B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
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How many national SF associations have you got? Well, the normal answer is one or none – Poland has a national association of SF clubs, while the US has no national organisation, except for the ghost of an organisation which coordinates NASFIC when the Worldcon is not held in North America. Germany in effect has one and a half – the highly efficient Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), originating in the pre-1990 Federal Republic, and a loose association of ex-Democratic Republic SF clubs, rather on the Polish model. Each talks to the other, but they donít always understand each other...
Why would you have more? Well, in Romania after 1990 several different groups started up national associations on the basis of, errm..., philosophical differences (sometimes political, sometimes more personal). There is an umbrella organisation (well, pseudo-organisation) now which covers the whole country despite the East/West, media/written, youth/adult, and political issues which initiated these controversies. This aside, why? On the far left-hand side of Europe, looking north from Africa, are a terminally confused set of little islands. Between the two countries there they now have four national associations, and counting...
In The Beginning was the BSFA (well, back in the late 1950s actually). The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) was set up to increase awareness of SF, and to distribute information on SF by the publication of journals (their present manifestations are Matrix, Vector and Focus). They currently have a web site at members.aol.com/tamaranth/index.html, although you wonít find anything on their early history there, go to Rob Hansenís Then at www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/SF-Archives/Then/Index.html for that. They have not, and have never had, any connection with the running of the Eastercon, which is coordinated by an ongoing disorganisation with no written rules. (Ask Tim Illingworth about his long-ago attempt to draw up a charter... tim[at]no-minced-pork.smof.demon.co.uk).
The Irish Science Fiction Association (ISFA) was set up to coordinate SF activities in Ireland, publishing a magazine, and organising meetings and a national convention Octocon. Ireland: Eire? Ulster? Which? What? you may ask... Good question... Who cares... letís carry on as fast as possible. More recently there was a fannish dispute within the ISFA, so it disbanded itself, and a new organisation called Science Fiction Ireland was created. Octocon continued, after a short hiccough, despite the death of its parent organisation – what its relationship with SFI is I havenít the foggiest, itís possible that they know. Contact David Stewart at: dstewart[at]no_spam.iol.ie. For more on Ireland try the web site of Albedo One homepage.tinet.ie/~goudriaan/ (in effect the equivalent of Interzone, but deeply involved as part of Dublin fandom), and/or Jamesí email Irish SF Newsletter (www.clubi.ie/blackrock/; blackrock[at]no_spam.connect.ie).
I was more than a little worried when I first heard that a Scottish Science Fiction Federation had set itself up – many years back a Polish friend had asked me if English SF, and by implication the BSFA, had been oppressing Scottish fans. Gulp, not as far as Iím aware... had been my reply. My first enquiries about it were very oblique, then much more confident as time went on. Why set up a Scottish SF Federation? Well, if you go to their web site (www.ifb.co.uk/~wildcard/) and read their constitution it makes clear that no group is to be excluded from any event organised by a member club. This rules out exclusion of sassenachs (English) for starters, but the real reason had nothing to do with the English at all.
Disagreements have long been a part of Scottish fandom (try Then, and back issues of Ansible – www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/SF-Archives/Ansible/ for the Fake Bob Shaw rows). This had reached the point where conventions run by one group would not mention others, or even try to dissuade fans from attending events run by other organisations, to the long term detriment of all. The SSFF is an umbrella organisation of clubs, cons, etc. (more like the Polish federation of clubs than the individual member basis of the BSFA and SFCD) which all subscribe to a set of rules designed to promote SF within Scotland, and provide a forum for the arbitration of disputes. It has not been as active in recent months as it might, as it has been extremely successful in its second aim, and yet has to concentrate upon its first! It covers written SF, media groups, and just about any other SF/fantasy related interest that you might care to mention. If you want to see them in action (or inaction) try Hogmanaycon at the end of the year... (Hogmanaycon, c/o 26 Avonbank Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2PA,Scotland. (tel. +141-569-1934; email: andy.nimmo[at]no_haggis.net.ntl.com; www.ndirect.co.uk/~cb/conpage.htm).
Schismatic nationalism on a friendly scale has been part of the British political scene for the last ten years, but my first reaction to a newsletter from the Welsh Science Fiction Association (WSFA) was disbelieving laughter – what next, the CSFA? I all but ran over (difficult in the Florence Nightingale pub on the first Thursday) to ask the distributor what this was all about.
The problem in Wales is not feuding, it is a crippling lack of communication. Questions about Welsh fandom have been likely to get you blank looks or separate references to Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and a few other places. You only have to look at the map to see why. There is neither railway nor motorway running south/north in Wales. A Cardiff/Aberystwyth rail journey has to be taken via England, and an Aberystwyth/Bangor rail journey must involve the Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway – great fun, and I can recommend it as a day out, but hardly a practical means of travel. The WSFA was set up to promote communication between the various SF groups in Wales. The constitution was taken wholesale from the Scottish Science Fiction Association – no more than a few words have been cut out or changed. See their web site at members.xoom.com/WelshSFA/. Flattery on a grand scale I guess.
The WSFA is publishing the newsletter Dragon's Tales mentioned above, snail mail address: The Welsh Science Fiction Association, GFF, 32 Theobald Road, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, CF5 1LP. (Send an SAE).
And an English Science Fiction Association? Well, I guess it would have to formulate a reason for existing first...
The winner of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel published in Britain in 1998 – announced at a ceremony at the Science Museum, London, on 19th May 1999 – is Tricia Sullivan, for Dreaming in Smoke (Orion).
Eurocon: Trinity, Dortmund, Germany
HALL OF FAME: Best Artist – Zdislaw Beksinski (Poland) Best Author – James White (Ireland) Best Publisher – Albedo 1 (Ireland) Weitbrecht (Germany) Best Magazine – Delos (Italy) Best Promoter – Ela Gepfert (Poland) Best Translator – Arek Nakoniecznik (Poland)
SPIRIT OF DEDICATION AWARD: Small Press/Fanzine – Czerwony Karzel (Red Dwarf) (Poland)
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS: Equip Grua (Artist – Spain) Aurel Carasel (Writer – Romania)
Random House (Australia) has announced that Canberra author Maxine McArthur has won the 1999 George Turner Prize for her novel Time Future. Maxine will be presented with her $10,000 cheque at Aussiecon Three, where Time Future will be launched.
(From: THE AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill, Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA or http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/bullsheet.htm)
Science Fiction Ireland got evicted from its usual venue at the Squealing Pig pub last month. Well, the new landlord would accept the fans if they paid 70IP for the room! This led to a mad scramble to find a new pub. An emergency venue was arranged down the road, where a good night was had despite the disruption. SFI now have a new venue. Meetings will take place in the upstairs room of The Bankers in Trinity Street, Dublin 2, just off Dame Street on the first Tuesday of the month. Speakers are usually arranged. Non members welcome. There is a small fee on the door(1IP members 2IP non members). SFI can be contacted by email to: dstewart[at]no_spam.iol.ie
* Dimension SF: 4-10 June, Montreal, PQ, Canada. Montrealís first SF Film Festival. See: www.DimensionSF.com
Ad Astra: Moved to Feb 2000
INCENSE AND INSENSIBILITY: SCIENCE FICTION, PSYCHEDELIA & THE 1960s & 1970s – academic conference: 12 June, Liverpool, UK. SF & and psychedelia in 60s & 70s culture. Andy Sawyer: asawyer[at]liverpool.ac.uk; Peter Wright: 113350.134[at]compuserve.com; or Incense and Insensibility Conf., Dept. of English Lang. & Lit., 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. Some English. Att.: 250 SEK, 300 SEK on door, Swedish Postal Giro 40 79 03-4. Contact: junicon[at]sigmatc.a.se; http://www.sigmatc.a.se/junicon/
Dragon*Con: 1-4 July, Atlanta, GA, USA. Contact: Dragon*Con, PO Box 47696, Atlanta, Georgia 30362-0696, USA. (http://www.dragoncon.org/; email: dragoncon[at]dragoncon.org)
Boreal 20th anniversary: 16-18 July, Universite du Quebec, Chicoutimi, Canada. Contact: Elisabeth Vonarburg, evarburg[at]saglac.qc.ca.
BaroQuon: 16-18 July, Cambridge, UK. UK RPG con. GoH: Mary Gentle. Att: 24UKP. Contact: Baroquon, 8 Saddlers Close, Baldock, Herts., SG7 6EF, UK. (email: baroquon[at]philm.demon.co.uk; http://www.philm.demon.co.uk/Baroquon/Main.html
HungaroConí99: 22-25 July, Salgotarjan, Hungary. Contact: http://www.scifi.hu/hungarocon/; email: avana[at]scifi.hu
Conversion 16: 23-25 July, Calgary, Canada. Att. $45. GoH: Ben Bova, Tanya Huff. Contact: Unit 4, 203 Lynnview Rd SE, Calgary, AB, T2C 2C6, Canada (email: garyf[at]nucleus.com; tel. +1 (403)279-4052)
Norcon 1999: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. Norwegian national con. GoH(s) TBA, Fan GoH: Johan Schimanski & Egil Stenseth. Att. NOK 180 'til 30/4, then NOK 250. Non-Scandinavians, NOK 150 (approx. 12UKP) on door (or before). Contact: NORCON:1999, PO Box 121 Vinderen, 0319 OSLO, Norway. (email: norcon[at]fandom.no; www.fandom.no)
Eclipse: 11 August, Timisoara, Romania. Contact: Jon Cowie, 44 Brook Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1JQ, UK.
Eclipse: 10-16 August, Bucharest etc., Romania. Tour – Sighisoara, Bran, Buzau. GoH: Norman Spinrad, Robert Sheckley, Roberto Quaglia. Att. $50 & $495 accommodation etc. Contact: Nemira Publishing House, 1 Casa Presei Libere, sector 1, zip code 71341, Bucharest, Romania. (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/7045/; http://members.spree.com/nemira/eclipsa.htm; yeti[at]fx.ro)
Bachanalia: 12-15 August, Zielona Gora, Poland. SF & wine festival. Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]usctoux1.cto.us.edu.pl)
Wincon V: 13-15 August, Winchester, UK. GoH Diana Wynne Jones, John Barnes, Warren Ellis, Kara Dalkey, Michael Sheard. Att. 28UKP 'til 1/7/99. 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)
* Relaxacon: 14 August, Cork, Ireland. Att. 6IP, 5IP for U-18, Students (with I.D.), people from outside Cork. Contact: Dave at ussdavid52[at]hotmail.com
Finncon: 14-15 August, Turku, Finland. GoH Connie Willis, Philip Pullman, Ahrvid Engholm. Contact: Contact: Finncon 1999 / TSFS ry, PL 538, 20101 TURKU, FINLAND. (email: conitea[at]utu.fi; http://finncon.utu.fi)
Conucopia (NASFic): 26-29 August, Anaheim, CA, USA. GoH: Jerry Pournelle, Nicki & Richard Lynch, Ellen Datlow. Att. $85. Contact: Conucopia, c/o SCIFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA 91409, USA (email: info[at]99.nasfic.org; www.99.nasfic.org). UK agent: Att. 52UKP. John Harold, 8 Warren Close, Langley, Slough SL3 7UA, UK.
Polcon: (Polish national con), 26-29 Aug, Warsaw, Poland. GoH: Tomasz Kolodziejczak, Leslaw Olczak. Contact: Konfederacja Fantastyki RASSUN, ul. Koszykowa 69/4, 00-667 Warszawa, Poland. (email: klub[at]rassun.art.pl; http://rassun.art.pl/polcon)
* 26th French SF convention: 26-28 August, Lodeve, France. Att. 300FF, 350FF on door. Contact: Claude Ecken, 3 rue Pentecote, 34500 Beziers, France. (http://users.skynet.be/jlf/sf/)
Istrocon: ?? September, Bratislava, Slovakia. Contact: martinaart[at]hotmail.com
Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. GoH: George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Att. 225$Aus. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: info[at]aussiecon3.worldcon.org; http://www.aussiecon3.worldcon.org)
SPAWNCON TWO: 38th Aussie 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)
* THYLACON THREE: September, just after Aussiecon. Travelling relaxcon round Tasmania in a bus. Contact: www.southcom.com.au/~robinjohnson/thylacon3
Masque 7: 10-12 September, Dudley, UK. Costume con. Att. 30UKP 'til 1/8/99, then 35UKP. Contact: A.L.Cash, 130 Hamstead Hall Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 1JB, UK. (email: Felicity[at]flisandben.force9.co.uk; http://www.ireadh.demon.co.uk)
Organizational theory: Science Fiction and Organization – a conference: 14-15 September, Leicester, UK. Academic conference. Att. 165UKP inc. 1 night accomm. & food. Contact: Matthew Higgins, Management Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, England. (email: mh64[at]le.ac.uk; fax: +44(0)116-2523949; tel: +44(0)116-2525644)
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; http://members.tripod.com/Hypotheticon1999)
* Concept 99: 1-3 October, Montreal, Canada. GoH: Jane Dorsey. Contact: Concept, P.O. Box 405, Station H, Montreal, Qc H3G 2L1, Canada. (email: afm[at]infinit.net)
Octocon 10: 8-10 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GoH: Robert Rankin. Att. 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; http://www.iol.ie/~jshields/octocon)
Swecon: Swedish National con. 15-17 October, Uppsala, Sweden. GoH: Michael Swanwick, Lars-Olov Strandberg. Att. 200 SEK, 250 SEK on door, Postal Giro 629 49 57-4, Kruse. Contact: (Email: johan.anglemark[at]bahnhof.se; swecon[at]dang.se; sfweb.dang.se/1999e.html)
Canvention/inCONsequential: October 15-17, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: 45 Charm Ct, Fredricton , NB, E3B 7J6, Canada. (email: badavis[at]nbnet.nb.ca (Brian A. Davis))
BuchmesseCon: 16 Oct, Frankfurt, Germany. Contact: Roger Murmann, #wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 17, 64859 Eppertshausen, Germany (tel. 0607-38718)
4th ENCOUNTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASTIC – ON THE EDGE OF THE EMPIRE, 22 Oct-1 Nov, Cascais, Portugal. Theme: THE 7 CAPITAL SINS. The literary part will begin the 28th. Contact: Simetria – associacao portuguesa de ficcao cientifica e fantastico, Av. da Republica, Pavilhao do Dramatico de Cascais, 2750-475 Cascais, Portugal, tel: (01)482 11 22 fax: (01)482 11 20 e-mail: simetria[at]esoterica.pt http://simetria.esoterica.pt
HanseCon 15: 28 Oct-2 Nov, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D Marwitz, Evinger Strasse 281, 44339 Dortmund, Germany. (tel: 0172-9876703; e-mail: edm[at]lynet.de
AustriaCon 2: 30-31 Oct, Vienna, Austria. Contact: Michael Thurner (e-mail: westernstar[at]magnet.at)
* Novacon 29: 5-7 Nov, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Ian Stewart. Att. 32 UKP 'til 30/10/99, 35UKP on door. Contact: Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK. (Email: empties[at]breathemail.net; http://www.cooky.demon.co.uk/n29/n29.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)
Nordcon 13: 2-5 December, Gdansk, Poland. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; http://www.gkf.3miasto.pl; Email: papier[at]gkf.3miasto.pl)
11 Festival de la Science-Fiction et de l'Imaginaire de Roanne, 15-21 December, Roanne, France. Contact: Jo Taboulet, Festival de la SF, Rhone-Alpes SF, 12 avenue de Paris – 42334 ROANNE cedex, France. (email: tabouletj[at]ardep.fr; tel:+ 04 77 72 09 25
Millenium: 27 Dec-2 Jan 2000. CANCELLED. Enquiries – email: vdputte[at]simplex.nl
Ad Astra: 18-20 February, Toronto, Canada. GoH: Nancy Kress, Fred Saberhagen, Charles Sheffield, Bob Eggleton, Scott Edelman, Lloyd & Yvonne Penney. Contact: PO Box 7276, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1X9, Canada (http://Terra.phys.Yorku.ca/~white/Adastra
ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5811 Bergen, Norway. (email: reconnaissance[at]fandom.no). UK Agt: F Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk
* SWANCON 25: Aussie Nat. Con. 20-24 April, Belmont, WA, Australia. GoH: Connie Willis, Ian Nichols. swancon25[at]megabyte.murdoch.edu.au
2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk, http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)
12th SF Days NRW/AREA49-Y-Con: 9-12 June, Dortmund, Germany. Theme: Transport. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice) +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)
ESE: 28-30 July, Darmstadt, Germany. Contact: F. Anderson, 129 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK (email: fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk)
Eurocon 2000: 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 17UKP 'til 31/12/99, 20UKP 'til 31/1/00, 23UKP on door. +5 groups, reduced rate. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; email: gkf[at]gkf.3miasto.pl; http://pweb.netcom.com/~slawcio/index.html). British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)
Chicon 2000 (Worldcon): 31 August-4 September, Chicago IL, USA. GoH: Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Bean, Bob & Anne Passovoy. Att. $135 'til 1/5/99. Contact: Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (fax: +1-312-946-3779; http://www.chicon.org; email – chi2000[at]chicon.org)
ConTreaty: ?? November, Maastricht, Netherlands. Contact: NCSF Penningmeester, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, Netherlands
Hogmanaycon: 29 December 2000 – 1 January 2001, Glasgow, Scotland. Att. 35 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. (tel. +141-569-1934; email: andy.nimmo[at]net.ntl.com; http://www.ndirect.co.uk/~cb/conpage.htm)
13th SF Days NRW: 2-4 June, Dortmund, Germany. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)
ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 32 Theobald Road, Cardiff, CF5 1LP, UK. (email: Con_Struction[at]hotmail.com; http://members.xoom.com/con_struct/)
Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de
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/
N.B. SF in 2002 Worldcon BidCom has filed 2nd bid site in San Jose, CA. Same dates, concom, etc – hotel problems.
Canada Torcon III – Contact: PO Box 3, Station A,
Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada, 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 – email: artemis[at]cyberramp.net; http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/concancun.html
Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to various flyers, James, Dave Langford, Marc Ortlieb,and others. This issue has a much curtailed con list, since I got time to do something else this time!!!! The kitchen ceiling is now much recovered, although last seen, the saucepans were still taking a holiday in the bath. I'm much recovered from having been put into a German hospital by a hit on the head from Ken Slater (he reckons the car had it in for me...). NEVER try chairing a meeting when you're concussed! Thanks Arno, Jon, and Jim.