Fans Across the World Newsletter 101

Newsletter 101

August 2000

B. Wilkinson, 2 Hobbs Close, Abingdon, OX14 3UX, UK bjw[at]


Bridget is currently attending the Eurocon so I'm standing in for her as editor. Any errors are mine, except in the articles written by Bridget & emailed to me from foreign parts. Roger Robinson


Sincere apologies to all of our readers in Greenland who, according to the above map gleaned from a passing CDROM, appear to have disappeared from the face of the earth.


All being well Bridget should move into her new home, within walking distance of her new workplace, on August 8th. When this has actually happened "change of address" information will be circulated.


The AEFCF (Asociacion Espanola de Fantasia y Ciencia Ficcion – The Spanish Fantasy and SF Association) presents the Ignotus Awards each year. These national awards reward the work of Spanish authors in various categories. All members of the AEFCF can vote, and also those fans attending the current HISPACON.

The winners in 2000 are:

Best novel: El abismo te devuelve la mirada – Rodolfo Martinez – Ediciones Tempore

Best novella: "Este relampago, esta locura" – Rodolfo Martinez – Nova 123 Ediciones B

Best short story: "En las fraguas marcianas" – Leon Arsenal – Artifex 2a Epoca volumen 1

Best Essay long form: "El lenguaje de los elfos" – Luis Gonzalez – Minotauro

Best Essay short form: "Pasajeros a bordo para el Escaton! La CF y el fin del universo" – Stephen Baxter – Bem 67/Nova 123 (Ediciones B)

Best Illustration: Cover (Trazo) for "Las estrellas mi destino" (Tiger, Tiger) Gigamesh Libros

Best Audiovisual Production: El archivo de Nessus – web site designed by Pedro Jorge

Best Poetry: "Poemario Phaedra" – by Juan Jose Aroz – Ciencia Ficcion Espiral

Best Magazine: Gigamesh

Best Foreign Novel: "Por no mencionar al perro" (To say nothing of the dog) – Connie Willis – Ediciones B

Best Foreign Story (tie): "Azar" (Chance) – Connie Willis – Gigamesh 19 "Directos a portales" (Nonstop to Portales) – Connie Willis – Bem 71

ROOM 101

As this is issue 101 we thought it might be amusing – and instructive – to ask for suggestions of people's pet hates that should be consigned to Orwell's dreaded Room 101 – to await their intended victims.

The response was both plentiful and very wide-ranging. Thanks to all the people who contributed – they are, in no particular order, Bridget Wilkinson, Andy Sawyer, Roger Robinson, Tony Cullen, Chris O'Shea, Marcus Rowland, Brian Ameringen, Meredith McCardle, Cherith Baldry, John Clute, Paul Hood, Farah Mendlesohn, Mark Plummer, Claire Brialey, Andrew Seaman, Tony Kiesy, and last, but by no means least, that most prolific of contributors "Anonymous".

[this list is not (always) a reflection of the editors' likes & dislikes – merely those of the contributors]

Individuals – * Harlan Ellison's ego * L Ron Hubbard – and all other very dead but still prolific authors * "Gene Roddenbury" – meaning work passed off as by him, but actually not. * Kay Kenyon, & her publishers – all of whom should have known better. Books – * John Norman's Gor books * Robert A Heinlein's The Number of the Beast * B****y Connie b****y Willis's b****y Christmas b****y Stories Publishing trends – * Novels expanded from short stories * Large format paperbacks that won't fit on your shelves. * Fantasy Trilogies (particularly sub-Tolkein) * "Funny" fantasy (usually neither funny nor fantastic) * Modern SF where the ability to invent new words is no substitute for a decent plot. * 98% of all Star Trek novels * Publishers who think that editing is not required – no matter who the author is. * Collaborations where it is obvious that the "junior" partner has done most/all of the work- e.g. Clarke with McQuay & Kube-McDowell; Anne McCaffery with lots of people & Piers Anthony with even more. * Books emblazoned with: "In the great tradition of ****** – [Where ***** is some second-rate writer who has slavishly copied the most irrelevant parts of J.R. R. Tolkien"]. * Publishers who can't count (1st of a trilogy, 2nd in a quartet,..... 3rd in a series ......) Films & TV – * Babylon 5 TV movies * "Parody" SF movies (except "Galaxy Quest") * The film "Tyranny Rex", starring Whoopi Goldberg as a cyborg cop and some moron in a dinosaur suit as a sentient dinosaur. It is possibly the worst thing I've ever seen masquerading as SF; admittedly it appears to be aimed at a juvenile audience, but I think children deserve some protection... (I think someone didn't like it !! – ed.) * The Sci-Fi channel – you have to wade through so much dross to find, once in a blue moon, something watchable. * (Usually American) film & TV producers who can't leave a good plot alone. It is rumoured that they tried to give Tom Godwin's classic "The Cold Equations" a happy ending. * The TV show "Space Cadets" * Lipstick/hair lacquer/false eyelashes/etc on TV Amazons living in primitive worlds. * Bad guys who can't shoot straight, while good guys seem never to be able to miss * Americans who save the universe just so that everyone can "enjoy" the American way of life Writing & Criticism – * Authors who run out of ideas and write more and more stories "set in the universe of" their one big hit ... James White could always write excellent stuff, many other authors can't. * People like the highbrow critic Melvyn Bragg who say "this book isn't SF, because it is good" . * Authors who write the first two books of a trilogy (or first four of a five book series) and then spend several years before releasing the last one (or who die first) Fandom – * Being stuck in a room full of obsessive Babylon 5 fans... * Dr. Who fanatics * K'rplunk p'kman g'tcha ("Klingon" for "People who take Star Trek far too seriously") * The UK05 Bid Committee * Being stuck in a room party at about 4.30 a.m. and the only liquids being tap-water, Blackcurrant cordial and half a bottle of Grappa... these do not make a nice cocktail! * Obsessive list makers.

And finally – a little moral tale from John Clute – It is the beginning of a long weekend in the slan shack. It begins to rain. An argument begins over the true date of the millennium. After 36 hours, nobody's opinion on the matter has shifted an inch, an iota, a modicum, a weensy. An argument begins over the date of the next meeting. The rain worsens.

Future International Conventions


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 Aug, L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Southern France. Att. 250FF 'til 1/8, then 300FF, 350FF on 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]

* ConSpec 2K: 18-20 August, Edmonton ,AB, Canada. Literary Symposium. Att. C$25. Contact: 4310-97 St, Ed, AB, T6E 5R9. conspec[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]

* Millennium Finncon: 18-20 August, Helsinki, Finland. GoH: Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod. No admission fee. Contact: – some English info.

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. Online registration 'til 15/08. – 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 istrocon[at]

* Oxonmoot 22-24th September, St Antony's College, Oxford, UK. The Tolkien Society's annual meet. Att. 28 UKP. Contact: publicity[at]

FilkCONtinental 2000: 29 Sep-1 Oct, JH Freusburg, Germany. Att. 50 DM 'til 31/5/00, then 55 DM 'til 20/7/00 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. ELSTERCO/elstercon2000/elstercon.html

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] tml

Dracon: 8-10 December, Brno, Czech Republic. SF&F lectures, quizes, etc. Contact: dracon[at]

* ArmageddonCon: 27-31 December, Hotel Laromme, Jerusalem, Israel. GoH: Larry Niven, Joan Vinge, Paul McAuley, Jack Cohen, Jim Frenkel and Ian Watson. Theme: Armageddon. Incl. End Of The World Ball on mount Tel Megiddo (Armageddon). Org. Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Att. c 140$ 'til 1/11. Accommodation extra. Contact: Mishkenot Sha'ananim, PO Box 8215, Jerusalem 91081, Israel – Phone: 00 972 2 673 0003 email: con[at]

Hogmanaycon: 29 Dec 2000 – 1 Jan 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. Email: swancon2001committee[at]

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

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

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. 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] -----2002-----

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 – & a bid for Corflu 1-30 June. SF con every weekend in Australia. email: eric[at]

Convergence: 41st Australian NatCon: 7-10 June, Melbourne, 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. – Att. $120. Contact: Con Jose, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1363, USA. Email: ConJose[at]

* World Fantasy Con: 1-4 November, Montreal, PQ, Canada. GoH:Fred Saberhagen. Contact: Bruce Farr, 7002 N.6th Ave,Phoenix, AZ, 85021, USA 2001wfc[at]