A rhamnaceous 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
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Internet or at

1916 - 1997

George Turner, writer, critic and one of the strongest voices in
Australian fiction died on Sunday June 8, aged 80.  He had a massive
stroke on Thursday and did not regain consciousness.  George made a
huge contribution to the development and improvement of Australian
science fiction. His dry wit and incisive comment made him an
invaluable contributor to any discussion of science and fiction. He
promised to dance on the tables with Bruce Gillespie at Aussiecon
Three; I'm sorry I won't see that.

The head of the Melbourne Convention and Marketing Centre was
interviewed on 3LO on Friday May 30th and made extensive mention of
Aussiecon Three and Star Walking. Jenny Pausacker reviewed Kerry
Greenwood's Cave Rats in The Age 31/5/97. Lucy Sussex reviews Nina
Bawden's A Nice Change  in The Saturday Age  7/6/97. Robert Jan got a
third of a page coverage in The Age Metro 9/6/97. The article, headed
Monster Mache, dealt with his costuming, mentioning Austrek, The
Australian Costumers' Guild and the SCA.
Force 2 got a fair amount of media coverage. The Herald/Sun  2/6/97
featured a photo of Kenny Baker with R2D2 and gave the convention a
plug. The Sunday Age 8/6/96  reports that Lucasfilm's Stephen Sansweet
announced cast details of the new Star Wars movie at Force 2. The
young Obi Wan will be played by Ewan McGregor while Jake Lloyd plays
the young Darth Vader (One assumes this means Anakin Skywalker).

Courtesy of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation comes the
following information:
	"Transworld Publishers are pleased to announce that Terry Pratchett
will be touring Australia in July 1997.
Dates are:
	Brisbane:  Monday July 7th. and Tuesday July 8th.
	Sydney:  Wednesday July 9th. and Thursday July 10th.
	Canberra: Friday July 11th.
	Melbourne: Saturday July 12th.
	Launceston and Hobart: Monday July 14th.
	Adelaide: Tuesday July 15th.
	Perth: Wednesday July 16th. 
	Transworld are also offering a consumer promotion to coincide with
Pratchett's tour.  Prizes include: 2 economy off peak air fares to
London; 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation; 2 tickets to Phantom
of the Opera
	To enter, you simply have to purchase a copy of Terry's new book Feet
of Clay  released in June and send in the specially attached sticker
as well as proof of purchase of both Feet of Clay and another
Pratchett paperback to

Phantom of the Opera Promotion
Transworld Publications, 
Private Bag 12,
Neutral Bay 	
The promotion runs until July 31st. with the winner to be drawn on 4th
August and announced in The Australian, Monday 11th. August."

Lucy Sussex notes "The Scarlet Rider  was short-listed for best first
novel in the Kelly awards (for crime writing) Didn't  win, but
wothehell." Bob Riel mentions a new Australian SF/F magazine, Under
Magellanic Clouds, edited by Marijke Fitzgerald, 1640 Mongogarie Rd,
Upper Mongogarie NSW 2470 (066) 64-1272. It is looking for original
stories 1,500 to 4000 words 0r shorts 500 to 1,500, no horror. Prefers
softer, more social SF. Rejections within one month. Possible
acceptances could take longer. Bob also mentions his hope that
Australian writers will attack the SFWoE contest in droves. (See The
BS 77 for further details.)  Yvonne Rousseau sends news of the Babel
Handbooks studies of fantasy and science fiction writers. Each
includes a bibliography.  The first six offerings, to be launched in
July, are David Lake on H.G. Wells: The Time Machine;  Norman Talbot
on William Morris: The Gothic Age Romances;  Yvonne Rousseau on Cherry
Wilder:  the Torin and Rhomary SF; Rosaleen Love on Michael Frayn;
Sylvia Kelso on Sherri S. Tepper and David Connell on Michael
Moorcock. Each title retails for $10. Contact series editor Norman
Talbot, Nimrod Publications, P.O. Box 170, New Lambton, NSW 2305 for
more details.

	Susan Smith-Clarke reports, regarding her engagement "My brother Chris
was married on the 20th May and my eldest daughter  Evelyn (who was
nearly born at the first convention I chaired - Syncon 75) was married
this year on January 18. It's been quite a year for us all.
	And then Kerrie Dougherty suggested we could make it three this year
by getting married at the Star Trek exhibit - tempting, but although
my family would be in it (my Mum was the first one on the block with
her own Trek Uniform - we embarrass the children no end at times!),
I'm afraid the Bathos aren't quite that ... zany.  Mind you, if it was
on a steam train, they'd be in it! (or on it)
	Some sad news:  Shayne McCormack's father passed away.  Shayne's
parents always encouraged all of us around the place - when we were
setting up the first Australian Trek club, putting out the first
Australian Trek zine, etc... Her mother is presently in a nursing home
after a major stroke."
	Condolences also to John Bangsund, whose mother Ivy died in May.

	Regarding the death of George Turner, Perry Middlemiss, the Aussiecon
Three Chair, notes " At the time the Aussiecon committee (or the Ain99
committee as it was then) asked George if he would be our guest of
honor he suggested that we should choose someone younger.  We
disagreed and told him that our aim was to honor him. and his work.
Again at his 80th birthday party last year (after a previous stroke
had left him rather frail and easily tired) he again pointed out that
he may not be able to make the convention.  I told him that if that
was to occur it wouldn't change our minds and that we intended to
honor him anyway.  I tried to make light of it, but you could tell he
was worried that he wouldn't be with us.  It strikes me as a measure
of the man that he should feel compelled to suggest such a course of
	Although I haven't spoken directly to all members of the Executive as
yet I feel safe in stating that although George will not be with us in
1999 in a physical sense, he will be there in spirit and that we
intend to honor him as best we can.  Our Guests of Honour for 1999
will be the same then as they are now - namely, Greg Benford, Bruce
Gillespie and George Turner."


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



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.

LOST IN SPACE AUSTRALIA June 22  "Garrisson Room" Bankstown Sports
Club 10:00am to 5:00pm P.O. Box N9 Petersham North NSW  2049

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

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 


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

HYPERION July 12 5.30 pm - 10 pm Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane
(07) 3341 0307

QUEENSLAND STAR TREKKERS (QUEST) July 13 12.00 to 4.00 pm Metro Arts
109 Edward St Brisbane GPO Box 2084 Brisbane 4001

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

CONQUEST August 3 Metro Arts 109 Edward St Brisbane GPO Box 13676
Brisbane Qld 4001

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 June 13th ?, June 20 MSFC Big Night Next Gen vs Voyager and
Babylon 5 Quiz, June 27 Role Playing and other Games plus Authors I
Hate. June 28 Mid-Winter Barbecue. Details tba. 8.00pm St David's
Church Hall 74 Melville Rd West Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade
Centre Melbourne 3005

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
Tilleys house 16 Lindsays Rd Ballarat P.O. Box 41 West Brunswick
3055 Fanzine Babbling On  Email James or

DOCTOR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA June 14 12:30-18:30 AGM Melbourne
University, 2nd Floor Union House. Melbourne University GPO Box 4782UU
Melbourne  3001  email:

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

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD June 28 Pre-Costumers' Ball Panic & Costume
Slumber Party Telephone (03)9557 7088 P.O. Box 322 Bentleigh Vic 3204

NOVA MOB July 2   13 Frederick St Brunswick.

Turns us on? Ann McGann P.O. Box 706 Frankston Vic 3199 015 510 159

THE SECOND ANNUAL COSTUMERS' BALL July 26th Streeton Room, The 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 August 9  Art Show 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

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 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 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:


KALIEN #25  James Allen P.O. Box 41 West Brunswick 3055 

THYME 115  Alan Stewart P.O. Box 222 World Trade Centre Melbourne Vic
3005 Includes AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION NEWS 75 (Alan Stewart &  Merv
Binns)  and ARTICHOKE 20 (Ian Gunn)


For a full listing,

New Listings

Australian Costumers' Guild

Blackwood Sf&F Writers' Group (S.Aust)

Edward McArdle.

Star Walking Inc. (The Star Wars Appreciation Society of Australia)

Fannish E-Mail Directory


AUSTREK ART SHOW 		July 1 1997
ANZAPA 177			August  8 1997
DITMARS 			September 19 1997
ASFMAS (postal)			September 26 1997
ASFMAS (on site)		4pm September 27 1997
SFWoE SF/F Story Contest	30 October


Alan Stewart,  Warpspeed, Susan Smith Clarke,  Katharine Maxwell, Lucy
Sussex, Edward McArdle, Bob Riel, The ASFF,


Tuesday  June 24 th.  

Distribution Friday June 27th.

(After that, there will be a three week break for the school holidays)