“Concatenation does a lot to promote SF in Europe and to promote European SF in the world.”
Indeed, that’s a fact, the team of Science Fact & Science Fiction (SF2) Concatenation it’s one of british europeanists, a team of “scientists and engineers” as Jonathan Cowie is saying, dedicated to the support of the european mutual understanding and collaboration, sharing our common european values and reflecting our common european identity : united in diversity.
Science Fact & Science Fiction (SF2) Concatenation has a long and succesfull history of achievements, of simpathy and empathy with the european objectives, peace, friendship and solidarity.
The latest edition has a stronger than usual British Isles feel to it as, as many of you will know, there have been a couple of international SF gatherings there over the summer. Of likely interest to English-speaking European SF fans, the autumnal edition of the Science Fact and Science Fiction Concatenation large seasonal news page includes within it a report of the SF Worldcon in London along with other news of SF awards from various nations, brief news of SF happenings elsewhere in Europe, forthcoming British Isles SF books to be published before Christmas.
If you are reading this in a non-English speaking country then you may care to note that we still really are on the lookout for non-UK-based national convention reviewers and non-British brief news reporters. It will actually only take 20 minutes of your time just three times a year! Hope that some of you are up for it. Do get in touch. We just need short, almost bullet-point messages and perhaps links, of news. See one of the paragraphs of our news pages for the kind of small summaries of news we are after. Meanwhile enjoy the below.
Mid-November will see a new one-page SF ‘Futures’ short story, and we will have another in December before Christmas. These will be the third and fourth of the four Best of Nature’s ‘Futures’ stories we have slated for 2014. All are our choice as to the very best of the 51 (weekly) Nature‘Futures’ of last year. Our posting schedule is regular — so you can see when things are due by looking at what was posted when previously — but if you want early notification of a few advance posts then join the few following us on our new Twitter thingy.
This together with over 30 stand-alone book reviews, means that there should be something for everyone.
Thank you !
Science Fact and Science Fiction Concatenation Team
The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation dinner at Loncon 3, the 72nd SF Worldcon.
“The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation is best known amongst the European science fiction community (those writers, editors, film directors, book dealers, buffs and enthusiasts who attend the premiere European science fiction literary and cinematic conventions).
Within the European science fiction community, Concatenation itself was in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s better known as an annual review magazine of science and science fiction. Its first (a print) edition was published Easter 1987 as part of the 50th anniversary UK Science Fiction Convention BECCON 87.
The Concatenation print edition was distributed free at major UK conventions who have a profit share arrangement with the team…
But Concatenation is more than a magazine (now an online e-zine).
In addition to producing the fanzine the Concatenation team have:
– published a European SF award-winning 1994 edition of Concatenation in English, German and Romanian.
– published four separate editions in 1997 in English, Romanian, Spanish, and this electronic edition on the Internet.
– sent members of the Concatenation team to Eastern Europe to conventions, workshops and social functions and sponsored Eastern Europeans to visit the UK on a formal Science and Science Fiction Cultural Exchange.
– assisted with the researching of, as well as participating on, TV and radio programmes both UK regional, UK national, and international (BBC World Service) as well as some Eastern European regional and national programmes.
– mounted press and media liaison operations for those major SF conventions whose organisers embrace the outward looking, frontier crossing nature inherent in SF as a genre.
– provided western SF books to selected Eastern European SF activists, including, for instance, Yuri Mironets, an English language university professor in Russia.
– enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of many active within the SF and scientific community both in the UK and overseas.
– run SF events (of note were the 7-day international weeks of science and SF in 1999 and 2003).
– published books and provided consultations to authors, publishers, SF conventions, TV & radio researchers, and even governmental reports (such as the Wolfendale report on the Public Understanding of Science which accepted the Concatenation ‘public appreciation of science’ as part of the over all definition of public understanding of science exercises).
Concatenation or its team has won three European SF Awards (voted on at the annual Eurocon).”
The Autumn 2014 Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation is now up.
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