A figurant newszine produced for the Australian National Science
Fiction Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill,
Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA

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This year's festival running from August 21 -30 includes Science
Fiction, Horror and Fantasy writers Poppy Z Brite, Damien
Broderick, Paul Collins, Jack Dann, Catherine Jinks, Rosaleen
Love, Dave Luckett, David McRobbie and Michael Pryor, along with
artist Graeme Base and keynote speaker, scientist Paul Davies on
the topic "Aliens: are they really out there?". Dates of
particular interest to science fiction readers include Davies
keynote speech on August 21, and panels on August 22 and August
Damien Broderick notes "I have just been granted $10,000 by the
Arts Development unit of Arts Victoria in support of my current
writing project, a popular science book called THE LAST MORTAL
GENERATION. This book deals with the social and cultural impact
of startling new findings in science, especially in the life
sciences, cognitive science and computation, quantum theory, and
cosmology, and focusses especially on the prospects of massive
human longevity extension (perhaps including rejuvenation)
arising from current and foreseeable scientific research. It
will be published by New Holland Books in the first half of

Robert Whyte reports  "At Phancon on Saturday, the winner of the
inaugural George Turner Prize for Science Fiction and Fantasy
was announced. The winner was Tansy Rayner Roberts of Lenah
Valley, Tasmania for the novel "Splashdance Silver". The prize
includes profession publication by Transworld Publishers and a
$10,000 advance against royalties of the book."

Edwina Harvey had her short story "Aliens Here" published in
issue 4 of Under Magellanic Clouds .

Ex-ANZAPAn and one-time Melbourne fan Kitty Vigo was mentioned
in The Age 30/6/98 in connection with a paper on Numeracy and
Literacy which looked at how computer games could improve
literacy. Tracey Oliphaunt had a letter, regarding the use of
semi-naked models in advertising, in The Age 2/7/98 In the
Canberra Times on 27 June, Colin Steele reviewed Destiny's Road
by Larry Niven,  The Family Tree by Sheri S. Tepper, Stars &
Stripes Forever by Harry Harrison, The Man Who Melted by Jack
Dann, The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams,and The Year's Best
Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volume Two.


Jack Dann reports. "I'm in New York doing a publicity tour for
THE SILENT. My friend author Paul Levinson e-mailed me to say
that he is to be interviewed by Phillip Adams for Late Night
Live radio show (ABC Radio) at 10 PM Wednesday, July 15 (to be
rebroadcast on at 5 PM, Thurs, July 16). (I'm assuming this is
Sydney/Melbourne time.)
The interview will be both about The Soft Edge --which has
already sold over 200 books in hardcover in Australia -- and his
science fiction.
Paul Levinson, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Science Fiction
and Fantasy Writers of America. His short fiction has been
nominated six times in the past two years for Hugo, Nebula, and
Sturgeon Awards -- currently his novella, "Loose Ends" (Analog,
May 1997) is a Hugo nominee. His most recent nonfiction book --
_The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information
Age_ -- was called "remarkable in both scholarly sweep and
lyricism" by the March 1998 WIRED. "
Meanwhile, Lucy Sussex is in Seattle running her part of the
Clarion West Science Fiction Writer's Workshop and Terry Frost
is also in the U.S.. we have had no reports on his being
arrested, and so we assumed that he is at least one step ahead
of the law and any irate husbands.
Mark Loney reports "Continuing my occasional reports on the
whereabouts of Tim Reddan...
We ended up on the same bus the other evening (the 204 from the
Woden Town Centre) and chatted until we got to my stop. Tim is
in paid employment, working as a civilian in Defence Personnel
(having started in naval personnel which was then merged with
the other service personnel organisations). "
Meanwhile Margaret Orchard(nee Arnott) is looking for a current
address for Jean-Paul Breault (nee Paul Day).


Karen Pender Gunn reports "Well, we start again on Monday[July
13] . Ian will go into hospital overnight Monday night to have
two days treatment with a new and harsher type of chemotherapy.
His white cell count will drop and he will be having the same
cell stem promoting injections each day for a week. Dr Tony will
have more details on his part of the operation on Friday.
Ian has been eating well and getting out and socialising. It has
been nice to see people again and we hope to see more of you at
later dates. "

Voice of the Platypus 2 is now out. PR 2 is currently being
printed. The hotels are not yet taking bookings as they cannot
guarantee rates this far ahead. To take advantage of any
convention discount you will have to wait until the official
convention hotel booking forms are sent out.

Judith Hanna reports " Re GUFF, the names being murmured about
at this end seem to be Mike Abbott, of the Attitude trio and
Cambridge connection, and Claire Briarley of Banana Wings and
famously bourgeois Croydon fandom. Croydon fandom is addicted to
funny animals, books and DIY; Mike notoriously looks glamorous
in red sequins. Of course, it's hard not to look glamorous in
red sequins, but not everyone dares appear in public wearing
This is the stage for Ozfans to join in persuading them to stand
or mention and persuade others they might like to see down at
the Worldcon, etc. "

Supporting members of Thylacon II should, by now, have received
their Programme Books. It is a superb production with fiction by
the guests, biographies and all the NatCon stuff you'd expect to
Perrianne Lurie notes  that BucCONeer at-the-door rates are
attending US$165, children 4-12 US$85 and should be purchased at
the door as of July 10th.


56th World Science Fiction Convention. August  5 - 9 1998, Baltimore Convention Center and Inner Harbor hotels, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. GOHs: C.J. Cherryh, Milt Rothman, Stanley Schmidt, and Michael Whelan, Special Guest: J. Michael Straczynski, Toastmaster: Charles Sheffield. Attending US$165, Supporting US$30, Children 4-12 US$85 BucCONeer, P.O. Box 314, Annapolis Junction, Maryland  20701 USA. E-mail: 

Comic book convention September 26-27 Venue: Centrepoint
Convention Centre Sydney

October 9-11 1998 Mercure Hotel Brisbane GsoH. Peter Jurasik
(Londo), Walter Koenig (Bester) Richard Arnold  $250 attending.
GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001

November 21 - 22 1998  University of Sydney, and Southern Cross
Hotel NSW GsoH Jason Carter Dwight Schultz Amis Tim Choate Jerry
Doyle ph: 02 9453 0290 fax: 02 9975

April 1-5 1999 24 Annual Western Australian Convention The Metro
Inn Canning Highway South Perth GsoH Jack Dann, Sean Williams,
Janny Wurts Special Guests, Don Maitz & Janeen Webb, Fan Guest
Dave Luckett $70 until October 11 GPO Box G429 Perth WA 6841

June 12-14 1999 3rd National Star Wars Convention Karralyka
Centre Ringwood Vict GsoH tba  $150 until 1/6/99. P.O. Box 427
Northcote Vic 3070 (03) 9416-8998

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  Attending $200 Supporting $45 Child in tow  $45

CHICON 2000 
The 58th World Science Fiction Convention          August 31 to
September 4 2000 - Hyatt Regency Chicago IL GsoH Ben Bova, Bob
Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob and Anne Passovoy, Toastmaster: Harry
Turtledove P. O. Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, fax: 312-946-3779

GoH = Guest of Honour
O.C.P. = Other Commitments Permitting
tba= to be announced. 

Austrek's meeting on October 3rd will feature provision for sf
clubs throughout Melbourne to attend and publicise their
activities. For more details, contact Rose Mitchell or GPO Box 5206AA Melbourne 3001.
Ann McGann notes that The Dandenong SF Society will be
alternating meetings at the Dandenong Library with film nights
and the like.


SOUTHERN SCIENCE FICTION GROUP July 18 2-00pm 15 Shade Place
Lugarno (02) 534-3595.

SYDNEY SKYFORCE August 16 10am-5pm Lidcombe Catholic Workmen's
Club,  24 John Street, Lidcombe PO Box 804 Kensington NSW 2033
(03) 9416 89981


HIGHLANDER  July 19 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St  Postal
address 11 Perrett St Bundamba Qld 4304
Newsletter The Buzz

VORTEX  August 2  Red Cross Centre 397 Adelaide St G.P.O. Box
2004 Brisbane 4001

QUEENSLAND STAR TREKKERS (Quest) August 9 GPO Box 2084 Brisbane
4001 Email

CONQUEST  September 6 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St  GPO Box
1376 Brisbane Qld 4001


MSFC   July 17 Focus on Star Trek, July 24 Card & Board Games
July 31 tba. 8.00pm St David's Church Hall 74 Melville Rd West
Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005

FRIDAY NIGHT MOB   July 17 , July 24 ,  July 31 6-7.30pm.
Informal eating and nattering. Myers Cafeteria Melbourne

STAR TREK THE EXHIBIT  February 27 to July 19 Science Works

Forest Hill Vic 3131

AUSTRALIAN BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB  July 19 1:00pm Bowling Day:  Box
Hill Bowling Centre Whitehorse Road P.O. Box 610 Ballarat Vic
3353 Babbling On

THE X-FILES MOVIE July 23 7:00pm Hoyts Cinema Centre , 140
Bourke St Melbourne. Adults $9.50, Children $7.50. For a ticket
request form, Multiverse web site Enquiries

ENTERPRISE July 25 Enterprise vs Dr Who Bowling P.O. Box 466
World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005 (03) 9583 7404

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD July 26 Anniversary of the 2nd Annual
Costumers Ball and Panic before the 3rd Annual Costumer's Ball
stitch 'n' bitch  (03) 9568 0708 P.O. Box 322 Bentleigh Vic 3204

AUSTREK August 1 2pm Art Show St. Marks Church hall, Cnr
Canterbury & Burke Roads, Camberwell. email: GPO Box 5206AA Melbourne 3001

NOVA MOB August 5 First dinner at about 6:00pm at The Arian
Restaurant on Sydney Road, followed by the meeting at about
8:00pm at13 Frederick St Brunswick.

P.O. Box 706 Frankston Vic 3199  015 510 159 fax (03) 9787 0899

THIRD ANNUAL COSTUMERS' BALL August 15 6:30pm Streeton Room, The
Centre Ivanhoe. $48. The Australian Costumers' Guild P.O. Box
12345 A'Beckett St Melbourne 8006 Contact Jane Tisell 98771190
for tickets

SKYFORCE (Star Wars) August 8 1-5 pm Melbourne Uni, Copeland
Theatre, Economics and Commerce Building P.O. Box 427 Northcote
3070 Email Address:


ULTRAWARP 30 Simon Mead for Time Trekkers P.O. Box 334 Bendigo
Vic 3552

VANAMONDE 259-262 John Hertz 236 Coronado St, No 409, Los
Angeles CA 90057 USA

MIMOSA 22 Nicki and Richard Lynch P.O. Box 3120 Gaithersburg MD
20885 USA

THE METAPHYSICAL REVIEW 26/27 Bruce Gillespie 59 Keele St
Collingwood Vic 3066 $30 subscription

OUTWORLDS 69 Bill Bowers 4651 Glenway Ave Cincinnati OH
45238-4503 USA $5 per issue

THE SATURDAY HERMES Adam Gray for Thylacon II P.O. Box 55
Battery Point Tas 7004.

NOVA EXPRESS 16 Lawrence Person P.O. Box  27231 Austin TX
78755-2231 U.S.A. $12 for 4.

THE RUBBISH BINNS #4 Merv & Helena Binns P.O. Box 315 Carnegie
Vic 3163

MIMEMEOW7  Bill Bridget 4126 Mountaincreek Rd Apartment #6
Chattanooga TN 37415-3427 USA


ANSIBLE 132 Dave Langford, 94 London Road, Reading, Berkshire,
RG1 5AU, UK. Fax  0118 966 9914. ISSN 0265-9816. E-mail

EINBLATT Kurt and Carrie Griesemer for the Minnesota Science
Fiction Society , 4833 Madison St. NE,
Columbia Heights MN 55421; or call them at (612) 571-4283.

EMERALD CITY  34  Cheryl Morgan

FANS ACROSS THE WORLD 76  B. Wilkinson, Ground Floor Flat, 8
West Avenue Road, Walthamstow, E17 9SE, Great Britain fax: 0181-925-7126

TOMMYWORLD 41 The forty-first, and last, issue of a sort of
letter substitute, kinda thing, maybe weekly, maybe not, from:
Tommy Ferguson 40 Deramore Avenue, Belfast, BT7 3ER, Northern
Ireland or
Phones Home: (01232) 293275 Work: (01232) 264028


For a full listing,


A Touch of Strange (Bookshop)

The Bajoran Resource Centre

Ellison Hawker  (Bookshop)

Babylon 5 Web Ring

WeberWoman's Wrevenge


The Melbourne Anime Society 

	Bob Riel notes that his e-mail address,  is
about to become defunct and that he will inform all and sundry
of a new address in the fullness of time.

	And, as far as complicated CoAs go, Eric Lindsay and Jean Weber
beat the rest with this one. " Our new address is PO Box 640,
Airlie Beach Qld 4802 Australia (all addresses at Faulconbridge
and Ryde are now obsolete).  Jean's phone is (07) 4948 0450 or
+61 7 4948 0450 I don't have a phone (Jean stole my line for her
fax), and have no current plans to get one. Jean is retaining
her email address for the moment, and
has a new email address at  I have
established other (untested) email accounts as and and there
is some (considerable) possibility no-one will notice these or
remove them for a considerably period. However I won't be
checking any email frequently, only when I happen to use a
Internet Cafe.  My SF fanzine Gegenschein is currently available
from my web site and I hope
issues will stay there for at least a few more months. I can see
considerable problems in updating this site once I leave  so
I'll probably arrange duplicates at
	Gegenschein 82 was mailed recently, but some extra work
needs to be done on the web issue. I hope to photocopy
Gegenschein 83 in the next two weeks, before I leave, but a
decent web issue may take a while. You can check out where we
moved to and see photos at my site or
change www to www2 if it seems nothing on the site ever gets


ANZAPA 183			August 7 1998
Guff Nominations		September 30 1998
Guff Voting			March 30 1999	

Alan Stewart,  Adrian Pett, Mark Loney, Robert Whyte, Karen
Pender Gunn, Eric Lindsay, Edwina Harvey, Damien Broderick,
Jack Dann, Ann McGann


Tuesday July 28th.  
Distribution Friday July 31st.

Maria Papadeas reports the launching of a new magazine dealing
with media science fiction - The Starlog Reporter. For more
details contact P.O. Box 2 Matraville NSW 2036.