André de Boer’s first contact with the genre was through computer games, TV shows and films. From there he started exploring the books on which many of these stories were based. In the past few years he also developed a deep love for board games and RPGs. André has visited several conventions over the past couple of years and has now joined the organising committee for Erasmuscon.
With his background in business finance and administration it is no wonder that Paul van Oven has been and still is active as a treasurer for multiple organisations. He has been a science fiction fan for as long as he can remember and was part of the club committee of the Dutch Contact Centre for Science Fiction (NCSF) for ten years when that society was first established. In 2008 he returned to the same society. The past few years he has been involved mostly in collaborating on a variety of conventions, among which several Worldcons. He is the driving force behind the Dutch Discworld convention Cabbagecon, and is involved in the preparations for the first Dutch Eurocon in Rotterdam in 2024, in association with the Glasgow Worldcon in the same year.
Tanja van Oven was raised in a house full of scifi and fantasy books. All those outlandish and fascinating titles drew her into the genre with an irresistible force and somehow that fascination never really went away. SF taught her to look at the world slightly differently and to keep being amazed at how strange reality sometimes is. Some real-world stuff really is a lot stranger than fiction.
She would like to claim to be a regular at scifi conventions, but the truth is different. In actual fact she just doesn’t seem to get around to it much. On the other hand, she has been involved in the organisation of the one and only Dutch Discworld Convention, Cabbagecon, from the very beginning.
Apart from scifi and fantasy she is very interested in nature and landscape, being involved in a volunteer group for landscape and nature conservation (think gardening but on a slightly larger scale) and she loves cycling and hiking in the Netherlands and abroad.
She spends her working days as a project manager at a translation and subtitling agency in Hilversum.
Jan Scholte considers himself a daily visitor of the amazing universe that can be described as the fantastic genre. From reading Science Fiction books to watching cheesy horror films and from playing fantasy games (board games and card games) to listening to narrative music. He used to visit a lot of conventions in the past, a bit less so in the present. This did result in an ever growing collection of autographs. Every now and then he tries his hand at creating his own worlds through writing, but he has a lot of writing miles still to travel to reach this goal. Jan occasionally has a go at writes articles or interviewing people for NCSF’s society mag HSF.
In real life Jan lives in the far north with his wife and cat. On weekdays he can put all his energy into his work as a court appointed financial guardian.