Fans Across the World

Newsletter 15 May 1992

Newsletter 15 May 1992

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Illuminating Freudenstadt

"They really ought to be more careful than to plan this kind of split site convention", someone said to me as we sat in the sun lounge in the Norbreck Castle waiting for Illumination to finish and Freucon to start. There was sufficient overlap that the two cons merged, and by the end of the second I had difficulty remembering where I'd had a particular conversation. Russian, German, British, Dutch, Belgian and US fans made the double trip – neither the Czechs nor the Poles who had intended to come made it to Illumination, but the committee made use of Yuri, Andrei and Jurgen on the programme, and many more British fans knew Jurgen and Thomas after the SFCD/Hamburg '94 party than had known them before. "Even more international than Confiction!" was one verdict on Freucon, "What happened to the rest of you?" was another. British fans have got used to others with camcorders wandering round conventions. The Germans video their conventions using good amateur equipment and sell the results (we just promise to sell them and never get round to it). The Germans were making their usual video, but the fans with the conspicuous professional gear were Romanian TV, and members of the film crew could be seen wandering round the fan fair when their camcorders were on duty elsewhere. The size of the British contingent had been badly reduced by the timing of the con, thus by far the largest non-German contingent was Romanian. The main Romanian party had been given some funding – but they had also played sardines with a bus. Apart from Germans, British and Romanians, there were also fans from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia (both parts), Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, the US, Canada, China, Japan, Italy, Ireland and Hungary (in order of memory). The con ran well. Apart from the usual programme item moves all ran to plan – a considerable achievement for a con that was only told it was a Eurocon last November. They successfully experimented with an adaptation of the Anglo-American Gopher system and cheerfully put up with the pranks played on them by British, Ukrainians and Romanians. The programme was strong. Many items were in English, and all of those that I attended had a good audience. Patterns differ. Rather than a convention-long bookroom they had some permanent bookstalls and a one day fan fair with myriads of fanzine stalls (their fanzines are more like our semi-prozines and small press publications). Their hotel allocation system had had several British fans eating Norbreck Castle carpet for breakfast (the Brits get twitchy if they're not given information ten times a week)... no doubt some of our customs are equally annoying. The party on the Saturday night featured British and Romanians dancing, Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Dutch and the committee drinking – we never did figure out where the rest of the Germans went! Things look good for Hamburg in 1994.

Crawling apols. (Yet again).

I got the DeskJet printer driver. Trouble is, my edition of Fleet Street Publisher is out of the ark so it didn't work. I've tried the impressionist style print face this time – it seems a little clearer. All help with DTP on an ST with a DeskJet gratefully received!

Eurocon Awards Best Writer – Strugatsky Brothers (Russia) Best Artist – (name lost – sorry!) Czechoslovakia Best Publisher – Heyne (Germany) Best Magazine – Foundation (UK) Best Promoter – Czech Association for Fandom (Alexander Hlinka) and Fandomena fan shops (Vladimir Ververka) (Czechoslovakia). Best Young British Writer – Ian McDonald.

ESFS business German has been adopted as an official language along with English, French and Russian. No decision has been taken over Eurocon 1994 – bids may come from Czechoslovakia and the Helion and H G Wells SF Clubs in Timisoara, Romania.

Future International Conventions

1992

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. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 620023 Sverdlovsk, Russia. (There are problems, check before going.)

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

Elstercon: 29-31 May, Leipzig, Germany. K40 DM. Contact: Manfred Orlowski, Koernerstr. 49, O-7010 Leipzig, FRG.

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

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. (ca. 3) Contact: Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.

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

Atlantykron SF Creation Camp: end July (exact date not confirmed), nr. Cernavoda, Constanta, Romania. Fan camp: SF workshop come relaxcon on an island on the Danube – stress on creation rather than consumption. Boat accommodation or bring a tent. Apply by 25 June to Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania (tel. 912-37705).

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. Contact Azat Ismagilov, pr-t Oktyabrya 65/4-44, 450083 Ufa, Russia.

Researcher's camp(!?): August, Retezat Mountains, Romania. Contact: FNTSF, CP 15-3, Bucuresti, Romania.

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. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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

Fantastika'92: 14-16 August, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact address unknown, try: c/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 +81-44-733-3603F2)

RomCon: September, Romanian national convention. Bids from Galati and Singeorz Bai. Contact: FNTSF, CP 15-3, Bucuresti, Romania.

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: Organizacni Konzorcium Parcon 92, ObKS Poruba, Opavska 1119, 70800 Ostrava-Poruba, Czechoslovakia.

Contraption: 11-13 September, UK. Role-playing. Contact: Contraption, 4 Haddon Close, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6DP, UK.

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

Octocon: 17-18 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Contact: Helen Ryder, 30 Beverley Downs, Templeogue, Dublin 16, Ireland.

Hanse-Con: 22-26 October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhardt Marwitz, Postfach 1524, W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. CapitalCon: 30 Oct-1 November, Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin. 20 DM 'til 1/6, 25 DM 'til 30/9 then 30 DM. Run by SF Club Andymon, special feature on DDR authors. Contact: Wolfgang Both, Vorstadtweg 20, O-1141 Berlin, FRG.

Beneluxcon: 27-29 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands. f 40 'til 1/6 then f 52.50. Contact: Larry van der Putte, Kotter 5, 1186 WH Amstelveen, Netherlands.

Nordcon: 3-6 December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Fully inclusive cost for westerners for the weekend US$ 84. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, 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.K 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

Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. 55 DM 'til 15/11/92. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.

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 Catalin Grosu, Roelof Goudriaan, John Stewart, Barbara Stewart, Wiktor Bukato, Herman Ritter, Achim Sturm, Jurgen Marzi, Eckhardt Marwitz, Jean-Paul Cronimus, Christina Scull, Marcus Rowland, Yuri Savchenko, Oliver Gruter, and others for help and information.