Fans Across the World

Newsletter 48

Honorary President John Brunner

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

May 1995

Newsletter 48

Award Salad...

I've ended up with rather a lot of these, so I shall simply squeeze them in as hard as possible. Arthur C. Clarke award: Pat Cadigan 'Fools' (HarperCollins), BSFA Awards: Novel: Iain M. Banks 'Feersum Endjinn', Short story: Paul de Fillipo 'Double Felix', Artist: Jim Burns, cover for Interzone 79, Nebula Winners: Best Novel: 'Moving Mars' by Greg Bear, Best Novella: 'Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge' by Mike Resnick (F&SF), Best Novelette: 'The Martian Child' by David Gerrold (F&SF), Best Short Story: 'A Defense of the Social Contracts.' by Martha Soukup, Grand Master: Damon Knight, Prix Rosny-Aine: Novel: 'Aube Noire', by Richard Canal, Short Story: 'Dans l'abime', by Serge Lehman. Maison d'Ailleurs prize: Jean Louis Trudel. The Hugo Award nominations are also out now – but I haven't got room here...


The Francophone convention held at Yverdon-les-Bains, in a castle just opposite the Maison d'Ailleurs, has to be counted a great success. The attendance was unusually large for one of these events (about 160 people), and the atmosphere was friendly. The guests included Wojtek Siudmak, Gerard Klein, Norman Spinrad, Elizabeth Vonnarburg, and others.

The convention included a bookroom, an art display – spread around the convention, rather than concentrated in one small room, and a cafe area with free coffee, and the cheapest filled rolls I found in Switzerland.

French langauge SF is spread among France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, and there were representatives from all of these countries at the convention. All of these countries publish some SF in book form, although Canada is the only one to have a full blown SF magazine, Solaris. This is a cause of much soul searching within the SF community, along with the perceived dominance of Anglo-American SF.

One of the great features of holding the convention in Yverdon, was of course the presence of the Maison d'Ailleurs. The museum is small, but contains a magnificent collection of very early fantasy, and numbers of works of SF art on its walls, quite apart from the Giger room. The art is part of a circulating collection, as the museum has far more items than it can possibly put on display, so one of its main features is its exhibitions lasting a few months.

During the convention I made contact with the "Amis" – "Friends". In the future there is likely to be some collaboration between the Amis du Maison d'Ailleurs and Friends of Foundation. After all, the two can hardly be said to be competing at this distance, and as with the Merril Collection, many of our problems seem to be shared ones.

First Fantasy

The appearance of DOOR-KEEPER by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko published by KRANG, 1994 is probably one of the most important events in the Ukrainian SF community in the last year. It is the first ukrainian Heroic Fantasy, and is among the best books published here during 1994. After a slow start the authors show considerable skill in handling their narrative. In plot type it is not so very different from many others, but it is popular with its audience, and will probably win some of the many awards it has been nominated for. (edited from a review by Boris Sidyuk)

Aussie News


A fast, grubby and frequent little science fiction newsletter produced for the Australian National Science Fiction Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill, Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA (e-mail: Marc_A._Ortlieb[at] You will have to pay for postal versions, but email copies may be had free of charge.

Future International Conventions


* Hobbiton 2o: 22-25 April, Tolmezzo, Italy. Includes performances, readings, lectures, slide-shows, etc. Contact: tel: Societa Tolkienana Italiana 0432/233597 Or email (italiano/English) Pat[at]

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. (ryzhyck[at]

Aelita: Late April/early May, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 6200023 Ekaterinburg, Russia. (Will definitely be held, but less formal than formerly.)

SFeracon: 5-7 May, Zagreb, Croatia. Contact: Krsto Mazuranic, Slavonska 1, 41430 Samobor, Croatia.

Kontur'95: 11-15 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.

* Can*Con & Boreal 12: 12-14 May, Ottawa, Canada. Canadian national convention & congress.

* QUASAR Festival & SF Contest: 12-14 May, Iasi, Romania. GOH: Florin Munteanu. The "DAN MERISCA" Prize SF Contest. Contact: Lucian Merisca – email lmerisca[at]

* Thylacon: June 9-12, Hobart, Australia. GOH: Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Nicholls and Grant Stone. Contact: P.O. Box 418, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005, Australia. (tel. (002) 312-560, e-mail cnelson[at]

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. A 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] (Check before going, rumour has it that Confuse has been cancelled)

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. SF camp: may be very informal this year. Contact: Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania.

Conscience (Baltcon'95): 4-6 August, Sweden. Baltic area international convention. Att. 250SEK, postal giro 37 63 64-6. GOH Norman Spinrad & Ralph Lundsten. 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.

* ARCON Aussiecon Reunion Convention, 25 years of Australian SF: September 22-24, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: Arcon, P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill, Vic 3131, Australia.

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.

* Octocon: 14-15 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GOH: Mary Gentle. 16 IP 'til 1 September. Contact: Octocon, 30 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, Eire.

* Hansecon: 26 October-1 November, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-22905 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.

* Armardacon: 17-19 November, Plymouth, UK. 20 UKP. Armardacon VII, c/o Gleneagle Aveneue, Mannamead, Plymouth, PL3 5HL, UK. (tel. 01852-267873)

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.


* OBLITER8: British National Filk Convention, 2-4 February 1996, Milton Keynes, UK. Contact: Obliter8, 212 Albert Road, Leyton, London, E10 6PD, UK. Email: Obliter8[at]

8th SF days NRW: 22-24 March, Duesseldorf, Germany. Theme: religion. 30 DM 'til 30/6/95, then 35DM. 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, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, att. UKP20. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK. Net page:

* SaarCon: 26-28 July, Germany. SFCD annual convention. Themes: eastern European SF, history of German fandom. Contact: Thomas Recktenwald, Huettenwerkstr. 40, D-66763 Dillingen, FRG. (tel. 06831-704555)

* Constellation NZ Natcon: Queens Birthday Weekend 1996 The Christchurch City Travelodge, New Zealand. Contact: Constellation, P.O. Box 29-119, Fendalton, Christchurch NZ.Email: c.brandenburg[at] (ed. Please pardon my ignorance – when's the Queen's Birthday?)

Eurocon '96: Provisionally Bulgaria, date and exact place not yet known, the Bulgarians have been in contact recently.


* Intervention: Eastercon, 28th-31st March, Liverpool, UK. GOH: Brian Aldiss, David Langford, Robert Silverberg. Att. 20 UKP, Supp. 10 UKP (Cheques payable to 'Wincon'). Contact:

Intervention, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7TS, UK. E-mail: interven[at]


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

Telephone Warning

In its wisdom British Telecom has decided to renumber every telephone in Briatain, so if you try to call and don't get through, then don't be surprised.

Theoretically, most numbers simply have had 1 stuck on the front, however there are exceptions, and according to Murphy's Law, the 'phone number you look for will be the one that has changed completely.

So: my 081 or +44 81 has become 0181 or +44 181. Also, Britain has now decided to join the rest of the world by using 00 for an international line, not 010 as previously.

This has given vast amounts of fun to the owners of faxes, modems, etc., and vast amounts of money to the printers of headed notepaper.

Please bear this in mind when trying to call us...


The bookshop address: Ailleurs, 28 rue Pharon, 31000 Toulouse, France, is no longer valid, since the same person, Cathy Martin, has nowmoved to become an associate of: Bedecine, 7 rue Romiguieres, 31000 Toulouse, France, while still continuing her activity as an SF bookseller. -Pascal J. Thomas

Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Roger Robinson, Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Yuri Savchenko, Boris Sidyuk, Lucian Merisca, John Bray, J-L Trudel and SFFranco, Alexandru Mironov, Dave Langford, Piotr Cholewa, Cyril Simsa, Neyir Cenk Gokce, the Amis du Maison d'Ailleurs, Pascal Thomas, Yuri Scherbatykh, Pat Reynolds, Pascal Thomas, Chris O'Shea, Chris Terran, Marc Ortlieb, and others for information etc.

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1995 Hugo Award nominations

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Hugo shortlist

For those who don't watch Usenet rec.arts.sf.* ... this is the corrected list posted by Pat McMurray on behalf of administrators Mike & Debbie Moir. It has since been stated in rec.arts.sf.written that Michael Flynn's middle initial is F and not J (the SF Encyclopaedia agrees, but is it the same Michael Flynn? Perhaps someone with a set of 1994 Analogs could confirm).

An earlier, cocked-up version of the list omitted Le Guin's "Solitude" (novelette), had SILENT INTERVIEWING for SILENT INTERVIEWS in the Delany title (nonfiction), renamed Jim Burns as Ian Burns (artist), and misspelled Feintuch (Campbell).

Dave Langford

========== bumf follows

1995 Hugo Award nominations

Best Novel MOTHER OF STORMS by John Barnes (Tor) BRITTLE INNINGS by Michael Bishop (Bantam) MIRROR DANCE by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS by Nancy Kress (Tor) TOWING JEHOVAH by James Morrow (Harcourt Brace)

Best Novella "Cri de Coeur" by Michael Bishop (Asimov's) "Melodies of the Heart" by Michael J. Flynn (Analog) "Forgiveness Day" by Ursula K. Le Guin (Asimov's) "Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge" by Mike Resnick (F&SF) "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Brian Stableford (Asimov's)

Best Novelette "Cocoon" by Greg Egan (Asimov's) "The Martian Child" by David Gerrold (F&SF) "The Singular Habits of Wasps" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Analog) "The Matter of Seggri" by Ursula K. Le Guin (Crank!) "Solitude" by Ursula K. Le Guin (F&SF, December 1994) "A Little Knowledge" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's)

Best Short Story "Mrs. Lincoln's China" by M. Shayne Bell (Asimov's) "Dead Man's Curve" by Terry Bisson (Asimov's) "None So Blind" by Joe Haldeman (Asimov's) "Understanding Entropy" by Barry N. Malzberg (SF Age) "Barnaby in Exile" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's) "I Know What You're Thinking" by Kate Wilhelm (Asimov's)

Best Non-fiction Book I. ASIMOV: A MEMOIR by Isaac Asimov (Doubleday) SPECTRUM: THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FANTASTIC ART by Cathy Burnett & Arnie Fenner (Underwood Books) SILENT INTERVIEWS: ON LANGUAGE, RACE, SEX, SCIENCE FICTION, AND SOME COMICS by Samuel R. Delany (Wesleyan University Press) MAKING BOOK by Teresa Nielsen Hayden (NESFA Press) THE BOOK ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Christopher Priest (Fantagraphics)


Best Professional Editor Ellen Datlow Gardner Dozois Mike Resnick Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stanley Schmidt

Best Professional Artist Jim Burns Thomas Canty Bob Eggleton Don Maitz Michael Whelan

Best Professional Artwork LADY COTTINGTON'S PRESSED FAIRY BOOK by Brian Froud & Terry Jones (Pavilion UK) Cover for GUN, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC by Jonathan Lethem, by Michael Koelsch (Harcourt, Brace/NEL UK) Cover for FOREIGNER by C. J. Cherryh, by Michael Whelan (DAW/Legend UK)

Best Semiprozine INTERZONE edited by David Pringle LOCUS edited by Charles N. Brown THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION edited by David G. Hartwell, Donald G. Keller, Robert K. J. Killheffer & Gordon Van Gelder SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE edited by Andrew I. Porter TOMORROW SPECULATIVE FICTION edited by Algis Budrys

Best Fanzine ANSIBLE edited by Dave Langford FILE 770 edited by Mike Glyer HABAKKUK edited by Bill Donaho LAN'S LANTERN edited by George Laskowski MIMOSA edited by Dick & Nicki Lynch

Best Fan Writer Sharon Farber Mike Glyer Andy Hooper Dave Langford Evelyn C. Leeper

Best Fan Artist Brad W. Foster Teddy Harvia Linda Michaels Peggy Ranson Bill Rotsler

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer Linda Dunn (2nd year of eligibility) David Feintuch (1st year of eligibility) Daniel Marcus (2nd year of eligibility) Jeff Noon (2nd year of eligibility) Felicity Savage (1st year of eleigibility)

[From the press release distributed by Intersection, the 53rd World ScienceFiction Convention, dated 1st May 1995:]

Attached are a list of the nominees for the 1995 Hugo Awards and John W.Campbell Awards.

The nominees were chosen by popular vote by 477 members of Intersection or ConAdian who submitted valid nominating ballots. In some categories more than 5 nominations appear due to tie votes. In the "Original Artwork" category only 3 nominations appear, as no other candidates appeared on more than 5% ofthe ballots cast in that category, as required by the WSFS constitution. The Hugo Subcommittee of Intersection decided to cancel the Best Music category due to a marked lack of interest in that catgory: only one nominated item received more than 7 nominations. LADY COTTINGTON'S PRESSED FAIRY BOOK received votes in both the categories of Best Non-Fiction Book and Best Original Artwork; we have decided to assign it to Best Original Artwork.

-- Mike & Debby Moir
Hugo Awards Administrators

Many thanks to Dave for the corrected list. Bridget Wilkinson