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Eurocon-2005 round-up

01/09/2005. Contributed by Boris Sidyuk

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Eurocon-2005, the 27th European Science Fiction Convention was held in Glasgow, Scotland from August 4th till August 8th 2006. This year Eurocon had been run together with Worldcon, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention.

Eurocon-2005, the 27th European Science Fiction Convention was held in Glasgow, Scotland from August 4th till August 8th 2006. This year Eurocon had been run together with Worldcon, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention. This news just in from Boris Sidyuk. Ta, Boris.

Over 4200 members from 38 countries (25 from Europe) paid visit to the biggest Scottish city to take part in various seminars, round tables, meetings, parties, etc. And, of course, to vote for best European and World SF professionals.

Guests of Honors were as follows: Greg Pickersgill (UK), Christopher Priest (UK), Robert Sheckley (USA, was represented by his wife Gail Dana), Lars-Olov Strandberg (Sweden), Jane Yolen (USA). Many World leading SF and Fantasy writers, editors, publishers, artists and other SF&F professionals also appeared.

One of the most important questions discussed was the current state of SF&F magazine market in Europe. On august 7, during a discussion, it was decided to organize "Plovdiv Group" - a group of European SF&F magazines with main aim to promote European cultural tradition in SF&F in the World.

The complete list of Eurocon-2005 Awards is as follows:

Best writer - Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (Ukraine)
Best artist - Sergey Poyarkov (Ukraine)
Best translator - Kees van Toorn (Netherlands)
Best publisher - Nature (United Kingdom)
Best magazine - Galaktika (Hungary)
Best promoter - Alain le Bussy (Belgium)

Encouragement Awards went to:

Laszlo Zoltan - (Hungary)
Martin Matuska - (Slovakia)
Wit Szostak - (Poland)
Tomas Kucerovsky - (Czech Republic)
Ilya Novak - (Ukraine)
Janus Andersen - (Denmark)

National delegations also voted for a hosting town of Eurocon in 2007. Two bids were announced - Dublin, Ireland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen won the bid, and Eurocon in 2007 will be held in Denmark.

EUROCON - European Science Fiction Convention - is held every year in various countries of Europe. The first Eurocon was held in 1972 in Trieste, Italy. Till 1982 Eurocons were held biyearly. Since 1983 Eurocon is held annually (but a few exception). At that convention European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) was created.

The list of previous Eurocons:

1972 - Trieste, Italy
1974 - Grenoble, France
1976 - Poznan, Polland
1978 - Bruxelles, Belgium
1980 - Stresa, Italy
1982 - Moenchengladbach, West Germany
1983 - Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1984 - Brighton, United Kingdom
1986 - Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1987 - Montpellier, France
1988 - Budapest, Hungary
1989 - San-Marino
1990 - Fayence, France
1991 - Krakow, Poland
1992 - Freudenstadt, Germany
1993 - Saint Helier, Jersey
1994 - Timisoara, Romania
1995 - Glasgow, Scotland
1996 - Vilnius, Lithuania
1997 - Dublin, Ireland
1999 - Dortmund, Germany
2000 - Gdansk, Poland
2001 - Capidava, Romania
2002 - Chotebor, Czhech Republic
2003 - Turku, Finland
2004 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2005 - Glasgow, Scotland

The 28th Eurocon will be held in Kiev, Ukraine from April 13th to April 16th 2006.

More over at http://www.eurocon.kiev.ua and www.esfs.info

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