small celebration of the Aznar Family SF series from the 1950s.

During the HispaCon official dinner, the 1999 Ignotus awards were presented: Best Spanish novel: "La locura de Dios", by Juan Miguel Aguilera (Nova, Eds. B); Best Spanish novella: "La maquina de Pymblikot", by Daniel Mares (Nova, Eds. B); Best Spanish story: "El decimoquinto movimiento", by Cesar Mallorqui;(Gigamesh); Best foreign novel: "Paz interminable", by Joe Haldeman (Nova, Eds. B); Best foreign story: "Por que el mundo no termino el martes pasado", by Connie Willis (BEM); Best Spanish non-fiction book: "Rumbo al infinito", by Pablo Herranz (Midons); Best essay: "Las colecciones de ciencia ficcion", by Julian Diez; (Gigamesh); Best Spanish magazine: Gigamesh (Alejo Cuervo ed.); Best Spanish illustration: cover from "La locura de Dios", by Rafael Fonteriz (Nova, Eds.B); Best Audio-visual work: "El milagro de P. Tinto" (film) by J. Fesser. The AEFCF also awarded the Gabriel award for substantial achievement in SF to Francisco Porrua, editor of Minotauro.

Publishing: The publishing house La Factoria de Ideas, which until recently published only role playing games (e.g.. the translation of White Wolf), has announced two new collections for fantasy and SF. It will also publish a new bimonthly genre magazine, Solaris, whose editor is writer Leon Arsenal, stories will come from Spanish and Anglo-American authors..

The AEFCF is publishing the Biblioteca Electronica ("Electronic Library"), a collection of diskettes containing hard to find works which has begun with a series of turn-of-the-century Spanish SF novels sent free to AEFCF members. The titles published so far have been: "El anacronopete", Enrique Gaspar; "El secreto de Lord Kitchener", Domingo Cirici Ventallo; "El amor dentro de 200 Anos", Alfonso Martinez Rizo; "El ultimo heroe", Roque de Santillana;

Galicia: The first general assembly of the Galician Association for Science Fiction (AGASF) was held on the 11th March 1999.

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UPC Science Fiction Award 1999 was presented on the 1st December at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. During the ceremony, Canadian SF writer Robert J. Sawyer gave a lecture: "The Future Is Already Here: Is There a Place for Science Fiction in the Twenty-First Century?". Entries were accepted in English, French, Spanish and Catalan. The dead line for 2000 will be 13th September.

First Prize: (joint) HOMUNCULUS, by Alejandro Mier G. Cadaval (Mexico), and IMENEZ, by Luis Alonso Noriega Hederich (Colombia). Special mention to IA, by Daniel Mares (Madrid).

Gigamesh Prizes: Best novel: El ascenso de Endymion, Dan Simmons (NOVA, Ediciones B);Best anthology: desierto; Best story: "Bebe cerebro", Greg Egan (Gigamesh 15); Fantasy: Best novel: El ticket que exploto, William Burroughs (Minotauro); Best anthology: El vigilante de la salamandra, de Felix J. Palma (Pretextos); Best story: "Reflejos", Felix J. Palma (El vigilante de la salamandra, Pretextos).

A.E. Van Vogt

The SFWA site announced the death on the 26th of January of Alfred Elton van Vogt. Information from Jean-Louis Trudel on SFFranco, where a long discussion of Van Vogt's work ensued.

Ignacio Romeo Perez

The writer Ignacio Romeo Perez died on the 10th September 1999. Romeo was one of the first Spanish SF authors to be published and appeared with several stories in the 1970s and 1980s in the renowned magazine Nueva Dimension. One of his short stories, "Gaziyel", was included in the anthology "Lo mejor de la ciencia ficcion espanola" ("The Best of Spanish SF"). He was also the president of the now extinct Asociacion Antares, from which one of the groups which was to shape the AEFCF came.

Croatian SF

A web site on SF in Croatia, including a section in English, can be found at: (Roelof Goudriaan)

Force Nine Con

Nordcon, on the edge of the Baltic in Poland, took pace as usual in early December. Polish style, it combined panels on SF with a role-playing game of which all attendees were part. Question as I arrived, was "Do you want to be Good or Evil?". I chose Good, as most of my friends who would act as my translator were in Good. The concom were all wearing red T-shirts with "MIR – Men In Red" on them – a pun on Peace, but apart adding to the convention atmosphere, there was no need to be active in the game. One enthusiastic participant was the weather, which ran the worst winds in the area for thirty years over Friday night. Two glass doors near my 5th floor room blew in, with loud crashes, and the window in my room threatened to join in the fun with infernal squeaking noises. I sheltered behind a table, and put all my belongings in the bathroom.

Saturday saw the mock election of the President of Polish fandom – including pro-rata votes for dogs! Other highlights were the talk by Rafal Ziemkiewicz, and the Forum Fandomu – a free-for-all meeting in which clubs reported events, zines, anything! It finished early. The con ended with snow as we trundled off in the bus.

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry


* Nasacon 2000: Sweden. Contact::

Cabin Fever Y2K: 5 February, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Att. Canadian $60. Relaxacon. Contact: crazydav[at]

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 (

* Picocon 17: 19 February, London, UK. GoH: Brian Stableford, Garry Kilworth, Ian Watson, Juliet McKenna. Att. 8UKP. Contact: Imperial College Union, Prince Consort Rd, London, SW7 2BB, UK. (; icsf[at]

Mecon (3rd Northern Ireland SF Convention): 11-12 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Run by QUB SF&F Soc. GOH Harry Harrison. Contact: Convention Director, Mecon 2000, 24 Malton Court, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6HB, N. Ireland. (email mecon2000[at];

ReConnaissance: 31 Mar-2 Apr, Bergen, Norway. Att 200Kr. Cont: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5811 Bergen, Norway. (reconnaissance[at] UK Agt: F Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. fiona[at]

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];

2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (email: 2kon[at],

Lituanicon 2000: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. Box 216, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (email: bgedimin[at]

* 12th SF Days NRW: June, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check:; sftagenrw[at]

Con D'Or: New Zealand National SF Con, 3-5 June, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH: Tad Williams, Sara Douglass, Maree Sole. Contact: enquiries[at];

ESE: 28-30 July, Darmstadt, Germany. Contact: F. Anderson, 129 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK (email: fiona[at]

Atlantykron: During August, Capidava, Romania. Contact: srepi[at]

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]; British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)

* Lexicon (Unicon): 18-20 August, Oxford, UK. GoH: Philip Pullman.;

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;; email – chi2000[at]

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];

Octocon: 7-8 October, Dublin, Ireland. Contact: james[at]

* 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];

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?) Contact: :; email: con[at]

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];


Odyssey Con: New Zealand National SF Con, Auckland. Contact: enquiries[at]

Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: Aussie Nat. SF Con, April 13-16 2001, Perth, WA, Australia. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (Email: swancon2001committee[at];

Paragon: Eastercon, Blackpool, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK (email: members.paragon[at];

* 13th SF Days NRW: June, Germany. Cancelled. Check: sftagenrw[at]

ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 136 Kendal Way, Cambridge, CB4 1LT, UK. (email: ConStruction[at];

* Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check:; sftagenrw[at]

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];


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];


Canada Torcon III – Contact: PO Box 3, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada, email: info[at]; is currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon. There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – email: artemis[at];


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]

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Espora, Roger Robinson, Marc Ortlieb, James Shields, the GKF, Ondrej Herec, the Maison d'Ailleurs, Fantasy Centre, and others. I have my third computer in three months – this one is new, but I *must* get a copy of Word Perfect! The new job is going well, but the flat is still playing tricks. Give us a hand on Saturday? ESFS inc. European links at:;