Fans Across the World

Newsletter 4: April/May 1991

B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain.

Newsletter 4: April/May 1991

Viva Mexicon!

This edition produced specially for Mexicon and to a lesser extent for Cracon, I certainly haven't time to produce another. Until about a week ago I wasn't even going to be at Mexicon, the Poles changed the date of Kontur, which I had said I would go to, so I changed my 'plane ticket... only to find out that Interail is now available for over 26s. (Thanks Tim) I have nothing special planned for this Con, but that doesn't mean nothing will happen.

Sliding gently

Those who saw the previous edition will see that production values have gone down again. John Dallman who helped me with the previous edition (using Ventura) is ill with the dreaded bug, while I have back trouble and can't even limp over to his place. Those who saw my productions at Speculation should be glad I've decided to use a photocopier... Speculation went well. (For Fans Across the World at any rate) Eva Hauser enjoyed herself, getting used to British cons and meeting British fans and writers (so she could publish them in Ikarie – I was there when she mugged Rob Holdstock at breakfast), she was fascinated by the 2 hour gripe session and was heard to comment that they might be a good idea for Czech cons. Eastcon had funded Eva, she also got to see other British fans travelling around Britain and at the April Wellington. A more lucrative repeat of the ReCONnaissance tombola raised 110.65 in all. Mike Cule donated the complete Bio of a Space Tyrant – won by Alison Scott (!), Rog Peyton of Andromeda donated two of our major prizes ... the Storm Constatine trilogy and Divine Endurance, these were good books and I've forgotten who won them, Ken Slater donated a shudder of Fears, Critical Wave donated a substantial set, Helicon, Speculation and Glasgow in 95 donated Tshirts, Glasgow also donated half a ton of shortbread, fans were buying tickets on Sunday to win lunch... Not to be outdone, Don Cook of Atlanta in 95 first donated an Atlanta presupport, an Atlanta in 86 programme book and pocket programme book (won by Paul Dormer who'd been there) with a ton of stickers, then he donated an Atlanta in 86 Tshirt and an Atlanta Olympics sweatshirt for use at future cons. Louisville in 94 also gave a presupport. Other prizes were donated by Wincon, Hillcon, Illumination, Soupcon (a can of Baxter's Royal Game), Confection, Octacon, Pam Wells for TAFF, Winnipeg in 94, Mabinogicon, and Britain in 79F1. I fear I have probably forgotten yet others still. Many thanks to all who gave prizes and to all who bought tickets. Last heard of Theresa Renner had been given the remains of the shortbread to take back with her to US cons for the Glasgow bid as traditional Scottish munchies for bid parties. More Mars bars next time...

Fan Groups in Eastern Europe: an update

New addresses and address changes:

Czechoslovakia:

Asociace fanousku SF/ AFSF: Czech fandom association. Alexandre Hlinka, Senovazne Namesti 24, 110 00 Praha 1. (Also for SF Klub ADA, but this has rather been swallowed by the AFSF) (COA). Also, for all you keen Mexifans: Hexagon – the main Czech Role Playing Games Club, c/o Martin Klima, Ruska 60, 100 00 Praha 10. The Czech Role Playing Game Draci Doupe is published by Vilma Kadleckova, Korunni 94, 100 00 Praha 10. Any similarity in initials to a certain well known RPG may have something to do with the fact that someone asked for translation rights, offering to pay, and was told "not under any circumstances". Other companies, there's your gap! Please tell us of any other possible contacts, and of any changes of address that you may know of. These changes and additions were got from Eva at Speculation, Cracon should yield yet more changes and new addresses. We have a much longer list if you need one, we are publishing chunks of it at a time, the full list would be too boring for words, but we will give it to you if you want it for a mailing or a holiday.

Future European Conventions (or at least, some of them...)

Cracon: Eurocon'91, Cracow, Poland, 9-12 May, 1991. Filking, masquerade, bookroom, artshow, banquet, etc. Contact Wiktor Bukato, P.O. Box 983, 00-950 Warsaw, Poland.

Kontur: 30 May-2nd June (note change of date) Bialystok, Poland. Cross-country live role playing, this year's theme is to be the Quest of the Grail. Contact Podlaskie Towarzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, D.K. "Zacheta", 15-207 Bialystok, Poland. (An annual event).

Aelita: Sverdlovsk, USSR, June (exact date not yet known) c/o (Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, USSR).

Confuse: 14-16 June, Sweden. Contact c/o Bjorklind, Troskareg. 53, S-58330 Linkoping, Sweden.

Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot): 1-31 July, Tuzla, Kertch, Crimea, USSR. Relaxcon Soviet style, bring your own tent, food, spoon, plate etc. Annual since 1984, 80-100 attendees. Contact "Poslezavtra" Club, c/o Andrey Tzemenko, Borzenko 25-45, 334514 Kertch, USSR.

4th science fiction Days NRW: 6-7 July 1991, Dusseldorf. Contact Oliver Gruter, Physics Dept., RHBN College, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX.

Dosheletz: end July-early August, Baskir taiga near Ufa, USSR. Small Soviet relaxcon arranged by fans from the Urals and Siberia, Moscow University takes part. Contact Azat Ismagilov, pr-t Oktyabrya 65/4-44, 450083 Ufa, USSR.

Intercon 91: 9-11 August. Univ. of Oslo, Norway. GOH Mary Gentle, Larry Niven, Ringdahl & Olsen. Contact INTERCON 91, PO Box 121 Vindern, N-0319 Oslo 3, Norway.

Parcon: 9-11 August. Kosice. Czechoslovak National Convention. Contact Juhoslovanska 5/32, 040 01 Kosice, Czechoslovakia.

Finncon'91: 10-11 August. Old Student House, Helsinki, Finland. GOH Iain Banks. Contact Ari Veintie, Harjukatu 6 A 2A, 00500 Helsinki, Finland.

Tatracon: 12-15 August. Spiska Nova Ves in the Tatras, Czechoslovakia. Contact Juhoslovanska 5/32, 040 01 Kosice, Czechoslovakia.

Barcon: Statthaus Boecklerpark, Prinzenstrasse 1, W-1000 Berlin 61, 6-8 September 1991. Contact Bernhard Kempen, Karntner Str. 29, D-1000 Berlin 62, Germany, (tel. 030 7810624) or Wilf James.

Volgacon: 8-14 September, Volgograd. Contact Boris Aleksandrovich Zavgorodny, Poste Restante, Volgograd-66, USSR.

Hillcon: 22-24 November, Atlanta Hotel, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GOH Dan Simmons & Orson Scott Card, Fan GOH Kees van Toorn. Contact John Flaton, van Eeghenstraat 93, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

SF Journals in Eastern Europe

This list contains both pro and fan journals. It is badly incomplete, it is also inevitably out of date, things are moving so fast over there that todays best seller is tomorrows busted flush... but what's new? Czechoslovakia

Ikarie Radlicka 61,150 02 Praha 5 (Czech SF magazine with a large circulation)

Poutnik Egon Cierny, Matechova 14,140 00 Praha 4 (Previously a fanzine, now a semi-prozine, oriented on fantasy and adventure SF.)

Posledni davka Ivan Adamovic Hlavni 2725, 141 00 Praha 4 (Wide circulation fanzine, oriented on – sometimes experimental- SF stories, news and articles.)

Interkom Libocka 3, 162 00 Praha 6 (Wide circulation newszine) Poland

Nowa Fantastyka 00-952 Warszawa 40,skrytka pocztowa 6 (Polish SF magazine)

Fenix K. Sokolowski, ul. B. Polaka 5 m 40, 02-777 Warszawa (Polish SF semiprozine, they publish Polish and American SF stories and articles on SF.)

Podlaskie Towarzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a,D.K. "Zacheta", 15-207 Bialystok, Poland. (Produce the newszine Fandom News)

Silesian Science Fiction Club, 40-956 Katowice, P.O. Box 502, Poland. (Produce a wide circulation fanzine)

Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, P.O. Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk-37, Poland. (Produce a wide circulation fanzine)

USSR

Uralsky Sledopyt c/o Vitaly Bugov Dekabristov 67, 620000 Sverdlovsk,USSR (Russian SF magazine.)

infoSFera Gediminas Beresnevicius Antakalnio 65-33 Vilnius, 232040,Lithuania, USSR (Bulletin of the Vilnus Science club "Dorado" and Kaunus club "Phoenix")

Bulgaria

Orphia, 2a D. Polyanov str., Sofia, Bulgaria. (Glossy English language SF magazine- not heard from since issue 1)

Fans Across the World: the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Cyril Simsa (Czechoslovak contact), Maureen Speller, Roger Robinson, Karen Kelly, Colin Fine, Steve Linton, Rob Meades and James Steel (artist). That may sound a long list but we need more help. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions. Special thanks to Friends of Foundation, Marcus Rowlands, Mark Plummer, Steve Grover, Ivan Adamovic, John Brunner, Brian Ameringen and others too numerous to mention.