An aporial  newszine produced for the Australian National
Science Fiction Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215,
Forest Hill, Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA


Postal subscriptions $6-00 for ten.(Cheques made out to Marc
Ortlieb please. Stamps accepted). Available for items of gossip.
E-mailed direct, a once off $10 fee.  Free copy from aus.sf on
Internet or at  


Transworld Publishers have announced The George Turner Prize of
$10,000 for an unpublished Australian Fantasy or Science Fiction
novel. The work must be by Australian residents over the age of
eighteen. It should be between 60,000 and 150,000 words. There
is a $30 entry fee. the deadline for entries is January 30th
1998. All entries must be accompanied by the official entry form
which can be obtained from Transworld Publishers Ground floor,
40 Yeo St, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089. The winning entry will be
published by Transworld.

Apart from the accommodation problems caused by half of South
Australia descending on Melbourne for a certain sporting event,
Basicon 2 went well. It garnered 142 attendees from a total
membership of  180 and people enjoyed themselves in a relaxed
manner - so relaxed that the motion to amalgamate the National
Convention and the National media Convention passed with
scarcely a ripple. Despite Ian's illness, he and Karen seemed to
be everywhere and things went smoothly. Seattle DUFF winner
Janice Murray and her partner Alan Rosenthal threw themselves
into the spirit of the event, and interstate visitors Eric
Lindsay, Jean Weber, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley and Richard
Faulder from New South Wales, Sue Ann Barber and Trevor Clarke
from Perth, Medge & Bean from Adelaide and Robin Johnson from
Tasmania made it feel a bit more than just another small
Melbourne con.



Best Long Fiction: The Scarlet Rider  Lucy Sussex (Tor/Forge)
Best Short Fiction: "The Sword of God" Russell  Blackford
(Dreamweavers Paul Collins (ed) Penguin Books)
Best Fanzine: Thyme Alan Stewart		
Best Fan Writer: Bruce Gillespie	
Best Fan Artist:	 Ian Gunn
Best Professional Artist: Elizabeth Kyle Cover of Dreamweavers
(Dreamweavers Paul Collins (ed) Penguin Books)
William Atheling Award: Alan Stewart for reviews in Thyme 	


Best Australian Fan Fiction Zine: Alliance   Cavell Gleeson &
Jeremy Sadler
Best Australian Fan Newsletter: Frontier  Katharine Maxwell 
Best Australian Media Fan Writer: George Ivanoff
Best Australian Media Fan Artist  Kerri Valkova
Best Australian Amateur Audio/Visual Production Star Trek 30th
Anniversary Tribute Video (screened at Multiverse II) _ Danny

	The voting figures for both sets of awards will be published
with the post-con reports. Con books for non-attending members
will be posted out within the next week.


(Presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation)
Susan Smith Clarke


(Presented by Ian Gunn)
The Basicon 2 Ditmar Awards sub-committee (in exchange for the
Best Fan Artist Ditmar. Tracey Oliphant for best emergence from
gafiation. Alan Stewart for most boring telephone answering
machine message. Eric Lindsay for most constructive biography
(see Stephen Boucher's biography on the Aussiecon Three Web


Damien Broderick's 'The White Abacus' was sold to US SF Book
Club. Offered in their September and October 1997 lists. Allan
Kaster reports "Greg Egan's "Blood Sisters" has been published
on audio cassette. For more information check out the
publisher's web site at"


Katharine Maxwell notes "Star Walking Inc. had a front page
picture and story (titled "Take me to your fan club leader"), in
The Northcote Leader, September 3, and shared an inside spread
with Austrek." Katharine also scored a letter in The Age's Green
Guide 25/9/97

My minute of fame came and went on September 19 when I got to
read my winning Anti-football limerick at 6.20am on 3LO's
Breakfast show. (I note this because I know how few fans are up
at 6.20am)

Channel 9's morning show had its weather presenter doing the
tired old "Beam me up Scotty" jokes at the Powerhouse Museum's
Star Trek exhibit on September 25th. The Channel 10 news also
covered the opening of the exhibition and I gather it attracted
assorted television coverage elsewhere as well. 3LO had a
talkback, featuring Kerrie Dougherty from the exhibition on
3/10/97 and The Australian Magazine 27-28/9/97 had a large

Damien Broderick reviews the second volume of Adrian Desmond's
biography of T.H. Huxley in the Australian Review 27-28/9/97.
Damien also had a letter in the Weekend Australian 13-14/9/97,
debunking claims that science proves astrology is right.

Danny Heap got an indirect mention in The Age 1/10/97. A
gentleman who has changed his surname to Abolish Child Support
and the Family Court was refused an entry in the phone book and
he pointed out that there was a Mr T.H.E. Bastard in the phone
book. Take a bow Danny.

Michael O'Brien got his letter in The Herald-Sun Entertainment
Guide 1/10/97 regarding the show Spellbinder 2.

Lucy Sussex  reviews Isobelle Carmody's Darkfall in The Age

(Lucy adds: Some of you who attended the October Nova
Mob, at which Isobelle Carmody spoke, might have been a little
surprised at my review of her new novel, which appeared in
today's AGE.
	So was I.
The Age told me they had lost the original email version of the
review, and would I please fax it to them. I dug it out, looked
at it, and decided I'd been a bit harsh, so revised the review.
It now read as much more positive.
	In the meantime The Age  found the original email review and
published it, without the 2nd (positive) paragraph and with a
negative caption.
	You understand I am not in the habit of asking people tospeak at
my house and then canning their work. The only thing I can do is
send author and publisher a copy of the review that should have
been published and explain the mix-up. If anybody wants to
publish this review, it's theirs.)
Isobelle's talk at the Nova Mob (1/10/97) was one of the best
discussion raisers recently and was attended by our visiting


Dirk Strasser and Stephen Higgins are conducting another of
their SF, Fantasy & Horror writing courses at Holmesglen TAFE.
It started on October 6 and runs for 8 weeks.

Copies of Progress Report One have finally been shipped to
Australia - the cartons were sighted in Slow Glass Books on
October 3. Australian members may see them soon.


Highlander DownUnder II will take place: Mercure Hotel, Brisbane
28-29 March 1998. Peter Wingfield, who plays the immensely
popular Methos, has agreed to give it another go and has
confirmed his attendance. (subject, of course, to professional

The 1998 Australian National Science Fiction Convention,
Thylacon 2, will be held in Hobart in June 1998. GoH is
Queensland author Leanne Frahm.


DUFF winner Janice Murray has been travelling through the
eastern states and impressed all at Basicon Two. She and Alan
Rosenthal got to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.


Eric Lindsay notes that he and Jean Weber are off travelling
again. "I'll be visiting the USA in October and November,
attending Ditto in Cincinnati, visiting with fans around
Cincinnati for a week, then spending about five days in
Minneapolis. I have to fly to San Francisco on Friday 7 November
to meet Jean Weber. We both fly to Las Vegas on Thursday 13
November to see fans and attend Comdex. We fly to Seattle on
Tuesday 25 November to see Jean's parents in Lacey for
Thanksgiving. We leave for Australia on Monday 1 December."

Strange to note that Cheryl Morgan will be spending roughly the
same three months doing temporary work here in Australia.  Is
this mere coincidence?

Roman Orszanski was in Melbourne recently for an environmental


CONQUEST 97 The Tonight Show October 10 - 12 1997 Mecure Hotel,
North Quay, Qld GoH Richard Arnold GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld
4001 (07) 3266-3103

TIMESTORM November 21-23 1997 Australia's 14th National Doctor
Who Convention Guest of Honor (subject to work commitments):
Sophie Aldred (Ace) Edmund Barton Convention Centre, South Road,
Moorabbin $95 until 19 September, $110 until 18 November, $130
at door GPO Box 4782UU Melbourne Vic 3001

MULTIVERSE 3 February 13-15 1998 Edmund Barton Centre 488 South
Road Moorabbin Victoria GoH Rob Grant P.O. Box 355 World Trade
Centre Melbourne, Victoria 3005 Australia

HIGHLANDER DOWNUNDER II  March  28-29 1998 Mercure Hotel,
Brisbane GoH Peter Wingfield (O.C.P.) $85 full, $75 concession.
Day reg is $50 & $40 concession. 11 Perrett St Bundamba Qld 4304

CSO (Dr Who NatCon) April 17-19 1998 Brisbane Travelodge Roma
Street Station GsoH Caroline John & Geoffrey Beevers ph Trevor
Gensch (07) 5499 0265

SWANCON TWENTY THREE 24th-27th April, 1998 (Anzac Day long
weekend ) Orchard Hotel, 707 Wellington St, Perth. GoH: Lois
McMaster Bujold Guests: Tess Williams, Grant Stone, Dave
Luckett. Dead GoH: Jules Verne Fan Guest: Gina Goddard.
Membership $60.00 until 31st August GPO Box 429 Perth WA 6841 E-mail:

CONSTRUCTION (New Zealand NatCon) Queen's Birthday Long Weekend
1998 West Plaza Hotel Wellington GoH Neil Gaiman P.O. Box 11559
Manners St Wellington New Zealand

THYLACON  2 (1998 Australian National Science Fiction
Convention) June 5-8 1998 Hadley's Hotel, Hobart GoH Leanne
Frahm Attending $65 until the end of 1997 Supporting or
child-in-tow $20   Thylacon 2, POBox 55, Battery Point, TAS

BUCCONEER 56-th World Science Fiction Convention. August  5 - 9
1998, Baltimore Convention Center and Inner Harbor hotels,
Baltimore, Maryland, USA. GOHs: C.J. Cherryh, Milt Rothman,
Stanley Schmidt, and Michael Whelan, Special Guest: J. Michael
Straczynski, Toastmaster: Charles Sheffield. Attending $130
Supporting $30 Children 4-12 $65 (Rates apply until 15 June,
1998). BucCONeer, P.O. Box 314, Annapolis Junction, Maryland
20701 USA. E-mail: URL:

AUSSIECON THREE 1999 World Science Fiction Convention. September
2-6 1999 World Congress Centre, Melbourne GsoH George Turner,
Greg Benford and Bruce Gillespie. Aussiecon Three, GPO Box
1212K, Melbourne, 3001, Australia email GoH = Guest of Honour O.C.P. =
Other Commitments Permitting tba= to be announced.


The Melbourne Anime Society would like people to note its
regular meetings. (See Other Events, Victoria).



Canberra S FS   ph (06) 288 6391 (ah) PO Box 47, Civic Square
ACT 2608



STAR TREK: THE EXHIBIT  September 26 1997 to  February 3 1998
The Powerhouse Museum Southern Science Fiction Group  October 18
12.30 Mortdale Hotel Bistro Contact 15 Shade Place Lugarno (02)

SYDNEY DW SF FAN CLUB October 25  Anglican Church Hall 2
Rochford St Erskineville GPO Box 2870 Sydney 2001

SYDNEY SKYFORCE  December 6 1-5pm Sydney University Contact
Hector - 0411 363 5021 PO Box 804 Kensington NSW 2033 Email


BABYLON 5 OZ FAN CLUB PO Box 161 Adamstown  NSW  2289. Fanzines
The Babble-on Babylon 5  and Gold Channel  e-mail

DR WHO FAN CLUB OF AUSTRALIA PO Box 4 Epping NSW 2121 email:  $9 per year

FUTURIAN SOCIETY OF SYDNEY  Room 1615 University of Technology

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION Star Trek, The X-Files, Babylon 5,
Doctor Who  P O Box 797 Fairfield  NSW  2165 Email Friends of
Science Fiction Newsletter

LOST IN SPACE AUSTRALIA P.O. Box N9 Petersham North NSW  2049

NSW UNI SF CLUB zine Sub Space Relay  (02) 481-9419

NEWCASTLE SCIENCE-FICTION CLUB First Sunday of every month,
Alice Ferguson Community Hall  30 Caldwell St, Merewether. Call
Craig 049 871413 for more details.

month, Alice Ferguson Community Centre, 30 Caldwell St
Merewether P.O.  Box 140, Kotara Fair 2289, ph (049) 543 603
(049) 43 2666 e-mail

PARRAMATTA SF DISCUSSION GROUP  1st Thursday of the month  7pm
Infinitas Bookshop, 5/1 Horwood Place, Parramatta. (02 633 5682)

PENRITH SF GROUP (047) 322-179 or (047) 301-073

SKYFORCE SYDNEY The Faculty of Nursing, 88 Mallet Street

TAVERN Monthly booze-up for Doctor Who fans in Sydney. First
Friday of  month,  6 pm. Museum Hotel.

THE THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP Informal eating and nattering.  5-7pm
Thursday Nights. Murphy's Bar.

THE OTHER THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP  The Elysee Coffee Lounge (corner
Pitt and Bathurst Streets) followed by  dinner.


HYPERION October 11 5.30 pm - 10 pm Metro Arts 109 Edward St
Brisbane (07) 3341 0307

QUEENSLAND STAR TREKKERS (Quest) October 12 12.00 to 4.00 pm
Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane GPO Box 2084 Brisbane 4001West
Hill QLD 4101 Email

NEW ALLIANCE October 19  P.O. Box 7446 East Brisbane Qld 4169

BRISBANE DR WHO FAN CLUB October 19 Queensland Rail Institute
Center, Brisbane Central Station PO Box 10308, Adelaide Street,
Brisbane QLD 4000. email

CONQUEST November 2 Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane GPO Box
13676 Brisbane Qld 4001

HIGHLANDER November 16 10 am to 4.00 pm Metro Arts 109 Edward St
Brisbane  Newsletter The Buzz

VORTEX November 23 QUT (ITE Building Room 303)G.P.O. Box 2084
Brisbane 4001

BRISBANE SKYFORCE Contact Nick - (07) 3369 9744,  PO Box 5732
West Hill QLD 4101

FSFSA C/O Leela Cosgrove 3 Sollis St. Geebung Brisbane Q 4034

THE SPACE RANGER FAN CLUB Dinners at least once a month 104 Muir
Street, Labrador 4215 (07)55322812

TERMINAL PYRAMIDS The Wide Bay DW and B7 Fan Club 51 Rocky St
Maryborough QLD 4650 (071) 215 180 (Daniel Pattell)

UQTREK  The University of Queensland's first and only club for
the  Appreciation of Star Trek contact Perryn Fowler


AUSFA, c/- Clubs Association, University of Adelaide, North
Terrace, Adelaide SA 5001.

CRITICAL MASS Contact Damien WarmanPO Box 3355, Rundle
MallAdelaide SA 5000 (note change of email

CRITICAL MASS XMAS PARTY contact Allan or Leslie Bray on (08)
8445 2772

SASTREK  P.O. Box 369 North Adelaide S.A. 5006 (08 337 8759). South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club PO Box
3227, Adelaide, SA, 5000 (08) 294 8337 (Jeremia Boddey,
president)  Monthly meetings. Fanzine Chameleon Factor ;
newsletter Wall of Lies,  annual fanzine  Jethryk


MSFC  October 10  AGM. October 17 & October 24 Coffee &
Conversation 8.00pm St David's Church Hall 74 Melville Rd West
Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005

SKYFORCE (Star Wars) October 11 Copeland Theatre Economics &
Commerce Building Uni of Melbourne 1.00 to 5.00 pm P.O. Box 427
Northcote 3070 Email Address:

JACK DANN October 14 2.30pm Malvern Library (part of the
Melbourne Writers' festival in Stonningham) $3.00 phone 9822

Supernatural Ann McGann P.O. Box 706 Frankston Vic 3199 015 510

AUSTREK November 4  Maquis Incursion to the Melbourne Cup 12
noon onwards Further information: Mark Grech (03) 9401 1717 or
Steve Hartshorne 9749 1851 (AH) GPO Box 5206AA Melbourne 3001

NOVA MOB  November 5 13 Frederick St Brunswick.

ENTERPRISE  November 22 Car Rally P.O. Box 466 World Trade
Centre Melbourne 3005 (03) 9583 7404

AUSTRALIAN BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB  P.O. Box 41 West Brunswick 3055
Fanzine Babbling On  Email James or

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD Telephone (03)9557 7088 P.O. Box 322
Bentleigh Vic 3204 email

AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS P.O. Box 7545 St Kilda Rd Melb. 3004.

BIG SF (Star Trek/ general SF) Ballarat  P.O. Box 178 Wendouree

THE DAEMONIACS CLUB P.O. Box 1528 Collingwood Vic 3066


FELLOWSHIP OF MIDDLE EARTH Monash University FOME c/o The Union,
Monash University, Clayton Victoria 3168 or

FRIDAY NIGHT MOB Friday Nights 6-7.30pm. Informal eating and
nattering. Myers Cafeteria Melbourne (note Change of Venue.)

GALLIFREY GPO Box 910G Melbourne 3001 Daniel Klein 0419 379 842,
AH:(03) 9850 7275

GOULBURN VALLEY SCI-FI CLUB bi monthly 4th Sunday of the month.
Willowmere Receptions Kyabram. P.O. Box 186 Kyabram 3620

MELBOURNE ANIME SOCIETY every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 1-4pm at
Oakleigh Mechanics Institute Hall, Lvl 1, 142 Drummond St,
Oakleigh. Stephen Porritt (sec) 2/20 Florence Road, Surrey
Hills, 3127 Ph  9889 3829 email

PHRYNE FISHER  Club P.O. Box 41 West Brunswick 3055

RED DWARF FAN CLUB P.O. Box 1044 Bundoora 3083

TIME TREKKERS  P.O. Box 334 Bendigo 3550.

THE X-FILES FAN CLUB OF AUSTRALIA  Locked Bag 1013, Flemington,
3031. Fanzine The Field Journal.


JUMP POINT    October 11  1st Birthday Meeting. UWA The Babylon
5 club of W.A. Email

HALLOWE'EN PARTY October 31 8pm SWY Theatre 65 Murray Street

THE NEUTRAL  ZONE   PO Box 1169, Bibra Lake, WA, 6965.. Phone
(09) 434 4167, email:  Fanzine The Final

UNISFA - University of W. A. Science Fiction Association.
Rebecca Kirkman  Box 59 c/o Guild of
Undergraduates, University of Western Australia  Nedlands 6907.

THE WEST LODGE  Doctor Who Fan Club.  P.O. Box 190 Mt Lawley
6050 E-Mail :

WESTREK  Star Trek Club of Western Australia Inc. Last Friday of
month 6:45pm. (except December second Friday) Labour Centre
Building, 82 Beaufort Street Perth. Hall . P.O. Box 307 Bentley
WA 6102 Phone: (09) 356 1757

OSCILLATION OVERTHRUSTER 10  Sue Ann Barber P.O. Box 1169 Bibra
Lake W.A. 6965. 

THYME #117  Alan Stewart P.O. Box 222 World Trade Centre
Melbourne Vic 3005. Includes Australian SF News 77 Alan Stewart
and Merv Binns P.O. Box 315 Carnegie Vict 3163


For a full listing,


Gegenschein (Eric Lindsay)

Ranger One(Babylon 5)

Craig Dickson(Babylon 5) 

David Allen (Star Trek)


Desdichado Publishing

Damien Warman has changed his e-mail address to


SFWoE SF/F Story Contest	October 30 1997
Altair Competition		November 1 1997
DUFF Nominations		November 30
GUFF Nominations		November 30
ANZAPA 180			December 8 1997
George Turner Award		January 30 1998


Alan Stewart,  Vortex, Sonje van den Ende, Katharine Maxwell,
Eric Lindsay. Lucy Sussex, Cheryl Morgan, Irwin Hirsh, David L.
Russell, Damien Warman, Cath Ortlieb, Allan Kaster, Robin


Tuesday October 21st.  
Distribution Friday October 25th.

Lucy Sussex tells me "An ort is a scrap left from a meal, it's a
lovely Middle English word, and one which should be revived as
being somehow more descriptive than "leftovers" for the wreckage
which is left on the platters after a holiday feast."


Harry A Hopkins notes 
"We are now accepting artwork submissions for the contest in
Fandom Directory #18.  Cash prizes of $300 for Grand Prize and
$150 for First Prize/Best of Theme will be awarded along with 20
other prizes.
You can find complete contest rules and instructions at by clicking on "Art Contest Rules,".
We have also posted on the web site this year, a dozen samples
of past winners to give you a better idea of the type of
material that wins.

Harry A Hopkins, Publisher, FANDATA Publications, 7761 Asterella
Ct, Springfield, VA 22152-3133, (703) 913-5575,