Fans Across the World

Newsletter 98

May 2000

Newsletter 98

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


Spanish Cons and Pulps

SF in Spain is currently undergoing resurgence. English language newszine Espora (ed. Luis Prado) covers this scene well – email: portico[at] Among items in his most recent issue are: "Catalogue of pulp Spanish novels" a publication of lists of series from the 40s and 50s, contact: Jorge TarancĒn. c/ Porto Cristo, 6. 28924 AlcorcĒn (Madrid), Spain; and guests at Hispacon 2000 (13-16/7) will include: Lois McMaster Bujold, Pat Cadigan, Ian MacDonald, Tim Powers, David Pringle, Robert Sheckley and Ian Watson. Spanish authors Juan Miguel Aguilera, Elia BarcelĒ, Rafael MarĄn, Javier Negrete, Javier Redal, Domingo Santos and Angel Torres Quesada. Programme items will include: xenobiology in Babylon 5, Christianity in fantasy, and racism in The Lord of the Rings.

James White Award

This award is for the best SF short story by a non-professional writer. The judges will be Morgan Llewelyn, Michael Scott, Michael Carroll, David Pringle and David Langford. The winning story will be published in Interzone. Entries by August 23, 2000. Open to any non-professional writer anywhere in the world. Maximum of three stories per writer, none published before. Stories must be in English, and 2,000-4,000 words long. Fee of œ3/$4 per story. Full rules from James Bacon: 211 Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, Ireland or

Welsh SF Association coa: Gardd Lelog, Stuart Street, Treherbert, Rhondda-Cynon-Taff, CF42 5PR, Wales. WelshSFA[at];

More weird con items: Nasacon in Sweden will hold a panel on invented languages – Elvish, Klingon, and Esperanto – in Swedish of course... Tricity in Gdansk are staging a viking invasion. Hmmm, will they be speaking Elvish, Klingon or Esperanto?...

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry


Arracon 2000: 30 April-3 May, Elblag-Kadyny-Malbork, Poland. Travelling con, including an RPG in Malbork Castle. Att. 65zl. Contact: Marcin Grygiel, skr. poczt. 20, 82-312 Elblag 13, Poland. (Email: pipok[at]; Web:

VCON 25: 26-28 May, Surrey, BC, Canada. GoH: Robert Sawyer, Lloyd & Yvonne Penney. Att. US$30/C$45. Contact: VCon 25, Box #274, 1857 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1M4, Canada. (tel. +1 (604) 731-7553; email rgraeme[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, Sean McMullen, Maree Sole. Contact: enquiries[at];

PARCON 2000: Czech and Slovak national con, 23.-25. June, Sumperk, Czech Republic. Att. c. $10 on door. Contact: Jan Vasat, Fibichova 13/113, 787 01 Sumperk, Czech Republic. email: vasat[at]

Seminarium Literackie 2000: 16-18 June, Katowice, Poland. Att. 35zl. Contact: Slaski Klub Fantastyki, 40-956 Katowice, skr. poczt. 502, Poland. (Email: skf[at]; Web:

Aliens stole my handbag: 30 June-2 July, Shepperton, UK. SF & humour. Contact: Aliens stole my handbag, c/o Stefan Lancaster, 16 Dulverton Road, Ruislip Manor, Middx. HA4 9AD, UK. (; email: aliensstolemyhandbag[at]

* Nasacon 2000: 7-9 July, Stockholm, Sweden. GoH Brian Stableford, John-Henri Holmberg. Contact:Wolf von Witting, Lakegatan 8k, 133 41 Saltsjobaden, Sweden. (email: wol[at];

* HispaCon 2000 (AsturCon): 18th Spanish Con, 13-16 July, GijĒn, Spain. Many guests. Att: 5000 pesetas. Contact: Rodolfo MartĄnez, c/ Celestino Junquera, 33201 GijĒn, Spain. (Email: asturcon[at];; mailing list: astur-com[at]

* EstelCon 2000: 24-30 July, Madrid. Spanish Tolkien Society con. Contact: Avda. Generalisimo, 87. 28223 – Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid, Spain. (

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

*Clarecraft Event: 28-30 July, Warren Farm, Wetherden, Suffolk, UK. Discworld camp. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Att. 5 UKP. Contact: The Collector's Guild, Unit 1a, Woolpit Business Park, Woolpit, Suffolk, IP30 9UP, UK. (Tel. 01359 244462)

* MillenniCon: (Discworld) 28-31 July, CANCELLED.

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

* Tricity: Eurocon 2000: (also Polcon & Baltcon) 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 20UKP, 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) Reduced air fares, 15-25%.

Conversions 2000: 11-13 August, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH:Mike Resnick, Mike Dale. Att. $50. Contact: PO Box 430006, DVPO, Calgary, AB, T2J 7A7, Canada.

Lexicon (Unicon): 18-20 August, Oxford, UK. GoH: Philip Pullman. Att. 28UKP. Contact: Lexicon, 18 Letchworth Avenue, Bedfont, Middx. TW14.9RY, UK. (email: unicon2000[at];

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;; email – chi2000[at]

Festivalul Vladimir Colin: 1-3 September, Resita, Romania. Contact: M Donea aquarela[at]

* Fantasycon 2000: 8-10 September, Birmingham, UK. 50 UKP 'til 31/7 then 45 UKP. Contact: Fantasycon 2000, Beech House, Chapel Lane, Moulton, Cheshire, CW9 8PQ, UK (email: debbie[at]

* Istrocon 2000: 15-17 September, Bratislava, Slovakia. GoH: Mike Resnick. Contact: Martina Pilcerova, at: istrocon[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];

Elstercon: 6-8 October, Leipzig, Germany. Att. 55DM 'til 30/9, then 60DM 'til 1/10. Contact: Frank Rauschel, Sternwartenstr. 53, 04103 Leipzig, Germany.

Concept 2000: 13-15 October, Montreal, PQ, Canada. GoH: Charles De Lint. Contact: PO Box 415, Station H, Mtl H3G 2L1, Canada.

* Ghoestacon 2: 13-15 October, Upsala, Sweden. Att. 11UKP 'til 30/9 150 SEK on door. Contact: Anna Akesson, Studentvagen 34:316k, SE-752 34 Upsala, Sweden. (m94aaa[at];

Octocon: 21-22 October, Dublin, Ireland. Att. IP 15, Supp. IP5. GoH: Iain Banks, Michael Marshall Smith. Contact: Octocon 2000, c/o Evolver Media, 71 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (; email: chairman[at] UK Agt. D Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX.

World Fantasy Con: 26-29 October, Corpus Christi, TX, USA. Contact: 26th World Fantasy Convention, PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755, USA (; fduartejr[at]; Fax: +1 512 835 7637)

* ConTreaty/Beneluxcon 24: 17-19 November, Maastricht, The Netherlands.GoH: Christopher Priest, Jaap Boekestein. Memb: Euro40, NFL 88. Contact: ConTreaty, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands. (email: Contreaty[at]; tml

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. 45 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. 0870 740 7530; email: andy[at];


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

Ad Astra 2001: 23-25 February, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoH: Connie Willis. Att. $30 'til July 31. Contact: / ad-astra[at] 905-305-0827

* Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: Aussie Nat. SF Con, April 12-16, Perth, WA, Australia. Att. A$60 'til 4/6; then A$80, $100 on door. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (swancon2001committee[at];

* Paragon: Eastercon, 13-16 April, Hinckley, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK (email: members.paragon[at];

* Seccond: 25-27 May, UK. Contact: seccon[at];

13th SF Days NRW: June, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check:; sftagenrw[at]

* Fantastika 2001 (Swecon): 15-17 June, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact: c.gomez[at]; tomas.cronholm[at]

* ConStruction: 27-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 32 Theobald Road, Cardiff, CF5 1LP, UK. (email: ConStruction[at];

* Eurocon 2001: During August, Romania. Contact: srepi[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];

* Hypotheticon: 22-23 September, Glasgow, Scotland. Att. 15 UKP 'til 1/1/2001. Contact: Hypotheticon 2001, 25 Ravenscraig Ave., Paisley, PA2 9QL, UK (email: secretary[at]


* Helicon 2 (Eastercon): 29 March – 1 April, Jersey, UK. Att. 30 UKP. Contact: Helicon 2, 33 Meyrick Drive, Wash Common, Berkshire RG14 6SY, UK (email: helicon2[at]

* Convergence: 41st Australian NatCon: 7-10 June, Melbourne, Australia. GoH Joe Haldeman, Sean Williams, Lucy Sussex, Jack Dann, Race Mathews. Contact:; contact-convergence[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];


* USA Bid Boston in 2004 – Contact: info[at];; or Tim or Marcia Illingworth.


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]


There are rumours of an Australian bid for Worldcon in Melbourne: email Rose at mitchell[at]

Aussie events: Note that there is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF web site at

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Dave Langford, Espora, Roger Robinson, Marc Ortlieb, Ken Slater, Magician and many others. I now have WordPerfect running, and it's 8pm, not midnight – hooray! Some money for rent came in last month, 'tho it immediately went out to settle debts. The mobile phone will now pick up my email when it feels like it, instead of not at all, so things are slowly looking up. 2Kon proved that the GKF are better conrunners, but it was a good place to pick up flyers. Send me more! :-)