The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 34 January 2005
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 34
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
AUREALIS AWARDS: Congratulations to all those shortlisted in the
Science Fiction: Short stories: ASIM 15, Absolution Barbara Robson;
Prime Books, Tales from the Crypto-System, Bush of Ghosts, Geoffrey
Maloney; AGOG! Smashing Stories, Come to Daddy, Brendan Duffy; Oceans
of the Mind 10, Desiree, Stephen Dedman; ORB 6, Home by the Sea, Cat
Novels: Edge, Orbital Burn KA Bedford; Harper Collins, The Rebel,
Jack Dann; Orbit, Nylon Angel, Marianne de Pierres; Warner Aspect,
Less than Human, Maxine McArthur; Harper Collins, Heirs of Earth,
Sean Williams & Shane Dix.
Fantasy: Short stories: ORB 6,Tales of Nirey, Lee Battersby; AGOG!
Smashing Stories, Weavers of Twilight, Louise Katz; The Alsisio
Project, Alsisio, K Bishop; Aurealis 32, The Gift of Hindsight, Paul
Haines; Aurealis 32, Catabolic Magic, Richard Harland. Highly
Commended: Forever Shores, Wakefield Press; A Room for Improvement,
Novels: Hodder, Brilliance of the Moon, Lian Hearn; Harper Collins
Tainted, Glenda Larke; Random House, Snow, Fire, Sword, Sophie
Masson; Harper Collins, Giants of the Frost, Kim Wilkins; Harper
Collins, The Crooked Letter, Sean Williams.
Horror: Short stories: Conqueror, Fantastic Twilight of the Idols, S
Dedman; NFG 14, The Last Days of Kali Yuga, P Haines; Dark Animus 5,
Kathleen, Furnished with Bees, A Thornton; AGOG Smashing Stories, The
Border, R Harland; Highly Commended AGOG, Smashing Stories, They say
it's other People, P Haines; Forever shores, Wakefild Press, Dr Who
(or the day I learned to love Tom Baker), B Peek
Novels: Chimaera Publications, The Black Crusade Richard Harland;
Simon and Schuster, Fire in the Shell S Pennicott; Harper Collins,
Giants of the Frost, Kim Wilkins.
Young Adult: Short stories: Encounters, CSFG Publishing, The Glass
Flower, Chris Barnes; The Faery Reel, Viking, The Shooter at
Heartrock Waterhole, Bill Congreve; Singing my Sister Down, Margo
Lanagan; Black Juice; Allen & Unwin, Rite of Spring, Margo Lanagan.
Novels: Harper Eros, Midnighters, Scott Westerfield; Allen & Unwin,
Hot Nights, Cool Dragons, Matt Zurbo; Random House, Undine, Penny
Russon; Harper Collins, Flesh & Blood, Jackie French;
Short stories: Hodder, Beneath the Surface, Gary Crew & Stephen
Woolman; Allen & Unwin, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron and the Bard,
Gregory Rogers; Harper Collins, Emily Eyefinger and the Ghost Ship,
Duncan Ball;Random House, The Very Messy Inspection, Stephen Axelson;
Allen & Unwin, There was a boy called Tashi, Anna Fienberg & Barbara
Fienberg, Illustrated by Kim Gamble; Highly Commended: Pan Macmillan,
A Room full of Magic, John Marsden.
Childrens: Novels: Random House, Snow Fire Sword, Sophie Masson;
Random House, How To Live Forever, Colin Thompson; Penguin, The Pearl
of Tiger Bay, Gabriel Wang;Random House, Ranger's Apprentice, John
Flanagan; Penguin, Claire de Lune, Cassandra Golds. Highly Commended:
Harper Collins, Tunnel of Ferdinand, James Maloney.
Don't forget that the Aurealis Awards are held on Jan 22, 2005, from
6.30 pm. Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium of Music,
South Bank, Brisbane. Free. Fantastic Queensland is organising
billeting so people who want to travel to the awards from out of
Brisbane can stay with fans to minimise accommodation costs. Followed
by a cocktail party at Cafe Marco hosted by Fantastic Queensland from
8pm. Cost $25. E-mail Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org
LORD OF THE RINGS EXHIBIT opened at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on
26 December. Our roving reporter, Julie Townsend, was one of the
first to see it on opening day, and she gave it 9/10.
AUSTRALIA'S TOP 100 BOOKS: SF and fantasy titles rated well in this
recent survey conducted by the ABC. "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R.
Tolkien was voted Australia's most popular book. Harry Potter and the
Order of the Pheonix (bk 5) by J.K. Rowling came 6th, followed by
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell in 7th place, and the Hitch-
hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams in eighth place. Magician
by Raymond Feist was 22nd, Dune by Frank Herbert was 24, the Hobbit
by Tolkien was 25th, and the Ancient Future Trilogy was 34th. Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Bk 4) tied with The Powerf of One by
Bryce Coutney at 36. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley was
55th, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Bk 2) was 59th, Animal
Farm by George Orwell was 82nd, Watership Down by Richard Adams was
89th. (Listed in the Daily Telegraph on Monday 6th December.)
THE GOODIES, Tim Brooke Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden, will
appear at Sydney's Big Laugh Comedy Festival in March, doing shows
consisting of film clips, q&a and live comedy at the State Theatre,
Enmore and Parramatta as part of the festival. Tickets went on sale
on Dec. 13, 04, and some may still be available. (Reported in the
Daily Telegraph, Tues 7th December.)
TIME TREKKERS Iain McKenzie, (email@example.com), wrote to
us wondering if anyone had any information on Time Trekkers Science
Fiction Club Of Central Victoria
DARK CARNIVAL is a DVD collection of short films, music clips and
blooper reels featuring Colin Adams, Cramer Cain, Alison Fraser, Kym
Goldsworthy, Robert Luxford, and Iain Triffitt among others. Produced
by Garfield Barnard and Tim Newsom. Cost for 1 DVD is $12 including
postage. (Discounts for purchases of 5 DVDs or more.) Available from
Barnard's Star Productions, 4/31 Woodcourt St, Marrickville, NSW 2204.
TERRY FROST has a new cinema blog at http://fleapit.blogspot.com
LEIGH BLACKMORE has recently moved to Wollongong. His work e-mail and
phone number remain unchanged, as does his P.O. Box A281, Sydney
South, 1235 NSW. His website , The Blackmausoleum is temporarily at
http://members.iinet.net.au/~moonskin/ldb/index.html, but will be
moving in the New Year.
The Fantasy and Science Fiction Research Network e-mail list,
firstname.lastname@example.org, run by Kim Selling has now closed.
CHUCK MCKENZIE'S POST-CHRISTMAS SALE: A new 'Buy Chuck's Unwanted
Stuff' page, crammed full of such reasonably-priced goodies as the
sandwich half-eaten by Meatloaf, can be viewed 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
THE BLESSINGS OF STEPHEN by John Jetty. Based on a civilization that
dwells in an underground city where all of the inhabitants are born
blind, except Thurii who is born sighted. (Given the subject matter,
this one piqued my curiosity, and is my Christmas read-Edwina). 636
pages. ISBN 0-9756867-0-4, $19.95. Published by Barron Falls
Publishing, P.O.Box 225 Townsville, Qld. 4810.
ADRIAN BEDFORD's Aurealis Awards nominated novel, ORBITAL BURN, is
now stocked at Dymocks, Galleria, Morley, WA.
ANTIPODEAN SF No. 79 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by
David Shanahan, Marie Alafaci, Ben Peek, A.R. Yngve, Shaun A
Saunders, Jörn Grote, Robin Greenwood, J.R. Salling, Marc Barrett,and
Kylie Seluka can be viewed at http://www.antisf.com or
AUREALIS ISSUES 33/34/35 featuring fiction by Shane Dix, Chris
McMahon, Lee Battersby, Adam Browne and John Dixon, Natalie J.E.
Ports, Helen Patrice, Chuck McKenzie, Chris Rodgers, Geoffrey
Maloney, Harvey Welles and Philip Raines, Gregory Hill, Greg Guerin,
Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Nadine Riches, Rjurik Davidson, Peter Barber,
Trent Jamieson, Richard Harland, Matthew Chrulew and Snare. Articles
by Van Ikin, Michael Pryor and Paul Collins, Patricia L. O'Neill,
Bill Congreve, Kate Forsythe, Edwina Harvey and Anthony Fordham.
Edited by Keith Stevenson. Available for $34.50 through specialty
bookshops around Australia, or from Aurealis Magazine, PO Box 15062,
City East, QLD, 4002. (NB: this issue has the best running
advertisements for Richard Harland's book, The Black Crusade, I've
ever come across. Especially the one on pg 197! Edwina).
AUREALIS MAGAZINE is once again open for submissions, and is now also
accepting submissions by e-mail. Full details at
http://aurealis.sf.org.au (NB. this is a temporary web address for
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE 16 has been printed and will be
VISIONS MAGAZINE: new issue featuring articles by Tony Plank, Ahmed
A. Khan, Shayne Hall, Samuel Fogarty, Donna Maree Hanson; fiction by
Samuel Fogarty and Jason Fischer, and poetry by Deb Soukup, J. Grey
and Barbara Robson is now available online at
AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION FORUM can be viewed at
SHADOWS OF SATURN, A new webzine, paying US5c/word up to USD250, has
opened in the US. See: www.shadowsofsaturn.com (Reported by Grace Dugan)
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315,
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.
One of the most original Christmas cards I got this year features
Merv and Helen in a space shuttle flying away from Saturn - sounds like
a good idea for a summer holiday to me! - Edwina
FOLCC BOOK SALES. "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to
donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated
books. New Tally $22. Books looking for new homes: "Dr Who: The
Scripts, Galaxy 4" by William Emms. "Honor Harrington: The Honor of
the Queen," by David Weber, "Harm's Way" by Colin Greenland, "The
Magic and the Healing" by Nick O'Donohoe, "Arthur" and "Merlin" by
Stephen Lawhead, "An Echo In Time" and by Traci Harding. Audio
Books: "Star Trek: Time for Yesterday" by A.C. Crispin, featuring
Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, "Star Trek: Strangers From the Sky"
by Margaret Wander Bonanno Featuring Leonard Nimoy and George
Takei, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne featuring
John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy. To buy books 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.
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. (Thanks to Anne Devrell for donating the
COMPETITIONS, FAN FUNDS & AWARDS
BBB - BRING BRUCE BAYSIDE is a specialized fan fund aimed at raising
funds to get Bruce Gillespie to Corflu (Feb 25-27 see www.corflu.org)
and Potlatch (the following weekend) conventions in 2005. Bruce's
grand tour is in final planning stages. 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 VIC 3182. Bruce flies out on Feb
17th, his birthday.
DUFF AWARDS: Irwin Hirsh recently announced that nominations for DUFF
2005 are now open. The winner will travel from North America to
attend the Australian National SF Convention, June 10-13, Hobart,
Tasmania.(q.v.) To appear on the DUFF ballot, a candidate must
submit nominations from 3 North American nominators and two
Australian and/or New Zealand nominators. A $25 bond and a 100-word
platform statement is also needed. Nominations close February 15,
2005. Ballots will be downloadable from the DUFF website,
http://duff2005.blogspot.com. Or from P.O. Box 53092 NOLa 70153-3092,
Ballots will be accepted until April 15th and must include a voting
fee of at least $4US or $6Aus.
THE SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION
FOUNTAIN AWARD: The SLF recently announced it was accepting
nominations from magazine and anthology editors for short stories of
exceptionally high quality. Each publication can nominate up to 3
stories. Nominations must be received by 1st February. The Award is
$1,000 (US$) see
http://speculativeliterature.org/Awards/SLFFountainAward.php or e-
mail firstname.lastname@example.org for full details. (Reported by
HATCH, MATCH AND DISPATCH
THE WALKING WOUNDED:
Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) is having a hiatus from
chemotherapy over Christmas/New Year. She will commence more
chemotherapy using a different selection of drugs in the new year.
(Reported by Gerald Smith)
Writer, ALINTA THORNTON has finished chemotherapy, and is now
undergoing radiotherapy following surgery for breast cancer. You can
check out Alinta's progress through her blog:
CLUBS & MEETINGS
MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.Annual membership to the MSFC is
$25 single, or $35 for a family For further details on the MSFC see
www.vicnet.net.au/~msfc. Meetings: January 14th, Show and Tell: show
off the neat things you got over the Holiday Season, Jan 21st, Book
Club, looking at The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, and
Jennifer Government by Max Barry. Jan 28th Video Night
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and Vincent. Feb 4th, Food and Trivia
Night: Ice Cream Night. (Reported by James Allen.)
SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15
concession.) 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.
SFSA (South Australian Dr Who fan club) Two regular meetings each
month. Annual membership $15. The regular club meeting is held at the
Adelaide High School from 3pm-10pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
See http://www.sfsa.org.au/ for full details or write to PO Box 3227,
Rundle Mall, SA 5000.(Reported by Martin Dunne.)
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
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 www.geocities.com/bb5ers
(Reported by Erica Sharp, president of the Brisbane Babylon5ers )
SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower
Block, The University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm 21.
Meetings for 2005 are: 13 January, 18 February, 18 March, 15 April,
20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October 18
November, 16 December. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9580 4369
SKYWALKING: 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 nonmembers.
VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at
MAGIC CASEMENTS 3. SF/Fantasy readers and writers festival. Sat March
19, 2005 NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
THE HUB, BUFFY/ANGEL con. Sun 30 Jan, 10am-6pm, Hotel Y, Cato
Conference Centre, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Vic. Event $80,
Cocktail Party $75. GoHs James C. Leary, (Clem), Mercedes McNab
(Harmony) and Iyari Limon (Kennedy). To book tickets phone
0402267541, or book online at www.thehubproductions.com
FIRST CONTACT 6 Feb, Rydges Hotel, Melbourne.(Reported by Scott
Liston. Full details on www.firstcontactconvention.com.au .
SciNut Conventions is holding a Lord of the Rings con in Melbourne in
March 2005. Some LOTR actors (no principal actors) and technical
people attending as GoHs. Con organisers currently calling for people
to run panels. E-mail OneliaH@iinet.net.au (Relayed to Bullsheet by
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION/ARMAGEDDON Pulp Culture Expo present a
Star Trek con with GoH's Walter Koenig, Connor Trinneer and John
Billingsley.(OCP) Sunday 24.April. Dooley's Lidcombe Catholic Club,
24 John St, Lidcombe, NSW. Members (of FSF) $80, non-members $100.
Phone bookings 02 9523 8385, Online booking www.fsf.com.au. Make
cheques money orders payable to Friends of Science Fiction , post to
P.O. Box 106, Caringbah. NSW 1495.
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. Conveners Stephen Dedman and Elaine Kemp.
Progress Report One for Swancon XXX is now available online at
ICON, New Zealand SF Natcon, 2005. Easter, March 25- 28. West Plaza
Hotel, Wellington. GoH Orson Scott Card. Full details available at
CONFLUX 2: Fri 22 April - Sun 24th April, 2005. GoH Jennifer Fallon,
Special Guests Terry Dowling and Maxine McArthur. Artist GoH, Bob
THYLACON IV. National SF con for 2005. Hobart, Tasmania. 10-13 June,
2005 (Queens Birthday Long weekend in many states.) Attendence rates
$120. GoH fantasy author, Anne Bishop. Australian GoH Marianne de
Pierres, Fan GoH Merv Binns. Wrestpoint Casino convention complex.
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 to: Thylaconsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.
CONTINUUM 3.15-17 July 2005. Hilton on the Park Hotel, 198
Wellington Gpde, East Melbourne, Vic. GoH's Richard Harland, Neil
Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite and Robin Hobb. Fan GoH James Allen.
Membership $110 (Rising on 1/1/2005.) Concession/Student/First
convention $80.Children 5-16 Accompanied by an adult $25. To reserve
special accommodation rates ($170 twin/double) e-mail
email@example.com GPO Box 603, Melbourne, Vic 3001.
www.continuum.org.au or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCLAVE: 30 Sept- 3 October, 2005. Holiday Inn, 65 Hindley St,
Adelaide, SA. GoH's: Jack Dann, Ian Irvine, Fiona McIntosh, Karen
Miller, Tony Shillitoe, Sean Williams. Membership $80 if paid before
26th January, then $100. (Supporting m/ship $20) E-mail,
email@example.com or see www.conclave.asn.au
WHOVENTION 7, 14-16 October, The Rydges Hotel, 54 Maclarn St, North
Sydney (Short walk from Norh Sydney railway station. GOH Louise
Jameson (Leela) Early Membership $120 until 28th February (?) Then
incremental rises until $170 "at door" price. (Pay $50, non-
refundable, to lock in your membership at the current price. DWCA and
Friends of SF members get a $20 discount. Family rates and day rates
available on request ) Friday night trivia, and banquet on Sat. night
available to convention attendees at extra cost. Make cheques and
money orders payable to WHOVENTION, and post to PO Box 148,
Gladesville, NSW 2111. See www.doctorwhoaustralia.org/whovention for
full details. (Reported by Dwayne Bunny)
The First Australian Discworld Convention will be held in January
2006 in Melbourne. For details see www.ausdwcon.org
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 Agents Zara Baxter, PO Box 616
Marrickville, NSW 2204. Voicemail: 0423121, and Ted Scribner 12
Richmount St, Cronulla, 2230:
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.
CONCUSSION: 57th British National SF convention. 14-17 April, 2006,
To be held at The Moat House, Congress Rd, Glasgow. See
www.eastercon.2006.org for full details.
LA CON IV, 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. e-mail info@laconIV.org,
Postal address LA Con c/- S.C.I.F.I. inc, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA,
Yokohama Worldcon 2007. Details at www.nippon2007.org .
Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.
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://www.inkspillers.com. Maintained and
updated by Tony Plank.
For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tippers
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Happy New Year! - Edwina and Ted.