B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8 West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain
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The following awards were presented at Interpresscon, which took place from May 4-8 in Razliv, near St.-Petersburg, Russia.
The Bronze Snail Awards (Awarded by Boris Strugatsky – his personal choice):
Large form: Viatcheslav Rybakov "Pull the String" (Derni za verevochku) Medium form: Boris Stern "Long Live Ninelle!" (Da zdravsvuet Ninel!) Small form: Nikolai Yutanov "Amanjol" Criticism: Eduard Gevorkian "Soldiers of Terracota Guard" (Boitsy terrakotovoy gvardii)
Interpresscon Awards (Awards by the attendees voting):
Large form: Alexander Gromov "Soft Landing" (Miagkaya Posadka) Medium form: Mikhail Uspensky "Snake's Milk" (Zmeinoe moloko) Small form: Evgeni Lukin "Slovesniki" Supershort story: Andrei Scherbak-Zhukov "Fairy-Tale of the Small Planet and Sexual Revolution" (Skazka o malenkoy planete i seksualnoy revolyutsii) Criticism :Evgeni Kharitonov "In the Worlds of Hungry Eyes Abyss" (V mirah bezdny golodnyh glaz) Best Publisher: AST, Moscow Best artist: Yana Ashmarina
The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya is running another SF competition. They want unpublished narrative SF works in Catalan, Spanish, English or French, 25,000 to 40,000 words long. Entries should arrive by 15 September 1997. A first prize of 1,000,000 PTA will be awarded. Selected entries, including the winner, will be published in NOVA ciencia ficcion. The full rules are too long to list here, they can be obtained from: Conseil Social de la UPC, Edificia NEXUS, Gran Capita 2-4, 08034 Barcelona, Spain. Tel. (93) 401-63-43, Fax: (93) 401-77-66, mark all correspondence UPC Science Fiction Award 1997. Alternatively, ask me.
The small press-cum-fanzine scene in Ireland is thriving at present. Albedo 1, now at its 13th issue, has changed from A5 format to A4. This'll do violence to my bookshelves, but has generally been greeted with enthusiasm by the readership. There's no hope of Ireland ever supporting a fully professional SF magazine, unless it managed to get large numbers of out-of-country sales, the population is simply too small, so authors either send their stories abroad or submit to local small press magazines. And some stories simply don't travel well. Having previously tried a single author anthology, the Albedo 1 team have now published an SF comic, The Big Fellow by Bob Neilson and Alan Casey, a time travel/paradox story. Irish SF comics have simply not existed in the past, and this is in part an excersise in testing the water. If it is well received it will be the first of many. But this isn't the only new project that Albedo 1 have become involved in.
Other new small press magazines seem to be calling themselves fanzines, continental style, and there are quite a number of them appearing. Cons are 'out', zines are 'in'. In this atmosphere, the addition of a small press stream to the programme at Octocon – the Eurocon, and the invitation to Chris Reed, editor of BBR and founder of the New SF Alliance (NSFA), to act as GoH, makes sense 'tho I find it difficult to visualise anybody in England doing it.
They are proposing a series of panels dwelling on different aspacts of small press publishing, experiences, advice, funding, etc., and are interested in hearing from any authors, artists, or editors planning to attend Eurocon. They are particularly interested in any ideas that do *not* involve the dreaded panel format.
To contact them either about their ideas for Eurocon, or about their publications, write to: albedo one, 2 Post Road, Lusk, Co. Dublin, Ireland, or email: bhry[at]iol.ie Please enclose a self-addressed envelope and 2 IRCs if you are using snail mail.
* = New or amended
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 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: Lois McMaster Bujold, Daniel Sernine, Artist GoH: Ronn Sutton, Janet Hetherington. 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 'til end July, then 30 IP, Supp. 10 IP GoH: Robert Jordan, Chris Reed. Contact: Eurocon'97, PO Box 5130, Dublin 4, Ireland (email: karenb[at]eicon.com, 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)
* Decadence: 6-8 February, Eastbourne, 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: bucconeer[at]bucconeer.worldcon.org)
Spain has expressed interest in Eurocon 1998.
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
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, Brendan Ryder, Kresimir Lenic, Octocon, Dave Langford, Piotr Cholewa, Rafe Culpin, Buconneer, Toni Jerrman, Achim Sturm, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Dave Lally, Magnus Odelius, and others. Please send any new information, corrections, etc., to the address over. I came back from holiday in Ireland to discover that the death of the European Left had been somewhat exaggerated. Perhaps we'll have to wait a little longer for the end of history... There again, this probably makes all of Cyberpunk, Robinson's Mars books, and Stephenson's work completely out of date. Tomorrow's dystopias will look a little different. For sure, there is *always* an alternative.
By the way, next time you're in Bangor Erris check to see if the local amateur dramatic society are putting on a play in the Parish Hall. If they are, go. Honest...