Fans Across the World

Newsletter 38

Honorary President John Brunner

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

June 1994

Newsletter 38

euROcon

Right up until the con itself communications caused problems, sometimes problems of understanding, more usually post, phone message, and fax problems (I would still love to know who or what ate my faxes...). Some things got sent out late, but the "bulk mail" monster ate quite a bit as well. Do post offices consider bulk mail to be totally expendable, a form of vanity postage, or what?

The con itself went well. The indoor areas that had seemed to be good relaxation areas in the autumn weren't used as such, as sitting and chatting took place in one or other of the cafes around the main square. Events in the morning (panels etc.) were followed by a long lunch/siesta, more serious events, then the evening set pieces. These included plays, a masquerade, a laser show with fire works and the prize giving. The laser show took place in the Timisoara main square, and would probably have broken 1001 British safety regulations. About half of the city seemed to be there.

The art show was big, good, and on three different sites. The best I've seen since Conspiracy. Numbers of those artists ought to try to make Intersection. By our standards the book area was tiny and very crowded. I never did find any second hand books (in Romanian that is!), and the new books seemed to sell out about two hours after they had been launched. So I missed some of them as well. (There were about ten book launches each day, these were the main events at the Bastion site). The "permanent" stock of the stall consisted of back numbers of the SF weekly Jurnalul SF, Anticipatia, SF publisher Nemira's back list, and a handful of other items.

The con was split site. The most distant section, the Bastion, was about ten minutes walk from the Opera House in whose two theatres most of the events went on. Very near by were rooms in the University, the University House, and one of the parts of the art exhibition. All were around the main square. The con was advertised on the front of the Opera House in plastic letters which gave the impression of being paint! Herbert Franke said he'd like a photo, it was likely to be the only time he'd ever get his name on an opera house...

Guests included John Brunner, Jack Cohen, Herbert Franke, Joe Haldeman, Norman Spinrad, and others. Some felt underused but overinterviewed. The media presence was massive and respectful. Many of those concerned are SF fans and/or writers. The con was featured in the national press, a live broadcast was transmitted from it, and much more material was in the can for future use. At one point Romanian TV could be seen filming Romanian TV filming...

The convention publications included as complete a Eurocon history as I've yet seen (an even more complete compilation is planned for Intersection), stories by some of the guests, and a bande dessine supplement. Even more impressive were the English language "specials" done for the convention. Both Orient Latin (a Timisoara litereary journal) and Jurnalul SF had Eurocon editions in English, Orient Latin concentrating on writers from Timisoara itself. Even more impressive was the dual langauge two volume anthology of Romanian SF published by Nemira. The same collection, one volume in English, the other in Romanian. A good collection well translated (except for the author's biographies for some strange reason, but Romglish doesn't matter there!).. International freight/postal services permitting this anthology should soon be available from the usual handful of specialist dealers.

The 1996 Eurocon will be held in Bulgaria, conditions permitting, with Romanian help.

Mexicon is dead...

The last Mexicon was held over the third weekend in May in Stevenage, near London. It will be the last. It was decided that the series had played itself out, and that if the idea of a literary SF convention was a good one it would be reinvented. Those who disagreed were discussing things vigorously in the bar after the meeting and are likely to do so...

ESFS Awards

The European Science Fiction Society Awards are split into three main groups. The committee may also award Honorary and Special Prizes. Recipients of the Hall of Fame awards should be alive..

.I. Hall of Fame Awards

There are five of these, awarded once only to any individual recipient)

Best Author: Boris Shtern (Ukraine)

Major Ukrainian SF novelist, I know of no translations of his work, sorry!

Best Publisher: Nemira (Romania)

Quality SF publisher, No. 1 in Romania, did special anthology for euROcon.

Best Magazine: Jurnalul SF (Romania)

Romanian SF weekly. (Yes, really!).

Best Promoter: Cornel Secu (Romania)

for his work as euROcon chairman, and for years of work for Timisoara fandom.

Best Artist: Dimitre Iankov (Bulgaria)

II. Honorary Award

Ivailo Runev (Bulgaria – post mortem) Convention organiser, Orphia editor.

III. Spirit of Dedication Awards

Best Fanzine: Concatenation (UK) Special Romanian-English-German edition for euROcon, quite an achievement....

Best Performance: euROcon Laser Show – Adrian Budritzan (Romania) Best Art Work: Tudor Popa (Romania)

IV. Best New (Encouragement Award) (This award name sounds much better in French than English...)

Bulgaria – Christo Poshtakov (new author) Finland – Risto Ismaki (new author) Great Britain – Jeff Noon (new author) Ukraine – Lev Vershenen (new author) Romania – Tudor Popa (new artist)

V. Special Prize

Alexandru Mironov

For making the whole damn thing possible.

(What the press release actually said was "for his contribution to euROcon'94")

Future International Conventions

*= new or amended entry

1994

Hamburg Phantastic: 3-5 June, Hamburg, Germany. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Science & Technology through SF workshop: 22-23 June, Barcelona, Spain. contact Miguel Barcelo, Facultat d'Informatica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Pau Gargallo 5, B08028, Barcelona, Spain. (email bio[at]isi.upc.es)

Baltcon (Lithuanicon): 24-26 June, Vilnius, Lithuania. 25US$ att. Contact: SF Club Dorado, G Beresnevicius, Antakalnio 65-33, 2040 Vilnius, Lithuania.

Mutation: July, Teplice, Czech Republic. Status: MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD.

Parcon: 1-3 July, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Contact: Parcon 94, Bernolakova 33, 974 05 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. (tel. 088/64486 – eves. 'til 24.00 local time, or 088/61609 – eves. 'til 22.00 local time; fax 088/745966)

Komarinaya Plesh (Mosquito Spot): 1-31 July, Tuzla, Kertch, Crimea, USSR. Relaxcon Russian/Ukrainian style, bring your own tent, food, spoon, plate etc. Annual since 1984, now gone completely informal. Contact: Andrei Tzemenko, Borzenko 25-45, 334514 Kertch, Ukraine. Or just turn up...

7th SF days NRW: 2-3 July, Duesseldorf, Germany. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, D-44879 Bochum 5, FRG. (tel. 49-234-461390)

Bacon: 8-10 July, Cambridge, UK. GOH: Geoff Ryman & Simon Ings, att. UKP14. Contact: Bacon, 38 Scotland Rd, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1QG, UK. (tel. 0223-564483) email: bacon[at]derwent.co.uk

Atlantykron: end July, 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, or Catalin Grosu (tel. (1)-615-7708) in the evenings.

* Wincon: 29-31 July, Winchester. GoH: Algis Budrys, James Hogan, Norman Spinrad. UKP23. Contact: Wincon, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants PO10 7TS, UK.

Intercon: 12-14 August, Oslo, Norway. GOH: Brian Aldiss, CJ Cherryh, att. UKP10. Contact: Intercon'94, Box 121, Vinderen, N-0319 Oslo, Norway. (tel. Johannes Berg +47 22 14 41 63)

Bohemiacon: 25-28 August, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. GOH: Harry Harrison & Wolfgang Jeschke. Contact: Bohemiacon, Miroslav Sabo Jr., Hilbertova 4, Usti nad Labem, 400 11, Czech Republic. (tel. [42 (0)47] 41711)

21 French national con: 1-3 September, Sophia-Antipolis, France. Contact: William Waechter, 56 Bd Joffre, Toulon 83100, France. (94 31 14 52) Fax 94 31 65 80

Conadian: 1-5 September, Winnipeg, Canada. (Worldcon) Contact: Conadian, Box 2430, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4A7, Canada.

* Polcon'94: 22-25 September, Lublin, Poland. Contact: Lubelski Klub Fantastyki "Syriusz", WDK ul. Dolna Panny Marii 3, 20- -1- Lublin, Poland.

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

Octocon '94: 1-2 October, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. GOH: Robert Holdstock, att. UKP16. Contact: Octocon, 20 Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Hispacon '94: 7-9 October, Burjassot, nr. Valencia, Spain. Spanish National convention. Contact: Grupo Gandiva, Apdo. Correos 70, 46120 ALBORAYA (Valencia), Spain.

Albacon'94: 21-24 October, Glasgow, UK. Contact: M Drayton, 10 Atlas Road, Springburn, Glasgow G21 4TE, UK.

WHO's 7: 29-30 October, UK. Dr Who/Blakes 7 con. Contact: Who's 7, c/o Carol Keogh, 131 Norman Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4RJ, UK.

Hansecon: 28-30 October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. (04531) 86106

Novacon: 4-5 November, Birmingham, UK. Contact: 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, W Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK.

Armadacon: 5-6 November, Plymouth, UK. GOH: Mary Gentle, att. UKP20. Contact: Marion Pritchard, 4 Gleneagle Avenue, Mannamead, Plymouth, PL3 5HL, UK. (tel. 0752-267873)

Nordcon: 17-20 November, Hannover, Germany. 40DM. Contact: Thomas Reich, Rodelandstrasse 27, D-31832 Springe, Germany.

ConSeal: 27-29 November, Eindhoven, Netherlands. f50 'til 1/7, then f55 'til 1/10, then f60. Contact: Richard Vermass, 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.

1995

Confabulation: 14-17 April, London, UK. (Eastercon) Contact: Confabulation, c/o Scott, 2 Crathie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester, CH3 5JL, UK.

Freicon: 29-30 April, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. 35DM 'til 30/6/94. Contact: FreiCon eV. c/o Thomas Schmidt, Carl-Kistner-Str. 3, 79115 Freiburg i Br., Germany. (tel. 0761/47527)

Francon '95 (Francophone SF convention): 27-30 April, Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon les Bains, Switzerland. 50 SFs 'til 15/9/94, then 75 SFs. Contact: Francon'95, c/o Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs, Case postale 74 – CH 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

Intersection: 24-28 August, Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: InterSection, Admail 336, Glasgow G2 1BR, UK.

Eurocon: will be combined with Intersection.

1996

Evolution: 5-8 April, Brighton, UK. GOH: Vernor Vinge, att. UKP20. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK

* Eurocon '96: Provisionally Bulgaria, date and exact place not yet known.

1999

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

Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Oliver gruter-Andrew (Treasurer), Jackie Gruter-Andrew (Secretary), Cyril Simsa (Czech contact), 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: Alexandru Mironov, Cornel Secu, Darius Hupov, Sorin Repanovici, David Lally, Jon Cowie, Leonid Kouritz, GKF, Roelof Goudriaan, Silviu Genescu, Roger Robinson, Wiktor Bukato, Jurgen Marzi, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Marina Nikolaev, Valentin Nicolau, Cyril Simsa, Mihai Badescu, Brain – Brasov, the Brum Group, Dave Langford, Jack Cohen, Matei Donea, Cotizo Draia, Jurnalul SF, Mircea Oprita, Ion Hobana, Bruno Valle, Tony Lee, the MTS, the Soros Foundation, Tarom, UNESCO, the French Cultural Centre Timisoara, Felix Moga, Hugh Mascetti, 9 MIGs, Paul Dormer, and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all, for various weird and wonderful forms of help, information, amusement, etc. Thanks to all those I forgot too!