Honorary President John Brunner
B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain.
There's a gap in the convention calendar. It's called August. It's easy to see why concoms don't book for August, the hotels are full of mundanes, prices are high, and numbers of fans are on holiday – but that last can be a plus as well as a minus. After the SF Days/Polcon weekend in early July you have the choice of Scandinavian traditional Western conventions, or CIS or Romanian SF camps until September, with the honourable exceptions of Hungarocon and Scone. This is a real problem for those fans who can only take their holidays in August, and would be interested in foreign cons. What the solution is I don't know – Western fan camps? The drought is broken in the first weekend of September, when both the Czechoslovak and the French national conventions are held on the same weekend as Magicon. This IS a good time to hold a con. It is the period that Confiction used, the period that Barcon used, and Parcon'92 also seems set to gain a fair sized international contingent. Clashing directly with the Worldcon is a problem, but otherwise early September seems to be a good patch. All three conventions have their interesting features. Parcon is being held in Ostrava, a coal mining town, and no great tourist attraction, but the fan group there is keen, has been running a 48hour – well you can't quite call it a relaxcon – for years, and have drafted in some assistance from the nearby Katowice club. In Poland. Fans from five other countries have expressed an interest in going. The French national convention is being held in Belgium. To be precise, it is being held in the "town of books" of Redu, and it is not only the 19th French national con, but also the 4th Francophone convention, a previous one has been held in Switzerland. They advertise "Stands of fanzines and publishers, bar, expositions, bar, snacks, bar, secondhand books, bar, food, bar, informal discussions between companions or with authors in the bar, films and videos, trout ardennaises guaranteed – failing that loup de mer, but certainly a bar..." British fandom has talked of the French as being isolationist, but we have had the same reputation in some quarters, perhaps both sides have been at fault. Certainly they have reached out first to the French speaking communities in Belgium, Quebec and Switzerland, but also more recently beyond. They are interested in getting "foreign" fans to the con, although obviously you'll get a lot more out of it if you speak reasonable French. But they have a clash problem. Next year when worldcon is the week after and Parcon has moved to June they may find they have become Eurofandom's late summer con. Most of the British tourists are going to Magicon, many Germans are also going. Also a sprinkling of other nationalities. This is partially because of the Glasgow bid, but also because the hop to Orlando is cheap. If you have a membership: remember to vote. Snippets...
Fiona Anderson has volunteered to take over the post of Treasurer of Fans Across the World. Get well presents should be sent to... Seriously, Thanks! Foundation's Eurocon Award was on display at the April Council meeting. The formal British presentation may take place at the Arthur C Clarke Minehead Festival in July. The address list of clubs, etc. in Eastern Europe is still being updated, this Newsletter is now far too crowded to print chunks, but do get in touch if you want a copy, or even simply a country section. If you want a contact in Germany try the SFCD (Science Fiction Club Deutschland). They are central to German fandom in a way that the BSFA has never been – it's a different way of running things. (Michael Haitel, Hafnerweg 10, W-8901 Welden-Reutern, FRG. Fax (089) 8106-513 Note COA.) Two issues ago I was talking about all of the British cons going bust (well, a few). Now I hear on the news that large numbers of British hotels are going bust. This must be part of a much larger knock-on effect. What will this mean for the hotels? And what will it mean for the cons?
Confuse 92: 12-14 June, Sweden. Contact c/o Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-582 46 Linkoping, Sweden.
Androcon: 18-21 June, Noerdlingen, Germany. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Protoplasm: 19-21 June, Manchester, UK. Att. œ 14. Contact: 1 Shoesmith Court, Merchant's Place, Reading, Berks RG1 1DT, UK.
Lituanicon-92: 25-28 June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lectures, discussions, films, masquerade, banquet. Contact SF club 'Dorado', Planetarium, Ukmerges 12a, 232005, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot): 1-31 July, Tuzla, Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine. Relaxcon Ukrainian 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, Ukraine. PLEASE NOTE, THE ISLAND OF TUZLA IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING PRIVATISED. THE ORGANISERS HOPE TO RENEW THE CONTRACT, BUT DON'T JUST TURN UP ON THE OFF CHANCE.
Polcon'92: 2-5 July, Bialystok, Poland. Polish national convention: films, panels, masquerade, live action role-playing game. Cost 50,000 zl. (ca. œ3) Contact: Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.
5th SF Days NRW: 4-5 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. GOH Brian Aldiss. 30 DM. Contact: Heinrich Spork, Am Sonnenberg 38, 4630 Bochum 5, FRG.
Hungarocon'92: 31 July-2 August, Hungary. Cost 1300-Ft, including accommodation. Contact: Bodi Ildiko H-3100 Salgotarjan, Fay A. krt. 86, HungaryF2. Atlantykron SF Creation Camp: 24-31 July,nr. Cernavoda, Constanta, Romania. Fan camp: SF workshop come relaxcon on an island on the Danube – stress on creation rather than consumption. Boat accommodation or bring a tent. Apply by 25 June to Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania (tel. 912-37705). Hobbit Games: end July-early August, Baskir taiga near Ufa, Russia. The usual Dosheletz relaxcon will be replaced by these open air live action games – these are for ordinary SF fans not specialists. Bring own tent etc. Contact Azat Ismagilov, pr-t Oktyabrya 65/4-44, 450083 Ufa, Russia.
Researcher's camp(!?): August, Retezat Mountains, Romania. Contact: FNTSF, CP 15-3, Bucuresti, Romania.
Norcon 11: 7-9 August, Oslo, Norway. Contact: Norcon 11, c/o Ellen T. Anderson, Waldemar Thranes gt. 62 B, N-0173 Oslo 1, Norway.
Phantastische Tage 1992: 7-9 August, Hannover, Germany. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Fantastika'92: 14-16 August, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact address unknown, try: c/o Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 Linkoping, Sweden.
HamaCon: 21-23 August, Yokohama, Japan. Contact: Hamacon, 37-1-607 Imaikami-machi, Nakahara-ku Kawasaki-shi, 211 Japan (Fax +81-44-733-3603F2)
RomCon: September, Romanian national convention. Bids from Galati and Singeorz Bai. Contact: FNTSF, CP 15-3, Bucuresti, Romania.
French national convention: 3-6 September, Redu, Belgium. Held in the Belgian Hay on Wye! Att. 250FF, Supp. 150FF. Contact: Serge Croquet, rue des XXII, 8 B-4000 Liege, Belgium (fax 188.8.131.52)
Magicon: 3-7 September, Orlando, USA. Contact: Peter Weston, 14 St. Bernard's Road, Sutton Coldfield, W. Midlands, B72 1LE, UK.
Parcon: 4-6 September, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. (Czechoslovak National Convention) Contact: Organizacni Konzorcium Parcon 92, ObKS Poruba, Opavska 1119, 70800 Ostrava-Poruba, Czechoslovakia. or: Ales Koval, Zborovska 11, 701 00 Ostrava 1, Cz.
Tatracon: post Parcon, Czechoslovakia. Contact: Martin Schuster, Juhoslovanska 5/32, 040 01, Kosice, Czechoslovakia.
Contraption: 11-13 September, UK. Role-playing. Contact: Contraption, 4 Haddon Close, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6DP, UK.
12 Wetzlarer Tage der Phantastik: 10-13 September, Wetzlar, Germany. Contact: Phantastische Bibliothek, Domplatz 7, 6330 Wetzlar 1, FRG.
Chumatsky Shlyah: 1-4 October, Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian National Convention. Contact: Alexander Vasilkovsky, Poste Restante, General PO, 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine.
Octocon: 17-18 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Contact: Helen Ryder, 30 Beverley Downs, Templeogue, Dublin 16, Ireland.
Hanse-Con: 22-26 October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhardt Marwitz, Postfach 1524, W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. CapitalCon: 30 Oct-1 November, Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin. 20 DM 'til 1/6, 25 DM 'til 30/9 then 30 DM. Run by SF Club Andymon, special feature on DDR authors. Contact: Wolfgang Both, Vorstadtweg 20, O-1141 Berlin, FRG.
Beneluxcon: 27-29 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands. f 40 'til 1/6 then f 52.50. Contact: Larry van der Putte, Kotter 5, 1186 WH Amstelveen, Netherlands.
Nordcon: 3-6 December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Fully inclusive cost for westerners for the weekend US$ 84. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland. Dracon: early 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.
Helicon: Eurocon'93: 8-12 April, Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey, UK. Contact: Helicon, 63 Drake Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1LQ, UK.
Parcon: Czechoslovak national con: 25-27 June 1993, Sumperk, Czechoslovakia. Contact: SFK Makropulos, Petr Konupcik, Na Vyhlidce 1, 787 01 Sumperk, Czechoslovakia.
Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. Contact: Intercon'93, Postboks 121 vinderen, N-0319 OSLO 3, Norway.
French national convention: 27-29 August, Orleans, France. Theme "Women and SF". Contact: Danielle Martinigol, 1 rue Gabrielle-Jaillard, F91070 bondoufle, France.
Confrancisco: 3-6 September, San Francisco. (Worldcon) Contact: Confrancisco, PO Box 22097, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA. 1994F1
Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. 55 DM 'til 15/11/92. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.
Parcon: Czechoslovakia. Probably early July.
Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: H. McCarthy, 147 Francis Rd., London, E10 6NT, UK.
Fans Across the World: the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Cyril Simsa (Czechoslovak contact), Fiona Anderson (Treasurer), 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 Catalin Grosu, Roelof Goudriaan, Alison Ewing, Fiona Anderson, Christina Scull, Alain le Bussy, Alexander Vasilkovsky, Yuri Savchenko, Roger Robinson, Eva Hauser, Cyril Simsa, Paulina Braiter, Oliver Gruter, and others for help and information.