A hebetudinous 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


The 1999 Ditmars will be presented at Aussiecon Three as part of the
SpawnCon Two program. The nominees are listed below. All Australian
members of Aussiecon Three, plus anyone who pays the $10 SpawnCon
Two Voting Membership may vote for the awards. Ballots are available
from me, with Aussiecon Three PR 4,. or at

BEST AUSTRALIAN LONG FICTION (32 nominees 173 nominations)
Pilgrim Sara Douglass, Feral  Kerry Greenwood ,The Centurion's
Empire  Sean McMullen, The Tilecutter's Penny Caseal Mor The
Resurrected Man  Sean Williams

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FICTION (58 nominees 230 nominations)
"The Marsh Runners" Paul Brandon , "The Evil Within" Sara Douglass,
"Dream Until God Burns" , "The Truth About Weena David Lake, "Queen
of Soulmates" Sean McMullen, "To Avalon"  Jane Routley

BEST AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE OR ANTHOLOGY (13 nominees 171 nominations):
Altair  Rob Stephenson, Aurealis Stephen Higgins & Dirk Strasser,
Dreaming Down-Under Jack Dann & Janeen Webb, Eidolon Jonathan
Strahan & Jeremy Byrne, Fantastic Worlds Paul Collins, MUP
Encyclopedia of Australian Science Fiction  Paul Collins

BEST AUSTRALIAN FANZINE (19 nominees 80 nominations)
The Captain's Log Rose Mitchell, Ethel the Aardvark Ian Gunn,
Interstellar Ramjet Scoop Bill Wright, Metaphysical Review Bruce
Gillespie, Out of the Kaje  Karen Johnson, Thyme Alan Stewart

BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN ARTIST (19 nominees 57 nominations)
Ian Gunn, Robert Jan, Dick Jenssen, Marco Nero, Kerri Valkova

BEST AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL ARTWORK ( 9 nominees 83 nominations): 
Emma Barber  Cover Cannibals of the Fine Light/Cover A View Before
Dying, Marc McBride Cover Fantastic Worlds, Marilyn Pride A3 PRs
Nick Stathopoulos Cover The Man Who Melted/Cover Dreaming Downunder,
Shaun  Tan The Rabbits

Damien Broderick Reviews in The New York Review of Science Fiction,
Paul  Collins MUP Encyclopedia of Australian Science Fiction,
Stephen Paulsen Contributions to MUP Encyclopedia of Australian
Science Fiction, Jonathan Strahan Reviews in Locus, Janeen Webb &
Andrew Enstice Aliens & Savages (Harper Collins) Sean Williams &
Simon Brown No Axis No Boundary(In Altair 1)

Total number of Nominating Ballots 109. The categories eliminated
were Best Australian Fan Writer (17 nominees 46 Nominations) and
Best Australian Audio-Visual Presentation (4 nominees, 10

Random House has announced the shortlist for the $10,000 George
Turner Prize. Wendy A.J. Adnams-Hodges The City of Dreams; Adam
Browne and Sam Sejavka Autopsy Turvy; Hal Colebatch Millennium
Troopers; Narelle Harris Witch Faith; Dave Luckett Subversive
Activity; Maxine McArthur The Centre Far; Christopher McDonough When
the Angels Fall; Joel Shepherd Full Circle; Andres Vaccari Prey; The
judging panel consists of Peter McNamara, Leigh Blackmore and Louise
Thurtell. The winner will be informed on May 7 and there will be a
combined presentation and launch at Aussiecon Three.


Lucy Sussex notes that Shaun Tan, and John Marsden's  The Rabbits
has been nominated in the Picture Book Of The Year Category.

	Lucy Sussex's "Queen of Erewhon" will be the token Antipodean entry
in the September F&SF.

Edwina Harvey reports  "The following were published in Harbinger
Issue 1- "Bianca the Untaken" Brendan Carson; "The Dragon Ring"
Edwina Harvey; "Re-Creation" Robert N Stephenson; "Residual
Contract" Ion Newcombe; "Aliens are Equal" Kurt von Trojan; "The
Last Time Keeper" Tony Plank; "Writer's Block" Lawrence M. Shoen;
"Rapunzle! Rapunzel! Stay Where You Are!" Andrew Collings."


SpawnCon Two, in association with the Australian Science Fiction
Foundation, will be running a short short story competition for
works of humorous science fiction. The first prize is $150. For
further details, see the Spawncon Two Flier attached or check the
SpawnCon Two web page


Bruce Barnes has a speaking role in recent Just Jeans
advertisements. Craig Charles has been playing the Melbourne Comedy
Festival to mixed reviews - most being mixed up between how bad he
is and how vulgar. Horror writer Robert Hood featured in an ABC


Paul Kincaid has won Guff and will represent Great Britain in the
The Aussiecon Three Test. The following results come courtesy of
Joseph Nicholas.

First Round
			UK	Aus	Total
Steve Davies		29	2	31
Julian Headlong 	20	6	26
Paul Kincaid		20	7	 27
No Preference		2		2
HoldOver Funds	

Second Round
Steve Davies		38	3	41
Paul Kincaid		31	12	43

Meanwhile, Janice Gelb has won DUFF. Janice Murray (Janice the
First) reports North America:   Lise 58, Janice 154, Andy 76, No
Preference 7, Hold Over Funds 2, Write-In 1 (for Jeanne Mealy).
Total voters: 298 Australasia: Lise 9, Janice 15, Andy 6, Write-in 1
(for Moshe Feder).  Total voters: 31 Totals:  Lise 67, Janice 169,
Andy 82, No Preference 7, Hold Over Funds 2, Write-in 2.  Total
voters 329. Therefore, Janice Gelb wins on the first count. Thank
you all for generating a lot of interest and a whole lot of votes in
this race.

There has been nothing heard on the FFANZ front.


	Perry Middlemiss reports "Just a quick note to let you know that
William Perry LeGarey Middlemiss was born on Saturday 3rd April
1999.  Both mother and son doing well and now both home from
hospital after three days due to the brave new world we find
ourselves in under our illustrious conservative political
	The labour took 4 hours 45 minutes, William came through at 8lb4oz
and slept practically the whole of his first night home.  Will
wonders never cease!
	Those of you who wonder about strange people who would even consider
chairing a worldcon can now add an even stranger category - those
who renovate a house and have another child during the chairing
process.  I accept that it is only copious quantities of Guinness
that is helping to maintain my equilibrium, ie parallel to the


	Perry Middlemiss notes "I will be appearing on the Space Show radio
program (88.3 Southern FM) on Wednesday 21st April - 7pm. I've been
informed that while this program is mainly space and science based
there is a fair cross-over between the space and sf audiences.
	I've taken it upon myself to offer an attending membership as a
phone-in prize for a question based on Greg Benford's Timescape
which I am currently re-reading.
	Tune in if you dare. Melbourne only I'm sorry to say."


	Karen Pender-Gunn reports "I am pleased to announce the printing of
"Space*Time Buccaneers", Ian Gunn's 7 year graphic comic epic. You
have been waiting for it and here it is for you to purchase and aid
the Ian Gunn Memorial Fund. 100 pages packed full of fun from the
fertile brain of Ian Gunn. Costs : $12 if I hand it to you in
person, $14 if it is posted within Australia, and $15 if posted
outside Victoria.  PO Box 567, Blackburn Victoria 3130


	Elaine Walker reports that  A Touch of Strange has finally moved to
Shop 11, Greater Union Cinecentre Arcade, Corner of Barrack and
Murray Sts Perth


People seemed to enjoy Icon, in Perth over Easter. Jeff Watkins
reported "Thank-you to the Committee of Swancon 24 for a spectacular
Easter Weekend. I truly feel that this has been one of the best if
not the best con I have been on.
Thank-you to JAFWA and all its members for supporting Ippongi Bang
(and crew), getting her out here and showing that Aussies are fun
too! What a show!!! To all those Con Goers whom I met, conversed,
and enjoyed the con with, thank as well. A Great Con is nothing
without the right audience. I have one question, why do things like
this have to end? Terry Frost reports "Good con. Anti-Fan (Paul
Stevens) turned up for a day, but he usually does before a
Worldcon." Sue Ann Barber noted " great social con (program sucked),
great room parties, need sleep soon"


	Just to note that the Bullsheet supports the Toronto in 2003
WorldCon Bid. We Commonwealth countries must stick together.

	The Australian Costumers' Guild have won the right to host the 2002
World Costuming Convention, details as follows.  "Costume Con
20-2002 Friday 15th to Monday 18th February Melbourne Exhibition and
Convention Centre $A50 Full membership $A100 until  Dec 31st 2000
$A130 until Dec 31st 2001 $A160 until Feb 15th 2002" Contact the
Costumers' Guild (address in Events)


June 10-14 1999  Conference/festival centred on the legend of King
Arthur. Sydney University $200 Contact: Sophie Masson or Cathy Simpson at

June 13 1999  GsoH Aron Eisenberg, John Cook &  Chuck McKenzie $35
FSF members, $45 for non members. Tickets available from FSF, P.O
Box 797 Fairfield, NSW 1860, (02) 9523 8385 or from Galaxy Bookshop
Sydney and Phantasia at Penrith.

June 12-14 1999 3rd National Star Wars Convention Karralyka Centre
Ringwood Vict GsoH Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Don Bies & Iain
McCaig  $150 until 1/6/99. P.O. Box 427 Northcote Vic 3070 (03)

The 57th World Science Fiction Convention. September 2-6 1999 World
Congress Centre, Melbourne GsoH George Turner, Greg Benford and
Bruce Gillespie.  Special Guest J.M Straczynski. Aussiecon Three,
GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, 3001, Australia Attending $225 Supporting
$45 Child in tow  $45 email

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

Reflections October 1-3 1999  Special Guest Richard Arnold $135
until March 31st, $175 thereafter. GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001.  ph 0412-649-727

(39th National Australian Science Fiction Convention) April
20th-24th, 2000. Guests and venue tba

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. $US 125 Attending until April 5 1999.
Supporting  $US 40  Suite 2001, 402 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, PA
19046 USA

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


	Multiverse are holding a day with Craig Charles (Lister from Red
Dwarf) on April 24th from 10:00am till 6:00pm Craig will be
appearing for the full day doing guest talks and Question and Answer
Sessions, signing autographs, running our auction and filling us all
in on the current season of Red Dwarf, amongst other things. Venue
The Cato Conference Centre, 489 Elizabeth Street Melbourne (YWCA
building near the Victoria Market) $25 per person. Please pay on the
day from 9:30am. Cash or Money Order only. NO CREDIT CARDS!   or email at

	The Australian Costumers' Guild are busy at present. In
addition to winning the World Costuming Convention, they have the
following on the boil.

	"Regency Ball Saturday June 5th 1999 Northcote Assembly
Rooms (Northcote Town Hall) 7pm to midnight 22 guineas ($55) per
person Enquiries: Wendy Purcell, phone (03) 9568 0708 Ticket sales
close Friday May 28th.
Fourth Annual Costumers' Ball, Saturday, 28 August, 1999
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre $55 for International
Costumers' Guild members, $65 for others (bookings close Monday, 23
August) Doors open 6:30pm; costume parade/masquerade 7:30 (greenroom
open from 4:00pm). Parade entry free to all attending - you must be
a guild member to enter; numbers are limited so get in early; entry
is by pre-registration only; for rules and regs, contact the parade
director, Christopher Ballis on Tel: (03)9457 4061 E-mail: Snailmail: PO Box 322, Bentleigh, 3204,
Australia "

Karen Johnson has taken over the Austrek fanzine, The Captain's Log
from Rose Mitchell, who is finding that Aussiecon Three is taking up
all her fannish time.

Note that there is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF web
site at


SOUTHERN SCIENCE FICTION GROUP  May 8 2pm 2/141 Chapel Road South
Bankstown Message sent and received. If you were sending a message
out to the galaxy about us - what would you say? What worries you
out of the TV and radio signals we have sent out that intelligent
life may use to judge us by and what are you happy with?Postal
Address 15 Shade Place Lugarno (02) 9534-3595.

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION May 9  Lidcombe Catholic Club, 24 John St
Lidcombe  P.O Box 797 Fairfield NSW 1860 Phone/ Fax
(02)9523 8385


VORTEX May 2 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO Box 2004
Brisbane Qld 4001

HIGHLANDER DOWN UNDER May 16   Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St
Brisbane PO Box 198 Brisbane Albert St Qld 4002

CONQUEST June 6  10:00am Valentine Verses Virus & SGM Red Cross
Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001

NEW ALLIANCE June 6 PO Box 12083 Elizabeth St/BC Brisbane Qld 4002


CRITICAL MASS May 5  Damien Warman tba Writers Centre Adelaide PO
Box 3355, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000


MSFC  April 23 British SF April 30 Michael Moorcock Night May 7 Food
Night & Author Night Kerry Greenwood 8:00pm St David's Church Hall
74 Melville Rd West Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre
Melbourne 3005

FRIDAY NIGHT MOB April 23  Anzapa distribution April 30  May 7
6-7.30pm. Informal eating and nattering. Myers Cafeteria Melbourne

ENTERPRISE April 24 AGM and Committee Elections.Postal Address P.O.
Box 466 World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005
9515 3226 (7pm to 10pm only)

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD April 25 Ross House in Flinders' Lane
Melbourne PO Box 322 Bentleigh Vic 3204

AUSTREK  May 1 2:00pm Trivia & wet t-shirt competition. St Mark's
Church Hall Cnr Canterbury & Burke Rds, Camberwell GPO Box 5206AA
Melbourne 3001 03 9489 8743

NOVA MOB May 5  13 Frederick St Brunswick.

Meeting Room Dandenong Library Stuart St Dandenong Ann McGann P.O.
Box 706 Frankston Vic 3199 Phone Daniel 9544 9775 e-mail

AUSTRALIAN BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB  May 16 Noon A.G.M. Hall 1, St Thomas
Anglian Church Moonee Ponds Contact P.O. Box 610 Ballarat 3353
Phone: (03) 5334 6343 (Before 9pm)

SKYFORCE June 5  Melbourne Uni, Copeland Theatre, Economics and
Commerce Building 1:00pm to 5:00pm P.O. Box 427 Northcote 3070


Andrew Whitmore's

Kathleen Ager


Damien Warman noted "Tiny fixes: Juliette's surname is Woods and I
was in the NEC Cup Go tournament; I think the Australian Go
Association's big competition will be in Sydney soon. Got to do the
right thing by the sponsor :)  (I won a nice VCR for "fighting
spirit"; now all I need to do is find out "fighting spirit" is...)"


Bullsheet #119			May 4 1999.
Obie Nominations 		April 30 1999
Chandler Award Nominations	May 1st 
ANZAPA 188			June  7 1998
SpawnCon Short Story		August 13 1999 
Ditmar Votes			August 27 1999

This Fanzine Supports The Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid The
Toronto in 2003 WorldCon bid and Aussiecon Three.

Other Allegiances are still for sale.


Leanne Frahm notes "Wow! Claudia Christian (whom I take it has
something to do with Star Trek) charges $20 per autograph?!?! That
means Justin Ackroyd owes me about $1000!!! I can hardly wait to
get to Melbourne to collect it..."