• The Tenth Dimension
• The Online Magazine
• The Geffen Award
• An Israeli Fantasy
by Guy Hasson
• SF in Israel
by Inbal Sagiv
Israeli SF&F Writers:
• Guy Hasson
• Lavie Tidhar
• Nir Yaniv
• Vered Tochterman
ICon, the leading science fiction and fantasy convention in
Israel, is held every October (during the Sukkot holiday)
since 1997 at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque.
The conventions are organized by a cooperation of the Society
with Starbase972 - The Israeli Star Trek Society, and the Israeli
Association for Promoting Role Playing Game. All management and operation of the conventions
is done voluntarily by members of these organizations.
ICon2004 had Guy Gavriel Kay as a guest of honor. Mr. Kay
gave several lectures during the con, signed his books for hundreds
of fans who came to see him, and also took place in the Geffen
Awards ceremony, where he presented the award to the winners
in the original literature caterogy.
ICon2003 had Orson Scott Card as a guest of honor.
Each ICon is built around a given theme and
includes the following activities:
- Screening of quality SF/F movies dealing with the given
- Episodes of popular TV series (such as Star Trek, Babylon
5 etc.) which relate to the given theme.
- Panels, discussions and meetings, in which the fans
have the opportunity to meet writers, translators, artists,
scientists - people who deal with science fiction, fantasy
- Stalls selling books, comics, and other SF/F products.
- Various other activities - filk, role playing games
Hebrew readers are invited to visit the ICon
Olamot.Con is a red-letter day for fans of the science fiction and fantasy genre (both
literature and cinema), and its diverse program attracts people of all ages.
The convention is organized by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy
and the Israeli Tolkien Society, in collaboration with various fan communities.
Every year the convention consists of more than 100 events, including lectures, panel
discussions, contests, professional workshops, shows, filksing and special screenings
(including movies' and series' premieres), celebrating science fiction and fantasy
Convention participants enjoy a huge science fiction and fantasy merchandise fair
(books, props, action figures, DVD's etc.) The convention holds a short stories
contest, trivia games and other interactive activities, both during the convention and
Fantasy.Con The first Israeli Fantasy Convention, Fantasy.Con2001,
took place at the Mofet Theater in Ramat Gan during April
2001 and was a notable success. Hundreds of fantasy fans participated
in the lectures, the movie screenings and the special activities
the con had to offer. The following cons, Fantasy.Con2002
and Fantasy.Con2003, were equally successful. Pictures and
material regarding this con can be found in the Fantasy.Con
Web Site. A report of FantasyCon.2003, including a view
of the Israeli SF&F community, can be found here.
Bidyon is an SF&F literature-oriented convention, which
includes lectures and panels hosted by writers, editors and
guests from the academic world. The first Bidyon convention
took place at the Mofet Theater in Ramat Gan during May 2004,
with guest of honor Paul Kearney.
This convention, a joint enterprise of the Society, Starbase972
and other related organizations, is aimed at the younger audience.
It usually includes screenings of films and TV series, filk
and story-reading events, writing workshops, and other fandom-oriented
- Other Conventions
In addition to the abovementioned conventions, the Society
holds other conventions in various locations and dates: a
fantasy film festival in the Tel Aviv Cinemateque, Purim Parties