The AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET May 1 2002
The AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET
New Revised, Revivified Version (Thank you Sally Beasley!)
No 2. May 1, 2002.
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version) ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
Compiled and published (web, email and hardcopy) by "edwinafan"
(firstname.lastname@example.org): Edwina Harvey and Edwin A. Scribner
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to read"
- Groucho Marx
NEW BOOK FROM NEIL C. CLADINGBOEL:
Bowman Publishing (Aust.) Release Tale Spin, by Neil C. Cladingboel. ISBN:
Following on from the publication in the US of his fantasy trilogy, The Erebus
Equilibrium, Neil Cladingboel's latest paperback, Tale Spin, a collection of
short fiction, has been published in Perth, Western Australia, By Bowman
Publishing. The collection is also available in PDF e-Book
format on CD-ROM.
This sometimes amusing, yet often thought-provoking compendium of original
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Supernatural tales, creates a spellbinding
journey filled with twists and turns, and culminates with the tongue-in-cheek
audacity of the title story, which completes the collection!
The paperback edition is available through the author's web site
(http://www.wn.com.au/clubclad/erebus/books.htm) for AUS$14.95, which includes
delivery within Australia, or AUS$18.95 for overseas airmail delivery. All
purchasers of 'Tale Spin' up until 30th June, 2002 will receive a free PDF
e-Book edition of Reflections: Book One of The Erebus Equilibrium. For
ordering links, please visit: www.wn.com.au/clubclad/erebus/order.htm or
contact the author at email@example.com
BOOK ON EARLY AUSTRALIAN SF
Graham Stone has produced a book entitled "Notes on Australian Science
Fiction", covering the period 1926 to the early 1950's. This 210 page book is
hard cover bound in a hard cover,(ISBN 0646 4087 55) and is available from
Graham Stone, GPO Box 4440 Sydney NSW 1044 for $30 per copy (cheque or money
order. Price includes post and packing)
FABLES & REFLECTIONS ISSUE 2 LAUNCHED AT SWANCON.
Lily Chrywenstrom launched the second issue of her magazine at Swancon 2002.
Copies available direct from Lily for $5 each sent to PO Box99, Claremont, WA,
6910. Also available through SF bookshops including Perth: Arcane Bookshop,
Empire Memorabilia, Quality Comiccs, Supernova, Valhalla and UWA co-op
bookshop, Melbourne: Slow Glass Sydney: Galaxy and Infinitas at Paramatta,
Brisbane: Pulp Fiction. Lily is also looking for submissions for issue 3,
preferably between 1000-4000 words. Submissions can be mailed to the address
above, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Katharine Shade and Jeremy Sadler, K&J Publishing, sent us the following:
Frontier, the Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, Issue 24, is now
available for download as a PDF from http://www.frontiermagazine.net, for free!
The PDF is around 1.3mb. It can be downloaded directly from the website, or an
option selected to have it emailed as each issue comes out. Adobe's free
AcrobatReader v.4 or above is required to open the PDF - available from
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html Feel free to print it out
if you prefer to read articles on paper rather than on screen. If you want to
pass it onto anyone else, please refer them to the website if possible so that
we can keep track of download numbers. Please contact us if there are any
problems, questions, suggestions etc. As always, letters to the editor and new
contributors are always welcome!
INFINITAS BOOKSHOP (Shop 5/1 Horwood Pl, Parramatta, NSW) is hosting a party
on Sunday 5th May to launch the books Passing Strange and Blue Silence.
The topic for the Infinitas May meeting, held on the second Thursday of the
month from 7pm, is "Time Travel in SF & Fantasy." Kate Forsyth will be in
store to promote her new book, "Fathomless Caves" on Saturday, 15th June
from 1pm.. Infinitas also hosts a writers group who meet at the shop on the
third Sunday of the month. For more information, phone Bill Congreve at
Infinitas after 5pm on Thursdays. Ph: 02 963 5682.
GALAXY BOOKSHOP (222 Clarence St, Sydney) has China Mieville in for a book
signing in August, and Raymond Fiest in for a signing in September.
GEORGE ALEC EFFINGER
From "Locus Online"
George Alec Effinger, born 1947, has died in New Orleans. A graduate of
Clarion, he was the author of numerous novels and stories, including the
popular cyberpunk series beginning with When Gravity Fails (1987), Hugo-,
Nebula-, and Sturgeon-award winning novelette "Schrödinger's Kitten" (1988),
and many satirical works from early short story "All the Last Wars at Once"
(1971) to a recent series of stories about Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian
Swordsperson. Known affectionately in the science fiction community as
"Piglet" (a nickname he came to dislike), Effinger had been ill for several years.
Writer, editor and critic Damon Knight (born in 1922) passed away on April
14th. He had been ill for some time with a number of ailments. His collected
reviews, published as "In Search of Wonder" won him a Hugo for best Book
Reviewer in 1956. He was perhaps best known as editor of the Orbit series of
original anthologies, which stretched for 21 volumes from 1966 to 1980 His
novels include "A is for Anything" and "Humpty Dumpty: An Oval." (Source:
Locus magazine. A more complete obituary can be found at
SF author, Harry Harrison's wife, Joan, passed away on &&&& . They had been
married for &&& years. She accompanied him when he visited Australia in the
May 11 marks the first anniversary of Douglas Adams' death. To commemorate the
first and only authorized documentary film will be released on VHS. Narrated
by Neil Gaiman it features over 30 minutes of never seen before footage.
(Source www.douglasadams.com) After his death last year, the last Friday in
May was declared "Towel Day". Towel Day falls on 24th May
this year for those who want to celebrate it.
The movie industry has The Golden Globes, The BAFTA's and the OSCAR'S!
The Australian SF scene has...
2002 AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION ACHIEVEMENT (DITMAR) AWARDS
The 2002 Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards (popularly known
as the Ditmars) are for works created in 2001 by Australians. To vote for the
Ditmar Awards you must be a member of ConVergence, the 2002 Australian
National Science Fiction Convention. Voting forms with individual code numbers
will be sent out to all ConVergence members. There will be no
voting at the convention itself. The Awards will be presented at the Awards
Ceremony at ConVergence. Please note that neither the Best Australian Artwork
nor the William Atheling Jr
Award for Criticism or Review received enough nominations to appear on the
final ballot. There was one clear nomination in the Best Australian Fan
Achievement Category, but, on request from the nominee, that has been
transferred into the Fan Production-Other Category. Further information about
the nomination process may be found in the ConVergence P.R.. Details on the
voting and a complete list of nominees may appear in a ConVergence post-con
BEST AUSTRALIAN NOVEL (25 nominees 50 nominations)
Lirael Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin )
Eyes of the Calculor Sean McMullen (Tor)
The Year of the Intelligent Tigers Kate Orman (BBC)
BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FICTION (20 nominees 54 nominations)
"Whispers" Rick Kennett & Paul Collins Stalking Midnight (Cosmos Books)
"The Boneyard" Kyla Ward Gothic.Net September 2001
"Absolute Uncertainty" Lucy Sussex F&SF April 2001
"Rotten Times" Robert Hood Aurealis 27/28
"The Diamond Pit" Jack Dann Jubilee (Harper Collins)
"Tower of Wings" Sean McMullen Analog
BEST AUSTRALIAN COLLECTED WORK (9 nominees 30 nominations)
Stalking Midnight Paul Collins (Cosmos Books)
Jubilee Jack Dann (Harper Collins)
Orb #2 Sarah Endacott
Earth is But a Star Damien Broderick (UWA Press)
BEST FAN WRITER (15 nominees 23 nominations)
BEST FAN ARTIST (10 nominees 30 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Fanzine (21 nominees 42 nominations)
Fables and Reflections Lily Chrywenstrom
Interstellar Ram Jet Scoop Bill Wright
Diverse Universe Geoff & Miriam
Solar Spectrum Geoff & Miriam
SF Commentary Bruce Gillespie
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Other (10 nominees 30 nominations)
Spaced Out Website (www.vicnet.net.au/~spaceout/) Geoff & Miriam
Tabula-Rasa (www.tabula-rasa.info) David Carroll & Kyla Ward
Consensual Stephen Dedman, Cathy Cupitt & Elaine Kemp
Mitch? 2 Tarts of the New Millennium Anthony Mitchell
JB Resurrection Garth Thomas
BEST AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT (8 nominees 19 nominations)
Robert Hood for the Young Adult Series Shades Hodder Headline
Meredith Costain & Paul Collins for editing
Dirk Strasser & Stephen Higgins for editing and production of Aurealis over
so many years
BEST NEW TALENT ( 2 nominees 10 nominations)
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: email@example.com.
The award will be presented at ConVergence in June.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
3 Australians placed in Science Fiction Writers of Earth (SFWoE) Awards, 2001.
Congratulations to Michael Barry (for "The Endling"), Mina Athanasopoulos
("Sins of the Fathers") and Alison Shields ("Aslam the Alone") for making it
into the top 10 of the 2001 SFWoE awards. This award, offered to upcoming
writers of the genre who are yet to sell a piece of writing, attracts entrants
from all around the world. Details and entry forms for the 2002 SFWoE Awards
are available at http://www.flash.net/~sfoe, or Australian entrants can send
an SASE to Rob Riel, (Picaro Press) PO box 853 Warners Bay, NSW 2282. (e-mail
AUREALIS AWARDS RESULTS:
Congratulations to the following Aurealis Award winners: SF Short Story: "The
Weatherboard Spaceship" Adam Browne (Aurealis 27/28) SF Novel: "The Dark
Imbalance" Sean Williams & Shane Dix (HarperCollins Voyager) Fantasy Short
Story: "The Woman of Endor" Sue Isle (Orb 2) Fantasy novel: "The Wounded Hawk"
Sara Douglass (HarperCollins Voyager) Horror Short Fiction: Simon Haynes
(Potato Monkey) Horror Novel: "Angel of Ruin" Kim WIlkins (HarperCollins)
Young Adult Short Story: "Dreamwalker" Isobelle Carmody (Steven Wollman
illus.) (Lothian books) Young Adult Novel: The Other Face of Janus" Louise
Katz (HarperCollins) Children's short fiction: "Cafe on Callisto" Jackie
French (Koala Books) Children's Long fiction: "Candle Iron" Sally Odgers
(HarperCollins) Aurealis Convenor's Award. (Hereafter renamed the Peter
McNamara Convenor's Award in recognition of Peter McNamara's outstanding
contribution to Australian Speculative Fiction) Joint Winners: Emily Rodda and
Mark McBride for "The Deltora Quest" series and "The Deltora Book of Monsters"
(Scholastica) Peter McNamara for his outstanding contribution to Australian
A full listing of 2001 nominations, honorary mentions and judges can be found
on the Aurealis web site: www.sf.org.au/aurealis . Details of 2002 Aurealis
Awards also available on that site.
VISION SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS GROUP: This group holds critiquing sessions
on the first Sunday of every month at the Queensland Writers Centre. They also
have occassional social events. everyone welcome.
Congratulations to the Vision Group for receiving a "Highly Commended" in the
Malvern Newsheet Community Writers Award" for their anthology, "Real Illusions"
ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
Multiverse is having several opening nights/group screenings of Star Wars Ep.
2, Attack of the Clones. Session 1, Wed 15th May, Midnight. Hoyts Cinema
Centre, 140 Bourke St, Melbourne.
Session 2, Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm. Hoyts Cinema Centre, 140 Bourke St,
Melbourne. Session 3, Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm, Hoyts Chadstone Shopping
Centre, Chadstone. You can reserve tickets by e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Full booking details available from
AUSTRALIAN SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL
Richard Johnson, the Festival Manager, wrote:
I have included details which may or may not have filtered through to you of
the festival and as we have plans to make this an annual event with a much
bigger programme next year we need you help to make it work. I spoke to Rose
Mitchell who suggested the bull sheet and here I am. Thanks for your help and
let me know if you need more details.
All Systems Go!
The australian sci-fi film festival blasted off today (29 April), charting a
course where no one has gone before. Proudly sponsored by TV1, Sci-Fi 2002
will orbit Sydney's Dendy Opera Quays from May 9-15 2002. The Festival then
changes course and diverts to Melbourne's Kino Cinemas for another week long
voyage around the art of sci-fi cinema. Premieres, recent hits, old
favourites, discussion forums and a short film competition make up the
programme which has the whole galaxy talking.
Highlights of the Sydney Festival
Highlights of the Sydney Festival: 100 years of sci-fi is celebrated with a
special screening of the French classic La Voyage Dans La Lune. Sundance
favourite and Sydney premiere, The American Astronaut, will open this years
programme. Gary Sinese stars in the Australian premiere screening of Impostor,
adapting Philip K Dick's short story. Closing the festival is the Australian
premiere of Richard Gere's The Mothman Prophecies.
The Festival is committed to exploring a world of sci-fi beyond the screen.
Two forums hosted by Pip Newling discuss the art of digital animation and how
science fiction has shaped our future. Speakers include Alex Pryos (Dark
City), Matt Caroll (Farscape), Terry Dowling (Author), Des Mangan (SBS) and
Shane Hall (Filmmaker). La Jetee and a filmed lecture by Isaac Asimov will be
shown as part of the Communicate sessions.
Short Circuit Film Competition
Ever since the big bang, the universe of filmmaking has been expanding. Short
Circuit presents an opportunity for short film makers to show their
contribution in competition. They stand to win $3500 worth of time at SMA's
Lucasfilm Certified THX pm3 5.1 digital audio post production facility.
Membership offers reduced entry to the Festival and a chance to win a state of
the art SAST AV959 home theatre system courtesy of totaldvd.com.au In
addition, members are offered discounts at totaldvd.com.au and reduced
subscription to Clubink. All for a mere 900 Galaxian Ringotks (A$22.50)
On sale now from Dendy Cinemas, online at www.dendy.com.au or by phoning 02
9247 3800. Check with the cinema or at www.australianscifi.com for more details
Dates and Venues
Sydney - May 9-15, 2002 - Dendy Opera Quays, East Circular Quay, Sydney
Melbourne - June 13-19, 2002 - Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne
Sydney: Colin Fraser or Richard Johnson: Ph. (02) 8308 6878, 0425 266878
Melbourne: Sarah Finney Kino Publicity: Ph. 03 96502100, 0402 264311
CONVERGING AT CONVERGENCE:
CRITIQUING PANEL AT CONVERGENCE:
Margo Lanagan, Cory Daniells, Marianne de Pierres, Maxine McArthur & Tansy
Rayner Roberts (Collectively known as ROR) will be running a Critiquing Panel.
People interested in submitting stories to be critiqued can send them as RTF
files to: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com and 1 hard copy to Marianne de Pierres & Cory
Daniells, 5 Waterford Cres, Ormiston. Qld 4160 Selected participents will be
informed before the convention. Copies of the selected stories will also be
provided at ConVergence so that other interested people can read them before
attending the panel.
For more information see the ROR web site: www.powerup.com.au/~coryd/rorIndex.html
ANTHOLOGIES AT CONVERGENCE.
Australian SF anthologies, AGOG, edited by Cat Sparks, and AustrAlien
Absurdities edited by Chuck McKenzie and Tansey Rayner Roberts will be
launched at ConVergence
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE.
This new bi-monthly Australian pulp SF magazine will also be launching at
ConVergence. Magazine details at www.andromedaspaceways.com
CANBERRA LAUNCHES 2004 NATCON BID.
Vanessa Jacobsen announced the Canbera Science Fiction Group convention,
Conflux, intends to bid for the 2004 National SF Convention. Contact details
in the convention section of this newsletter.
ADRIENNE LOSIN HAS MAGNETIC APPEAL!
SF artist, Adrienne Losin, reports her artwork is currently on display at Oak
Hill Gallery, Mornington (Vic) Cube 37, Frankston (Vic) Coumhan Gallery &
Organic Wholefoods Cafe (both in Brunswick, Vic) as well as Kings Hotel,
Perth. She also has homemade fridge magnets featuring dinosuars, dolphins, B5
and Trek characters for sale for $5 each. (POB 692 Mornington, Vic. 3931)
MSFC 50th ANNIVERSARY MEETING
Paul Ewins, President of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, wrote to several
On Friday May 10 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.
SWANCON 27 REPORT:
I've been hearing great things about Swancon conventions for a long time now.
This year I finally got to experience one for myself, and it certainly lived
up to my expectations with a welcoming atmosphere, friendly people and a vaied
and entertaining program. I had the most fun I've had at a SF con in years! -
Edwina. (aka "Your roving correspondent").
COMING SF CONVENTIONS:
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be announced.
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 email / write to:
30 Tattersall Cres,
ConVergence is the 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be
held June 7 - 10 2002 at the Cato Conference Centre, Melbourne. GoH's: Joe
andGay Haldeman, Sean Williams, Lucy Sussex and Race Mathews. Toastmaster:
Convergence 2002: 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention
GPO Box 1212K
Melbourne Vic 3001
Tel. after hours: 03 9388 9953
Main contact: Greg Clark, Publicity Manager
AIRLIE BEACH RELAXACON
14-17 June 2002 at the Whitsunday Terraces Resort, Airlie Beach, Queensland.
Run by Eric Lindsay and Jean Weber. Web: http://www.ericlindsay.com/relaxa.con/.
AUSTR-ALIEN.COM PRESENTS Majandra Delfino (aka Maria from TV show, Roswell) on
Sunday 13th July. More details can be found at http://www.austr-alien.com, or
e-mail Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 60th World Science Fiction Convention, August 29 to September 2, 2002 at
San José McEnery Convention Centre. GoH's: Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo &
John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot. Toastmaster: Tad Williams.
P.O. Box 61363
Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363
Attending membership currently A$320. Supporting membership: A$60.
Australian agent: (to pay for membership in Australian currency you must apply
to the Australian agent)
GPO Box 1212k
Melbourne Vic 3001
Cheques payable to "60th World Science Fiction Convention".
BORDERLANDS: That which scares us.
At: Emerald Hotel, Mount Street, Perth
Dates: 7th & 8th September 2002
Confirmed Guest(s): Stephen Dedman, Eddie Campbell
Still awaiting details. Where are you, Anna Hepworth?
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH 2002
A DAY WITH AMANDA TAPPING: STARGATE'S SAMANTHA CARTER
Multiverse is pleased to announce our next convention being A DAY WITH
AMANDA TAPPING - STARGATE'S SAMANTHA CARTER, a one day convention to be held
at the tail end of the year on Saturday November 16th. dealers, Question and
answer session, autograph session, videos, panels, photo opportunities and
lots of fun.
Basic details are as follows:
DATE: Saturday, November 16th, 2002
TIME: 9:00am - AT LEAST 6:00pm!
VENUE: TBA - in the CBD area.
COST: Members of Multiverse clubs - $50, non club members - $60, Children
under 15 - $20
TICKETS: A ticket order form is up on the web page now for you to print off
and send back to us with payment. if you wish to pay by installments you can -
NOTES: A basic program will be put up onto the web page soon so keep an eye
out. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
New Zealand's NatCon, Easter, Auckland.
The 61st World Science Fiction Convention will be held over August
28-September 1, 2003 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. GsoH: George R.
R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer. 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
Attending Membership: $US115; Supporting Membership: $US40;
The Canberra Science Fiction Association plans to bid at ConVergence for the
2004 Natcon. Their con will be called ConFlux, and a web page announcing it
and the bid is at http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/conflux.html. ConFlux
will be held regardless of whether it wins Natcon status.
CHRONOPOLIS: SWANCON 29,
Perth, Easter (April 8-12) 2004. Shay Tefler convener. E-mail
May 31 to June 3 2004, Rotorua. Proposed as New Zealand's 25th National Science
Fiction Convention. Email: email@example.com.
Additional Australian SF information can be found at:
Australian Science Fiction Information page:
and the linked pages - Australian SF Awards:
SF Newsgroups: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/newsgroups.htm,
SF and SF-related Clubs: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/clubs.htm,
Fan Funds: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/funds.htm,
SF related Bookshops: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/bookshop.htm
and the Australian SF Foundation: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/
My Australian SF&F home page is: http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/
and my list of SF oriented groups in NSW is at
The deadline for submission of material for inclusion in the June Bullsheet is
25th MAY. Send your news e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail mail to
Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville NSW, 2036.
Visit Celestial Cobbler: http://members.optushome.com.au/guests/Cobbler.html
For no sufficiently explained reason this Newszine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid!