Fans Across the World

Newsletter 7 September 1991

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

Newsletter 7 September 1991

Hugos and others

Special Committee Award: Elst Weinstein – for starting up and continuing the Hogus. First Fandom Hall of Fame: Robert A.W. 'Doc' Lowndes. Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia. Best Fan Writer: David Langford. Big Heart Award: Julie Schwartz. Best Fanzine: Lan's Lantern – George 'Lan' Laskowski. Best Semi-prozine: Locus – Charlie Brown. John W. Campbell Award: Julia Ecklar. Chicon V Special Award: Andrew Porter – for his many years of continuing excellence in editing SF Chronicle. Best Professional Artist: Michael Wehlan. Best Professional Editor: Gardner Dozois – for IASFM and the Year's Best SF series. Best Dramatic Presentation: Edward Scissorhands (20th Century Fox). Best Non-Fiction Book: Orson Scott Card – How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. Best Short Story: Terry Bisson – Bears Discover Fire. Best Novelette: Mike Resnick – The Manamouki. Best Novella: Joe Haldeman – The Hemingway Hoax. Best Novel: Louise McMaster Bujold – The Vor Game. Japanese Awards: Seiun Award Translated Novel: David Brin – The Uplift War. Seiun Award Translated Short Story: George Alec Effinger – Schrodinger's kitten. Seiun Award Dramatic Presentation: Ginga-Uchu Odyssey (after a story by Greg Benford).

Winnipeg wins!

The voting figures for the 1994 Worldcon at Chicon were: Winnipeg'94 (1012) Louisville (957)

A total of 2007 votes were cast. This is a record. The counting itself was reputed to be quite a marathon. The poll closed at 18.00 and site selection counting started at 19.30. The tellers didn't finish validating the ballots until 06.27, and the count itself wasn't ended until 09.10. You'll never guess what the main subject of discussion at the room parties that night was... WORLDcon ... (or "Where the hell is Loughton?")

Yuri Savchenko and his friend Andrei did manage to make it to Chicon, despite leaving during the coup. Apparently another loophole in this fiasco of a crackdown was that fans could fly off to SF cons with never a care. They got around a lot and prompted a comment that if Soviet fans took over the USSR economy all problems would vanish within six months. A Czech fan, horrified by the air fares from JFK to Seattle (more than from Prague) travelled by Greyhound: NY – Seattle – LA – Chicago. He has now seen more of the States than many locals!

Communications

This newsletter was intended to be a specialised production, this is no longer how it is turning out. I'm sorry. More longstanding readers will have noticed that British conventions and Worldcons have now crept in. I make no apology for the presence of Worldcons although US cons in general are well covered elsewhere. The problem with British listings is that the SF News Media have suffered a meltdown. Small Mammal has gone out of country, and although it may appear it can no longer be current. Connotations has suffered badly from Chris O'Shea's shortage of money. Critical Wave is still recovering from the side effects of Twentycon and the recession. Matrix will appear – but without the others the two month gap is really noticeable. Many of the British fans I speak to have got their most recent news from Shards of Babel, and while this will do wonders for Eurofandom it is not good for Britain itself. I knock these things out in an evening – how about you? Despite appearances this edition has been prepared for Barcon and the September Wellington. Wincon went well, Josef Nesvadba made a popular guest.

Future European Conventions

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. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Albacon'91: 27-30 September, Glasgow, UK. Contact: Albacon'91, c/o Heenan, 2/1 1155 Pollokshaws Rd., Shawlands, Glasgow, G41 3NG, UK.

Terra SF Dag: 29 September, Netherlands. Contact: Societeit "de Vereniging", Mariaplaats, Utrecht, NL.

Octocon: 4-6 October, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Contact: Helen Ryder, 30 Beverley Downs, Dublin 16, Ireland.

PKD Day: 19-20 October, Essex. Contact: Jeff Merrifield, Connections, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex 1G10 3SA, UK.

Hansecon VII: 24-28 October, CVKM-Haus, Luebeck. DM10/day. Contact: Dieter Schmidt, Haidrath 33d, W-2055 Wohltorf, FRG.

Soupcon: 25-27 October, Jersey. (see Eurocon'93)

Novacon 21: 1-3 November, Birmingham. Contact: Novacon 21, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, W.Midlands B66 4HS, UK. Coloniacon X: 9-10 November, Koeln. DM12. Contact: Manfred Mueller, Berrenratherstrasse 349, W-5000 Koeln 41, FRG.

Fantasycon XVI: 15-17 November, London. Contact: 15 Stanley Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DE, UK.K 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.

X-ASM: 29 Nov-1 Dec, Leeds. Contact: X-ASM, 16 Aviary Place, Leeds, W. Yorkshire, LS12 2NP, UK.

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.

Dracon: 6-8 December, Dum rekreace, nr Brno Lake Dam, Brno, Czechoslovakia. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. An equivalent to Novacon? Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czechoslovakia.

27-30 December: X-CON in Germany has been cancelled.

1992

Freucon: 24-26 April, Freudenstadt, Germany. German National Convention in a spa town in the Black Forest. GOH: Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, Iain Banks & Daniel Walther. DM 45 'til 12/91, then DM 60. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, Germany.

Androcon: 18-21 June, Noerdlingen, Germany. DM95 (inc. dormitory). Contact: Michael Haitel, Kemptener Strasse 97, 8901 Koenigsbrunn, FRG.

Polcon'92: July, Bialystok, Poland. Polish national convention: films, panels, masquerade, live action role-playing game. Cost 50,000 zl. (may rise with inflation) Contact Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, D.K. 'Zacheta', 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

5th SF Days NRW: Duesseldorf, Germany. GOH Brian Aldiss. DM 25 'til 31/12. Contact: Heinrich Spork, Moerikestrasse 7, W-4320 Hattingen, FRG.

Phantastische Tage 1992: 7-9 August, Hannover, Germany. Contact: IGPT, c/o Sven-Olaf Gloege, Graudenzer Weg 17, D-3000 Hannover 51, FRG.

Magicon: 3-7 September, Orlando, USA. (Worldcon) Contact: Peter Weston, 14 St. Bernard's Road, Sutton Coldfield, W. Midlands, B72 1LE, UK.

Eurocon'92: this is supposed to be taking place in Zagreb. The chances are that this will change. Several offers for a replacement have now been received but a decision has yet to be taken.

1993

Eurocon'93: 8-12 April, Hotel de France, St Helier, Jersey, UK. Cost 20. Contact: Helicon, 63 Drake Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1LQ, UK.

Confrancisco: 3-6 September, San Francisco. (Worldcon) Contact: Confrancisco, PO Box 22097, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA.

1994

Worldcon: Winnipeg, Canada. Contact: see Helicon. This is not the correct address, but if you mark correspondence "Worldcon 1994", they will forward mail.

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. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions. Thanks to Paul Dormer, KIM Campbell, Tim Illingworth, Piotr Cholewa and Agnieszka Sylwanowicz and others for help and information. The raffle at Wincon raised 11.55. Many thanks to Don Cook for Paul Dormer's Tshirt!