Fans Across the World

Newsletter 110 June 2001

September 2001

Newsletter 113

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


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Hungarocon 2001

The 21st Hungarocon was held between 26-29 July 2001. This was the 10th in the city of Salgotarjan. Around 100 people attended the convention. The presentations covered several topics: research on Hungarian SF literature at ELTE, artificial intelligence, science fiction art, and other SF related themes. Besides these, the audience could participate in a round-table talk with the owners of Cherubion and N&N publishing companies. Finally, there was the 2001 Writer’s Workshop held by leading Hungarian authors and critics.

Hungarocon’s organiser, the Avana Association, announced three awards: the Peter Zsoldos Award for printed novels and short stories, the Hugo Preyer Memorial Award for non-published (amateur) short stories, and a fine-art award for creators of SF related art.

For the Peter Zsoldos Award the jury chairwoman Judit Trethon emphasized two novels among the nominees. It was hard to choose between ”A Pilota” (The Pilot) by Balázs Wizner Veg, and ”A Kek Bolcso” (The Blue Cradle) by Lászlo Bujtor. After a long deliberation the jury selected the latter. Laszlo Bujtor writes under the penname Leonard Banister.

The short story award went to Janos Ban (penname: Kim Lancehagen) for the story ”Off topic”, published in the anthology ”Aranypiramis” (Golden Pyramid) by Cherubion. The story is about an Internet chatroom starting up again after a devastating nuclear war.

The Hugo Preyer Memorial Award went to Ferenc Bajzafi for ”Az albino szeme” (The Eye of the Albino). The art award went to Robert Tar’s painting ”A no szuletese” (The Birth Of The Woman).

The on-Line SF Magazine Solaria will publish all winning stories except the novel. Article from Solaria Science Fiction Magazin (

Translated with permission of the author and the magazine. Avana:; Hungarocon:; Peter Zsoldos Award –; – Solaria Science Fiction Magazin – (in Hungarian). E-mail: avana[at]

Perry Rhodan Bio

I was a little surprised to receive a silver hardback Perry Rhodan novel in my SFCD (Science Fiction Club Deutschland) pack – then I realised that it was a biography of Clark Dalton – real name Walter Ernsting, complete with a description of his place in German fandom, and descriptions of which Perry Rhodan and Atlan novels he was responsible for.

Lots of photographs, lots of bibliographic detail, all in all a very important piece of work for anyone interested in the German SF community. Most German fans start (or started) off with Perry Rhodan.

Clark Dalton: Der Mann, der die Zukunft brachte. Heiko Langhans. Moewig, 2000. ISBN 3-8118-2098-2. (Clark Dalton: the man who brought the future)


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];

Bohemiacon 2001: 31 August-2 September, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. Contact: bohemiacon[at]

Bachanlia Fantastyczne: 31 August-2 September, Zielona Góra, Poland. Contact: Waldemar Gruszczynski – w.gruszczynski[at];

* AustriaCon IV: 7-9 September, Vienna, Austria. Contact: Michael M. Thurner, Neubaugasse 8/9, A-1070 Wien, Austria. (western-star[at]

Polcon 2001: Polish Nat Con. 13-16 September, Katowice, Poland. GoH Ian Watson, Marek S Huberath, Dorota Malinowska, Andrzej "Bilbo" Kowalski. Att. 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];,

* 21. Wetzlarer Tage der Phantastik: 13-16 September, Wetzlar, Germany. Contact: Phantastische Biblothek Wetzlar, Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 3, 35573 Wetzlar, Germany. (phbiblwz[at]

* Istrocon: 14-16 September, Bratislava, Slovakia. GoH: Harry Harrison, Carrie Dobro. Contact: istrocon[at];

* Hypotheticon: 22-23 September, Glasgow, Scotland. Postponed. A small even may take place in a pub at this time. (email: secretary[at]

HispaCon 'Salduba': Spanish National Con, 27-30 September, Zaragoza, Spain. Contact: jochu[at]; sagacomic[at]

FilkContinental: 28-30 September, Freusburg, Germany. Att. 55 DM. Registration deadline 20 July 2001. GoH: Puzzlebox – Filk group from US. Contact: Kirstin Tanger Post Box/Postfach 023 545 D – 10127 Berlin GERMANY. (tel. +49-30-49766569; kirstin[at];

Akrostikon: 28-30 September, Göteborg, Sweden. GoH: Lars Jacobsson, Pål Eggert. Contact: akesson[at]; .

Imladris: 5th Krakow Weekend of SF. 27-29 October, Krakow, Poland.

Zahcon 2001: 5-7 October, Torun, Poland.; zahcon[at]

Octocon 13-14 October, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Att: 20IP. GoH: Anne McCaffrey. Contact: Octocon, c/o Yellow Brick Road, 8 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, Ireland. (; email: info[at] UK Agt. D Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX.)

HanseCon 17: 25-29 October, Lübeck, Germany. Att. 30 DM. Contact: Heinrich R. Arenz, Burgstraße 33, 60316 Frankfurt, Germany. (hra.hanse[at]

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

Horror Con: 2-4 November, Stockholm, Sweden. GoH Hans Arnold. Contact: j.n.alroth[at]

Novacon 31: 9-11 November, Walsall, UK. Contact: 379 Myrtle Rd, Sheffield, S2 3HQ.

CozyCon 4: 23-25 November, Den Haag, Netherlands. Contact: Cozycon4, Obrechtstraaat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, The Netherlands (email: cozycon[at]

Nordcon 15: 5 – 9 December, Jastrzebia Góra, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland; papier[at]; tel. +48 58 5531073

* Dracon: 7-9 December, Brno, Czech Republic. Contact: Dracon, P.O.Box 130, 615 00 Brno, Czech Republic (; dracon[at]

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];


Children's Fantasy Fiction: debates for the 21st century: 7-9 January, Reading, UK. Academic conference. Contact: Helen Briscoe, Conference Administrator, MCCA, Liverpool John Moores University, Dean Walters Building, St. James Road, Liverpool, L1 7BR, UK. (h.briscoe[at]

* MeCoN V 8-10 March: Belfast, Northern Ireland. (email: meconv[at]; )

Swancon 28 March-1 April, Perth, WA, Australia. GoH John McDouall. Att. $110. Contact: Swancon, P.O. Box G429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. (2002[at];

Helicon 2 (Eastercon): 29 March – 1 April, Jersey, UK. Att. 35UKP. Contact: Helicon 2, 33 Meyrick Drive, Wash Common, Berkshire RG14 6SY, UK (email: helicon2[at];;

Dort.Con 2002: 13-14 April, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Norman Spinrad. Att. 35 DM ('til 31/12/2001). Contact: Michael Ehrt, Eichenwald 6, D-58579 Schalksmühle, Germany. (tel.: 0049 (0)2351/95 24 22, Dort.Con[at]

Damn Fine.. Convention: (Twin Peaks) 3-6 May, Shepperton, UK. Att. Norwegians 0UKP, others 20UKP. Contact: Damn Fine Convention, 37 Keens Road, Croydon, CR0 1AH, ENGLAND. email: info[at] ;

Con With the Wind: 31 May-3 June, Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand NatCon. GoH Joe & Gay Haldeman, Dan Hennah, Lucy Sussex, Yvonne Harrison, Alan Robson. Att. $80 Supp. $30. Contact: CON With The Wind, PO Box 11-559, Manners St, Wellington, NewZealand. (enquiries[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, Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Jack Dann, Race Mathews. Att. $130 'til 30/10/01. Contact: Convergence, GPO Box 1212k Melbourne Vic 3001, Australia; contact-convergence[at]egroups.c om

* AustriaCon: 8-9 June, Graz, Austria. Contact: Bernd Hubich, postlagernd, Postamt Peter Tunnergasse 49, A-8029 Graz, Austria. (prsg[at];

Relaxa.con: 14-17 June, Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia.Contact: Eric Lindsay, PO Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802, Australia. email: eric[at];

* ColoniaCon 15: SFCD Con., 22-23 June, Köln, Germany. Contact: Helmuth Freisinger, Schirmerstrasse 36, 50823 Koln, Germany. (

Science Fiction Research Association conference: 28 June-1 July, New Lanark, Scotland. Academic conference. Theme: Utopia. GoH: Pat Cadigan, Paul McAuley, Ken MacLeod, Andy Sawyer. Contact: farah[at]

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

U-CON: 41st Japan National SF Con., 13-14 July, Shimane, Japan. Contact:; email: u-con[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/

29th French National SF Con: 29 August-1 September, Liège, Belgium. Att. Euro 39 'til 15/07/01, Euro 45 'til 30/04/02, Euro 55 on door. Contact: Alain le Bussy, rue du Cimetière, 21, 4130 Esneux, Belgium.

Con Jose (Worldcon): 29 August-2 September, 2002, San Jose, USA. GoH Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot, Tad Williams. Att. $160 'til 31/12/01. Contact: Con Jose, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1363, USA. (Email: info[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]


Seacon 03 (Eastercon): 18-23 April, UK. Att: 25UKP 'til 01/11/01. Contact: 8 The Orchard, Tonwell, Herts, SG12 0HR, UK. ([at]

Emoticon: Easter, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand NatCon. Contact: enquiries[at]

ConStruction: 5-6 July, Cardiff, Wales. Contact: 37 St. Peters Street, Duxford, Cambridge, CB2 4RP, UK. Conrunning. Postponed from 2001. (email: Construction[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 Japan have officially announced for 2007 details at:


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

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Thanks for help, info, etc. to Traian Badulescu, Costi & Vali, Sorin Repanovici, Roger Robinson, Martc Ortlieb, David Stewart, Dave Langford, Laszlo & others. Aussie events: annual calendar at