The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet #143 – May 19 2000
A mardy 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
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Terry Dowling's Blackwater Days (Eidolon Books P.o. Box 225
North Perth WA 6906) is now available. Sean McMullen's
"Unthinkable" appears in the June 2000 Analog. The Slow Glass
Books Catalog 136 lists the Dowling collection and Dowling's
Antique Futures, The Rescue of Princess Athena by Kathryn
England, Paul Kidd's Descent into the Depths of the Earth,
Garth Nix's The Seventh Tower, Emily Rodda's City of the Rats
and two original anthologies, one from Harper Collins Mystery,
Magic, Voodoo and the Holy Grail and one from Allen & Unwin
X-Changes: Stories for a New Century, which features
Australian writer Garth Nix. The catelog also notes that there
is a Greg Egan story in the July issue of Asimov's.
George Ivanoff provided the following additions for the
Australian sf genre listing. 1998: Originator Claire
Carmichael (young adult SF novel), Random House. 1999: Out of
Orbit Carole Wilkinson (children's SF novel), part of the
"Phenomena" series, Horwitz Martin. Fabricant (sequel to
"Originator") by Claire Carmichael (young adult SF novel),
Random House. 2000: Incognito Claire Carmichael (young adult
SF novel), Random House
Russell B. Farr notes "Ticonderoga On-line was launched on 6
May 2000. The first issue features new fiction from Stephen
Dedman and interviews with Robert Stephenson (editor of
_Altair_) and Erika Lacey (editor of the late _Harbinger_).
Ticonderoga On-line will be updated twice per month and pays
for fiction. Enquiries email: email@example.com
Benjamin Payne posted the following to aus.sf "Just a quick
note to let any prospective writers know that the new
Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, Potato
Monkey, is now seeking submissions. For more info, email us or
visit our web page at http://www.astroatlas.com/potatomonkey/"
GEORGE TURNER PRIZE
Karen Reid of Random House provides a press release with the
information that the winner of the George Turner Prize for
Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2000 is Michelle Marquardt for
a novel with the working title Blue Sky and Silence. The
$10,000 award will be presented at a special function at
Random House's Sydney offices on Friday May 26th.
BULLSHEET MEDIA WATCH
Niall Doran and a pickled thylacine appear in a photo
illustrating a story on the potential for cloning the
thylacine in The Herald Sun 5/5/2000. Lucy Sussex reviews
books by Anne Deveson and Elizabeth Stead in The Age 6/5/2000.
and has also had a review in the Sunday Age 14/5/2000. Ali
Kayn continues to be a regular in the Australian's Cutting
Edge computer supplement. Regular correspondent Murray
MacLachlan notes "The free weekly music giveaway Beat
Magazine, May 10 has an interview with Nicole de Boer. A third
of the article is spent on de Boer's (very positive) opinion
of Galaxy Quest." The Multiverse Day with de Boer also got a
mention in The Age Green Guide 11/5/2000 but with inadequate
details and no mention of the fact that the MSFC was also part
A CLOSING SENSATION
Lucy Sussex reports " I closed (as opposed to opened) an
exhibition of Sensation Fiction (glorious old sf, crime and
general pulp fiction) at the Baillieu. James Tiptree Junior
got quoted (again) on the delights of reading pulps."
ANOTHER CLOSING SENSATION
"Loneroam" reports "Arcadia Unbound [Hurstville N.S.W.] is no
longer in business. Gary, the owner has decided to make the
shop a mail order only business once he gets things organised.
He recently took a phone poll of his regulars so he could
inform them as to when he might be starting up the mail order
shop. No orders are being taken until things are decided.
Pity...good SF,F and comic shop. Hope this info is useful."
BUT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A FREE DINNER!
Jack Dann was the featured speaker at Martin Books' second
literary dinner, on May 17th, at The Manhattan Bistro, Toorak
Paul Voermans notes the birth of Oscar Theodore
Patrick Voermans, 4111g 26 April 2000.
Tad Williams will be signing at Slow Glass Books in Melbourne
on June 8.
Jack Herman was in Melbourne in connection with his
work for the Press Council and he noted the fun that had been
had at the Swancon Business Session. John Bangsund has
returned from his Geelong exile and is now living in the wilds
Jamie Reuel noted "I am back in Box Hill Hospital for
an operation on Monday morning (May 8). Expected stay five
days. Good bye big hunk of metal, hello fibreglass cast."
JAMES HAD A LOCO MOTIVE
MSFC member and Freight Australia Locomotive Driver James
Styles was involved in "a serious level crossing accident near
Tongala (which is near Kyabram...which is near Echuca...)
around 9:00pm on Sunday April 30th. Luckily nobody was
seriously injured although James is still carrying bruises on
the right side and a swollen ankle incurred when the leading
locomotive was thrown on its side after the derailing. James
was released from Kyabram Hospital at 2:00 am for a foggy taxi
journey back to Footscray."
The newspaper article covering the accident noted "The damage
bill is expected to reach millions of dollars." Not many fans
can claim to be involved in costs on that scale - not even
Terry Frost reports "The Y2K Winner of the Down Under Fan Fund
is: Cathy Cupitt
Voting went as follows:
1st pref 2nd pref 3rd pref
Sue Batho 32 29 26
Cathy Cupitt 67 43 49
Hold Over Funds 4 1
Write In 4
No preference 20 21 24
Thanks to everyone who voted, bought things at auction and
otherwise helped the fund. We've done great this year and the
support has been overwhelming. Ballot counting software
provided by Jeffrey Copeland. Thanks again"
Rose Mitchell notes "Paul Ewins, the 2000 FFANZ winner has
floated an interesting proposal
Given the likely traffic of fans between the east coast of
Australia and Perth over the next possibly three years, and
the history of the last decade of the Natcon being held every
two or three years in Perth, he suggested that this would be
the ideal time to start up a fan fund between west and east
coasts of Australia. FATN (spoken firmly with tongue in
cheek) -- Fans Across The Nullabor."
An e-mail from Irwin Hirsh quoted the following "The National
Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was begun during Swancon 2000 to
bring fans across the country from WA to the "Eastern States"
and vice versa. It has already arranged startup funding
through a Perth media club and will be in operation for the
2001 NatCon. Sue Ann Barber is the Melbourne contact; Grant
Watson the Perth contact. I expect they'll post a formal
and then noted that Lee Harding referred to NAFF in
the 1970s in connection to a one-off fund that got Lee to
Q-Con III in Brisbane.
What about the Australian West East Fund Usually Lateral?
And, further north, Maureen Kincaid Speller notes " On behalf
of myself and Ulrika O'Brien, I hereby declare that Sue Mason
has won TAFF and will be attending Chicon in August.
Congratulations to Sue, commiserations to Tommy and Tobes, and
thank you to all three candidates for a lively and
Justin Ackroyd notes the following Swancon 2000 quotation,
attributed to Janeen Webb, re Nick Stathopoulos: "We couldn't
get the bugger to come." (22/04/2000 5:10pm)
Maxine Komlos notes "I flew to Perth specifically to meet and
hear Connie Willis. (Don't tell my husband - he thought we
made the trip to attend an astronomy convention) It was
definitely worth it. Connie was stunning."
No word yet on the Ditmars, though Sue Ann Barber commented
that the Swancon flu had knocked most of the committee about a
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation reports that
nominations for the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Australian Science Fiction.are now open. They
will close at the end of September. If awarded in 2001, the
Chandler will be presented in Perth at Swancon 2001. Anyone
may nominate an Australian for this award. The Award itself is
then determined by the ASFF Committee. We would appreciate it
if you would include a brief explanation for your nomination.
Nominations should be sent to Cath Ortlieb ASFF P.O. Box 215
Forest Hill Vic 3131
A couple of items have arrived from Chicon 2000, this year's
worldcon. First there was a hotel booking form, followed
quickly by PR 6, which included the Hugo and Site Selection
Ballots. The two competing bids are Toronto in 2003 and Cancun
in 2003. The PR noted that Perth author and filker Dave
Luckett will be over in Chicago performing.
Garry Dalrymple notes that a full Freecon 00 postcon report is
in the works.
Spaced Out, Melbourne's gay and lesbian sf group reports that
it is planning its first Mini-Convention 11th June 2000
Registration opens at 12.30pm Program starts at 1pm at the
Also Building, 1/35 Cato Street, Prahran. All welcome. P O Box
363, Preston, Victoria 3072, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2000 New Zealand National SF Convention June 3 to 5 2000
West Plaza Hotel Wellington GsoH Tad Williams Sean McMullen
and Maree Sole. Contact email@example.com or
The Australian Slash Con June 10 to 12 2000 (Queens Birthday
Weekend). Sydney. Convener Bernice firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPACED OUT MINICON
June 11 Also Building, 1/35 Cato Street, Prahran P O Box 363,
Preston, Victoria 3072, email@example.com
1800s Gaming Convention June 29 to July 2 2000 Collingwood
Education Centre Victoria Special Guest Shane Lacey Hensley
Stargate July 1st & 2nd 2000 Sydney Guests: Christopher Judge
(Teal'c) Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Frasier)
http://www.bobw.com.au (02) 9453 0290.
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
$US150.00 rate for bona fide residents of other continents P.
O. Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664, fax: 312-946-3779
October 6 to 8 2000 Brisbane Convention Centre GPO Box 1376
Brisbane 4001. http://conquest2000.tsx.org
Babylon 5/Crusade October 14th & 15th 2000Sydney Guests:Tracy
Scoggins, Peter Woodward Maggie Egan David Allen Brooks
http://www.bobw.com.au (02) 9453 0290.
NELCON A RELAXACON
17-19 November, 2000 The Country Comfort Motel, Port Stephens
N.S.W.. Membership $20 Accommodation $57 per night per person
Edwina Harvey by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail
mail c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville. 2036
ARMAGEDDON PULP CULTURE EXPO
10-11 February 2001 Auckland New Zealand
http://www.pulpexpo.com $7 entry Guests tba
the Masquerade, 40th Australian National Science Fiction
Convention April 12-16 2001. GsoH Rosaleen Love, Marilyn
Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman and Sue Ackerman The Rydges
Hotel Perth. P.O. Box 162 Nedlands W.A. 6909.Attending $60
until June 4; $80 after that. $100 at the door. Supporting $20
http://www.sf.org.au/swancon2001 P.O. Box 162 Nedlands W.A.
The 2001 New Zealand National SF Convention Auckland.
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.
Attending $135 until 30/4/2000 then $145 Supporting $US40
Millennium Philcon Post Office Box 310 Huntingdon Valley, PA
19006-0310 U.S.A. email@example.com
COSTUME CON 20
February 15-18 2002 Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
$A50Daily Admission $100 until Dec 31st 2000; $A130 Jan 1st
2001 - Dec 31st 2001 $160 Jan 1st 2002 - Feb 15th 2002 The
Australian Costumers' Guild PO Box 322 Bentleigh Vic 3204
41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention June 7 -
10 2002 GsoH Joe Haldeman, Sean Williams Lucy Sussex, Gay
Haldeman and Race Mathews Toastmaster Jack Dann Cato
Conference Centre Melbourne
The 60th World Science Fiction Convention August 29 to
September 2, 2002 San Jos McEnery Convention Centre GsoH
Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & John Trimble, Ferdinand
Feghoot Toastmaster Tad Williams. P.O. Box 61363 Sunnyvale CA
94088-1363 U.S.A. ConJose@sfsfc.org
http://www.sfsfc.org/worldcon/ Attending $A150. Supporting
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/2000cal.htm
Janelle O'Brien notes that Quest (in Brisbane) is holding a
boat cruise on the 5th of August on the Brisbane
Paddlewheeler. Meet 7.00 p.m. near pier, board 7.15 p.m.,
leave 7.30 p.m., arrive back Midnight. Cost: $35. Trevor
Wheate 3399 8879, Mary Kemp 3290 4243 Janelle O'Brien 3399
SKYFORCE SYDNEY May 21 12:00pm to 5:00pm Lidcombe Catholic
Workmen's Club 24 John Street, Lidcombe
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION June 11 Lidcombe Catholic Workmen's
Club 24 John Street, Lidcombe P.O Box 797 Fairfield NSW 1860
BUFFY May 27 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane
BRISBANE DR WHO CLUB May 28 Red Cross Centre, 409 Adelaide St
Brisbane P.O. Box 10308, Adelaide St, Brisbane, Qld 4000
CONQUEST June 4 Committee Elections Red Cross Centre 409
Adelaide St Brisbane GPO Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001
QUEST June 11 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO
Box 2084 Brisbane Qld 4001
STARGATE:SG1 June 18 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St
CRITICAL MASS June 7 2000 Roman Orszanski title tba PO Box
3355, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000 firstname.lastname@example.org
MSFC May 19 Collectible Card Games Explained May 26 Jack
Dann Talk June 2 Food Night Jaffles 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 May 19 May 26 June 2 6:00-7.30pm. Informal
eating and nattering. Myers Cafeteria Melbourne
ENTERPRISE May 27 AGM and Mock Prime Directive Trial (Note
changed date) P.O. Box 466 World Trade Centre Melbourne 3005
0418 56 1701
NOVA MOB June 7 Kirsten McDermott on Michael Marshall Smith
13 Frederick St Brunswick
TAD WILLIAMS SIGNING June 8 12:30 Slow Glass Books 305
Swanston St Melbourne
SKYFORCE 2000 June 10 1:00 to 5:00pm Charles Pearson Theatre
ERC University of Melbourne P.O. Box 427 Northcote Vic 3070
SWANCON 2001 ICE CREAM PICNIC June 4 2000 2.00pm The top of
the Aboriginal Art Gallery Kings Park
SWANCON 2001 ICE SKATING July 1 2000 1.00pm Mirrabooka Ice
THE SLOW GLASS BOOKS CATALOG 136 Cheryl Louch GPO Box 2708X
Melbourne Vic 3001
CHICON 2000 PR #6 P.O. Box 642057 Chicago IL 60664 USA
FILE 770 #134 Mike Glyer 705 Valley View Ave Monrovia CA 91016
CONQUEST NEWSLETTER GPO BOx 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001
QUASIQUOTE 2 Sandra Bond 46 Stirling Rd London N22 5BP U.K.
STEAM ENGINE TIME Issue 1 Bruce Gillespie, Paul Kincaid &
Maureen Kincaid Speller 59 Keele St Collingwood Vic 3066
Australia email@example.com & 60 Bournemouth Rd Folkestone Kent
CT19 5AZ UK firstname.lastname@example.org
FAPA 250 O.E. Ken Forman 7215 Nordic Lights Drive Las Vegas NV
89119-0335 USA Eric Lindsay is the only Australian contributor
to this, the 250 issue of the oldest science fiction amateur
press association. (The first mailing was in July 1937.)
FANS ACROSS THE WORLD NEWSLETTER 98 B.Wilkinson, c/o 15 Manor
Drive, Southgate, London, N14 5JH, Great Britain email@example.com
ANSIBLE 154 Dave Langford, 94 London Road, Reading,
Berkshire, RG1 5AU, UK firstname.lastname@example.org. Available for SAE,
cider, or COPE LIGHT device.
THE PAPER SNARL #11 produced in association with Paper Tiger.
Kate Orman notes that there is an irregular newsletter
available dealing with her work and that of Jon Blum; it is
called The Butterfly Room and is available at
Bullsheet #143 May 16 2000.
ANZAPA 195 June 9 2000
Hugo Awards July 31 2000
Swancon 2001 Short Films August 20 2000
James White Award August 23, 2000
Chandler Award Nominations September 30 2000
GUFF 2001 November 13 2000
This Fanzine Supports The Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid The
Toronto in 2003 WorldCon Bid. and the Australia in 2007
WorldCon Bid Warman & Woods for GUFF!
In response to my query regarding their use of the
word "multipyes" in their newsletter (BS 140) the people at
Conquest replied "Multipyes - from the Thorlian derivative
meaning much, much more, to tipple or quadripple. Multipyes
the fun i.e. to quadripple the fun."
Cathy Cupitt notes "Stephen Dedman, Elaine Kemp and myself are
putting together a zine for Swancon 2001. It's called
ConSensual, and is a collection of erotica. The proceeds of
its sale will go to WASFF and a charity. The call for
submissions is attached below.
Call for Submissions for: ConSensual A Collection of Meaty
Inspired by Grant Stone's famous Freudian slip at Swancon
2000, ConSensual is intended to be a collection of sexually
explicit fiction - erotica, porn, smut, clit lit, stroke, call
it what you will - written by Australian sf writers and fans,
and published in fanzine form at Swancon 2001, with proceeds
going to WASFF and the Immunodeficiency Foundation. The
stories will be published without bylines, but contributors'
names will be printed on the back cover; space may also be
given for brief writer bios and/or personal ads.
Writers who have written erotica, for love or money or fun or
whatever, include Theodore Sturgeon, Philip Jose Farmer, Fritz
Leiber, Samuel R. Delany, Anne Rice, Mike Resnick, Joe
Lansdale, and a number of Australian sf luminaries. If you've
previously written erotica, stroke stories, slash fiction,
confession letters, or anything similar, send it in; we're
interested in reprints, new material, and those scenes you
thought you'd better leave out of your young adult novels.
Stories will be assessed for literary merit, erotic content,
sf/fantasy content, and humour. Slash will be considered, but
please, no non-consensual sex, violence, minors, degradation,
defamation, or gerbils.
Payment: 2 contributor copies
Length: 5000 words maximum; in this case, shorter is better
Editors: Cathy Cupitt, Stephen Dedman, and Elaine Kemp
Address: P O Box 276 Bayswater WA 6933
Please include a SASE. All Mss. will be treated as
disposable. No e-mail submissions.
Deadline: February 14, 2001.
JAMES WHITE AWARD
The following comes from the Fans Across the World Newsletter.
"This award is for the best SF short story by a
non-professional writer. The judges will be Morgan Llewelyn,
Michael Scott, Michael Carroll, David Pringle and David
Langford. The winning story will be published in Interzone.
Entries by August 23, 2000. Open to any non-professional
writer anywhere in the world. Maximum of three stories per
writer, none published before. Stories must be in English, and
2,000-4,000 words long. Fee of 3/$4 per story. Full rules from
James Bacon: 211 Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, Ireland or
TARDIS FOR SALE
Murray Hopkins notes "Any idea
where I might sell a late 60's GPO red phone box. In excellent
condition. Has white metal roof and guttering. Murray Hopkins
Supply Officer Ernest Henry Mining Pty Ltd 07 4769 4574"