Fans Across the World

Newsletter 10 December 1991

Newsletter 10 December 1991

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Greetings from our Honorary President John Brunner, and incidentally from the rest of us, after one that has shown more change than most. The year ended with two cons which between them sum up the changes both good and bad on the international front. Hillcon II in the Netherlands (repeat one hundred times: I shall not call it Holland (OK Roelof?)) had quite a lot of Brits, Germans, Poles, Czechs, Belgians, Dutch (of course), also Danes, Norwegians, Americans, Russians and Ukrainians. The last, according to a now long standing tradition, late. There were still many problems. Exit visas from Russia and the Ukraine are still difficult to come by, Roelof Goudriaan and Boris Sidyuk were trying right up to the end to get visas for Boris and Alexander Vasilkovsky, and Boris stayed on in Moscow to get visas for Leonid Kouritz and Alexander Genin long after all chance of his own visa had gone. Leonid and Alexander arrived at midnight on Saturday just in time for the parties. The atmosphere, because of this, was Confiction to the nth degree. The Dutch were old friends, and many more people got to know the Germans, Czechs, Poles, and of course the Russians and Ukrainians (there's nothing like arriving horribly late to get yourself noticed...). Xasm also pulled off a considerable coup, they managed to get a special Serb professional guest from the jaws of the present struggle in what remains of Yugoslavia. In a speech he described the situation for SF, as was, before the present problems and that, as on the other side, SF has tended to get pushed to one side, behind more immediate problems. Xasm will be reported on at greater length by the BSFA in Matrix. Looking at the list of thanks last night I counted nine nationalities. OK, I am to a certain extent cheating: Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania count as three in that list, and they wouldn't have done a year or so back. Still, all of those people have helped in one way or another – also many more, I ran out of space. The thanks has been given for: books donated – Steve Grover, Marcus Rowland, and Mark Plummer have given particularly large numbers during the year; information on upcoming conventions: Jurgen Marzi, Yuri Savchenko, Gediminas Beresnevicius and Roelof Goudriaan have been particularly helpful this time. Jurgen, Achim Sturm and Herman Ritter have given information on Freucon, Eurocon '92. Thanks to numbers of the others are more obscure. Some people give me leads to other information, or give me information which oils the wheels but which I can't quote. I have also found myself in a situation where I have thanked x for help given against y, and have subsequently thanked y for other reasons. Life gets complicated... In 1992 Freucon will be the first major international SF con in Europe. A bid is being put together for 1994, other future events are also on the boil. Fake-a-Guest-o-Con donation or at least that's how they signed themselves. Many thanks to Mabinogicon for the 75 cheque, this will probably end up going towards help given to somebody at Freucon or Helicon. The generosity of the Dutch meant that very little in the way of funds was needed at Hillcon, Miranda in particular, has a gift for working out the way the least possible amount of money will be spent, and the gofer hole became a welcome refuge for many.

STOP PRESS Which actually means I left this out last night. Intercon 93 will take place in Oslo, Norway, 6-8 August. The mail address is Intercon'93, Postboks 121 vinderen, N-0319 OSLO 3, Norway. Norcon 11 will take place in Oslo 7-9 August 1992. Contact: Norcon 11, c/0 Ellen T. Andersen, Waldemar Thranes gt. 62 B, N-0173 Oslo 1, Norway. P30 Happy New Year

Future International Conventions

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

1992 Pentacon: 25 Jan, Cambridge, UK. Att. 5. Contact: Helen Steele, Newnham College, Cambridge.

4Play: 31 Jan-2 Feb, Wolverhampton, UK. Att. 18. Filking. Contact: 2 Craithie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester CH3 5 JL, UK.

Trincon: 7-9 Feb, Dublin, Ireland. IR 5 supp., IR 10 before 1/92, then IR 15. Contact: Secretary, TrinCon 400, 75 Kincora Ave., Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland.

Masque: 14-16 Feb, Birmingham, UK. Att. 20. Costuming. Contact: Melusine, 27 Coltsfoot Drive, Waterlooville, Hants PO7 8DD, UK.

Lucon IVy: 21-13 Feb, Leeds, UK. Att. 7. Contact: Leeds Univ. SF Soc., PO Box 157, Leeds LS1 1UH, UK.

Illumination: 17-20 Apr, Blackpool, UK. Att. 25. Eastercon 92. Contact: 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK.

Freucon: Eurocon 1992. 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. Special rate for non EEC/EFTA nationals and for currency restricted countries. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.

Inconsequential: 22-25 May, Derby, UK. Att. 20. Contact: 12 Crich Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE3 6ES, UK.

Elstercon: 29-31 May, Leipzig, Germany. DM 30 'til 31/12. Contact: Manfred Orlowski, Koernerstr. 49, O-7010 Leipzig, FRG.

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

Lituanicon-92: June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lectures, discussions, films, masquerade, banquet. Contact SF club 'Dorado', Planetarium, Ukmerges 12a, 232005, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Androcon: 18-21 June, Noerdlingen, Germany. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Protoplasm: 19-21 June, Manchester, UK. Att. 14. Contact: 1 Shoesmith Court, Merchant's Place, Reading, Berks RG1 1DT, UK.

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. PLEASE NOTE, THE ISLAND OF TUZLA IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING PRIVATISED. THE ORGANISERS HOPE TO RENEW THE CONTRACT, BUT DON'T JUST TURN UP ON THE OFF CHANCE.

Polcon'92: 2-5 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. (Closing date forO1 membership is 31st January 1992! – 'tho they might be able to O1squeeze the odd person in after)

5th SF Days NRW: 4-5 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. GOH Brian Aldiss. DM 25 'til 31/12. Contact: Heinrich Spork, Am Sonnenberg 38, 4630 Bochum 5, FRG. (NOTE COA)

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.

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

HamaCon: 21-23 August, Yokohama, Japan. Y 18,000 'til 31/12. Contact: Hamacon, 37-1-607 Imaikami-machi, Nakahara-ku Kawasaki-shi, 211 Japan (Fax +81-44-733-3603)

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

Parcon: 4-6 September, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. (Czechoslovak National Convention) Contact: SF klub KLF, Jiri Pilch, Svazacka 17/2205, 704 00 Ostrava-Zabreh, Czechoslovakia. (This is the club address, not the con address but the message should get through)

Chumatsky Shlyah: 2-4 October, Ukraine. Ukrainian National Convention. Contact: Boris Sidyuk, Poste Restante, General PO, 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine.

Nordcon: early 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: early December, Dum rekreace, nr Brno Lake Dam, Brno, Czechoslovakia. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. C ontact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czechoslovakia. 1993

Helicon: 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

Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: H. McCarthy, 147 Francis Rd., London, E10 6NT, UK. Club addresses

We still have an full address list, problem is that with the current length of the conlisting there isn't room for it. A full list is available if you want one, please tell us. As the list is being constantly updated a printed version does not exist at the moment. Last time I got Nicolae C. AritonF1's address wrong. Please note it is: str 1848, bloc 2, sc G, ap 9, Tulcea – 8800, Romania (not sc F as previously stated). Clubul "Mileniul III", Tulcea, Romania.

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 Roelof Goudriaan, Miranda Aldham-Breary, Cyril Simsa, Nicolae Ariton, Steve Grover, Marcus Rowlands, Agnieszka Sylwanowicz, Piotr Cholewa, Herman Ritter, Achim Sturm, Jurgen Marzi, Oliver Gruter, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Lloyd Penny, Ivan Towlson, Yuri Savchenko, Steven Glover, Leonid Kouritz, Roger Robinson, and others for help and information.