Fans Across the World

Newsletter 73

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

bjw[at] fax: 0181-925-7126

March 1998

Book crawl in London

Right at the end of January I put up Ahrvid Engholm for a few nights. He then sent me a trip report in mixed English and Swedish. So here is part of it. British fandom seldom organize formal associations, but informal "groups". In Sweden we're more formal and have associations with boards, constituions etc. (This is related to the difference between British and Roman Law(ed.)). He was rather amused by Walthamstow – own SF shop, own SF group, own market, own local museum, own nature reserve,... Saturday, we went on a bookshop crawl: "You haven't been to London if you haven't been to bookshops." Prices are higher now, because of the stronger pound. First, Fantasy Center, then the Elephant and Castle, then Charing Cross Road. That evening, I saw the Star Trek-film on TV, but was pretty tired. I BELIEVE I almost managed to see the big final battle. I think Kirk died and Piccard said some cliches about "having had the honour to know such a great man!" (Mixture of Ahrvid & me.)


I and Dave Langford have been plagued by another – "you've had that wrong for 18 months, why didn't you correct it?". Well, if you'd told us 17 months ago, or at any point in the meantime, we might have done. It's not just foreign cons, one British con in the near future has had to have information extracted from it the way that dentists extract teeth. If it's wrong please (*&*(%&*^% tell us!


This year's Sferakon has also been designated a Euroconference (an international get-together). The con is being held from the 24t to the 26th of April. The programme will be partially in English. The convention is being held at the Faculty of Electrotechnic and Computing in Zagreb, which has a good conference center and enough space to host up to 1000 people (Sferakon usually has up to 600-700 people comming and going) Contact: Maja Cetineo Maja Cetineo email: Maja.Cetineo[at] Ministarstvo znanosti i tehnologije http:/ Strossmayerov trg 4 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia (tel: +385 1 459 4431 fax: +385 1 459 44 39) or Jagoda Matovina, M. Haberlea 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. Phone/Fax +385/1/383 59 51 or +385/1/383 59 73 (ask for Tanja). E-mail shedevil[at] (Info from Darko Matan & Maja Cetineo, misinterpreatations by yours truly- if you're interested try emailing all addresses, saying that you're emailing the others!)

Future International Conventions

* = new or amended


10th SF-Days North Rhine-Westphalia: 21-22 March, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Alan Dean Foster, Mark Brandis, Brian Stableford, Johannes von Buttlar, Christian Bruhn. Att. 55DM 'til 15/3/98, 60DM at con. Contact: Contact: Beluga Post (Chair), Frankfurter Weg 18, D-59439 Holzwickede, Germany. (tel: +49-2301-5785; fax: +49-2301-5743; email: SFTageNRW[at]; UK agent Mike Cheater, see Eurocon 1999 below.

Intuition: 10-13 April, Manchester, UK. Att. 35 UKP. Contact: 1 Waverley Way, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, SM5 3LQ, UK. (email: intuition[at];

Cosmocon: 11-12 April, Limerick, Eire. SF media. Contact: Anny Wise, 56 Tullyarraga Court, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland. (tel. 061-472812; email: anny.wise[at]

Galaxiales'98 French national con: 16-19 April, Nancy, France. Att. 250FF. Contact: Galaxiales'98, BP 3687, 54 097 NANCY Cedex, France. (tel. +33-03 83 40 64 40, Fax +33-03 83 28 80 51)

* SFerakon 97: Euroconference & national con, 24-26 April, Zagreb, Croatia. Theme: Communication. Att. 20$. !!SEE MAIN TEXT!!

* Swancon 23: 24th-27th April, Perth, Australia. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold, Tess Williams, Gina Goddard. Att. $70 'til 31/3/98, then $75. Contact: Swancon, GPO Box 429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. E-mail: swancon23[at]

Travelling Convention: 30 April – 3 May, Elblag, Poland. Includes visits to Frombork & Malbork. Att. 40 zl. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]

Interpresscon: 1st weekend 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]

* World Horror Convention: 7-10 May, Phoenix, AZ, USA. GoH: Brian Lumley; Bernie Wrightson; Tom Doherty; John Steakley; Tom Savini. Contact: P.O. Box 61565, Phoenix, AZ USA 85082-1565

Lituanicon 98: 14-17 May, Vilnius, Lithuania. Att. Free 'til 1 April, then $2. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, PO Box 216, 2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. fax: +370 2 766578, email: Gytis Eiglis at dragonkiller[at];

KONTUR: 14-18 May, Bialystok, Poland. LARP + SF. Att. 30 zl. Contact: Kontur, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

TauCetiCon IV: 15-17 May, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. Languages: Italian, English, German. Contact: Kai S. Paulus, via Pietro Canalis 4, I-07100 Sassari, Italy. (tel. +39-79-270657; email: nuvoli[at] (Gianfranco Nuvoli))

Construction: (NZ NatCon) 30 May-1 June, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH Neil Gaiman. Contact: Construction, P.O. Box 11559, Manners St, Wellington, New Zealand

Thylacon 2 (Australian NatCon), 5-8 June, Hobart, Australia, GoH Leanne Frahm. Contact: Thylacon 2, PO Box 55, Battery Point, TAS 7004, Australia.

Confuse 98: 26-28 June, Linkoping, Sweden. GoH Paul McAuley, Jane Routley, Niklas Krog. Contact:; unicorn[at]

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]

* Phancon 98: 11-12 July, Parramatta, Australia. Literary sf/fantasy con. GoH: Terry Pratchett, David Gemmell, Sara Douglass. Contact: kit (email kemil[at] or phone + 1800 817 298

Infinity: 10-12 July, Cardiff, UK. SF/Media Con. Att. 40UKP, Child 20 UKP. GOH: Diane Duaine, Peter Morwood, Jack Cohen, Lionel Fanthorpe, Danny Flynn, Andy Swayer, Colin Baker, Ed Bishop, David Banks, MJ Simo Simpson, Animation Company Siriol Productions (SuperTed) and the Cardiff Astronomical Society. Contact: (SSAE) Swn y Nant, 12 Stuart Street, Treherbert, Treorchy, Wales, UK, CF42 5PR. (email InfinitySciFiCon[at], WWW –

Bucconeer: 5-9 August, Baltimore, MD, USA. Worldcon. Contact: PO Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701, USA. Att. $130 'til 15/6/1998. (email: bucconeer[at]

* Dragoncon: 3-6 September, Atlanta, USA. Att. $40 'til 31/3/98, $50 'til 31/7/98. Contact: Dragon*Con, PO Box 47696, Atlanta, GA 30362-0696, USA. (dragoncon[at];

Fantasycon: 11-13 September, Birmingham, UK. Contact: Fantasycon, 46 Oxford Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 6DT, UK.

Polcon: Polish National Con: 10-13 September, Bialystok, Poland. Contact: Polcon'98, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

Bachanalia: 18-20 September, Zielona Gora, Poland. SF & wine festival. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]

Albacon 98: 25-28 September, Glasgow, Scotland. Contact: Albacon 98, Flat 1/2 10 Atlas Road, Springburn, Glasgow G21 4TE, Scotland. (email albacon[at]

HispaCon 98: 9-11 October, Burjassot, Spain. Contact: HispaCon 98, Casa Municipal de Cultura, c/Mariana Pineda, 93-95, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain. (tel. (6) 364.22.06; Fax: (6) 390.13.59; WEB:; email: burjassot[at] or gandiva[at]

KONKRET: October (2nd or 3rd weekend), Warsaw, Poland. Star Wars boot camp LARP con, + SF. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]

'BOZ'-CON: 20-22 November, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. Att: Dfl 65, pay Eurocheque 'NLSF-Conventions'. Contact: AnneMarie van Ewyck, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VD Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Dracon: Nov/Dec, Brno, Czech Republic. Contact: Dracon, PO Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic (http://WWW.FI.MUNI.CZ/~ZRUSTEK/DRACON.HTML)

Nordcon: 4-6 December, Gdansk, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073).

There will be no Eurocon in 1998, although there wil be a Euroconference in April in Croatia.


* World Horror Convention '99: 4-7 March, Atlanta, USA. GoH: John Shirley, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Snellings. Att. $65 'til 15/10/98, $75 'til 15/2/99, $100 on door. Contact: SAE to World Horror Convention '99, P.O. Box 148, Clarkston, Georgia 30021-0148, USA (email: HorrorCon[at]

Trinity – Eurocon 1999: 22nd-24th May, Dortmund, Germany. Att. 99DM or 31 UKP 'til 3/12/1998, then 34 UKP. Multilingual (inc. English) programme. Contact: Beluga Post (Chair), Frankfurter Weg 18, D-59439 Holzwickede, Germany. (tel. +49-2301-5785; fax +49-2301-5743; email: TRINITY[at]; UK agent: Mike Cheater, 42 Elm Grove, Southsea, Hants., PO5 1JG, UK. Cheques payable: 'German Conventions'. (Tel +44 (0)1705 361350, email: mike[at]

* Wincon V: 13-15 August, Winchester, UK. Att. 20UKP 'til Easter '98. Contact: Wincon V, 53 Havant Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 7HH, UK (email: wincon[at]

Finncon: 14-15 August, Turku, Finland. GoH Connie Willis. Contact:

* Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. GoH: George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: julian[at];

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

Bid from Turku, Finland for 1999 Baltcon.


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],

Eurocon 2000: Gdynia, Poland. Att. 10 UKP. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073).

Chicon 2000 (Worldcon): 31 August-4 September, Chicago IL, USA. Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (fax: +1-312-946-3779;

Hogmanaycon: 29 Dec 2000 – 1 Jan 2001, Scotland. Contact: Hogmanaycon, c/o 26 Avonbank Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2PA, Scotland. (email: john[at]


Both Canada (Torcon III – email: info[at] and Germany (Berlin – are currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon.

Fans Across the World Many thanks for information and help etc. to: Ahrvid Engholm, Dave Langford, Marc Ortlieb, Maja Cetineo, Juergen Marzi, Kirill Pleshkov, SFF, Vincent Clarke, Thomas Recktenwald, Gediminas Beresnevicius, BEM, and many others. Sorry if I've forgotten your name... Please send any new information, bribes, corrections, etc., to the address over.