B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
bjw[at]cix.co.uk fax: 0181-925-7126
...to a bloody awful year. Those who try to file their fanzines in order may already have noticed a problem (Hello Andy?), yup, as Dave Langford pointed out earlier in the year, I missed out an issue number. Not wanting a perfectly good number to go to waste, I've used it now instead.
I don't actually remember much of the spring, I was on autopilot at the time, and unable to comprehend quite how bad I was (eg. narrowly avoiding anaemia by crunching iron bars – well, tablets actually). It was in this state that I loaded up a new issue, forgot I'd done it, and loaded up another one, increasing the number by one each time, so issue 75 temporarily went missing, only to reappear now as a headache to librarians and mad collectors everywhere.
The year continued with a second operation, which I am now at last truly recovering from, the heart attack of a close colleague, and the death of an old, much loved friend, more recently. I just hope that the next year is better, or I may feel obliged to send it back because of shoddy workmanship. As I write this there are fireworks in Baghdad... wow...
Best Novel: La mirada de las Furias, by Javier Negrete (Ediciones B); Best Short Novel: Dar de comer al sediento..., by Eduardo Gallego & Guillem Sanchez (in Premio UPC 1996); Best Short Story: Mi esposa, mi hija, by Domingo Santos (in Visiones 1997); Best Essay: La gran saga de los Aznar, by Pedro A. Garcia Bilbao & Carlos Saiz Cidoncha (UPCF); Best Article: La primera etapa de las hispacones, by Agustin Jaureguizar (in BEM 59); Best Audiovisual Production: Abre los ojos, by Alejandro Amenabar; Best Magazine: BEM (eds. Interface Group); Best Foreign Novel: Marte verde, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Minotauro); Best Foreign Short Story: Timbuctu, by Carlos Gardini (in BEM 58).
The results of the 2nd Manuel de Pedrolo Award, of science fiction and fantasy stories, were published on the 12 December, in Mataro (Catalonia), at the closing of the '3rd Trobada de Ciencia-Ficcio i Fantasia'. In category A, for students in secondary education, 1st prize went to Jordi Tena i Galindo, for his story 'Paraules d'un temps vinent' (Words of a coming time). In category B, open to all, 1st prize was not awarded, 2nd prize went to Francesc Font, for his story 'Imatges per encirrec' (Comissioned images). The texts will be published in a special volume. The Manuel de Pedrolo prize is an initiative of the Culture Board of Mataro, supported by the Catalan Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
(Richard Lynch) I'm reading this from an internet cafe in Bucharest, Romania (and the marvels of slow telnet). This past weekend I was in Poland, and my fan friend there took me to Gdansk (north of there, actually) toattend a day at NordCon. I was the only person there not from Poland. (385 people total). Still, there were enough English-speakers that I didn't have trouble finding people to talk to, and as a result I met a bunch of very interesting fans who never go outside of Poland. It was truly a rewarding experience,even if my hotel room was just down the hall from where the loud dance music was going on until 3 in the morning. I'm thinking of writing a mini-convention report of this for FILE 770; it will likely be a bit subjective, since I still am trying to figure out what some of the "contests" were that took place. [Don't I know the feeling... ed.]
Vijay Bowen won the 1999 Eastbound TAFF race and will be travelling to Reconvene, the 50th Annual British National Science Fiction Convention. Welcome to the loony bin, have a good time.... :-))))
* = New or Amended
World Horror Convention '99: 4-7 March, Atlanta, USA. GoH: John Shirley, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Snellings. Att. $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]aol.com)
* Mecon 2: 13-14 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. GoH: Michael Marshal Smith. Att. 10 UKP, Supp. 5 UKP, Contact: Stephen Rushe, Flat 2, 12 Ashley Avenue, Belfast BT9 7BT, UK. (email: steve[at]blackstar.co.uk; http://quis.qub.ac.uk/fantasy)
ICON: 1-5 April, Perth, Australia. GoH Jack Dann, Sean Williams, Jenny Wurts, Dave Luckett. Contact: ICON, 11 GPO Box G429 Perth WA 6841, Australia. (http://www.iinet.net.au/~swancon/ackerman[at]multiline.com.au)
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]firedrake.demon.co.uk; http://www.firedrake.demon.co.uk/reconvene/))
Arracon: 30 April-3 May, Elblag, Poland. Contact SF Klub Fremen via: http://www.fremen.rpg.vr.pl/
Corflu: 30 April-2 May, FL, USA. Contact: S&S Vick, 627 Barton Avenue, Springfield, FL 32404, USA.
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: Harry Harrison, Terry Pratchett, Ian Watson, Roger MacBride Allen, Eric Stillwell. Contact: Beluga Post (Chair), Frankfurter Weg 18, D-59439 Holzwickede, Germany. (tel. +49-2301-5785; fax +49-2301-5743; email: SFTageNRW[at]epilog.de; http://www.epilog.de/SFTageNRW). UK agent: Mike Cheater, 42 Elm Grove, Southsea, Hants., PO5 1JG, UK. Cheques payable: 'German Conventions'. (Tel +44 (0)1705 361350, email: mike[at]frasers.demon.co.uk)
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]sjbradshaw.cix.co.uk; http://www.cix.co.uk/~sjbradshaw/seccon.html)
jUnicon: ?-? June, Stockholm, Sweden. (Email: lars-olov.strandberg[at]mailbox.swipnet.se)
INCENSE AND INSENSIBILITY: SCIENCE FICTION, PSYCHEDELIA & THE 1960s & 1970s – academic conference: 12 June, Liverpool, UK. SF & and psychedelia in 60s & 70s culture. Call for paper: abstract & title to: Elliot Atkins: eja[at]liverpool.ac.uk; Andy Sawyer: asawyer[at]liverpool.ac.uk; Peter Wright: 113350.134[at]compuserve.com; or Incense and Insensibility Conference, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool, Modern Languages Building, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK. (fax: +44 (0)151 794 2730)
Wincon V: 13-15 August, Winchester, UK. GoH Diana Wynne Jones, John Barnes, Warren Ellis. Att. 25 UKP. Contact: Wincon V, 53 Havant Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 7HH, UK (email: wincon[at]pompey.demon.co.uk; http://www.pompey.demon.co.uk/wincon.htm)
Finncon: 14-15 August, Turku, Finland. GoH Connie Willis. Contact: http://www.utu.fi/tsfs/finncon
Conucopia (NASFIC): 26-29 August, Anaheim, CA, USA. GoH: Jerry Pournelle, Nicki & Richard Lynch, Ellen Datlow. Att. $80 from 5/7/98. Contact: Conucopia, c/o SCIFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA 91409, USA (email: info[at]99.nasfic.org; www.99.nasfic.org). British agent: John Harold.
Polcon: (Polish national con), 26-29 Aug, Warsaw, Poland. GoH: Tomasz Kolodziejczak, Leslaw Olczak. Contact: Konfederacja Fantastyki RASSUN, ul. Koszykowa 69/4, 00-667 Warszawa, Poland. (email: klub[at]rassun.art.pl; http://rassun.art.pl/polcon)
Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. GoH: George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Att. 225$Aus. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: info[at]aussiecon3.worldcon.org; http://www.aussiecon3.worldcon.org)
SPAWNCON TWO: 38th Australian National SF Con. 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131, Australia. (http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/spawncon.htm)
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]Hotmail.com)
Upsala:1999: Swedish National con. ?-? October, Uppsala, Sweden. (Email: johan.anglemark[at]bahnhof.se)
Octocon 10: 9-10 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: Rober Rankin. Att. 14IP 'til Easter 99, then 18IP 'til 09/99, 22 IP on the door. Contact: Octocon, c/o 43 Eglinton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland. (email: dstewart[at]iol.ie)
Canvention/inCONsequential: October 15-17, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Email: badavis[at]nbnet.nb.ca (Brian A. Davis))
Novacon 29: 5-7 Nov, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Ian Stewart. Att. 28 UKP 'til Easter 99. Contact: Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK. (Email: martin[at]empties.demon.co.uk; http://www.cooky.demon.co.uk/n28/n28.html)
Cozy-Con: 19-21 November, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Att. 50 NLG. Annemarie van Ewyck, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, Netherlands (email: cozycon[at]cena.demon.nl)
Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK. (email: vdputte[at]simplex.nl)
Bid from Turku, Finland for 1999 Baltcon.
ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5001 Bergen, Norway. (email: reconnaissance[at]fandom.no)
2Kon: Eastercon: Glasgow, UK: Contact: A^3 (Andrew A Adams), Chair, 2Kon, 15 Kersland Street, Glasgow G12 8BW, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk, http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)
* 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]gkf.3miasto.pl; http://thenut.eti.pg.pl/gkf/).
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; http://www.chicon.org; email – chi2000[at]chicon.org)
Hogmanaycon: 29 December 2000 – 1 January 2001, Glasgow, 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]gelsalba.demon.co.uk)
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]unix3.netaxs.com; www.netaxs.com/~phil2001/)
UK Eastercon bid: Paragon, Blackpool, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK (email: members.paragon[at]keepsake-web.co.uk; http://www.keepsake-web.co.uk/paragon)
Worldcon bids: (Seattle – withdrawn;) San Francisco – info[at]sf2002.sfsfc.org, http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/
Canada Torcon III – email: info[at]torcon3.on.ca; http://www.torcon3.on.ca is currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon. There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – artemis[at]cyberramp.net
Fans Across the World: Many thanks during the last hard year to: Ken Slater, Vincent Clarke, Roger Robinson, Hitch, Rafe Culpin, Dave Langford, Marcus Rowland, Tesco Direct, and my family. Also thanks to: Dave Lally, Richard Lynch, Ken Slater, Annemarie, Jean-Louis Trudel, SFFranco, Costi and Vali, BEM, David Stewart, Mike & Janet and others. No thanks to Tesco Direct for sending me two packets of Anchor Spreadable when I asked for two cartons of Persil. That's what comes of asking a computer to do your shopping for you...