Fans Across the World

Newsletter 24

February 1993 Newsletter 24

Honorary President John Brunner

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

Clarke Award Nominations

The following books have been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award. The Award will be presented on 25th of March at the Groucho Club.

Ian McDonald Hearts, Hands and Voices,

Marge Piercy Body of Glass,

Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars,

Richard Paul Russo Destroying Angel,

Michael Swanwick Stations of the Tide,

Sue Thomas Correspondence,

Lisa Tuttle Lost Futures,

Connie Willis Doomsday Book.

The Arthur C Clarke Award is jointly administered by the Science Fiction Foundation, the British Science Fiction Association and the International Science Policy Foundation.

Will you come into my parlour...

Getting invited. One of the problems for fans coming from countries needing a visa is it. The most straightforward way to do this is to get an invitation from the con committee, or a fan in the country concerned.

The simplest form is a letter which says, we'd like to see you, this proves that the recipient is expected. This is unlikely to get a visa, but may help for countries which don't need visas (HM Immigration gave one attendee at the Tolkien Centenary Conference a Lord of the Rings exam in lieu of such a letter). The next level up is a private tourist invitation... ie., please come and stay with me – I'll look after you. Hand written is best. Together with the envelope (to prove it was posted in Britain), and any previous correspondence, it gives evidence of contact with Britain and is the best way of getting a visa provided no other officialdom is involved...

This obviously doesn't work if the recipient is travelling as part of a group. Then proof will have to be given that the recipients can survive – by a promise of full facilities, or by the presentation of sufficient money at the embassy for the participants to survive the journey. Embassies tend to believe that people will be paying for hotel rooms rather than camping or crashing so their estimates for a daily rate are rather high...

Even more is needed for an exit visa. Enter the bureaucrats with a rubber stamp fetish. This letter has to seem fully official. Even then this may not be enough. "Visa support" means contacting your embassy in their country. By letter, or if time is running out by phone or fax – this will cost! For this you will need name, address, phone, date of birth...

If you are requesting – give a fax number for you and the embassy!

Krsto Mazuranic

Many fans have been asking after Krsto Mazuranic since the war started in Croatia last year. TheHelicon committee recently received a letter from him. Things have not been very good, his wife was involved in a car accident and his business has gone bankrupt. Things are not good but they could be worse.

He hoped to make it to Helicon with a group of other Croat fans. Whether the recent outbreak of hostilities between Croatia and Serbia will affect his plans has yet to be seen.

During the last year he has received numbers of letters, but apparently postage is very expensive in Croatia at present, so this combined with the difficulties of life has meant that his replies are few and far between.

He still hopes that the situation will have improved enough for Tulum to be run successfully in early July.

If you wish to contact him write to: Krsto Mazuranic, Slavonska 1, 41430 Samobor, Croatia.

Note the change of road name, and don't use Yugoslavia as the country name, the letter simply won't arrive.

Include an international reply coupon if you write, they should be valid – though they may turn out not to be.

Future International Conventions

1993

Interpresscon'93: February, St Petersburg. Details t.b.a.

Pentatonic: 5-7 February, Weston-Super-Mare, UK. Filk con. Contact: Pentatonic, 3 West Shrubbery, Redland, Bristol BS6 6SZ, UK.

Picocon 11: 13 March, Imperial College Union, Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB, UK. Att. UKP5. GOH Colin Greenland.

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

Smofcon: 16-18 April, St Helier, Jersey. Conrunner's con. Contact: see Helicon.

Italcon: 29 April-2 May, Italy. Contact: Adolfo Organti, Cooperativa Il Cerchio, Via Cairoli 85, I-47037 Rimini, Italy (0541)786382

Saarcon: 8-9 May, Merzig, Germany. Contact: Arno Weber, Harlingerweg 32, 6640 Merzig, FRG. (06861) 75062

Lausitzcon: 21-23 May, Hoyerswerda/Woyerecy, Germany. Contact: Stefan Bielewald, O-Nagel-Strasse 50, D-O-7700 Hoyerswerda, FRG.

Mexicon: 28-31 May, Scarborough, UK. Contact: Mexicon V, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, Westmidlands, B66 4HS, UK.

ColoniaCon: 30-31 May, Cologne, Germany. Contact: Achim Mehnert, Mauritiussteinweg 1, 5000 Koeln 1, FRG.

Confuse: 11-13 June, Linkoeping, Sweden. Contact: ConFuse, c/o Bjoerklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 Linkoeping, Sweden. (13)274463

Lituanicon: 24-27 June, Kaunas, Lithuania. Contact: Rolandas Maskoliunas, Siaures pr 29-13, Kaunas 42, Lithuania.

Parcon: Czechoslovak national con: 25-27 June, Sumperk, Czechoslovakia. Contact: SFK Makropulos, Petr Konupcik, Na Vyhlidce 1, 787 01 Sumperk, Czechoslovakia.

6th SF days NRW: 3-4 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG.

Tulum: 5-9 July, Zagreb, Croatia. Enquire before going to: Krsto Mazuranic, Slavonska 1, 41430 Samobor, Croatia.

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

Finncon'93: 7-8 August, Helsinki, Finland. Panels, films, masquerades, bar etc. Topics: SF, Fantasy, Horror, books, comics, RPGs etc. MO membership fee. GOHs Terry Pratchett & Bryan Talbot. Programme mostly in Finnish. Crash space in homes for foreign fans if good notice given. Contact: Toni Jerrman, Viljelijantie 4-6 D 103, 00410 Helsinki, Finland.

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

Deepseacon: 27-29 August, Hamburg-Harwich-Hamburg on luxury cruiser "Hamburg". c. 150 DM attending, inc. journey & cabin. Contact: Ralf Lorenz, Kottwitzstrasse 38, 2000 Hamburg 20, Germany. (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

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

Wetzlarer Tage: 9-12 September, Wetzlar, Germany. Contact: Magistrat der Stadt Wetzlar, Postfach 2120, D-W-6330 Wetzlar 1, FRG. (06441) 405-570, fax (06441) 405-395

Frustcon: 1-3 October, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Contact: Uwe Mayer, Bahnhofstrasse 5, D-W-7333 Ebersbach, FRG. (07 163) 6996

Hansecon: 28 October-1 November, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. (04531) 86106

Novacon: 5-7 November, Birmingham, UK. Contact: Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley B66 4SH, UK. Con-Yak: 26-28 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (BeneluxCon) f60 'til 3/10/93 (CRC f25) Contact: Richard Vermaas, James Wattstraat 13, 1097 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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 111, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic. fax(05)755639

Nordcon: early December, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland.

1994

Sou'wester: 1-4 April, Liverpool, UK. (Eastercon) Contact:3 West Shrubbery, Redland, Bristol BS6 6SZ, UK.

Comeback-Con: 30 Apr-1 May, Antwerp, Belgium. (BeneluxCon '94) BF650 'til 31.12.93, BF750 'til 31.3.94 (CRC BF400). Contact: Alfons J Maes, Zankdapelweg 18, B-2200 Noorderwijk, Belgium (tel. 014/26 14 45)

Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. Contact: Achim Sturm, Woltersburger Muhlenweg 10, DW-3110 Uelzen 5, FRG.

Mutation: 1st weekend in July, Teplice, Czechoslovakia. (Parcon'94: Czechoslovak National Con) Candidate for the 1994 Eurocon. Contact: Frantisek Hlous, SFK Duna, Leninova 233, 417 31, Teplice-Novosedlice, Czech Republic.

Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: Unknown at present, try the Intersection address, it should get through.

1995

Intersection: Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: Intersection, c/o Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley, Westmidlands, B66 4HS, UK.

Helicon

If you are intending to sell things off a stall or to sell artwork at Helicon please contact the convention at: Helicon, 63 Drake Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1LQ, UK.

You have to have to be a member to sell things at the convention, but the committee is well aware that many people from currency restricted countries wil not be able to pay in advance. Space has to be booked in advance as it is limited, so even if you have not got a membership, but inted to sell things at the convention please write saying if you are interested in table space (for fanzines, badges, etc.) or in artshow room.

Apart from standard all convention artshow space there will be some boards set aside for displaying work for only one day for sale on that day. These wil be priced, not bid for.

Please note, selling other than in the official convention space is forbidden, Jersey laws on hawking are very strict.

Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Fiona Anderson (Treasurer), Cyril Simsa (Czechoslovak contact), Maureen Speller, Roger Robinson, Rob Meades, James Steel (artist) and Piotr Cholewa. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Oliver and Jackie Grueter-Andrew, John and Barbara Stewart, Roelof Goudriaan, Toni Jerrman, Yuri Savchenko, Brian Ameringen, Catalin Grosu, Aurel Carasel, Fiona Anderson, Hugo Preyer, Mark Plummer, Chris Cooper, Matei Donea.