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Newsletter 96

March 2000

Newsletter 96

B. Wilkinson, c/o 15 Manor Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH, Great Britain

bjw[at]cix.co.uk

New Home for Octocon

Ireland's national SF convention Octocon has left its longtime home, the Royal Marine Hotel, and this year will be in central Dublin in the Royal Dublin Hotel, O'Connell Street. The dates, 21-22 October 2000, are slightly later in the month than originally planned.

The relationship with the Royal Marine Hotel has been somewhat strained for many years. The hotel is beautiful, but room prices have always been high, and although its location just by the ferry from Britain has made it convenient for British attendees, it was difficult to get to for the Irish.

The committee's ideas include a convention long live-action role playing game within the convention spaces, and a masquerade and fancy dress party. Website: www.octocon.com;; previous Octocons http://indigo.ie/~bilbo/Octocon/index.htm. Octocon archive: http:// www.octocon.com/archive. British agent Dave Lally: Sterling cheques must be made payable to "Dave Lally No. 2 A/C". Address: c/o Dave Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX, UK.

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry

2000

Nasacon 2000: Sweden. Conact: http://www.sigmatc.a.se/nasacon

* Finncon 2000: Finland. Contact: http://tahtivaeltaja.mork.net/finncon_eng.html

Mecon (3rd Northern Ireland SF Convention): 11-12 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Run by QUB SF&F Soc. GOH Harry Harrison. Contact: Convention Director, Mecon 2000, 24 Malton Court, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT9 6HB, N. Ireland. (email mecon2000[at]net.ntl.com; http://www.mecon.co.uk)

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: 20-24 April, Belmont, WA, Australia. GoH: Connie Willis, Ian Nichols. Contact: Swancon 25, GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6892, Australia (swancon25[at]megabyte.murdoch.edu.au; http://www.swancon.iinet.net.au)

2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (email: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk, http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)

* Lituanicon 2000: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. GoH Algis Budrys. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. Box 216, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (email: bgedimin[at]takas.lt)

12th SF Days NRW: June, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check: http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; sftagenrw[at]epilog.de

Con D'Or: New Zealand National SF Con, 3-5 June, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH: Tad Williams, Sara Douglass, Maree Sole. Contact: enquiries[at]condor.sf.org.nz; http://www.condor.sf.org.nz

* PARCON 2000: Czech and Slovak national con, 23.-25. June, Sumperk, Czech Republic. Att. c. $10 on door. Contact: Jan Vasat, Fibichova 13/113, 787 01 Sumperk, Czech Republic. email: vasat[at]smp-su.cz

* Aliens stole my handbag: 30 June-2 July, Shepperton, UK. SF & humour. Contact: Aliens stole my handbag, c/o Stefan Lancaster, 16 Dulverton Road, Ruislip Manor, Middx. HA4 9AD, UK.(email:aliensstolemyhandbag-[at]lostcarpark.com)

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

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

Tricity: Eurocon 2000: (also Polcon & Baltcon) 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 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]gkf.3miasto.pl; http://pweb.netcom.com/~slawcio/index.html). British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)

* Lexicon (Unicon): 18-20 August, Oxford, UK. GoH: Philip Pullman. (Contact: Lexicon, 18 Letchworth Avenue, Bedfont, Middx. TW14.9RY, UK. (email: unicon2000[at]smof.com; http://www.smof.com/unicon2000/)

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; http://www.chicon.org; email – chi2000[at]chicon.org)

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]filk.de; http://www.filk.de/filkcontinental/)

* Octocon: 21-22 October, Dublin, Ireland. Att. IP 15, Supp. IR5. Contact: Octocon 2000, c/o Evolver Media, 71 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (http://Web: www.octocon.com; email: chairman[at]octocon.com)

ConTreaty/Beneluxcon 24: 17-19 November, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Memb: $30, Euro30, NFL 66. Contact: ConTreaty, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands. (email: Contreaty[at]jimacred.demon.nl; http://homepage.eircom.net/~goudriaan/contreaty/Treaty-index.html

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: :http://armageddoncon.org; email: con[at]sf-f.org.il)

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; ndy.nimmo[at]net.ntl.com; http://www.hogmanaycon.org.uk/)

2001

Odyssey Con: New Zealand National SF Con, Auckland. Contact: enquiries[at]odyssey-con.sf.org.nz.

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]egroups.com; http://www.sf.org.au/swancon2001)

Paragon: Eastercon, 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)

13th SF Days NRW: June, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check: http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; sftagenrw[at]epilog.de

ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 136 Kendal Way, Cambridge, CB4 1LT, UK. (email: ConStruction[at]Lycosmail.com; http://members.xoom.com/con_struct/)

Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Germany. Reputed cancelled. Check: http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; 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/)

2002

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]sfsfc.org; http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/)

2003

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

2005

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]hotmail.com)

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