THE AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION BULLSHEET #124 – July 30th 1999
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VALE ANDREW BROWN
Andrew Brown died on Thursday July 8th, aged 38.
Andrew was an active Melbourne fan in the 1970s and 1980s, before
turning his attention to music. As a science fiction fan, he was
loved by those who knew him. He had a delightfully twisted sense
of humour that led to the many Andrew Brown stories that still
circulate in fandom. One of my own favourite recollections was of
Cath Circosta (now Ortlieb) managing to fold Andrew and three
other large fans, myself included, into her Mini Minor, for a
trip from a convention hotel to a Mexican restaurant and the
return trip with all the speculations about the effects of
Mexican food and very confined spaces. Andrew was younger than
most of us, was brash and loved to stir. With Irwin Hirsh he
founded Thyme, and he produced his own fanzines, both for ANZAPA
and for general circulation.
Music was one of Andrew's reasons for being and he introduced me
to REM, Husker Du and Captain Beefheart, though I will admit
that, as an old fart, I tended to be slow to appreciate the music
that Andrew would lend me. Eventually though, I had to agree that
he was right, except perhaps about the Ramones. The last time I
remember seeing Andrew was at a Warren Zevon concert. I was
sitting with Perry Middlemiss and Bruce Gillespie. We spied
Andrew across the audience and he tried not to notice the aging
trio waving at him. I'm glad that Andrew found his niche in
music. I'm just sorry that we lost him and now that loss is
Lucy Sussex wrote the following:
" Melbourne fan of the 1970s and 1980s Andrew Brown died last
Thursday of causes as yet unknown. His funeral is being held in
his beloved St. Kilda at Le Pine Funeral Services, 88 Carlisle St
at 3.00pm on Friday 16 July. Although obituaries have apparently
been published in Melbourne papers, fandom only found out
recently about his loss. Andrew was most immediately known to
fans for his sheer height. At 6'10" he was hard to miss. Anyone
who had the courage to talk to him discovered that he was a
gentle soul of great passions and intelligence.
In recent years, Andrew had drifted away from fandom but was
bumped into by many from time to time. As well as fandom, Andrew
was well-known on the Melbourne band scene and even appeared as
producer on an e.p. by the Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre.
Some fans may know Andrew from his travels - he was at Conspiracy
in Brighton and travelled widely in the U.S.
So many people were at the funeral that we were almost spilling
out of the front doors. Local fans Irwin Hirsh, Alan Stewart,
Phil Ware, Mandy Herriott, LynC, Clive Newall and Elaine Cochrane
were able to attend. The bulk of the mourners appeared to have
come from the local St Kilda music and bar scene. Still no
definitive news on the cause of Andrew's death but it appears
that he died in his sleep. Appropriately, "Another Girl, Another
Planet" by the Only Ones, "Pale Blue Eyes" by the Velvet
Underground and "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop were played during
the tributes. Andrew's involvement in the SF scene and attendance
at conventions were mentioned during the service.A remarkably
accurate sculpture of Andrew which had been created by friend
Annie Haines several years previously was on display. It was a
very red-faced, red-eyed and sober crowd at the funeral service.
His musical friends planned to turn what was originally to be his
birthday celebration at the Greyhound (a local St Kilda pub) into
a wake. It will undoubtedly be a noisy and riotous affair. He
would like that."
Richard Harland's Hidden From View, the third in the Eddon and
Vail novels, is available in Pan trade paperback.
Ion Newcombe notes "Just a short note to inform you about the
Aussie writers appearing in AntipodeanSF 17: "Living The Dream"
by Brendan Carson; "Please Turn Out The Lights" by Robert Cox
and "Floating Over A Rose Garden" by James Overton
BULLSHEET MEDIA WATCH
Ali Kayn has been getting work reviewing for The Australian's
Tuesday Computer Supplement The Cutting Edge.
Lucy Sussex passes on the following note from Richard Overell "My
next exhibition here will be on Science Fiction. We have a large
collection of American periodicals mostly from the 1930s to the
1950s. If you look at the Monash Rare Books home page
you will find illustrations of some of our collecting areas."
Gerald Smith reports that Womble has been hospitalised recently
"Because this is the same toe that caused the problems back in
March, the doctors have decided to remove the offending article
for once and for all." According to later bulletins, the
operation went welland Womble is back home.
Bill Bowers notes that old DUFFer Roger Sims was released from
the hospital following his heart surgery. He adds "It's still too
soon to guarantee Roger & Pat's attendance at Rivercon (where
they are Fan GoHs) or Aussicon, but it's far too soon to rule
either out also. In fact, I'd be willing to bet... "
Julian Warner reports that amidst various visitors from Sydney
and Adelaide, Perth's Gina Goddard snuck in too. "earlier in the
day there was a small fannish luncheon attended by David
Arblaster, Lucy Sussex, Mark Loney, Julian Warner and special
guest Gina Goddard who was taking a break from her motherly
duties in WA to attend a non-fannish conference in Melbourne.
Despite possible appearances otherwise, the dreaded A-word hardly
besmirched the conversation."
David Russell recently made one of his occasional visits to
Melbourne from the wilds of Dennington
Janice Gelb reports on her DUFF Trip Itinerary
August 1 - Leave for Australia; August 3 - Arrive in Melbourne
Staying with Stephen Boucher (Attending Nova Mob meeting); August
8 - Arrive in Hobart Staying with Robin Johnson; August 13 -
Arrive in Adelaide Staying with Damien Warman (At least one
fannish get-together tentatively planned for Saturday night,
August 14); August 17 - Arrive in Canberra Staying with Kim Huett
(At least one fannish get-together tentatively planned by Karen
Herkes at Gaslight Books); August 19 - Arrive in Sydney Staying
at Park Regis Hotel (Attending Futurians meeting);August 21 -
August 31 touristing; Sept 1 - 6 AUSSIECON 3; September 7 -
Leave for home.
Things are coming together, with five weeks left until the
convention. The Costume Parade is going ahead, with the theme
"It's the End of the World As we Know It, or the Y2K
Fin-de-Siecle Blues." Several filkers, including authors Dave
Luckett, Joe Haldeman and Ian Nichols have agreed to add to the
general atmosphere of gloom doom and despondency, with Nick
Stathopoulos and Danny Heap co-compering. Entry forms will be
available on the Aussiecon Three Web Site REAL SOON NOW and will
also be available at the Convention.
As well as hosting SpawnCon Two, Aussiecon will host the 1999
The Melbourne Anime Society have raised the money to bring
Evangellion director Hideaki Anno to Aussiecon where he will be a
Aussiecon Three preregistration memberships close on the
31st of July. After that memberships will increase from $250 to
$300 and will only be available at the door.
SPAWNCON TWO HUMOROUS SCIENCE FICTION STORY COMPETITION.
So far there are only three entries in the competition. Ain't you
mob got no sense of humour. In case you'd forgotten, this is open
to all Australian residents and The Australian Science Fiction
Foundation has generously donated $300 in prize money. First
Prize $150; Second Prize $100; Third Prize $50. Maximum word
count 1,000 words. Entries must reach me by August 13th.
Kevin Sheehan notes "Conquest has relocated to a new hotel The
Ridge Hotel 189 Leichhardt St. Spring Hill, Brisbane.
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 $300 (At the door) 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
Just after Aussiecon 3.No GOH. No program. Group travels to
Launceston, Bicheno, and Hobart with our own bus, sightseeing and
Reflections October 1-3 1999 The Ridge Hotel 189 Leichhardt St.
Spring Hill, Brisbane.Special Guests Richard Arnold and Richard
Hatch ocp $170 GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001.
firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0412-649-727
39th National Australian Science Fiction Convention April
20th-24th, 2000. Ascot Inn, Belmont, WA. GsoH Connie Willis and
Ian Nichols. Gratuitous interstate guest "Mitch" Other guests
include Stephen Dedman, Sue Isle, Jack Dann, Janeen Webb, Sean
Williams and Tess Williams email@example.com
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 http://www.chicon.org/
THE MILLENNIUM PHILCON
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GoH = Guest of Honour
O.C.P. = Other Commitments Permitting
tba= to be announced.
Note that there is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF
web site at http://www.vicnet.net.au/~sfoz/1999cal.htm
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION August 8 Lidcombe Catholic Club, 24
John St Lidcombe email@example.com P.O Box 797 Fairfield NSW 1860
Phone/ Fax (02)9523 8385
SOUTHERN SCIENCE FICTION GROUP August 14th 2:00pm 15 Shade Place
Lugarno Orson Scott Card Read one of his books and come and learn
all about him. Names drawn for book swap for November Postal
Address 15 Shade Place Lugarno (02) 9534-3595. firstname.lastname@example.org
CONQUEST August 1 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO
Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001
NEW ALLIANCE August 1 PO Box 12083 Elizabeth St/BC Brisbane Qld
VORTEX September 5 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO
Box 2004 Brisbane Qld 4001
HIGHLANDER DOWN UNDER September 19 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide
St Brisbane PO Box 198 Brisbane Albert St Qld 4002
CRITICAL MASS August 4 Roman Orszanski tba Writers Centre
Adelaide PO Box 3355, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000
MSFC July 30 Coffee, Cake and Conversation August 6 August 13
8:00 pm St. David's Uniting Church Hall, 74 Melville Road, West
Brunswick P.O. Box 212 World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005
FRIDAY NIGHT MOB July 30 , August 6 Anzapa collected. August 13
Anzapa distributed 6-7.30pm. Informal eating and nattering. Myers
MULTIVERSE August 5 Universal Soldier opening night, August 26
Virus opening night group September 8 Inspector Gadget preview
Adults $9.50, Children $7.50 September 9 Wild Wild West opening
night group September 16 Wing Commander opening night group
September 18 Space 1999 Party 6:00pm sharp. Duxton Hotel, 328
Flinders Street Melbourne. $30 per person.PO Box 355 World Trade
Centre, Melbourne, VIC, 3005 http://www.vicnet.net.au/~multivrs/
or email mailto:email@example.com
NOVA MOB August 4 Charlie Taylor and Alan Stewart on Gregory
Benford13 Frederick St Brunswick.
TIME TREKKERS August 6 St Luke's Sternberg St Support Centre, 46
Sternberg St Bendigo P.O. Box 934 Bendigo Vic 3552
AUSTREK August 7 2:00pm Austrek's 3rd Annual Art Show St Mark's
Church Hall Cnr Canterbury & Burke Rds, Camberwell GPO Box 5206AA
Melbourne 3001 03 9489 8743 http://www.vicnet.net.au/~austrek/
DANDENONG VALLEY SCIENCE FICTION GROUP August 11 Science Fiction
Show & Tell , Meeting Room Dandenong Library Stuart St Dandenong
Ann McGann P.O. Box 706 Frankston Vic 3199 Phone Daniel 9544 9775
SKYFORCE August 14 Melbourne Uni, Copeland Theatre, Economics
and Commerce Building 1:00pm to 5:00pm P.O. Box 427 Northcote
ENTERPRISE August 28 Pizza & Trivia.Postal Address P.O. Box 466
World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005 firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.vicnet.net.au/~enterprise/(03) 9515 3226 (7pm to 10pm
FOURTH ANNUAL COSTUMERS' BALL August 28 6:30pm Melbourne
Convention & Exhibition Centre A$55 for International Costumers'
Guild members, $65 for others (no door sales, bookings close
Monday, 23 August). Parade entry free to all attending - you must
be a guild member to enter. Christopher Ballis on. +3 9457 4061
email@example.com PO Box 322, Bentleigh, 3204, Australia
FELLOWSHIP OF MIDDLE EARTH 6th Annual Fantasy and Science Fiction
Masquerade. August 28 7:00pm Non-members welcomed and greatly
appreciated a catered and unlicensed event $15/$12 Monash
students Ninth Caulfield Scout Hall: End of Ricourt Avenue Close
to Hughesdale Station, Melways Ref. 69 C6 Tickets and Enquiries
Oops. Sorry to Chris Nelson. I forgot to mention that his
MUMBLINGS FROM MUNCHKINLAND #14 has risen from the grave, the
October 1998 issue seeing the light of day last month. Chris has
lost his mailing list but would like people who think they should
have received a copy to contact him at 23 Henty St Invermay Tas
7248. This issue has nice colour photographs of Thylacon II and
of Chris's daughter Lauren
THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERATION BULLETIN V7 NO4 Julie Wall 470 Ridge
Rd Birmingham AL 35206 USA
Bullsheet #125 September 14 1999.
FFANZ Voting July 30 1999
ANZAPA 189 August 6 1998
Hugo Voting August 13 1999
SpawnCon Short Story August 13 1999
Ditmar Votes August 27 1999
The next Bullsheet will be out after Aussiecon Three, If I
This Fanzine Supports The Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid The
Toronto in 2003 WorldCon bid and Aussiecon Three.
David Russell is auctioning a Unicon IV (1978 Australian National
Science Fiction Convention) Programme Book at Aussiecon Three. It
is signed by a veritable multitude, including Jack Dann, William
Gibson, Robery Llewellyn, Terry Pratchett and Roger Zelazny,
See, I told you autograph hunting was cool. .
Noel Sprenger reports "Albion SF Books has the largest collection
of second hand science fiction and fantasy in Queensland. 15,000
titles and growing
Owner Noel H Sprenger
Address : Albion SF Books 333 Sandgate Rd. Albion Brisbane. Queensland. 4010 Australia
Ph. 07 3262 5590 Fax 07 3862 4410
Web site www.powerup.com.au/~sf_books
IS JUSTIN ACKROYD A BOOK PUSHER?
"The last time I walked into Slow Glass, Justin took a book from
the shelf, and said, "Buy this book." Admittedly he did not offer
to break my leg if I didn't. (It was one of the Hugo nominees.
Probably he was just being efficient, and making sure I read them
all before voting.)" Edward McArdle.