Fans Across the World

Newsletter 5: June 1991

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

Newsletter 5: June 1991

Eurocon news

This edition produced basically to give out some of the news picked up at Eurocon, and to give the Eurocon award results which I believe Small Mammal has not got.

Eurocon Awards

Best Writer: Stanislaw Lem (Poland) Best Artist: Kaja Saudek (Czechoslovakia) Best Publisher: Unwin/Hyman – deceased (UK) Best Promoter: Kees van Toorn (Netherlands) Best Magazine: Interzone (UK) Best New British SF Writer: Eric Brown

European Science Fiction Society elections: Chairman: Wiktor Bukato (Poland) Vice Chairmen: Gianfranco Viviani (Italy) and the Chair of the Zagreb Eurocon (Yugoslavia) Joint Secretary/Treasurer: Leonid Kurits (USSR) and Bridget Wilkinson (UK) Country reps: Mike Westhead (UK), Roelof Goudriaan (Netherlands)... there are others but I've forgotten them. The con itself was rather quiet, the Krakow club who were to run the local organisation were insufficiently experienced, so it ended up as an oversized relaxcon... with lots of walking... Mike Westhead swears he will never complain about a split site con again. However it did contain three of the best room parties I've ever been to, one hosted by the Slaski Klub Fantastyki, one by the German fans and a third by the Fan GOH Roelof Goudriaan – at this one 13 nationalities were counted – is this a record? Martin Hoare went on to the Italian National Convention in San Marino, I went for a trip around Czechoslovakia and Poland then on the the Polish relax(!)con Kontur. This included a five hour long live action roleplaying game in some rather unkempt and very beautiful forest near the Russian border as well as more standard fare like SF quizzes and a masquerade. The accommodation was about (good) youth hostel standard, the room parties were really something else... Con listing will be done from now on in conjunction with the Dutch database being set up by Larry van der Putte from now on. His list will be published by Roelof Goudriaan (head of FATW Netherlands among other things) in Shards of Babel as well. Larry is trying for a whole European listing and eventually common booking service, so that a multiplicity of small cons can sell the odd membership at other, distant, conventions. Counterfeiting fandom... Many thanks to Dave Langford, Kev McVeigh and Ivan Towlson for helping to forge various papers at Mexicon... Many thanks also to Jim Walker for his donation of 50 for SF books for Romania... Thanks also to Speculation for their offer of money when the accounts are in.

Fan Groups in Eastern Europe: an update

New addresses and address changes:

Czechoslovakia: Hexadr – the main Czech Role Playing Games Club, c/o Martin Klima, Ruska 60, 100 00 Praha 10. I managed to get the name wrong last time. Martin speaks more or less perfect English and is interested in contact with RPG groups here.

Book swaps: Have now been set up with Piotr Cholewa, Ivan Adamovic, the publishers of the new German magazine Alien Contact, and the Polish SF magazine Nowa Fantastyka. The materials concerned will be placed in the Foundation via Friends of Foundation, thereby adding to the collection of European SF. Books are still needed, role playing materials would also be welcome. Even damaged material can be useful as it is useful for 'trail blazing' new routes – we are still having problems with the USSR and are now starting to send to Romania. Please tell us of any other possible contacts, and of any changes of address that you may know of. The new information here was got from Cracon and Kontur. If you need a list of clubs, individuals or journals please get in touch.

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

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.

Lituanicon-91: 27-30 June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lectures, discussions, films, masquerade, banquet. Contact SF club 'Dorado', Planetarium, Ukmerges 12a, 232005, Vilnius, Lithuania.

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, England.

Atlantykron SF Creation Camp: 26th July-4th August, nr. Cernavoda, Constanta, Romania. Fan camp: writer's workshop come relaxcon on an island, some accommodation or bring a tent. Give at least 2 weeks notice to Str. M Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta Cod. 8625, Romania (tel. 912-37705)

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. Bring own tent etc. Contact Azat Ismagilov, pr-t Oktyabrya 65/4-44, 450083 Ufa, USSR.

Intercon 91: 9-11 August. University of Oslo, 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. Children's House, Kosice. 10th Czechoslovak National Convention. Cost 20DM inc. accommodation. Contact Juhoslovanska 5/32, 040 01 Kosice, Czechoslovakia – or Club 451'F, PO Box G-112, 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. A post Parcon relaxcon. Contact Juhoslovanska 5/32, 040 01 Kosice, Czechoslovakia.

Barcon: 6-8 September 1991 Statthaus Boecklerpark, Prinzenstrasse 1, W-1000 Berlin 61. Films, panels, fan programme. Registration 30DM (35DM from July), 16DM sppt. 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. (telephones 347462, 347464, 344409, 348656)

Playcon: 13-15 September, Gdansk, Poland. Relaxcon including live action role-playing on grounds with a lake (!). Contact Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PKO BP 0/Gdynia, 19611-237451-132, Poland.

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.

Nordcon: 5-8 December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Contact Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PKO BP 0/Gdynia, 19611-237451-132, Poland.

Polcon'92: July, Bialystok, Poland. Polish national convention: films, panels, masquerade, live action role-playing game. Contact Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, D.K. 'Zacheta', 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

Eurocon 1992: This is at present in limbo. It was supposed to be taking place in Zagreb, but political events in Yugoslavia may prevent this happening. An offer to run an emergency Eurocon has been received from Romania. We have more details of many of these cons, please contact the Newsletter address if you are interested.

Visa problems

Agnieska Sylwanowicz managed to get a visa at the second attempt after queueing for three days with a handful of letters from the BSFA. Thanks Kev! This is unlikely to be the last time we have this problem, Helicon will probably yield more.

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, James Steel (artist), Piotr Cholewa. That may sound a long list but we need more help. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions. Thanks to Wiktor Bukato, Eva Hauser, Grzegorz Kozubski, Martin Schuster, Piotr Cholewa, Roelof Goudriaan and Alexandru Mironov and others for help and information.