B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
bjw[at]cix.compulink.co.uk fax: 0181-925-7126
SF Days, previously held in Duessledorf, Germany, normally have between 200-300 members. This year with a new site the new committee was hoping for a slightly higher number of members. They arrived at their goal in full measure. The warm body count of paying members stopped at 980, not counting about 300 people who wandered in the main hall and visited the free dealers' room.
Both the committee and the owner of the site (a publishing house) were so pleased with the results that at the end of Saturday the concom had a contract for next year's convention. A TV station (Pro 7) showed previews of sf series to come). They also were very happy with the event and decided not only to come back again next year but to sponsor the convention and give it TV ads. Since this channel airs Babylon 5 and the X-Files this could give the number of attendants quite a boost. (Too many? ed.)
It seems that German fandom is on it's way to acquiring a big convention too. The next step would to go really international, which is intended for next year (as a test for the Eurocon). (Juergen Marzi)
Intervention had the usual extra features of a convention run in Liverpool. As an innovation, Andy Sawyer ran a series of SF academic level workshops, updating his Speaking Science Fiction conference held last July at the SF Foundation. Topics included SF archives, Academic/Fan criticism, neglected writers, and what use is SF – although this one went AWOL. Also innovative was his apparent belief that time was running backwards, and that we were in Glasgow. Roll on Mancon, is all I can say!
Also notable was Gary Stratman's convention wide live action role playing reconstruction of Assault on Precinct 13. He ably built up the tension with emergency security meetings, bomb scares in a sleeping bag, and fire extinguishers flying through locked doors. Highlights included incidents of friendly fire, Teddy frightening permanent residents out of the main lounge by turning up as himself, and Kev McVeigh frightening security by turning up in fancy dress.
Gary intends running a different scenario at Reconvene – we must all be gluttons for punishment.
On a less serious note, FOF decided to turn itself inside out, the BSFA restructured its finances, and the Fantasy Encyclopedia was launched – unfortunately without either of the main editors being present. The usual masquerade, book launches, panels, parties, etc also took place.
Next year is Intuition in Manchester – anybody know what *that* area is like?
Future SF Foundation related events include Farah Mendelsohn's Babylon Five Academic conference in York in December, and various plots being hatched for Intuition.
The catalogue of the Foundation library advances. The Czech material, with anotated cataloguing by Cyril Simsa, has been converted to machine readable format, and will probably be published separately after proof-reading (*you* try proof-reading Czech – unless your name is Josef Nesvadba, or Cyril Simsa, or...). Others will follow.
(Bridget Wilkinson, 1 April, 1997. If you didn't laugh you'd cry.)
* = new or amended
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. Theme: Building Universes. 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
* Finncon'97: 16-17 August, Helsinki, Finland. GoH: Ian McDonald, Norman Spinrad. Free admission. Contact: Toni Jerrman, Junailijankuja 1 B 29, 00520, Helsinki, Finland. (email: Jukka Rasanen, jurasanen[at]phcu.helsinki.fi)
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)
* 2nd Encounters with SF & Fantasy: 20-28 September, Cascais, Portugal. Contact: Maria Augusta, Associacao portuguesa de ficcao cientifica e fantastico, Bloco Uv – 2 Piso, Porta 11, Outeiro da Vela, 2750 Cascais, Portugal.
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. Contact: Con*Cept, PO Box 405, Station H, Montreal, PQ, H3G 2L1, Canada. (email: jltrudel[at]vir.com)
* Hypotheticon: 27-28 September, Glasgow, UK. Att. 15 UKP. Contact Hypotheticon 97, Flat 3/L, 38 Scotstoun Street, Glasgow, G14 0UK, UK.
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)
* Cozycon: 14-16 November, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Att. NLG 50. Contact: Annemarie van Ewyck, Obrechstraat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, Netherlands.
* Novacon 27: 14-16 November, Great Malvern, UK. Att. 30 UKP 'til 30/9/1997. Contact: Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK (tel. +44 1384-825386)
* Babylon 5 academic conference: 13-14 December, York, UK. Att. 75 UKP (inc. accommodation & food) 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)
* Intercontact'98: 3-5 July, Oslo, Norway. International convention. GoH Gwyneth Jones, Pat Cadigan, Johannes Berg. Att. 15 UKP (Scandinavians NOK 200) 'til 31 May 1998. Contact: InterContact 98, PO Box 121 Blindern, 0313 Oslo, Norway. (email: elf[at]origo.no)
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. Att. $110 'til 30/9/97. (email: baltimore98[at]access.digex.net)
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. (email: vdputte[at]simplex.nl)
Bids for EUROCON 1999: Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic & Dortmund, Germany
Both Canada (Torcon III – email: hancock[at]inforamp.net) and Germany (Berlin – http://ourworld.compuserve.com/EDMarwitz/internat.htm) are currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon.
Fans Across the World Many thanks for information etc. to: Jean-Louis Trudel, FOF, Juergen Marzi, Eckhardt Marwitz, Neyir Cenk Gokce, Roger Robinson, Andy Sawyer, Mick Evans, Larry van der Putte, Intercontact, Maria Augusta, David Stewart, and others for help and information. The wallpaper is now in the *right* place. Everything else is in the wrong place. The printer has run out of ink, I have two computers cohabiting on the same desk at present – rather cosy – I wonder what you *do* get if you mate a superannuated Olivetti fileserver with an IBM P150 Aptiva. The IBM hasn't yet started telling me who I can and can't contact, but I guess that'll come... I don't know *how* this'll reach paper, but I suppose I'll find out!