Guest of honor: Kees van Toorn

Kees van Toorn discovered Science Fiction as a phenomenon in the mid-1960s, after his father had given him the book Bram Vingerling: het Geheimzinnige Horloge (written by Dutch author Leonard Roggeveen) as a birthday present. That was the time when Perry Rhodan started his rise to fame, and – unhappy with the rate of new releases in the Netherlands – Kees soon found himself travelling to friends in Cologne, where he scoured the second-hand bookshops, to return home with bags full of Perry Rhodans to read.

After all, publications of Perry Rhodan in Germany were ahead of the Netherlands by a decade. All this led in 1970 to a visit to the first Worldcon on the continent, in Heidelberg. His (inter)national network of scifi friends grew rapidly and that is how SFANcons, Eastercons and the subsequent Worldcons in England became part of his regular visiting schedule.

Very early on, he started his own semi-pro sf magazine, called Orbit. Many years later, with help from many of his good friends, came the organisation of the Worldcon in The Hague.

The ‘old team’ was planning to have a Reunicon to mark 30 years since ConFiction, but covid put a spanner in the works not once, but twice. This goodbye party is now scheduled to take place at the Glasgow Worldcon in 2024.

Kees is married with two children, and will probably keep working tirelessly until the day he dies, on translations, conventions at home and abroad… although his wife and children have already come up with his epitaph: no more translations!

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Results of the HSFCon Quiz

17 people participated in the first edition of the HSFCon quiz.

The winners were announced during the closing ceremony:

3rd place: Jo Smith

2nd place: Eddie van Dijk

1st place: Marco Dingjan

Well done!

The full list can be found below:

 NaamAantal goede antwoorden
1Marco Dingjan27*
2Eddie van Dijk27*
3Jo Smit25
4Erwin van Ballegooij24
 6NJH Lieshout24
7John van Duin23
 8Saskia Appel23
9Klara Lammers22
 10John Conahan22
 11Jan Jelle Koerts22
12Edwin Mathlener20
 13Wietske Beeksma20
14Frank Groenendijk18
15Marije Sanders16
16Thijs Scholte11
17Hendrik Scholte10
*) Good thing we had a tie-breaker…

Most people knew:

  • That Clive Barker’s ‘Abarat’ was not made into a movie
  • what Kylo Ren’s scar looks like
  • that Tom Bombadil wasn’t in the Lord of the Rings movies
    what the abbreviation HSF stands for (luckily 😉)

    But only 1 person knew that the spaceship from question 16 was from Lexx.
    The questions about locations in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, the titles of short horror stories and the characters from The Expanse were also unknown to most.

The best answer to question 14 was ‘Thingy from The Expanse’.

About half of the participants should have taken a closer look at the posters for the Eurocon / the pennants that were distributed: it will take place in 2024, not 2023 😉

And did you know that…. If you simply guessed 123,456 on tie-breaker question 40, you would actually come quite close to the correct answer? The difference is only 13,775 words.

Curious about the rest of the answers? You can find them all in the attached file.

HSFCon 2023: Feedback

The first HSFCon is barely over, but we continue at full speed with the preparations for the second HSFCon.

We would like to make HSFCon 2023 even better. What do you expect from the next HSFCon? What can be done differently? What needs to be done differently? Which guests of honor and guests would you like to see (again)? Do you have suggestions for panels, lectures or workshops? Do you want to help / participate in the next HSFCon? Constructive criticism is, of course, also more than welcome.

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Thank you!

Thanks, thank you, thank you!
We can’t say it enough: our thanks to everyone who, in whatever form or degree, contributed to (the creation of) the first HSFCon.

Thanks to all the visitors. Thanks to the guests of honor. Thanks to the guests. Thanks to the volunteers. Thanks to the sellers. Thanks to all participants. Thanks to the staff of Van der Valk Hotel Sneek. Thanks to the NCSF. Thanks to the Leeuwarder Courant. Thanks to Omrop Fryslân. Thank you to everyone who contributed to HSFCon 2022 in any form or degree.

We look forward to seeing you at the second HSFCon in 2023!

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15 May 2022

What a second HSFCon day!

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