The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet #156 – November 17 2000

An  oscitant newszine produced for the Australian National
Science Fiction Association by Marc Ortlieb, P.O. Box 215, Forest
Hill, Vict, 3131, AUSTRALIA (e-mail:
	Postal subscriptions $6-00 for ten.(Cheques made out to Marc
Ortlieb please. Stamps accepted). Available for items of gossip.
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Internet or at


	Russell Farr noted the involvement of Stephen Dedman, Sherry-Ann
Jacobs and Dave Luckett in the Fremantle Festival.


	Lucy Sussex made the following observation "Well-regarded
mainstream novelist Marion Campbell read from a work-in progress
22nd Oct, Fitzroy, Melb.  It had the interesting title of Tardis


	Karen Miller, of Phantasia Bookshop, reports "Phantasia will be
restructuring as a direct mail/mail order/internet bookshop in
the new year.  between now and then we are still trading out of
the shopfront at 443 High Street, Penrith ph 02 47223 600/1800n
817 298/ While we already have a secure
online shopping facility via, the site will
be upgraded with lots of extra features some time around January
	Anyone who's interested in joining our direct mail customer list
is invited to contact us so we can take their contact details. in
the meantime we have some great discounts instore between now and
when we finally close the shopfront."


Slow Glass Books Catalogue 142 lists the following new releases:
Simon Brown Inheritance (Harper Collins); Marianne Curley Old
Magic (Bloomsbury); Anna Fienberg The Witch in the Lake (Allen &
Unwin); Garth Nix Aenir (Scholastic); Hoa Pham Vixen (Spectre);
Jennifer Rowe Angela's Mandrake & Other Feisty Fairy Tales (Allen
& Unwin) and Tess Williams Sea as Mirror(Harper Collins).


	Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing (Lothian) gets a very favourable
review in The Australian's Review of Books November 2000. In the
same issue, Kim Wilkins Resurrections makes it onto their Ten
Best Seller survey with the comment "A guaranteed good read by
Australia's new queen of horror." (They don't mention who
Australia's old queen of horror was.)


	Janice Gelb reports "The DUFF 2001 race is underway! We have fine
candidates in Steven Silver and Naomi Fisher and Patrick Molloy.
Ballots and the latest newsletter are available at or from an
	The deadline for ballots to be received is January 15, 2001.
	North American Administrator Janice Gelb 1070 Mercedes Ave. #2
Los Altos, CA 94022 USA
	Australasian Administrator Cathy Cupitt P.O. Box 915 Nedlands
6909, W.


	Rose Mitchell reported on her visit to Convex
	"Irwin Hirsh has encouraged me to dash off a couple of paragraphs
about my recent visit to South Australia and ConVex, the sercon
held by Critical Mass at the end of September.
	This was a great little con, around 50 people, which made it
quite conducive to smoozing.  The single-streamed program
provided for interesting panels covering such diverse topics as
violence in pulp SF&F, obscure Aussie SF shows and cryptography.
Real life mathematician-cryptographer and GUFF nominee, Damien
Warman, proved his hypothesis that Starfleet, if it was real and
not a TV show (much emphasis was made of this point), would be a
much compromised organisation: secrets and security would be
non-existent due to the nature of subspace transmissions.
	Guest of Honour, Sean Williams regaled the crowd with tales of
his early writing efforts and publishing successes while still a
fresh-faced schoolboy. Not much has changed in his life over the
years it seems!  However, the highlight of the day must have been
the panel, "Is this the Golden Years of Australian SF?"  One of
the panelists claimed that Mr Williams, "could be a much better
writer if you weren't so lazy and pulled your finger out."  Mr
Williams took the criticism very good-naturedly and even agreed
that he should indeed pull his finger out if he was ever going to
get anywhere in the literary field.  Claims were then made about
several other noted Australian authors!  At that point I fell off
my chair.  "What sacrilege", thought I and immediately decided
that these fans who'd dared to malign the sacred cows of Aussie
SF literature were an extremely brave mob albeit softened by a
sense of humour.
	My gracious hosts, Damien Warman and Juliette Woods, ensured the
rest of my stay in South Australia was quite memorable.  Adelaide
is a lovely city and the Adelaide fannish community is open and
friendly; truly delightful and refreshing.
	One of the most humbling things I learnt over the weekend was
that South Australia has a very active fannish community.  With
two writers groups based on SF&F (Critical Mass, which is similar
to Melbourne's Nova Mob and meets at the Adelaide Writers Centre,
and the Blackwood Writers Group), university SF groups at all the
major campuses and a regular weekly get together at a city
restaurant, not to mention the various small press operations
about, there appears to be quite varied activity for the
estimated 100 active fans in and around Adelaide.  And this is
not counting media fen who tend to keep to themselves and rarely
if ever, crossover between the two genres.  This may be the
reason why people seem to get on with each other, respect each
other's point of view and generally like each other.  That will
teach me to make assumptions.  Melbourne, it seems is not the
centre of Australian fanac.
	Postscript:  Adelaide would make a great place to hold a
convention, if not the natcon.  Good venues, good eateries, an
experienced con-running people base, lively fanac.  I hope the
Adelaide fen can be persuaded to take up this suggestion in the
near future."
	Convergence, the 2002 Australian Natcon, has released its Update
1 with details on hotel bookings, the guests, and some early
thoughts about programming.
	Whovention 2001 have added Katy Manning to their Guest list.


a relaxacon 17-19 November, 2000  The Country Comfort Motel, Port
Stephens N.S.W.. Membership $20 Accommodation (B&B): $62 per
person per night double/twin $51 per person per night triple
(prices include GST) Edwina Harvey by  e-mail at or by snail mail c/- 12 Flinders St,
Matraville. 2036

8-10th December 2000 Polana Camp, Healesville $60 until October
29th, $75 up to the 1st of December 2000, $100 from 2nd of
December to the door. Cost includes all meals from Friday dinner
through to Sunday lunch, accommodation, all workshops & events.
BYO sleeping gear, drinks &  special snacks. Attn: Wendy - Camp
Costume, The Australian Costumers' Guild, PO Box 322, Bentleigh,
Vic, 3204.or Chris Telephone: (03) 94574061

December 8-15 2000 Tone River Cottages. 42km down Muir Highway,
just off Manjimup (W.A.) Curtin Imagination Association and
Murdoch Alternative Reality Society  CIA Secretary Jocelyn Kuan 0418925055 MARS President Dean Caruana  8-15 Dec $60. 8-11 Dec $35

BOBW 11  
2-4 February 2001 (STARGATE SG1) Guests: Teryl Rothery
Christopher Judge Don S. Davis   (02) 9453
0290.The Southern Cross, corner Elizabeth & Goulburn streets

10-11 February 2001 Auckland New Zealand Special guests include
Kevin Smith, Virginia Hey, Teryl Rothery, Colin Baker, Walter &
Louise Simonson, Diana Schutz, Brian Michael Bendis . Entry only

16-18 February 2001 Rydges North Sydney 54 McLaren St North
Sydney Guest: Colin Baker Katy Manning Fan GoH Louis Scholten
Membership DWCA members: $90 until Nov 30, $105 until Jan 15. Non
DWCA members: $110 until Nov 30 $120 until Jan 15 Children under
16: $10 discount Children under 5 free Banquet $45 ({must be a
member) PO Box 4 Epping NSW 2121

February 24 2001 10am to 5pm Lidcombe Catholic Workers Club, John
Street Lidcombe NSW GsoH Lani Tupu & Claudia Black - Farscape and
Mark Allen  - DS9 $66. After Party: same venue 6pm - midnight $39
tel: 02 9344 3509 fax: 02 9349 6587 email:

April 6-8 2001 Mercure Hotel, Brisbane Confirmed Guests:  Peter
Wingfield, Elizabeth Gracen (ocp) Other Guests tba $175 PO Box 198, Brisbane Albert St
Qld 4002

40th Australian National Science Fiction Convention April 12-16
2001. GsoH Robert Silverberg, Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis
Morley, Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum and Sue Ackerman The Rydges
Hotel Perth. P.O. Box 162 Nedlands W.A. 6909.Attending $80;  $100
at the door. Supporting $20 P.O.
Box 162 Nedlands W.A. 6909

Easter 2001 (13th-16th April) Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland
Literary GsoH Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Lyn McConchie Fan GoH
Brian Howell. $NZ60 until 31/12/2000 $NZ70 until 12th April 2001,
$NZ80 at the door P.O. Box 74-013 Market Rd, Auckland New Zealand

May 20, 2001 GoH James Marsters (Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
ocp Lidcombe Catholic Club Sydney.FSF Members $50 Non-members
$70. email or

May 26 NZI convention centre Aotea centre2001 Auckland. Special
guests James Marsters and Brian Thompson  $60.00

June 2 2001 Guests Emma Caulfield & Brian Thompson Sydney (venue
to be advised) $75.00

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 $145
Supporting  $US40 Millennium Philcon Post Office Box 310
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-0310 U.S.A.

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. Full Membership until June 2001 $130. Student
(13-16 years) $80. Child (5-12) $25. Supporting $25. GPO Box
1212k Melbourne Vic 3001 Web:- email:-

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. Attending membership
rate goes up to A$205 (Supporting A$60). Australian agent: Terry
Frost, 4/8 Walker St, West Brunswick, VIC 3055.  Cheques payable
to "60th World Science Fiction Convention."

The 61st World Science Fiction Convention August 28-September 1,
2003 Metro Toronto Convention Centre GsoH George R. R. Martin
Frank Kelly Freas Mike Glyer with Toastmaster: Spider Robinson
and GoHst of Honour:Robert Bloch the spirit of Toronto Worldcons
P.O. Box 3, Station A, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5W 1A2
Supporting Membership $US40; Attending Membership $US115. Email: Website:

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


	There is an annual calendar available on the Vicnet SF web site
at The beginning of
the 2001 calendar is also up at


	Zara Baxter reports "I'm starting up a new Sydney SF group,
currently nameless (oh, the humanity!).
	Group meetings will be held on the first Friday of every month,
with one group member (or more) to present something, followed by
discussion, socialising and much merriment ensuing (tm).
	It will be held at Zara Baxter's house in Marrickville, just a
short walk from 426,423 or 412 bus stops, or a quick sprint from
Marrickville station. Contact 02 9577 3382 for more details, or
	First meeting December: "Corinna and Zara's whacky guide to
rating SF"


Row (02)9580 4369"

SYDNEY FUTURIANS November 24 Sydney Futurians Annual Dinner

DR WHO CLUB OF AUSTRALIA November 26  11 am to 6pm "The Lives and
Time of Tom Baker" Upstairs function rooms of Drummoyne RSL 162
Victoria Rd Drummoyne Entry - $7, $4 children under 12. (DWCA
members $5) or email

NEW SYDNEY SF GROUP December 1 "Corinna and Zara's whacky guide
to rating SF" Zara Baxter's house  Marrickville 02 9577 3382 or for more details.

SKYFORCE SYDNEY December 3  12:00 to 5:00pm Lidcombe Catholic
Workmen's Club 24 John Street, Lidcombe  $10 members, $12


BUFFY November 25 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane

BRISBANE DR WHO CLUB  November 26 Red Cross Centre, 409 Adelaide
St Brisbane P.O. Box 10308, Adelaide St, Brisbane, Qld 4000

CONQUEST December 3 Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO
Box 1376 Brisbane Qld 4001

QUEST December 10  Red Cross Centre 409 Adelaide St Brisbane GPO
Box 2084 Brisbane Qld 4001


12-5 pm Adelaide High School P.O. Box 306, Greenacres, S.A., 5086


MSFC November 17 SF on Pay TV Videos and discussion November 24
Author Night. Guest SF author December 1 Coffee, Cake, Ice Cream
& Conversation  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  November 17  November 24  December 1
6:00-7.30pm. Informal eating and nattering. Myers Cafeteria

AUSTRALIAN BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB November 18 1:00pm  Flinders St
Clocks Foot Rally P.O. Box 437 Sunshine Vic 3020

MULTIVERSE  November 19 8:30 am to 12:30 pm 5th birthday outing
to  Luna Park St Kilda Tickets need to be ordered in advance from
Shades of Blue. You can ring and book on 03 9435 6813.

SKYFORCE 2000 November 25  8:00am Shopping Day Starts from Gate 4
Grattan St University of Melbourne December 9 Christmas Party St
Mark's Church Hall Camberwell  P.O. Box 427 Northcote Vic 3070

ENTERPRISE  November 25  Christmas Party  P.O. Box 466 World
Trade Centre Melbourne 3005 0418 56 1701 Costumer's
Guild November 26 Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. PO Box
322, Bentleigh Vic 3204

AUSTREK  December 2  Christmas Barbecue Venue to be announced GPO
Box 5206AA Melbourne 3001,

DOCTOR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA  November 23 7:00pm Official 37th
Anniversary of Doctor Who Smorgy's 415 Warrigal Rd, Burwood
November 25 12:00 - 5:00pm DVD Information Day Melbourne
University, Union House Grattan Street, Parkville contact Peter
on 0409002134 December 9 12:00 noon Annual Christmas Party
Studley Park Boathouse Kew PO Box 734, Niddrie Victoria,
Australia 3042

SPACED OUT December 9 Saturnalia Festivities (End of Year Party)
December 11 11 7:30pm Monday Munchies Spargo's Sidewalk Cafe
Commercial Rd Prahran

MULTIVERSE December 13  Titan A.E. Preview 7:00pm Hoyts Cinema
Centre, 140 Bourke Street Melbourne January 10 The 6th Day
Preview 6:30pm Hoyts Cinema Centre, 140 Bourke Street Melbourne
PO Box 355 World Trade Centre Melbourne VIC 3005 AUSTRALIA

Cinema High Street Northcote


SWANCON 2001 QUIZ DAY Febuary(sic) 11 2001 2:00pm Sandringham
Hotel Belmont WA $7:00 Contact Swancon 2001.


	Mathew Frank reports "due to personal reasons I have been unable
to update the scifi [sic] convention list for a long time. I plan
to relaunch the web site in the next few weeks." Barb dela Hunty
notes additions to the site that she and Geoff Jagoe run, Lots more fannish
	Erika Maria Lacey reports "on the fan webpages a website of mine
is listed as  more accurate it would be  The old URL was for Australian
SF Online, which is more a 'miscellaneous' site, and is at

Fan Fund Page (Irwin Hirsh)


QUASIQUOTE 3 48pp Sandra Bond 46 Stirling Rd London N22 5BP U.K.

WABE 2 18pp Jae Leslie Adams Tracy Benton & Bill Bodden SF3 P.O.
Box 1624 Madison WI 53701-1624 USA,,

SLOW GLASS BOOKS CATALOGUE 142 28pp Cheryl Louch Slow Glass Books
GPO Box 2708X Melbourne Vic 3001 Australia

BANANA WINGS 16 58pp Mark Plummer 14 Northway Rd Croydon Surrey
CR0 6JE U.K. Claire Brialey 26 Northampton Rd Croydon Surrey CR0
7HA U.K.

CONV UPDATE 1 6pp ConVergence GPO Box 1212k Melbourne Vic 3001


ANSIBLE 160 Dave Langford 94 London Road Reading Berkshire RG1
5AU U.K.

Abingdon Oxon OX14 3UX Great Britain

THE COMM CENTRE Nov 2000 Multiverse PO Box 355 World Trade Centre
Melbourne VIC 3005 AUSTRALIA


Bullsheet #157			November  28 2000.
ANZAPA 198			December 8 2000 
DUFF 2001			January 15 2001 

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