Fans Across the World

Newsletter 79

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

bjw[at] fax: 0181-925-7126

October 1998

Newsletter 79

Back Again

Many thanks to Roger Robinson for to most intents and purposes doing the last two issues – particularly the paper version, and to Dave Langford for sending out email versions. All errors in this one are mine and mine alone. (So there).

I've now been out of hospital for about two months, and am slowly recovering. Many thanks to Ken Slater for looking after me, and a sick Freddie the dog, for a week and a half in Upwell, near Wisbech. High points included the trip to Stonea Iron Age hillfort, constructed on a hill all of 4 meters high, and that was high enough for me at the time (well, what do you expect of the flattest part of England). I also got to see Wisbech itself, Norwich (with Lisanne Norman), a bird reserve where all of the birds were off on their hols, and the north Norfolk coast. When Ken's computer went wrong, John Dallmann got dragged up from Cambridge to act as doctor – well, it was dead... (or at least terminally deranged).

Ken was going to Polcon, so I went quietly back to London. Later I spent a few days at Broadstairs – which seems to be living on its Dickensian heritage – half of the shops are named after characters out of Dickens novels. I also walked to Pegwell Bay beyond Ramsgate, and saw the tree grown tarmac of the old Hoverlloyd hoverport. When I travelled on 'Swift' when the service first opened in the 1960s, this was supposed to be the transport mode of the future. The hoverport is now being reclaimed by the nature conservation areas nearby, while the 'Prince Philip opened this hoverport...' plaque is on display at the Ramsgate Maritime Museum.

I'm now slowly trying to get my life together again. Many thanks to the others who have helped me and sent their best wishes – particularly to Rafe Culpin, 'Hitch', and other members of the Walthamstow SF group, Lynne Ann Morse, Dave Stewart, and many others.

News from Spain, well Cataluna actually!

The UPC SF Award ceremony will be on the 2nd December this year, and the Guest will be Stephen Baxter. The Juli Verne Award for an SF novel in Catalan will be announced in the Nit Literaria d’Andorra, on the 5 November. 600.000 pts (GBP.2.500 approx, 3.650 Euros) and publication of the winner.

The email address of BEM and of Joan Manel Ortiz has changed to: bem.jmo[at] (The old one, bemjmo[at] is no longer valid, the postal address remains as before). [Joan Manel Ortiz]

A Catalan SF site has been set up, containing novels, short stories and biographic information, compiled by the Catalan Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction (SCCFF). URL: [SCCFF]


One of the things I've actually had time to look at (although no energy to reply to) is some of the wibble on usenet, Cix, and SFFranco (the French SF mailing list). Rec.arts.sf.fandom, for those who are not already aware of it, is full of comment on President Clinton's sexual preferences, and the political repercussions thereof. There has also been discussion of Ken McLeod's winning the Prometheus award, leading to an endless discussion of libertarianism, and more recently of the policies of the award panel itself. Also endless discussions on SF cons, past and future.

In the meantime, SFFranco has been discussing the Knights Templar, Spam (both the culinary and computer varieties), mediaeval history, SF cons, and how to get SF in other languages (particularly French) translated into English, and then published. Collectively, they came up with the best informed discussion on the English/other languages problem I have ever seen, my lurking headache prevented me reading it clearly, let alone replying.

The Cix SF conference, after fending off an attempt to recreate the library at Alexandria on its premises, has been talking about SF films, TV programmes, SF books, copyright and the net, etc. No mention of Bill Clinton here... Keep chatting! :-)

Future International Conventions

(* = new or amended)


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 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]

Octocon Lite: 10 October, 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, Donnybrook, 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 October, Uppsala, Sweden. Local fannish con. GoH: book ed. & old time fan Jorgen Peterzen. Info: johan.anglemark[at]

Cyberfiction 98 Festival: 16-18 October, Cannes, France. Films & discussions. Contact: David Sice, 49 Av. Michel Jourdan 06150 Cannes-La Bocca. (tel. +33-

HanseCon: 29 October-2 November, Lueback, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D Marwitz, Postfach 1524, 22905 Ahrensburg, Germany.

* KONKRET: 6-8 Nov (?), Warsaw, Poland. Star Wars boot camp LARP & SF con, organized by SF Confederation Rassun. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szafirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: klub[at];

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

BOZ-CON: 20-22 November, 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 December, 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]

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 11/10/98. Contact: ICON, 11 GPO Box G429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. ( 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: 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]

* Seccon: 28-30 May, Hertfordpark Hotel, Stevenage, GoH Stephen Baxter. Att. 17.50 UKP 'til 17/11/98, cheques 'Seccon'. Contact: Seccon, c/o 92 Lichfield Road, Cambridge, CB1 3TR, UK. (email: seccon[at];

Wincon V: 13-15 August, 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];

Finncon: 14-15 August, 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 (email: info[at]; British agent: John Harold.

* Polcon: (Polish national con), 26-29 Aug, Warsaw, Poland. (email: klub[at];

* Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. GoH: George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Att. 225$Aus. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: info[at];

SPAWNCON TWO: 38th Australian National SF Con. 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131, Australia. (

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 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],


Canada (Torcon III – email: info[at] is currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon. There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – artemis[at]


Seccon Plug

Come along to Seccon, a relaxed general SF convention. With a light but varied schedule and plenty of opportunity to socialise, we aim to run a relaxed and enjoyable convention that nonetheless features a good range of SF-related programme items.

Seccon, May 28-30 1999, Hertfordpark Hotel, Stevenage, GoH Stephen Baxter. Attending membership a rather cheap £17.50.

See details in convention listing.


Fans Across the World: Many thanks for information and help etc. to: Ken Slater, Malgorzata Wilk, Marcus Rowland, Joan Manel Ortiz, Marc Ortlieb, SFF, Ken Slater, Vinc Clarke, Brentanos, Bridget, and others. Please send information, bribes, etc. to the email or postal addresses above. Corrections particularly welcome, I don't have errors in this for the fun of it (or at least, not most of them). Many thanks to all of those of you who I'm sure to have forgotten.