sion to SF conventions. But the chef-
d'oevre was the Bob Show. Other conventions stick their GoH:s in panels;
we decided to stick Bob Shaw in the
guest chair of a lavish show, where
we could mix serious talk with inventive entertainment and have scholars,
mad scientists, space ladies, singing
monsters and robots for guests, complete with filmed material - and commercials. The result? There just ain't
been nothing like it! Johnny Carson,
eat your heart out!
That's what Herman has done so far.
Our Danish friends, who have helped
Herman extend its versatility for the
worldcon bid, have to their credit,
among other things, Fabula, a fabulous convention in wonderful Copenhagen, and, with an attending membership of 1500, the biggest convention
by far in Scandinavia and one of the
biggest in Europe. So who says we
can't handle large numbers? Herman
not only has ideas, Herman knows the
ropes as wel1.
Copenhagen has two major convention
facilities in connexion with hotels:
the Copenhagen Sheraton and the Fal-
koner Centre, both in the 1000 banquet
guest and 2000 theatre guest bracket.
We have an option on both of them.
They're situated right in the heart
of Copenhagen, where hotels are dense.
In the area there are over 4000 first
class hotel beds, and all of Copenhagen's attractions within comfortable
Apart from its wonderfully flexible
convention facilities, the Copenhagen
Sheraton offers you the services you'd
expect from a Sheraton hotel. There's
a pub, a piano bar, a gourmet restaurant, a smart moderately priced restaurant, a disco/night club, a sauna,
gift shops, AP newsprint service.
Plus the inimitable Danish smile.
The complex which is the Falkoner
Centre sports an integral luxury cinema and the large Conference Hall, which
at first sight is a beautiful theatre
with a rotating stage. With a capacity
of over 2000 spectators, this is the
place where the greatest names in
world entertainment perform when in
Copenhagen '- and a few hours later
it has been transformed into a level
banqueting hall with room for over
1000 dining guests. It's magic!
In the same block that houses the
3 Falke hotel and the Convention Centre,
you'll also find restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a bank, hairdressers, a
florist, doctors, a dentist, an art
Sustenance (eats and drinks)
If the nourishment offered you by our
convention hotels does not satisfy
you, chances are you'll find satisfaction without having to forage far.
This is the area of Copenhagen where
not only the hotels are wall-to-wall,
but also the restaurants. You'll find
the cuisine of virtually all nationalities represented here: International,
French, Italian, Chinese, Indian,
Danish - of course - and many more.
And if that's your proclivity, you'll
find Burger King and Wimpy established
right next door.
And from solids to liquids. You know
It as schnapps, the Danes call it
'a little one': celebrated Aalborg
aquavit. And don't forget the world
famous fair Danish lagers, Carlsberg
and Tuborg. And those are just the
ones you've heard about abroad. If a
pint is your passion, Copenhagen is
the satisfying choice. You'd probably
even find Foster's here.
A world metropole, Copenhagen offers
entertainment and activities of every
kind. The music scene has everything
from classical to rock, and even if
Copenhagen isn't the Big Apple, when
it comes to jazz it's at least Little
New York. Nowhere outside the US are
your chances of listening to jazz
legends as great. Copenhagen has art
and fabulous baroque architecture,
and if your taste runs to the historical, she sports, among other things,
the finest collection of mummies outside Egypt and the British Museum in
the Glyptotek (paid for by all that
Carlsberg; who says beer doesn't
There's theatre and world class ballet,
and the Danes don't dub their films
(that's culture!). Furthermore, there
are night clubs, discos, cabarets and
the marvellous Nyhavn, where you can
get your Worldcon Scandinavia tattoo
in a jiffy (although we think you'll
remember it anyway).
The Tivoli, just across the street
from the Sheraton, is the world famous
amusement park, which may not have the
world's biggest, roller-coaster, but
has an enchanting atmosphere that
would be hard to find anywhere, particularly during the dark evenings of
late summer and early autumn. Yes, it
can be a very romantic place. And when
you tire of the convention wild-life,
you can visit the Copenhagen Zoo (next
door to the Falkoner Centre) to see,
for example, some of those polar bears
we don't have running around in the
streets here in Scandinavia.
Copenhagen is situated on the east
coast of Zealand, the biggest of the
Danish isles. Some twenty-five miles
up the coast (Denmark's'Riviera) you'll
find Elsinore, with the Kronborg Castle,
the genuine setting for Shakespeare's
Hamlet, and just south of Elsinore is
Louisiana, the well-known modern art
museum. Yes, Denmark is a country of
charming contrasts; you'll see thatched,
half-timbered houses next to ultramodern villas (Danish design is just
as Scandinavian as Finnish and Swedish
And from Copenhagen you can reach
exotic Sweden by hydrofoil in forty
minutes and see for yourself that
Swedes aren't nearly as gloomy as Bergman would like to make them out.