B. Wilkinson, 2 Hobbs Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3UX, Great Britain
From Dave – no point in changing the multiple Hugo winner's words..."Dave Langford is feeling old and tired after ten years of distributing Ansible in person at London first-Thursday meetings, and is easing up a little. Apologies for the lack of Ansible at the November gathering. It remains available for SAE (to 94 London Rd, Reading, RG1 5AU, UK), by e-mail, and on the web – see http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/Ansible." I hope he sees fit to turn up for some of these meetings in the future, even if not for all of them. I, at least, will miss you badly Dave.
The great fantasy artist Josh Kirby died in bed at his home on Tuesday 23rd October 2001. Known mainly in the fantasy and SF field for his Terry Pratchett covers, he and his work will be badly missed by fantasy fans and the millions of Pratchett readers all over the world.
On the 1st of May 1976 Pierre Versins, a passionate collector and author of the first encyclopedia dedicated to Utopias, extraordinary voyages and science fiction, founded the Maison d'Ailleurs – a museum of science fiction and the fantastic, based on his collections. An celebratory exhibition "Mdvanii, souvernirs of Earth" takes place from 16 September 2001 to 13 January 2002, Wednesday to Sunday 14.00-18.00. Maison d'Ailleurs, place Pestalozzi 14, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. http://www.ailleurs.ch.
...was back at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, and for once they were glad to see us. SF fans showed their insanity by travelling when others were snug at home, and the hotel was grateful for the trade, even offering discounted rooms if you arrived at the correct nanosecond.
For me, many of the most interesting items were those with an Irish subject – many more general panel subjects have been done to death at UK conventions. The shared book room, con bar and fan room became the social centre of the convention. This was a large room which the hotel had often let out separately before, and it was good to have it. The hotel bar could also be used, but was somewhat isolated from the rest of the convention. Another bar now serves food which is less extortionate than the carvery, so something other than the huge afternoon tea is now worth eating.
The highlight of the con has now become the Saturday night RTÉ radio play(s) by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre. This year's offering was "Big, Big Space", the first two episodes of a radio series using convention attendees as both audience and a chorus of bit part players. The plays spoofed Star Trek, The Little Prince and pirate movies – all at once. The con attendees were the disaffected space ship crew, fed up with being used as cannon fodder by the Captain Roslyn Sane and her cliche of officers, and now determined 'Not to be expendable!'. Sound effects were made in front of us using a theramin, a cut down door, a wind machine and various other random objects. A couple of times the producer in the van outside came in and asked us to repeat a short section, but mainly they were played straight through. I have no idea how they sounded on the radio, but they were great fun to be in.
The broadcast dates are: Saturday 20th of October on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11AM, and the five subsequent Saturdays, the last one on Saturday 24th November. They can also be listened to over the net from http://www.rte.ie. The con is campaigning to get Crazy Dog Audio Theatre back for ever by asking fans to email radio1[at]rte.ie saying how great they are. For once, the committee is already in place for next year (it usually takes a few months to come together) and memberships were on sale for next year at the end of the con. See below for details. The next SF con on that side of the water is MeCon, early next March in Belfast. See below for details of that too.
The presentation ceremony for the 2001 award will take place on November 3 2001 in the Senior Common Rooms, Queens University Belfast starting at 6.30 pm. The James White Award was instituted in 2000 to honour the memory of one of Ireland's most successful science fiction authors.
The James White Award is a short story competition open to non-professional writers and is decided by an international panel of judges. This years judges are Michael Carroll, Ian McDonald, Kim Newman, David Pringle and Mike Resnick. The winner receives a cheque and a trophy to keep. The winning story is also published in Interzone. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. For further information, visit the award's Website at http://www.jameswhiteaward.com
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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]yahoo.com)
Horror Con: 2-4 November, Stockholm, Sweden. GoH Hans Arnold. Contact: j.n.alroth[at]telia.com.
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]cena.demon.nl)
Re[at]lcon 2001: (RomCon), 23-25 November, Iasi, Romania. Contact: George Ceausu (local organizer) – tel: +004-032.25.19.85, e-mail – ceausu[at]uaic.ro, Traian Badulescu – tel +402.766.255 (mobile), traian[at]go.ro and traianb[at]rol.ro, Sorin Repanovici – srepi[at]yahoo.com, srepi[at]mts.ro.
Nordcon 15: 5 – 9 December, Jastrzebia Góra, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland; papier[at]gkf.3miasto.pl; tel. +48 58 5531073
Dracon: 7-9 December, Brno, Czech Republic. Contact: Dracon, P.O.Box 130, 615 00 Brno, Czech Republic (http://www.dracon.cz; dracon[at]dracon.cz).
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]cix.co.uk; http://www.smofcon19.org.
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]livjm.ac.uk)
MeCoN V 8-10 March: Belfast, Northern Ireland. (email: meconv[at]hotmail.com; http://www.mecon.org )
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]sf.org.au; http://www.swancon.com
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]smof.demon.co.uk;; http://www.helicon.org.uk/)
* Dort.Con 2002: 13-14 April, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Norman Spinrad, Andreas Eschbach. 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]erco.com)
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]damnfineconvention.org.uk ; http://www.damnfineconvention.org.uk
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]con-with-the-wind.sf.org.nz; http://con-with-the-wind.sf.org.nz/)
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]wrevenge.com.au)
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 http://www.vicnet.net.au/~converge/; 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]gms.at; http://www.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]wrevenge.com.au; http://www.ericlindsay.com/relaxa.con/
ColoniaCon 15: SFCD Con., 22-23 June, Köln, Germany. Contact: Helmuth Freisinger, Schirmerstrasse 36, 50823 Koln, Germany. (http://www.coloniacon.de).
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]fjm3.demon.co.uk
* Eurocon 2002: 1-7 July, Chotebor (and Prague), Czech Republic. Prague visit 1-3. GoH: G.R.R.Martin, K.Bulycov, R.Holdstock, A.Sapkowski. Contact SFC Avalon, c/o vaclav.pravda[at]seznam.cz; http://www.avalcon.cz/
U-CON: 41st Japan National SF Con., 13-14 July, Shimane, Japan. Contact: http://homepage2.nifty.com/u-con/; email: u-con[at]mbf.nifty.com
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. http://www.dwcon.org/; email: info[at]dwcon.org; mailing list http://www.dwcon.org/mai lman/listinfo/2002/
* Contexxt: Unicon 2002 9-11 August, Cheltenham, UK. Contact: http://www.unicon.org.uk
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]conjose.org; http://www.conjose.org/)
* Octocon: 19-20 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: China Miéville. Contact: http://www.octocon.com, octocon2001[at]yahoo.co.uk)
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]yahoo.com
Seacon 03 (Eastercon): 18-23 April, UK. Att: 25UKP 'til 01/11/01. Contact: 8 The Orchard, Tonwell, Herts, SG12 0HR, UK. (http://www.seacon03.org.uk/ info[at]seacon03.org.uk)
Emoticon: Easter, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand NatCon. Contact: enquiries[at]emoticon.sf.org.nz
ConStruction: 5-6 July, Cardiff, Wales. Contact: 37 St. Peters Street, Duxford, Cambridge, CB2 4RP, UK. Conrunning. Postponed from 2001. (email: Construction[at]dragonevents.ltd.uk www.DragonEvents.ltd.uk)
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]torcon3.on.ca http://www.torcon3.on.ca
CONTOUR 2004: 31 May-3 June. Proposed as New Zealand's 25th National SF Con. Rotorua. enquiries[at]contour.sf.org.nz
*Noreascon Four: Worldcon, 2-6 September, USA. Contact: P.O. Box 1010 Frammingham MA 01701, USA, (info[at]mcfi.org; http://www.mcfi.org; or Tim or Marcia Illingworth)
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]hotmail.com; http://www.uk2005.org.uk)
There are rumours of an Australian bid for Worldcon in Melbourne: email Rose at mitchell[at]vicnet.net.au;get the gossip at http://www.egroups.com/invite/aussiecon4 Japan have officially announced for 2007 details at: http://www.nippon2007.org
There are rumours that Australia may move to 2009...
Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Dave Langford, SFCD, Marc Ortlieb, SKF, Arno, Dave Stewart, the Maison d'Ailleurs & others. Aussie events: annual calendar at http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/2001cal.htm