Fans Across the World

Newsletter 50 November 1995

RIP: John Brunner

B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain

Newsletter 50 November 1995


I imagine many of you thought by now that you might never see this again. My apologies. Firstly I was caught for several months before Intersection spending most evenings on items that had to be done yesterday, I moved house, then after the convention I came back to the news that my mother was seriously ill. This all took up time, and more than one attempt at producing this ended up with me asleep over the computer at 3.00am.

My mother is now rather better, although the situation leaves my father trapped in the house unless given relief by another member ofthe family, so things are unlikely to be very easy for some time.

My new address etc. are: Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, UK. (Tel: +44-181-521-9063, Fax: +44-181-9257126, bjw[at], bjw[at]

John Brunner

Much has been written about the death of John Brunner now at Intersection during August, and there have been many memorials, some still planned. It is difficult to express how vital John was to the building of contact within the SF community in Europe from the point of view of this offshore island.

He was involved in the first Eurocon in Italy in 1975, and fought to bring the Eurocon to Brighton in 1984, with the committee enabling fans and pros from Yugoslavia (as was) and Poland to come in quite large numbers. He also started off the interpreter badge (now coloured ribbons), which has successfully been used since at Helicon and Intersection.

He kept up contact with the SF community of Eastern Europe at a time when it was not easy, either from their side or from ours, accusations of treachery being all too common. He also translated some foreign SF, and managed to get it published (an even greater achievement!).

John acted as FAtW's Honorary President for many years. Our thanks.

Odds and S*ds

Science Fiction Club Deutschland Convention 1996. The annual German national convention, the SFCD-Con, will be held in Saarbruecken on 26.-28.7.1996. This convention may interest foreign fans because its main themes are East European Fandom and the history of Fandom (not only German fandom). Some of the panels will be in English. Our intention is to invite a large number of fans from East Europe instead of two or three professional GoHs. The list of our fannish representatives for now are: Poland: Malgorzata Wilk, Jolanta Pers, Jacek Rzeszotnik. Russia: Anna Tetelman, Mikhail Jakubowski. Lithuania: Giedrius Tadijosaitis. Czech Republic: Vaclav Vlk, Vladimir Kejval. Slovakia: Egon Niczky, Tom Fueloepp. Romania: Maran Deaconu.

Besides the aforementioned themes we will have RPGs and the usual items like an art show and dealers' room. But where else do you have the possibility to participate in the fannish production of a SF radio play? We did this at a small convention in Saarbruecken this year and it was a lot of fun to produce the short play "Pigs in Space" in which even our Polish guest participated. The radio play was broadcast the next day. This item was so successful that we will give fannish creativity another chance in 1996 with the Saarlaendischer Rundfunk, the federal radio station of the Saarland.

Saarbruecken is very close to France and Luxembourg. The city has an airport. If you are interested in a longer stay you can visit France and Luxembourg within hours. Even a day trip to Paris by bus is possible ('tho you might prefer to do it from London! – ed.). This can be arrangee for about 50 DEM if you inform us some weeks before the convention. The convention site is a community centre with a spacious main hall and a lot of rooms and function space. Besides a lot of space for an unusual art show there is also a library which will present a special SF exhibition during the convention. Since France is only a dozen kilometres away you will notice (and appreciate) the French influence in the cuisine. The membership rate until 31.12.95 is 30 DEM. Payment by credit card (only VISA accepted) is possible. Contact: Juergen G. Marzi, Scharnhorststr. 27, D-56073 Koblenz, Phone +49-261-48259, Email 110112.352[at] or jmarzi[at] Membership registration: Herbert Thiery, Ackerstr. 3, D-66115 Saarbruecken, Phone +49-681-76740

Fandom-A-Week Web-page: Florian Breitsameter, the publisher of the German weekly newszine Fandom-A-Week has produced a Web-page: (Jurgen Marzi)

Octocon WEB page: URL, contact email address is (Maura McHugh) mmmchugh[at]

Pierre Barbet The French SF author Pierre Barbet (Claude Avice) died during August. Besides having several books translated into English, he was also deeply involved in the European Science Fiction Society, and was well known in the international SF community generally. (Pascal Thomas)

Zoodyssee: First Expedition to the worlds of the Pole Star. 1st October 1995 to 17 March 1996 in Yverdon-les-Bains at the Maison d'Ailleurs.

Eurocon 1996 Information: We want to inform you, that EUROCON/BALTCON/LITUANICON-96 will take place 25-28 of April 1996 in Vilniu. Attending fee for both Lithuanian and foreign participants – 10 USD. Please inform us in advance about your participation, because if someone will arrive without informing, this person will pay additional 5 USD fee (for additional troubles with these lazy guys!). For more detailed information please contact: SF Club DORADO Gediminas Beresnevicius P.O. BOX 216 2040 Vilnius, Lithuania FAX: (3702) 766578.

We can also be contacted by email to: RUTA.BUIVYDIENE[at]FLF.VU.LT, but please, in the subject heading write EUROCON or SF/FANTASY, etc., as this is Ruta's work email address. (Romas Buivydas, Vilnius 29.10.95)

Future International Conventions


Some I missed (for the record)....

* Hungarocon '95: 28-30 July, Salgotarjan, Hungary. Contact: Ilona Gombos-Recktenwald, Huettenwerkstr. 40, D-66763 Dillingen, Germany

* 1st Tolkien Fellowship of Lithuania Festival: 20-22 October, Palace of Radvilos, Vilnius, Lithuania. Contact: Tolkien Fellowship, Tuskulenu 18-2, 2051 Vilnius, Lithuania. (Fax: (+370-2) 624780)

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)

* 3rd annual conference of the Academic Fantastic Fiction Network: 25-26 November, Hull University, UK. Contact: Andy Butler, English Department, Hull University, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK. (E-mail a.m.butler[at]

* Italian Tolkien Society conference: 25th/26th November, Milan, Italy. (Tel. Paolo Peron +39 432 233597)

* Dracon: 8-10 December, Brno, Czech Republic. Theme: medical science & SF. Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic. (tel. 05-754870, fax 05-537450)

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: was 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]

MICROCON 16: 2-3 March, Exeter, UK. Contact: Microcon 16, c/o Darrel Manuel, Cornwall House, St. German's Rd., Exeter, EX4 6TG UK.

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. UKP28, reduced rates for soft currency countries. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK. email: bmh[at] Net page:

* Eurocon 1996: Late April – early May, Vilnius, Lithuania. See over for details.

* Keycon X111: May 17-19, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. GoH Larry Niven, Tanya Huff, FanGoH:Sunshine Katz. Memb:$30.00 'til 02.01.96. Contact: PO Box 3178, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4E6

Constellation NZ Natcon: 31 May-3 Jun, Christchurch, New Zealand. Contact: Constellation, P.O. Box 29-119, Fendalton, Christchurch NZ. (email: c.brandenburg[at]

Speaking Science Fiction: 11-13 July, Liverpool University, UK. Conference on sf. Contact: Andy Sawyer c/o Special Collections, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, P. O. Box 123, Liverpool, L69 3DA, UK.

Albacon '96: 12-15 July. Glasgow, UK. Contact: Albacon, 10 Atlas Rd., Springburn, Glasgow, G21 4TE Scotland.

* Conversion 13/Canvention 96: 19-21 July, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH: C.J.Cherryh. Contact: PO Box 1088, Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K9, Canada. tel (403)259-3938

* SaarCon: 26-28 July, Saarbruecken, Germany. SFCD annual convention. Themes: eastern European SF, history of fandom. Some English language programme. SF radio play. 30 DM 'til 31.12.1995. Contact: Juergen G. Marzi, Scharnhorststr. 27, D-56073 Koblenz, FRG. (tel.+49-261-48259, Email 110112.352[at] or jmarzi[at]

* LACon III: 26 Aug-2 September, Los Angles, USA. Worldcon. Contact: SCFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, USA, 91409. (Email: Lacon3-info[at]

* Northstar 1: 26-29 September, Vancouver, Canada. GoH:SM Stirling, FanGoH: R.Graeme Cameron. $65.00 at door. Contact: PO Box 61007, 571 West 57th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6P 6S5. (tel. +1(604)951-7827, Email: cathy_mayo[at],


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.

Worldcon bids: TORONTO IN 2003: A Worldcon bid. Pre-supporting memberships are A$7/C$10, friends of the bid pay A$25/C$35, and patrons of the bid pay A$150/C$225. Cheques should be made payable to Toronto in 2003 WSFCB and sent to: Toronto WSFCB/Eclipticon, 3026 – 300 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON, M4L 2AO, Canada. A German bid is also considering going for a year between 2003 and 2005. A bid committee is being set up and has considerable influential support. Some French fans are also contemplating setting up a bid for early in the next millenium. There are also some British fans who are such suckers for punishment that they'd like to do it all over again...

Bucconeer plug: Bucconeer is the 1998 Worldcon and will take place over August 5th-9th 1998 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Sterling rates until 31st December 1995: Supporting 22UKP, Attending 71UKP. Discounts: subtract 4UKP if you pre-supported, 22UKP if you voted for any contestant in the 1998 biding. Anyone who bought a 'Letter of Marque' or 'Privateer' membership should contact the UK agent, John Dallman. Details of advertising rates, dealer tables, etc from John Dallman; PR1 due Feb '96 with a 'Broadside' newsheet due RSN. Send cheques, payable to Bucconeer, to John Dallman, 18 Kimberley Road, Cambridge CB4 1HH. email: (jgd[at] (John Dallman)

Fans Across the World: I'm trying to pick the bits up again, I hope I haven't forgotten too many people. Many, many thanks for help to (in no siginificant order – except the first few): John Brunner, Confrancisco (as was), Pat McMurray, Roger Robinson, Heidi Lyshol, John Harold, Nicu Gecse, Sorin Repanovici, Ahrvid Engholm, Jurgen Marzi, John Dallman, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Octocon & Irish fandom, Pascal Thomas, SFF, Thomas Recktenwald, Piotr Cholewa, Jon Cowie, Tony Chester, Antusa Genescu, Martin Easterbrook, Larry van der Putte (get well soon... please...), Neyir Cenk Gokce, Tim Illingworth, John Mansfield, Jaroslav Kotarski, James Steel, Krsto Mazuranic ('tho you caused me as much trouble as you saved me!), Leonid Kouritz (same here!), etc.