B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
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Apologies for non-appearance of this last month, I got a very nasty attack of food poisoning, which at first appeared to be from a hamburger, but later seemed more likely to have been from a contaminated water tank. I'm brushing my teeth with water straight from the mains tap at present. So much for catching nasty bugs abroad...
News is not good I'm afraid. At the council meeting it was decided to grant no more money than had originaly been planned. This leaves this important Swiss SF museum with a fraction of the funds it had until a short while ago. Existence is somewhat hand-to-mouth at present. The Amis (Friends) are appealing for funds to set up the next exhibition, to run for several months on a one-off basis, hoping for a change of circumstances. This is intended to be a single call for funds, not the first of many. The address is: Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs, CCP 10-3172-1, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
Eurocon 1996 was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was combined with the Baltcon, the first time this has happened. Guest problems blighted the start of the convention, the GoH had apparently not been told by his agent that he had been bookedfor the con...
Lithuania is the first ex-Soviet state to have held a Eurocon, its strongest links are with Russia, Sweden and Poland, but visa problems continue to make contact difficult. The convention took place from 25-28th April in the Zinija lectorium and the House of Teachers. Most of the main events were held at the Zinija, in the main hall, or in one of the smaller rooms, while the big evening events were held at the House of Teachers. These two main sites were within two minutes walk of each other. Several local cafe/bars, all within very easy walking distance, tended to be used between events.
The convention published a useful English language programme book, giving the items and complete with a history of SF in Lithuania. The convention opened on Thursday afternoon with a multilingual ceremony in English and Lithuanian. Later events included a panel on SF in Europe and an opening party in the Loft. Later events included discussions on European fandom and similar items. The most striking event of the convention was unpreposessingly labelled 'Performances', this was a drama competition, with entries from numbers of local SF fan groups. The plays were both written and performed by SF fans, and varied from SF plays, to symbolic nationalistic fantasy plays (by far the best dramatic performance was in one of these), to a final skit on fantasy role playing based on the GURPS system (RPGs are big in Lithuania). Sunday was quiet, and the convention evapourated soon after the closing ceremony. By 4pm practically everybody had set off on their journey home.
The organisers had been worried about the lack of a well known foreign guest, and while this may have been a source of considerable disappointment for the locals, it did not affect the enjoyment of the foreigners. More important for us was the stacking of the multilingual items at the beginning of the convention, and the lack of multilingual room change signs. Even Russian would have been better than Lithuanian!
Quite apart from the convention programme book with its history of Lithuanian SF, some translated stories and a list of Lithuanian SF clubs, there were two anthologies of Lithunian SF stories published for the convention. The first was a volume in Lithuanian, edited by Gediminas Beresnevicius, the second "The Traveller" was a slim pamphlet of translations into English by Elze Surgailyte. The stories vary in quality, and the translations have the usual problems present in translations done by non-native English speakers, but are better than many of this type. All in all an event worth having been to.
The Eurocon Awards presented in Vilnius were as follows:
Hall of Fame:
Best Author: Andrezj Sapkowsi (Poland)
Best Artist: Denis Martynets (Ukraine)
Best Journal: Alien Contact (Germany)
Best Publisher: Eridanas (Lithuania)
Best Promoter: Gediminas Beresnevicius (Lithuania)
Best Translator: Aleksander Scherbakov (Russia)
Best Fanzine: SF-Journalen (Sweden – ed. Ahrvid Engholm)
'Encouragement Awards' (best new writer/artist) were awarded to:
Marian & Sergei Diachenko (Ukraine)
George Ceausu (Romania)
A special thank you award was presented to Igor Shaganov (Ukraine)
The nest Baltcon will be Ratzecon, in Germany, combined with the SFCD convention. The next Eurocon will be in Ireland in October 1997, Euro-Octocon. See the list for details.
There were potential bids for Eurocon 1998 from Slovakia, Spain, and France, but none was sufficiently advanced to be prepared to bid in Vilnius, so the decision has been left until 1997 in Ireland. Both Slovakia and Spain intend publicising their bids at conentions between now and then, and may well run whether they win or not.
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Tolkien, the Sea and Scandinavia – Tolkien Society Seminar: 15 June, Colchester, UK. Contact: The Education Officer, Andrew Wells, 65 Redwood Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham, UK, B30 1AE, UK.
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.
Faircon: 12-14 July, Glasgow, UK. Contact: Flat 3/2, 226 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 3DA, UK.
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
* Albacon '96: 26-29 July. Glasgow, UK. Att. 35UKP. Contact: Albacon, 10 Atlas Rd., Springburn, Glasgow, G21 4TE Scotland. (email: albacon[at]srian.demon.co.uk)
SaarCon: 26-28 July, Saarbruecken, Germany. SFCD annual convention. Themes: eastern European SF, history of fandom. GoH Akif Pirincci (Felidae). Some English language programme. SF radio play. Contact: Juergen G. Marzi, Scharnhorststr. 27, D-56073 Koblenz, FRG. (tel.+49-261-48259, Email 110112.352[at]compuserve.com or jmarzi[at]texbox.lahn.de)
Norcon 13: 2-4 August, Oslo, Norway. Norwegian National Con. GoHs Ian Watson, Heidi Lyshol. Att. 25?s (unit not known!) 'til 15/6/96. Contact: Norcon 13, P.O. Box 121, Vindern, N-0319 OSLO, Norway. (email: NOFMXZKX[at]IBMMAIL.COM Tor Christian Ulvang (Larsen), HERMANE[at]SN.NO, Homepage: http://www.sn.no/~mortenli/NORC13/NORC13A.html)
* Atlantykron: 9-18 August, Capidava, Romania. SF camp. Contact: Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania.
LACon III: 26 Aug-2 September, Los Angles, USA. Worldcon. Contact: SCFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, USA, 91409. (email: info[at]lacon3.worldcon.org, URL: http://lacon3.worldcon.org/)
Northstar 1: 5-8 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]mindlink.bc.ca,
* BordertoneFilk: 20-22 September, Berlin, Germany. Also incorporating a Brit mediacon. Contact: Sternjager Enterprises, c/o Chris J Ueberall, Sandsteinweg 20b, D-12349, Berlin, Germany. Email: cevin[at]bbtt.com
* On the Edge of the Empire: 26-29 September, Cascais, Portugal. SF conference. Contact: Divisao de Cultura, Camara Municipal de Cascais, Lg 5 do Otubro, 2750 Cascais, Portugal.
Wetzlarer Tage der Phantastik: Wetzlar, Germany. Contact: Phatastische Bibliothek, Domplatz 7, 35578 Wetzlar, Germany. (tel. +49-6441-99490; fax: +49-6441-99395)
Hispacon: Spanish national Con, 4-6 October, Burjassot, Spain. GoH: Joe Haldeman. Toastmaster: Gay Haldeman. Contact: Hispacon, c/o PO Box 2061, Principado de Andorra (e-mail: bemjmo[at]filnet.es)
Masque 4: Costume Convention, 18-20 October, West Bromwich, UK. Att. 25UKP 'til 9 April, then 30UKP. Cheques payable: "Masque Four" Contact: Alan Cash, 130 Hamstead Hall Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, B20 1 JB, UK.
Hansecon: 24-28 October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhardt Marwitz, Postfach 1524, 22905 Ahrensburg, Germany. (email: edmarwitz[at]texbox.lahn.de)
* Novacon 26: 8-10 November, Birmingham, UK. Att. UKP27. Contact: Carol & Tony Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye. Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK.
Con-Fetti: 15-17 November, Carlton Beach Hotel, The Hague, Netherlands. GoH Bridget Wood, Martin Lodwijk, Leo Kindt. Att. DFl 55, supp. DFl 20. Contact: Annemarie van Ewijck, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VS The Hague, The Netherlands. e-mail: n.veenkamp[at]wkths.nl
Nordcon: 28 November – December, Gdansk, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland.
Dracon: 6-8 December 1996, Brno, Czech Republic. Contact: Dracon, PO Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic (http://WWW.FI.MUNI.CZ/~ZRUSTEK/DRACON.HTML)
* Swancon 22: 24-27 January, Fremantle, Australia. GoH Howard Waldrop, Stephen Dedman & David Cake. Au$60 'til 1/10/96. Contact: PO Box 318 Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
Intervention: Eastercon, 28th-31st March, Liverpool, UK. GoHs: Brian Aldiss, Jon Bing, Octavia E Butler, David Langford. Att. 25 UKP 'til Easter 96 then 30 UKP, Supp. 15 UKP 'til Easter 96 then 20 (Cheques payable to 'Intervention'). Contact: Intervention, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7TS, UK. (e-mail: intervention[at]pompey.demon.co.uk)
* Conspiracy: 18 NZ National SF con, 28-30 March, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH Pat Cadigan. Att. NZ$60/AU$54. Contact: PO Box 10104, Wellington, New Zealand. Email: concom[at]sans.vuw.ac.nz
Ratzecon: SFCD Con. 27-29 July, Ratzeburg, Germany. Contact: Christoph Luehr, Korvettenstr. 17, 23558 Luebeck, Germany. (tel. +49-451-895778)
* 2nd Northern Tolkien Festival: 8-10 August, Oslo, Norway. Info: http://www.uib.no/it/pers/edmmb/ntf97/
Lonestarcon 2: 28 August-1 September, San Antonio, TX, USA. Worldcon. Contact: LoneStar 2, Box 27277, Austin, Tx, USA, 78755.
Euro-Octocon: (Eurocon) 24-27 October, Dublin, Ireland. Contact: Euro-Octocon, 211 Blackhorse Ave., Dublin 11, Ireland. (email: mmmchugh[at]tcd.ie; www:http://arrogant.itc.ici.ie/OctoCon.html)
* Conspiracy 1997: 18th NZ National SF Con, March 28 to 31, Wellington, New Zealand. Contact: Conspiracy, PO Box 10104, Wellington, New Zealand. Email:concom[at]sans.vuw.ac.nz
* Intuition: Easter, Manchester, UK. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 43 Onslow Gardens, Warrington, Surrey, SM6 9QH, UK. (email: intuition[at]smof.demon.co.uk)
Bucconeer: 5-9 August, Baltimore, MD, USA. Worldcon. Contact: PO Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701, USA.
Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK.
Fans Across the World Many thanks for information etc. to: Roger Robinson for his help in putting together the May 1996 issue, and distributing it. Thanks also to: Gediminas Beresnevicius, Romas, and the others in Lithuania, Piotr Cholewa, Ahriv , Engholm, Magnus, and Jurgen from Sweden, Imants Belogrivs, Claudiu Murgan, Marc Ortlieb, John Bark, and all of the others that I have forgotten who gave me news, etc.Please keep the news, etc. coming in . Thanks!