You are invited to take part in a project that we consider more than necessary: the building of a European platform dedicated to all SF communities in Europe.
Essentially, this is where things stand currently in Europe: we have no idea what other European communities do. This may sound a tad categorical, but we must admit that to take the pulse of the SF communities in our neighbouring countries is not an easy task to fulfil. What new authors have been published in one country or another? What SF&F events are taking place in one country or another? What conventions will be held on our continent in the near future? And so on…
On a personal level, through direct contacts, things may seem better. If we want to know what’s going on in a community from another country, we just send an email to someone we know there and wait for their reply. Then, the information received will reach a small circle of fans. Best case scenario, the person who has requested this information will write an article about it and post it on a site or publish it in a printed magazine in his or her country.
EUROPA SF wants to bring the members of the European fandom together to build a continental-scale data network. Editors, writers, fans, anyone with an interest in SF will be able to see what is happening in any European country and will inform, in turn, the entire SF community about their own major conventions.
In time, EUROPA SF will be able to initiate cross-border and even continental events. There is no need to stress the significance of information exchanges, we all know how important these are within and among communities.
You may wonder what kind of materials EUROPA SF will host. We will begin with news – shorter and longer – and coverage of various conventions of the SF&F world. The more contributions we receive, the more various its contents will be. We plan to include presentations of European authors, translators and publishers, book and film reviews, interviews, essays, critical theory papers, as well as presentations of national SF communities, organisations and societies.
EUROPA SF is open to all European SF&F lovers. Anyone can post materials that are relevant to the European fandom. It is enough to send an e-mail to EUROPA SF and say that you want to become a contributor (for details see Regulations). We will start with several important names in the European fandom, personalities who are willing to support this pan-European project. We hope that, in time, more and more people will join EUROPA SF.
EUROPA SF does not intend to replace any science fiction group or organisation in Europe. Its main goal is to gather information and then spread it all over our continent.
English version by Antuza Genescu – Romania