Fans Across the World

Newsletter 80

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

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November 1998

Newsletter 80

Stockholm Fantasy Week

The Science Fiction Bookstore in Stockholm, in cooperation with half a dozen book publishers, organized a 'Fantasy Week' in Stockholm Old Town the second week in September. There were speeches and panels every night in the bookstore, during weekdays. I listened to eg author Carl Johan De Geer's speech and the panel on 'How to get your manuscript published' with leading fantasy editors and translators. Both were very good, with audicences of around 50 people (just like a small con!). Saturday the 12th the Fantasy Week organized a fantasy dress parade (ca 50 dresses participated) and book signing sessions with Swedish fantasy authors. A small book with samples of newly published fantasy was issued for the Fantasy Week. A number of papers had articles on the event, and all in all it seemed pretty successful. There is a huge interest in fantasy in Sweden today – the fantasy books sell much better than the sf books. (Ahrvid Engholm)

Prix Aurora & Boreal Awards 1998 (Canada)

Aurora Prize: Best French Book: L'Odyssee du «Penelope», Jean-Pierre Guillet. Best English Book: Black Wine, Candas Jane Dorsey. Best Novella in French: Une lettre de ma mere, Yves Meynard. Best Novella in English: Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream, James Alan Gardner. Best other work in French: Solaris, Hugues Morin, coord. (revue). Best Other Work in English: Northern Frights 4, Don Hutchison, ed. Artistic accomplishment: Jean-Pierre Normand. Fan Achievement (zine): Warp Factor, Chris Chartier, ed. (Warp 9). Fan Achievement (organising): Peter Halasz. Fan Achievement (other): Larry Stewart.

Prix Boreal 1998. Best book: Corps-machines et reves d'anges, Alain Bergeron. Best Novella:Une lettre de ma mere, Yves Meynard. Best Criticism: Hugues Morin. Best Artistic Work: Jacques Lamontagne. Best Faned: Hugues Morin. (various members of SFFranco)

Romanian SF on the Web (and Elsewhere)

After a period of inactivity, life stirs in Romania again. This time it takes the form of a newsletter – News Letter SF (in Romanian on paper or as a MS Word file), and a web site. The group doing this is called AlthernaTerra – the first Romanian Internet SF Club, their site is: (some parts in English). A site with Romanian SF stories translated into English (and their originals) can be found at: The compilers of this page want votes on the stories and any comments. (Claudia Tufan). NLSF can be obtained from Claudiu Tufan, CP 77-141, Sect. 3, Bucuresti, Romania or at nlsf[at] There is also a Romanian SF list: sfrom[at]

A rare (at present) event occurred from 4-5 September, a con called 'Picnic on the Edge of the Galaxy'. Many of the usual suspects turned up, and one of the main topics of discussion was – when and how does this happen again? The publishing crisis also continues, both in the professional field, and in small press publishing – there have been few SF zines this year. The con also had its lighter moments – Sandu Vasile performed his traditional (for Atlantykron) scurrilous daily scandal sheet Barfoteca at 7pm each night, drawing on the events of the day at the con. Various Romanian SF prizes were also given. (from NLSF 8).

Pigs Might Fly

Octocon took place in Dublin in a slimmed down form, one day on the Saturday, with an 'open to all' first birthday party at the Flying Pig SF bookshop on the Sunday (17 Crow Street, Dublin 2 – but it isn't party day every day...). James Bacon and Padraig O Mealoid have also opened an SF memorabilia shop Offworld in the basement of the Flying Pig.

Science Fiction Ireland held its first AGM at Octocon – er yes, the previous Irish SF organisation was the Irish Science Fiction Association. Much of the personnel is the same, eg. the Newsletter 'Blankspace' is edited by David Stewart. Contact : dstewart[at], or Science Fiction Ireland, c/o 43 Eglinton Road, Dublin 4, Eire. Membership 15 IP.

Future International Conventions

(* = new or amended)


* KONKRET: 6-8 Nov, Warsaw, Poland. Star Wars boot camp LARP & SF con, organized by SF Confederation “Rassun”. Contact: Konfederacja Fantastyki RASSUN, ul. Koszykowa 69/4, 00-667 Warszawa, Poland. (email: klub[at];

* Novacon 28: 13-15 Nov, Birmingham, UK. Att. 35UKP on door. GoH: Paul McAuley. Novacon, c/o Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK. (Email: martin[at];

* 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];

* Armardacon: Plymouth, UK. Contact: PO Box 38, Plymouth, UK.

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). (Email: gkf[at]

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]

* 3rd meeting of Fantasy & SF: 11-12 December, Mataro, Catalonia (Spain). (Email: sebastiao[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 31/1/99, 50UKP 'til 28/2/99, 80UKP on door. Supporting membership 15UKP 'til 1/2/99 – if bought before then can be upgraded for 15UKP on the door. If you have currency exchange problems contact Chris Bell at the con address immediately. 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 16/11/98, then 23UKP 'til 1/5/99, cheques 'Seccon'. Contact: Seccon, c/o 92 Lichfield Road, Cambridge, CB1 3TR, UK. (email: seccon[at];

* jUnicon: ?-? June, Stockholm, Sweden. (Email: lars-olov.strandberg[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. GoH: Tomasz Kolodziejczak, Leslaw Olczak. Contact: Konfederacja Fantastyki RASSUN, ul. Koszykowa 69/4, 00-667 Warszawa, 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. (

* Hypotheticon: 25-26 September, Glasgow, Scotland. Att. 15 UKP. Contact: Hypotheticon: 1999, Flat O/2, 11 Cleghorn Street, Glasgow. G22 5RN, UK. (Email: Hypotheticon1999[at]

* Upsala:1999: Swedish National con. ?-? October, Uppsala, Sweden. (Email: johan.anglemark[at]

* Octocon 10: ?-? October, Ireland. Contact: Octocon, c/o 43 Eglinton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland. (email: dstewart[at]

* Canvention/inCONsequential: October 15-17, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Email: badavis[at] (Brian A. Davis))

* Novacon 29: 5-7 Nov, Birmingham, UK. Att. 23UKP 'til 15/11/98. GoH: Ian Stewart. Novacon, c/o Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK. (Email: martin[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 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 10 UKP. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; email: gkf[at];

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. Att. 25 UKP ‘til 4/99, then 30 UKP. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Sydney Jordan, Archie Roy, Vince Docherty, Oscar Schwigelhofer. 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]


Congrats to SFFranco – the French language SF listserver on its fifth birthday, and to its editor Jean-Louis Trudel. Started on 8 November 1993, it has gone from 5 to 200 members. May it last many years more!

Fans Across the World Many thanks for information and help etc. to: Ken Slater, Marcus Rowland, Marc Ortlieb, SFF, Ken Slater, Ahrvid Engholm, Dave Lally, NLSF, SKF, 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. (Some of) Fans Across the World is archived at: