The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 55 – October 2006
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 55
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
CONVERGENCE II, the Australian Natcon to be held in Melbourne in June
07 (q.v. conventions)
Is now also accepting paypal payments for people wanting to buy their
memberships..Convergence also recently announced that MELINDA M
SNODGRASS, Star Trek script writer, author of The Circuit Trilogy and
co-author of the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin will also
be a GoH at Convergence. (Reported by Rose Mitchell.)
AD ASTRA is a new spec fic writing group that meets monthly in the SA
Wruters Centre. Meetings concentrate on critiquing in the morning and
business/industry related discussions in the afternoon. See
www.adastra-au.org.. (Reported by Astrid Cooper on the visions list)
TERRY DOWLING's new website is www.blumedvision.net/terrydowling/.
(Reported by Ted Scribner)
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION has changed venues for their monthly
meetings. After 11 years of holding meetings at Dooley's Lidcombe
Catholic Club, due to a sharp increase in room hire rates, they have
decided to change their meeting venue to Bankstown Sports Club, 8
Greenfield Pde, Bankstown (a short wallk from Bankstown railways
station.) Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday of each month
starting 8th October. Check fsf.net.au for more information.
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE will be closed to submissions
for October due to a breakdown in the slush-o-matic. (That's him
sobbing quietly in the corner over there : - ) - Edwina.)
TICONDEROGA ON LINE and ASiF have extended their donation drive.
Anyone donating by Oct 15th eill get a free copy of an ebook
featuring fiction by Simon Brown, Martin Livings, Lee Battersby, Lily
Chrywenstrom, Shane Jiraiya Cummings & Peter McGregor, and the chance
to win one of several prizes. See www.asif.dreamhosters/com or
THYLACON 2005 Souvenier Book has been published and is being
distributed to all attending and supporting members of the 2005
Natcon. If you had a Thylacon membership, but have changed address in
the meantime, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Reported by
Tansy Rayner Roberts.)
HIGHLAND LITERARY AWARDS has Magic or an original Fairy Tale as the
themes for its Childrens' Fiction award. Stories should be up to
3,000 words. $5 entry fee (?) First prize $150. They also have a
poetry section with a $5 entry fee per poem, or 5 poems for $20.
Competition closes 31st Oct. Send an sase to Pat Kelsall, PO Box 1563
Mail Centre, Ballarat, VIC, 3354 for an entry form. (Reported by
Rowena Cory Daniells on the Visionwriters list)
FANS ON THE ROAD:
ROBIN JOHNSON took the scenic route to LAconIV travelling via
England, France, Germany and Washington. He'd been sending us regular
travel updates and sounds like he had a terrific time! (I can
sympathise with worrying about excess baggage, Robin! - Edwina)
EDWINA'S HOLIDAY IN A NUTSHELL: How many times can you say "Wow!" in
3 weeks? I got to see a bear, orca, humpback whales, sealions, sea
otters, bald eagles, puffins, (heard wolves, didn't see them)
glaciers, salmon and some absolutely spectacular scenery while
cruising Alaska's Inner Passage on board MV Spirit of Endeavour - a
small cruise ship (102 guests). For once being a whale geek paid a
dividend! I won 2 free drinks for knowing how to tell the age of a
whale. Thanks to Bill Hupe (and Mystique!) who met us at Ketchikan
airport and showed us the Ketchikan sights including the local totem
pole park. Going to Disneyland and LAconIV was travelling from one
extreme to another, but it was also a mind boggling experience. An
entire convention hall devoted to art show, special displays, and
dealers room: Sitting 7 feet away from one of my favourite authors
while he gave a reading, seeing Robert Picardo, Connie Willis, Sue
Dawes. Bliss! Meeting my e-mail buddy after 10 years of friendship,
and going to Disneyland: Fantastic! Thanks for doing the last
Bullsheet for me, Ted.
SUSAN AND GRAEME BATHO have been sending almost daily accounts of
their sight-seeing trip around Alaska with Bill Hupe. (Blue skies in
Anchorage??? Are you sure we went to the same place? - Edwina)
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
TWENTY-ONE TODAY! Sean Williams 21st novel, The Devoured Earth, the
third title in "The Stone Mage and the Sea" universe, was released in
Congratulations to SIMON HAYNES. His novel, Hal Spacejock, was in the
top 5 of the Dymocks bestsellers list in September.
AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BIBLIOGRAPHY is a comprehensive record of
SF written by Australiansn printed locally or overseas, and works of
overseas origin printed in Australia. It provides info on approx 800
books, and over 2000 short stories in magazines, newspapers and
anthologies from 1848-1999. 282 pgs, A4, and handcrafted binding. $50
including postage (?) available from Graham Stone, 205/24 Victoria
St, Burwood, NSW, 2134.
cock anthology - Adventures in Masculinity edited by Keith Stevenson
and published by coeur de lion ISBN 0 646 46206 7, 142 pages, is
available for sale on-line at www.cock-anthology.com for $17.50
including postage. Pay via paypal.
McFARLAND & COMPANY Publishers, Box 611 Jefferson, North Carolina,
USA www.mcfarlandpub.com is a publisher of non-fiction books that was
keenly seeking non-fic submissions at LaconIV. A few of the titles
from their catalogue include "I Spy: History and Episode
Guide" . "Science Fiction Television Series", "A History and Critical
Analysis of Blake's 7", "The Essential Joss Whedon.", and "Dinosaurs
in Fantastic Fiction". (And you thought I was just having a relaxing
holiday, didn't you? - Edwina.)
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE: Issue 25 featuring fiction
from Kevin Veale, Geoffrey Maloney, Jessica Elizabeth, Ayne Terceira,
Thomas Canfield, Dirk Flinthart, Deby Fredricks, Greg Beatty, Sarah
L. Edwards & Christopher Johnstone, edited by Nicole R. Murphy and
featuring a great cover by Richard Bartrop, is now available in
specialty stores around Australia and via
www.andromedaspaceways.com . NB: ASIM is closed to fiction
submissions for the whole of October as we clear our current backlog.
ANTIPODEAN SF ISSUE 100!features short stories (500 words) from
Geoffrey Maloney, Martin Livings, Ashley Arnold, Chuck McKenzie,
Shaun A. Saunders, Catriona Hoy, Richard Kerslake, Shane Jiraiya
Cummings, Barbara Holten, David L. Kok, Rick Kennett, C.C. Eaton,
Damien Conn, Chris Salisbury, Jason Batmer, Jeff Harris, Paul
Sheringham, Rob Riel, Tim Calnan & Carl Palmer. can be viewed at
http://www.antisf.com or http://purl.nla.gov.au/NET/antisf/ (Yay Nuke
for scoring a century! And many Happy Returns!)
DARK ANIMUS 9 was released in late August. Print copies have been
sent to subscribers. Copies can be purchased on-line at
www.darkanimus.com (reported by James R. Cain.)
RICK KENNETT's story, "Chinese Whispers" originally published in AGOG!
Fantastic Fiction, has recently been published in Weird Tales #340.
TICONDEROGA ONLINE will be accepting submissions from international
writers from 1-31 January 07 only. Payment is Aus $49- per story. See
http://ticonderogaonline.org/guidelines.html. The closing date for
the Ticonderoga anthology, Workers Paradise has been extended until
WYR[E]D: http://www.wyredzine.com is a new online spec fiction zine
looking for submissions and also copy editors and website helpers.
LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For a catalogue e-mail
email@example.com. Leigh has also recently launched an e-bay store
called Quoth Raven Books which can be viewed at
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315,
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.
MUMBLINGS FROM MUNCHKINLAND 23: the only WA fanzine published in
Fiji. (Last time I got a copy, I think the editor was publishing from
Samoa!) A perszine from Chris Nelson, PO BOX U72, USP Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Great cover art, colour
centrefold. An interesting "now and then" article about Kiribati. I
could sympathise with the small, hot and crowded computer lab, even
if ours don't have tin roofs! The review of Joe Haldeman's book,
Camouflage, with its Samoan references made me smile recalling the
story about Haldeman's aversion to eggplant I read in an earlier
issue of this perzine. Letters of Comment (LoCs). Why not contact
Chris and ask him how to get a copy so you can respond with a LoC?
It's well worth a read. (Edwina)
STEAM ENGINE TIME: The latest issue of Bruce Gillespie's zine can be
viewed at http://efanzines.com
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: "The Truth About Magic" by
Dave Luckett (new and autographed by the author!), World's Apart by
Chuck McKenzie.(Autographed by the author!) Audiobook: "Journey to
the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne featuring John de Lancie and
Leonard Nimoy, and A-Team colouring and activity books: Art cards
autographed by Marianne Plumridge and Bob Eggleton are also for sale.
See images of the available cards on the Bullsheet website. 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
Congratulations to KIM WILKINS and MURKO RUCKELS on the birth of
their baby daughter, Astrid Ramona Ruckels on Tuesday 5th Sept.
Weighing 3.7 kg (8lb 3 oz). A baby sister for Luka. (repored by the
proud Mum on the Visions List)
SHAYNE HALL, founding member of The Specusphere, and member of
Visions, passed away on 16th September. (Reported by Stephen
JIM BAEN: We reported that Jim Baen, publisher of Baen's books, had
suffered a massive stroke at the end of June. It was only while I was
at LAconIV that I heard he'd passed away on June 28th. I'm belatedly
passing on this news in case anyone else hadn't heard. Edwina.
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. For further details on the MSFC see
www.vicnet.net.au/~msfc. Can't find details for October on their
website yet - Edwina.
AUSTREK, the Star Trek fan club in Victoria will be celebrating its
30th anniversary this year and is still going strong.
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.
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.
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
SHUTTLE MAWSON (www.shuttlemawson.com) is a South Australian Star
Trek fan club, & chapter of Starfleet Internatioinal, run by Stuart
Blair. They will be curating a SF exhibit in the SA Museum as part of
National Science Week, Aug 12 - 20. This exhibit will also feature a
SF film festival from 12th August.) They will also be having a SF
weekend featuring Star Trek & Stargate on 4-5 November. (Reported by
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 )
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 Dymocks City Store, Queen
St, Brisbane. $10 joining fee, and $4 per meeting. (reported by Nigel
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).
SYDNEY MECHANICS' SCHOOL OF ARTS at 280 Pitt St, Sydney, regularly
holds a members reading group for Mystery and Crime starting at 10am
and Science Fiction and Fantasy from approx.12 noon. Attendance at
the first meeting is free, but if you're interested in attending more
meetings, you are asked to join the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts.
(Annual fee $15.50 ?) This also entitles you to borrowing rights at
the School of Arts library. Upcoming meetings: Sat, 7th Oct, 28th
Oct, 18th Nov, 9th Dec.
SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. Meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the
Civic Hotel, Saloon Bar, Crn Pitt & Goulburn Sts, Sydney. From
6.30pm. (Reported by Zara Baxter.)
SYDNEY FUTURIANS now affiliated with the Student Assoc of UTS.
Meetings in room 510C (5th floor) of The University of Technology,
Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm on Oct 20th, Nov 17th, Dec 20th. Check
http://users.secsme.org.au/~futurians, or e-mail John.Fox@uts.edu.au
for full 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.
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION (fsf) meet at Bankstown Sports Club, 8
Greenfield Pde, Bankstown (a short wallk from Bankstown railways
station.) on the 2nd Sunday of each month starting 8th October. Check
fsf.net.au for more information.
VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at
FAN FUNDS AND WRITERS GRANTS
FFANZ (Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand) Nominations for 2007
(sending someone from Australia to the NZ natcon, Conspiracy 2, in
June) close December 31st. Voting closes 31st March, 07
Nominations must be signed by the nominee and accompanied by a
donation of AUD$10.00 to FFANZ. Each nomination must also have the
signed support of one fan currently residing in NZ and two fans
currently residing in Australia (these can be sent separately). The
nominee should provide a written platform of 100 words or less for
the ballot and a photo if possible. Nominations should be sent to
Rose Mitchell, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne,Vic, 3001. E-mail
Mitchell@vicnet.net.au for further information, More information
about FFANZ Fan Fund can be found at http://ffanz.sf.org.nz/index.htm
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
TERRA NOVA 14th Oct. Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide. See
novaevents.com for full details.
The Hub Convention (www.thehubproductions.com) is hosting a BUFFY
con, October 14th, Sydney, October 15th Melbourne. GoH's: Amber
Benson, Adam Bush, Tom Lenk & Danny Strong. (Reported by Thomas Bull.)
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION STARGATE CON October 28th Sydney. GoH
Rachel Luttrell and Gary Jones. Membership $120 FSF members, $130 non-
members, $400 VIP. See www.fsf. www.fsf.net.au, or phone 02 9523
8385 PLEASE NOTE The proposed Brisbane Convention featuring the same
GoH's has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. (Reported by fsf
SUPANOVA Sydney, Comics/Pop culture. 27-29 October, Wharf 8, 53-59
Hickson Rd, Sydney.
ARMAGEDDON (NZ) 21-23 Oct. Aotea Centre, Auckland. GoH: JMS (Bab 5)
and others. (NZ)$15
Of $350 gold. See www.pulpexpo.com/info.html.
SHUTTLE MAWSON ( www.shuttlemawson.com q.v.) is hosting a SF weekend
featuring Star Trek & Stargate on 4-5 November. (Reported by Stuart
NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. Feb 9-11,
2007. Melbourne. GoH's Terry Pratchett. Virtual GoHs: Stephen Briggs,
Bernard Pearson & Colin Smythe. Attending $160, but will be rising
soon. Buy your membership before November for the chance to win
coffee and chat with Terry Pratchett and a small group of other
winners. (Gala dinner to cost an extra $90) see www.ausdwcon.org for
XIVAMC, Medieval re-enactment group. Easter 5-8 April, 2007. Meeting
at the Danelaw property, Charley's Forest Rd, Wog Wog, NSW. (35 min
drive north of Braidwood, 3 hrs south of Sydney, 1.5 hrs east of
Canberra. Registration $150 fully catered for 4 days. See
www.danelaw.org.au for more details. (Reported by J. Gibbins.)
INCONCEIVABLE, SWANCON 32, Easter 6-8 April, 2007. Acacia Hotel,
Northbridge, W.A. GoH's: Elizabeth Moon, David Gerrold, Matthew
Reilly, Russell B. Farr. Damian Magee. Membership $110 ($90
concession. See http://www.swancon.com. Or e-mail
CONVERGENCE 2. Australian Natcon, 2007. Rydges Hotel, Melbourne.
Queens Birthday weekend, 8-11 June, 07. Theme:YA genre fiction. GoHs
Australian fantasy author Isobelle Carmody & Melinda M Snodgrass,
Star Trek script writer, author of The Circuit Trilogy and co-author
of the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin.. See
http://www.natcon.org.au/2007. Attending membership $153, concession
$103 until 31.12.06. Student membership $55, supporting membership
$33 (Prices sourced from Convergence promotional postcards). You can
pay using paypal (Reported by Rose Mitchell.)
CONSPIRACY II, NZ Natcon http://conspiracy2.sf.org.nz Marianne de
Pierres is GoH.
TOLKIEN SEMINAR: 25th August, 2007. NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle,
Sydney. As the first Tolkien seminar to be held outside the UK, this
event is endorsed by the Tolkien Society. To get updates of this
function, you can join Tol Harndor e-mail list. Tol Harndor is the
official Australian smial (associate group) of the Tolkien Society.
NIPPON 2007. Worldcon. Aug 30-Sept 3 2007. Pacifico Yokohama
convention centre, Japan. Gohs: David Brin and Sakyo Komatsu. Artist
Gohs: Yoshitaka Amano and Michael Whelan. Details at
www.nippon2007.org . Australian agent Craig McBride. Membership A$210
until Sept 30 2005. You can also join
DENVENTION: The Worldcon in 2008 will be held in Denver, 6-10 August
08. See http://www.denver2008.com.
Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for information about paypal and credit card
payments. See http://www.australia2010.org/ or e-mail
email@example.com. 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:
Ted Scribner's Australian SF&F home page is:
and his list of SF oriented groups in NSW is at
The Inkspillers web site, http://www.inkspillers.com. is a great
source of market information that is always being updated by Tony
For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tipper's
homepage: http://www.collecting books andmagazines.com
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Any particularly odd typos in this issue can be blamed on my cat
who's taken to sub-editing by walking over the keyboard...maybe she's
just a critic? The earlier edition of the October Bullsheet was
posted yesterday, but seems to have been abducted by aliens, or else
it disappeared into a wormhole in space This version has a little bit
more news at no extra cost! Edwina
For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid