Fans Across the World

Newsletter 11 January 1992

Newsletter 11 January 1992

Honorary President John Brunner

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

SF collections in Europe

The public SF collection that most British fans will have heard of is that at the SF Foundation in the Polytechnic of East London. They have a large collection of English language SF material, but relatively little from abroad, although among the holdings is a substantial Russian collection , the Myers Collection. Other holdings have tended to rely on semi-random donations and swaps. Recently a large bequest of German SF has increased the holdings of German and German language SF manyfold, many writers donate material, and some Chinese SF entered the stock after the World SF meeting in China, but the greatest recent increase has come from donations from fans abroad, often as a form of exchange for English books sent through Fans Across the World. The collections of Czech, Polish and Russian language material have all increased this way, among the donors have been Igor Tolokolnikov, Yuri Savchenko, Eva Hauser, Ivan Adamovic, Piotr Cholewa, and Agnieszka Sylwanowicz. Journal exchanges are also being arranged. Many exist direct with the Foundation already, this is the way it gets much of its holdings of SF journals, but other exchanges are now also being planned through Friends of Foundation. This material, and the rest of the SF collection can be consulted on a reference only basis during term time during the week, or during Friends of Foundation Workdays on a Saturday – you will get time to look as well as time to work! Ask Rob Meades or Roger Robinson for the dates. The Phantastische Bibliotek Wetzlar in Wetzlar, Germany is part of the public library system. It collects German SF, Fantasy, Horror and other Fantastic works. Germany has a long tradition of Fantastic literature, it was one of the major contributors to the NeoGothic and Romantic traditions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This library aims to collect this material as well as more recent items. (Phantastische Bibliotek Wetzlar, Domplatz 7, W-6330 Wetzlar 1, Germany). The Maison d'Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland contains a library of 30,000 books, but the casual visitor is more likely to want to look at the museum collections. Apart from a display from the permanent collections there are also temporary exhibitions on SF and Fantastic themes. The museum could form part of a continental holiday, or perhaps part of the trip to or from a Eurocon... (Maison d'Ailleurs, Place Pestalozzi 14, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. Tel. (024) 21 64 38) The Merril Collection of SF, Speculation and Fantasy in Toronto Public Libraries (formerly known as the Spaced Out Library) is one of the other largest collections in the world, you could combine this one with a trip to Conadian... (Toronto Public Libraries, 40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, Canada) As far as I know there is no substantial collection in Eastern Europe, although the idea is starting to be discussed.

Club addresses Alexander Vasilkovsky has contacted us saying that the form of his address he would like used is: Alexander V. Vaslikovsky, poste restante, General P.O. 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine. Please ignore any previous address. I don't know what the story is behind this, but considering the amount of mail that doesn't arrive at 17 Mimosa I suspect I can guess... Alexander's club wants to exchange copies of their fanzine Chernobylization for good SF books (ie no Dragonlance, Badger Books, Planet of the Apes novelizations etc.... use your wits!) SF club "Dorado" are interested in SF books, magazines and posters. They will exchange these for copies of their English language fanzine The Contact, which contains information about fandom in Lithuania. They are active in Europe, having good contacts with France and with many of the Eastern European countries. Three Lithuanians from this club were at Cracon last spring, they hope to make it to Helicon as well.

Happy New Year

Future International Conventions

1992 Pentacon: 25 Jan, Cambridge, UK. 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 15 Att. 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 60. Special rate for non EEC/EFTA nationals and for currency restricted countries. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.

3rd Kongress der Phantasie: 15-17 May, Passau, Germany. Contact: Gustav R. Gaisbauer, c/o EDFC eV, Postfach 1371, W-8930 Passau 1, FRG.

Inconsequential: 22-25 May, Derby, UK. Att. 20. Contact: 12 Crich Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE3 6ES, UK. Elstercon: 29-31 May, Leipzig, Germany. 35 DM 'til 30/4 then 40 DM. Contact: Thomas Braat, Kommandant-Prendel-Allee 104, O-7027 Leipzig, FRG.

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

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

Confuse 92: 12-14 June, Sweden. Contact c/o Bjorklind, Troskareg. 53, S-58330 Linkoping, Sweden.

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, Ukraine. Relaxcon Ukrainian 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, Ukraine. 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 for membership is 31st January 1992! – 'tho they might be able to squeeze the odd person in after)

5th SF Days NRW: 4-5 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. GOH Brian Aldiss. 30 DM. Contact: Heinrich Spork, Am Sonnenberg 38, 4630 Bochum 5, FRG. (NOTE COA)

Dosheletz: end July-early August, Baskir taiga near Ufa, Russia. Small Russian 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, Russia.

Norcon 11: 7-9 August, Oslo, Norway. Contact: Norcon 11, c/o Ellen T. Anderson, Waldemar Thranes gt. 62 B, N-0173 Oslo 1, Norway.

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

Fantastika'92:F1K 14-16 August, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact address unknown, try: c/o Bjorklind, Troskareg. 53, S-58330 Linkoping, Sweden.

HamaCon: 21-23 August, Yokohama, Japan. 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: 1-4 October, Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian National Convention. Contact: Alexander Vasilkovsky, Poste Restante, General PO, 252001, Kiev-1, Ukraine. (Note detail changes).

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. Contact: 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.

Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. Contact: Intercon'93, Postboks 121 vinderen, N-0319 OSLO 3, Norway.

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.

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, Cyril Simsa, Marcus Rowland, Yuri Savchenko, Alexander Vasilkovsky, Gunther Freuneck, John Dallman, John Brunner, Andreas & Carina Bjorklind, Jean-Pierre Moumon, and others for help and information.