Swancon XIII – Programme book: A summary

A quick and dirty summary by Anna Hepworth

The Programme book for Swancon XIII is a 18 page (including covers) A4 stapled booklet, printed black on standard bond paper.

The front cover is a statement in minimalist design. The con name and book title are in slightly large font at the top, with a thin rule top and bottom; this is reflected lower down where ‘Theme – The Black Swancon’ is similarly formatted. In between is a dark line-art work of two black unicorns facing off, with the robot swan logo hidden in their enormous tails. Right at the bottom it says ‘Westos Hilltop Hotel’ and ’29th Jan – 2nd Feb 1988′.

In contrast, the inside front cover is dominated by a large drawing featuring a spacesuited figure with a hat and coat. Down one side it reads ‘SWANCON 14’, with details of the following year’s con (Guest of Honour – John Varley; Toastmaster – Bob Shaw; Fan Guest of Honour – Paul J. (“Antifan”) Stevens. Theme: The Urban Spaceman).

A very plain contents page is followed by an assortment of short articles and summary pages. In order, these are the Chairthing’s Blurb, Barlowe’s Guide to the SWANCON committee*, “…The Duck Strikes Back!”, ‘Who is Tim Richards’*, Program (2 pages!)**, a foolish article about running a Worldcon in Perth in 1994*, Vital Information*, Local Eats and Services**, the membership list (largest number is 42, but there are two #1s)***, ‘FM meetings’*, and then finishing up with two pages (back cover and inside back cover) on Kinkon 3*.

* Coming Later!
** Not! Coming Later!
*** might be coming later, depends on how obsessive we get.

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ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.
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