Albacon

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Science Fiction Convention
Name: Albacon
Dates: the ninth one was in 1984
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Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Type: science fiction
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Albacon was a science fiction con held in Glasgow, Scotland.

cover of Albacon 1998

1976

1977

1978

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1980

Con Report: 1980

Comment from a Star Trek fan:

Throughout the con, I was conscious of something missing, the warm, close-knit feeling that one gets at a Star Trek con. It could just be that I am more at ease with Star Trek people but I don't think so. And there was one incident that Janet hopes devoutly will not become customary at Star Trek cons - the chairman of the committee, Bob Shaw (no, not the writer, the other one) was unceremoniously dragged from the hotel and tied to a lamppost, escaped and was recaptured (under the jaundiced eye of the police who cruised by several times) and was then sprayed with vegetable colouring and had a hosepipe turned on him. The air around was distinctly blue! Not quite the behaviour one has come to expect from the sophisticated Star Trek fan! [1]

1981

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1984

This was the ninth con. It was held at the Glasgow Central Hotel on July 20–23.

There was an "active Star Trek room."

1985

1986

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1988

Con Report: 1988

Having attended every Albacon (Faircon) since 1978 and often been disappointed by the STAR TREK programme, which usually consisted of a few videos and not much else, I decided that rather than complain about the situation I should do something about it. I wrote off to the Albacon Committee offering my services, plus those of any other unsuspecting souls I could rope in, to run the Trek video programme and display room. This offer was accepted - with more than a little reluctance by some of the Committee which held that media SF had no place at a SF con - my thanks to Michelle 'Cuddles' Drayton for pushing it through.

1000 hours on D-day, Moira Russell and I began transporting the display items to the hotel - we planned to start the programme at 1400 hours. I was a little worried that we did not have enough display material but as it turned out there was more than enough! By 1300 all systems were go - that is until we tried to set up the TV and video and discovered that we had not been given a 2-way adapter and only had on socket in the room. We asked a Committee member for one and were told that they had all been handed out. I made a mad dash for the shops and bought one, rushed back to the hotel to discover that the Committee member I had asked had found one! If anyone wants to buy a second-hand, unused 2-way... perhaps not.

1415: doors opened (what's 15 minutes at a con?) to a queue of people waiting, none too patiently, to see 'Encounter at Farpoint'. The programme consisted of the original TV series, Next Generation, Films, Animateds, Bloopers and other bits 'n pieces. We expected a great deal of interest to be shown in TNG due to the fact that most people had yet to see their first episode. However, the original series proved to be every bit as popular despite the fact that most people have seen each episode five or six times at least. There were even shouts of protest when I proposed dropping an animated episode in order to catch up on the schedule. All in all I would say that the Trek programme was the most popular of the media programmes. Indeed, it was so popular that it ran constantly from Saturday 0900 until Monday at 2300 and for the most part the room was bursting at the seams - not even 'standing room only'. As for the display room - at first people stuck their heads round the door for a quick look than disappeared. Gradually however curiosity won out over shyness and we had a full house there as well. For some 'new' fans this was their first opportunity to talk about their vice with other fans; their first exposure to fandom. Some of them spent hours with us and if I had sold every item in the display I'd had an offer for I would be very well off!

All in all, despite the fact that neither Moira nor I got to see much else of the con, and I was exhausted from running the all-night shows, we both enjoyed ourselves very much. We would willingly do it all over again, wouldn't we Moira... Moira... she was here just a minute, ago.[2]

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1997

In 1997, Paul Edwin Zimmer, the con's guest of honor, passed away of a heart attack while in attendance.

1998

References

  1. from Star Trek Action Group #41
  2. from IDIC #1