Fans Across the World

Newsletter 47

Honorary President John Brunner

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

April 1995 Newsletter 47

News from Iasi

A week and a half ago, on February 26th (on Sunday) we celebrated the 16th anniversary of QUASAR. It was quite a party (lot of booze). We even had some TV coverage on the local stations, not to mention in the local SF supplement SUPERNOVA. ... Nowadays, everybody seems to be very preoccupied about Intersection.... I don't know if you've already heard about Mr. Mironov's idea of organizing this year's RomCon in the buses that will go all across Europe towards Glasgow.That would be especially suitable for dividing the "con" in different panels. I guess I first heard this idea on TV (Stiinta si Imaginatie, of course), but it was also mentioned in Jurnalul SF. You'll have to acknowledge the originality of the idea.... (Dan Mazilu)

It does indeed appear that the Romanian National Convention this year will be taking place on a collection of buses travelling across Europe towards Glasgow. This brings a whole new collection of excuses for items running late – panel delayed by customs? How do you change between programme streams if one gets a flat tyre? Good Luck!

Quarante-Deux

Ellen C. Herzfeld et Dominique O. Martel (qds10[at]calvanet.calvacom.fr) Les deux personnes qui s'en occupent, Ellen C. Herzfeld et Dominique O. Martel, sont des amateurs de SF depuis 30 ans. Ils ont fait diverses choses dans ce domaine. Actuellement, leur interet se porte sur les possibilites offertes par l'Internet et plus particulierement par le World Wide Web. Ils ont ainsi mis en place un site consacre a la Science-Fiction en francais que vous pouvez visiter a l'URL suivant :

http://www.calvacom.fr/XLII/SF42.html

Les commentaires et critiques sont les bienvenus.

Olaf Stapledon

When I started this biography I had just finished the Fiona McCarthy biography of Willian Morris. To my surprise I found that it made a good background to this one.

Crossley starts with the drama of Stapledon's appearance at the World Peace Conference in New York in 1949, then proceeds to recount Stapledon's childhood. He probably makes too much of Stapledon's obscurity. Since the biography is published as the first of the Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies series by Liverpool University, it is to be expected that most people who might encounter the series would be well acquainted with Olaf Stapledon. However I suspect that Crossley had no idea of where it was going to be published while he was writing it.

Much of Stapledon's life does come over as humdrum, and there is a considerable problem in writing a biography of a man who wrote his best and most famous works in the space of a few short years, spending the rest of his life in relative obscurity. But while the first chapters read well, the book meanders to an end. Also, a little more detail on each of the major books would have been useful. While it is easy enough to pick up copies of Odd John, or Starmaker, The Flames is a completely different proposition, and the casual biography reader in a public library would get more detail about Stapledon's philosophical works than about his fiction.

That said, when I started with the book I would have said that it was very good indeed, having finished it I would merely say that it is good, and invaluable for admirers of a man who must still be ranked as one of Britain's most important science fiction writers, and whose main books will contiue to be reprinted for many years (centuries?) yet. But oh *$^"(%, what a price!

Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future, by Robert Crossley, 1994. Liverpool University Press, 1994, ISBN 0-85323-388-7, Hardback, UKP32.50

Strannik Awards

On March 25, 1995 during the SibCon in Krasnoyarsk (Ukraine) special genre awards called the STRANNIK (WANDERER) Awards were presented. The years valid for nomination were: 1992-1994.

The Sword in the Stone Award – for fantasy: Mikhail Uspensky. THERE, WHERE WE ARE NOT PRESENT. Den I Noch magazine, 1994.

The Moon Sword – for horror: Andrey Lazarchuk. MUMMY. Terra Fantastica, 1993.

The Mirror Sword – for alternate history: Vyacheslav Rybakov. STAR SHIP "TSESAREVICH". Neva magazine, 1993.

The Sword of Rumata – for heroic-romantic SF&F: Sergey Lukyanenko. THE KNIGHTS OF THE FORTY ISLANDS. Terra Fantastica, 1992.

(Information received from Sergey Berezhnoy, translated into English by Boris Sidyuk.)

Canadian French SF magazines

imagine... Contact: 3418, rue de la Paix, SAINTE-FOY, QC, G1X 3W6, Canada; or: C.P. 49021, SAINTE-FOY, QC, G0R 1Z0, Canada

Solaris, Contact: Solaris, C.P. 1589, VILLE-MARIE, QC, J0Z 3W0, Canada

ESFS WWW site

There is now a World Wide Web site for the European Science Fiction Society containing an introduction, awards, old Eurocons, future Eurocons, and a list of delegates. It is still under construction. The page (as is the habit of this sort of thing) is run by Neyir Cenk Gokce, in Ankara. Any comments, suggestions for possible links etc. welcome. The main page is at: http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/esfsmain.html

O(METU SF & Fantasy Society WWW: wwwsffs[at]knidos.cc.metu.edu.tr, c059140[at]narwhal.cc.metu.edu.tr)

Future International Conventions 1995

1995

ConFusion: 8-9 April, Geraardsbergen, Belgium. Att. 57.5DM. Contact: ConFusion, c/o Peter Motte, Abdijstraat 33, B-9500 Geraardsbergen, Belgium.

* Confabulation: 14-17 April, London, UK. (Eastercon) If you haven't got your membership yet, PANIC. Att. 25UKP 'til 31/3/95, price at convention 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)

* Lituanicon: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuanian national convention. The programme includes a masquerade, films, panels, role playing games, exhibitions, etc. Contact: Vilnius SF Club Dorado, PO Box 216, 2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (fax (3702) 766578)

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.

(ryzhyck[at]rossco.spb.su)

* Aelita: Late April/early May, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 6200023 Ekaterinburg, Russia. (Will run, but less formal than formerly)

* SFeracon: 5-7 May, Zagreb, Croatia. Contact: Krsto Mazuranic, Slavonska 1, 41430 Samobor, Croatia.

* Kontur'95: 11-15 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) (Check before going, rumour has it that Confuse has been cancelled)

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. SF camp: may be very informal this year. 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 Lundsten. 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.

1996

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, the Bulgarians have been in contact recently.

1999

Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK.

SF Bookshops

France: French Language

Cosmos 2000, 17 rud de l'Arc de Triomphe, 75017 Paris, France

FNAC Montparnasse, 136 rue de Rennes, Paris, France

FNAC Forum, 1 rue Pierre Lescot, Paris, France. (Very good SF department, including some English language)

Librairie Klaatu: 42, rue des Ayres, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Ailleurs, 28 rue Pharon, 31000 Toulouse, France

Bedecine, 7 rue Romiguieres, 31000 Toulouse, France

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: Yuri Savchenko, Boris Sidyuk, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Kresimir Lenic, J-P Trudel and SFFranco, Alexandru Mironov, Dave Langford, Tim Illingworth, Mark Manning, Tony Chester, Lucian Merisca, Dan Mazilu, Felix Moga, Grzegorz Kozubski, Piotr Cholewa, Cyril Simsa, Neyir Cenk Gokce, Liverpool University Press, Alexandr Korzhenevski, and others for information etc.

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My email addresses are: bjw[at]cix.compulink.co.uk and bjw[at]aelita.demon.co.uk. I have not yet got a listserver set up but will send copies out as part of an email batch mailing. Please tell me at the Cix address if you wish to be included.

This is the full list of WWW addresses for the ESFS pages for those of you (like me) who would like to see them but only have access to a rather moth-eaten copy of Lynx.

alias esmain 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/esfsmain.html' #Main page alias escons 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/esfscons.html' #Constitution alias esdirc 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/esfsdirc.html' #ESFS Directory alias eurcon 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/eurocon.html' #Eurocon alias oldcon 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/oldcons.html' #Old Eurocons alias eurawr 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/esfsawrd.html' #European Awards alias winner 'lynx http://144.122.199.20/~wwwsffs/esfs/eawinn.html' #Award winners

Many thanks to Neyir Cenk Gokce for these.

METU SF & Fantasy Society WWW Admin wwwsffs[at]knidos.cc.metu.edu.tr Web under Construction!! c059140[at]narwhal.cc.metu.edu.tr