Fans Across the World

Newsletter 13 March 1992

Newsletter 13 March 1992

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Publishing in a recession...

After the revolution in Romania in December 1989 there was an explosion of SF publishing and this grew, if anything, after the election in May 1990. During this period about 15 new SF magazines appeared and all of the SF clubs set up publishing houses and started on other major projects. The economic crisis in the last year has changed all that. The projects set up by the clubs collapsed and all of the new magazines fell by the wayside. For example, Sergiu Somesan's magazine ALFA SF ran to five issues, the first sold 10,000 – but by the last issue the print run had dropped to 5,000 and the magazine then folded because of the impossibility of resisting price rises. These price rises are hitting two ways. Firstly, paper is prohibitively expensive so book prices are now extremely high in relation to wages (one book would be about a fifth of a week's wages), secondly, in a situation where it is very difficult for many people to find enough money to pay for food, books become an unaffordable luxury. This situation has now caused a dearth of SF for those still wanting, and able, to buy it. Between October and January only one new SF book appeared for sale in Tulcea, a collection of SF and fantasy stories called ANTARES 1 (no relation of the French journal), and the copyright legality of parts of this were dubious, but things may be starting to improve a little now. New copies of the SF journal "Anticipatia-colectia de povestiri stintifico-fantastice" (charade that!) are available, number 483 appeared in February. (For the mathematicians among you trying to work out how many copies must have been published each week since the revolution in order to have reached number 483 – "Anticipatia-colectia" is, like "New Worlds" one of Europe's famous reappearing SF prozines, it was closed down by Ceaucescu in 1974. In its original form it was the first SF magazine to be published in the Eastern Bloc). The first issue of a new SF review for Romanian fandom, "Quasar" has been published – on a somewhat firmer financial footing than previous efforts, so it has a greater chance of surviving the rigours of the current economic situation. Also, copyright permission has been granted for the publication of 25 SF books in 1992, though how high their price will have to be in order to cover costs, and how wide their distribution will be in the light of the economic crisis can only be guessed at. As soon as things improve the clubs will probably try publishing ventures again. In the meanwhile Romanian fandom will hang on grimly. It's used to doing that. And you thought you had problems? (Many thanks to Nicolae Ariton for practically all of this, his address is: str 1848, bloc 2, sc G, ap 9, Tulcea – 8800, Romania. His club Mileniul III is interested in getting SF books in English or French – what, you don't read French SF? Thanks too to Alexandru Mironov for information I used for background.)

Crawling apols.

Deepest apologies to Canada. In the last issue of the Fans Across the World Newsletter I stated that Smofcon had never been held outside the USA, this is untrue, it has been held in Canada. I am all too well aware that Canada is not part of the USA I was simply unaware that Smofcon had ever been held there. (And I mean this, it isn't simply that KIM Campbell and John Mansfield have been after me...)

Congrats Larry!

Larry van der Putte has been selected as Fan GOH for Helicon. There can be practically no British convention going fan who does not know Larry, and Larry has done his best to build contacts between Britain and continental European fandom. It was Larry who apparently sat for years behind a table giving out tiny wooden clogs and cubes of cheese, that of course was when he was not poisoning British fandom with Stroh rum at room parties. More recently he has set up ECU: the European Convention Union database of SF cons in Europe – the FATW list contributes to ECU and vice versa. What will he do with the groupies?

Future International Conventions

1992

Picocon: 7 March, Imperial College, London, UK. Att. 5. Contact: Nick Wheeler, Picocon 10, IC Science Fiction Society, c/o Imperial College Union, Beit Hall, Prince Consort Rd, London, SW7 2BB, UK.

GlipCon: Late March, Ivanovo, Russia. A Tolkien convention organised by Yuri Kolobayev and "Aelita" SF Club of Ivanovo. Contact: GlipCon, PO Box 1118, Ivanovo-43, 153043 Russia.F2

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.

Recontre de SF: 1-3 May, Cadiz, Spain. Contact: Ricard de la Casa, PO Box 2061, Principado de Andorra.

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

Aelita: 22-24 May Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk in your atlas), Russia, c/o (Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, Russia).

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.

Confuse 92: 12-14 June, Sweden. Contact c/o Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-582 46 Linkoping, Sweden. KAndrocon: 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.

Lituanicon-92: 25-28 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, 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)

Hobbit Games: end July-early August, Baskir taiga near Ufa, Russia. The usual Dosheletz relaxcon will be replaced by these open air live action games – these are for ordinary SF fans not specialists. Bring own tent etc. (I suspect) 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.

Hungaricon'92: 8-10 August, Hungary. Contact: Hungaricon'92, c/o Vega SF Society, Box 514, Budapest 5H-1374, Hungary.

Fantastika'92:F1K 14-16 August, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact address unknown, try: Kc/o Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 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)

French national convention: 3-6 September, Redu, Belgium. Held in the Belgian Hay on Wye! Contact: Serge Delsemme, 8 rue des Vingt-Deux, B4000, Liege, Belgium.

Magicon: 3-7 September, Orlando, USA. 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 address for the club, not the con, 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).

Octocon: 17-18 October, Dun Laoighre, Ireland. Contact: Helen Ryder, Knocklyon Rd, Templeogue, Dublin, Ireland.

Beneluxcon: Late November, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Contact: Larry van der Putte, Kotter 5, 1186 WH Amstelveen, Netherlands.

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. 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.

French national convention: 27-29 August, Orleans, France. Theme "Women and SF". Contact: Danielle Martinigol, 1 rue Gabrielle-Jaillard, F91070 bondoufle, France.

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 Nicolae Ariton, Yuri Savchenko, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Eva Hauser, Roelof Goudriaan, Jean-Pierre Moumon, Pierre Jean Brouillaud, Fiona Anderson, Alexandru Mironov, Roger Robinson, Oliver Gruter, Hermann Ritter, and others for help and information.