Honorary President John Brunner
B. Wilkinson, 17 Mimosa, 29 Avenue Road, Tottenham, N15 5JF, Great Britain
The 1995 shortlisted novels are: John Barnes, Mother of Storms, Millennium; Pat Cadigan, Fools, HarperCollins; Gwyneth Jones, North Wind, Gollancz; Paul J McAuley, Pasquale's Angel, Gollancz; James Morrow, Towing Jehova, Arrow; and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alien Influence, Millenium. The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday 20 April, at the Conservatory, 15 St Giles High Street, London, WC2, at 7.00pm.
Kuticon'95 – Alien Fest took place form 20-21 January 1995 in Kutina, Croatia. It was organised by Sfinga, a relatively new Kutina club. This club is only two years old, this was its second Kuticon. At this Kuticon were somewhere between 50 and 100 members – some of whom paid and... It lasted two days and had a varied programme. There was a 24 hour video programme (2001, 2010, Brazil, etc.), talks: Computers and SF; CroFandom; SF and Comics; FRP games; etc. The third issue of Sfinga's fanzine Another World was published, while SFera did a presentation on the book it is publishing: Zagreb 2000. There was also an FRP area, a computer area, and many, many, more things. There were people at the con from Kutina, Osijek, Zagreb, and Gavesnica.
SFeracon will take place from 5-7 May 1995 in Zagreb. It is the biggest Croatian con. This year it intends to do more than in recent years. There will be the usual videos and films, a quiz, FRG and computer play areas, but this year Sferacon plans the Cro-fan-zine. All of Croatian fandom will join in this project, and for the first time Croatian fandom will sit down and plan, talk through, and write something together. The Sfera Award is also now being expanded to cover best: novel, novelette, author, life award, fanzine, artist, etc.
Boris Sidyuk had said something about a UN supported SF BBS... in my next message I started asking him some questions about it (ed.):
Sorry. Again. You have a special email account – non-profit organisations only. How did you get this? Who is it from? Are you the first SF club in the Ukraine to have this?
From: Boris Sidyuk <boris[at]sfclub.FreeNet.kiev.ua>
Umghu. There is a special project supported by the United Nations and its sponsors. Here in Kiev it's called FreeLunch :-) And the node itself is called so. When I found out about the project I went to the Kiev office of the United Nations and required to connect to the project. After a few minutes I got the point address for our club. We discussed further opportunities: listserver, teleconference, and so on. My station is not yet a real BBS. But I hope in the near future we'll create one here in Kiev. Our club is the only SF club in the former USSR which got direct access to Internet. If things will go well we can organize a listserver for ESFS and FATW here in Kiev. At least, it will help to save money for both our fan organizations. Try to contact the London office of the UN. Maybe they support the project there as well. That would be really great. (I doubt it! , especially since we pulled out of UNESCO! – ed.)
As far as I know there are not so many SF BBSs. One in Sweden, one in Bulgaria and now you told there is one in Germany. Please, give me details about that station. Seems to be high time to organize an SF network via Internet. (Boris Sidyuk)
Yes. It does not seem to be a direction taken in Britain or the US, although Roberto Quaglia and Max Morando are setting one up in Italy, and Ellen Herzfeld and Dominique Martel have set one up in Paris. Anglo – American fandom seems to use the Internet... (ed.)
Two F and SF conventions took place in Cluj in late 1994. Our First Romanian National Fantasy Con was on 22-35 October in Cluj. The programme included: an Art & Literature Contest – with total prizes of: 600$, a large amount for a Romanian Contest; music, theatre and video shows; exhibitions; workshops; session of criticism communications (grouch session? -ed); drinking; etc. we had about a 100 memberships. In december there was Victor Papilian Science Fiction & Science Days took place. (Michael-Victor Stoica)
The shortlist for novels for the 1994 SFWA Award (the) Nebula is: Bear, Greg: Moving Mars (Tor) Butler, Octavia E.: Parable of the Sower (Four Walls Eight Windows) Lethem, Jonathan: Gun, With Occasional Music (Harcourt Brace) Morrow, James: Towing Jehovah (Harcourt Brace) Pollack, Rachel: Temporary Agency (St. Martin's Press; Orbit (UK)) Robinson, Kim Stanley: Green Mars (Bantam/Spectra; HarperCollins (UK) Zelazny, Roger: A Night in the Lonesome October (Morrow; AvoNova) (note: there are seven works because of a three-way tie for fourth in the voting).(Chuq Von Rospach chuqui[at]netcom.com)
Joyce Slater died on Monday 27 February 1995, suddenly, of a heart attack. The funeral was at 2pm Thursday 2 March. Ken says he is well, asks for no fuss and no phone calls please. Fantast Medway orders will not be met for the time being, please understand. Joyce and Ken were fan guests of honour at Conspiracy, the 1987 British Worldcon. They have been major figures in British fandom since the difficult period in the late 1940s, when it was said that Ken may have preserved British fandom by providing contact with Operation Fantast. (News from Caroline Mullan, any additional mistakes are mine)
Micrcon: 4-5 March, Exeter, UK. Contact: Micrcon, 17 Polsloe Road, Exeter, EX1 2HL.
Picocon: 12 March, London, UK. Contact: Imperial College SF Society. Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BB, UK. (E-mail BMH[at]EE.IC.AC.UK)
* Le 9e Festival de la Science-Fiction et de l'Imaginaire: 8-14 March, Roanne, France. Films, book show, etc. Contact: Rhone-Alpes SF, Centre Pierre Mendes-France, 12, avenue de Paris, 42334 ROANNE CEDEX, France. (Jo Taboulet et Yves Rousseau – 77 72 09 25, Christian Chavassieux et Michele Subrin – 77 23 20 34)
Star Winds: 18 March, Portsmouth, UK. Part of Portsmouth Festival. Att: 7.50UKP (10.00UKP on day). Contact: Star Winds, South Hants SF Group, 38 Outram Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 1QZ. (tel. +44-705 754 934 / E-mail: 100102.1701[at]compuserve.com)
* Czech Tolkien Society Conference: 24-26th March, Prague, Czech Republic. Contact: Filip Munz, Ant. Prochazky 48, BRNO 623 00, Czech Republic. e-mail: munz[at]hp03.troja.mff.cuni.cz
* Contagion: 31 March-2 April, Keele Univ., UK. THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED
ConFusion: 8-9 April, Geraardsbergen, Belgium. 52.5DM 'til 15/3/95, then 57.5DM. Contact: ConFusion, c/o Peter Motte, Abdijstraat 33, B-9500 Geraardsbergen, Belgium.
Confabulation: 14-17 April, London, UK. (Eastercon) Att. 25UKP 'til 31/3/95 – N.B. Price at convention will be MUCH higher. Contact: Confabulation, c/o Scott, 2 Crathie Road, Vicar's Cross, Chester, CH3 5JL, UK. (E-mail confab[at]moose.demon.co.uk)
Freicon: 28-30 April, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. 50DM 'til 31/12/94. Contact: FreiCon Ev. c/o Thomas Schmidt, Carl-Kistner-Str. 3, 79115 Freiburg i Br., Germany. (tel. 0761/47527 fax: FreiCon-Fax: 0761-36119)
Francon '95 (Francophone SF convention): 27-30 April, Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon les Bains, Switzerland. Att. 75 SFs. Contact: Francon'95, c/o Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs, Case postale 74 – CH 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
Interpresscon: early May, St. Petersburg, Russia. Semi-pro con, fans welcome. 5 days long, Attn. US$ 100 inc. accommodation & full board. Contact: Interpresscon, P.O.Box 153, St.-Petersburg 192242, Russia.
Aelita: Late April/early May, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 6200023 Ekaterinburg, Russia. (There may be problems, check before going.)
Kontur'95: Late May, Bialystok, Poland. SF con with panels etc. + live action role playing. Contact: Polcon, Podlaskie Towartzystwo Milosnikow Fantastyki, ul. Piastowska 11a, 15-207, Bialystok, Poland.
Finncon: 16-18 June, Jyvaeskylae, Finland. SF con. Free entry. GOH Vonda McIntyre & Bruce Sterling. Otto Maekelae, Cygnaeuksenkatu 7 E 46, FIN-40100 Jyvaeskylae, Finland. (tel. +358 41 613 847 / e-mail otto[at]jyu.fi)
Ostan om sol (East of the Sun): 16-18 June, Sweden. A fantasy convention. GoH Robert Jordan. Att. 250SEK, postal giro 494 64 50-5. Contact: Ylva Spanberg, Disponentg 3, S-112 62 Stockholm, Sweden.
Confuse: 17-18 June, Sweden. GOH John Clute. Contact: A Bjorklind, Fanjunkaregatan 9, S-58246 Linkoeping, Sweden. (tel. (13)274463 / Confuse[at]ida.liu.se)
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...
8th SF days NRW: moved to 1996
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.
* Conscience (Baltcon'95): 4-6 August, Sweden. Baltic area international convention. Att. 250SEK, postal giro 37 63 64-6. GOH Norman Spinrad & Ralph Lundstern. Contact: Ahrvid Engholm, Restiernas Gata 29, S-116 31 Stockholm, Sweden. (email – ahrvid[at]stacken.kth.se)
Intersection: 24-28 August, Glasgow, UK. (Worldcon) Contact: InterSection, Admail 336, Glasgow G2 1BR, UK.
6th Festival of Fantastic Films: 22-24 September, Manchester, UK. GoH Roger Corman. Contact: Society of Fantastic Films, 95 Meadowgate Rd., Salford, Manchester M6 8EN, UK.
Hansecon: late October, Luebeck, Germany. Contact: Eckhard D. Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-W-2070 Ahrensburg, FRG. [tel.(04531) 86106 or email to Achim Sturm: asturm[at]texbox.lahn.de
Novacon: 3-5 November, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Brian W Aldiss, Harry Harrison, Bob Shaw, Iain M Banks. Att: 25UKP. Contact: Carol Morton. 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, W.Mids, DY9 8SS, UK.
Dracon: late November, Brno, Czech Republic. One of the major Czech cons, a yearly event. Contact: Dracon, P.O. Box 36, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic. tel(05)41218426
Nordcon: late November, Gdansk, Poland. Large Polish con, films, panels, live action role-playing, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland.
Eurocon: will be combined with Intersection.
8th SF days NRW: 22-24 March, Duesseldorf, Germany. Theme: religion. 30 DM 'til 30/6/95, then 35DM. Contact: Heinrich Sporck, Am Sonnenberg 38, D-44879 Bochum 5, FRG. (tel. 49-234-461390)
* Evolution: 5-8 April, Heathrow (London), UK. GOH: Vernor Vinge, Colin Greenland, Jack Cohen, Brian Talbot, att. UKP20. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK. Net page: http://tardis.ed.ac.uk/~simon/evolve/
Eurocon '96: Provisionally Bulgaria, date and exact place not yet known.
Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK.
Fans Across the World the current people involved are: Bridget Wilkinson (coordinator), Volunteers urgently sought, also offers of money, books, addresses, overseas conventions, and other news. Thanks to: Ahrvid Engholm, Pat Reynolds, Caroline Mullan, Kresimir Lenic, and J-P Trudel, Simon Bisson, Caroline Mullan, Dave Langford, Michael-Victor Stoica, Steve Glover, and others for information etc.
The February 1995 Fannish Email Directory is ready. John Lorentz has made a copy available via CompuServe, and there is a copy at ftp.netcom.com:/pub/ha/hazel/Smofs/fannish.email-v95a If you don't have ftp capability, send email to ftp-request[at]netcom.com with a message that says send hazel/Smofs/fannish.email-v95a The URL is http://sundry.hsc.usc.edu/hazel/smofs/fannish.email-v95a If you want to be added to the list, send email to J.LORENTZ[at]Genie.geis.com
Chris Terran, editor of Matrix, the newsletter of the British Science Fiction Association, has changed his email address. It is now: Chris.Terran[at]chaos.conqueror.co.uk