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Newsletter 123 July/August 2002

July/August 2002

Newsletter 123

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


20 years of Tahtivaeltaja

The Finnish SF semiprozine has just celebrated its 20th anniversary with an edition with large chunks in colour. A mix of book reviews, film reviews, DVD reviews, comic strips, short stories both Finnish and translated, games, essays, and conreports. It is published by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society and usually has about 85 pages, there are four issues a year. For most of the last twenty years it has been edited by Toni Jerrman. Tahivaeltaja's translations and articles on foreign authors have often been their first appearance in Finland. As the main national SF magazine it also carries advertising for local SF bookshops, SF conventions, and new SF books.

Well, there was an English summary from which I got much of that. My Finnish isn't that good, in fact it's even worse than my...

Hungarian SF magazine Atjaro

Hungarian SF history in the last twenty years has been very different. The SF magazine Galaktika which had survived the socialist era collapsed in 1995 from competition with new publishers, fantasy books, role playing games – much of this stuff was of very poor quality, but there were only so many readers and the fall in numbers made the magazine uneconomic.

The new publishers were deeply conservative, playing safe with names like Asimov, Feist, King, etc. Practically no new western authors were published, let alone locals. A similar collapse affected Hungarian fandom. A fan organisation Avana (from a city in an SF book by Peter Zsoldos) was set up to promote contact between the scattered SF groups and to coordinate the national convention Hungarocon. Other activities were the establishment of two SF awards, the Zsoldos award and the Hugo Preyer award, and the setting up of an internet site. And that is how I first came into contact with this group of fans – via They now also have a section in English, and I suggest you try that!

Earlier this year, they set up a very nicely produced SF magazine – A5, good quality paper ('tho only the cover is in colour). Much of it is stories, most of them in translation, with a bias towards fantasy. In addition to this there are book reviews, film reviews, and SF news from all over the place as fillers. The stories are not just translated from English – the issue I have here includes one by Herbert Franke. There are few advertisements, but they include SF cons, books and PC magazines. (Yes, I got an English summary for this one too, but I could also find my way round it...).

Tahivaeltaja –; tjerrman[at]

Atjaro – ; atjaro[at]

Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Two fans from this society turned up at the Eurocon in the Czech Republic. Young, and very enthusiastic. The society has been in existence since 1996, has run several conventions, held lectures, film showings, and publishes and SF fanzine (The Tenth Dimension). It also operates an on-line magazine in Hebrew. Members are of all types and ages. Contact ISSFF, POB 21656, Tel Aviv, 61216, Israel, or look at

Irish SF News

This is a new email zine by Pádraig Ó Méalóid. It is very lively. For example, would you believe a graphic novel in the Irish language? AN SCLÁBHAÍ, published by Cló Mhaigh Eo.

If you are interested order it from Forbidden Planet, Dublin. I doubt the one in London is stocking it. He also covers day events all over Ireland, fairs, etc. many of them marginally SF or fantasy, but what the hell!

For a subscription, email irishsfnews[at]

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry


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]

Krakon 2002: 24-27 January, Krakow, Poland. Contact:

Contabile-Fortean: (filk), 1-3 February, Basingstoke, UK. 25UKP 'til, 31/12/02. Contact: Contabile-Fortean, 34 Star Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4HB. (contabile-14[at]

Picocon 19: 9 February, London, UK. GoH: Anne Gay, China Miéville, Stan Nicholls. Att: 8 UKP (5 UKP students). Email: john[at];

Reminiscon 50: 9 February, Cardiff, Wales. 50 years of Lionel Fanthorpe. Contact: The Fanthorpe Mnagement Consultancy, 48 Claude Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3QA, UK.

Ad-Astra: 8-10 February, Toronto, Canada. GoH: Guy Gavriel Kay, Alan Lee. Contact:; email:info[at]

Corflu 19 (Corflu Valentine): 14-17 February, Annapolis, MD, USA. A convention for fanzine fans. Contact: Corflu, PO Box 178, St. Leonard, MD 20685, USA or 48 The Crescent, Walthamstow, LONDON E17 8AB, UK. (Corflu19[at];

Roscon: 14-17 February, Moscow, Russia. Contact: (Email:; roscon[at]

Microcon: 2-3 March, Exeter University, UK. Contact: 79 Alphington Rd, Exeter EX2 8JE. Phone 07740423320. (J.B.Foster[at]

MeCoN V 8-10 March: Belfast, Northern Ireland. GoH: David Wingrove, Ian McDonald, Ken McLeod, Michael Cobley. (email: meconv[at]; )

Pyrkon: 15-17 March, Poznan, Poland. Contact:; gender[at]

Swancon 28 March-1 April, Perth, WA, Australia. GoH: Kim Wilkins, 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 'til 1/1/02. Contact: Helicon 2, 33 Meyrick Drive, Wash Common, Berkshire RG14 6SY, UK (email: helicon2[at];;

Filkontario 12: 5-7 April, Mississauga, ON, Canada. Filk convention. GoH:Joey Shoji. Contact: Filkontario, 145 Rice Ave, Unit 98, Hamilton, ON, L9C 6R3, Canada. (hayman[at]

Dort.Con 2002: 13-14 April, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Norman Spinrad, Andreas Eschbach. 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] ;

University of Warsaw literary conference on alternate worlds: 7-8 May, Warsaw, Poland. Contact: Sali konferencyjna Centrum Informatycznego UW, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28, Poland. anika_r[at]

Vartacon: 10-12 May, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Contact: lbockova[at]

8th "Quasar" Days: 24-26 May, Iasi, Romania. 25 places only. GoH: Sorin Rosca Stanescu, Ion Cristoiu, Cristian Tudor Popescu. Contact: Tel. 032/271665 – Petronela Baltatu; petronela_baltatu[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. Contact: Eric Lindsay, PO Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802, Australia. (email: eric[at]

Literary Semimar – Magic and reality: 7-9 June, Chorozow, Poland. Att. 40 zl. Contact: ela[at]; skf[at]

Convergence: 41st Australian NatCon: 7-10 June, Melbourne, Australia. GoH Joe Haldeman, Sean Williams, Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Jack Dann, Race Mathews. 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];

Confuse/Swecon: Swedish National Con, 14-16 June, Linköping, Sweden. GoH: China Miéville, Gwyneth Jones. Att. SEK 250, at door SEK 300. Contact: confuse[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. GoH: G.R.R.Martin, K.Bulycov, R.Holdstock, A.Sapkowski. Att: $20/$25. Prices go up at end of May. Contact SFC Avalon, c/o vaclav.pravda[at];

Toronto Trek:5-7 July, Toronto, Canada. SF, fantasy & media con. Contact: tcon[at];; Tel: +1 (416) 410-TCON (8266).

Shore Leave 24: 12 – 14 July, Hunt Valley, MD, USA. Pre-reg deadline 31 May 02. Media. Contact: Shore Leave, PO Box 6809, Towson, MD 21285-6809, USA (tel: +1 410-496-4456; information[at];

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

Tatracon 2002 05-11 August, Tatra Mountains, Slovakia. Contact:; tvreduta[at]

Contexxt: Unicon 2002 9-11 August, Cheltenham, UK. GoH Keith Brooke, Ben Jeapes. Att. 30 UKP. Contact: ConteXXt 15a Derby Street Reading RG1 7NX, UK. (Email: contexxt[at];

Conversions 19: 9-11 August, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH:Charles DeLint, Robert Sawyer, Jeff A.Lendis (Marslander). Att.$40.00 Contact: Conversions, PO Box 20098, Calgary Place RPO, Calgary, AB, T2P 4J2, Canada. (Fax +1 (403) 277-4251;

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 55 on door. Contact: Alain le Bussy, rue du Cimetière, 21, 4130 Esneux, Belgium. (

* Polcon 2002: 29 August-1 September, Krakow, Poland. Polish National SF Con. GoH: Ken Macleod, Kiryl Jeskow, Anna Brzezinska, Jacek Rodek. Contact: Galicyjska Gildia Fanow Fantastyki, 31-469 Krakow, Ul. Mlynska 2/77, Poland.

* Con Jose (Worldcon): 29 August-2 September, 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: info[at];

Istrocon: 13-15 September, Bratislava, Slovakia. Contact:; istrocon[at]

Baltcon 2002/Latcon III: 20-22nd September, Riga, Latvia. GoHs Nikolay Gudanec, Dalia Truskaveckaya. Contact: t_oms_k[at]

Filkcontinental: 4-7 October, Freusburg, Germany. Contact:

Elstercon: 20-22 September, Leipzig, Germany. GoH: Tim Powers, Mary Doria Russell. Contact: Manfred Orlowski, Ernestistrasse 6, 04277 Leipzig, Germany. (; Dirk-Berger[at]

* SHSFG 21st Birthday Party 21 September, Portsmouth, UK. (South Hants Science Fiction Group). Contact: Square_Bear[at]

Octocon: 19-20 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: China Miéville, Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott. Att. 30 Euros 'til 01/10/02. (22.5 UKP). Contact:, octocon2001[at] UK agent, Dave Lally, 64 Richborne Tce, London, SW8 1AX, England.

HanseCon 18: 24-28 October, Lübeck, Germany. Contact: Heinrich R. Arenz, Burgstraße 33, 60316 Frankfurt Germany. (hra.hanse[at]

* Barnacon: Spanish National SF con. 31 October-3 November, Barcelona, Spain. Contact: or organizacion[at]

Novacon 32: 1-3 November, Walsall, UK. GoH: Ian McDonald. Att: 32UKP 'til Easter, 35UKP 'til 20/10/02, 40UKP on door. Contact: Novacon, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ. (Email: xl5[at]

Consaint: Beneluxcon, 22-24 November, Zandvoort, Netherlands. GoH: China Mieville, Jannelies Smit, W J Maryson. Att. 40 Eur. Contact: Consaint, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands. (Email: consaint[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]

Nordcon 15: 5 – 9 December, 2002 Jastrzebia Góra, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland; papier[at]; tel. +48 58 5531073

Dracon: 6-8 December, Brno, Czech Republic. Contact:; dracon[at]


Roscon: 13-16 February, Moscow, Russia. Contact: (Email:; roscon[at]

Redemption: 21-23 February, Ashford, UK. Blake's 7 con. Contact:; redemption[at]

Mecon 6: 7-9 March, Belfast, UK. GoH: Peter F Hamilton. Contact:

Ad Astra: 21 -23 March, Canada. GoH: Michael Moorcock, Robert Gould, Alan Lee. Contact:; info[at]

* Dort.con 200322-23rd March, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Larry Niven, Barbara Slawig. Att.: Euro 20,- 'til 31/12/02, Euro 25,- 'til 15/03/03, Euro 30,- at con. Contact: Irma Leu, Berliner Straße 206, D-45144 Essen, Germany (; info[at]

* Swancon April 17-21, Perth, WA, Australia. 42nd Australian National SF Con. Att. 1/8/02-21/4/03. GoH: Lynn Flewelling and Tony Shillitoe. Contact: Swancon 2003 GPO Box G429 PERTH WA 6841, Australia. (

Seacon 03 (Eastercon): 18-23 April, Hinckley, UK. GoH: Chris Baker, Chris Evans, Mary Gentle. Att: 40UKP 'til 1/11/02. Contact: 8 The Orchard, Tonwell, Herts, SG12 0HR, UK. ([at]

* Emoticon: 18-23 April, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand NatCon. GoH: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mary Maclachlan. Contact: PO Box 74-013, Market Rd, Auckland New Zealand (enquiries[at]

2nd International Week of Science and SF:19-25 May, Timisoara, Romania. GoH: Ian Watson, Danut Ungureanu, Vince Docherty, Roberto Quaglia. Ghost-o-H: H. G. Wells.Contact:; info at concatenation dot org.

ConStruction: 11-13 July, Cardiff, Wales. Conrunning. Postponed from 2001. Att. 25 UKP. Contact: Dragon Events Ltd., Construction, 63 Providence Way, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, CB5 9QH, UK. (email: Construction[at]

T-con 2003: or T3. 42nd Japan National SF Con: 19-21 July, Shiobara-cho, Tochigi, Japan. Contact: contact[at]

* Conjuration:1-3 August, Cambridge, UK. RPG con. Att. 25 UKP. Contact: Conjuration, 48 Brackyn Road, Cambridge, CB1 0DF, UK. (Email: committee[at];

* Finncon X: Finnish National SF Con, Eurocon 2003, 1-3 August, Turku, Finland. Att. Free. GoH: Michael Swanwick, Steve Sansweet, Boris Hurtta. Contact: Ben.Roimola[at];

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


Concourse: Eastercon, 9-12 April, Blackpool, UK. GoH: Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Danny Flynn, Sue Mason, Christopher Priest, Philip Pullman. Contact: Concourse, 479 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, England, CB5 8JJ, UK. (Email: concourse[at];

* Conflux 43rd April 23-26, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Australian National SF Con. GoH Sean McMullen. Att. $100.Contact: eastcoast[at]

CONTOUR 2004: 31 May-3 June. Proposed as New Zealand's 25th National SF Con. Rotorua. enquiries[at]

* A Commonwealth of Science Fiction:August, Liverpool, UK. Academic SF conference. Theme: SF in the British Commonwealth. Call for papers. Contact: Andrew M Butler, D28, Dept. of Arts and Media, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, HP11 2JZ, UK. (andrew.butler[at];

Noreascon Four: Worldcon, 2-6 September, USA. Contact: P.O. Box 1010 Framingham MA 01701-1010, USA, (info[at];; or Tim or Marcia Illingworth)


Tolkien 2005: Celebrating 50 years of The Lord of the Rings, 11-15 August, Birmingham, UK. Att. 40UKP. Contact:

Great Britain Worldcon Bid 4-8 August, Glasgow, Scotland. 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];


* USA: Kansas City Worldcon bid – 31August-4 September, Kansas City, USA. Contact:; MidAmeriCon[at]


There are rumours of an Australian bid for Worldcon in Melbourne: 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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