Newsletter 77 – August 1998

Newsletter 77 – August 1998

B Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 9SE, Great Britain bjw[at] fax: 0181-925-7126 (this issue edited on BJW's behalf by Roger Robinson – all typos are his!)

"LITERATURE" It's official, Terry Pratchett writes LITERATURE! Well, his OBE citation in the Birthday Honours List is for services to Literature!! (This is a peculiar ritual by which the British Prime Minister [Tony Blair] tells the Queen what Honours [ie. presents] she is to give for her birthday... it isn't even her birthday either... but perhaps that's enough nonsense for now... ed.) When he was contacted to offer congratulations, Terry suggested that he was probably the first recipient of such an award to spend all day playing Quake II on his computer!! (Roger Robinson / Marcus Rowland)

FANTASY CENTRE Thanks are due to the guys at Fantasy Centre bookshop (Europe's biggest second-hand SF/Fantasy shop – unless of course you know different!!). Following on from their generous donations to the Science Fiction Foundation, they have donated several (very heavy) boxes of books to Fans Across the World. When I am fit again I'll start sorting them out. Thanks to Ted & Eric (oops, sorry ERIK). They can be found at 157 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX (phone/fax 0171-607-9433)

OH YEAH, ME . . . Well, by the time you have read this I will have either been operated upon, or shoved back down to the bottom of the queue yet again. Nothing much to say at present, except that my right eye decided that it had had enough and went on strike last week, expressing a strong desire for skulking indoors. This is written in Word Perfect 5.1, since it has also decided that it can't abide Windows. You know, I actually upgraded to Windows for one issue – did you notice?, well here we go down the ladder again. ... later ....from temporary editor Roger ... Bridget went into hospital on Tues July 21st, had her operation the next day. By Thursday she was sitting up, beside her bed and receiving visitors. Her progress since then has been so good that she was released from hospital earlier than expected and, as from Monday 27th July, is recuperating at her parents' house.

ANOTHER ESCAPEE Born-again Fifties Fan Vince Clarke is now happily back home again after a lengthy stay in hospital. Many of you may remember meeting Vin¢ at various conventions – including Intersection, the 1995 Worldcon in Glasgow where he was fan GOH. He is now well into the task of going through the 20,000 (yes 20,000) items of e-mail that have accumulated in his enforced absence from technology!!

GEORGE TURNER PRIZE Robert Whyte reports "At Phancon on Saturday, the winner of the inaugural George Turner Prize for Science Fiction and Fantasy was announced. The winner was Tansy Rayner Roberts of Lenah Valley, Tasmania for the novel "Splashdance Silver". The prize includes profession publication by Transworld Publishers and a $10,000 advance against royalties of the book." (from Australian SF Bullsheet (Marc Ortlieb)).

IRELAND After standard large-convention exhaustion and niggles, Irish fandom is pulling itself together again. The ISFA (Irish Science Fiction Association) has been replaced by Science Fiction Ireland, and a new Newsletter 'Blank Space' is being produced by David Stewart (dstewart[at] Contacts can be made using 'the information ... on the back page, or you can leave your contributions for my attention in the Flying Pig'. The Flying Pig, of course is James Bacon's SF Bookshop opened late last year in Crow Street, Dublin 2. Blank Space contains news of Ireland's new IMAX cinema, various other SF media and awards, both local and international, book reviews include Inversions, The Sparrow, and Dinosaur Summer. The comics reviews are accompanied by a review of the first ever Comic Mart in Dublin. As Dave says 'So, once again a month has passed and I have retained my sanity. At least that's what the goblin under the bed says...'

BEM (No. 62) In the meantime, contains news about Ireland, awards, a review of the EstelCon Tolkien meeting and the Irish Eurocon, an essay on ecology and science fiction, other articles, book reviews and a substantial story 'Y sobre esta piedra' by Rafael Marin. BEM, Apartado 6092, 47080 Valladolid, Espana. bemjmo[at] The Marin story is about religion and space travel... Russell, Ziemkiewicz, why is this so familiar, and what *is* it about the catholic church...

WHAT'S "PLUG" IN FRENCH? Brentano's continues to publish its bilingual (English/French) zine. Fanzine/Prozine/ Publicityzine? I dunno... Brentano's is an English language SF bookshop at 37 Avenue de l'Opera, 75002 Paris, (France – where else?) with a club. It has built quite a readership -numbers of this group were out in force at Fantasycon last autumn in Docklands, and the local fans, as well as the bookshop owners, contribute to the zine. It contains: an order form, (well, what would you expect from a bookshop...), an interview with Connie Willis, SF news, short fiction in French (all the above mentioned except the form was in English – the form was a peculiar hybrid), book reviews of English language books in English, film reviews, news about the club website – no URL, but an email address at: librarie.brentanos[at], requests for local events info, and a list of future book releases.

FRANCOPHONE NEWS This year's "Le Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Quebecois" has been won by Alain Bergeron for his work during 1997 – a collection "Corps-Machines et Reves D'Anges" (published by Vents D'Ouest) and a juvenile novel "L'Ennemie" (published by Héritage). The Grand Prix laureate received his prize of $2000 at a convention held in Roberval at the end of June. (translated from a communique issued by the Grand Prix committee)

PHILATELY The British Post Office have issued a set of new stamps on July 21st entitled Magical Worlds, and are marking the 100th anniversaries of C S Lewis's birth & Lewis Carroll's death. The full set of stamps is – 20p – The Hobbit by J R R Somebody-or-other. 26p – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. 37p – The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit. 43p – The Borrowers by Mary Norton. 63p – Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (Roger Robinson)


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

* Wrap Party: Babylon 5: 21-23 Augt, Heathrow, UK. Att. 80UKP. Contact: PO Box 505, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7QZ, UK. (TheWrapParty[at]

Bachanalia: 28-30 Augt, Zielona Gora, Poland. SF & wine festival. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]

* Dragoncon: 3-6 Sept, Atlanta, USA. Att. $50 'til 31/7/98, $60 on door. Contact: Dragon*Con, PO Box 47696, Atlanta, GA 30362-0696, USA. (dragoncon[at]; http://www. dragoncon. org)

* Polcon: Polish National Con: 10-13 Sept, Bialystok, Poland. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Contact: Polcon'98, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland. (polcon[at]rsi.;

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

AKFT: 11-13 Sept, Warwick, UK. Att. 30 UKP. Contact: AKFT '98, 7 Belgrave Close, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3TJ, UK.

* Discworld Con II: 18-21 Sept, Liverpool, UK. Contact: Discworld Con, PO Box 3086, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8TY, UK.

Edge of Empire: 19-27 Sept (core days towards end), Cascais, Portugal. Fees – complex – incl. membership & full board. Prices rise (considerably) 15/07/98, membership closes 31/8/98. Contact: Associacao Portuguesa de Ficcao Cientifica e Fantastico, Bloco UV, 2 Piso, Porta 11, Outeiro da Vela, 2750 Cascais, Portugal. (tel. & fax +351-1-484-1782; email: simetria[at]

* Albacon 98: 25-28 Sept, Glasgow, Scotland. Contact: Albacon 98, Flat 1/2 10 Atlas Road, Springburn, Glasgow G21 4TE, Scotland. (email albacon[at]dial. pipex. com; imagery/albacon/)

* Canvention 18: Con*Cept/Boreal '98: 2-4 Oct, Montreal, Canada. GoH Robert J. Sawyer, Yves Meynard, Forrest J. Ackerman, Mario Giguere. Att. $25 'til 15/9, $30 on door. Contact: Con*Cept, P.O.Box 405, Station H, Montreal, QC, H3G 2L1, Canada. (http://afm.

HispaCon 98: 9-11 Oct, 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]

* Octocon Lite: 10 Oct, Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: James White. Att. 10IP/UKP, 12I/UKP on door. Concess. 8IP. Contact: Octocon Lite, c/o 43 Eglinton Road, Donny-brook, Dublin 4, Ireland. (email: dstewart[at] – or in UK contact Dave Lally about an Octocon party weekend – +44-171- 735-3819)

En battre konfekt 98: 16-18 Oct, Uppsala, Sweden. Local fannish con. GoH: book ed. & old time fan Jorgen Peterzen. Info: johan.anglemark[at]

KONKRET: Oct (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]

* HanseCon: 29 Oct-2 Nov, Lueback, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D Marwitz, Postfach 1524, 22905 Ahrensburg, Germany.

* Novacon 28: 13-15 Nov, Birmingham, UK. Att. 32UKP 'til 1/11, 35UKP on door. GoH: Paul McAuley.

BOZ-CON: 20-22 Nov, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. Att: Dfl 65, pay Eurocheque 'NLSF-Conventions'. GoH: Tad Willians, Eddy C Bertin, Peter Schaap. Contact: AnneMarie van Ewyck, Obrechtstr 4, 2517 VD Den Haag, The Nether-lands. (fax: +070- 3561215; email: vantent[at]few.;

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: 3-6 Dec, Gdansk, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58- 531073).

* Estelcon'98: Spanish Tolkien Society Conference, 5-8 Dec, Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain. Papers, live-RPG, arts, music, etc. Contact: Ms. Estela Gutierrez, C/San Cugat, 68-70, No.3-2a, 08201, Sabadell, Barcelona-SPAIN. Email: benadhim[at]iname. com

There will be no Eurocon in 1998.


World Horror Convention '99: 4-7 Mar, 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]

ICON: 1-5 Apr, Perth, Australia. GoH Jack Dann, Sean Williams, Janny Wurts, Dave Luckett. Att. $70 'til October. Contact: ICON, 11 GPO Box G429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. ([at]

RECONVENE: (EASTERCON): Apr 2-5, Liverpool, UK. GOH: Peter Beagle, John Clute, Jeff Noon, Tom Holt, Ron Tiner. Att. 30UKP 'til 1/12/1998. Contact: Reconvene, 3 West Shrubbery, Redland, Bristol BS6 6SZ, UK. (email: mychelle[at]

Trinity – Eurocon 1999: 21-24 May, Dortmund, Germany. Att. 99DM or 31 UKP 'til 3/12/1998, then 34 UKP. Multilingual (inc. English) programme. GoH: Sam J. Lundwall, Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison, Terry Pratchett. 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 Aug, Winchester, UK. GoH Diana Wynne Jones, John Barnes, Warren Ellis. Att. 20 UKP 'til 31/7/98, then 25 UKP. Contact: Wincon V, 53 Havant Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 7HH, UK (email: wincon[at]pompey. demon.;

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

Conucopia (NASFIC): 26-29 Aug, Anaheim, CA, USA. GoH: Jerry Pournelle, Nicki & Richard Lynch, Ellen Datlow. Att. $80 from 5/7/98. Contact: Conucopia, c/o SCIFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA 91409, USA (email: info[at]; British agent: John Harold.

* Aussiecon III: (Worldcon) 2-6 Sept, 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.


2Kon: Eastercon: Glasgow, UK: Contact: A^3 (Andrew A Adams), Chair, 2Kon, 15 Kersland Street, Glasgow G12 8BW, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at],

Eurocon 2000: 2-6 Aug, 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 Aug-4 Sept, Chicago IL, USA. GoH: Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Bean, Bob & Anne Passovoy. Contact: Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (fax: +1-312-946-3779; http://; email – chi2000[at]

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


Worldcon bids: Philadelphia – phil2001[at]; Boston for Orlando – info[at]; KC in Boston 2K+1 (write in)


Worldcon bids: Seattle – seattle2002[at]isomedia. com; * San Francisco – info[at], http://


Worldcon bids: Canada (Torcon III – email: info[at] There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – artemis[at]