Fans Across the World

Newsletter 92

B. Wilkinson, c/o 15 Manor Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH, Great Britain

bjw[at]cix.co.uk

November 1999

Newsletter 92

PRIX AURORA AWARDS 1999

The 19th annual Canadian SF & Fantasy awards (Prix Aurora Awards) were presented in Frederiction, New Brunswick at inCONsequential II on October 16th. The Aurora Awards honour Canadians in 10 different categories. Best Long-Form Work in English 'Darwinia', Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, June/98). Best Long-Form Work in French 'Corps-machines et rves d'anges', Alain Bergeron (Vents d'Ouest, 97). Best Short-Form Work in English "Hockey's Night in Canada", Edo van Belkom (Arrowdreams). Best Short-Form Work in French "La Demoiselle sous la lune", Guy Sirois (Fantasy, Fleuve Noir). Best Work in English Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternative Canadas, Mark Shainblum & John Dupuis, eds. (Nuage Editions). (anthology) Meilleur ouvrage en francais (Autre) "L'entreprise de Frankenstein", John Dupuis (Solaris 126) Jean-Louis Trudel, critiques (Solaris 124-127) (it was a tie). Artistic Achievement Jean-Pierre Normand. Fan Achievement (Fanzine) Warp, Lynda Pelley, ed. (MonSFFA). (clubzine) Fan Achievement (Organizational) Ann Methe (Con*cept 98, Chair). Fan Achievement (Other) Janet L. Hetherington (Co-curator, 60 Years of Superman exhibit at Nepean Museum). Aurora website: www.sentex.net/~dmullin/aurora

Moves

I shall be moving house and job in about a month. Please note that my postal address has switched to my parents' address at: 15 Manor Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH. (I shall not be living there – this is a mail drop only). I will have no phone or fax number for quite a while, although I hope to get a mobile phone sometime soon. My email address remains: bjw[at]cix.co.uk, please use it if you need to contact me. I am going to have to rent this flat out in the New Year, and am frantically decorating it in the remaining time. Please contadt me if you are interested in it.

The Welsh Science Fiction Association has also moved: their address is now: 12 Stuart Street, Treherbert, Wales, CF42 5PR (Jonathan Jones)

Newsletters

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet can be obtained for money at: Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill, Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA (e-mail: mortlieb[at]vicnet.net.au). Or download it free from the web at: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/bullsheet.htm.

SF in Ireland Newsletter is available free by email from blackrock[at]connect.ie. Previous newsletters are available at http://www.clubi.ie/blackrock. Both are an excellent guide to SF in their respective countries, and with news from the rest of the English speaking world.

Yugoslavia

Some while back I first received email messages from a Yugoslav SF group called Faros, I was one of a number of fans to receive it. I sent them email issues of this newsletter throughout months of silence, expecting no answer given the situation. I was astounded when a couple of weeks back I received a fanzine from them by post. It was dated April, and posting had obviously been spread, but I'm so used to sending email into black holes that I never expected a reply at all. The introduction contained a huge list of thanks to the western fans who had been sending them fanzines, books, etc. – and a motley crowd it was too, individual fans and Star Trek clubs alongside University departments!

The rest of the fanzine contained a history of the local fandom, reports on conventions in Yugoslavia and Croatia, SF book reviews, SF short stories, and other SF news items. They had obviously mined the material they were sent for news. It was written in Serb, using latin script.

They obviously want contact, and willl give information in exchange (unlike some others). If you are interested in contacting them the name is: Faros: Srdjan Stankovic, and their email address is: faros[at]bozic.co.yu. Sorry about the lack of a postal address – it got lost in the current chaos around here.

Sorry, I've run out of steam and news... see you next month! :-(

Future International Conventions

* = New or Amended entry

1999

Novacon 29: 5-7 Nov, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Ian Stewart. Att. 32 UKP 'til 30/10/99, 35UKP on door. Contact: Carol Morton, 14 Park Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8SS, UK. (Email: empties[at]breathemail.net; http://www.cooky.demon.co.uk/n29/n29.html)

Cozy-Con: 19-21 November, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Att. 50 NLG. Annemarie van Ewyck, Obrechtstraat 4, 2517 VT Den Haag, Netherlands (email: cozycon[at]cena.demon.nl)

Nordcon 13: 2-5 December, Gdansk, Poland. Att: 30DM 'til 31/10/99, then 40DM. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; http://www.gkf.3miasto.pl; Email: papier[at]gkf.3miasto.pl)

Dracon 15: 3-5 December, Brno Dam, Czech Republic. Contact: Pavel Mikulstik, Brain System s.r.o., Rybkova 1, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. (email: pavelm[at]brainsys.cz; pmikulastik[at]usa.net; http://www.dracon.cz/dracon99_eng.html)

11 Festival de la Science-Fiction et de l'Imaginaire de Roanne, 15-21 December, Roanne, France. Contact: Jo Taboulet, Festival de la SF, Rhone-Alpes SF, 12 avenue de Paris – 42334 ROANNE cedex, France. (email: tabouletj[at]ardep.fr; tel:+ 04 77 72 09 25

Millenium: 27 Dec-2 Jan 2000. CANCELLED. Enquiries – email: vdputte[at]simplex.nl

2000

Cabin Fever Y2K: 5 February, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Att. Canadian $60. Relaxacon. Contact: crazydav[at]pangea.ca

Ad Astra: 18-20 February, Toronto, Canada. GoH: Nancy Kress, Fred Saberhagen, Charles Sheffield, Bob Eggleton, Scott Edelman, Lloyd & Yvonne Penney. Contact: PO Box 7276, Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1X9, Canada (http://Terra.phys.Yorku.ca/~white/Adastra)

* Mecon (3rd Northern Ireland SF Convention): 11-12 March, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Run by QUB SF&F Soc. GOH Harry Harrison. Contact: Convention Director, Mecon 2000, 24 Malton Court, Upper Malone Road, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT9 6HB, N. Ireland. (email mecon2000[at]net.ntl.com; http://www.mecon.co.uk)

ReConnaissance: 31 March-2 April, Bergen, Norway. Att. 200NKr. Contact: ReConnaissance, PO Box 1195, N-5811 Bergen, Norway. (email: reconnaissance[at]fandom.no). UK Agt: F Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK. fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk

SWANCON 25: Aussie Nat. Con. 20-24 April, Belmont, WA, Australia. GoH: Connie Willis, Ian Nichols. Contact: Swancon 25, GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6892, Australia. (Email: swancon25[at]megabyte.murdoch.edu.au; http://www.swancon.iinet.net.au)

2Kon: 21-24 April, Glasgow, UK. Eastercon. Att. 25UKP. Contact: 2Kon, 30 Woodburn Terrace, St Andrews, KY16 8BA, UK. (e-mail: 2kon[at]dcs.st-and.ac.uk, http://www-theory.cs.st-and.ac.uk/2Kon)

Lituanicon 2000: 28-30 April, Vilnius, Lithuania. Contact: Gediminas Beresnevicius, P.O. Box 216, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. (email: bgedimin[at]takas.lt)

* Con D'Or: New Zealand National SF Con, 3-5 June, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH: Tad Williams, Sara Douglass, Maree Sole. Contact: enquiries[at]condor.sf.org.nz; http://www.condor.sf.org.nz

12th SF Days NRW/AREA49-Y-Con: 9-12 June, Dortmund, Germany. Theme: Transport. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice) +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)

ESE: 28-30 July, Darmstadt, Germany. Contact: F. Anderson, 129 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK (email: fiona[at]intersec.demon.co.uk)

Atlantykron: During August, Capidava, Romania. Contact: srepi[at]yahoo.com

Tricity: Eurocon 2000: (also Polcon & Baltcon) 2-6 August, Gdynia, Poland. Att. 17UKP 'til 31/12/99, 20UKP 'til 31/1/00, 23UKP on door. +5 groups, reduced rate. Panels, films, LARP, medieval battle, etc. Contact: Gdanski Klub Fantastyki, PO Box 76, 80-325 Gdansk 37, Poland (tel. +48-58-531073; email: gkf[at]gkf.3miasto.pl; http://pweb.netcom.com/~slawcio/index.html). British Agt.: B Wilkinson (ie. me, see above)

Chicon 2000 (Worldcon): 31 August-4 September, Chicago IL, USA. GoH: Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob & Anne Passovoy. Contact: Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, USA. (fax: +1-312-946-3779; http://www.chicon.org; email – chi2000[at]chicon.org)

FilkCONtinental 2000: 29 Sep-1 Oct, JH Freusburg, Germany. Att. 50 DM 'til 31/5/00, then 55 DM 'til 20/7/00 (deadline). Contact: Rika Koerte, c/o Walker, 130 Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0LZ, UK. (email: rika[at]filk.de; http://www.filk.de/filkcontinental/)

* Octocon: 7-8 October, Dublin, Ireland. Contact: james[at]lostcarpark.com

* ConTreaty/Beneluxcon 24: 17-19 November, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Memb: $30, Euro30, NFL 66. Contact: ConTreaty, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands. (email: Contreaty[at]jimacred.demon.nl; http://www.simplex.nl/~vdputte/ncsf/beneluxcon/con_2000/index. htm

ArmageddonCon: 27-31 December, Israel. Held at: Kibbutz Shefayim (20 minutes north of Tel Aviv). GoH: Larry Niven, Joan Vinge, Paul McAuley, Ian Watson. Theme: Armageddon. Incl. End Of The World Ball on mount Megiddo (Armageddon). Org. Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Att. c 140$ (inc. accommodation?) Contact: :http://armageddoncon.org; email: con[at]sf-f.org.il)

* Hogmanaycon: 29 December 2000 – 1 January 2001, Glasgow, Scotland. Att. 35 UKP. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Sydney Jordan, Archie Roy, Vince Docherty, Oscar Schwigelhofer. Contact: Hogmanaycon, c/o 26 Avonbank Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2PA, Scotland. (tel. +141-569-1934; email: andy.nimmo[at]net.ntl.com; http://www.hogmanaycon.org.uk/)

2001

* Odyssey Con: New Zealand National SF Con, Auckland. Contact: enquiries[at]odyssey-con.sf.org.nz.

Swancon 2001 The Masquerade: Aussie Nat. SF Con, April 13-16

2001, Perth, WA, Australia. Contact: Swancon 2001, PO Box 162 Nedlands WA 6909, Australia. (Email: swancon2001committee[at]egroups.com; http://www.sf.org.au/swancon2001)

Paragon: Eastercon, Blackpool, UK. Contact: S. Lawson, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S2 3HQ, UK (email: members.paragon[at]keepsake-web.co.uk; http://www.keepsake-web.co.uk/paragon)

13th SF Days NRW: 2-4 June, Dortmund, Germany. Contact: Beluga Post (Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de)

* ConStruction: 28-29 July, UK. Con running. Contact: ConStruction, 136 Kendal Way, Cambridge, CB4 1LT, UK. (email: ConStruction[at]Lycosmail.com; http://members.xoom.com/con_struct/)

Odyssee: Aug/Sept, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Info-line: +49-2301-5785 (voice); +49-2301-5743 (fax); http://www.epilog.de/sftagenrw; http://www.area49.de; email: sftagenrw[at]epilog.de

The Millenium Philcon (Worldcon): 30 August-1 September, Philadelphia, PA, USA. GoH: Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers. Contact: Suite 2001, 402 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, PA 19046 USA. (email: phil2001[at]unix3.netaxs.com; www.netaxs.com/~phil2001/)

2002

Con Jose (Worldcon): 29 August-2 September, 2002, San Jose, USA. GoH Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot, Tad Williams. Contact: Con Jose, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1363, USA. (Email: ConJose[at]sfsfc.org; http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/)

2003

Canada Torcon III – Contact: PO Box 3, Station A,

Toronto, ON, M5W 1A2, Canada, email: info[at]torcon3.on.ca; http://www.torcon3.on.ca is currently bidding for the 2003 Worldcon. There is also a bid in Mexico: Concancun – email: artemis[at]cyberramp.net; http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/concancun.html

2005

Great Britain Worldcon Bid 25/8/2005-29/8/2005. Location: Brighton or Glasgow. Pre-support: UKP5, Eur8, $8, A$12, NZ$15, Yen950. Contact: UK in 2005, 379 Myrtle Road, Sheffield, S.Yorks, S2 3HQ, UK. (email: uk2005[at]hotmail.com)

Aussie events: Note that there is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF web site at http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/1999cal.htm

Fans Across the World Thanks for help, info, etc. to Ken Slater, Marc Ortlieb, James Shields, Costi & Vali, Lance Oszko, the GKF, Ondrej Herec, RGP, the Maison d'Ailleurs, Roger Robinson, Jonathan Jones, Fantasy Centre, and others. ESFS inc. European links at: http://homepage.tinet.ie/~goudriaan/esfs-index.html;