Fans Across the World

Newsletter 61

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

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February 1997

Newsletter 61

Polish SF Awards

The main Polish SF awards (the Zajdel Award, after Janusz Zajdel, the late SF writer of political fiction) was presented during Nordcon in Gdansk (30 November 1996). In the novel category the winner was Rafal A. Ziemkiewicz for "Pieprzony los kataryniarza" (Damned Life of Organ-grinder... or maybe Fucking life would be better, although the original title is not vulgar). In the short story category the Zajdel was awarded to Konrad T. Lewandowski for his "Noteka 2015" (without translation – this is supposed to be a phonetic – American – pronounciation of the Polish river named Notec). (Info. from Piotr Cholewa) (Rafal Ziemkiewicz is a young Polish writer who has come to prominence in the last five or so years. His work is often controversial, but he is reputed to write very well indeed. He is certainly an appropriate recipient of a prize named after Zajdel, although the two probably wouldn't have seen eye to eye – ed.)

Camps and Cons

The Romanian Science Fiction Association (ARSFan) is organising the International Science Fiction Camp "AHANORIA '97" from February 27th to March 3rd 1997. The camp will take place in Paraul Rece, a mountain resort 34 km from Brasov and 146 km from Bucharest. The following workshops will take place: literary SF, SF fine arts, film scripts, and comics. The organizers are Horia Barna and Cristian Lazarescu. The organisers will provide free accomodation and meals for two attendees from every European country, as well as free transport from Bucharest to Predeal (the railway station for Paraul Rece). The discussion panels for this year are: Monarchy and SF (a hot topic in Romania – ed.) and A Rapid Course in Literary Creativity. The deadline for announcing participation is February 17th 1997. Contact: Antuza Genescu at email: aries[at] (Info. from Antuza Genescu) (The 'discussion panels' are likely to be short symposia, with prepared papers and incisive discussion, rather than the rather woolly beasts that hang around some British conventions – ed.).

PARCON'97 (the Czech and Slovak national convention) is moving back to Slovakia for the first time since 1994. Its dates are 4-6 July 1997 in Spisska Nova Ves. For details contact: pete[at] or Snail mail address: Mestske kulturni centrum, Radnicke namestie 4 052 01, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. The programming will presumably be mostly in Slovak and/or Czech. (Info. Cyril Simsa, mistakes mine – ed.) (This is good to see, Parcon was set up in the 1980s, before Czechoslovakia split up, and it would have been a shame if Parcon had become a Czech only convention by default. This leaves Parcon and Beneluxcon as two national/international conventions -ed.)

Note the encouragement to use the email address in the Parcon notice, and the complete lack of a postal address from the Ahanoria write-up. Letters sent abroad tend to be slow, and some don't arrive at all if they look as if they might contain something valuable. Although things are actually improving on this front, the relatively easy availability of email (and its cheapness in many circumstances – many addresses are academic, and the Romanian address is via the Soros Foundation) means that snail mail is being superseded for international contact.

Small Press Mags

Among things I have received in the last months have been two guides to the small press scene in Britain. The Small Press Guide 1997 from the Writers' Bookshop, 7-11 Kenshington High Street, London W8 5NP, UK (ISBN 0-9529119-0-6, price UKP7.99) is a valiant attempt to cover all small press publications in the British Isles, in all genres. A lot of SF stuff is listed although sometimes in a somewhat random manner. BBR Directory (no. 1, November 1996) concentrates on the SF/Fantasy field, with short reviews of all of the magazines, giveing their flavour. Cost UKP1.25 + p&p. Contact Chris Reed at: BBR, PO Box 625, Sheffield, S1 3GY, UK. Email: bbr[at]

Future International Conventions

*=new or amended


Harmon IX: 31 January-2 February 1997, Weston-Super-Mare, UK. Filk. Contact: Harmon IX, 3 West Shrubbery, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6SZ, UK.

TrinCon2: 21-23 February, Dublin, Ireland. GoH – vast numbers... Att. 15 IP prebooked, 20 IP on the door. Contact: TrinCon2, 40 Daniel Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. (email: sfsoc[at],

* Ahanoria'97 International SF Camp: 27 February-3rd March, Paraul Rece, Romania. Workshops on: literary, fine arts, film script, and comics. Discussion panels on: Monarchy and SF and A Rapid Course in Literary Creativity. Memberships close: 17 February. Contact: Antuza Genescu at email: aries[at]

PicoCon: 2 March, London, UK. Att. 8UKP, (3UKP students). Contact: (Use email if possible) Imperial College Science Fiction Society, Imperial College Union, Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BB, UK. (email: icsf[at],

9th SF Days NRW: 8-9 March, Dortmund, Germany. Att. 40DM 'til 28/2/97, 45DM on door. Cheque to: Konto 1555 95-500, BLZ 370 100 50, Postbank Koln. Contact: ScienceFiction Tage NRW Komitee, c/o S. Vockenberg, Hoevelstrasse 46, 45326 Essen, Germany.

* SaarCon'97: 15-16 March, Saarbreucken, Germany. Contact: Herbert Thiery, Ackerstr. 3, 66115 Saarbrucken, Germany (tel. +49 0681-76740)

Intervention: Eastercon, 28th-31st March, Liverpool, UK. GoHs: Brian Aldiss, Jon Bing, Octavia E Butler, David Langford. Att. 35 UKP 'til 1/3/1997, then 50 UKP, Supp. 25 UKP (Cheques payable to 'Intervention') *NO* on the door memberships for security reasons. Membership closes 14/3/1997. Contact: Intervention, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7TS, UK. (e-mail: intervention[at], www:

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]

* Galaxiales'97 French national con: 10-13 April, Nancy, France. Att. 250FF. GoHs include: Dan Simmons, Paul McAuley, Gerard Klein, Elisabeth Vonarburg. Contact: Galaxiales'97, c/o Stephane Nicot BP 3687, 54 097 NANCY Cedex, France. (tel. +33-03 83 40 64 40, Fax +33-03 83 28 80 51)

SFerakon 97: national con, 25-27 April (note date change), Zagreb, Croatia. Theme: Communication. Att. 20$. GoH: Guy Gavriel Kay. Contact: Igor Mrkoci, Brace Cvijica 21, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. (or email: Vlatko Juric-Kokic <vkokic[at]>)

* 10 SF & Fantasy Festivel of Roanne: 23 April-4 May, Roanne, France. Core days 25-27 April. Contact: RHONE-ALPES S.F., Centre Mendes-France, 12 avenue de Paris, 42 335 ROANNE Cedex, France. (tel.: + 33-04 77 72 09 25, email: tabouletj[at]

Interpresscon: 4-8 May, Razliv nr. St Petersburg, Russia. Att. from 150 USD (inc. full board, twin share). Contact: Interpresscon, PO Box 358, 196158 St.Petersburg, Russia (email: kir[at]

Keycon 97: 16-18 May, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. GoH: Kevin J. Anderson, Margaret Weis, ArtGoH: Ruth Thompson, FanGoH: DDI. Att.: C$30 to 28 Feb 97. Contact: Keycon, PO Box 3178, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4E7, Canada.

* 3rd Colloquium on Canadian SF and Fantasy: 7 June, Merril Collection, Toronto, Canada. Contact: Dr. Allan Weiss, English Department, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3 (tel. +1 416-736-5132, +1 416-736-5166, email: aweiss[at]

Ad Astra 17: 14-17 June, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoH: Stephen Brust. Contact: Ad Astra, PO Box 7276, Station A, TORONTO, ON, M5W 1X9, Canada.

* PARCON'97: Czech & Slovak national con, 4-6 July, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. Contact: Mestske kulturni centrum, Radnicke namestie 4, 052 01 Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. (email: pete[at],

Con-Version XIV: 18-20 July, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH: Connie Willis, Kim Stanley Robinson. Contact: Con-Version, PO Box 1088, Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K9, Canada. (tel. +1 (403) 259-3938 email: Garyf[at]

Ratzecon: SFCD Con & Baltcon. 27-29 July, Ratzeburg, Germany. Att. 35DM. Contact: Eckh. D Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-22905 Ahrensburg, Germany. (tel. +49-(0)4531-86106, email: edm[at],

2nd Northern Tolkien Festival: 8-10 August, Oslo, Norway. Info:

* Quartercon: 15-17 August, Bergen, Norway. GoH: Katharine Kerr, Ingar Knudtsen. Att. NOK 150 'til April 6, then NOK 200 'til June 23, NOK 250 afterwards. Contact: Quartercon, c/o Bjorn Tore Sund, Lobergsveien 100 A, 5032 Minde, Norway. (email: bjornts[at] WWW:

Lonestarcon 2: 28 August-1 September, San Antonio, TX, USA. Worldcon. Contact: LoneStarCon 2, Box 27277, Austin, TX, 78755-2277, USA. (tel. +1-512-472-9944, fax: +1-512-472-4290, e-mail: lsc2[at],

* Polcon (Polish National Con): September, Silesia, Poland. GoH: Rafal Ziemkiewicz (Western guests also invited – no answers yet). Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]

Con*Cept/Boreal 97: 26-28 September, Montreal, PQ, Canada. Bilingual. GoH: Daniel Sernine, Lois McMaster Bujold, Wayne Barlowe. Contact: Con*Cept, PO Box 405, Station H, Montreal, PQ, H3G 2L1, Canada.

Coachcon: 23&27 October, London-Portmeiron-Dublin-Portmeiron-London, UK/Ireland. SF con on coach to Euro-Octocon. Send SAE. Contact: Dave Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX, UK.

Euro-Octocon: (Eurocon) 25-27 October, Dublin, Ireland. Att. 20 IP, Supp. 10 IP Contact: Eurocon'97, PO Box 5130, Dublin 4, Ireland (email: rde[at],

World Fantasy Con: 31 October-2 November, London, UK. Contact: World Fantasy Con, PO Box 31, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4YL, UK.

HispaCon 97: 31 October-2 November, Mataro (Nr. Barcelona), Spain. GoH: Orson Scott Card, Alfonso Font & Carlos Gimenez (artists). Contact: Mataro 97, HispaCon, Patronat Municipal de Cultura, Sant Josep 9, 08302 Mataro, Spain. (tel. +34-3-758.23.61, Fax +34-3-758.23.62, http://www.Catch22.COM/SF/BEM)


Intuition: Easter, Manchester, UK. Att. 28UKP, Supp 15UKP. Contact: 1 Waverley Way, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, SM5 3LQ, UK. (email: intuition[at]

INFINITY: 10-12 July, Cardiff, UK. SF/Media Con. Contact: (SSAE) Swn y Nant, 12 Stuart Street, Treherbert, Treorchy, Wales, UK, CF42 5PR. (email jonjo[at], WWW –

Bucconeer: 5-9 August, Baltimore, MD, USA. Worldcon. Contact: PO Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701, USA.

Spain has expressed interest in Eurocon 1998.


Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: eric[at]

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

Bids for EUROCON 1999: Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic & Dortmund, Germany

Fans Across the World Many thanks for information etc. to: Cyril Simsa, Roelof Goudriaan, Kresimir Lenic, Roberto Quaglia, Antuza Genescu, Piotr Cholewa, Jean-Louis Trudel, John Dallman, BBR, the SFCD, Quartercon, Ansible, Jean-Claude Dunyach, and others for help and information.