The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet #110 – November 20 1998

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


	Ian Gunn died on Sunday November 8th at about 9:40pm, barely a day
after he and Karen Pender-Gunn were married. The wedding, on the
Saturday,  was something special. Craig and Julia Hilton from
Perth were there, along with Ian & Karen's families, and a huge
number of Melbourne fans, given the short notice. Ian was clearly
in serious discomfort but still managed to add a touch of Gunny
irreverence including his comment about being finally able to say
"Me and the missus." If the wishes of everyone there counted for
anything, I wouldn't be writing this now.
	I've heard it said that, by mourning the death of a
person, you are somehow demeaning their achievements. I hope that
Ian's achievements are not tarnished by the fact that I am
saddened by his death. He was a special and unique talent - in his
writing, his artwork, his organising, his editing and in his
entire presence. He championed tolerance, pointing out at the
Basicon 2 business session that fandom was one group. And he was a
good bloke. I'll miss his humour and his irreverence, his ability
to gently point out foolishness through his cartooning and his
writing. Australian and international fandom has lost a worthy
champion, we've lost a mate, and Karen has lost her husband. Yes,
I mourn for Ian, not for any lack in his achievements but because
I wanted more. I hope that we, as science fiction fans, can honour
Ian by trying to keep the fun in things. And I'll cherish my
favourite memory of Ian, dressed as Obelix and pogoing to the
music of Plastic Bertrand.
	The Funeral was held at Springvale Crematorium on November
16th with Jan Tully (mother of Beky Tully) as Civil Celebrant.
Gunny requested that no one wear black, he wanted everyone to
dress in colourful clothing, and for it to be seen as a real
celebration, and not a morbid situation. According to accounts
from Cath Ortlieb and Tim Richards this was observed and that,
while there was sadness, there was a celebration of Ian's life and
his humour. The music for the funeral was the Frasier Chorus
ambient version of "Anarchy in the U.K.", the Bonzo Dog DooDah
Band's "Jollity Farm" and "Kiss" by The Art of Noise with Tom
Jones. There were fans from Perth, Adelaide and Sydney there,
along with people from Ian's work, the hospital, and Ian's Scout
Group. Cath commented that you couldn't go anywhere without seeing
a plastic spaceman, and Tim noted  that later, at George & Kerry's
place "A beautiful touch was 23 helium balloons organised by Jane
Tisell, each with a laminated Ian Gunn cartoon attached to its
string.  On a countdown of 23, they were released into the air to
land who knows where?"
	British fan Kim Campbell noted, regarding British Convention
Novacon "I am sure that Ian's passing will be a subject of many
conversations at Novacon  this weekend.  He was much liked and
will be greatly missed. His funeral will be taking place  just
about the time many of us  will be dragging our post-con selves
out of bed after the last party, and heading home. Before you go,
come to breakfast where some of us will be having a farewell
party.  We may not be able to be with Karen in the flesh, but we
will be there in spirit."
	Much more remains to be said, and I have no doubt that it will be,
in fanzines all over the world.
	Karen would like to get copies of any photos taken at the wedding.


Stephen Connell and Adrian Sherlock directors of hangar thirteen
productions note: "We are in the process of developing science
fiction concepts for video, television, audio, film and cd rom and
are casting for a thirteen part science fiction story. We are
interested in  getting  thoughts on what we are doing and propose
to do. We are not interested in developing products in isolation
from the people who we believe will like them, so we want to setup
a feed back  mechanism with the science fiction community."
Stephen  can be contacted at or 18 Freedom Crt
Whittington Geelong 3220

AntipodeanSF issue 9 November 98 includes "Leaving The Rift" by
Robert N Stephenson. The Jack Dann & Janeen Webb anthology
Dreaming Down Under, will be launched in Melbourne by Race
Matthews on November 20th.

Channel 9's Sale of the Century, 9/11/98-13/11/98,  featured
several members of local Star Trek club Enterprise, in uniform,
promoting one of their prizes, a trip to the States in conjunction
with the release of Insurrection. The announcement that Lucas
would be shooting the next two Star Wars movies in Australia also
gathered a fair bit of media attention. There were also several
notices regarding  Ian Gunn's death in the The Age and the Herald

Marc Ortlieb is looking for ideas for the Souvenir Book. Anyone
with suggestions should feel free to contact him at the Bullsheet
address above.  From various e-mail notes, it appears that PR #3
will be posted from the U.S. in December.

Rumour, courtesy of Ansible, suggests that  Julian Headlong and
Paul Kincaid will be standing. Terry Frost also noted that Steve
Davies might be standing.

Seattle has withdrawn its bid for the 2002 Worldcon, leaving San
Francisco as the only contender. The committee cites site problems
as their reason for withdrawing.


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 6043

November 28 to 29th 1998 Dreamtime Cultural Centre Darambal
Convention Centre, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700.
GoH Jason Carter (07) 4927 5493

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 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

The 57th 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 $225 Supporting $45 Child in tow  $45

The 38th Australian National Science Fiction Convention. September
2-6 1999 World Congress Centre, Melbourne P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill
Vic 3131

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
$US135.00 for residents of North America $US125.00 rate for bona
fide residents of other continents P. O. Box 642057, Chicago IL
60664, fax: 312-946-3779

The 59th World Science Fiction Convention August 30 to September
3, 2001 The Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott
Hotel GsoH Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George
Scithers Toastmaster: Esther Friesner. Suite 2001, 402 Huntingdon
Pike Rockledge, PA 19046 USA

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

	"FSF (Friends of Science Fiction) in Sydney have negotiated with
UIP a preview screening of Star Trek Insurrection to be held Dec
30th at one of the city Hoyts cinemas. Tickets for this event are
strictly limited and funds raised on the night will go to FSF's
charity, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.  Contact FSF by email or by phone on (02) 9523 8385 for more information.
	FSF is very active amongst the Trek fan community in
Sydney. Tickets are also on sale for FSF Presents Aron Eisenberg
(Nog from DS9) at our June 1999 meeting. For the cheapest trek
event, guarenteed autograph and time with the actor as well as all
the fun and entertainment of FSF's monthly meeting, contact us now
at the above or write to  FSF P.O Box 797, Fairfield, NSW 1860" Rob
Brown and Robbie Buonaccorsi


FUTURIAN SOCIETY OF SYDNEY  November 20 7:00 Room 1615 Broadway
Tower, University of Technology Sydney

SOUTHERN SCIENCE FICTION GROUP November 21 2-00pm  15 Shade Place
Lugarno (02) 534-3595.

ICEHOT RESTORATION DAY November 22  11 am - 6.30 pm Drummoyne RSL
Upstairs Function area 162 Victoria Rd. Drummoyne NSW Doctor Who
Club of Australia Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Doctor Who
Special Guest: Steve Roberts

Catholic Club - 5-7 Charlotte Street Ashfield NSW

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION December 13 Lidcombe Catholic Club,
John St Lidcombe.P.O Box 797, Fairfield, NSW or
by phone on (02) 9523 8385

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION Insurrection Preview December 30 P.O
Box 797, Fairfield, NSW 1860


STAR TREK: THE EXHIBIT Until January 31, 1999 The Queensland

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

QUEENSLAND STAR TREKKERS (Quest) December 13  GPO Box 2084
Brisbane 4001 Email


MSFC  November 20  H. Gibbens on Animation.November  27 Katherine
Maxwell & Jeremy Sadler, December 4 Christmas Party Preparation
December 11 Christmas Party 8.00pm St David's Church Hall 74
Melville Rd West Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre
Melbourne 3005

FRIDAY NIGHT MOB   November 20 November  27, December 4  Anzapa
Collection. 6-7.30pm. Informal eating and nattering. Myers
Cafeteria Melbourne

ENTERPRISE November 21 Costuming Workshop P.O. Box 466 World Trade
Centre Melbourne 3005 (03) 9583 7404

SKYFORCE (Star Wars)  November 28 7 pm St Mark's Church Hall
Camberwell. Combination 10th Anniversary & Christmas Party. $18 by
November 21st. P.O. Box 427 Northcote 3070 Email Address:

ENTERPRISE November 29 Car Rally P.O. Box 466 World Trade Centre
Melbourne 3005 (03) 9583 7404

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

THE WESTGARTH CINEMA Marathon December 12 7:00am (89 High St,
Northcote Vic. (03) 9482 2001)

MULTIVERSE INSURRECTION PREVIEW December 30 1998 7:30pm Village
Crown Cinemas, Crown Entertainment Complex Adults - $10.00
Children - $9.00 email or


THE WEST LODGE November 28 7.00pm Timelord's Gala  - or ring (08) 9316 3260.


PINK 17: THE WEDDING ISSUE Karen Pender-Gunn P.O. Box 567
Blackburn Vic 3130 Australia.

THYME 123 Alan Stewart P.O. Box 222 World Trade Centre Melbourne
Vic 8005 Australia.


ANZAPA 185			December 6 1998
Guff Nominations		November 30 1998
Guff Voting			March 30 1999
Duff Voting 			March 31, 1999.

Alan Stewart,  Glen Tilley,  Cath Ortlieb, Tim Richards, Ion
Newcombe, Kim Campbell, Stephen Connell, Ansible,  Rob Brown,


Tuesday  December 1st
Distribution Friday December 4th.

Nicki & Richard Lynch


The Westgarth Cinema (89 High St, Northcote Vic. (03) 9482 2001)
is running a science fiction marathon starting  7 am Saturday 12
December. Featured films include  This Island Earth  5th Element
Starship Troopers Lost In Space X Files Movie Deep Impact
Armegeddon Dark City The Time Machine Alien Resurrection and

Erika Maria Lacey notes "Here I am, with a great number of fiction
manuscripts.  And virtually none that are non-fiction.  I need
reviews (movies and books), and articles of what you think would
be interesting.
I have one article and two book reviews at the moment.
Reviews accepted to 300 words p.bk or movie, articles to
2000 words.

Payment.  If you are writing the short reviews (>1000wds)
you'll see your name in nice fancy letters and the prestige of
waving the mag around to everyone you know and say you are
published. If it is a bit longer (<1000wds) you'll get a lovely
cheque you can stick in the bank as well as a copy of the mag.

Email contributions to and please
make certain that your work is is ATTACHED to the email, not in the
body. Erika Lacey University of Queensland

A *Press Release*, from Robert Lichtman: 

NOW AVAILABLE: FANORAMA: Walt Willis' Fan Columns from NEBULA
Science Fiction; 100 pages including covers, $10.00 postpaid (to
anywhere) Available from Robert Lichtman, P. O. Box 30, Glen
Ellen, CA 95442, USA

"...belongs on every Timebinder's shelf..." - Ted White

Published November 1998 in an edition of 150 copies, this volume
collects all 40 columns from the '50s Scottish prozine, NEBULA,
plus five more that appeared after NEBULA folded: one from my own
PSI-PHI and four from Pete Weston's ZENITH. Also included is a
letter from Beryl Henley Mercer reacting to Walt's review of her
fanzine in the penultimate "Fanorama" column; its republication
was necessary to provide context for Walt's final column.
Introduction by Robert Lichtman includes comments from Darroll
Pardoe on how "Fanorama" paved the way for his eventual discovery
of fandom.


Mathew Frank notes "William Shatner - alias Captain Kirk - will be
coming to Sydney on March20 & 21 1999.  This is not being run by
Holodiction, who do appear to have lost 'official' status with
Star Trek, but Best of Both Worlds.This is a small, not-for-profit
(Charity is 'Guide Dogs'), fan-run organisation that started a
couple of years ago.  This will be their fifth convention.  For
full details I suggest you visit their web site"

This Fanzine Supports The Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid and
Aussiecon Three. Other Allegiances are still for sale.