The AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET April 1 2002
The AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET
New Revised, Revivified Version (Thank you Sally Beasly!)
Re-issue. No 1. April 1 2002.
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version) ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
TWO EDS BETTER THAN ONE!
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet is now Edited by two Eds'! Edwina
last wrote a newsletter when "cut and paste" meant "use scissors and glue". To
say she is struggling with this "new fangled technology" is an understatement.
Edwin A. (aka Ted) is, by comparison, a technological whiz without whom the
electronic publication of "The Bullsheet" would not be possible. We're here
for one good reason: we missed the old Bullsheet enough to do something about
resurrecting it. (And we couldn't convince anyone else to do the job!) And now
let's get down to the Bullsheet.
CONVERGENCE CO-ORDINATER COERCED IN CANBERRA
Rose Mitchell recently made a flying visit to Canberra on business and ran
Into Greg Turkich who just happened to be patrolling the Canberra Airport
Arrivals lounge as she came through the gate. Much to the astonishment of her
boss, whom she was travelling with, Senior Constable Turkich promptly marched
her off to his 'office', ostensibly for coffee and a run down on what's been
happening in Melbourne fandom. Rose was heard to casually tell her boss, with
a wave of her hand, to wait for her in the Qantas Club, while she was marched
off between two burly Federal coppers.
BOOK ON EARLY AUSTRALIAN SF
Graham Stone has written, printed, bound and published a book entitled "Notes
on Australian Science Fiction", which covers the period 1926 to the early
1950's. This 210 page book is bound in a hard cover, has the ISBN 0646 4087 55
and is available from the author-printer-publisher. To obtain a copy, simply
write to Graham Stone, GPO Box 4440 Sydney NSW 1044, enclosing a cheque or
money order for $30 per copy required. This price includes postage and packing.
Rod McLeod wrote:
"Notes on Australian Science Fiction" covers Australian SF from 1926 until
about the date of the first Australian science fiction convention. It includes
detailed reviews of every major early Australian work, as well as insightful
comments on SF magazines and fandom. Anyone interested in the history of SF in
Australia will find a mass of interesting material, including a lot on early
Utopias and alternative societies. You could say a lot in SF that you could
not say anywhere else.
A. BERTRAM CHANDLER AWARD
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation is seeking nominees for the A.
Bertram Chandler Award offered in recognition of a lifetime contribution to
Australian Science Fiction. Nominees and details on why they should be
nominated should be sent to Julian Warner, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award will be presented at ConVergence in June.
GALAXY BOOKS SIGNING
David Lynton from Galaxy Bookshop, Sydney, reports: We have David Zindell in
for a signing on Thursday April 4th at 6:00pm. Also coming up is China
Mieville in August, and Raymond Feist in September.
Horwood Place Parramatta, has a discussion group from 7pm on the second
Thursday of the month. The topic for the April meeting is "Aliens Among Us".
We are keen to report news from other SF bookshops around Australia.
"QUEEN OF THE DAMNED" PREMIERE
Multiverse in Melbourne are organising a group screening to Queen of the
Damned, on 4th April.. E-mail email@example.com for more details.
BULLSHEET EDITOR FLIES COUP FOR SWANCON. Not in the job 10 seconds, Edwina
Harvey is heading west for some long anticipated swanning around at Swancon In
Perth over Easter, hence the first re-issue of the Bullsheet is hitting the
streets early. (But the 1st April was considered a most appropriate publication
COMING SF CONVENTIONS:
GoH = Guest of Honour, O.C.P. = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
THE MANLY FREECON
The next in Garry Dalrymple's series of Sydney Freecons will be held on
Saturday April 27 2002 at Manly Library, Market Place, Manly. Commences about
10 am, terminates about 3 pm. This Freecon is being organized mainly by Sydney
author Richard Womack. It will feature writers reading and discussing their
works and panels on topics of general interest. More details as they come to
hand will be posted at http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/ManlyFC1.html
NOT A CON BUT ...
Paul Ewins (firstname.lastname@example.org), President of the Melbourne Science
Fiction Club, wrote to several mail lists:
On Friday May 10th 2002 the Melbourne Science Fiction Club will be celebrating
its 50th anniversary. All past and present members, and in fact anybody who
may be interested, is welcome to attend. Please pass this message on to anyone
who you think may wish to attend.
Location: St. David's Uniting Church Hall, 74 Melville Rd, Brunswick West.
Melway ref. 29 C5
Time: From about 8:15 onwards. Cost: Free
Bring: Old fannish photos, con books, fanzines etc.
BTW: A couple of members have queried the date. The 40th anniversary was
celebrated in October 1992, with Ian Gunn stating in the subsequent issue of
Ethel that this was the right date to the best of anyone's knowledge. Since
that time KRin (Karen Pender-Gunn) has done some more research on the history
of the MSFC and places the date of the inaugural meeting of the Melbourne
Science Fiction Group at May 9, 1952. If anyone has any recollections one way
or another I would be pleased to hear from them.
CSF CON 2002
The Canberra Science Fiction Group is hosting the second CSF Con on May 24-26
2002. at the Novotel Hotel, 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City., GsoH: Sean &
Catherine McMullen & Ian Irvine. Attending membership $50 at door, less
beforehand (Concession $25). More information at
http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/CSFCon02.html, or write to Vanessa
Jacobsen, 30 Tattersall Cres, Florey.ACT 2615
The 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention, June 7 - 10 2002,
Cato Conference Centre Melbourne. GsoH: Joe and Gay Haldeman, Sean Williams,
Lucy Sussex and Race Mathews. Toastmaster Jack Dann. Postal address: GPO Box
1212k Melbourne Vic 3001 Web:- http://www.vicnet.net.au/~converge/ email:
AIRLIE BEACH RELAXACON
14-17 June 2002, Whitsunday Terraces Resort, Airlie Beach, Queensland. Run by
Eric Lindsay and Jean Weber. For more information, see
The 60th World Science Fiction Convention August 29 to September 2, 2002 San
Jose McEnery Convention Centre GsoH Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John
Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot Toastmaster Tad Williams. P.O. Box 61363 Sunnyvale
CA 94088-1363 U.S.A. ConJose@sfsfc.org; http://www.conjose.org/ Attending
membership A$320. (Supporting A$60). Australian agent: Rose Mitchell GPO Box
1212k Melbourne Vic 3001. Cheques payable to "60th World Science Fiction
New Zealand NatCon Easter Auckland. email@example.com
The 61st World Science Fiction Convention August 28-September 1, 2003 Metro
Toronto Convention Centre GsoH George R. R. Martin Frank Kelly Freas Mike
Glyer with Toastmaster: Spider Robinson and GoHst of Honour:Robert Bloch the
spirit of Toronto Worldcons P.O. Box 3, Station A, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5W
1A2 Supporting Membership $US40; Attending Membership $US115. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.torcon3.on.ca
May 31 to June 3 2004 Proposed as New Zealand's 25th National Science Fiction
Convention Rotorua, email@example.com
N.B (NO BULL)
We will be listing fanclubs and SF groups who meet on a regular basis around
Australia just as soon as we have updated our contact details.
The deadline for the May Bullsheet is 25th April. Send your news e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail mail to 12 Flinders St, Matraville, 2036. For no
sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still Supports The Minneapolis in
'73 WorldCon Bid!