B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain.
Worldcon in Hawaii and Fans Across the World will be holding a joint party on Saturday Evening at ReCONaissance please come if you will be at ReCONaissance, we are one of the Con's official charities. We are also hoping to display material referred to in a talk on Saturday morning on a noticeboard at the Con (logistics permitting), some of this from Russian Conventions, some Eastern European fanzines, etc. Come and have a look.
Many more fans from other countries are turning up at British conventions than was the case a few years ago. Quite apart from cheap transatlantic fares, for those prepard to take the risk, local western Europeans are more easily able to get over. Dutch fans other than Larry are getting to British cons ('tho that may be peace and quite rather than anything else). More Eastern Europeans should also be making it here in the next few months, with a little help. The Czech fan and writer Eva Hauser has been invited to Speculation,she will be helped by a grant from Eastcon through Fans Across the World and by Speculationitself. Rumour has it that Jaroslav Olsa may also make it, this should be an easy feat for him. the Czech author Josef Nesvadba is a GOH at Wincon IIover the summer, invited and financed by the Con committee and an arts organisation (sorry, I can't remember which!). The Polish fan and translator Agnieszka Sylwanowicz has been invited as a Fan GOH by Mabinogicon. Confiction veterans may remember her as one of the Green Room Poles, they hope to run a Green Room at Cracon! Poland runs its own conventions, both large and small, but all they've ever seen of ours are the large ones. Seacon 84, Conspiracy 87 and Confiction are hardly representative of the average British con (particularly Confiction...) I guess this counts as a SMOFund. Agnieska is to be financed partially by the con, and partially by a whip round. In the mean time, several British fans will be going to Cracon the Eurocon in Poland. Poland last held the Eurocon many years ago- that was where Polish fandom was first set up! If you decide to join those of us going, membership is free, but you will need a visa, so don't leave it too late. Accommodation may be difficult to find, contacting other fans going would be as well before you leave, particularly if you have no contacts in Poland, the City Illiterates/SKF linkup can cut both ways. Other future European conventions likely to have a small British contingent going include Barcon-to be held in Berlin over the summer, and Hillcon-a Beneluxcon revival. (see over for updated Con list) Fan Groups in Eastern Europe: an update
First of all, a grovelling apology to Yuri Savchenko of Moscow University: I got his address wrong, I hope too much mail has not gone astray. It should have read: Y. Savchenko(KLF MGU), do vostrebovania, MGU, Leninsky Gory, Moscow 117234, USSR.the "do vostrebovania" means poste restante, my mail probably fell into a black hole. New addresses and address changes: USSR: "Uralsky Sledopyt", c/o Vitaly Bugrov, Dekabristov 67, 620000 Sverdlovsk, USSR. (The magazine of Aelita) Radiant (SF Club), Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, USSR Alexander V Vasilkovsky, Zoryany Shlyam SF Club, 8 Zankovetskaya St., Apt 13 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine, USSR. (Hitch Hiker and general SF contact). Czechoslovakia: SF Klub Spectra. Filip Skaba, Hociminova 9, 10200 Praha 10, Czechoslovakia. (COA) Please tell us of any other possible contacts, and of any changes of address that you may know of. We have a much longer list if you need one.
Kontur, early May, BialystoK, Poland. Cross-country role playing, this year's theme is to be the Quest of the Grail. Cracon: Eurocon'91, Cracow, Poland, 9-12 May, 1991. Filking, masquerade, bookroom, artshow, banquet, etc. (contact Wiktor Bukato, P.O. Box 983, 00-950 Warsaw, Poland). Aelita Sverdlovsk, USSR, June (exact date not yet known) c/o (Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, USSR). Confuse,14-16 June, Sweden. (Contact c/o Bjorklind, Troskareg. 53, S-58330 Linkoping, Sweden). Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot), F11-31 July, Tuzla, Kertch, Crimea, USSR. Relaxcon Soviet style, bring your own tent, food, spoon, plate etc. Annual since 1984, 80-100 attendees. (Contact "Poslezavtra" Club, c/o Andrey Tzemenko, Borzenko 25-45, 334514 Kertch, USSR). 4th science fiction Days NRW 6/7 July 1991, Dusseldorf (contact Oliver Gruter, Physics Dept., RHBN College, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) Dosheletz, end July-early August, Baskir taiga near Ufa, USSR. Small Soviet relaxcon arranged by fans from the Urals and Siberia, Moscow University takes part. (Contact Azat Ismagilov, pr-t Oktyabrya 65/4-44, 450083 Ufa, USSRF2). Finncon'91, F110-11 August. Old Student House, Helsinki, Finland. GOH Iain Banks (Contact Ari Veintie, Harjukatu 6 A 2A, 00500 Helsinki, Finland). Barcon,Berlin, 6-8 September 1991 (contact Bernhard Kempen, Karntner Str. 29, D-1000 Berlin 62, Germany, or Wilf James). Volgacon,Volgograd, 8-14 September (Contact Boris Aleksandrovich Zavgorodny, Poste Restante, Volgograd-66, USSR). Hillcon,22-24 November, Atlanta Hotel, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (Contact John Flaton, van Eeghenstraat 93, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
I doubt most of you will make more than one or two of them. I doubt that any of you will make some of them, but then that's probably true of some much less esoteric Con lists. Please send us details of other cons, if you have them, the US and UK are well covered in other lists (I've pinched some material from CW), but coverage of Europe and Asia is poor, and an SF Con is just the sort of continental Busman's Holiday you all want, I'm sure.
Shipping of books to Eastern Europe, for clubs, goes on. A large box of assorted paperbacks, the good, the bad, the ghod-awful, was taken to Czechoslovakia in the Autumn, courtesy of Cyril Simsa's father. This was for Prague SF clubs. A copy of "The New Apocrypha" was purchased and sent registered post to SF Club Spectra after requests for information about how pseudo science is regarded in the West. Batches of SF critical works have been sent by registered post to Poland, less valuable books have been sent unregistered as an experiment, but such experiments take time, a letter can take up to a month to arrive. Some things sent to the Soviet Union have not arrived, but this can probably be put down to the address problems referred to above. Further experiments are being made, using the correct address this time!
At the January 'ton, early on, several fans were approached by a young man asking in a foreign accent where ZZ9 were to be found. Somebody found them for him and his elderly companion. It then turned out that the two of them were from the Ukraine. The young man had got hold of the address of ZZ9 from an advertisement in the Confiction programme book brought home by one of the USSR members. His father (the older man) was bringing him to England and he wanted to contact english Hitch Hiker fans, so he wrote to ZZ9. They wrote to him telling him to come to the 'ton if possible. So he had. He was handing out badges, and had given the head of ZZ9 a copy of a Ukrainian SF magazine with a translation of Hitch Hiker in it. In return he was to be given copies of episodes of Hitch Hiker on video. Both sides intended to keep in touch afterwards. We have all become used to Americans wandering into the 'ton by now, but Russians?
The first overseas branch of Fans Across the World has been set up, it is coordinated by Roelof Goudriaan, with help from Miranda Aldham-Breary and Richard Vine, who initiated the Betty and Michael fund at Confiction. They are at present administering the remains of the collections of guilders made at Confiction. None of us see much point in playing the international money markets, we'll only loose, and if we need the money as dollars next time we might as well change guilders!
Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Cyril Simsa (Czechoslovak contact), Karen Kelly, Colin Fine, Steve Linton, Rob Meades, Roger Robinson and James Steel (artist). That may sound a long list but some do more than others (some CAN do more than others) and we need more help. Volunteers urgently sought. All offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions also welcome. Special thanks to Eastcon, Friends of Foundation, the Foundation, Chris Morgan and others too numerous to mention.