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It is with great sadness that we have to let you know, that our dear friend and one of the core co-organizers of ConFiction 1990 (and later Reunicon) Wim van de Bospoort passed away on the 5th of May 2024.

He ran At-con memberships at Glasgow 95, and was 2nd in command for At-con memberships at ConFiction 1990. He worked at numerous conventions, and in the last 15 years created beautiful digital SF and Fantasy art.

He will be missed by us and all of his friends.


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Once upon a mouse in 1990....

About Confiction 1990

It all started with a phone call from a fan in New York way back in 1984. Then it took three years of bidding to win the race in Brighton in 1987. Another three long years to make ConFiction1990 a fact in The Hague, the second World Science Fiction Convention on the continent of Europe.

We have created this website and social media avenues to preserve the past for the future and… to promote our intended Reunicon 2020 to commemorate 30 years after ConFiction 1990. Not only attendees and supporters from the original convention are welcome, but all science fiction & fantasy fans from all over the world are welcome. And who knows, your visit might ignite a spark in your local fandom and before you know it, you are organising the next Worldcon yourself!

We look forward hearing from you or seeing you in 2020 in The Hague and till then, enjoy the memories we wish to like and follow or share with you all ConFiction1990.


1984

First contact; phone call from New York fan Neil Belsky to initiate possible worldcon in the Netherlands with suggested site Amsterdam.

1985

Formation of bid team with Kees van Toorn, Angélique van Toorn, Johan-Martijn Flaton, Jo Thomas, Larry van der Putte, Annemarie van Ewijk, Roelof Goudriaan and Lynne-Ann Morse.

Suggested site of convention changes from Amsterdam to the Hague after consultation with Dutch Board of Tourism with the Congresgebouw as possible venue, first negotiations with venue and hotels; sponsor deal with KLM for bid.

1986

Busy year with promotion of Holland in 1990 with trips around the world to conventions like Boskone, Saarcon and Eastercon with worldcon in Atlanta as last change to convince fans to vote for Holland in.

1987

First contact with possible GoH candidates, expansion of the team and more promotional tours to spread the word of Holland in 1990. The name ConFiction pops up during one of the committee meetings and will be the name of the convention if the bid is won at the worldcon in Brighton.

A caravan of cars with committee members, loaded with cheese, buttons and beer travels to Brighton where we win the bid and announce our Guests of Honour (GoH): Harry Harrison, Wolfgang Jeschke, Joe Haldeman and  Andrew Porter, with as toastmistress Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

Another possible GoH who was approached and initially agreed to accept unfortunately died but would he have lived, the name of the convention might have been DuneCon – which would have been appropriate given that this was Frank Herbert and the Hague lies at the sea with beautiful dunes and beaches.

1988

A year of hard work, expanding the committee, setting up a network of agents around the world and going from one to the other convention get support for ConFiction and trying to get as many members as possible.

At NolaCon II our committee members were thrown in front of the lions as the convention there faced complete disaster and failure due to the collapse of the organising committee shorty before the event. The floating worldcon committee stepped in and we were invited to join, work for and at Nolacon which proved to be a valuable learning process.

We publish our first progress reports.

1989

Our team work hard on all fronts, Jo Thomas comes up with first draft of the programme, we ask and get help from both UK, US and fans from all over the world. We organise a first small get to know each other convention and work convention in the Hague, preparing ourselves to work as the “shadow committee” in Boston at Noreascon 3. There we officially become the seated worldcon with just one year to go.

In Germany the Wall comes down, which meant a huge number of fans from the former Eastern European countries gearing up to come to ConFiction in the Hague.

1990

We organise a second work convention at Ockenburg with both US and UK fans to meet the European and Dutch fans; things are falling into place and in August the convention takes place – sadly the war In the Middle East prevents a large number of US fan to come over to Europe, but ConFiction becomes a melting pot with fans from all over the world, busloads full from the former East Block.

With over 3500 members it is the second worldcon on the continent and a huge success.

Publications

Cover Progress Report 5 – Summer 1990

Progress Report 5 – Summer 1990

Only some four months to go! For your convenience this Progress Report contains a special pocket guide to make your travelling as smooth as possible.

Progress Report 4 – Winter 1989

Welcome to Confiction’s Progress Report 4 from Winter 1989. The most important part are the Hugo award nominations and Siter Selection 1993 ballot, alongside with detailed informationon Hotel and Travel.…

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