The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 27 June 2004
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 27
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
SF MUSEUM and HALL OF FAME, the first interactive museum devoted to
SF, promising 13,000 sq feet of exhibition space devoted to
spacecraft, distant worlds and alienswill open in the Seattle Centre
(USA) on June 18th. They are currently looking for charter members
who receive unlimited entry, discounts, and a sneak preview opening
on 15th June. US readers can phone 1 977 SCI FICT. For the rest of
us, try www.thecampaigncenter.com (Reported by Robin Johnson)
LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY to be performed at the Sydney Opera House
by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and
Sydney's Children's Choir on 17,18 & 19th June has been declared a
sell out with only restricted view seats ($49) available at the 17th
June 8pm session and 19th June 2 pm concerts. Call the box office on
02 9250 7777
CONFLUX CONCLUSIONS: Artshow results:Best in Show $100 from Conflux &
$100 A&R vouchers Greg Bridges - "The Whale", Best Professional Work
$100 from CSFG & $200 from Conflux Greg Bridges - "Tranquility Wars"
Best Amateur/Student Work ASIM award (publication of artwork in ASIM
with payment of fees worth $200) Brian Smith - "Big Game" Best
Australian Work $100 from Conflux & $100 Dreamstone voucher Shane
Parker - "Changer of Days Vol.2" Best International Work $100 from
Conflux Mael - "White Hest: Dernhelm" Best Traditional Media $50 from
Conflux & $50 A&R voucher Marilyn Pride - "Pollen Feeding Dragons"
Best 3D Sculpture Award $50 Dreamstone voucher Marilyn Pride - all
painted stones, particularly "Phoenix Hatching" Best Digital Work $50
from Conflux & $50 A&R voucher Les Petersen - "Glass Dragon" Best
Black & White Illustration $50 A&R voucher Carl Schaller - "The
Tempest" Encouragement Award for Animation $50 from Conflux Daryl
Lindquist Special Award $50 fro m Conflux Mai Nguyen for Dragon silk
paintings Encouragement T-shirts to:Robert Stephenson, Eleanor
Clarke, Daryl Lindquist Backpack given to Les Petersen - I believe
for running a good artshow? (Reported by Les Petersen on the ASIM-
The winning story in the Conflux short story competition was
called "The Alchemical Automaton Blues" by Ian McHugh. This story
should be published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue
15. (reported by Nicole R Murphy on the ASIM-admin list.)
Conflux also released the following information regarding
distribution of finances: The Convention Committee for Conflux, the
43rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention... considered the
financial position of the convention, taking into account clause
(iii) of the onstitution of the Australian National Science Fiction
Convention.which states that:"The Convention Committee will ensure
that any surplus accrued by the Australian National Science Fiction
Convention will be applied to the benefit of Australian fandom
generally, and shall not be used to reward individuals or groups
connected with the Convention Committee." The Committee decided to
make the following contributions for the benefit of Australian fandom
generally:A) $500 to GUFF; B) $500 to DUFF; C) $500 to the Bring
Bruce Bayside (BBB) Fund; D) $250 to FFANZ; E) $250 to NAFF; F) $500
to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to repay the
outstanding balance of a loan made to Thylacon in 1995; G) $400 to
the ASFF to repay the outstanding balance of a loan made to Cupcon in
1993 H) $500 towards the cost of converting the Aussiecon videos to
Mini DV format (a project being undertaken by the ASFF at an
estimated total cost of $1,900). On behalf of the Conflux Committee
Trevor Stafford Conflux Committee Decisions 16 May. (relayed by Mark
CHUCK MCKENZIE (who is a very funny man) has written a very extensive
and amusing post-con report on Conflux. It can be read at
www.conflux.org.au and at
CONFLUX PHOTOS can be seen at various unofficial sites including
Clair McKenna's photos can be seen at
www.geocities.com/cm_conflux/masq.html, and Cat Spark's selections
can be viewed at http://www.catsparks.net/conflux/
HWA The Australian Chapter of the Horror Writers of America has a
temporary website at http://www.darkanimus.com/hwa.html
DAVID L. RUSSELL's Newspaper clippings can be found at:
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
DAZE ON THE LAND, Lyn McConchie's second volume of her tales of life
on a small farm in New Zealand, was published in late 2003 and is
available from Amazon.com (US$9.56 plus postage) or Jean Weber (A$15,
inc post within Australia A$ cheques and money orders to Jean Weber,
P.O. Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802 -- AND be sure to email Jean
(email@example.com) that you are sending an order, because she's
often out of town and may not see your cheque for a month or more.
IN THE TIME OF ROBOTS: a new Australian anthology now open and
looking for original robot stories oof between 3500- 7500 words
Deadline is October 15 2004. To be published by Altair/Magellan Books
in late 2004 as a Print on Demand (POD) publication.. Payment is $50
a story plus a copy of the book. No electronic submissions. Send
submissions to 'In The Time of Robots PO Box 475 Blackwood SA 5051
TICONDEROGA ISSUE 2 is available online at
stories by Trent Jamieson and Geoff Maloney, interviews with Cat
Sparks and KA Bedford. and reviews.
STUDIES IN FANTASY LITERATURE is a new scholarly journal edited by
Benjamin Szumsky, Open to essays and reviews of any fantasy book or
short story, would particularly welcome articles on Australian
fantasy writers. Publisher, Seele Brennt Publications
http://www.seele-brennt.com/index.html, Issue 1 features essays by
Aaron Davis , Jenifer D'Elia & Dr. Harold Dorton. Cover artwork by
David Burton. 50 pgs, perfect bound. To be published 3 times a year.
Actively seeking Australian retailers and distributors. To see the
journal yourself, go directly to: http://www.seele-brennt.com/sifl/one.html
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE can now be purchased at
Collected Works Bookshop, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St
Melbourne. Also available direct for $7.95 from PO Box 495, Bentley,
WA 6982. Check www.andromedaspaceways.com for full details.
ANTIPODEAN SF No. 72 featuring short,short stories (500 wirds) by
Angela Slater, Shaun A Saunders, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Jeremy
Huppatz, David Shanahan, Wesley Parish, Peter Hart, Dr Terry
Dartnall, Lee Carlon and Chaz Siu can be viewed at
POTATO MONKEY:Editor Benjamin Payne recently announced the magazine
is still going strong, but he is currently lookimg for another host
for his web site.
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315,
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.. Merv's publication may soon also be available
BRUCE GILLESPIE's fanzines Scratch Pad and Steam Engine Time are
available on www.efanzines.com
FOLCC BOOK SALES. "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to
donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated
books. A cheque for $86 has been forwarded to the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation. New Tally: $0
Books looking for new homes: "Honor Harrington: The Honor of the
Queen," by David Weber, "Harm's Way" by Colin Greenland, "Virtual
Girl" by Amy Thomson, "The Magic and the Healing" by Nick
O'Donohoe, "Arthur" and "Merlin" by Stephen Lawhead, "An Echo In
Time" and "The Ancient Future" by Traci Harding, "Silver Wolf" by
Alice Borchardt, To buy books e-mail Edwina Harvey at
firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail Edwina, c/- 12 Flinders St,
Matraville, NSW 2036. *Make cheques payable to Edwina Harvey please,
FOLCC is an informal entity.) Anyone wanting to donate directly to
JDRF- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can do so via PO Box
2038, South Melbourne, VIC 3205.Their web site is www.jdrf.org.au.
COLLINS SUPERSTORE. Level 2, Broadway Shopping Centre, Cnr Broadway
and Bay St, Sydney. Leigh Blackmore, who runs the SF section of this
store recently called for any small press publishers, or authors with
small press editions, who do not currently have stock with Collins,
Superstore Broadway to contact him as Collins wants to support titles
GALAXY BOOKSHOP: 143 York St Sydney. http://www.galaxybooks.com.au.
INFINITAS BOOKSHOP (Shop 5 No. 1 Horwood Place Parramatta,
email@example.com) The Infinitas Newsletter is online at
www.infinitas.com.au under the 'latest newsletter' link. They were
recently offering books signed by authors, including Trudi Canavan,
Garth Nix, Sean McMullen and Gregory Benford, and also offer z
rewards program for frequent purchasers
Infinitas will soon be moving to shop 22, Civic Arcade, 48-50 George
St, Parramatta, sharing premises with a shop called Blokey Stuff.
FARENHEIT SF & Fantasy Bookshop cnr Bourke & William St, Melbourne.Ph
03 9600 4674, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Recently reopened
after a 5 week hiatus.
CRIME INK: 150 William St (Crn Bourke &William, Ph 03 9600 4674, e-
COLLECTED WORKS: Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St Melbourne. (Cnr of
Flinders Lane) Ph 03 9654 8873; E-mail email@example.com
Reported to be a good place to find mediaeval, Arthurian and Gothic
literature as well as stocking Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
(Reported by Sue Bursztynski)
KNOWN SPACE BOOKS: First Floor, 108 Gawler Place, Adelaide, SA 5000.
Tel: (08) 8223-4304 Open: 12:00-6:00 Wednesday-Thursday; 12:00-10:00
Friday; 12:00-6:00 Saturday New and used books related to science
fiction, film and TV. Also comics and magazines. Now receiving
American imports weekly.
SLOW GLASS BOOKS: a SF mail order catalogue. To join the mailing
list write to GPO Box 2708X , Melbourne Vic 3001 or see
www.slowglass.com.au. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (03) 9639
1511 Fax: (03) 9639 1511. Melbourne fans will be pleased to hear that
Justin Ackroyd is looking to reopen Slow Glass as a shopfront in the
RAVEN BOOKS: Second hand book service specialising in supernatural &
occult books. "From the Vault" catalogues are issued irregularly. If
you'd like to be added to this mailing list, write to Leigh
Blackmore, Raven Books, PO Box A281, Sydney South NSW 1235.
COMPETITIONS, FAN FUNDS & AWARDS
BBB – BRING BRUCE BAYSIDE is a specialized fan fund aimed at raising
funds to get Bruce Gillespie to Corflu and Potlatch conventions in
2005. Donations can be made (In $US) to American administrators Joyce
and Arnie Katz, PMB 152 330 S. Decatur Blv, Law Vegas, NV 89107.
Donations in $A can be to Bill Wright, Unit 4 1 Park St, St. Kilda
The DUFF 2004 administrators would like to congratulate Norman Cates,
winner of the DUFF race for 2004. This was a closely-contested race
between Norman,Danny Oz and Erika Lacey. Check the DUFF website at
www.duff2004.com. (Reported by Julian Warner, Australian DUFF
GUFF: The race for the "Get Up and over Fan Fund" – to get an
Antipodean fan up to Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon in Scotland
(q.v.) is now open Nominees must post a $25 bond by 30 September.
Full details available on www.ericlindsay.com/guff/nominate.htm.
AUREALIS AWARDS are being administered by Fantastic Queensland this
year. They were recently looking for people interested in judging the
horror categories of the awards. There have been some changes to the
awards:Firstly, entries will have to be accompanied by an entry form,
and must be sent to the judging panel so that judges won't have to
read everything that comes out during the eligible period. Secondly,
there is a new "Best of the Best"category, for short stories and
novels, intended to create greater media focus. The "best of" winners
will be taken from the winners of the existing categories.Thirdly,
because fantasy is such a large field, there is an option for judges
to choose to read only fantasy short stories or novels, but people
are still welcome to do both if they wish. Further details about the
awards are at www.aurealisawards.com Anyone interested in judging
and convening is asked to contact:Jason Nahrung Aurealis Awards
director 0417 724 070
HATCH, MATCH & DISPATCH
DEATHS: ROBYN HERRINGTON passed away on 3 May, 2004. after a long
battle with cancer. Robyn was born in Melbourne and lived in
Elizabeth Fields, SA before moving to Canada, 25 years ago. Her short
fiction was published in a wide collection of SF magazines and
anthologies including Talebones, Adventures of Sword and Sorcery and
Parsec. Robyn was also acquisitions editor for Edge Science Fiction
and Fantasy and was instrumental in bringing Australian writer K. A.
Bedford's first novel, Orbital Burn to market. Robyn also worked on
many convention committees She was employed as a graphics designer by
the University of Calgary (and edited New Currents In Teaching
Technologythere. She was also an accomplished glass blower. Her home
page is at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~rmherrin/, From Robert Sawyer,
relayed to the Eidolist by Joyce Scrivner.
THE WALKING WOUNDED:
PETER MCNAMARA continues to defy the odds, getting on with his life
despite a brain tumour. He is said to be working on another anthology
after the success of Forever Shores.
KEVIN DILLON Recovering from recent cataract surgery.
EDWINA HARVEY Recovering from the first "Grease and oil change" , the
op to remove the oil from her right eye on 21st May. Finding it
slightly more challenging to be editing the Bullsheet than originally
CLUBS & MEETINGS
MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick
3055.Meet most Friday nights. Meetings for June4:Food and Trivia -
Pancakes! Hot pancakes with the new improved serving method. All You
Can Eat, June 11 Coffee, cake & chat: A quiet night with friends for
those who aren't at Continuum. June 18th Shortest Day Celebration -
Dining in the Great Hall A midwinter's feast - a special food night!-
Arrive 8.00 for 8.30 Includes "Solstice & Fantasy" talks & readings.
SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15
concession.) payed to Space Out Inc. PO Box 363, Preston, Vic.
3072.Non-profit SF club offering monthly meetings, "Diverse Universe"
newsletter and "Solar Spectrum" annual anthology.
QUEST The long-running Queensland Star Trek club is still going
strong. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the club at
PO BOX 2084, Brisbane, QLD. 4001 (Reported by Kevin Sheehan.)
SFSA (South Australian Dr Who fan club) is also a generic science
fiction club with two regular meetings each month. Annual membership
rises to $15 . The regular club meeting is held at the Adelaide High
School from 3pm-10pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month. SFSA MAGAZINE
15 with "Australian Science Fiction" as its theme, is currently being
distributed. See http://www.sfsa.org.au/ for full details or write to
PO Box 3227, Rundle Mal.l, SA 5000. (Reported by Martin Dunne.) The
Doctor Who Club of Australia (formerly known as the Australasian
Doctor Who Fan Club) was formed in 1976 . This club is strictly and
proudly a non-profit organisation, run entirely by unpaid volunteers.
MEMBERSHIP provides 6 issues of Data Extract, membership pack, access
to the club's member-only internet mailing list, discount prices on a
wide range of merchandise (including some club-exclusive items) from
dwca shop, discount admission prices to club events and functions
(including Whovention, discounts at selected retail outlets for
Doctor Who merchandise. $16 within Australia, For more information
contact Dwayne Bunney - email@example.com or 0416 269
726 or check www.doctorwhoaustralia.org
HOBART DWCA event: Sat, June
12, 2004 from 2pm Glenorchy City Library, Terry Street, Glenorchy
FREE ADMISSION Features screening of Day of the Daleks, (which will
not be shown on the ABC) Tom Baker (4th Doctor) This Is Your Life
(Filmed circa 2001) Return of the Sontarans (Dreamwatch production
starring Brian Croucher and Jan Chappel of Blake's 7, and Sophie
Aldred, Carol Ann Ford and Michael Wisher of Doctor Who), The Airzone
Solution (BBV Production starring Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin
Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Nicola Bryant) and others if time
permits.Call Dwayne Bunney on 6263 3157 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. Use the
side car park entrance, as the library will be closed and press the
button for admittance if the door is locked. To subscribe to the DWCA
Hobart Group mailing list, send a blank email to:dwca-hobart-
email@example.com SYDNEY DWCA meeting, Sat 12 June from 7pm.
Redfern. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for fmore details.
SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower
Block, The University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm. Check
http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/Futurians.html or phone Garry
Dalrymple after 7 pm on (02) 9718 5827 for updates.
SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP: New meeting arrangements will be posted
to the web site
http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/Southern_SF&F.html. or e-mail
Bradley Row, email@example.com or phone 9580 4369
SKYWALKING: http://sydskyforce.starwalking.net holds meetings af the
Lidcombe Catholic Workers Club, 24 John St, Lidcombe, opposite
Lidcombe Railway stationon the third Sunday of some months.
Attendenca costs $8 members, $10 nonmembers.
ENVISION: Brisbane. 2-7th July. $660 for 5 day workshop plus
manuscript reading. Guest speakers Sean Williams, Stephanie Smith.
Kim Wilkins, Tansy Rayner Roberts. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MANIFEST 2004. Melbourne Anime Festival in August. Featuring
competitions, fan art, fan fiction & discussion panels on Anime and
Manga. Full details available at www.manifest.org.au
CONQUEST conventions and other Brisbane Star Trek events can be found
VORTEX: SF Events also happening in Brisbane, can be found at
CLARION SOUTH 2005 (Jan 3-Feb 11 2005, Brisbane. Will have Sean
Williams, Ellen Datlow, Michael Swanwick, Margo Lanagan, Ian Irvinne
and Scott Westerfield as tutors. Total cost of attending Clarion
South will be $2,539, this includes tuition and accommodation for 6
weeks. Scholarships available. For further details see
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
CONTINUUM 2 – Gods of Myth and Silicon is on Queens Birthday weekend,
11-14 June, Melbourne. GoHs: author Trudi Canavan and artist Eddie
Campbell. PO Box GPO Box 1212k, Melbourne, Vic 3001. Membership
increase on 1st June. Maskobolo has been changed from Saturday to
Sunday night. Program has been put up on the web site:
www.continuum.org or e-mail email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION: 11 September. One day event starring
John Rhys Davies. Other guests also invited. . For more details phone
FSF 92 9523 8385, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or send an sase
to Friends of Science Fiction PO Box 797 Fairfield, NSW. 1860. NB
John Rhys Davies has now also negotiated to appear at functions held
by Multiverse, Melbourne (? ) , Supanova, Brisbane and Armageddon
(Wellington, NZ) around the same time as the Sydney function.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lord of the Rings convention 20-21 November, The
Chifley on Northbourne, Canberra. Guests and full details available
SMOFCON 3-5 December 2004. Washington, DC USA. Wyndham Hotel. (n.b.
SMOF stands for "Secret Masters of Fandom") SMOFCON is an annual
convention about organising SF conventions. Full details are
available on www.smofcon.org The San Francisco SF Conventions Inc
has recently established a fund to grant 2 scholarships of US $500 to
help potential convention organisers attend SMOFCON. While these
scholarships are open to anyone, applicants must show how attending
SMOFCON will assist the Bay Area SF group. (San Francisco, USA)
CONSENSUALITY – Swancon XXX. Perth, WA. Easter, March 24-28 2005.
Emerald Hotel, Perth Membership $75 until 1/5/04 GoH Charles de Lint,
Special Guest Grant Watson, Fan Guest Anna Hepworth, E-mail
Swancon30@westnet.com.au. Temporary website
Dedman and Elaine Kemp.
CONFLUX 2: Fri 22 April – Sun 24th April, 2005. GoH Jennifer Fallon,
Special Guests Terry Dowling and Maxine McArthur. Earlybird
membership (until end of June 2004) $77. Conflux website
(www.conflux.org.au) will not be updated until the end of June, but e-
mail email@example.com for more information. (Reported by Rose
THYLACON IV. National SF con for 2005. Hobart, Tasmania. 10-13 June,
2005 (Queens Birthday Long weekend in many states.) Attendence rates
$120. Australian GoH Marianne de Pierres, Fan GoH Merv Binns. Hobart
Midcity Hotel. Accom $105 single/double, $135 tripple. For full
details see www.thylacon.com or write to Thylacon PO Box 345 Kingston
TAS, 7051 To join the Thylacon e-mail list send a subscribe message
INTERACTION: 63rd WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION, GLASGOW, 2005.
Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon will be held at the Scottish
Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow over the weekend of 4-8
August 2005.GoHs Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley and Jane Yolen,
critic and fanzine editor Greg Pickersgill and veteran Scandinavian
fan Lars-Olov Strandberg. Australian Agent, Ted Scribner, can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 12 Richmount St, Cronulla,
CASCADIA con is the Nasfic (North American SF) con for 2005. (Nasfics
are held in the USA in years when the Worldocn is held outside the
USA). 1 – 5 September, 2005, Seattle, Washington. Goh's Fred
Saberhagen, Liz Danford, Kevin Standlee, Toni Weisskopf. Full
information on www.cascadiacon.org
CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, 2006. More details to
follow, or check www.fantasticqueensland.com.
LA CON IV, was recently voted the 64th Worldcon. 23-27 August, 2006.
Anaheim Convention Centre, Hilton & Marriott hotels, Anaheim. Goh's
Connie Willis, James Gurney, Howard De Vore, Frankie Thoman. Current
membership prices appear to relate to the number of patches you have –
which won't be of much relevance unless you were at Torcon this
year. See the Bullsheet web site for full details. New members can e-
mail info@laconIV.org, Postal address LA Con c/- S.C.I.F.I. inc, PO
Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, 91409. USA.
OTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Ted Scribner's Australian SF&F home page is:
and his list of SF oriented groups in NSW is at
Coode St Review lists Australian publishing news and achievements by
Australian writers http://www.sf.org.au/coodestreetnews.
AUSTRALIAN WRITERS WEB, http://splints.customer.netspace.net.au lists
Australian and overseas markets and resources for Australian writers.
Maintained and updated by Tony Plank. (Great graphics, and a great
For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tippers
The Bullsheet is available as a FREE e-mail subscription by
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The Bullsheet web page, which is updated throughout the month can be
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The Bullsheet is also available as a snail-mail subscription for
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NEXT BULLSHEET: The deadline for submission of material for inclusion
in the July 2004 Bullsheet (28) is 25th June. Send your news e-mail
to email@example.com, or snail mail to Edwina Harvey c/- 12
Flinders St, Matraville NSW, 2036.
Visit Celestial Cobbler for custom made ceramic craft with a SF &
Fantasy bent. Special events: Birthdays, New Babies, Anniversaries,
Special messages, etc commemorated on a hand crafted mug or plate.
For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73