Fans Across the World

Newsletter 25

March 1993 Newsletter 25

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Foundation('s) move

The Science Fiction Foundation, formerly of the Polytechnic of East London, has now moved to Liverpool University. The books were moved during the middle of March and are already on the shelves, although they will not be fully open for consultation until August when an administrator is appointed.

This is a loss to London, but the enthusiasm of Liverpool University should give the Foundation a new lease of life. The last years were very difficult, and although Joyce Day, and others of the library staff did what they could, things were getting more difficult rather than easier.

In the meantime members of the Friends of Foundation have access to it in its new home.

Foundation the journal can be contacted via New Worlds bookshop, or via Friends.

For information about membership of Friends of Foundation contact: Roger Robinson, 75 Rosslyn Avenue, Harold Wood, Essex, RM3 0RG, UK. (tel. 0708-342-304).

Arthur C Clarke Award

The winner of the 1993 Arthur C Clarke Award was Marge Piercy's Body of Glass (Penguin Books). The runner up was Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins) with Hearts, Hands and Voices by Ian McDonald (Gollancz) and Correspondence by Sue Thomas (Women's Press) in joint third place.

The prize was presented by Fred Clarke at the Groucho Club on the 25th of March.

The panel of six judges come from the Science Fiction Foundation, the British Science Fiction Association, and the International Science Policy Foundation.

Further information on the award and the winner can be obtained from: David V Barrett, 23 Oakfield Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2UD, UK. (fax *81-688-6081).

Fans Against Racism

A large number of German fans in the SFCD (Science Fiction Club Deutschland) have signed a statement published in a recent issue of Andromeda Nachrichten (the SFCD news journal) denouncing the current rise of anti-foreigner feeling in Germany. Best of luck!

After all, if we have difficulty coping with people from another country not so very far from us, what hope have we got the day we meet real aliens?

(SFCD, Thomas Recktenwald, Lindenstr. 11, W-6630, Saarlouis-Roden)


Yes, this is the March issue, yes it's more or less April.

Lack of time, particularly in the form of time taken up with easing people's passage to Helicon, has taken its toll, and March has more or less ended.

Anybody who has paid for a subscription will be credited with another issue, whether I manage to get a 'spare' issue out in April or not. Hopefully the amount of news collected at Helicon will be enough to fill another two issues in quick succession. And hopefully I'll get the time. Please keep the news coming in.

Playing the fool

Fans Across the World will be fund-raising at Helicon. Firstly, the usual raffle – please buy tickets if you can find us, secondly, through other sillier events. Keep an eye open (or run away fast...).

If you are fairly fluent in another language please volunteer as an interpreter. You will get ribbons for the languages concerned – as a interpreter you may get asked the odd question but you will not get grabbed for substantial translation duties unless you volunteer.

If you have a little of a language get a coloured spot for your badge – you won't get asked to interpret – but you may find you can swap a few words.

Lifts and crash space needed: Visa problems have meant that the Russian fans Yuri and Andrei still don't know if they will get to Helicon, at least one other fan may arrive in London during the next few days. Emergency crash space may be needed fast. Leonid Kouritz and Alexandr Genin, and those mentioned above, need a lift down to the port for a channel crossing. Their crossing will be paid ('tho any unused donated tickets would be welcome. Phone me before 5th April, or see me at the Wellington or FOF's party.

Future International Conventions


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

Smofcon: 16-18 April, St Helier, Jersey. Conrunner's con. Contact: see Helicon.

Aelita: c20th April, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Ekaterinburg, Russia. (There are problems, check before going.)

Italcon: 29 April-2 May, Italy. Contact: Adolfo Organti, Cooperativa Il Cerchio, Via Cairoli 85, I-47037 Rimini, Italy (0541)786382

Kontur: will be held in early May as in previous years. Contact: Podlaskie Towarzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, D.K. "Zacheta", 15-207 Bialystok, Poland.

Saarcon: 8-9 May, Merzig, Germany. Contact: Arno Weber, Harlingerweg 32, 6640 Merzig, FRG. (06861) 75062

Lausitzcon: 21-23 May, Hoyerswerda/Woyerecy, Germany. Contact: Stefan Bielewald, _-Nagel-Strasse 50, D-O-7700 Hoyerswerda, FRG.

Mexicon: 28-31 May, Scarborough, UK. Contact: Mexicon V, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, Westmidlands, B66 4HS, UK.

ColoniaCon: 30-31 May, Cologne, Germany. Contact: Achim Mehnert, Mauritiussteinweg 1, 5000 Koeln 1, FRG.

Confuse: 11-13 June, Linkoeping, Sweden. Contact: ConFuse, c/o Bjoerklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 Linkoeping, Sweden. (13)274463

Lituanicon: 24-27 June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Contact: Rolandas Maskoliunas, Siaures pr 29-13, Kaunas 42, Lithuania.

Parcon: Czechoslovak national con: 25-27 June, Sumperk, Czechoslovakia. Contact: SFK Makropulos, Petr Konupcik, Na Vyhlidce 1, 787 01 Sumperk, Czechoslovakia.

6th SF days NRW: 3-4 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG.

Tulum: 5-9 July, Zagreb, Croatia. Enquire before going to: Krsto Mazuranic, Slavonska 1, 41430 Samobor, Croatia.

Atlantykron: probably end July, Romania. Camp: SF workshop come relaxcon – stress on creation rather than consumption. Contact: Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania (tel. 912-37705).

Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. Contact: Intercon'93, Postboks 121 vinderen, N-0319 OSLO 3, Norway.

Finncon'93: 7-8 August, Helsinki, Finland. Panels, films, masquerades, bar etc. Topics: SF, Fantasy, Horror, books, comics, RPGs etc. MO membership fee. GOHs Terry Pratchett & Bryan Talbot. Programme mostly in Finnish. Crash space in homes for foreign fans if good notice given. Contact: Toni Jerrman, Viljelijantie 4-6 D 103, 00410 Helsinki, Finland.

French national convention: 27-29 August, Orleans, France. Theme "Women and SF". Contact: Danielle Martinigol, 1 rue Gabrielle-Jaillard, F91070 bondoufle, France.

Deepseacon: 27-29 August, Hamburg-Harwich-Hamburg on luxury cruiser "Hamburg". c. 150 DM attending, inc. journey & cabin. Contact: Ralf Lorenz, Kottwitzstrasse 38, 2000 Hamburg 20, Germany. (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

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

Wetzlarer Tage: 9-12 September, Wetzlar, Germany. Contact: Magistrat der Stadt Wetzlar, Postfach 2120, D-W-6330 Wetzlar 1, FRG. (06441) 405-570, fax (06441) 405-395

Frustcon: 1-3 October, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Contact: Uwe Mayer, Bahnhofstrasse 5, D-W-7333 Ebersbach, FRG. (07 163) 6996

Hansecon: 28 October-1 November, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. (04531) 86106

Novacon: 5-7 November, Birmingham, UK. Contact: Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley B66 4SH, UK.

Con-Yak: 26-28 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (BeneluxCon) f60 'til 3/10/93 (CRC f25) Contact: Richard Vermaas, James Wattstraat 13, 1097 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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 111, 612 00 Brno, Czechoslovakia. fax(05)755639

Nordcon: early December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland.


Sou'wester: 1-4 April, Liverpool, UK. (Eastercon) Contact:3 West Shrubbery, Redland, Bristol BS6 6SZ, UK.

Comeback-Con: 30 Apr-1 May, Antwerp, Belgium. (BeneluxCon '94) BF650 'til 31.12.93, BF750 'til 31.3.94 (CRC BF400). Contact: Alfons J Maes, Zankdapelweg 18, B-2200 Noorderwijk, Belgium (tel. 014/26 14 45)

Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.

Mutation: 1st weekend in July, Teplice, Czechoslovakia. (Parcon'94: Czechoslovak National Con) Candidate for the 1994 Eurocon. Contact: Frantisek Hlous, SFK Duna, Leninova 233, 417 31, Teplice-Novosedlice, Czech Republic.

Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: Unknown at present, try the Intersection address, it should get through.


Intersection: Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: Intersection, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, Westmidlands, B66 4HS, UK.


Millenium: 27 December-2 January, north Europe. Contact: Malc om Reid, 55 Cedarwood Ave, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5LP, UK.

Information Needed

I know that this list is incomplete. There will be several more fan camps that I have not listed, and lots more smaller cons. Also there will be lots of mistakes that shouldn't be here at all. Please contact me at the address over, or by fax during the evenings (British time) to *81-802-1739.

Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Fiona Anderson (Treasurer), Cyril Simsa (Czech contact), James Steel (artist), and Piotr Cholewa. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. This issue is dedicated to: the SF Foundation, the International Energy Agency, Helicon, Intersection, Jersey Immigration, Haringey CLP, WordPerfect, Locoscript, Leonid Kouritz, Eastern Electricity, Roelof Goudriaan's fax modem, the British Consulate in Bucharest, and all others who have made my life "interesting" in the last two months.