Fans Across the World

Newsletter 26

April 1993 Newsletter 26

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Future International Conventions...

This edition of the Fans Across the World Newsletter seems to have got eaten by the con listing. I've already brought down the print size, any smaller and half my readers would be unable to read it which would be counterproductive, so I'll either have to start cutting the information given for each con (difficult again, I'm already writing most of them in telegraphese), or start cutting out conventions. I could certainly drop Millenium off the end during "busy" months, but I'm a bit loathe to start hacking 1995 up. Any comments?

For this time it's not so important. As a result of the non-appearance of the March issue at the correct time I can produce two post-Helicon issues this month, calling one April and one May, then the May issue need have no listing at all. But this is a real bad reason for going bimonthly.

When at Helicon I started asking after cons various people said to me "But didn't you know that Recursion is an annual fixture?", no I didn't, how could I when I'd been given the dates piecemeal?

So, for the record. Worldcon usually ocurrs on an obscure US national holiday called Labor Day. Most Anglo-American diaries will tell you when this is, and Worldcon is usually sufficiently well advertised that you won't have to work it out from first principles.

Eastercon is the British national convention, held over the Catholic and Anglican Easter. If you have to you can work this out using tables in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, however most Anglo-American diaries give Easter for the next few years. Swancon takes place down under at the same time.

Dracon and Nordcon have a periodicity I don't understand. They are related to national holidays held in Poland and the Czech Republic, and they both take place during the first or second weekend of December.

The others are relatively easy. They take place on a certain week of a certain month.

The French National Convention takes place at the end of August or during the first weekend of September. This means it usually clashes with Worldcon.

SF Days NRW takes place during the first weekend of July in Duesseldorf.

Chumatsky Shlyah, the Ukrainian National Convention takes place during the first weekend of October.

Novacon takes place over the first weekend of November in Birmingham, England (except when it doesn't).

Hansecon takes place during the last weekend of October.

I know of no others, although I suspect that the Helion meeting in Timisoara has a fixed position, Kontur in Bialystok is usually early May, and many of the fan camps are yearly meetings, but the exact dates are worked out nearer to the time.

Annual events with a rough timing include: the British Unicon, the British filk con, Intercon (though this may have fallen foul of a Baltic convention glut this year), Confuse, Lituanicon, the Hobbit Games, and the Wetzlarer Tage. Please inform me if you know of any others – I am aware that Germany in particular has a full yearly calendar of small cons.

Many thanks to all those who gave me convention details at Helicon, I hope I've added them all.

Stop Press. (In other words I forgot these)

Daicon 22-23 August 1993, Osaka. Contact: Daicon 6, c/o Nr Nagato, 11-19 Oimazatonishi 3-chome, Higashimari-kuy, Osaka City 573, Japan.

Sto-Con-Trent 10-12 September 1993, Stoke-On-Trent, UK. British national RPG con. Contact: StoConTrent, 12b Sprowston Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 $QN, UK.

i was also sent something by some Dr Who fans – please tell me again, I've lost track of it.

Future International Conventions

(* = new or amended)


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

* Rouanne SF week: 8-9 May, Rouanne, France. Contact: Rhone-Alpes SF, 12 Avenue de Paris, F-42334, Rouanne cedex, France.

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, O-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. 30 DM att. 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

* Alzcon: 18-20 June, Alzenau, Germany. Contact: Martin Kempf, Kaerkerstr. 27, 8755 Alzenau, FRG (06023/3474)

Lituanicon: 25-28 June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Contact: Rolandas Maskoliunas, Siaures pr 29-13, Kaunas 42, Lithuania.

* Parcon: Czechoslovak national con: 25-27 June, Sumperk, Czech Republic. 120 Kcs. att, accommodation from 300 Kcs per night. Contact: Parcon'93, ODDM – vila Doris, ul.17, listopadu 2, 787 01 Sumperk, Czech Republic.

6th SF days NRW: 3-4 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. 35 DM Att. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG. (234-461 390)


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

* Lunicon: 30 July-1 August, Leeds, UK. Unicon, att. 10 pounds. Contact: Lunicon, LUU, PO Box 157, Leeds LS1 1UH, UK.

* Atlantykron: 31 July-10 August(?), 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).

* 3rd Hobbit Games: August, Khazan, Russia. No address as yet.

* Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. Status uncertain – 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. NO 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, Junailijankuja 1 B 29, SF-00520 Helsinki, Finland (tel. 0-140486)

* Conscience: 13-15 August, Stockholm, Sweden. 1st Baltic SF Con. $50, free for E Europeans. Contact: Conscience'93, c/o Segerdahl, Prastgarsgatan 19B, S-75230 Uppsala, Sweden. (tel. +46(8)64224077) (Email cons93[at]

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)

* Casscon'93: 3-5 September, Kosice, Slovakia. SF, fantasy, masquerades, barbarian party. Contact: Martin Schuster, Juhoslovanska 5, 04013 Kosice, Slovakia

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

* Hispacon: Gijon, Spain. Spanish national. SF, fantasy, hi-tech, Star Trek. Contact: Hispacon'93, Centro de Imagen, Calle Emilio Villa 4-1, 33210-Gijon, Spain.

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

* Chumatsky Shlyah: 1st weekend October, Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian National Convention. Contact: Alexander Vasilkovsky, Poste Restante, General PO, 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine.

* Polcon'93: 21-24 October, Olsztyn, Poland. att. 4.5 pounds, 35 pounds all inclusive. Contact: Komitet organizacyjny Polcon'93, ul. Kosciuszki 32/8, 10-504 Olsztyn, Poland.

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)

* Eurocon '94: mid-late May, Timisoara, Romania. UKP12 att. Contact: Tudor Besuan, 11-13, Take Ionescu Bvd., 1900 Timisoara, Romania.

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

* 7th SF days NRW: 1st weekend in July, Duesseldorf, Germany. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG.

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

* Wincon: 29-31 July, Winchester. Contact: Wincon, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants PO10 7TS, UK.

* 21 French national SF con: 1-3 September, Sophia-Antipolis, France. Contact: Frederic Cesari, 2 Chemin du Tuvere, F-06560 Valbonne, France.

* Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: Conadian, Box 2430, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4A7, Canada.

* Chumatsky Shlyah: 1st weekend October, Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian National Convention. Contact: Alexander Vasilkovsky, Poste Restante, General PO, 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine.

* Hansecon: last weekend October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. (04531) 86106


Confabulation: Eastercon.

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

Eurocon: under consultation.

+ the usual: SF days NRW, Chumatsky Shlyah, Hansecon, Nordcon, Dracon etc....


Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 55 Cedarwood Ave, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5LP, UK.

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