Fans Across the World

Newsletter 91

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

bjw[at] fax: 0181-925-7126

October 1999

Newsletter 91

Spanish SF News

The Spanish Association for Science Fiction and Fantasy has recently started up an email newsletter about Spanish SF in English edited by Luis G. Prado. This newsletter will be called Espora, and will contain short items about books, conventions, magazines, authors and fan activities. Eventually it should appear three times a year.

The first issue is scheduled for the end of October. Register at the Onelist page or email Luis G. Prado at: portico[at] The AEFCF Spanish language journal Portico can be found at:


Marion Zimmer Bradley suffered a major heart attack on Tuesday, September 21, and died Saturday, September 25, 1999. Her funeral will be held on Sunday, October 17, 1999. More details at


An exhibition of sculpture by Jean Fontaine, Mecanofolie, can be seen at the Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains from 26 September 1999 to 30 January 2000, Wednesday to Sunday 14-17 hrs. Further details from the Maison d'Ailleurs, place Pestalozzi 14, case postale, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland;


The same weekend as Worldcon I travelled rather less far, and went to the Slovak national convention Istrocon in Bratislava. After a long bus journey I rested up for a few days as the guest of Juraj Maxon in Bratislava before the con itself started. The venue, Duna, was still being decorated as the convention approached, and remembering the chaos at Conspiracy I was worried. But this time the decorating work had finished by the time the convention started, 'tho the odour of drying concrete remained. Also, as GoH Andrzej Sapkowski remarked, it was the first time we had been at a convention in a bunker – well, an underground bar.

The programme started off in a somewhat informal manner, and became more and more so as time went on. Sunday morning saw the remaining attendees sitting shell shocked on benches, while an impromptu meeting took place in the second bar. The con had evapourated by 2.00pm (this is normal in this part of the world, and you never hold anything substantial on Sunday).

The highlight of the con for me was the art show. This was held in the generator room – yes, a room with a large electric generator. The generator had been decorated with metallic paints, and partially covered with silvery sheeting. Art work by Juraj Maxon and Martina Pilcerova, among others, was then displayed in this mad post-cyberpunk setting to superb effect.

Practically all of the attendees stayed in the nearby students' hostel, and this was where room parties took place on Friday night, with fans piled high on the bunk beds and squeezed into every square inch of floor. I was so dead I slept after leaving, despite being opposite!

Future International Conventions


Concept 99: 1-3 October, Montreal, Canada. GoH: Jane Dorsey, Max Grodenchik. Att: $25, 'til 15/09/99, $30 on door. Contact: Concept, P.O. Box 405, Station H, Montreal, Qc H3G 2L1, Canada. (email: afm[at]

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];

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]; swecon[at];

Canvention/inCONsequential: October 15-17, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: 45 Charm Ct, Fredricton , NB, E3B 7J6, Canada. (email: badavis[at] (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]

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]

* Utopia 99: 29 Oct-1 Nov, Futuroscope, Poitiers, France. Contact: France Ruault, Mairie – Rue des Roitelets, 86580 Vouneuil/Biard, France. (Email: contact[at];

* HispaCon: Spanish nat con, 29 Oct-1 Nov, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Att. 5,000 ptas. GoH: Elia Barcelo, Rafael Marin. Contact: AGASF, Apdo. Correos 607, 15700 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Email: hispacon99[at];

AustriaCon 2: 30-31 Oct, Vienna, Austria. Contact: Michael Thurner (e-mail: westernstar[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];

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

Nordcon 13: 2-5 December, Gdansk, Poland. Att: 30DM 'til 31/10/99, then 40DM. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073;; Email: papier[at]

Dracon 15: 3-5 December, Brno Dam, Czech Republic. Contact: Pavel Mikulstik, Brain System s.r.o., Rybkova 1, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. (email: pavelm[at]; pmikulastik[at];

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]; tel:+ 04 77 72 09 25

Millenium: 27 Dec-2 Jan 2000. CANCELLED. Enquiries – email: vdputte[at]


* Cabin Fever Y2K: 5 February, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Att. Canadian $60. Relaxacon. Contact: crazydav[at]

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 (

ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5811 Bergen, Norway. (email: reconnaissance[at] UK Agt: F Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. fiona[at]

* SWANCON 25: Aussie Nat. Con. 20-24 April, Belmont, WA, Australia. GoH: Connie Willis, Ian Nichols. Contact: Swancon 25, GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6892, Australia. (Email: swancon25[at];

2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at],

Lituanicon 2000: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. Box 216, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (email: bgedimin[at]

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);;; email: sftagenrw[at]

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

Atlantykron: During August, Capidava, Romania. Contact: srepi[at]

Tricity: Eurocon 2000: (also Polcon & Baltcon) 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 17UKP 'til 31/12/99, 20UKP 'til 31/1/00, 23UKP on door. +5 groups, reduced rate. Panels, films, LARP, medieval battle, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; email: gkf[at]; British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)

* Chicon 2000 (Worldcon): 31 August-4 September, Chicago IL, USA. GoH: Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob & Anne Passovoy. Contact: Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (fax: +1-312-946-3779;; email – chi2000[at]

* FilkCONtinental 2000: 29 Sep-1 Oct, JH Freusburg, Germany. Att. 50 DM 'til 31/5/00, then 55 DM 'til 20/7/00 (deadline). Contact: Rika Koerte, c/o Walker, 130 Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0LZ, UK. (email: rika[at];

ConTreaty: ?? November, Maastricht, Netherlands. Contact: NCSF Penningmeester, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, Netherlands

ArmageddonCon: 27-31 December, Israel. Held at: Kibbutz Shefayim (20 minutes north of Tel Aviv). GoH: Larry Niven, Joan Vinge, Paul McAuley, Ian Watson. Theme: Armageddon. Incl. End Of The World Ball on mount Megiddo (Armageddon). Org. Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Att. c 140$ (inc. accommodation?) Contact: :; email: con[at]

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];


* Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: Aussie Nat. SF Con, April 13-16 2001, Perth, WA, Australia. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (Email: swancon2001committee[at];

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

13th SF Days NRW: 2-4 June, Dortmund, Germany. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax);;; email: sftagenrw[at]

ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 32 Theobald Road, Cardiff, CF5 1LP, UK. (email: Con_Struction[at];

Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax);;; email: sftagenrw[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];


* Con Jose (Worldcon): 29 August-2 September, 2002, San Jose, USA. GoH Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot, Tad Williams. Contact: Con Jose, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1363, USA. (Email: ConJose[at];


Canada Torcon III – Contact: PO Box 3, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada, email: info[at]; is currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon. There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – email: artemis[at];


Great Britain Worldcon Bid 25/8/2005-29/8/2005. Location: Brighton or Glasgow. Pre-support: UKP5, Eur8, $8, A$12, NZ$15, Yen950. Contact: UK in 2005, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S.Yorks, S2 3HQ, UK. (email: uk2005[at]

Aussie events: Note that there is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF web site at

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Juraj Maxon, Ken Slater, Luis G. Prado, Marc Ortlieb, Martina Pilcerova, James Shields, Costi & Vali, Jim Walker, Dave Lally, Lance Oszko, the GKF, Thomas Recktenwald, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Ahrvid Engholm, Ondrej Herec, RGP, the Maison d'Ailleurs, Roger Robinson, Fantasy Centre, and others. ESFS inc. European links at:;