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Newsletter 100

July 2000

Newsletter 100

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


That long???

This is the hundredth (give or take – I've doubled some numbers, and missed others...) issue of this thing.

Little did I think when I did the first one in 1990 that it'd go on this long, or that there would be so many of them.

All have been done on my (or somebody else's) computer except for one, done on my manual typewriter during a period of computer failure. Not all have been done by me – thanks Roger (Robinson) many times over, but more recently I have managed to make sure that an issue appears practically every month, despite the only light at the end of the tunnel frequently turning out to be the oncoming train. And as I write this one, I'm still in B&B, trying to get some sense out of the local estate agents over rented flats... And I will probably not be able to get together with a phone for another week and a half... [Sorry, Internet subscribers...:-( ]

'During these hundred editions I've used five computers (an Atari ST and 4 IBM compatibles), but really only two DTP packages (several upgrades) so that one of the paragraph styles is still called John, after John Brunner. It's difficult to believe it's been five years since I said I'd see him tomorrow... and there's been more losses since. Still, life goes on. Here's to the next ten years, and the next hundred issues...

New Fans?

Congratulations to Brian and Caroline on the birth of their daughter Meriol, Morris and Lori on the birth of their son Joseph, and to Filip on the birth of his daughter Sandra.

Invisible dogs...

Czech Fandom started issuing regular daily news ( on Friday May 26th, 2000. This Internet newsletter is intended to be a regular daily information source about activities in Czech and Slovak Fandom, as well as about world SF&F events and people. The Czech SF writer and Internet publisher Ondrej Neff has given great support to this venture, which is formally part of his own successful "Invisible Dog" – "news about our politics, my family and my dog".

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry


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, Gijón, Spain. Many guests. Att: 5000 pesetas. Contact: Rodolfo Martínez, c/ Celestino Junquera, 33201 Gijón, 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.

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. GoH; Walter Jon Williams, Kir Bulychev.Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; (email: papier[at]; British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)

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

* 27th French National SF Convention: 17-20 August, L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Southern France. Att. 250FF 'til 1/8, then 300FF, 350FFon the door. Cheques to: UPNT. Contact : Jerome Baud, 6 Lotissement Le Venasque, 84800 Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Tel : 04 90 38 27 20 (after 19.00). upnt[at]

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];

BOHEMIACON 2000: 18-20 August, Usti n/L, Czech Republic. SF&F, games, videos & movies, art exhibition, bookstore. GoH: Brian Lumley. Contact:, bohemiacon[at]

* Atlantykron: 19-27 August, Capidava, Romania. Contact: Sorin Repanovici: srepi[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]

* Bulgacon: 3-6 September, Bulgaria. Contact: rumen_gd[at]

* Fantasycon 2000: 8-10 September, Birmingham, UK. 50 UKP 'til 31/7 then 55 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. GoH Dan Simmons, George R.R. Martin. Contact: Frank Rauschel, Sternwartenstr. 53, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. ( l)

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];

Buchmessecon: 21 October, Frankfurt, Germany. Contact: Roger Murmann, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 17, 64859 Eppertshausen, Germany. (email:sftreffda[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)

Hansecon: 26-31 October, Lubeck, Germany. Contact: Heinrich R. Arenz, Burgstrasse 33, 60316 Frankfurt, Germany. (email: hra.hanse[at]

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

DRACON: 8-10 December, Brno, Czech Republic. SF&F lectures, quizes etc. Contact:, dracon[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. 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. GoH Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman and Sue Ackerman The Rydges Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (Email: 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]

PARCON: A Communication Odyssey – 20th Czech & Slovak nat con, 6-8 July, Czech Republic. SF&F, ST, Babylon 5, Discworld, games, contests, SF&F story competition "Karel Capek Award", videos &movies, party. Contact: londo[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]

Downunder con festival: 1-30 June. SF con every weekend. (Combined with a bid for Corflu) Contact: Eric Lindsay, PO Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802, Australia. (email: eric[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 Boston in 2004 – Contact: info[at];; or Tim or Marcia Illingworth; * Charlotte in 2004: Contact: charlotte2004[at];


* Great Britain Worldcon Bid 25/8/2005-29/8/2005. Location: 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, Pagi, Roger Robinson, Marc Ortlieb, Martina Pilcerova, Vince Docherty, Lance Oszko, Sorin Repanovici & others. For that matter, thanks to you all for info, drinks, etc. during the last 100 issues... :-)