Fans Across the World

Newsletter 29

Honorary President John Brunner

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

July 1993

Newsletter 29

Summer line-up

The summer convention line-up now seems to be set. If you want to get to SF Days NRW (reputed to be one of the best and biggest of the German cons) you'd better get your skates on. SF Days has some English language programming, it usually has some English speaking guests, and rather than forcing them to try to speak German...

Atlantykron is in the last stages or organisation, and if you want to join now it'd have to be on a bring your own tent and food basis. I have heard nothing of Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot) – the Russian/Ukrainian camp on the Russian/Ukrainian border this year. Will it/has it taken place? For that matter, what happened to Dosheletz? last year it was linked to the Hobbit Games (to be held in Khazan this year), did it survive the experience?

I hope that what I have here is a lack of information rather than news of the death of the old Soviet fan camps. That would be a loss to fandom at large.

The Scandinavian snarl up in mid August has thinned down a little with the non-appearance of Intercon. Finncon and Conscience will still take place on consecutive weekends – do you spend the intervening week on a ferry? Conscience will be the first Balticon, an intended new convention series, similar to the Eurocon or Worldcon. It will be interesting to see how it fares.

The next snarl up is in late August early September – the Worldcon period. Deepseacon and the French National Convention take place on the same weekend, followed by Casscon on the same weekend as the Worldcon (although a clash between a convention in Slovakia and the Worldcon is unlikely to matter to more than three or four people at most).

Eurocon 94 Travel

I have made enquiries about flights from Britain to Romania. The lowest quotes I have been given have been UKP185 and UKP195 (Anglo-Romanian Airlines and Tarom). This is for flights to Bucharest, flying to Timisoara would probably cost rather more. There will also by this time be direct flights from Germany to Timisoara, they should be suitable for German fans, but connections will probably make the Bucharest option cheaper for the British.

Trains also run regularly from Vienna and Budapest, this is a rational option from continental Europe, but particularly if the Interail card dies, as is threatened, it is sane (if that's the word) for train freaks only from the UK. Lastly, Don't try to travel using an out of date Thomas Cook's Continental timetable...

Buch Worms?

Is there anyone out there (native English I mean...) interested in reading non-English SF in the original? This probably means French, German or Spanish in most cases. If you are, what would you want – short stories? novels? newszines?

Roelof Goudriaan has carries reviews of foreign language SF in Shards of Babel with the idea of giving some guidance to what might actually be worth reading (Larry van der Putte sells SOB at some British cons if you've never met it). Would more than this be useful?

Such help might be recommendations of good short story collections to start with. This would have to be the equivalents of the Hugo or Nebula Award collections, but better this than the complete works of Roger Elwood...

Could continental readers suggest a suitable (in print) collection in their own language? Would anybody be interested in getting hold of these titles?

The only dealer we know of handling a full multilingual list is Jean-Pierre Moumon, he will give recommendations, but his list is not fully annotated.

Is there any interest in a very short annotated list of mixed language books. Please tell either me or Roelof Goudriaan if so. There's no way it could be made a fully paying proposition, but is anyone out there interested?

Future International Conventions 1993

(* = new or updated entry)

Stabcon: 2-4 July, Manchester, UK. RPG con. Contact: Stabcon, 17 Davenport Rd, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 6JU, UK.

6th SF days NRW: 3-4 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. 35 DM Att. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG. (234-461 390)

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

Lunicon: 30 July-1 August, Leeds, UK. Unicon, att. 10 pounds. Contact: Lunicon, LUU, PO Box 157, Leeds LS1 1UH, UK.

Atlantykron: 31 July-10 August, Romania. Camp: SF workshop come relaxcon – stress on creation rather than consumption. Contact: Sorin Repanovici, str. Mihail Sadoveanu, nr. 10, bl.10, ap.2, Loc. Cernavoda, Jud. Constanta, Romania (tel. 912-37705), or Catalin Grosu (tel. (1)-615-7708) in the evenings.

3rd Hobbit Games: Khazan, Russia. No address as yet.

Intercon'93: 6-8 August, Oslo, Norway. THIS CONVENTION WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE. (You can't cancel that which was never planned!)

Finncon'93: 7-8 August, Helsinki, Finland. Panels, films, masquerades, bar etc. Topics: SF, Fantasy, Horror, books, comics, RPGs etc. NO 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, Junailijankuja 1 B 29, SF-00520 Helsinki, Finland (tel. 0-140486)

Conscience: 13-15 August, Stockholm, Sweden. 1st Baltic SF Con. $50, free for E Europeans. Contact: Conscience'93, c/o Segerdahl, Prastgarsgatan 19B, S-75230 Uppsala, Sweden. (tel. +46(8)64224077) (Email cons93[at]bugend.edvina.se)

Daicon: 22-23 August, Osaka, Japan. Contact: Daicon 6, c/o Nr Nagato, 11-19 Oimazatonishi 3-chome, Higashimari-kuy, Osaka City 573, Japan.

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.

Casscon'93: 3-5 September, Kosice, Slovakia. SF, fantasy, masquerades, barbarian party. Contact: Martin Schuster, Juhoslovanska 5, 04013 Kosice, Slovakia.

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: Thomas Le Blanc, Postfach 2120, 6330 Wetzlar 1, FRG. (06441) 405-570, fax (06441) 405-395

Sto-Con-Trent: 10-12 September, Stoke on Trent, UK. British National RPG con. Contact: StoConTrent, 12b Sprowston Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4QN, UK.

Hispacon: 1-3 October, Gijon, Spain. Spanish national. SF, fantasy, hi-tech, Star Trek. Contact: Hispacon'93, Centro de Imagen, Calle Emilio Villa 4-1, 33210-Gijon, Spain.

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

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

Polcon'93: 21-24 October, Olsztyn, Poland. att. 4.5 pounds, 35 pounds all inclusive. Contact: Komitet organizacyjny Polcon'93, ul. Kosciuszki 32/8, 10-504 Olsztyn, Poland.

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

Octocon: 30-31 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. 15 pounds 'til 1/9, 18 pounds on door. Contact Octocon '93, 20 Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Novacon: 5-7 November, Birmingham, UK. Contact: Bernie Evans, 121 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Warley B66 4SH, UK.

Armadacon: 12-14 November, Plymouth, UK. Contact: ArmadaCon, c/o 4 Gleneagle Avenue, Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5HL, 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, Czech Republic. 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

VIbraphone: 4-6th February, Oak Hotel, Brighton, UK. 6th UK Filk con. UKP22 'til 11/93 then UKP27. Contact: VIbraphone, "Minas Istarion", 2 Duncan Close, London Road, Bromley, London BR1 3SG, UK.

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)

Eurocon '94: 26-29 May, Timisoara, Romania. UKP12 att. Contact: Tudor Besuan, 11-13, Take Ionescu Bvd., 1900 Timisoara, Romania. (British agent, B. Wilkinson, see FAtW address)

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

7th SF days NRW: 1st weekend in July, Duesseldorf, Germany. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, W-4630 Bochum 5, FRG.

Mutation: 1st weekend in July, Teplice, Czech Republic. (Parcon'94: Czech and Slovak National Con). Contact: Frantisek Hlous, SFK Duna, Leninova 233, 417 31, Teplice-Novosedlice, Czech Republic.

Wincon: 29-31 July, Winchester. Contact: Wincon, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants PO10 7TS, UK.

21 French national SF con: 1-3 September, Sophia-Antipolis, France. Contact: Frederic Cesari, 2 Chemin du Tuvere, F-06560 Valbonne, France.

Conadian: Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: Conadian, Box 2430, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4A7, Canada.

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

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

1995

* Confabulation: Easter, London, UK. (Eastercon) Contact: Confabulation, c/o Scott, 2 Crathie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester, CH3 5JL, UK.

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

Eurocon: under consultation.

1999

Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 55 Cedarwood Ave, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5LP, UK.

Please send any details of conventions I have not listed here, or updates on those here already.

Thanks to Andromeda Nachrichten for German updates.

Intersection have offered reduced rates to attendees from Eastern Europe and other currency restricted countries. Please contact the Intersection address for details.

SFCD-RGGB – how about a reunion some time?

Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Oliver Gruter-Andrew (Treasurer), Cyril Simsa (Czech contact), Jackie Gruter-Andrew, Roger Robinson, James Steel (artist) and Piotr Cholewa. Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Nic Farey and the Mexicon tech crew, Andromeda Nachrichten, Roelof Goudriaan, Nicloae Ariton, Catalin Grosu, Tudor Besuan, John Rickett, John Brunner, Roger Robinson, Mark Plummer, Iain Dickson, Oliver Gruter-Andrew, Herman Ritter, Valeria Housden, Rafe Culpin, and others.