Honorary President John Brunner
B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain
I gather I owe the mosquitos an apology. Komarinaya Plesh survives. I got a report from Yuri Savchenko...
Komarinaya Plesh (the Russian/Ukrainian fan camp) can hardly fail now, the "organisers" no longer organise any of it. Fans just come to the island with everything of their own. Maybe KP is not a convention now, just an annual meeting of old friends, but all of them are fans.
The island lies across the Russian-Ukrainian border, the organisers took fright last year and tried to cancel it by sending notices out to all of the clubs about stopping it, but fans (including me) didn't believe them, and went anyway. So, I suppose, it will continue for years because people (fans included) like to relax by the sea...
Yuri also says that all of the main conventions have their problems at present. Chumatsky Shlyah is in abeyance, though come October it may revive, Aelita will probably take place, but is a shadow of its former self. Interpresscon will take place, but will be small. Although many books are being published, all too many of the translations are poor pirated editions. The rewards of behaving honestly are simply too small, so the bad pushes out the good. Fanzines appear to have almost died out.
One (small) compensation is a new SF bookshop: Stozhary, Varshavskoye Shosse 10, Moscow, Russia. It is open 10.00-19.00 Monday to Saturday. (I've added this to my list of bookshops, more addresses please).
Some of this information came from a letter from Yuri, the rest came from the Moscow State University Informational sVodka 6, their English language fanzine. To contact them about getting copies write to: Yuri Savchenko, Do vostrebovania, MGU, 117234 Moscow, Russia, (Fax Russia (095) 292 6511 – mark it "Box 6288, Yuri Savchenko"). Apart from convention reports, this issue contains an overview of recent Russian SF. From the report given, it seems that Russian writers are still publishing either old-style "optimistic" technocrat SF, or anti-Soviet dystopias. Nothing yet seems to reflect the chaos of the present, but then what is being published always lags behind what is being written.
In the meanwhile (Cyril Simsa reported to me), things in Czech – Slovakia are on an even keel, or improving...
Parcon was rather good (and well organised, as is always the case in Sumperk). It was also the first Czech or Slovak con to have an official Western GoH, Ian Watson, who enjoyed himself greatly. Instead of a GoH speech (which would have been tricky from a linguistic point of view), he did a live bilingual interview in front of a packed audience, moderated by Ivan Adamovic and Jan Pavlik (translator of Chekov's Journey). I think Laser (who published The Jonah Kit here) were also well pleased, there are hopes they may be willing to subsidise visits by other writers that they publish in the future...
Cyril intends writing a full report for Roelof Goudriaan for Shards of Babel (SOB, Roelof Goudriaan, Caan van Necklaan 63, 2281 BB Rijswijk, the Netherlands, or available from a Larry van der Putte near you).
Mutation having apparently mutated out of existence, the meeting of Czech and Slovak clubs at Sumperk decided to reopen bids for the 1994 Parcon: there are two bids at present, one from Usti nad Labem (in Northern Bohemia), and one from Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. The final decision will be made at the autumn meeting of clubs (usually held in October). Both are good contenders.
Many thanks to Yuri Savchenko and Cyril Simsa for the information here. Please send me short (or even very short) con reports, reports of events, publishing news, and flyers for cons I have not yet listed. Have a good summer break!
(* = new or updated entry)
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), or Catalin Grosu (tel. (1)-615-7708) in the evenings.
3rd Hobbit Games: August, Khazan, Russia. No address as yet.
Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. THIS CONVENTION WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE. (You can't cancel that which was never planned!)
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]bugend.edvina.se)
Daicon: 22-23 August, Osaka, Japan. Contact: Daicon 6, c/o Nr Nagato, 11-19 Oimazatonishi 3-chome, Higashimari-kuy, Osaka City 573, Japan.
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.
* Novomikhailovsky'93: September, Black Sea Coast of the Krasnodar Region. Contact t.b.a.
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: Thomas Le Blanc, Postfach 2120, 6330 Wetzlar 1, FRG. (06441) 405-570, fax (06441) 405-395
Sto-Con-Trent: 10-12 September, Stoke on Trent, UK. British National RPG con. Contact: StoConTrent, 12b Sprowston Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4QN, UK.
Hispacon: 1-3 October, 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. Status uncertain, check before going. 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
Octocon: 30-31 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. 15 pounds 'til 1/9, 18 pounds on door. Contact Octocon '93, 20 Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Novacon: 5-7 November, Birmingham, UK. Contact: Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley B66 4SH, UK.
Armadacon: 12-14 November, Plymouth, UK. Contact: ArmadaCon, c/o 4 Gleneagle Avenue, Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5HL, UK.
* Helion session: 25-28 November, Timisoara, Romania. Contact: Tudor Besuan, 11-13, Take Ionescu Bvd., 1900 Timisoara, Romania.
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, Czech Republic. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 111, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic. 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.
* Parcon: to be selected in October.
* Interpresscon'93: February, St Petersburg. Details t.b.a. Contact: Alexander Sidorovitch, Moskovskoe chosse 32-25, St Petersburg, 196158, Russia.
VIbraphone: 4-6 Feb, Brighton, UK. 6th UK Filk con. Contact: VIbraphone, "Minas Istarion", 2 Duncan Gate, London Road, Bromley, London BR1 3SG, UK.
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)
* Aelita: Late April/early May, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 6200023 Ekaterinburg, Russia. (There may be problems, check before going.)
Eurocon '94: 26-29 May, Timisoara, Romania. UKP12 att. Contact: Tudor Besuan, 11-13, Take Ionescu Bvd., 1900 Timisoara, Romania. (British agent, B. Wilkinson, see FAtW address)
* Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. No longer likely to take place. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.
* Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot): 1-31 July, Tuzla, Kertch, Crimea, USSR. Relaxcon Russian/Ukrainian style, bring your own tent, food, spoon, plate etc. Annual since 1984, now gone completely informal. Contact: Andrei Tzemenko, Borzenko 25-45, 334514 Kertch, Ukraine. Or just turn up...
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, Czech Republic. No longer Parcon. Status uncertain, check before going. 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: Easter, London, UK. (Eastercon) Contact: Confabulation, c/o Scott, 2 Crathie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester, CH3 5JL, UK.
Intersection: Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: Intersection, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, Westmidlands, B66 4HS, UK.
Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 55 Cedarwood Ave, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5LP, UK.
Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Oliver Gruter-Andrew (Treasurer), Jackie Gruter-Andrew (Secretary), Cyril Simsa (Czech contact), Roger Robinson, Rob Meades, James Steel (artist) and Piotr Cholewa. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Yuri Savchenko and the MSU sVodka 6, Cyril Simsa, Roelof Goudriaan, Oliver Gruter-Andrew, Catalin Grosu, Roger Robinson, ConFrancisco, Joe Haldeman, Ian Watson, Leonid Kouritz, Dan Mazilu, Tudor Besuan, and others for help and information.