A rhapsodilian newszine produced for the Australian National Science
Fiction Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill, Vict,
3131, AUSTRALIA (e-mail:
	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


Bob Riel  provides the following information about the 17th Annual
Science Fiction Writers of Earth SF/F Short Story Contest.  "It's a
unique international competition open only to *unpublished* authors,
i.e., those who have never received $$$ for a published piece of
fiction.  And it's truly cosmopolitan, with entries from the US, UK,
Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, even Sri Lanka.  Last year
Australia took out 2nd place, the Yanks claimed 1st, 3rd, and 4th,
with a Pom and a Canadian in the top ten. There's a bit of a rivalry
developed betwixt Oz and the Brits -- they beat us in '95, but in
'96 we out polled them for entries and relegated them to fifth.
This year, though, they're planning to blitz us (I'm in e-mail
contact with Dilip Agarwal, the Londoner who's coordinating their
effort).  Plus I understand that Grand Master Arthur Clarke Hisself
is pushing the Sri Lankans.  I've made an arrangement with Contest
Administrator Gil Reis in Texas, USA, to accept entry fees in AUD
(A$6.50 for the first entry, $3.00 for each additional), which saves
currency conversion costs and covers postage to the US, (though not
IRC's for results).  Prizes are US$200/100/50, and results appeared
last year in Locus, Science Fiction Chronicle, and other neat
places.  Deadline is 30 October.  Anyone interesting in joining the
Australian side can get entry forms by sending an SSAE to SFWoE, C/-
Rob Riel, 11 Kepler Street, Wulguru, QLD, 4811, or check out their
website at

Lucy Sussex has a review of in The Saturday Age 17/5/97 Jack Dann
notes "Some good news.  The Memory Cathedral is #2 on the best
seller list here in Australia.* The English Patient is #1 and The
God of Small Things is #3.The Age  17/5/97"  P.S. on May 24th, The
Memory Cathedral made #1.

Perry Middlemiss reports "At the May committee meeting of the
Melbourne-based Aussiecon Three committee the following appointments
were made: Club Liaison - Beverley Hope; Airline Liaison - Michael
Jordan; Australian Database - Jamie Reuel "

	Swancon 23 have announced their major GoH Lois McMaster Bujold to
subscribe to their e-mail list, send a message to with the following single line in the body of
the message: subscribe swancon substituting your
real name for 


FORCE 2 (Star Wars) June 7-9 1997 GsoH Jeremy Bulloch (O.C.P.), Kenny
Baker (O.C.P.) &  Steve Sansweet. Edmund Barton Conference Centre 488
South Rd Moorabbin Vic $125 ($150 at the door) P.O. Box 427 Northcote

HOLODICTION Brisbane  June 8 Mercure Hotel. Rene Ouberjonois (Odo -
DS-9) Phone 02 9311-3841

HOLODICTION Perth  June 15, Enquire about venue. Rene Ouberjonois.
(Odo - DS-9) Phone 02 9311-3841

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS'97  June 20-22 1997  Sydney Centrepoint
Convention Centre.  Confirmed GsoH Andrew J Robinson ( Garak: DS9);
Richard Arnold (Star Trek consultant); Julie Caitlin Brown (Na'Toth,
Babylon 5); Jim Lockett ( Director, Official B5 Warner Brothers Fan
Club, US)  2-Day Ticket $140, Banquet (limit 150) $50, Cocktail Party
(limit 150) $35. Friends of Science Fiction. P.O Box 797 Fairfield,
NSW, 2165  (02) 9523 8385

HOLODICTION Adelaide  June 22, Enquire about venue. Robert Picardo
(Doctor) and Rene Ouberjonois. (Odo) Phone 02 9311-3841

HOLODICTION "Mini Convention" June 29 Rene Ouberjonois and Robert
Picardo in Sydney.  Phone 02 9311-3841

EVENT HORIZON II July 18-20 1997  Mercure Hotel, Brisbane GoH Michael
O'Hare (Commander Sinclair, Babylon 5)  full membership $95 supporting
$30 until March 31 776 Cavendish Rd Holland Park 4121 Qld Email

LONESTARCON2  55th World Science Fiction Convention August 28-September
1 1997 Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center San Antonio, Texas GsoH
Algis Budrys, Michael Moorcock, Don Maitz and Roy Tackett Attending
$135 Supporting $25, Children, 3-12 $40(Rates apply until July 31,
1997)  LoneStarCon2, PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277 E-mail:

BASICON 2 September 27-28 1997 Media & Mainstream NatCon YWCA Cato
Conference Centre Melbourne $20 attending membership ($100 at the
door).  P.O. Box 567 Blackburn 3130.

CONQUEST 97 THE TONIGHT SHOW October 10 - 12 1997 Mecure Hotel, North
Quay, Qld GoH Richard Arnold GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001 (07)

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. $75 until
16 May, $85 until 18 July, $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

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

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: t.b.a.
Guests: Tess Williams, Grant Stone.Dead GoH: Jules Verne Fan
Guest: Gina Goddard. Membership $60.00 until 31st August

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


Susan Smith Clarke  sent the following piece. 

	"Star Trek: The Exhibit-be a part of it!
	You can be part of Star Trek: The Exhibit, the blockbuster new ST
exhibition coming to the Powerhouse Museum! The Powerhouse is
looking for enthusiastic fans to act as volunteer guides/ explainers
within the exhibition on both weekdays and weekends between
September and February.
	If you are over 18, live within easy reach of Sydney, are prepared
to make a regular commitment of your time and love to tell people
about Star Trek (especially if you have prior experience in public
contact), then we'd love to hear from you. The museum will provide
full training, a volunteer benefits program and, if you don't have
your own ST costume, a Star Fleet uniform for you to wear on duty in
the exhibition.
	At the moment, we are preparing a register of interested volunteers:
interviews and final selection will take place within a few months.
If you would like to be considered as a Star Trek volunteer, then
please contact the Powerhouse Museum's Volunteer Co-ordinator,
Lorraine Barlow, on (02)92170386.
	Could You Be a Federation Ambassador?
	Do you have a blockbuster Star Trek costume? Would you like to be
invited to the opening night of the Powerhouse Museum's blockbuster
Star Trek exhibition? Then you could be just the fan we're looking
	The Powerhouse is seeking fans with highly detailed and authentic
Star Trek costumes to act as 'Federation Ambassadors' for the
exhibition's opening night. You need to have a great costume, not be
media shy, and be prepared to act as a guide/host during the
evening's festivities. If you think this could be you, please send a
photo of yourself in costume, with a brief outline of any previous
public contact/media  experience you may have had to:
Kerrie Dougherty, Curator of Space Technology, Powerhouse Museum,
P.O. Box K346, Haymarket NSW 2000
	The museum will select a small group of fans from all applications
received by July 31, to act as Federation Ambassadors on opening
night, September 25."
Jane Routley will be signing at Slow Glass Books on Friday 13th

Sian O'Neale provides an update on Dr Who Clubs around the country.
"Keith Walker is trying to get a new Dr Who Club off the ground as
the Wagga DWFC failed...The Time Lords club has also closed down
because editor/president Lee Zachariah is studying for his VCE this
year. The Canberra DW Club has also closed down."

	Star Walking has announced the nominations for its Obie Awards (The
Second National Star Trek Achievement Awards) Nominees are

Amateur Writing: Katharine Maxwell, Peter Roberts. Jeremy Sadler,
Malcolm Trebilco, Jan Wilson.
Amateur Costume:  Gus Araya, Alison Barton, Marjorie Cammer, Michael
Amateur Art: Darren Reid, Catherine Scholz, Michael Wilson.
Amateur Hard/Soft Craft: Rae Avery, John Gatt, Emily Martin, Wendy
Wadsworth, Michael Wilson
Amateur Audio/Visual: Justin Dix, H. Gibbens, H. Gibbens & Danny
Heap, Darren Maxwell.
Professional Writing: Carolyn Golledge.
Professional Costume:  Dave Hankin, Drew Senior, Leigh Senior.
Professional Art: Tony Bela, Hugh Fleming, Matthew Hatton.
Professional Hard/Soft Craft: Gary Armstrong
	Voting is open to members of Force Two and to members of Star
Walking Inc. Votes close on May 30



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


SOUTHERN SCIENCE FICTION GROUP June 21 12.30 Mortdale Hotel Bistro
Contact 15 Shade Place Lugarno (02) 534-3595.

SYDNEY SKYFORCE August 30 1-5pm Sydney University Contact   Hector -
0411 363 5021 PO Box 804 Kensington NSW 2033 Email

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

FUTURIAN SOCIETY OF SYDNEY  Room 1615 University of Technology Broadway


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

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

NSW UNI SF CLUB newzine 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.

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

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

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. Ali Baba Cafe on George St. 

WAGGA DOCTOR WHO FAN CLUB c/o Keith Walker, 52 Perseverance St, West
Wyalong, NSW, 2671 


CONQUEST June 1  10am General Elections Metro Arts 109 Edward St
Brisbane GPO Box 13676 Brisbane Qld 4001

QUEENSLAND STAR TREKKERS (Quest) June 8 12.00 to 4.00 pm Metro Arts
109 Edward St Brisbane GPO Box 2084 Brisbane 4001

HYPERION June 14 5.30 pm - 10 pm Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane
(07) 3341 0307

NEW ALLIANCE June 15  P.O. Box 7446 East Brisbane Qld 4169

BRISBANE DR WHO FAN CLUB June 15 Queensland Rail Institute Center,
Brisbane Central Station PO Box 10308, Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD
4000. email

HIGHLANDER July 20 10 am to 4.00 pm Metro Arts 109 Edward St
Brisbane  Newsletter The Buzz

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

BRISBANE SKYFORCE September 13 10am - 6pm University of Queensland
Contact Nick - (07) 3369 9744,  PO Box 5732 West Hill QLD 4101 Email

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)

TRILOGY (Dr Who) PO Box 2459, Southport, QLD, 4215 David Mark Sasche Fanzine Entropy  Will meet monthly on the
Gold Coast.

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 PO Box 3355, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000

SASTREK  Star Trek P.O. Box 369 North Adelaide S.A. 5006 (08 337

(08) 294 8337 (Jeremia Boddey, president)  Monthly meetings. Fanzine
Chameleon Factor ; newsletter Wall of Lies annual fanzine  Jethryk


MSFC May 30th Indoor mini-Golf 8.00pm St David's Church Hall 74
Melville Rd West Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre Melbourne

DOCTOR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA May 31st. 2nd screening of the first 7
episodes of SERIES 4 of Babylon 5 Computer Science Lecture Theatre,
basement, Computer Science Building, 221 Bouverie St.  (On the other
side of Grattan Street from the 'main' Uni of Melbourne Campus) GPO
Box 4782UU Melbourne  3001  email:

AUSTREK  May 31 Trekivia Galore. Trivia quests and the Annual
Starfleet Exam. St Mark's Church Hall, cnr Burke and Canterbury Rds,
Camberwell. 2-5pm. Traders, displays, games and activities,
refreshments available. Further information: Rose Mitchell or Steve Hartshorne 9749 1851 (AH) Traders
welcome. To book tables contact Rod Tyrrell 9899 4536 GPO Box 5206AA
Melbourne 3001

THE DAEMONIACS CLUB June 4   7-00 pm. The Kew Community House Number
4, 4-10 Derby St Kew 3101. P.O. Box 1528 Collingwood Vic 3066

NOVA MOB June 4   13 Frederick St Brunswick. 

TIME TREKKERS June 6 46 Sternberg St Bendigo P.O. Box 334 Bendigo

Frankston Vic 3199 015 510 159

JANE ROUTLEY BOOK SIGNING June 13 6.30 pm Slow Glass Books, 305
Swanston St Melbourne

AUSTRALIAN BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB June 14 Ballarat Meeting at Glen &
Carol Tilley's house 16 Lindsay's Rd Ballarat P.O. Box 41 West
Brunswick 3055 Fanzine Babbling On  Email James or

THE X-FILES FAN CLUB OF AUSTRALIA June 21 6.00pm to Midnight Awards
Night Albert by the Lake Function Centre. Locked Bag 1013,
Flemington, 3031. Fanzine The Field Journal.

ENTERPRISE June 28 Starfleet Olympics Horticultural Society Hall 31
Victoria St Melbourne Vic P.O. Box 466 World Trade Centre Melbourne
3005 (03) 9583 7404

Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe. P.O. Box 322
Bentleigh Vic 3204 email

SKYFORCE (STAR WARS) August 9 Copeland Theatre Economics & Commerce
Building Uni of Melbourne 1.00 to 5.00 pm P.O. Box 427 Northcote
3070 Email Address:

AUSTREK ART SHOW August 9 St Mark's Church  Hall Camberwell 

7:00pm - 12:00pm Glenferrie Masonic Hall 3 Launder Street Hawthorn
Contact Fellowship of Middle Earth c/o the Union Monash University
Clayton Victoria 3168  Phone: (03) 95455203

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD P.O. Box 322 Bentleigh Vic 3204 email

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

BIG SF (Star Trek/ general SF) Ballarat  P.O. Box 178 Wendouree 3355

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

FRIDAY NIGHT MOB Friday Nights 6-7.30pm. Informal eating and
nattering. K&Ms, Myer Arcade Melbourne

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 

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

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

TIME LORDS c/o Lee Zachariah 3 Selwood Crt, Mornington, VIC, 3931.
Newsletter Eternity (was TARDIS)

TIME TREKKERS  P.O. Box 934 Bendigo 3550. 


SWANCON FREEFORM May 31 1pm 1 Archdeacon St, Nedlands Set in 1930's
Egypt Costs: $4 con members $5 non-con members If you're interested
in playing, please contact Grant Watson (, or by
phone on 9390 8472) by Thursday.

SWANCON 23 QUIZ DAY June 29 12.30pm Hyde Park Hotel Perth

THE NEUTRAL  ZONE  No longer meeting PO Box 1169, Bibra Lake, WA,6965.
Phone (09) 434 4167, email:  Fanzine The Final

JUMP POINT   The Babylon 5 club of W.A. Email

UniSFA - University of Western Australia Science Fiction Association.

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 Email:


THE CAPTAIN'S LOG 237  Rose Mitchell for Austrek GPO Box 5206AA
Melbourne 3001

STRANGE MATTER #19  Sian O'Neale 185 Kooyong Rd Toorak 3142  

EMERALD CITY  #21  Cheryl Morgan or


For a full listing,


Australian Writer's Web 

Susan Smith-Clarke

Dr Who Club of Victoria

Event Horizon

Terry Frost


OBIES				May 30th 1997
ANZAPA 176			June 6 1997
AUSTREK ART SHOW 		July 1 1997
DITMARS 			September 19 1997
ASFMAS (postal)			September 26 1997
ASFMAS (on site)		4pmSeptember 27 1997
SFWoE SF/F Story Contest	30 October


Alan Stewart,  Warpspeed, Susan Smith Clarke, John Crnjanin, Sian
O'Neale, Jack Dann, Bob Riel


Tuesday  June 10th.  
Distribution Friday June 13th.