The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 67 – October 2007
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 67
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
All you lucky people down at Conflux 4 this weekend, I hope you're
having a marvellous time! - Edwina.
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY SPUTNIK! The first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1,
was sent into orbit around the earth 50 years ago on October 4th.
MARTIN PEARSON will be performing his hilarious (IMHO -
Edwina) "Unfinished Spelling Errors of Bolkien: (an irreverent
occasionally musical homage to Tolkien) in Geelong Guides Hall on
Friday 5th October. Cost $20 at the door ($15 bought in advance) The
double-CD of "The Unfinished Spelling Errors" will be available for
$40.. For more information, or to pre-book tickets, contact Ben
Highes. Ph 0402 941 948 or e-mail email@example.com.
LUCY SUSSEX, author of Deersnake, My Lady Tongue and The Patternmaker
among others, will be conducting a spec fic writing workshop at the
Victorian Writers Centre, 1sr floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston
St, Melbourne on Sat. 6th October. 10am-4pm. Victorian Writers Centre
members $90. Non-members $120. (Reported in Pass It On newsletter.)
SUPANOVA ***WILL*** be at The Dome , next to Olympic Park Railway
Station on October 13 & 14. (I got confused last month, and thanks to
Grace for de-confusing me. EH)
SARAH JANE ANALYSED will be the theme of the next Dr Who Club
meeting. Sunday 28th Oct, Drummoyne RSL Club, 152 Victoria Rd,
Drummoyne from 11am-6pm. $10 adults, DWCA/FSF members $8. Children
under 15 $6 (Public transport to the venue: Route 500 buses leave
from George St, Sydney, 520 bus from Parramatta.)
KAREN MILLER's novel, AN INNOCENT MAGE reached #3 on the US mass
market spec fic bestseller chart on 7th Sept. (Reported by Marianne
de Pierres on the Visions List.)
HUGO AWARDS: The list of Hugo winners is as follows:NOVEL: Rainbows
End by Vernor Vinge (Tor), NOVELLA: "A Billion Eyes" by Robert Reed,
Asimov's October/November 2006, NOVELETTE: "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian
McDonald, Asimov's July 2006, SHORT STORY: "Impossible Dreams" by Tim
Pratt, Asimov's July 2006, RELATED BOOK: "James Tiptree, Jr: the
Double Life of Alice B Sheldon" by Julie Phillips, St Martin's Press,
DRAMATIC PRESENTATION LONG FORM: Pan's Labyrinth
DRAMATIC PRESENTATION SHORT FORM: Dr Who "Girl in the Fireplace",
EDITOR LONG FORM: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, EDITOR SHORT FORM: Gordon
Van Gelder, SEMIPROZINE: Locus
FAN WRITER: Dave Langford, PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: Donato Giancola,
FANZINE: Science Fiction Five-Yearly, FAN ARTIST: Frank Wu, JOHN W
CAMPBELL: Naomi Novik (reported by Sally Beasley on the ASIMadmin
CONGRATULATIONS to ROBIN JOHNSON and ATSUSHI MORIOKA who won the Big
Heart Fan Award presented at the Hugo Awards at Nippon 07, the
Worldcon in Japan in September. (Reported by Dr Jon on the Eidolist.)
CONGRATULATIONS TO Aliette de Bodard, whose first story is published
in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #31. Aliette recently won a
Writers of the Future Award.
CONGRATULATIONS to SIMON BROWN. His story Tarans, published in of
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 24 (edited by Edwina
Harvey) received a Honorary Mention in Gardner Dozois' Years Best SF
listing for 2006.
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (Dr Who one generation ago), IAN McSHANE, and
FRANCES CONROY will be starring in the movie, THE DARK IS RISING ,
based on SUSAN COOPER's series of books of the same name.
CERAMICS OR SILK FOR CHRISTMAS???? If you're looking for an original,
unique handpainted Halloween silk scarf or T-shirt or Christmas
present for yourself or a loved-one, Edwina will be donating 10% from
any silk or ceramics orders received between now and Christmas to
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on behalf of the Friends of
Linda Cox Chan. Check the Celestial Cobbler website for samples,
http://members.optushome.com.au/cobbler42/, and contact Edwina if
you have anything specific in mind. .
A BIG THANKS to TED SCRIBNER for sending the memorial e-mail for
Womble (Karen Warnock). on the 2nd anniversary of her death.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
RYNEMONN, the final volume of TERRY DOWLING's Tom Rynosseros series
is now available (and being launched at Conflux this weekend) See
www.coeurdelion.com.au to purchase a copy.
BLOOD TIES is a new novel by PAMELA FREEMAN. "From different ends of
the Eleven Domains death casts Bramble and Ash on journeys...deep into
themselves and the dark historu of their ancestors." This is Book One
of the Castings Trillogy. Published by Hachette. Price $24.95 (Pamela
is appearing at Conflux this weekend.) ISBN 978-0-7336-2211-3
HELLGATE:LONDON is a novel by MEL ODOM based on a video game.
London:2038 paints a future where man has become dependent on
science, ignoring ancient knowledge & prophecies. Released on 4th
October by Gollancz. $22.95. ISBN 978-0-575-08128-4
LESSEK'S KEY, book 2 in The Eldarn Sequence by ROBERT SCOTT & JAY
GORDON. Lessek's key is a nondescript stone, retrieving it and
freeing Eldarn's people rests with Steven Taylor who is being pursued
across America by Nerak, the fallen Larion dictator. Released on 11th
October by Gollancz. $22.95. ISBN 978-0-575-07952-6
THE MYTHAGO CYCLE Book One by ROBERT HOLDSTOCK is about Ryhope Wood,
three square miles of Herefordshire woodland is beyond reality and
beyond imagination wherein live the creatures and the `mythagos' of
ancient legend. Released on 11 October by Gollancz. $32.95. ISBN978-0-
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Submission and title of your story.
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE Issue 31 featuring stories from
Marie Alafaci, Mathew Chrulew, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Dirk
Flinthart, Jim C Hines, J.J. Irwin, Mary O. R. Paddock, Susan Abel
Sullivan & Sonny Whitelaw, an interview with Robin Hobb by Tehani
Wessely, and an interview with Alistair Reynolds by Edwina Harvey.
Edited by (the indominateable) Tehani Wessely.
Available from the ASIM table at Conflux, 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 & pens always for sale. See Celestial
Cobbler website for design and cost.
ANTIPODEAN SF features flash (under 500 words) fiction, and appears
to be changing platforms at present.
SHINY is a new electronic Young Adult short story magazine from
Twelth Planet Press.. Issue 1 features short stories from Sue Isle,
Trent Jamieson & Eugie Foster. Cost to download is $3. See
http://shinymag.blogspot.com. (Reported by Ben Payne.)
BRUCE GILLESPIE's & JAN STINSON's latest issue of STEAM ENGINE TIME
(Oct 07), guest edited by RAY WOOD features Bruce Gillespie, Ray Wood
& Gillian Pollack discuss the short story, while Mathew Davis
discusses Howard Waldrop's short stories. It's available at
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
email@example.com. 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 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.) You
can also pay via direct deposit and paypal. (Donations of books
HATCH, MATCH AND DISPATCH
MADELEINE L'ENGLE, author of "A Wrinkle in Time" , and described
as "a writer whose tales transcended both genre & generation" passed
away on Sept. 6th, aged 88, (Reported by Brock Ulfsen on the Visions
ROBERT JORDAN (James Oliver Rigney Jr.) author of "The Wheel of Time"
fantasy series passed away on Sept 16th from a rare blood disease. He
was 58 years old. (Reported by Brock Ulfsen on the Visions List.
Additional information from Joshua Coene))
TERRY DARTNALL, Australian author, passed away on 24th Sept from
pancreatic cancer. Our sympathies to his wife, Wendy, and family.
(Ted & Edwina.)
HIP HOORAY! Fan, author and publisher, JEAN WEBER who is now walking
without crutches (though she needs a walking stick on uneven ground,)
following a a hip-replacement operation last month. Her other hip
will be operated on in November.
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 email@example.com.
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 -
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
SHUTTLE MAWSON, South Australian, is conducting an Alien Makeup
Workshop at Woodside Library, 26 Main Rd, Woodside (SA)on Sat 13th
October from 2pm, and Stirling Library, 61 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
on Sun 14th Oct from 2pm. (Reported by Stuart Blair.)
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
ARMAGEDDON/SHOCK CULTURE: 13-14 October, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
GoHs: Adam West (Batman from 1960s TV series), Julia Newmer (Catwoman
from Batman 1960s TV series). Admission $15. See www.pulpexpo.com
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 via Ticketek. (Reported on Scinut.)
FREECON, Bankstown (Sydney) Saturday 3rd November. Bankstown City
Library. 8.30am-4pm. Includes short story competition. Ph 02 9718
5827 (ah) for more information
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 email@example.com, see www.bobw.com.au or phone 02
SWANCON 2008: The State of the Art. 20-24 March, 2008. Perth, WA.
Natcon 2008. GoH's : Paul Cornell Ken Macleod, Glenda Larke. FGOH:
Zara Baxter. Full details at www.swancon.com Membership $120 until
the end of the year.
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
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:
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
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For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid