B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
bjw[at]cix.compulink.co.uk fax: 0181-925-7126
Attitude (14-17 February, England, alongside a rather handsome little mountain in the Malverns) was a con developed from an SF fanzine, so a profusion of fanzines was to be expected. However, one of the added features was a repro room set up as a living museum, and I'd been asked to bring along its most primitive piece of technology, a hectograph or jelly duplicator. Dissolve x amount of gelatine in water, add sugar, add glycerine, heat over a gas ring... you get the picture. And if the Gestapo come to get you? Well, you eat it! This was a very portable contraption, one Saturday fanzine issue was partially run off on the con bar, but other more weighty fossils were also in use.
A stencil cutter and duplicator ran off one contribution, a photocopier ran off others, but all except my handwritten efforts (complete with errors) were done on one of two computers, and the Plokta collective performed their usual tricks with computers, digital cameras, laser printers and a GPS system (well, no, not the GPS system actually). Not a typewriter to be seen. Many of the earliest SF fanzines were produced using hectographs, with Banda masters cut by typewriter, although the most zealous editors would acquire a small printing press, and learn how to set type. A succession of technological improvements made production ever easier, and let superficial appearance improve by leaps and bounds, however this has only shown up how few people are ultimately prepared to put chisel to tablet. The writing is probably the most difficult part of all.
Modern SF fanzines, like Attitude itself (both zine and con) seem rarely to discuss actual SF, SF is simply the presumed background. This is of course to (wrongly) ignore the flourishing SF small press, magazines that in any non-English speaking country would be assumed to constitute our fanzine scene! For all the modern technology, the form is archaic too. The A4/Quarto wars have now been settled by a lack of appropriate paper, but the accepted form still has three staples down the lateral edge, wide white margins, and much of the rest of the appearance of a 1960s school magazine. Why? Why not!
The one really modern 'fanzine' at the con was the IRC link on Saturday night, and despite its archiving on a web site all too near you, probably the most ephemeral form of fanzine yet, even beating Usenet in the mayfly stakes. And me? Well, having sent this piece from WP to DTP, so that the sheet of paper in your hand is the first one it has seen, I still reckon that the ability to be able to type up a zine by candle light on a manual typewriter is useful (particularly in Walthamstow at present). After all, SF looks both backwards and forwards. Oh, damn. That probably means that next con round I'll probably end up typing my demonstration issue on a table by the bar to yet more cries of: "I haven't seen one of those in twenty years!"
(The recipe was from Steve and Jenny Glover, the jelly duper can be found at: http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~kurrel/jelly.html)
The Science Fiction Foundation recently mounted a small display of fanzines in the Library at Liverpool University. Zines displayed dated from 1941 onwards, and included: Sam Youd (John Christopher's) Fan Dance, Walter Gillings' Fantasy Review, Michael Moorcock's A Fanzine Called Eustace, Peter Weston's Speculation, Richard Bergeron's Warhoon, Dave Langford's Ansible, "Vincent Omnia-veritas'" Cheap Truth, Stefan Tomaschitz's Fandom Oesterreich News (Austria), Jaroslav Olsa's Ikarie (Czechoslovakia), and Alexander Vasilkovsky and Boris Sidyuk's Chernobylization (Ukraine).
This material was from the Foundation's collection, and additions to it would always be welcome. The collection is growing, but there are still many gaps, particularly in the foreign collections. Contact Andy Sawyer at: Andy Sawyer, c/o Special Collections, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, PO Box 123. Liverpool L69 3DA, UK
* = new or amended
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]sedona.sorostm.ro
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]ic.ac.uk, http://www.su.ic.ac.uk/clubsocs/scc/icsf)
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]pompey.demon.co.uk, www: http://ds.dial.pipex.com/minerva.tech/interven.htm)
Conspiracy: 18 NZ National SF con, 28-30 March, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH Pat Cadigan. Att. NZ$60/AU$54. Contact: PO Box 10104, Wellington, New Zealand. Email: concom[at]sans.vuw.ac.nz
Galaxiales'97 French national con: 10-13 April, Nancy, France. Att. 250FF. GoHs include: Dan Simmons, Paul McAuley, Gerard Klein, Elisabeth Vonarburg. Contact: Galaxiales'97, c/o Stephane Nicot BP 3687, 54 097 NANCY Cedex, France. (tel. +33-03 83 40 64 40, Fax +33-03 83 28 80 51)
SFerakon 97: national con, 25-27 April (note date change), Zagreb, Croatia. Theme: Communication. Att. 20$. GoH: Guy Gavriel Kay. Contact: Igor Mrkoci, Brace Cvijica 21, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. (or email: Vlatko Juric-Kokic <vkokic[at]r101.com.hr>)
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]ardep.fr)
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]pleshkov.spb.su)
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]yorku.ca)
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]gtinet.sk, http://www.trynet.sk/monolith)
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]nucleus.com)
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]texbox.lahn.de, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepage/EDMarwitz)
2nd Northern Tolkien Festival: 8-10 August, Oslo, Norway. Info: http://www.uib.no/it/pers/edmmb/ntf97/
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]ii.uib.no WWW: http://www.ii.uib.no/~bjornts/quartercon/)
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]io.com, http://www.io.com/~lsc2/)
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]usctoux1.cto.us.edu.pl)
* Lausitz-Con '97: 26-28 September, Hoyerswerda, Germany. Phoenix Science Fiction Club, Sefan Biewald, Otto-Nagel-Str. 50, D-02977 Hoyerswerda, Germany
* Filk CONtinental: 26-28 September, Burg Blankenheim, Germany. Con in a castle/youth hostel. Memberships close 30/6/1997. Contact: FilkContinental, Kirstin Scholz, PSF 023 545, D-10127 Berlin, Germany (email: LFAPEGASUS[at]aol.com)
* 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. (email: jltrudel[at]vir.com)
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. 25 IP, Supp. 10 IP Contact: Eurocon'97, PO Box 5130, Dublin 4, Ireland (email: rde[at]irelands-web.ie, http://www.irelands-web.ie/users/rde/eurocon.html)
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)
* Babylon 5 academic conference: 13 December, York, UK. Contact: Farah Mendelsohn, Faculty of Humanities, University College of Ripon and St John, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO3 7EX, UK. (email: fm7[at]york.ac.uk)
* Decadence: 6-8 February, Gatwick, UK. Filk. Att. 24UKP. Contact: Decadence, Top Flat, 11 Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2AA, UK. (email: decadence[at]z9m9z.demon.co.uk; http://www.z9m9z.demon.co.uk)
Intuition: Easter, Manchester, UK. Att. 28UKP, Supp 15UKP. Contact: 1 Waverley Way, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, SM5 3LQ, UK. (email: intuition[at]elsevier.co.uk)
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]hotmail.com, WWW – http://www.cf.ac.uk/ccin/main/ents/sffc/infinity.html)
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]maths.uts.edu.au)
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: Jean-Louis Trudel, FOF, the Filkers, the SFCD, Juergen marzi, Neyir Cenk Gokce, Tim Illingworth, Roger Robinson, Mick Evans, and others for help and information. Things are chaotic again. The bathroom is fine now, but the bedroom has fragments of plaster and scraped paper lying on a half-fitted carpet, and parts of some of the works of William Morris in the Sanderson edition are lying on the open shelves of the dismantled wardrobe. At long last I have access to the cellar, and despite rumour, it is *not* big enough to host live action role playing games. Still, it is big enough and dry enough to house some of my books whaile the rest of the place is in turmoil. Next stage. Pull the ceiling down...