NAVIGATOR 1998 / Saltsjo-Con XV
|The Navigator Convention is currently one
of Sigma TC's main projects.
It has a tradition which dates back to our first NaSaCon in 1980. Some members of the first con-committee are still working with the convention today. It is a minor, relaxed, low-budget summerconvention.
Since 1997 the main program is held in English language and is oriented towards European and international fandom. Our aim is to strengthen Swedish fandom and to integrate Sigma TC into European fandom and to join forces with others who share our vision of a borderless fandom.
For this purpose we invite prominent fans from European countries. They get to know Swedish fandom and we get to sample theirs. As a counterpart we also invite a seasoned Swedish fan. This year we are proud to present *Mike Cheater* from Portsmouth and *Maths Claesson* from the SF-Bookshop in Stockholm.
Mike Cheater is well known to British fandom. Although he has edited some fanzines (Death Rays and Cyber space), his reputation is more based on his conactivity. He is running cons since 1986 (Wincon 1). Mike came to SF-fandom in 1979 after previous engagement into comics fandom. He was a founder member of the South Hants Science Fiction Group 18 years ago. For the past 7 years he has been secretary for the Science Fiction Foundation in Liverpool.
Maths Claesson is an equally matched fan. He has been around for the past 20 years, published a lot of fanzines (which rendered him an Alvar Award (Swedish fan-Hugo) in 1984, and he has been involved in several Swecons.
He has been a staff member of the successful SF-Bookshop in Stockholm for over a decade and appears at the convention as a representative of this establishment.
We believe that Mike Cheater and Maths Claesson will be interesting and entertaining guests of honour. We also believe that we will get some insight into British fandom and a glimpse behind the scenes of a successful and very popular (fandom) enterprise.
All main program items are in English language. Some side program items with interest for newcomers will also be in Swedish language. There will be a continuous film program running and the convention has a bar on Saturday evening. Sunday is promotional. Then we will have free admittance for any passer-by.
Guests, staff, committee and all preregistered attendees will be invited to a preconventional party on Friday evening.
Foreign members who don't mind simple lodging can receive free accomodation with local fans, or at the con-site if we are given a months notice. The convention fee will be 100 SEK (12 USD, 22 DM or 7,5 GBP). Foreign members don't need to pay in advance.