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Newsletter 106, February 2001

February 2001 Newsletter 106

B. Wilkinson, 2 Hobbs Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3UX, Great Britain


Pub meet moves again

After having settled in the Bankers Arms, the Irish SF meeting in Dublin has had to move again after a change in management. Padraid O'Mealoid and James Bacon have taken on the task of finding a new meeting place and organising the meetings. Since ISFA is dead and Science Fiction Ireland is comatose, the First Tuesday meetings will use the monniker Sci-Fi Club. A website at gives details. The new venue is Bowe's Pub on Fleet Street opposite the rear entrance of the Irish Times and the 46A bus stop. (David Stewart)

Russian Ezine, a popular Russian email list service, have started a new project (Felist.Com), offering (since November 1) mail lists in English. One of the lists is "Russian Science Fiction & Fantasy". The ezine appears occasionally. List master: Alexei Monastyrsky, email alexeivm[at] The list describes what's happening on the Russian Science Fiction & Fantasy web site.

Armageddon late

ArmageddonCon was postponed due to the apocalyptic turn of events in Israel. The Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy ( will continue to work on other conventions, and hopes to bring International guests to future events.

However, the spectacular set of Science Fiction stamps commissioned from artist Avi Katz (, originally slated for release in conjunction with ArmageddonCon, is available at Israeli Postal Offices. Online images can be seen at ( Avi Katz has also recently put the series of paintings he prepared for the Con online. You can reach the exhibit directly by going to Drop by Avi's guestbook and leave a good word on your way out

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry


* Conthirteena: 2-4 February, Eastbourne, UK. Filk. Att.25UKP. Contact: 15 St Catherine's Cross, Bletchingly, Surrey, RH1 4PX.

* Krakon 2001 8-11 February, Krakow, Poland. Contact: Tomasz Majkowski: tzm[at]

* PicoCon: 10 February, London, UK. GoH: Christopher Priest, Geoff Ryman, Juliet E McKenna. (email john[at];

Roscon: 15-18 February, Moscow, Russia. Att. from $70 US all inclusive. Contact: Tel. (095) 1230177 ("Manufactura"); (095) 3356832 (Dimitri Volodikhin); email: convent[at];

Ad Astra 2001: 23-25 February, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoH: Connie Willis, David Hartwell. Contact:; adastra[at] 905-305-0827

* MeCon: 9-11 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. GoH: Michael Sheard, Ian McDonald, Dave Lally. Contact:

* FilkOntario 11: 30 March-1 April, Mississauga, ON, Canada. Filk. GoH: Bill & Brenda Sutton. Att: $42 'til 31/10/00. Contact: 145 Rice Ave, Unit 98, Hamilton, ON, L9C 6R3. Haymon[at]

* Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: Aussie Nat. SF Con, 12-16 April, Perth, WA, Australia. Att. A$80, $100 on door. GoH Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman and Sue Ackerman. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (Email: swancon2001committee[at]egroups .com;

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

* OdysseyCon: New Zealand NatCon, 13-16 April, Auckland, New Zealand. GoH Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Lyn McConchie, Brian Howell. Att. NZ$70 'til 12/04/2001, NZ$80 on door. Contact: P.O. Box 74-013 Market Rd, Auckland New Zealand. Email: enquiries[at]

* Arracon: 30 April-3 May, Elblag, Poland. Att. 60 zl 'til 31/3/01, then 80 zl. Contact: Marcim Grygiel, Skr. poczt. 20, 82-312 Elblag 13, Poland. (email: pipok[at], marcin_grygiel[at],

* Italcon 27/ Torino Comics 2001 27-29 April, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, Italy. GoH: Norman Spinrad; Maurizio Manzieri. Contact: Circolo Culturale L'ALTROQUANDO C.P.133, 10036 Settimo Torinese(TO), Italy. (email italcon2001[at];

Lituanicon 2001: 3rd Millenium: Technology vs. Magic: 28-30 April, Kaunas, Lithuania. Att. 10LTL (c.2.5$). Contact: Vytautas Jonaitis (vytjon[at], Emilis Dambauskas lunatic[at], 8-286-07732)

* V-Con/Canvention 4-6 May, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Theme 2001-a Space Oddity. GoH: Lynne Abbey, Pat Turner, James Earnest. Att. $30 'til 1/4/01, $45.00 on door. contact: 1410 Regan Ave, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 3B5, Canada.

* Keycon 18-20 May, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. GoH:Spider Robinson, Phil & Kaja Foglio. Contact: PO Box, 3178, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4E6, Canada (Kim at (+1-204)669-6053)).

Seccond: 25-27 May, Swindon, UK. GoH: Paul McAuley. Contact: seccond[at];

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

Fantastika 2001(Swecon): 15-17 June, Stockholm, Sweden. GoH: Karolina Bjallerstedt Mickos, Bjorn Tore Sund, Robin Hobb. Att. 200 SEK 'til 1/01/01, then 250 SEK 'til 1/06/01. Contact: c.gomez[at]; tomas.cronholm[at]

* A Celebration of British SF: 28 June-1 July, Liverpool, UK. GoH: Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, John Clute, Nicola Griffith, Gwyneth Jones, Ken MacLeod. Att. 235UKP all inc. Contact: SF Foundation, 22 Adington Road, Reading, RG1 5PT, UK.

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]

Finncon: (Baltcon) 14-15 July, Jyvaskyla, Finland. Contact: hirsjarvi[at]; 42[at]

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

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

Odyssee:Aug/Sept, Germany. Cancelled. Check:; sftagenrw[at]

* Con-Version XVIII: 10-12 August, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH:David Drake, Jean-Pierre Normand. Contact: PO Box 20098, Calgary Place RPO, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 4J2, Canada. (Fax (+1-403) 277-4251

Eboracon: 24-26 August, York, UK. Unicon. GoH: Douglas Hill, Stan Nicholls, Ann Gaye. Att. 25UKP (20UKP student). Contact: "sparks" Mike Rennie, 68 Crichton Avenue, Burton Stone Lane, York, YO30 6EE, UK. (email: eboracon[at]; http://www-u

* HarmUni24-26 August, York, UK. Filkcon. GoH: Juliane Honisch, Kerstin Dröge. Run joint with Eboracon. Contact:

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];

Polcon 2001: Polish Nat Con. 13-16 September, Katowice, Poland. GoH Robert Silverberg, Marek S Huberath, Dorota Malinowska, Andrzej "Bilbo" Kowalski. Att. 55 zl 'til 15/06/01, 65 zl 'til 15/08/01, 75 zl 'til 15/09/01. Contact: Slaski Klub Fantastyki, 40-956 Katowice, skr. Poczt 502, Poland. (Email skf[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]

* HispaCon 'Salduba': Spanish National Con, 27-31 September, Zaragoza, Spain. Contact: jochu[at]; sagacomic[at]

* Octocon 13-14 October, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. GoH: Anne McCaffrey. Contact:; email: chairman[at] UK Agt. D Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX.

* Smofcon 19 7-9 December, York, UK. International Con running con. Att. 25 UKP. Contact: KIM Campbell 69 Lincoln St Leeman Rd. YORK YO26 4YP, UK. kcampbell[at]


* Helicon 2 (Eastercon): 29 March – 1 April, Jersey, UK. Att. 30 UKP 'til 28/2/01, then 35UKP. Contact: Helicon 2, 33 Meyrick Drive, Wash Common, Berkshire RG14 6SY, UK (email: helicon2[at]; /helicon2.htm)

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, Gay Haldemandk, Lucy Sussex, Jack Dann, Race Mathews. Contact: ge/; contact-convergence[at]egroups.c om

Eurocon 2002: 1-7 July, Chotebor (and Prague), Czech Republic. Prague visit 1-3. Contact SFC Avalon, c/o vaclav.pravda[at]

Discworld Convention 2002: 16-19 August, Hinckley, UK. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Contact: send an SAE to Discworld Convention 2002, 23 Medora Road, Romford, RM7 7EP, UK.; email: info[at]; mailing list lman/listinfo/2002/

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]


Torcon III (Worldcon): 28 August-1 September, Toronto, Canada. Att: $170. GoH: George R.R. Martin Frank Kelly Freas Mike Glyer, Spider Robinson, Robert Bloch. Contact: PO Box 3, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada, email: info[at]


USA Boston in 2004 – Contact: info[at];; or Tim or Marcia Illingworth; Charlotte in 2004: Contact: charlotte2004[at]; te2004/


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];get the gossip at te/aussiecon4 Japan have officially announced for 2007 details at:


There are rumours that Australia may move to 2009...

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


Espora is a newszine about Spanish fantasy and science fiction in English.See: or subscribe: espora[at] Irregular recently, but hoped to be six monthly. Con reports, zine and book reviews and other general news about Spanish SF and fandom.

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Dave Langford, Roger Robinson, John Mansfield, Martin Hoare, Marc Ortlieb, Piotr Cholewa, Jim Walker, David Stewart, Luis Prado & others. Apologies for last month. The central heating broke down completely, and I had no heating or hot water for practically all of December and the beginning of January. I'm now trying out Hot Metal Pro for the HTML version. It has become a bit of a software nightmare – Word Perfect as the piece of software that talks to others, Pressworks as the DTP software, and Hot Metal Pro to turn the DTP and text version into HTML. It will all work in the end I'm sure. At least it means that I don't get Word Perfect writing its own version of HTML (I wouldn't let Word even try...).