Fans Across the World

Newsletter 45

February 1995

Newsletter 45

Honorary President John Brunner

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


A new Irish publisher, Aeon Press, will launch at Intersection, in Glasgow. Previous Irish SF publishers have targetted the juvenile and young adult market, Aeon Press are the first to try the adult market, and intend publishing adult well written novels. In Sensor Brendan Ryder mentions the pre-existing publishers, also he carries a survey of Irish small press magazines, and a history of the Irish Science Fiction Association. This is intended to be the first issue of a series. Since he has tried to present all of the Irish SF scene in one issue (including con reports and Star Trek news), it's difficult to see where he can go from here – probably deal with some of this material at greater length, some articles were a bit telegraphic. Sensor: 30 Beverly Downs, Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin 16, Ireland.


The date of the 8th ScienceFiction-Days NRW has had to be changed. It will now be held from 22-24.3.1996 in Dusseldorf. The earlier date of July 1995 proved to be impossible since the former con site has changed management, and is undergoing reconstruction. It was also found difficult to put together a good programme so close the the Glasgow Wordcon. This means an end to a convention in the midst of the hot and humid German summer (shame – ed.). The new con site is just three minutes from the Central station and has good facilities, including a big main hall and a cafeteria. Pre-existing members will be contacted. Prices are the same. See over for contact address etc. The best way to pay is by Eurocheque. (Jurgen Marzi)


Interpresscon has become annual, and is one of the best (or simply the best) conventions in Russia now. The convention is so called "semi-professional", that is for writers, translators, publishers, booksellers, etc., but fans are certainly welcome. It has now taken place each year since 1991 near St.-Petersburg, Russia, usually for five days in the spring. This year it will be in the first ten days of May. See over for details.

Fantasycon is said to be in bad hotel trouble, don't just turn up...

Russian Awards

The professional literary award STRANNIK (Wanderer) nomination list for 1995 has been published. The prizes will be awarded during SibCon in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in March 1995. This list was received from Serge Berezhnoy and translated by Boris Sidyuk. The nomination years: 1992-1994.

I. Mech Rumaty (Sword of Rumata) – for heroic-romantic sf&f. Seven novels have been nominated, including two by Sergey Lukyanenko.

II. SWORD IN MIRROR (alternate histories). Again seven nominations, including one book by Kir Bulychev, a translation of an alternative biography of Chekov by Somerset Maugham, and The History of Soviet Speculative Fiction (!).

III. MOON SWORD (horror). Six nominations this time.

IV. SWORD IN STONE (Fantasy, fairy tales). Seven nominations.

The nomination lists were compiled by the Strannik nomination committee on December 25 (! ed.), 1994 and voted for unanimously. Chairman: Boris Strugatsky; Executive Secretary: Boris Zavgorodny; Members: Alexander Kashirin; Andrey Nikolaev; Sergey Pereslegin; Alexander Sidorovich; Nikolay Yutanov. If any readers are interested in the full list I can send it to you, either write to the address at the top of the page, or email to bjw[at]

Internet encore

...I see that Ellen Herzfeld very rightly slags the Minitel, and French fandom on the side. I'm just as technically illiterate as they are – a modem in my home I couldn't handle, and if it wasn't for the university connection I have I'd never sail the InterNet. Not that I ever stray far from shore anyhow, my time is too precious and my command of computers too atrocious. I'd like to know more about this SF forum she mentions, sounds better than the various Minitel groups I've heard of...

There _is_ however a listserver devoted to French language SF, run by... you guessed it, a Canadian, Jean-Louis Trudel. Most of the content is reviews of French language SF, mostly written by Hero of the People Trudel (quite a good reviewer and writer himself). We lazybones sit and watch, sometimes reply to a query... (Pascal Thomas)

Since its inception, SFFRANCO has (very...) slowly grown. Ellen's comments about French fandom and its reasons for keeping off the Internet will help to explain why SFFRANCO has now a bit over 30 subscribers, spread all over the world. As it is now, it is very book-oriented, and its mandate (SF written or produced in French) also restricts its appeal. However, as the Canadian founders of SFFRANCO have no problem accessing English-language SF in the original, they were not very interested in discussing translations. If you wish to subscribe, just e-mail Jean-Louis Trudel at: jltrudel[at], or trudel[at] Trudel)

Grand Prix 1995 de l'Imaginaire: (was the Prix de la Science Fiction Francaise)

At a meeting on 26 11 94, the jury awarded the following prizes: French Novel: Arago, by Laurent Genefort (Fleuve Noir); Foreign Novel: La voie terrestre by Robert Reed (Laffont); French Novella: Dans l'abime by Serge Lehman in Parapsychologie et Science-Fiction (Maison d'Ailleurs); Foreign Novella: L'une reve et l'autre pas by Nancy Kress in Futurs qui craignent (Pocket); Translation: Jean-Daniel Breque for the translation of Ames Perdues by Poppy Brite (Albin Michel) and Les larmes d'Icare by Dan Simmons (Denoel); Essay: La metamorphose generalisee by Francis Berthelot (Nathan Universite) (from:Pascal Thomas)

Future International Conventions 1995

(* = new or amended entry)


Transept: 3-5 February, Cambridge, UK. 7th British Filk Con. Att: 22.00 UKP17 unwaged. Contact: Transept, 2 Westbrook Park Road, Peterborough PE 2 9JG, UK.

Micrcon: 4-5 March, Exeter, UK. Contact: Micrcon, 17 Polsloe Road, Exeter, EX1 2HL.

Picocon: 12 March, London, UK. Contact: Imperial College SF Society. Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BB, UK. (E-mail BMH[at]EE.IC.AC.UK)

Star Winds: 18 March, Portsmouth, UK. Part of Portsmouth Festival. Att: 7.50UKP (10.00UKP on day). Contact: Star Winds, South Hants SF Group, 38 Outram Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 1QZ. (tel. +44-705 754 934 / E-mail: 100102.1701[at]

Contagion: 31 March-2 April, Keele Univ., UK. UK National Role-Playing Convention. Att. 20UKP. Contact: Contagion, c/o 17 Davenport Park Road, Davenport Park, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 6JU, UK.

ConFusion: 8-9 April, Geraardsbergen, Belgium. 52.5DM 'til 15/3/95, then 57.5DM. Contact: ConFusion, c/o Peter Motte, Abdijstraat 33, B-9500 Geraardsbergen, Belgium.

Confabulation: 14-17 April, London, UK. (Eastercon) Att. 25UKP 'til 31/3/95 – N.B. Price at convention will be MUCH higher. Contact: Confabulation, c/o Scott, 2 Crathie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester, CH3 5JL, UK. (E-mail confab[at]

Freicon: 28-30 April, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. 50DM 'til 31/12/94. Contact: FreiCon eV. c/o Thomas Schmidt, Carl-Kistner-Str. 3, 79115 Freiburg i Br., Germany. (tel. 0761/47527 fax: FreiCon-Fax: 0761-36119)

Francon '95 (Francophone SF convention): 27-30 April, Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon les Bains, Switzerland. Att. 75 SFs. Contact: Francon'95, c/o Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs, Case postale 74 – CH 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

* Interpresscon: early May, St. Petersburg, Russia. Semi-pro con, fans welcome. 5 days long, Attn. US$ 100 inc. accommodation & full board. Contact: Interpresscon, P.O.Box 153, St.-Petersburg 192242, Russia.

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.)

Kontur'95: Late May, Bialystok, Poland. SF con with panels etc. + live action role playing. Contact: Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

Finncon: 16-18 June, Jyvaeskylae, Finland. SF con. Free entry. GOH Vonda McIntyre & Bruce Sterling. Otto Maekelae, Cygnaeuksenkatu 7 E 46, FIN-40100 Jyvaeskylae, Finland. (tel. +358 41 613 847 / e-mail otto[at]

Ostan om sol (East of the Sun): 16-18 June, Sweden. kA fantasy convention. GoH Robert Jordan. Att. 250SEK, postal giro 494 64 50-5. Contact: Ylva Spanberg, Disponentg 3, S-112 62 Stockholm, Sweden.

Confuse: 17-18 June, Sweden. GOH John Clute. Contact: A Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 Linkoeping, Sweden. (tel. (13)274463 / Confuse[at]

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...

* 8th SF days NRW: moved to 1996

Atlantykron: 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.

Conscience (Baltcon'95): during August, Sweden. Baltic area international convention. Att. 250SEK, postal giro 37 63 64-6. Contact: Ahrvid Engholm, Restiernas Gata 29, S-116 31 Stockholm, Sweden. (email – ahrvid[at]

Intersection: 24-28 August, Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: InterSection, Admail 336, Glasgow G2 1BR, UK.

6th Festival of Fantastic Films: 22-24 September, Manchester, UK. GoH Roger Corman. Contact: Society of Fantastic Films, 95 Meadowgate Rd., Salford, Manchester M6 8EN, UK.

* Hansecon: late October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. [tel.(04531) 86106 or email to Achim Sturm: asturm[at]

Novacon: 3-5 November, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Brian W Aldiss, Harry Harrison, Bob Shaw, Iain M Banks. Att: 25UKP. Contact: Carol Morton. 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, W.Mids, DY9 8SS, UK.

Dracon: late November, Brno, Czech Republic. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic. tel(05)41218426

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

Eurocon: will be combined with Intersection.


* 8th SF days NRW: 22-24 March, Duesseldorf, Germany. Theme: religion. 30 DM 'til 30/6/95, then 35DM, 40DM on the door. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, D-44879 Bochum 5, FRG. (tel. 49-234-461390)

Evolution: 5-8 April, Heathrow (London), UK. GOH: Vernor Vinge, Colin Greenland, Jack Cohen, Brian Talbot, att. UKP20. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK

Eurocon '96: Provisionally Bulgaria, date and exact place not yet known.


Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK.

Please contact me if you have any corrections or additions to this list,


Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Oliver Gruter-Andrew (Treasurer), Jackie Gruter-Andrew (Secretary), Cyril Simsa (Czech contact), and Roger Robinson. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Andy Sawyer, Dan Mazilu, Jean-Louis Trudel, Pascal Thomas, Jurgan Marzi, Achim Sturm, Yuri Savchenko, Boris Sidyuk, the SF Foundation, BEM, and Brendan Ryder.

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I have full texts of the French and Russian SF Awards, also an account of the Arthur C Clarke Liverpool University presentation. Please email me if you want these.

I can also put you on a "group" for such items if you wish.

email me at: bjw[at]