Fans Across the World

Newsletter 64

B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain

bjw[at]cix.compulink.co.uk fax: 0181-925-7126

May 1997

Newsletter 64

Sci-fi Channel Hits Sweden

I was at the press release & introductory meeting of the Sci-fi Channel here in Sweden. Unfortunately I'm not able to receive it since my TV-provider is going to be sold to another consortium, don't ask me which. But the biggest television provider here in Stockholm is going to be sold, and they didn't think it was such an excellent idea to make a contract for a new channel. I and a friend met outside the restaurant at 6 o'clock, Ahrvid had been there since 4.30, first at the press-release and then on a panel discussion, which was still going on when we arrived, as it did for another quarter of an hour. Then they begun to serve a buffet, the bar opened also. It was free for whatever you might want until nine a clock! On the way to the buffet, you were supplied with tiny black gift bag containing a wrist-watch with a leather strap, a key-ring and metal mark, all with Sci-fi logo! I managed to get three such black bags!

In fact it was hardly an SF party as probably only 10% of the people there had anything with SF, and it was rather crowded. But whatever, both the buffet and the drinks were well worth it! ;-)

(Magnus Odelius)

Maison d'Ailleurs

After the vicious cuts in finance at the Maison d'Ailleurs, at Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, despite protests from all over the world, this unique SF museum has been condemned to vegetate.

Since the departure of Roger Gaillard, the curator, a small team comprising Helene Dufour – a half-time secretary, Christian Graf a quarter-time librarian, and auxiliary employees Olivier Aeby, Marlene Germann, Patricia Valceschini and Fabrice Alessandro, have assured the continued functioning of the museum. The programme for this summer is an exhibition on the American SF Pulps, which will last from June to August. An exhibition of the works of John Howe starts on the 6th of September, and continues until the end of the year.

If you're on holiday in Europe and travelling down through France or across to Italy, why not make a little detour and take in Yverdon. Sure, "little" is perhaps not quite the way to put it, but if you are interested in SF it is well worth seeing, and it needs your support.

Even better, join the Friends (Amis). They have done a great job in recent months coordinating efforts to save the Maison, and will need help for quite a time to come. Membership costs 25 Swiss Francs per year, 40SF for couples. Make Eurocheques payable AMDA, and post to: AMDA (Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs), Case postale 74, 1400 – Yverdon-les-Bains, Suisse.

(Original French by Jean-Louis Trudel, who could I am sure have translated it much better than I did (he'd offered to!), but I was so disorganised that time ran out – ed.)

I'm not sure that Eurocheques are the best payment method, but they did cash mine...

Future International Conventions

(* = new or amended)

1997

10 SF & Fantasy Festivel of Roanne: 23 April-4 May, Roanne, France. Core days 25-27 April. Contact: RHONE-ALPES S.F., Centre Mendes-France, 12 avenue de Paris, 42 335 ROANNE Cedex, France. (tel.: + 33-04 77 72 09 25, email: tabouletj[at]ardep.fr)

Interpresscon: 4-8 May, Razliv nr. St Petersburg, Russia. Att. from 150 USD (inc. full board, twin share). Contact: Interpresscon, PO Box 358, 196158 St.Petersburg, Russia (email: kir[at]pleshkov.spb.su)

Keycon 97: 16-18 May, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. GoH: Kevin J. Anderson, Margaret Weis, ArtGoH: Ruth Thompson, FanGoH: DDI. Att.: C$30 to 28 Feb 97. Contact: Keycon, PO Box 3178, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4E7, Canada.

* Aelita: 25-27 May, Yekaterinburg (formerly Sverdlovsk), Russia. Formerly the Soviet National con. Organised by Uralsky Sledopyt magazine and SF club Radiant. Contact: Radiant club, Igor G Khalymbadza, Gastello 28B-15, 6200023 Ekaterinburg, Russia.

3rd Colloquium on Canadian SF and Fantasy: 7 June, Merril Collection, Toronto, Canada. Contact: Dr. Allan Weiss, English Department, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3 (tel. +1 416-736-5132, +1 416-736-5166, email: aweiss[at]yorku.ca)

* Ad Astra 17: 14-17 June, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoH: Steven Brust. Contact: Ad Astra, PO Box 7276, Station A, TORONTO, ON, M5W 1X9, Canada.

* AVALCON 1997: 27-29 June, Chotebor, Czech Republic. SF, fantasy, horror, UFOs, cosmonautics & games. GoH: Ondrej Neff & Jan Kanturek (Terry Pratchett's Czech translator). Contact: Ladislav Patek, Zitna 1461, 58301 Chotebor, Czech Republic. (Tel. +420-453-3273)

PARCON'97: Czech & Slovak national con, 4-6 July, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. Contact: Mestske kulturni centrum, Radnicke namestie 4, 052 01 Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. (email: pete[at]gtinet.sk, http://www.trynet.sk/monolith)

Con-Version XIV: 18-20 July, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH: Connie Willis, Kim Stanley Robinson. Contact: Con-Version, PO Box 1088, Station M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K9, Canada. (tel. +1 (403) 259-3938 email: Garyf[at]nucleus.com)

Ratzecon: SFCD Con & Baltcon. 27-29 July, Ratzeburg, Germany. Att. 35DM. Contact: Eckh. D Marwitz, Postfach 1524, D-22905 Ahrensburg, Germany. (tel. +49-(0)4531-86106, email: edm[at]texbox.lahn.de, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepage/EDMarwitz)

2nd Northern Tolkien Festival: 8-10 August, Oslo, Norway. Info: http://www.uib.no/it/pers/edmmb/ntf97/

Quartercon: 15-17 August, Bergen, Norway. GoH: Katharine Kerr, Ingar Knudtsen. Theme: Building Universes. Att. NOK 150 'til April 6, then NOK 200 'til June 23, NOK 250 afterwards. Contact: Quartercon, c/o Bjorn Tore Sund, Lobergsveien 100 A, 5032 Minde, Norway. (email: bjornts[at]ii.uib.no WWW: http://www.ii.uib.no/~bjornts/quartercon/)

Finncon'97: 16-17 August, Helsinki, Finland. GoH: Ian McDonald, Norman Spinrad. Free admission. Contact: Toni Jerrman, Junailijankuja 1 B 29, 00520, Helsinki, Finland. (email: Jukka Rasanen, jurasanen[at]phcu.helsinki.fi)

* Bohemiacon 97: 21-24 August, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. Contact: SFK Nazca, PO Box 17, 400 01 Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.

Lonestarcon 2: 28 August-1 September, San Antonio, TX, USA. Worldcon. Contact: LoneStarCon 2, Box 27277, Austin, TX, 78755-2277, USA. (tel. +1-512-472-9944, fax: +1-512-472-4290, e-mail: lsc2[at]io.com, http://www.io.com/~lsc2/)

Polcon (Polish National Con): September, Silesia, Poland. GoH: Rafal Ziemkiewicz (Western guests also invited – no answers yet). Contact: Piotr Cholewa, U. Szapirowa 1/24, 40-762 Katowice, Poland. (email: pcholewa[at]usctoux1.cto.us.edu.pl)

2nd Encounters with SF & Fantasy: 20-28 September, Cascais, Portugal. Contact: Maria Augusta, Associacao portuguesa de ficcao cientifica e fantastico, Bloco Uv – 2 Piso, Porta 11, Outeiro da Vela, 2750 Cascais, Portugal.

Lausitz-Con '97: 26-28 September, Hoyerswerda, Germany. Phoenix Science Fiction Club, Sefan Biewald, Otto-Nagel-Str. 50, D-02977 Hoyerswerda, Germany

Filk CONtinental: 26-28 September, Burg Blankenheim, Germany. Con in a castle/youth hostel. Memberships close 30/6/1997. Contact: FilkContinental, Kirstin Scholz, PSF 023 545, D-10127 Berlin, Germany (email: LFAPEGASUS[at]aol.com)

Con*Cept/Boreal 97: 26-28 September, Montreal, PQ, Canada. Bilingual. GoH: Daniel Sernine, Lois McMaster Bujold. Contact: Con*Cept, PO Box 405, Station H, Montreal, PQ, H3G 2L1, Canada. (email: jltrudel[at]vir.com)

Hypotheticon: 27-28 September, Glasgow, UK. Att. 15 UKP. Contact Hypotheticon 97, Flat 3/L, 38 Scotstoun Street, Glasgow, G14 0UK, UK.

Coachcon: 23&27 October, London-Portmeiron-Dublin-Portmeiron-London, UK/Ireland. SF con on coach to Euro-Octocon. Send SAE. Contact: Dave Lally, 64 Richborne Terrace, London, SW8 1AX, UK.

Euro-Octocon: (Eurocon) 25-27 October, Dublin, Ireland. Att. 25 IP, Supp. 10 IP Contact: Eurocon'97, PO Box 5130, Dublin 4, Ireland (email: rde[at]irelands-web.ie, http://www.irelands-web.ie/users/rde/eurocon.html)

World Fantasy Con: 31 October-2 November, London, UK. Contact: World Fantasy Con, PO Box 31, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4YL, UK.

HispaCon 97: 31 October-2 November, Mataro (Nr. Barcelona), Spain. GoH: Orson Scott Card, Alfonso Font & Carlos Gimenez (artists). Contact: Mataro 97, HispaCon, Patronat Municipal de Cultura, Sant Josep 9, 08302 Mataro, Spain. (tel. +34-3-758.23.61, Fax +34-3-758.23.62, http://www.Catch22.COM/SF/BEM)

Cozycon: 14-16 November, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Att. NLG 50. Contact: Annemarie van Ewyck, Obrechstraat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, Netherlands.

Novacon 27: 14-16 November, Great Malvern, UK. Att. 30 UKP 'til 30/9/1997. Contact: Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK (tel. +44 1384-825386)

Babylon 5 academic conference: 13-14 December, York, UK. Att. 75 UKP (inc. accommodation & food) Contact: Farah Mendelsohn, Faculty of Humanities, University College of Ripon and St John, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO3 7EX, UK. (email: fm7[at]york.ac.uk)

1998

Decadence: 6-8 February, Gatwick, UK. Filk. Att. 24UKP. Contact: Decadence, Top Flat, 11 Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2AA, UK. (email: decadence[at]z9m9z.demon.co.uk; http://www.z9m9z.demon.co.uk)

* 10th SF-Days North Rhine-Westphalia: 21-22 March, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Alan Dean Foster. Att. 40DM 'til 31/12/97, then 45DM 'til 15/3/98, 55DM at con. Contact: Torsten M. Frantz, Ruthstrasse 8/28, D-44149 Dortmund, Germany. (Ulrich Krause: tel. 0049/231/40 06 64, email: UlrichKrause[at]T-online.de)

Intuition: Easter, Manchester, UK. Att. 28UKP, Supp 15UKP. Contact: 1 Waverley Way, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, SM5 3LQ, UK. (email: intuition[at]elsevier.co.uk)

Intercontact'98: 3-5 July, Oslo, Norway. International convention. GoH Gwyneth Jones, Pat Cadigan, Johannes Berg. Att. 15 UKP (Scandinavians NOK 200) 'til 31 May 1998. Contact: InterContact 98, PO Box 121 Blindern, 0313 Oslo, Norway. (email: elf[at]origo.no)

INFINITY: 10-12 July, Cardiff, UK. SF/Media Con. Contact: (SSAE) Swn y Nant, 12 Stuart Street, Treherbert, Treorchy, Wales, UK, CF42 5PR. (email jonjo[at]hotmail.com, WWW – http://www.cf.ac.uk/ccin/main/ents/sffc/infinity.html)

Bucconeer: 5-9 August, Baltimore, MD, USA. Worldcon. Contact: PO Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701, USA. Att. $110 'til 30/9/97. (email: baltimore98[at]access.digex.net)

Spain has expressed interest in Eurocon 1998.

1999

* Aussiecon III: 2-6 September, Melbourne, Australia. Worldcon. Contact: Aussiecon 3, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001. Australia. (email: julian[at]aussiecon3.worldcon.org)

Millenium: 27 December-2 January 2000, N Europe. Contact: Malcolm Reid, 186 Casewick Road, W.Norwood, London, SE27 0SZ, UK. (email: vdputte[at]simplex.nl)

Bids for EUROCON 1999: Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic & Dortmund, Germany

2003

Both Canada (Torcon III – email: hancock[at]inforamp.net) and Germany (Berlin – http://ourworld.compuserve.com/EDMarwitz/internat.htm) are currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon.

Fans Across the World Many thanks for information etc. to: Jean-Louis Trudel, Boris Sidyuk, Dave Lally, Magnus Odelius, Arno, Cyril Simsa, Jon Cowie, and others for help and information. By the time you get this, the probability is that either you will have voted already, or you were never eligible to in the first place. Weird campaign. One Labour party propaganda short ripped off It's a Wonderful LIfe, another imagery from Hidden City. Major's Britain as Pottersville... How else do you illustrate a grimly fantastical future except by stealing images from the SF or fantasy dystopia? Hobsbawm reckons that SF is the literature of the second half of the twentieth century, and political propaganda is now feeding off it. Futurology, propaganda, SF – where is the delineating frontier?