Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

P.O. Box 749
Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA

Series 3, Vol. 2, No. 7
July 1, 2001

La Divine Contesse by Laura Cameron

Heyla, Misty fans!

As people are starting to submit more persona projects to us and send more stories to the Queen’s Own-approved fanzines, we have been deluged with questions about when you need to use the release form that Misty requires for all fan fiction. Those questions have started us thinking that we need to go back and revise the Helpful Handouts to clarify when you need to fill out a release. Misty originally said (and it still says on the release form) that you only need to fill out the release if you write a "short story or novel" based on her work. She specified in the original Helpful Handouts that you do not need to fill out a release for "character sketches, poems or filk." This distinction was made quite a number of years ago, before the Net became ubiquitous and before several Supreme Court rulings on US Copyright law were handed down. The confusion that we’re seeing flood our e-mail boxes seems to stem from the definitions of these genres and the legalese in the release form. While we are not lawyers and our suggestions should in no way be taken as legal advice, we thought we would try to explain these terms and (hopefully) clear up some of the confusion.

A "short story" is essentially a prose narrative that is shorter and simpler than a novel. A "novel" is a long prose narrative that is usually complex. Of course, some "novels" are "short" (Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is less than 100 pages), and some "short stories" are rather long. Then, too, a "novel" like James Joyce’s Ulysses is filled with poetry, a stage play and several other genre forms, so "narrative prose" is not necessarily required for something to be categorized as a "novel." This has led to a distinction among literary scholars that essentially says that a short story concentrates on mood rather than plot whereas a novel relates human experiences. (Lost yet?)

We do not know what Misty meant by a "character sketch", but, according to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition this is a short narrative treatment that "resembles a short story" but that is a bit more informal. (How to tell a "character sketch" from a "short story" is something of a mystery to us.)

"Poetry" is a type of writing where the emphasis is on the language and the intention is to create an emotional response. But when a poem contains a plot, such as telling a story in bardic verse or epic style, then it becomes something of a matter of opinion whether that is really a poem or a short story (or novel, depending on the length) written in poetic style.

"Filk" is quite simply a headache. It can consist of parodies of existing songs or original music with words about science fiction or fantasy or the like. (Note: If you use an existing piece of music, you must parody the original song in order to avoid copyright infringement. If you simply take an existing tune and put new words to it, that is copyright infringement. If you write an original tune but use someone else’s words/lyrics, that is also copyright infringement.) The complication with the release form arises when the words of the song tell a story. (Is that a short story set to music?)

The release form used by Queen’s Own states in Item 1 that "I understand that, as the creator and copyright owner of the Valdemar and other series, you alone have the authority to authorize the preparation of derivative works based on the characters and world you have created in that series. I understand and acknowledge that the preparation of such a story constitutes a copyright infringement unless authorized by you. I acknowledge that the material submitted with this agreement is a derivative work based upon your previous work." (In this item, "I" is you the author of the derivative work, and "you" is Mercedes Lackey.) The key words in this item are "derivative works." According to Space 6 of the US copyright form for literary works (TX), "a ‘derivative work’ is ‘a work based on one or more preexisting works.’ Examples of derivative works include translations, fictionalizations, abridgments, condensations, or ‘any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted.’" That strikes us as pretty broad, and the US Supreme Court is in the habit of interpreting copyright law in the broadest possible sense (which favors the original author).

Given the difficulty in telling the difference among short stories, novels, character sketches, poems and filk, with so much relying on the opinions of the person who is classifying the work, we strongly recommend that any time you write anything that is "based on" a work or works by Mercedes Lackey that you file the release with High Flight (for your protection and for Misty’s). Whether or not the release is "required" for a given piece is up to each fanzine editor to determine. From now on, however, we are requiring the release for anything that uses anything that Misty created (Companions and Heralds, Tayledras, the Star-Eyed, Vanyel, Kerowyn, Shin’a’in, anything that specifically comes from a work by Mercedes Lackey).

Since we now publish all submissions to Queen’s Own in Children of Velgarth, we have become increasingly concerned about our liability with respect to works that fall in the "grey area," that may or may not be considered by some people to be short stories. Therefore, we are going to be changing the "when to fill out the release form" rule on the Queen’s Own website and the Helpful Handouts. If you write a poem or filk about a unicorn, then you do not need to fill out the release. But if the poem or filk is about Vanyel and Bard Stefen, then we want to see the release filled out. We have also been seeing "character sketches" that are 5- to 10-page short stories inserted into the middle of a persona sheet taken from D&D or Pern or some other RPG-type form. This sort of thing has become so common (whether or not it is intended to get around the requirement for a release) that we are now requiring that the release be submitted for all "character sketches" as well. (Release forms are not required for art as long as you aren’t producing something like a storyboard or comic book.)

As it has long said on the Helpful Handouts, "Misty isn't trying to spoil our fun, but she must protect her interests." We want to make sure that you and all of our editors are protected as well. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Danya at Legend@malcor.com or Moonstar at healermoon@gmail.com, and we’ll do our best to answer you.

Have a great summer, and see you next month!


Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

Hell's  Courtesan by Laura Cameron

Ren Faires:

Here are the faires we know about that are happening in July. Faires are indexed alphabetically by state. Have any information about any other Ren Faires in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com


SANTA BARBARA RENAISSANCE FAIRE AND MIDSUMMER MARKET. FAX: 415-897-2162. E-mail: office@themeevents.com. Website: http://www.liveoakfaire.com. Address: 861 Sweetser Ave., Novato, CA 94945. Dates: 7/14/01 - 8/15/01. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.


YE MERRIE GREENWOOD FAIRE. E-mail: eaglcrst@gte.net. Website: http://www.wizkeep.com. Address: 6015 W 20th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99338-1502. Site Address: Howard-Amon Park, Richland, WA 99352. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/01/01. Open/Close: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM.


BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIRE. FAX: 847-395-0547. E-mail: lmcfeters@recfair.com. Website: http://www.renfair.com. Address: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53142-7337. Dates: 6/30/01 - 8/26/01. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

For additional Ren Faire information, visit the Renaissance Faire Homepage at http://www.renfaire.com/ and the Renaissance Magazine site at http://www.renaissancemagazine.com.


These are the upcoming cons we know about. Have any information about conventions in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.


FBICON. E-mail: webmaster@flyingbuffalo.com, FBINC@aol.com. Website: http://www.flyingbuffalo.com. Address: Quality Suites, Scottsdale, Arizona. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

HEXACON 11. E-mail: the_lop@casfs.org. Website: http://www.casfs.org/hexacon/index.html. Address: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.


ANIME EXPO 2001. E-mail: reg@anime-expo.org. Website: http://www.anime-expo.org. Address: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Hyatt Hotel and the Long Beach Westin Hotel, Long Beach, California. Dates: 7/5/01 - 7/8/01.

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL. E-mail: CCIWEB@NUCGEN.COM. Website: http://www.comic-con.org. Address: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. Dates: 7/19/01 - 7/22/01.

COSTUME COLLEGE 2001. E-mail: darla@costumecollege.org. Website: http://www.costumecollege.org. Address: Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys, California. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

CRITTERCONDIEGO 2. E-mail: info@confurence.net. Website: http://confurence.net. Address: near San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/21/01.

POLYCON 2001. Website: http://polycon.punk.net. E-mail: polycon@polycon.org. Address: Trinity Dorm California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.


XII-KHAN. E-mail: penny.tegen@itt.com. Website: http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/xkhan. Address: Ramada Inn, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MEDIA CON. E-mail: zoerayne@chisp.net. Website: http://www.aithine.org/rmmc. Address: Denver Sheraton West, Lakewood, Colorado. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.


RUNECON 2001. E-mail: runecon@runecon.com. Website: http://www.runecon.com. Address: Ramada Inn, Plainville, Connecticut. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.


ANIME FESTIVAL ORLANDO 2. E-mail: fleggett@gate.net. Website: http://www.anime.jyu.fi/~fleggett/afo2. Address: Hilton Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Florida. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

FLORIDA CON-QUEST FT. LAUDERDALE. E-mail: FloridaConQuest@aol.com. Website: http://www.floridaconquest.com. Address: Inverrary Plaza Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.

SUMMONING GAMING CONVENTION. E-mail: sido@themiamicircle.com. Website: http://www.themiamicircle.com/thesummoning. Address: Holiday Inn U.M. in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida. Dates: 7/21/01 - 7/22/01.

VULKON TAMPA. E-mail: joemotes@aol.com. Website: http://www.vulkon.com. Address: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, Tampa, Florida. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.


LUNAREVOLUTION. Website: http://www.lunarevolution.com. E-mail: lunarevolution@hotmail.com. Address: Savannah Marriott, Savannah, Georgia. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

SCI FI SUMMER ATLANTA 2001. E-mail: joeve@bellsouth.net. Website: http://www.sci-fi-summer.com. Address: Marriott Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd., Atlanta GA 30345-3377, (404) 325-0000. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.


G-FEST 2001: A JAPANESE MONSTER ODYSSEY. E-mail: johnlees@hanoversd.mb.ca . Website: http://g-fan.com/gfest2001.htm. Address: Radisson Hotel, Arlington Heights (Chicago), Illinois. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

SCI-FI FAN FESTIVAL 2001. Website: http://www.scififanfestival.com. E-mail: H1m2s3@aol.com. Address: Radisson Hotel O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.


INCONJUNCTION 2001. E-mail: conchair@inconjunction.org. Website: http://www.inconjunction.org. Address: Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.


CAMPBELL CONFERENCE. E-mail: jgunn@falcon.cc.ukans.edu. Website: http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~sfcenter Address: Alumni Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Dates: 7/7/01 - 7/8/01.


HOLLYWOOD EXPO. Website: http://www.hollywoodexpo.com. E-mail: scifiexpo@aol.com. Address: Shreveport Expo Hall, Shreveport, Louisiana. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/1/01.


CLASSIC FILMFEST 2001 FANEX 15. E-mail: midmar@aol.com. Website: http://www.midmar.com/filmfest.html. Address: Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.

DAGORHIR ALTHYNG CAMPOUT. E-mail: RavenRose@Dagorhir.com. Website: http://www.dagorhir.com. Address: Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.

DEMICON X. E-mail: harfordadventure@hotmail.com. Address: Four Points Sheraton, Aberdeen, Maryland. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

SHORE LEAVE 23. E-mail: information@shore-leave.com. Website: http://www.shore-leave.com. Address: Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

VIA 1936: HORROR - SPAIN. E-mail: vialarp@yahoo.com. Website: http://www.vialarp.org. Address: Hagerstown, Maryland. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.

WBC. Website: http://www.boardgamers.org. E-mail: doncon99@toad.net. Address: Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Dates: 6/26/01 - 7/1/01.


READERCON 13. E-mail: info@readercon.org . Website: . Address: The Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

STAR TREK. E-mail: sfedora1@aol.com . Website: . Address: Sheraton Framingham - Tara, Framingham, Massachusetts. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

TOTEMCON 2001. E-mail: info@totemcon.com . Website: . Address: Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, Danvers, Massachusetts. Date: 7/15/01.


THE SISKO FAMILY REUNION. E-mail: emily@makeitsoproductions.com . Website: . Address: Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan. Dates: 7/21/01 - 7/22/01.


CONVERGENCE. E-mail: info@convergence-con.org . Website: . Address: Radisson, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.


GATEWAY SCI-FI/MEDIA CON. E-mail: gateway@stlf.org . Website: . Address: Henry VIII Inn & Lodge, St. Louis, Missouri. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.

SAGACON. Website: http://sagacon.8m.com. E-mail: info@sagacon.8m.com. Address: Day Inn Hotel and Conferance Center, Springfield, Missouri. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

STARFLEET IC 2001. E-mail: ic2001@sfi.org . Website: . Address: Marriott Kansas City - Airport, Kansas City, Missouri. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.


CONCUSSION 2001. Website: http://straylight.unl.edu/concussion. E-mail: comics@inetnebr.com. Address: Downtown Holiday Inn, Lincoln, Nebraska. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

New Hampshire

ODYSSEY. Website: http://www.nhc.edu/odyssey. E-mail: jcavelos@mindspring.com. Address: New Hampshire College, Manchester, New Hampshire. Dates: 6/11/01 - 7/20/01.

SYRAANDOR: NERO ALLIANCE NEW HAMPSHIRE. Website: http://www.syraandor.com. E-mail: Jester@Syraandor.com. Address: Claremont, New Hampshire. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

SYRAANDOR: NERO ALLIANCE NEW HAMPSHIRE. E-mail: Jester@Syraandor.com. Website: http://www.syraandor.com. Address: Claremont, New Hampshire. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

New Jersey

SHOUJOCON. E-mail: admin@shoujocon.com. Website: http://www.shoujocon.com. Address: Brunswick Hilton and Towers, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.

New York

NORTHEAST SUPERCON 2001. Website: http://www.supercon.org. E-mail: subspace@supercon.org. Address: Island Garden, West Hempstead (LONG ISLAND), New York. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/1/01.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY: A HOMECOMING. E-mail: zenobia@zenitopia.com. Website: http://www.onceuponatimeinnyc.org. Address: Holiday Inn Midtown, New York, New York. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

North Carolina

BOTCON 2001. E-mail: info@botcon.com. Website: http://www.botcon.com. Address: Durham Marriott at the Civic Center, Durham, North Carolina. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.


ORIGINS 2001. E-mail: OriginsEvents@wizards.com. Website: http://www.OriginsGameExpo.com. Address: The Greater Columbus Convention Center and attached Hyatt Hotel, Columbus, Ohio. Dates: 7/5/01 - 7/8/01.

SCAPERCON 2001. E-mail: Heather@bluelady.org. Website: http://www.bluelady.org. Address: Cincinnati Marriott North, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dates: 7/28/01 - 7/29/01.


CONESTOGA 2001. E-mail: kd.wentworth@sff.net. Website: http://www.sff.net/people/sfreader/conestoga.htm. Address: Sheraton Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.


WESTERCON 54 - PORTLAND 2001. E-mail: deaner@pacifier.com. Website: http://www.osfci.org/w2001/. Address: at both DoubleTree Hotels: Jantzen Beach & Columbia River, Portland, Oregon. Dates: 7/5/01 - 7/8/01.


ANTHROCON 2001. E-mail: anthrocon@anthrocon.org. Website: http://www.anthrocon.org. Address: The Adam's Mark Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

CONFLUENCE 13. E-mail: confluence@spellcaster.org. Website: http://trfn.clpgh.org/parsec/conflu/index.html. Address: Four Points Sheraton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.

HISTORICON 2001. E-mail: kingjt@aol.com. Website: http://members.aol.com/kingjt/HCPEL.html. Address: Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dates: 7/19/01 - 7/22/01.

XANODRIA MEDIEVAL FANTASY. E-mail: info@xanodria.com. Website: http://www.xanodria.com. Address: Blue Mountain Campground, Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Dates: 7/7/01 - 7/8/01.

Rhode Island

NECON 21. E-mail: boothd@panther.adelphi.edu. Website: http://www.para-net.com/~necon. Address: Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island. Dates: 7/19/01 - 7/22/01.

WIZARDS GATHERING 2001. E-mail: nproulx@aol.com. Website: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/nproulx. Address: Best Western Bay Point Inn, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Date: 7/14/01.


GAMEFEST-CLARKSVILLE. E-mail: tina@advantageconvention.com. Website: http://www.advantageconvention.com. Address: The Action Sports Plex, Clarksville, Tennessee. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.


BIG D COLLECTIBLES SHOW. Website: http://www.collectortimes.com/cons_Tx.html. Address: Dallas, Texas. Dates: 7/9/01 - 7/11/01.

THE BORG COLLECTIVE. Website: http://www.makeitsoproductions.com. E-mail: emily@makeitsoproductions.com. Address: Adam's Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/1/01.

CONSORTIUM - A SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & GAMING CONVENTION. Website: http://www.con-sortium.org. E-mail: corvaire_y@yahoo.com. Address: Radisson Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

HOLLYWOOD EXPO. E-mail: scifiexpo@aol.com. Website: http://www.hollywoodexpo.com. Address: Convention Center, Plano, Texas. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.


CASTLECON 14. E-mail: cherylz@fantek.org. Website: http://www.fantek.org/fantek2/ccon/index.html. Address: Dulles Hilton, Herndon, Virginia. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.


BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 12. E-mail: alc@nlc.net.au. Website: http://www.bobw.com.au. Address: Southern Cross Hotel, Sydney, Australia. Dates: 7/21/01 - 7/22/01.

DWARFCON. E-mail: nazgul@netlink.net.au. Website: http://www.bad-sports.com/~dwarfcon/index.html. Address: Lyndale Secondary College, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.

ILLAWARRA GAMES WEEKEND. E-mail: kcarcas@hotmail.com. Website: http://www.ozE-mail.com.au/~tarim/rpg/calendar.htm. Address: The Illawarra Senior College, Illawarra, Australia. Dates: 7/15/01 - 7/17/01.

OZCON 2001. E-mail: toowoomba_gaming_club@hotmail.com. Website: http://www.geocities.com/ozcontwba. Address: Harristown State High School Assembly Hall, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Dates: 7/7/01 - 7/8/01.


ALBERTA COMIC COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION COMIC & TOY SHOW. E-mail: reddskullcomics@home.com. Website: http://www.cadvision.com/acca. Address: S.A.I.T 16th Ave North West, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dates: 7/7/01 - 7/8/01.

ANIMETHON 8. E-mail: dross@ualberta.ca. Website: http://www.anime-alberta.org. Address: Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Date: 7/2001

ATLANTICON. Website: http://www.atlanticon.org. E-mail: info@atlanticon.org. Address: Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

TORONTO TREK 2001. E-mail: tcon@icomm.ca. Website: http://www.icomm.ca/tcon. Address: Description: Science Fiction Convention. aka TT15, Regal Constellation Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.

Czech Republic

PARCON. E-mail: londo@babylon5.cz. Address: Czech Republic. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01


FINNCON-BALTCON 2001. E-mail: ari.veintie@pp.htv.fi. Website: http://www.finncon.org. Address: University oj Jyväskylä, Helsinki, Finland. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.


28TH FRENCH NATIONAL SF CONVENTION. E-mail: AlainHuet@aol.com. Website: http://www.multimania.com/bpara/conv2001/accueil.htm. Address: St. Denis, Paris, France. Dates: 7/12/01 - 7/15/01.

JAPAN EXPO. Website: http://www.japan-expo.com. Address: Espace Austerlitz, Paris, France. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

WORLD DIPCON 2001. E-mail: thibault.constans@vnumail.com. Website: http://www.diplomaticcorps.org. Address: Maison de l'Europe, Paris, France. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.


AURYN 2001. E-mail: info@fsfev.de. Website: http://www.fsfev.de. Address: Waldheim Tannenberg, Böblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.

FEENCON.01. Website: http://beam.to/feencon. E-mail: gildenmeister@gfrev.de. Address: Kulturzentrum Herne, Herne (Northrhine West), Germany. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/1/01.


Q-CON 2001. Website: http://www.quis.qub.ac.uk/ds. E-mail: Dragonslayers@qub.ac.uk. Address: Staff & Post Graduate Common Room, College Gardens, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Ireland. Dates: 6/29/01 - 7/1/01.

New Zealand

AUCKLAND DIPLOMACY CHAMPIONSHIPS. E-mail: willb@esp.co.nz. Website: http://www.ak2001.cjb.net. Address: Newmarket Returned Services Club, Auckland, New Zealand. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.


SHADOWCON 6. E-mail: shadowcon5@hotmail.com. Website: http://www.shadowproject.org. Address: Sophus Bugges/Sophus Lies Hus Blindern, Blindern, Oslo, Norway. Dates: 7/01.

South Africa

GENCON SA 2001. E-mail: gracrom@icon.co.za. Website: http://www.rpga.co.za. Address: Edenvale Community Center, Johannesburg, South Africa. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.


CRUISE TREK 2001. Website: http://members.aol.com/cruisetrek. E-mail: cruisetrek@aol.com. Address: Istanbul , Turkey. Dates: 6/26/01 - 7/8/01.

United Kingdom

2001: A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION. Website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/~asawyer/2001.html. E-mail: asawyer@liverpool.ac.uk. Address: University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Dates: 6/28/01 - 7/1/01.

AMBERCON UK. E-mail: ssu96sp@reading.ac.uk. Website: http://www.aparker.co.uk/amber. Address: Renaissance Hotel, Reading, England. Dates: 7/13/01 - 7/15/01.

ATTACK. E-mail: general_attack@hotmail.com. Website: http://www.geocities.com/ddwguk. Address: Devizes Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, Great Britain. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/15/01.

CON-STRUCTION. E-mail: con_struction@hotmail.com. Website: http://members.xoom.com/con_struct. Address: Cardiff, UK. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

CONTINUUM 2001. E-mail: info@continuum2001.co.uk. Website: http://www.continuum2001.co.uk. Address: Glasgow Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. Dates: 7/14/01 - 7/16/01.

MANORCON. E-mail: manorcon@diplom.org. Website: http://www.diplom.org/manorcon. Address: Shackleton Hall, Birmingham University, Birmingham, England, UK. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/23/01.

NEXUS 2001. E-mail: nexus2001@enterthenexus.com. Website: http://www.enterthenexus.com. Address: Jarvis International Hotel, Bristol, UK. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.

ROCOCOCON. E-mail: rocococon@firedrake.org. Website: http://www.rocococon.org. Address: New Hall College, Cambridge, UK. Dates: 7/20/01 - 7/22/01.

STARFURY: CHARIOTS OF WAR 3. Website: http://www.cleopatra2525.co.uk. E-mail: SeanHarry@aol.com. Address: Radisson Edwardian Hotel, London, England, UK. Dates: 6/30/01 - 7/1/01.

STAR QUEST UK. E-mail: starquestuk@aol.com. Website: http://www.wolfevents.co.uk. Address: Norbreak Castle, Blackpool, England, UK. Dates: 7/28/01 - 7/29/01.

SUMMER STABCON. E-mail: hammy@riverbank.win-uk.net. Website: http://www.philm.demon.co.uk/RPGs/conventions.htm. Address: Woolton Hall, on the Fallowfield Campus of the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Dates: 7/6/01 - 7/8/01.

UK GAMES FEST 2001. E-mail: utopian.tiger@virgin.net. Website: http://freespace.virgin.net/utopian.tiger/gf.htm. Address: Sportcentre, Harlow, Essex, England. Date: 7/7/01.

VOYAGER THE RETURN. E-mail: starquestuk@aol.com. Website: http://www.wolfevents.co.uk. Address: Norbreak Castle, Blackpool, England, UK. Dates: 7/27/01 - 7/29/01.

For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://go.to/conventions.

Greenman by Laura Cameron

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Thought and Memory by Laura Cameron

From Healer Adept Moonstar:

Heyla, all!

I am sure you have been wondering about my move. I have finally settled down into my new house and have all the boxes unpacked. I got here June 11th, and found that my garage was stuffed floor to ceiling with my belongings. Thank you to Danya, who blew an entire day watching the movers, put it there. Only one thing disappeared, one of my brand new dog beds. <grrr> However, the damage to my other furniture, if it happened at all was minor and nothing to complain about. My pictures are up though to be quite honest the entire house needs new paint on the inside. Something else to chalk up to my to-do list, along with the large list of minor remodeling we want to do.

It is wonderful to live a couple of doors down from Danya. Yes that really worked out in my favor, and hers. We have spent a couple of days already huddled around her computer trying to catch up on pending personas and web pages that we have realized need to be changed. The main issue of releases we agonized over for better than a week, we don’t want anyone to have trouble with something that should have had a release and didn’t. We will also be updating our helpful handout pages in the next couple of months, so watch for that.

Another issue I wanted to bring up to everyone is “Children of Velgarth.” I am interested in doing zine or newsletter trades for those editors that I don’t have the agreement with yet. Most of you I think I do. Please contact me at healermoon@gmail.com to check. And I am hoping some of you with older personas will contribute your persona to me for the next issue. Volume 2, Issue 2 is in the works, Volume 2, Issue 1 is in the copy editing stage. Basically, like most of the zine editors I am sending out a plea for more submissions. More submissions allow me to put out more issues.

Thanks for all of your support during the move. Hearing from all of you always brightens my day.



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The featured artist for this online version of the newsletter is Laura Cameron. All drawings in this newsletter are © to the credited artist. All rights reserved. If you would like your art to be featured in the online version of the QO newsletter, send .gifs or .jpgs to Legend@malcor.com or hardcopy to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

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