B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
bjw[at]cix.compulink.co.uk fax: o181-925-7126
The new illustrated SF encyclopedia here in England is rumoured to be selling well, get your copy soon... Meanwhile, the CD ROM appears to be picking up a reputation for being on sale in weird places only. Bookshops? nah... go to your local Nintendo games store... But others are doing encyclopedias too. During 1995 an Encyclopedia was published in Prague, the Encyklopedie literatury science fiction, edited by Ondrej Neff and Jaroslav Olsa, much smaller than John Clute's works, it nonetheless contains items of interest. Olsa has an interest in obscure SF that borders on the obsessive, and this shows in entries on SF in Albania, Africa, Asia, China, and many others. As is to be expected, many of the entries are on Czech authors, and the editors state that they are only covering the most important figures in Anglo-american SF (they seem to consider a lot of people important!) – this is after all the SF reference book for Czech fans, but the range of short essays on European authors is impressive. Coverage is best for Slavic Europe, again to be expected, but not so easily the knowledge of Hungarian SF (a tough nut to crack!). I would argue with their choice of Romance language authors, but this is quibbling. What else? Well, the standard list of Hugos, Nebulas etc,; what is a: robot-spaceship-alien articles; articles on SF magazines, films, operas, fandom; plus the country articles mentioned above. There is also an introduction both in English and in Czech. In short, a very useful book – if you read Czech. Even if you don't, the titles listed could be a useful lead to what you might look for, although bibliographical details are often enough to be tantalising rather than informative. Date and place are given, but not the publisher. Published by: AFSF and H&H, ISBN 80-85390-33-7 (AFSF), ISBN 80-85787-90-3 (H&H). AFSF, Na Okraji 335, 162 03 Praha 6, Czech.
Corflu, the fanzine fans' convention, will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, March 15-17, 1996. The Fanzine Activity Achievement Awards will be presented there. If you are a fanzine fan and wish to vote, list your top three votes in each category: Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer and Best Fan Artist for 1995. Send votes to: Janice Murray, Post Office Box 75684, Seattle Washington 98125-0684 USA, on a postcard or by email to: 73227.2641[at]compuserve.com, giving your name and full address. The deadline is February 29, 1996. For more information contact Janice at her addresses or by phone +1 (206) 524-1206. For Corflu contact Lucy Huntzinger, 2305 Bernard Avenue, Nashville TN 37212 USA, huntzinger[at]phyv02.phy.vanderbilt.edu. [If it's getting horribly late send the votes to me (Bridget Wilkinson) by post or fax and I'll relay them by email, but not *too* many, please. ed.]
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OBLITER8: British National Filk Convention, 2-4 February 1996, Milton Keynes, UK. Contact: Obliter8, 212 Albert Road, Leyton, London, E10 6PD, UK. Email: Obliter8[at]oroes.demon.co.uk
Disection: 23-25 February, Sheffield, UK. Post Intersection relaxcon. Att. UKP24. Memberships close 12 January 1996. Contact: Disection, John Dowd, 4 Burnside Avenue, Sheffield. S8 9FR, UK.
Picocon 13: 4 February, London, UK. Att. UKP8. Contact: ICSF, Imperial College Union, Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, UK. (e-mail: icsf[at]ic.ac.uk, http://www.ph.ic.ac.uk/moontg/)
MICROCON 16: 2-3 March, Exeter, UK. Contact: Microcon 16, c/o Darrel Manuel, Cornwall House, St. German's Rd., Exeter, EX4 6TG UK.
8th SF days NRW: 22-24 March, Duesseldorf, Germany. Theme: religion. Att. 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, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, att. UKP24. Reduced rates for soft currency countries. Contact: Evolution, 13 Linfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6PX, UK. email: bmh[at]ee.ic.ac.uk Net page: http://tardis.ed.ac.uk/~simon/evolve/
Eurocon/Baltcon/Lituanicon-96: April 25-28, Vilnius, Lithuania. Att. 10 USD in advance (by booking), 15 USD on the door. Contact: SF Club DORADO, Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. BOX 216 2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (Fax: (3702) 766578, email: ruta.buivydiene[at]flf.vu.lt – put EUROCON or SF/FANTASY in the subject heading)
Keycon X111: May 17-19, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. GoH Larry Niven, Tanya Huff, FanGoH:Sunshine Katz. Memb:$30.00 'til 02.01.96. Contact: PO Box 3178, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4E6
Constellation NZ Natcon: 31 May-3 Jun, Christchurch, New Zealand. Contact: Constellation, P.O. Box 29-119, Fendalton, Christchurch NZ. (email: c.brandenburg[at]lincoln.ac.nz)
ColoniaCon 13: June 1-2, Cologne, Germany. SF, Multimedia: items on Propaganda, video workshop, ezines. GoH: Thomas Ziegler. May 31-June 2 party in camp outside the convention, inc. filk contest and barbecues. Att. 30 DM 'til 17/5/1996, 35 DM on door, Bank account: Deutsche Bank Koeln (BLZ 37070060), Nr. 3316171, Manfred Mueller. Contact: Manfred Mueller, Streitzzeugasse 6, D-50667 Koeln, Germany (e-mail: mmueller[at]texbox.lahn.de)
Speaking Science Fiction: 11-13 July, Liverpool University, UK. Conference on sf. Contact: Andy Sawyer c/o Special Collections, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, P. O. Box 123, Liverpool, L69 3DA, UK.
* Faircon: 12-14 July, Glasgow, UK. Contact: Flat 3/2, 226 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 3DA, UK.
Conversion 13/Canvention 96: 19-21 July, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH: C.J.Cherryh. Contact: PO Box 1088, Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K9, Canada. tel (403)259-3938
Albacon '96: 26-29 July. Glasgow, UK. Att. 30UKP. Contact: Albacon, 10 Atlas Rd., Springburn, Glasgow, G21 4TE Scotland. (email: albacon[at]srian.demon.co.uk)
SaarCon: 26-28 July, Saarbruecken, Germany. SFCD annual convention. Themes: eastern European SF, history of fandom. Some English language programme. SF radio play. 30 DM 'til 31.12.1995. Contact: Juergen G. Marzi, Scharnhorststr. 27, D-56073 Koblenz, FRG. (tel.+49-261-48259, Email 110112.352[at]compuserve.com or jmarzi[at]texbox.lahn.de)
LACon III: 26 Aug-2 September, Los Angles, USA. Worldcon. Contact: SCFI, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, USA, 91409. (Email: Lacon3-info[at]netcom.com)
Northstar 1: 26-29 September, Vancouver, Canada. GoH:SM Stirling, FanGoH: R.Graeme Cameron. $65.00 at door. Contact: PO Box 61007, 571 West 57th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6P 6S5. (tel. +1(604)951-7827, Email:cathy_mayo[at]mindlink.bc.ca, http://mindlink.net/Gordon_Smith/nstar.html)
Novacon 26: 8-10 November, Birmingham, UK. Att. UKP25. Contact: 14 Park Street, Lye. Stourbridge, West Midlands, BY9 8SS, UK.
* Intervention: Eastercon, 28th-31st March, Liverpool, UK. GOH: Brian Aldiss, David Langford, Octavia Butler, Jon Bing. Att. 25 UKP, Supp. 15 UKP (Cheques payable to 'Intervention'). Contact: Intervention, 12 Crowsbury Close, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7TS, UK. (tel. 01234-376596, e-mail: intervention[at]pompey.demon.co.uk)
* Intuition: Eastercon bid. 43 Onslow Gardens, Warrington, Surrey, SM6 9QH, UK. (email: intuition[at]smof.demon.co.uk)
Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK.
Any news of any bids or conventions out there?
Please send all details, bribes, etc. to the address, email address, fax number, etc. over.
Also any news, scandal etc. ...the first Turkish fanzine for many years is at present in press – best of luck with the new government!...have you come across the Irish fan who gives you champagne baths, so long as it's your champagne of course...
Fans Across the World: Bath still full of woodlice – they came inside to get away from the great freeze, Christmas wrecked by being the only member of the family on their feet – helpful when the goose tried to escape, New Year in Cambridge – watching somebody *else* do the work, still things slowly improve. Many thanks for information etc. to: John Bray, Gediminas Beresnevicius, Janice Murray, Cuddles, Neyir Cenk Gokce, SFFranco, Jaroslav Olsa, Nemira, Sedona, **** *****, and others. If you are missing any issues please contact me on either the paperpost or email addresses above. I am particularly aware that my email messaging system is still sick, very sick. It's going to take lots of virtual glue to put it together again... Give me some news before I make it all up...