Darius Luca Hupov

Lead Organizer
CEO (Chief Event Organizer) at ARCA SF (The Distopicon organizer)- see “The Team” page

Darius Luca Hupov is a dental practitioner. He has been an avid science fiction fan since 1985 and a writer since 1987. He was a member of H.G. Wells SF Club in Timisoara (1985), where he made his literary debut and whose presidency he held for several years. He has been an active member of Helion SF Club Timisoara since 1988, where he currently holds the position of club secretary. He has published SF short stories under the penname Darius H. Luca in Banat Renaissance, Paradox SF, Collection of Storytelling Stories, Gazeta SF, Helion, Biblioteca Nova. He has hosted a SF film show at Radio Timisoara and Analog TV Timisoara, was part of the organizing team of Eurocon Timisoara 1994, was part of the organizing team at Helion Session and the International Helion Conference and has participated on several occasions with works at the Helion Session. His first collection of SF short stories, “Elegie pentru un triunghi” (Elegy for a Triangle) was published in 2016, at Eurostampa Publishing House, as part of the “Insolit Collection”. In 2014, he started producing and hosting The Galactic Imaginarium Podcast in 2014. He is Deputy Editor-in-chief at Helion online magazine. He writes non-fiction literature on financial and investment education subjects under the penname Luca Dezmir.

Darius Hupov is the Lead organizer of “The Galactic Imaginarium” Sci-Fi Film Festival in Dumbravita, which will take place during the Eurocon.

Daniel Timariu

Web Presence

Daniel Timariu is a professional programmer, and since 2014, SF & Fantasy writer. He is a member of the Helion SF Club in Timisoara.
He has published short stories in a wide variety of Romanian magazines, such as Helion, Gazeta SF, Nautilus, Revista de suspans (Suspense Magazine), Știință și Tehnică (Science & Technique), Zin and Iocan. Publishing volumes: Postmodern dazzles, fantasy fantasy stories, Insolit collection, Eurostampa publishing house, mystery & thriller stories. Girls in red and other police stories, urban-fantasy novels Tenebre: The Laura and Tenebre case: The labyrinth all at the Tritonic publishing house. It is present in several anthologies: Noir of Bucharest, Domino, Domino 2, Exit Plus: Stories from Beyond, Stories with Dragons, Antonia Helion, 3.4., Drawings of Love, Strange Case of Shadows (novella, Tritonic Edition, 2018) , The Most Beautiful SF & Fantasy Stories of 2017 (The Weather, 2018). She won the 1st Prize at the S.F. – Non-G sports competitions, x014, the RomCon 2017 Prize for post stories and the Chrysalis Prize at EuroCon 2018, Amiens, France.
Daniel Timariu will take part in the DistopiCon Timişoara 2018 project online presentation. His experience in this field lies in his web developer profession, older than 15 years, and the volunteer editorial secretary of Helion Online magazine, a technically and conceptually done magazine.

Simona Hupov

Child Section Coordinator
Press Contact
Guest of Honour Relations

Simona Hupov has a business in the field of child and young adult education, owning an aftershool and organizing summer camps for childrens and teenagers. She is also active in the media field, having a talkshow about children and young adults at West City Radio, a local FM Radio Station in Timisoara (since 2001), and a segment at The Morning Show, at Timisoara National TV Station (from 2009 to 2018). Is a member of Helion SF Club from 2012, beeing active as a program item organizer at local and national SF convention, at the children creative section. She was in charge of the children section at Helion Days (since 2014 ) and at Romcon National SF Conventions, since 2016.

Adrian Bancu

Music events

Constantin Adrian Bancu, born May 3, 1964, is part of the Helion SF Club in November 1980, from the very first months of the club’s creation. After 1982, he became a member of the H.G. Wells, later became founder of cultural associations, in legal form, of both clubs in Timisoara. He graduated from the University of Timişoara, Science of Nature Faculty, in 1986, and was concerned with the analysis of the cases of phenomena from the limits of knowledge, UFO, paleoastronomy, and has article contributions to Helion SF Magazine since its earliest number. Several literary attempts in the early years of SF, noted in the radio show “Tomorrow’s explorers” (scenario) and at SF Guranda 1983 (story). Passionate for music, photography and visual arts, he is the creator of the club’s photo albums and dedicated lasershow shows, among which Helion 30 – “Revolutions” (March 18-19, 2010), Romcon, Pro-Musica 41, Cozzmonautica (2017). He is a collaborator at the Helion, Cozzmonautica, Romcon 2012-2018, 2014 Revolution festival, Eurocon 1994 (where he was responsible for two panel areas). Each edition of “New Year’s Eve” (TM) found it at the audio-visual apparatus.

Adrian Bancu is one of the main organizer of SPACERS, an Electronic music festival which will be held during the Eurocon.

Adrian Chifu

Photography, Videography
Music events

Member of Helion from 1984.He is an author of SF short stories, his debut volume appeared in 2017 at Eurostampa Publishing house, “Insolit” collection. He is a graphic designer, a photograhy passionate and a filmographer. He has a Romanian National SF Convention Prize at film section. He is a composer of ambient and electronic music (two albums in 1995 and 1997), he was part of “Urban experience” electronic music band from 1995. He is an event planner of ambiental music shows.

Adrian Chifu is one of the main organizer of SPACERS, an Electronic music festival which will be held during the Eurocon.

Cristian Koncz

Location manager

He joined the H.G .Wells science- fiction club in Timisoara in 1991 and Helion Sci-Fi Club Timisoara in 1993. He was a participant and member of a local support team for the Eurocon 1994 , major European sci-fi event held in Timisoara. Starting 2002 he joined the Helion Timisoara Science Fiction Club scientific working group, writing science based articles, organising many conferences about interesting topics like future genetics, bio-ethics, terra-forming, exobiology and medical challenges in space colonisation.
Hobbies: Science-fiction, Mountain Trekking, Fishing. He is fluent in English and French.

Marius Gordan

Social Media Manager
Gaming Area Coordinator

Marius Gordan Ionuț is the incumbent youngest member of the team, studying Economics at the West University of Timișoara. He’s been part of the Helion SF Club since 2016, when he also first attended the Sesiunea Helion conference. The following years he began playing a more active role, giving presentations focusing on the economic models of transhumanism in 2017 and on analysing/categorising the elements of dystopia found in the Black Mirror TV series in 2018. His main hobbies include listening to post-punk and atmospheric black metal albums, researching illeism and studying ceremonial magick.

Fluent in English, Romanian and with just enough understanding of Latin and Greek incantations to get by, he’s your go-to-entity in case something goes seriously wrong with reality. Otherwise he’ll will be hanging out, possibly in the vicinity of food or beverages, ready to help in any way he can.

Lucian Vasile Szabo

Financing Representative
Clear Head

Lucian-Vasile Szabo is a writer, literary critic, journalist, professor and communications researcher. He published volumes on communication theory and literary history: Freedom and communication in the world of the press (1999), Journalists, heroes, terrorists (2009), Media, repression and freedom (2010), Traps of communication (2011) (2013), The Slavic Complex (2013), EA POE: Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, The Slavic Complex (2013), EA Poe (2013). Journalism, fantasy and science fiction (2014), Revolution in 1989 in Timişoara hospitals (2014), The image of the soldiers and victims in the Revolution of Timişoara (2015), Appeal in the Ioan Slavici file (2015). As a prose writer, he stood up with the volumes of the Glass of the Sky (2000), the Art of Dying in Peace (2008), Clear Days, Foreign Days (2015). As editor, he made the Phantom volume. Ten fantastic jewels written by Romanian authors (2008), as well as the editions of Urmuz, Gib I. Mihaescu, Ovidiu Pecican, George Şerban, Costel Babos, H. P. Lovecraft, M. R. James, Edwin A. Abbot and Enrique Anderson Imbert. Chairman of the Helion Club.

Cristian Vicol

Graphic Designer

Cristian designed the Distopicon logo and poster.

Cristi is a writer and a Journalism postgraduate from Timisoara. He has published works of historical fiction, sci-fi short stories and a book on the premodern history of his native city. He is a huge fan of progressive rock and 80`s B movies. When it comes to fantasy, Cristi delights himself as quite the kitchen alchemist.

Ciprian Baciu

Financial superviser
Location Manager

Ciprian Ionuţ Baciu is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the West University of Timisoara, volunteer of O.S.U.T. and ProMediu Timis, collaborator of the StudentFest International Art Festival and Helion member. He debuted in 2018 with the volume of stories “Amor without alcohol” at the Tritonic publishing house.


Cătălina Fometici

Support Crew

Storyteller, wordcrafter, daydreamer, Catalina Fometici is a former teacher who now dwells in the realm of Dark Fantasy, Gothic and Horror. She had her debut in literature in 2011 with the short story Oameni fără feţe (translation: Faceless People, Gazeta SF webzine). She published various short stories in magazines and short story collections, a National awarded for debut Gothic/Horror miniseries  (Hell Hounds) and a Tritonic bestseller novel,  (Empire Made of Glass).

She is an active member of the Sci-fi and Fantasy local fandom from 2017 and will be part of the support crew in Distopicon.