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Every so often there is a weekend that is ridiculously overstuffed with SF cons. One of these is occurring at the end of this month. Please, what *is* it about the end of September?
Edge of Empire in Portugal is an SF festival at the seaside resort, Cascais. It starts quietly, with the big events occurring at the weekend. This is the weekend it took place last year.
The running of Lausitz-Con and FilkContinental opposite each other speaks volumes both about the gulf both between Filk and other SF cons, and that still remaining between eastern and western Germany – although, to be fair Katowice in Poland (the site of the Polish national convention two weeks before) is much closer to Hoyerswerda (a mining town) than Burg Blankenheim (a youth hostel in a castle) is.
Going down to the bottom righthand part of Europe the Romanian national convention Nationalcon is also taking place that weekend, while Hypotheticon is taking place in the top left hand corner – I guess it doesn't count as the Scottish national convention yet...
Across the Atlantic Ocean in Canada you can attend two conventions at once – provided you speak both English and French. The twin Con*Cept/Boreal conventions are an amicable way of dealing with a country with two languages and SF communities.
No doubt there are others in the US as well, these will be well covered in the standard US lists. And the weekend before? Well, I gather there's a small Polish relexcon-cum-wine festival near to the Czech and German borders – a good place to get a hangover before going to Hoyerswerda I guess. I know of no conventions in Europe the following weekend at all. Me I'm only going to one of this incredible clutter, the one in the bottom righthand corner, and you?
Best Novel: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson; Best Novella: "Blood of The Dragon" by George R. R. Martin; Best Novelette: "Bicycle Repairman" by Bruce Sterling; Best Short Story: "The Soul Selects Her Own Society . . ." by Connie Willis; Best Non-Fiction Book: Time & Chance, by L. Sprague de Camp; Best Dramatic Presentation: Babylon 5 "Severed Dreams"; Best Editor: Gardner Dozois; Best Professional Artist: Bob Eggleton; Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown; Best Fanzine: Mimosa, edited by Dick & Nicki Lynch; Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford; Best Fan Artist: William Rotsler
The John W. Campbell Award: Michael A. Burstein
Japanese Awards: The Sei-un Award for Best Novel: End of an Era, by Robert Sawyer; The Sei-un Award for Short Fiction: "Heads" by Greg Bear
Yes, I know you've probably seen these ten times already. I now look forward to having large numbers of Polish fans asking me why Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Best Novel Award yet again. Don't get me wrong, I very much like these books, but I was fascinated that numbers of my Polish friends could not see what the attraction was at all. Yes, Robinson's commenting upon the American dream and its fulfuilment/perversion, and yes, this hasn't been particularly relevant to Polish history during the last century. But while Robinson seems to cross the cultural frontiers to Britain quite easily, crossing that much further seems to be too hard.
I can understand the problem, I sometimes feel that Connie Willis has managed a superb job, other times I feel like flinging her books across the room in anger, particularly when she is talking about my own country. Hmmm. Well, congrats to Dick and Nicki Lynch,and as ever to Dave Langford and Charles Brown.
Polcon (Polish National Con): 11-14 September, Silesia, Poland. GoH: Rafal Ziemkiewicz. 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. GoH: Gwyneth Jones, Karl Derrick. Contact: Maria Augusta, Associacao portuguesa de ficcao cientifica e fantastico, Bloco Uv – 2 Piso, Porta 11, Outeiro da Vela, 2750 Cascais, Portugal. (tel. +483 57 37 – Ext. 222, fax +483 46 89 or +482 20 68, e-mail: info[at]cm-cascais.pt)
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: Lois McMaster Bujold, Daniel Sernine, Artist GoH: Ronn Sutton, Janet Hetherington. Contact: Con*Cept, PO Box 405, Station H, Montreal, PQ, H3G 2L1, Canada. (email: jltrudel[at]vir.com)
Nationalcon'97 (Romanian National Con): 26-28 September, Baile Herculane, Romania. Att. $10 'til 1/9/1997, then $25 international postal order to – Banque Commercial Roumaine No. 45 906 00 97 001. Contact: Matei Donea, Str. Rozelor Nr. 16, Apt. 3, RO 1671 – Otelu Rosu, Romania (fax +40 55-53 09 01)
Hypotheticon: 27-28 September, Glasgow, UK. GoH: Anne Gay, Brian Waugh. Contact: Hypotheticon 97, Flat 3/L, 38 Scotstoun Street, Glasgow, G14 0UK, UK. (email: hypotheticon[at]ukonline.co.uk, http://web.ukonline.co.uk/hypotheticon/)
Cyber-Fiction Cannes 97: 10-12 October, Cannes, France. SF conference/convention/film festival. Various guests from the film, academic and literary worlds. Contact: Comite Cyber-Fiction, c/o David Sice, 49 Av. Michel Jourdan, 06150 Cannes-La Bocca. France. (tel. +33 04 93.48.05.64, fax +33 04 188.8.131.52)
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. 30 IP, Supp. 10 IP. Can pay by credit card. GoH: Robert Jordan, Chris Reed, many other guests. Contact: Eurocon'97, PO Box 5130, Dublin 4, Ireland (email: karenb[at]eicon.com, http://www.iol.ie/~carrollm/eurocon)
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.filnet.es/bemmag/mataro)
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)
STARCON97 (Star Wars Con): 30 November, Towngate Theatre, Basildon, UK. GoH inc.: Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew. Att. 10 UKP, or 13 UKP on door, cheques payable to R MILEY. Contact: STARCON97(W), Nelson House, 341 Lea Bridge Road, London, E10 7LA, UK. (tel. +44-181 523 1074, fax +44-181 527 4860, email: starcon97[at]timescape.demon.co.uk, http://www.timescape.demon.co.uk)
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, Eastbourne, 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)
10th SF-Days North Rhine-Westphalia: 21-22 March, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Alan Dean Foster. Att. 40DM 'til 31/12/97, then 45DM 'til 15/3/98, 55DM at con. Contact: Torsten M. Frantz, Ruthstrasse 8/28, D-44149 Dortmund, Germany. (Ulrich Krause: tel. 0049/231/40 06 64, email: UlrichKrause[at]T-online.de)
Intuition: Easter, Manchester, UK. 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 InfinitySciFiCon[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: bucconeer[at]bucconeer.worldcon.org)
HispaCon 98: 9-11 October, Burjassot, Spain. Contact: HispaCon, c/o BEM, ciencia ficcion y fantasia, P.O.Box 6092, 47080, Valladolid, Spain. (e-mail: bemjmo[at]filnet.es) Spain (ie. HispaCon) has expressed interest in Eurocon 1998.
Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: julian[at]aussiecon3.worldcon.org)
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
* Bid for 2000 UK Eastercon, 2Kon, Glasgow, UK: Contact: A^3 (Andrew A Adams), Chair, 2Kon, 15 Kersland Street, Glasgow G12 8BW, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk, http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)
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.
Yes, please send information on your convention to the address, email address, or fax number over. Please point out any idiotic mistakes I'm sure to have made as well.
On more gossipy lines. If you are intending to go on Coachcon between London and Dublin in October, get in touch with Dave Lally RSN, he needs to get his plans firmed up. Hotels in Dublin are booking up for the Eurocon weekend, book up via the con or Dublin Tourism now. Alternatively, try to pick up a weekend break with flight included.
If you're actually interested in the Polish Wine con, email Piotr Cholewa as for Polcon (front page). See you there... hic!
Fans Across the World Many thanks for information etc. to: A^3, Jean-Louis Trudel, Infinity, Dave Langford, Piotr Cholewa, Matei Donea, John Dallman, Jurgen Marzi, Tim & Marcia, Cornel Secu, Cyril Simsa and others. Please send any new information, corrections, etc., to the address over. I guess the wheelie bin men went on holidy for August. My bin hasn't been emptied for three weeks, so the POW tunnel style getting rid of bits of ceiling in the bin has rather come to a halt, although I've got rid of most of the hardboard by now, leaving the wooden structure which held it on. It'll be even more delayed while I'm on holiday for three weeks. I intend sending bits of conreport, trip report, etc. home to myself by email from various friends' computer. I'll see how this goes. I certainly hope to pick up a stack of flyers about future events. This is the point at which I wish I had a Psion thingummyjig....