Usually, I avoid writing about books that would be problematic for my readers to read but this time I am making an exception. I am doing this as I believe that the book Fandom stories is important enough to mention it here. This is a reportage about the Polish fandom written by a person who does not consider himself as a member of it. The book is mainly targeted at a general audience, but as a long-time fandom member I still found it quite fascinating.
Śląski Klub Fantastyki (Silesian SFF club) has been organizing Seminarium Literackie (Literary Seminar) for many years. Yet, this always was and still is a relatively small convention where almost everyone knows everyone else. This year, it was my second time at this event and I am really happy that I attended.
When I was in Brussels for the first time (for less than a day), I realized that there was a place I needed to visit to satisfy my geekiness, but it had already already too late to do it then. When it had occurred that I would have the opportunity to visit Brussels again, I decided that it was time to check what else it had to offer. And I found out that there are more interesting places to see in this city.
As I was writing before, I am chairing the Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki society (The SFF Network of Krakow). I do not write about it often enough, so here is a good occasion to change it. Still, the bad part is that I am not as successful being a chair as I would like to be.
During the last few years Pyrkon has become an important convention for me (and for thousands other SFF fans in Poland). With the convention growing bigger and bigger my approach towards it have shifted, but it was – and still is – a convention I keepdoing my best to attend every year. Still, when writing about it now, I have to mention one issue. Pyrkon is too big for me to be able to grasp everything that goes on during this convention. My report below is not really a Pyrkon 2019 report. It is merely a report on a small part of the con.
Ytterbium was my second Eastercon and this time the convention was completely different experience to me. Last year, when I attended Follycon, I had had the feeling that I knew almost no one. I had been a candidate in the GUFF race and I was trying to find my place at the con. This year I knew more people and I was crazy busy with doing a lot of things.
Lajconik is one of my favourite conventions and I always do everything I can to attend it. When I became the chair of the SFF club organizing it, I decided to appear there as an attendee ant not as one of the staff members (I am always available for any help if needed, of course). This year, my time at Lajconik was limited, but it was still a lot of fun.
Last year, Śląski Klub Fantastyki (Silesian SFF club) launched a new convention – Śląskie Dni Fantastyki (The Silesian SFF days, ŚDF). This year ŚDF took place for the second time. I had the pleasure to visit the convention and see all the dragons that were there.
In 2017, the first Polish conrunning convention took place. It happened that this year I chaired the third KONgres. I had the opportunity to publish the reports from both first and second KONgreses. The third one, however, is a different story. I cannot look the same way at the convention I chaired. I decided to provide some remarks about it here, but please remember that I am not able to impartially assess how good or bad the con was.
I have been reading some Australian fanzines recently. I checked mainly Wild Goose by Roman Orszanski and iOTA by Leigh Edmonds. The 15th issue of the latter somehow reminded me of the fanzines I used to contribute to. Well, it is a good inspiration, I believe, especially since fanzines appeared as topic worth discussing during my GUFF trip.