Eurocon Award at 2004 Festival
A surprise Award was
given at the 2004 Festival of Fantastic Films' opening ceremony. Jim Walker,
hot foot from the European
SF Society's Eurocon, held the previous fortnight in Plodiv, Bulgaria,
presented the e-zine Science Fact
& Fiction Concatenation with a Eurocon Award for services rendered
to the European SF Community. Jonathan Cowie (Editor) accepted the Award
on behalf of the score or so on the Concatenation team. In the audience
was co-editor Graham Connor; past team member Charles Partington attended
the Festival the following day.
with the award
It was appropriate
for the Award to be presented at the Festival as it has many links with
Concatenation (notwithstanding the Fest reviews on the Concat
' site). In the mid-1990s the Festival sponsored Romanian fan attendance
-- Antuza Genescu (SF book translator) and Cristian Lazarescu (film student)
as part of a science and SF cultural exchange being organised by Concatenation
and the NW Kent SF Society. Furthermore, in 1987 Festival founder Harry
Nadler, with Charles Partington, printed The Science Fact & Fiction
Concatenation's first edition (in the days when it was a print magazine).
If all this was not
enough synchronicity, this year's Eurocon had as its western Guests of
Honour Robert Sheckley and Ian Watson. Sheckley's The 10th Victim
happened to be shown at this year's Festival while Ian Watson wrote the
screenplay for Kubric's (and then Spielberg's) film AI, which was
initially to be based on a Brian Aldiss short story. Wheels within wheels.
(Left) Robert Sheckley (author of over
dozen novels, two of which became
films: Freejack & The 10th Victim).
(Right) Ian Watson, author of several novels
and the screenplay of AI.
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