Newsletter 78 – September 1998

Newsletter 78 – September 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!)


THE AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET. A figurant newszine produced for the Australian National SF Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill, Vict, 3131, Australia – e-mail: mortlieb[at] Postal subscriptions $6-00 for ten. (Cheques made out to Marc Ortlieb please. Stamps accepted). Available for items of gossip. E-mailed direct, a once off $10 fee. Free copy from aus.sf on Internet or at http://www.

BBR DIRECTORY. This Directory started out as the reviews section of Back Brain Recluse magazine, and has been a separate title since 1996. A new issue of the Directory comes out at the end of this month. The magazine thereafter moves to a new monthly schedule to reflect its increasingly news-oriented content, providing accurate and up-to-date info about what's happening in independent publishing. You can also find out the latest small press news via the BBR Directory site at – it's updated pretty much on a weekly basis so up-to-date info is always right at your fingertips. Chris Reed, The BBR Directory. BBR * PO Box 625 * Sheffield * S1 3GY * UK – E-mail: c.s.reed[at]

TUBB BIBLIOGRAPHY. The Tall Adventurer – a bibliography of the British writer E C Tubb, compiled by Phil Harbottle & Sean Wallace. 200 pages of detailed info & plot synopses of all Ted Tubb's stories & novels, with a Ron Turner cover – all for a mere UKP12. More info from the publisher at Beccon, 75 Rosslyn Ave, Harold Wood, Essex RM3 0RG, UK or via email at beccon[at] (Roger Robinson)

GEORGE TURNER NOVEL. Readers of George Turner's fiction will be pleased to know that his last novel, currently titled Down There in Darkness, has been bought by Dave Hartwell at Tor Books and is scheduled to appear before the Australian World Con in 1999. (Marc Ortlieb)

BABYLON 5. A book of papers from the 1997 academic conference has just been published. It is called The Parliament of Dreams: Con-ferring on Babylon 5 and has been edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn – the editor and assistant editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. Cost is UKP6 to current subscribers to Foundation journal, or UKP9 to others. More information available from E.F.James[at] or from http:// (Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn)

NEWS I now know what the disabled talk about when they say that people reckon that if you can't walk your brain has rotted. Since being in hospital, NOBODY has sent me any news by email (or post). Plenty of cards, get well notes (and for all of these, many thanks), but the only news has come via the odd robot (Marc Ortlieb's Australian SF Bullsheet), and via snail mail in SF magazines. So this lot is filtered out of SF magazines received. Many thanks to the SFCD (Science Fiction Club Deutschland), BEM, the SKF, Cyril Simsa for Interkom, and Marc Ortlieb's robot. As for me one month out from the hysterectomy, I can now walk for about 30 minutes without falling over, can take short train journeys provided I'm sitting in a forward facing seat, and sit up for a whole day without collapsing in exhaustion and pain. Things'll take a while yet before I'm fully mobile.

ANDROMEDA NACHRICHTEN: In Andromeda Nachrichten 174 (the SFCD's journal) there is a discussion of the Polish SF scene, and the SF magazine Nowa Fantastyka, by Maciej Parowski (involved with Fantastyka for many years). It appears to be a speech, but no indication is given as to when it took place. He describes the Polish SF magazines, Polish SF themes during the 1980s and 1990s and the authors involved, and the role of translations in the Polish SF market (mainly American, but mentioning 15 other countries). Oddly enough he doesn't mention stories having been published from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland (they have – Ed.). Please guys, the USA isn't the ONLY country to write in English! Other features in this issue include: details of the 1998 SFCD Literature prize, and an interview with the winner, Andreas Eschbach by Florian Breitsamer; a catalogue of recently published SF books; information about fandom; reviews of new SF, fantasy and horror books published in German – including Perry Rhodan; and reviews of fantastical films and computer games. (Contact: Birgit Fischer, Am Schafbuckel 6, D-64853 Otzberg, Germany; sfcd[at]

MIESIECZNIK 105: biuletyn Slaskiego Klubu Fantastyki (ie. the Silesian SF Club's newszine) notes the death of Polish author Adam Hollanek. Hollanek was born in 1922 in Lvov, and was involved for many years with the Polish SF magazine Fantastyka in its earlier period. He published wrote many SF novels between the years 1954 and 1989, and was translated into Russian, Czech, Hungarian & German. Other information in the newsletter includes other SF news, prize nominations, reviews of new videos, pieces on Le Guin and Starwars, a rather negative review of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, con reports, and short pieces on recent films and videos. Miesiecznik, ul. Pocztowa 16, skr. poczt. 502, 40-956 Katowice, Poland or

INTERKOM: (6 issues 12/97 to 6-7/98). This is the newletter for Czech fandom, published by Zdenek Rampas. A standard issue contains con reports for local and international conventions (the December 1997 issue contained a report on World Fantasy Con in London by Juraj Maxon), book reviews and essays on science fiction (the 1-2/98 issue has an essay on alternative history). Polish SF is still translated into Czech. Issue 3/98 contains a review of a novel by Rafal Ziemkiewicz, a controversial young writer, it gets a higher rating than Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash! (reviewed in the same issue). The Ziemkiewicz had been translated into Czech, while the reviewer had read Snow Crash in English and seen only the comic book style surface, so delay before you go out and learn Polish, what one culture sees easily another misses completely (and that don't mean that Ziemkiewicz ain't good!). Issue 6-7/98 announces a Czech SF server at – yes, the Czechs couldn't give a d*mn about the SF/sci-fi controversy! (Interkom, Letecka 6, 161 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic – email: RAM[at]APRO.CZ)

BEM – ciencia ficcion y fantasia is a news, essays and reviews magazine which usually contains one short (or not so short) story, associated with other material in the issue. The June/July (no. 63) issue concentrates on the author James Stevens-Arce (AKA James Stevens), winner of the 1997 UPC prize. A story 'Ante esa dulce noche' is accompanied by an interview with Joan Manel Ortiz. They discuss why Stevens-Arce will probably continue to write in English, rather than in Spanish, despite being a bilingual author – linguistic flexibility makes English a more expressive language for SF – there is no "Royal Academy of the English Language". English also gives a larger market, although that is secondary in importance. The two also discuss SF and fantasy in Puerto Rico. The August/September (no. 64) issue contains a story by, and an interview of, Orson Scott Card. More interesting to these eyes was an essay by Juan Jose Sanchez Arreseigor on alternative histories. This essay traces the history of the alternative history in Spanish, starting with a de Sales work dating from 1791 in which the French Revolution didn't happen. In the early part of the essay he covers familiar ground: Eon, Pavane, Bring the Jubilee. The second half of the essay covers Second World War alternative history in detail. After briefly examining the standard WWII SF alternate histories, he takes a hatchet to an extreme-right polemic by John Charmley called "Churchill: the end of glory" in which Britain allies with the Third Reich against the USSR (so as to prevent the joint disasters of Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, and a social democrat government in the British Isles). Arreseigor demonstrates that even with such an alliance Germany could not have beaten the USSR since it could not have obtained the necessary fuel supplies to fight such a war. While elite divisions were mechanised, lesser divisions were horse-powered in the old sense – 2.7 million of them. The country with the necessary oil supplies was the USSR, so that the surreal vision of the USSR fighting alongside the Third Reich in the invasion of British India is more feasible than the alternative past as Charmley presents it. Arreseigor then examines the relationship of Mussolini and Franco to Hitler. While Mussolini became involved in fighting Hitler's war, with the inevitable consequences, Franco stayed zealously neutral. Ironically, the change most likely to have altered the course of the Second World War would have been if Hitler's Germany had figured out that the petroleum reserves in Mussolini's Libya were larger than any of the European fields. While Arreseigor examines an alternate history for Fascism, the essay mentioned above in Interkom addresses the effects of an alternative USSR. You write about that which concerns you most. (BEM, Apartado 6092; 47080 Valladolid, Spain. email: bemjmo[at],


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

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, 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. 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]

* 2 Tag der Phantasie: 26 Sept, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Hardy Kettlitz, Ilsenhof 12, 12053 Berlin, Germany. (email: ALIEN-CONTACT[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

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. (

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: http://; 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. Info: 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 Octr, Uppsala, Sweden. Local fannish con. GoH: book ed. & old time fan Jorgen Peterzen. Info: johan.anglemark[at]

* Cyberfiction 98 Festival: 16-18 Oct, Cannes, France. Films & discussions. Contact: David Sice, 49 Av. Michel Jourdan 06150 Cannes-La Bocca.

(tel. +33-

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]usctoux1.

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, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VD Den Haag, The Netherlands. (fax: +070- 3561215; email: vantent[at];

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 Soc 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]

There will be no Eurocon in 1998.


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]

Icon: 1-5 April, Perth, Australia. GoH Jack Dann, Sean Williams, Jenny Wurts, Dave Luckett. Att. $70 'til October. Contact: ICON, 11 GPO Box G429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. ( ~swancon/ackerman[at]

Reconvene: (Eastercon) April 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: 21st-24th May, Dortmund, Germany. Att. 99DM or 31 UKP 'til 3/12/1998, then 34 UKP. Multilingual (inc. English). 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 August, 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 ( British agent: John Harold. email: info[at]

* Aussiecon III: 2-6 Sept, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. GoH: George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Att. 200$Aus. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: julian[at] http://www. * Spawncon Two: 38th Australian National SF Con. 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131, Australia. (

Millenium: 27 Dec-2 Jan 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 August, 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. 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; email chi2000 [at]

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


* The Millenium Philcon (Worldcon): 30 August-1 September, Philadelphia, PA, USA. GoH: Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers. Contact: Suite 2001, 402 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, PA 19046 USA. (email: phil2001[at]


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


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

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