The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 66 – September 2007
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 66
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
INFINITAS BOOKSHOP/BLOKEY STUFF, shop 22 Civic Arcade, George St,
Parramatta, has KEVIN J. ANDERSON and REBECCA MOESTA in store on 26th
SYDNEY COSTUMERS PLEASE NOTE: Are you in Sydney and interested in
costuming? The NSW branch of the Costumers Guild is having
a "Travellers from the Small Screen" dinner on 22nd September
(Restaurant to be decided on soon.) Costumes are to be inspired from
SF TV series and telemovies. If you want to join in contact Wendy,
NSW@australiancostumersguild.org.au, or check
BULLSHEET ARTIST: A selection of Edwina's ceramic artwork and silk
painting are now on display and for sale at The Bowerbird Gallery,
171 Lurline St, Katoomba. They have a real eclectic collection of art
for sale, and their coffee shop is pretty good as well! Check it out
if you're visiting the 3 Sisters in the Blue Mountains.
CONGRATULATIONS to MARGO LANAGAN, who won Book of the Year (Older
Readers) for Red Spikes and SHAUN TAN, who won Best Picture Book for
The Arrival in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Full
details can be found at www.cbc.org.au. (Reported by Kate Eltham on
the Visions List.)
11th BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL, 12-16 September, will be hosting up
to 300 writers including Kevin J. Anderson, (Dune series) Rebecca
Moesta (Buffy & Star Wars), David Russell, Emily Rodda, Michael
White, John Ajvide Linqvist, Kim Wilkins, Marianne de Pierres & Jason
Nahrung.Venues will be the State Library, Queensland and the Brisbane
Powerhouse. Full program details available at
www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au, or you can pick up printed
programs from Pulp Fiction bookshop.
CANBERRA READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL. 21-23 September. With the
theme "Icy Worlds, Cool Writers", speakers include underwater
archeologist, DAVID GIBBONS, HAZEL EDWARDS and ELIZABETH HONEY. This
will be held in conjunction with the Spring Lifeline Book Fair at the
Canberra Exhibition Centre. There'll be complimentary wine at the
SHOCK CULTURE which was to be held in Sydney on 15th September and
Melbourne on 16th Sept, with GoH's has been reported as cancelled on
OUT OF THIS WORLD e-newsletter,
http://groups.yahoo.com/out_of_this_world_sffh, edited by CHUCK
MCKENZIE is in hiatus after Chuck resigned from managing the
Frankston Angus & Robertson bookshop.
SHUTTLE MAWSON gets a mention, and the Aus ST fanclub's logo will be
featured in the hangar bay of the Starship Enterprise in the new Star
Trek film. (Reported by Stuart Blair.)
U.S.S. SOUTHERN CROSS was officially commissioned as a chapter of
Starfleet International, They recently celebrated their achievement
wuth a party at the Adelaide Writers Centre. Their newsletter,
Scuttlebutt, can be read for free on theirwebsite:
southerncross.com/news.htm (Reported by Lt. Cmdr Kirok of L'stok.)
GEORGE TAKEI will be presenting the newest fan production of Star
Trek: New Voyages - World Enough and Time. He will also be co-hosting
the Hugo Awards on 1st September.
BRIAN HADES and GWEN GADES recently announced that EDGE SF, TESSERACT
BOOKS and DRAGON MOON PRESS have merged to form Canada's biggest SF &
Fantasy genre publishers.
2007 GULLIVER TRAVEL RESEARCH GRANT, administered by the Speculative
Literature Foundation (USA) is open until 30th September. The grant
is awarded to assist writers of spec fic, and provides US $600 to be
used to cover airfare, lodging and/or other transport expenses. The
grant is not available for academic research. To apply for the grant
submit a 1 page description of the project, travel location and
estimated travel date (500 words), a writing sample in the proposed
genre (10 pages or 5,000 words, samples must be the solo work of the
applicant,) and a bibliography of previously published work (if
applicable.). Travel may take place from any country to any country,
or within any country. Send submissions as attached doc files to
firstname.lastname@example.org to travel grant administrators,
Colin Harvey and Tiffany Jonas. Include a brief cover letter
including your contact details. Any queries should also be sent to
the same e-mail address.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
DENYSE BRIDGER's new book, The Fate Decrees, actually costs US
$16.95, not US $19.95 as mentioned in last month's Bullsheet. See
http://www.edgewebsite.com for full details.
HUNTER'S MOON, released in August, is a new book by DAVID DEVEREUX.
Known as "The U.K's first celebrity exorcist" It is the story of
Jack musician/magician who is skilled in unarmed combat and
electronic surveillance. Orion Books, $32.95. ISBN 978-0-575-07985-4
THE LAST WISH is a fantasy novel by ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI, one of
Poland's most successful fantasy authors. "In his role as guardian
of the innocent, Geralt, the witcher, meets incestuous kings with
undead daughters, shrieking harpies, love-lorn vampires...and nothing
is quite what it seems." Gollancz publications. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-
RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES is the new book by SCOTT LYNCH in
the "Gentleman Bastard" series which features thief and scoundrel,
Locke Lamara. This fantasy seems largely set on the high seas.
Released on 6th September by Gollancz. $32.95.ISBN 978-0-575-07925-0
BRASYL , the new book by IAN McDONALD, plaits together three
storylines: The current day Brazil, the Brazil of 2032 and the Brazil
of 1732. With its offerings of alternative sciences it has been
called a landmark work in modern SF. 404 pages, including a glossary,
selected reading and a playlist. Orion Books, ISBN 978-0-575-08050-8
FATAL REVENANT: Book Two of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by
STEPHEN DONALDSON will be released by Gollancz in October. $49.95
hardback. 732 pages.ISBN 978 0 575 07600 6.
ROBBIE MATTHEWS is to have a collection of his Johnny Werewolf
stories, including new material, published by Australian Speculative
Fiction in April 08. The working title of the book is "Werewolf and
Friends" Check www.austspeculativefiction.com.au for further details.
The next AGOG! anthology will be Canterbury 2100. They are "seeking
short stories from a group of travellers on their way to Canterbury"
in a future "where storytelling is once again a valued skill" This
anthology will be inspired by the classic 14th century Canterbury
Tales by Chaucer, and will be edited by Dirk Flinthart. See
http://www.catsparks.net/agogpress/Canterbury2100.htm for more
THE KISS OF THE LILY will be a spec fic romance anthology focusing on
the sacrifices of love. Sexual content allowed if it's integral to
the development of the story. This anthology is open to Australians &
Australian residents only. Original work only, no reprints. Paying 1
cent a word Stories up to 5000 words. Submissions open 1st October,
and close 31st December. E-mail submissions to
email@example.com in 12 pt Courier, double spaced
RTF as an attachment. Submitters names & contact details are not to
be put on the submissions, but in the body of the e-mail instead as
editors want to read stories blind. In the subject line of the e-mail
write Submissioin and title of your story.
FUTURISTIC MOTHERHOOD: Alternative Visions of Mothering is a spec fic
anthology about the future of motherhood. Maximum story length 7,500
words. Multiple submissions accepted, but only 1 story will be
selected by any author. Reprints considered, please include details
of where the submission was previously published though. Paying $100
plus 2 complimentary copies. Either e-mail stories in the body of the
e-mail or as a RTF or MS Word attachment. Submissions close 15th
September. (Response by 30 Sept.) (Reported by Cat Sparks on the
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE Issue 30 featuring stories from
Aliette de Bodard, Dirk Flinthart, Darren Goossens, Bren McDibble,
Kevin G. Maclean, KieranMorgan, Simon Petrie, Amanda Sichter, David
Tallerman and poetry from Marcie Tentchoff. Edited by Robbie Matthews
with Stuart Barrow. This issue features great cover art from Brian
Smith. Available from specialty bookshops around Australia, or direct
from www.andromedaspaceways.com for $8.95 (plus postage.) The PDF
version of issue 30 should be available shortly. Andromeda Spaceways
T-shirts always for sale. See Celestial Cobbler website for design
ANTIPODEAN SF 111 features flash (under 500 words) fiction by Steve
Duffy, Craig Miles, Townsend Walker, Karen Maric, Shaun A. Saunders,
Frank Roger, Tavis Potts, Frances Conaty, Liam Brennan and Tom
Williams can be viewed at www.antisf.com.
GRAHAM STONE has a catalogue of SF books and pulp SF magazines
(Amazing Stories, Analog, Galaxy SF) for sale. For a copy of the
catalogue send a sase to 205/24 Victoria St, Burwood, NSW, 2134.
LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For a catalogue e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Leigh also occasionally sells on e-bay as seller ID
Quoth Raven Books.
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315,
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.
FRIENDS OF LINDA COX CHAN (FOLCC) raise money to donate to Juvenile
Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated books etc. (Current
tally $0.) Books looking for new homes:A-Team colouring and activity
books: Dragon on a Pedestal by Piers Anthony, Panglor by Jeffrey A.
Carver, Hell on High(Disney World is nothing compared to this place:
Extinct Species Petting Zoo, waterpark with real mermaids) by Ted
Nolan. Wings in the Night, a vampire romance trilogy plus bonus short
story by Maggie Shayne. Silhouette publication. Art cards autographed
by Marianne Plumridge and Bob Eggleton are also for sale. To buy
items e-mail Edwina Harvey at email@example.com or snail mail
Edwina, c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville, NSW 2036. *Make cheques
payable to Edwina Harvey please, FOLCC is an informal entity.) You
can also pay via direct deposit and paypal.
HATCH, MATCH AND DISPATCH
Fan, author and publisher, JEAN WEBER continues her quest to be a
bionic woman. She had a hip replacement on 27th August, and apart
from pain on the first 2 nights after the operation she is doing
well, learning to navigate hospital corridors and steps on crutches.
She is expected to go home tomorrow (1/9) where she will be
recouperating for 6-8 weeks. (Thanks to Eric Lindsay for the update.)
Australian writer PAUL HAINES reportedly was recently diagnosed with
bowel cancer. (Reported by Clair McKenna on the Eidolist.)
CLUBS & MEETINGS
MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.Membership to the MSFC is $25
single, or $35 family p.a. No meeting on Good Friday For further
details including meeting details check the MSFC website at
AUSTREK, the Star Trek fan club in Victoria which has been going
strong for more than 30 years meet on the 1st Saturday of every month
from 2pm at the Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne. Annual membership to
the club is $30. See www.austrek.org for more details. (Reported by
DR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA has been operating for over 25years. Their
newsletter - Sonic Screwdriver - publishes news, reviews & gossip on
Dr Who as well as publishing fanfic & pictures 6 times a year. If you
join in December/Jan membership is $24 (or $35 for a family
membership) which gets you 7 issues of the newsletter. Membership
then reduces depending on which month you join, i.e. August/Sept is
$10 ($15 family.) Members receive discounts on purchases at ABC shops
and Minotuar in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Family memberships also
available. See http://www.vicnet.net.au/~dwcv.
GEELONG SCIENCE FICTION CLUB: Join the on-line group at
http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/GeelongSFClub. (Reported by Ben
SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15
concession.) to Spaced Out Inc. PO Box 363, Preston, Vic. 3072.Non-
profit SF club offering monthly meetings, "Diverse Universe"
newsletter and "Solar Spectrum" annual anthology.
OUT THERE "You find a lot of queer things in space" is a social club
for gay SF fans, mostly over 30, that meets monthly in Adelaide.
Phone Rod on 0402027891 for more details.
CANBERRA SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays
of the month. It's a relaxed social society for the discussion of SF
and fantasy. Membership $24 p.a. For more info write to CSFS PO Box
47, Civic Square, ACT 2608, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) Membership $16 within Aust.
provides 6 issues of Data Extract, membership pack, access to the
club's member-only internet mailing list, discount prices on a range
of merchandise, admission prices to club functions (including
Whovention, discounts at selected retail outlets for Doctor Who
merchandise. For more information contact Dwayne Bunney -
email@example.com or 0416 269 726 or check
STARSHIP MAWSON (www.starshipmawson.com) is a South Australian Star
Trek fan club, & chapter of Starfleet International, run by Stuart
Blair. (Reported by Stuart Blair.)
QUEST Queensland Star Trek club. Contact the club at PO BOX 2084,
Brisbane, QLD. 4001, or check www.conquestforever.com (Reported by
The Brisbane Babylon 5ers website is at http://bb5ers.com (Reported
by Erica Sharp, president of the Brisbane Babylon5ers )
VISIONS WRITERS GROUP offers meeting and critiquing for SF, Fantasy
and Horror writers in QLD Monthly meetings from 11am -2 pm, first
Sunday of the month (except Jan and Dec) at Queensland State Library,
Rm 2D, 2nd Floor. Brisbane. $10 joining fee, and $4 per meeting.
There website is You can also join their
virtual group (great for writing tips and general SF info) at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vision-writers. (Reported by Kris
INFINITAS BOOKSHOP/Blokey Stuff, Shop 22 Civic Arcade, 48 - 50 George
Street Parramatta NSW. has 2 groups regularly meeting at its
premises. The SF Discussion Group meets at 6:30pm on the first
Thursday of each month except January. A SF Writers Group also meets
at the shop once a month on Saturdays See
http://www.infinitas.com.au/WritersGroup.php for meeting dates.
(Reported by Tim Martin via Ted Scribner).
Sci-Fi Monthly is a relaxed, casual SF book discussion group that
meet at 2pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Café Gallery, Eastgate
shopping centre, Bondi Junction, Sydney. See www.sci-fimonthly.com
for more details.
SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB meet from 6.30pm on the second Tuesday of the
month at the Civic Hotel, Crn Pitt & Goulburn Sts, Sydney.
SYDNEY FUTURIANS Check http://users.secsme.org.au/~futurians, or e-
mail John.Fox@uts.edu.au for meeting details.
STARWALKING: http://sydskyforce.starwalking.net holds meetings af the
Lidcombe Catholic Workers Club, 24 John St, Lidcombe, opposite
Lidcombe Railway station on the third Sunday of some months.
Attendance costs $8 members, $10 non-members.
TAG, TERRA AUSTRALIS GARRISON - a Starwars stormtrooper appreciation
society. Details can be found at www.501tag.com (reported on Sci fi
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION (fsf) meet at Bankstown Sports Club, 8
Greenfield Pde, Bankstown (a short walk from Bankstown railways
station.) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.Check fsf.net.au for more
NEWCASTLE SPACE FRONTIER SOCIETY (NSFS) Regular meetings and social
functions. Full details available at www.nssa.com.au/nsfs. (Reported
by Jack Dwyer.)
SPOCKSOC: A SF group run by students at the University of NSW,
Kensington, Sydney. http://www.spocksoc.unsw.edu.au
VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at
Jeff Wayne's stage musical, WAR OF THE WORLDS, featuring Justin
Hayward (aka lead singer from Moody Blues) and a 30 ft tall Martian
fighting machine, will be touring Australia in September. Tickets are
already on sale and selling fast. Dates and venues are: Sat 8th
September, Perth, Burswood Superdome; Thurs 13th Sept, Brisbane
Entertainment Centre; Tues 18th Sept, Sydney Acer Arena (Homebush),
Friday 21st Sept, Melbourne Ron Laver Arena. (Reported by Sonny
Whitelaw on the Visions list.).
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
SHOCK CULTURE Sydney 15th September, Melbourne 16th September (no
venues announced as yet) Theme: Firefly/Serenity. GoHs Morena
Baccarin, Christina Hennricks . REPORTED AS CANCELLED ON SCINUT e-
newsletter. See: http://cultureshockexpo.com/index.php.
MANIFEST anime festival. Melbourne University,Melbourne. 14-16
September. See www.manifest.org.au.
CONFLUX 4 will be held from Sept 28th to October 1, 2007.(October
long weekend in some states.) GoH's: Graham Joyce, Garth Nix, Simon
Brown, Karron Warren, Donna Maree Hanson and Sharyn November. Full
membership is $190 until 28th Sept then $220 at door. Student &
Concession $130 until 28 Sept. $155 at door. Supporting members $35.
See www.conflux.org.au for more details. (Reported by Nicole R.
ANIMANIA anime, games, manga festival. Sept 28-30. Sydney Town Hall,
George St, Sydney. See www.anime.net.au.
SUPANOVA Sydney. 12-14 October. Exhibition Hall 2, Sydney Olympic
Park. See www.supanova.com.au for more details,
ARMAGEDDON/SHOCK CULTURE: ***CANCELLED***. (Reported on Scinut)
Sydney. 13-14 October. Royal Hall of Industries. Moore Park (Fox
Studios) GoHs: Adam West (Batman from 1960s TV series), Julia Newmer
(Catwoman from Batman 1960s TV series), Ray Park, Matt Wood, Jane
Badler and Pro-wrestlers. Admission $15. See www.pulpexpo.com
FANTASYCON 2007. 21-23 Sept, Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, UK. GoH's
Terry Brooks, Michael Marshall-Smith, Stephen Jones. (Reported on SF
ARMAGEDDON , NZ. 20-22 October. Aotea Centre, Auckland. NZ. GoHs:
Adam West (Batman from 1960s TV series), Julia Newmer (Catwoman from
Batman 1960s TV series), Ray Park, Matt Wood, Jane Badler and Pro-
wrestlers. Tickets on sale from 1st September via Ticketek. (Reported
CRUISE TREK DOWNUNDER: Sets sail from Sydney 4th November, calls in
on Melbourne, Tasmania & NZ, with some Lord of the Rings shore trips
planned for New Zealand. Star Trek GoHs rumoured to be attending.
Variety of on-bard accommodation available. See www.cruisetrek.com
for more details (but prices are in $US!)(Thanks to Clare McDonald
for the additional information.)
BoBW convention. 9-11 November.Sebel hotel, 350 Church St, Parramatta
(Sydney). Stargate theme. GoHS Joe Flannagan, Teryl Rothery, Peter
Williams, Sonny Whitelaw. Memberships per day: VIP $300. Gold $250,
Basic $195. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, see www.bobw.com.au or phone 02
SWANCON 2008. Perth. Natcon 2008. GoH Paul Cornell (? EH) More
details to follow.
CONRUNNER 2008, 28-29 June 08, Britannia Hotel, Wolverhampton, UK. A
convention about running conventions. Membership 25 pounds.
DENVENTION: The Worldcon in 2008 will be held in Denver, 6-10 August
08. See http://www.denver2008.com.
AUSTRALIAN NATCON 2009 will be in Adelaide.
Australia 2010 Worldcon bid. Let's do it again in 2010! The Aussie
Worldcon bid seems to be getting good support from overseas. Pre-
supporting m/ships $20. Firend m/ships $100. E-mail
email@example.com for information about paypal and credit card
payments. See http://www.australia2010.org/ or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Postal address Australia in 2010, GPO Box 1212
Melbourne, Australia. 3001. US AGENT: David Evans, UK Agents Eve &
John Harvey, European Agent: Vince Docherty.
OTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES:
The Inkspillers web site, http://www.inkspillers.com. is a great
source of market information for SF writers that is always being
updated by Tony Plank.
For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tipper's
homepage: http://www.collectingbooks andmagazines.com
Sci-fi REPORTER is a SF news service covering cons, fan clubs and
media, edited by Stuart Blair. To subscribe to this list send an e-
mail to email@example.com
SMW Editing & Proofreading services for academic (including theses),
fiction & non-fiction. For more details or arrange a quote, e-mail
The Bullsheet is available as a FREE monthly e-mail through the
AUSSFBULL mailing list. To join send a blank e-mail to AUSSFBULL-
firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest version is also on the
Bullsheet web page http://members.optusnet.com.au/aussfbull/,
http://www.geocities.com/edwinafan/bullsheetThe Bullsheet is also
available as a snail-mail subscription for 24x50 cent stamps (or $12)
sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville, 2036. Send your
news e-mail to email@example.com,
Visit Celestial Cobbler for silk and ceramic craft with a SF &
Fantasy bent see. http://members.optushome.com.au/cobbler42/
For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid
Happy Fathers Day!