[History] First Contact – May 1993

So before Christmas I got a large collection of various documents that are related to the now defunct Irish Science Fiction Association. So I have selected one document to scan and am putting it up on dropbox.


I am hoping to put together a proper archive document and share more of these later.

Irish Science Fiction Association Headed Paper

As i mentioned i am in the process of trying to put together an archive of Irish Fan history. Part of that is getting older documents scanned and put on to the Internet.Of course all such things take time and of course documents.

I recently got some documents from Pádraig Ó Méalóid. There is a lot in the bag and so it will take a lot to get it in.

The first of the things i have scanned are two blank documents which have the header for the Irish Science Fiction Association which was set up in 1976 to promote awareness of Science Fiction in Ireland.



Hopefully i will manage to get more these scanned and into a proper archive.

My First Convention



If i am going to talk about Irish Fandom, I should be honest about where i started. I first attended an Octocon in 1998. The previous year Octoocon had been the Eurocon for that year. However the issues that surrounded the convention had pretty much burnt the committee, and a lot of the traditional Irish Convention runners had a need of a break.

So in order to keep things going, there was a one day event rather than having nothing



The Guest of Honour was James White, and there was a lot of very interesting programming.

This is where the path of my life changed. I had no idea what to expect, but I watched some incredible panels.

The few i can remember, after looking at the timetable, were

  • “Star Wars – The greatest disaster ever to hit SF literature ” – What I recall I was on the opposite side of this position, as I was only really into Science Fiction because of it.
  • “No Such This as Irish Fandom” – This panel is where i got the idea for setting up a Science Fiction Society in college, for which i still blame the panelists for everything.

I sadly can’t remember much more about the panels, it is after all nearly 15 years ago. I do recall having a great time, which is not hard to believe as i was at Octocon many times over the years that followed.

An invite to Octocon 1994

One of the things i want to do is take some of the old documents that i have gotten as Octocon Chair and scan it in and publish it. It will all end up on the Octocon Archive, but it will be a while before i get all of it scanned.

In the mean time some of the smaller things can be posted here, as they are usually only a single page.

So the first thing i am putting up here is an invite that was sent out to members of the 1993 Octocon to let them know about the Octocon 1994 event.



I look forward to sharing more of this in the future.