Fans Across the World

Newsletter 9 November 1991

B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain.

Newsletter 9 November 1991

Zagreb fandom

Early in October (5th) Roelof Goudriaan made telephone contact with Bruno Orgorelec in Zagreb. As of that time none of the Zagreb fans had been physically hurt or was suffering badly from the war, although understandably all fannish activity had stopped. Both he and Krsto Mazuranic were meeting frequently on civil defence work, Krsto has managed to get his family away from their home which is close to an army barracks. At the time the Zagreb fans felt that although the war was bad it was worth it. Despite the situation there was a small convention in September at which there were a few Serbian fans, as of then there was no tension between the two groups. Bruno did get the postcard which made the rounds at Chicon V and he would like to thank all who signed it. (This information came from 'phone calls to Roelof and from an article in Shards of Babel – apologies to all of you who have read the original, and thanks to Roelof for the information).


Shards of Babel is THE European newszine. Quite apart from lifting lead articles from its pages, heavy news swapping takes place between FATW Newsletter and Shards. It costs 10 for 10 issues (cash) or NLG 25 for 8 issues (use a Eurocheque) to Roelof Goudriaan, Babel Publications, Caan van Necklaan 63, 2281 BB Rijswijk ZH, the Netherlands. Either write to Roelof or catch Larry van der Putte at a con. Alternatively he will swap the zine for news, this is how most of his Eastern European subscribers "pay" and adds to the amount of news he receives. Critical Wave (sorry, I'm short on time: I've lost track of the address) have a different focus, they carry reviews of SF materials, cons, etc. besides fanzine and con listings. The two magazines are complementary. CW appears to be staggering towards a regular schedule again. Paying your sub on time, or even early, would help them to suvive- and they're still appealing for life subscribers. Fandom Directory is brash, commercialised, and comes from the US. British fandom ignores it, but it does have considerable credibility in Eastern Europe and is an excellent source of addresses, even if it does appeal to REALLY alien life forms such as Baseball Card Collectors. FANDATA Computer Services, 7761 Asterella Court, Springfield, VA 22152-3133, USA. These were all in English. Antares is French. It calls itself a fanzine, but by our standards it's a semiprozine, the design is almost Art Nouveau. Jean-Pierre Moumon carries a discussion column covering SF issues around the world, recent issues have discussed Sf and Perestroika – as the changes were happening. The main content is translations SF stories from around the world. 140 FF for 4 issues to: Antares, La Magali, Chemin Calabro, 83160 La Valette, France.

SFCD RGGB is the name, or at least the initials of the new regional group of the Science Fiction Group Deutschland (Regional Gruppe Gross Britannien). This was requested by Fiona Anderson and other British fans (eg. Oliver Gruter!) and was approved, with great amusement, during October. This regional group is the first outside Germany, hopefully the first of many: newszines are much easier to read in a foreign language than stories and can give the practice that is needed to get onto reading short fiction. So, if you have some German, why not join. The address is: SFCD, c/o Michael Haitel, Kemptener Str. 97, W-8901 Koenigsbrunn, Germany. In the meantime, Fiona is already denying the rumours going the rounds in Germany that she wants to bid for the next German National Convention. For the present she says she is quite happy to be running parties, while others sweat over running the convention itself. She reckons she has run enough bits of Cons to appreciate the sight of someone else putting all the work in for a change.

STOP PRESS: Freucon has been declared the 1992 Eurocon. Good luck!

Future International Conventions

Novacon 21: 1-3 November, Birmingham. Contact: Novacon 21, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, W.Midlands B66 4HS, UK.

Coloniacon X: 9-10 November, Cologne. DM12. Contact: Manfred Mueller, Berrenratherstrasse 349, W-5000 Koeln 41, FRG.

Fantasycon XVI: 15-17 November, London. Contact: 15 Stanley Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DE, UK.

Hillcon: 22-24 November, Atlanta Hotel, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GOH Dan Simmons & Orson Scott Card, Fan GOH Kees van Toorn. Contact: John Flaton, van Eeghenstraat 93, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

X-ASM: 29 Nov-1 Dec, Leeds. Contact: X-ASM, 16 Aviary Place, Leeds, W. Yorkshire, LS12 2NP, UK. Nordcon: 5-8 December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PKO BP 0/Gdynia, 19611- 237451-132, Poland.

Dracon: 6-8 December, Dum rekreace, nr Brno Lake Dam, Brno, Czechoslovakia. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czechoslovakia.

27-30 December: X-CON in Germany has been cancelled. 1992F1

Freucon: 24-26 April, Freudenstadt, Germany. German National Convention in a spa town in the Black Forest. GOH: Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, Iain Banks & Daniel Walther. DM 45 'til 12/91, then DM 60. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG. Elstercon: 29-31 May, Leipzig, Germany. DM 30 'til31/12. Contact: Manfred Orlowski, Koernerstr. 49, O-7010 Leipzig, FRG.

Aelita: Sverdlovsk, USSR, Late May/Early June (exact date not yet known) c/o (Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, USSR).

Androcon: 18-21 June, Noerdlingen, Germany. DM95 (inc. dormitory). Contact: Michael Haitel, Kemptener Strasse 97, 8901 Koenigsbrunn, FRG.K (May be cancelled if not enough members register – only the Germans would actually bother to warn you of this...)

Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot): 1-31 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.

Polcon'92: 2-5 July, Bialystok, Poland. Polish national convention: films, panels, masquerade, live action role-playing game. Cost 50,000 zl. (may rise with inflation) Contact Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, D.K. 'Zacheta', 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.K (Applications officiallty close 31 Jan 1992, 'tho they might be able to squeeze in the odd member after that).

5th SF Days NRW: 4-5 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. GOH Brian Aldiss. DM 25 'til 31/12. Contact: Heinrich Spork, Am Sonnenberg 38, 4630 Bochum 5, FRG. (NOTE COA)

Phantastische Tage 1992: 7-9 August, Hannover, Germany. Contact: IGPT, c/o Sven-Olaf Gloege, Graudenzer Weg 17, D-3000 Hannover 51, FRG.

HamaCon: 21-23 August, Yokohama, Japan. Y 18,000 'til 31/12. Contact: Hamacon, 37-1-607 Imaikami-machi, Nakahara-ku Kawasaki-shi, 211Japan (Fax +81-44-733-3603) Magicon: 3-7 September, Orlando, USA. (Worldcon) Contact: Peter Weston, 14 St. Bernard's Road, Sutton Coldfield, W. Midlands,KB72 1LE, UK.

Parcon: 4-6 September, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (Czechoslovak National Con) Contact: Sf klub KLF, Jiri Pilch, Svazacka 17/2205, 704 00 Ostrava-Zabreh, Czechoslovakia Nordcon & Dracon will take place in December. See above.

Eurocon'92: this was supposed to be taking place in Zagreb. This looks very likely to change. Two other offers are under serious consideration, but the decision has yet to be announced.


Helicon: Eurocon'93: 8-12 April, Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey, UK. Cost 20. Contact: Helicon, 63 Drake Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1LQ, UK.

Confrancisco: 3-6 September, San Francisco. (Worldcon) Contact: Confrancisco, PO Box 22097, San Francisco, CA 94122, USAF2K


Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: H. McCarthy, 147 Francis Rd., London, E10 6NT, UK.

Club addresses

We still have an full address list, problem is that with the current length of the conlisting there isn't room for it. A full list is available if you want one, please tell us. As the list is being constantly updated a printed version does not exist at the moment. Firstly: has anyone ever got anything except a photocopied form letter from Mrs. R. Mileva (51A, Bigla Street, Sofia 1126, Bulgaria), quite a lot of fans have sent them books by now, I know of no one who has got a reply. Others will write back: Alexander Vasilkovsky, Zoryany Shlyam SF Club, 8 Zankvetskaya St. Apt 13 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine, USSR, will swap one good used (good: ie. use your discretion, but don't dump your secondhand Dragonlance novels on him) book for one copy of their English language fanzine Chernobylization. Alexander is all but making a business of this! (No harm done, some of the big SF clubs are highly organised affairs). Yuri Savchenko (of Chicon V fame) (KLF MGU), Moscow University SF Fan Club, do vostrebovania, MGU, Leninskye Gory, Moscow, USSR, 117234, will also reply (although since he's busy sometimes somewhat late!). The club- a much more organised thing than its British equivalents- is now also producing a small fanzine. They'll send you some in reply. Romania has tended to contact the French rather than the English, so when I wrote to Nicolae C. Ariton, str 1848, bloc 2, sc F, ap 9, Tulcea – 8800, Romania of Clubul "Mileniul III", I wrote in French (he had originally contacted Antares). He replied, also in French. (They read English) They are eager for contact: but you'll get a letter rather than a fanzine.

Fans Across the World: the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Cyril Simsa (Czechoslovak contact), Maureen Speller, Roger Robinson, Karen Kelly, Colin Fine, Steve Linton, Rob Meades, James Steel (artist), Piotr Cholewa. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions. Thanks to Roelof Goudriaan, Fiona Anderson, John Stewart, Cyril Simsa, Nicolae Ariton, Steve Grover, Marcus Rowlands, Agnieszka Sylwanowicz, Oliver Gruter, Lloyd Penny, Filip Skaba, Jean-Pierre Moumon, Mark Plummer, and Roger Robinson for help and information.