Fans Across the World

Newsletter 82

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

bjw[at] fax: 0181-925-7126

January 1999

Newsletter 82


This award was given on the 2nd December, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. The British SF writer Dr. Stephen Baxter gave a lecture on "All Aboard for the Eschaton: Science Fiction and the End of the Universe" before the award itself was presented. Entries for the award came from many different countries, the majority in Spanish, but with several in English, Catalan and French. The First Prize of 1,000,000 PTA, went to BLOCK UNIVERSE, by Robert J. Sawyer (Ontario, Canada), with a Special Mention (250,000 PTA) to: ESTE RELOMPAGO, ESTA LOCURA, by Rodolfo Martinez (Gijon, Asturias, Spain), and GRACOS, by Gabriel Trujillo (Baja California, Mexico). More details can be found at: na, Tenerife, Spain). The closing date for the 1999 Award is 13 September 1999. Details from BEM's web page (above), or from: Consell Social de la UPC Edifici NEXUS Gran Capita 2-4 08034- Barcelona (SPAIN) Tel: 93-401.6343, Fax: 93-401.7766. The winning novella will be published by the UPC in Ediciones B, its imprint. (From the BEM team)

Baltcon 1999

When Finncon backed down as Baltcon 1999, after discussion among Swedish and Lithuanian board members it was decided to adopt jUnicon in Stockholm as the 1999 Baltcon. A fair proportion of the programme will be in English, including a Baltic Sea SF panel. To increase the Baltic fannish interest a oneshot fan fund, called The Balt Fund, to collect money for paying for the trip to jUnicon of at least one leading Lithuanian SF fan has been set up (the Lithuanians may decide who). Donations to Ahrvid Engholm's Swedish Postal Giro account 436 32 00-9, or cash, cheques, donations, books to auction, etc. (Lithuania was "singled out" because they have an active, organized fandom. Latvia and Estonia have virtually no organized fandom.). Bids for the 2000 Baltcon are currently being sought (from the eastern Baltic states, including Poland and Russia). Details from Ahrvid Engholm: ahrvid[at] world will not end in the year 2000, BTW...

Flash Infini on the Web

The French SF writers association Infini now has a web site, carrying new material, and parts of backnumbers (in French) of their newsletter Flash Infini. See:; and (JP Planque, via SFFranco)

Parallel Worlds

My most recent package from the Science Fiction Club Deutschland contained a book on the history of DDR fandom – Berichte aus der Parallelwelt (Report from the parallel world) along with the usual issue of Andromeda Nachrichten. It is a stunning piece of work. Compiled by Wolfgang Both, Hans-Peter Neumann, and Klaus Scheffler (Publisher: Erster Deutscher Fantasy Club e.V. , ISBN 3-932621-09-3, email: edfc[at] – no price!), it contains the history of fandom in the German Democratic Republic from the first club Saturn in Karl-Marx-Stadt in the late 1950s, until 1990. It covers clubs, conventions, clashes with the authorities, and descriptions of the various fanzines published during this period, from professionally printed magazines, to hand written newsletters, and also some of the SF books. It is also well illustrated with photographs of the covers of zines, letters, convention programme books, and last but not least, photographs of the fans themselves at various conventions and other meetings during this period. If you are intersted in fan history, get it!


The BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW (formerly the BRISTOL STARFLEET REGISTRY), publish the Zine VOYAGER, and support the annual NEXUS SF Media conventions, held in Bristol since 1995. Membership: UK 12UKP; Europe (EU) 17UKP; Worldwide 22UKP. Contact: Alan Roberts, 1 Lullington Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2LH. Website: Email: bsfr[at]

Future International Conventions


* Picocon: 6 February, London, UK. Contact: ICSF, Imperial College Union, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB, UK.

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]

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];

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. ([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];

Arracon: 30 April-3 May, Elblag, Poland. Contact SF Klub Fremen via:

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]; 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];

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]; Andy Sawyer: asawyer[at]; Peter Wright: 113350.134[at]; 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)

* jUnicon: 18-20 June, Stockholm, Sweden. Also Baltcon'99. GoH: Bertil Martensson, Hans Arnold, Martin Easterbrook. Att.: 250 SEK, 300 SEK on door, Swedish Postal Giro 40 79 03-4. Contact: tomas.cronholm[at]

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];

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 (Swecon). 15-17 October, Uppsala, Sweden. Att. 200 SEK, 250 SEK on door, Postal Giro 629 49 57-4, Kruse. Contact: (Email: johan.anglemark[at]

* Octocon 10: 8-10 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: Robert 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]

Canvention/inCONsequential: October 15-17, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Email: badavis[at] (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];

Cozy-Con: 19-21 November, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Att. 50 NLG. Annemarie van Ewyck, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, Netherlands (email: cozycon[at]

Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK. (email: vdputte[at]

* Turku has withdrawn as Baltcon, now being held with jUnicon, 18-20 June.


ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5001 Bergen, Norway. (email: reconnaissance[at]

* 2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Contact: A^3 (Andrew A Adams), Chair, 2Kon, 15 Kersland Street, Glasgow G12 8BW, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at],

* ESE: 28-30 July, Darmstadt, Germany. Contact: F. Anderson, 129 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK (email: fiona[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, 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]


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];

UK Eastercon bid: Paragon, Blackpool, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK (email: members.paragon[at];


Worldcon bids: (Seattle – withdrawn;) 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]

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to SFFranco, Dave Langford, the SFCD, BEM, Ahrvid Engholm, and others. Please keep the news flowing in. Thanks to Dave for getting the archive up to date, I'll try and get some of the pre-historic info off its clay tablets, so it can be posted too.