New Revised, Revivified Version (Thank you Sally Beasley!)
No 2. May 1, 2002.
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version) ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

Compiled and published (web, email and hardcopy) by "edwinafan" 
( Edwina Harvey and Edwin A. Scribner

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"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to read"
- Groucho Marx

Bowman Publishing (Aust.) Release Tale Spin, by Neil C. Cladingboel. ISBN: 

Following on from the publication in the US of his fantasy trilogy, The Erebus 
Equilibrium, Neil Cladingboel's latest paperback, Tale Spin, a collection of 
short fiction, has been published in Perth, Western Australia, By Bowman 
Publishing. The collection is also available in PDF  e-Book
format on CD-ROM.

This sometimes amusing, yet often thought-provoking compendium of original 
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Supernatural tales, creates a  spellbinding 
journey filled with twists and turns, and culminates with the tongue-in-cheek 
audacity of the title story, which completes the collection!

The paperback edition is available through the author's web site 
( for AUS$14.95, which includes 
delivery within Australia, or AUS$18.95 for overseas airmail delivery. All 
purchasers of 'Tale Spin' up until 30th June, 2002 will receive a free PDF 
e-Book edition of Reflections: Book One  of The Erebus Equilibrium. For 
ordering links, please visit: or 
contact the author at

Graham Stone has produced a book entitled "Notes on Australian Science 
Fiction", covering the period 1926 to the early 1950's. This 210 page book is 
hard cover bound in a hard cover,(ISBN 0646 4087 55)  and is available from 
Graham Stone, GPO Box 4440 Sydney NSW 1044 for $30 per copy (cheque or money 
order. Price includes post and packing)
Lily Chrywenstrom launched the second issue of her magazine at Swancon 2002. 
Copies available direct from Lily for $5 each sent to PO Box99, Claremont, WA, 
6910. Also available through SF bookshops including Perth: Arcane  Bookshop, 
Empire Memorabilia, Quality Comiccs, Supernova, Valhalla and UWA co-op 
bookshop, Melbourne: Slow Glass Sydney: Galaxy and Infinitas at Paramatta, 
Brisbane: Pulp Fiction. Lily is also looking for submissions for issue 3, 
preferably between 1000-4000 words. Submissions can be mailed to the address 
above, or e-mailed to

Katharine Shade and Jeremy Sadler, K&J Publishing, sent us the following: 
Frontier, the Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, Issue 24, is  now 
available for download as a PDF from, for  free!

The PDF is around 1.3mb. It can be downloaded directly from the website, or an 
option selected to have it emailed as each issue comes out. Adobe's free 
AcrobatReader v.4 or above is required to open the PDF - available from Feel free to print it out 
if you prefer to read articles on paper rather than on screen. If you want to 
pass it onto anyone else, please refer them to the website if possible so that 
we can keep track of download numbers. Please contact us if there are any 
problems, questions, suggestions etc. As always, letters to the editor and new 
contributors are always welcome!


INFINITAS BOOKSHOP (Shop 5/1 Horwood Pl, Parramatta, NSW)  is hosting a party 
on Sunday 5th May to launch the books Passing Strange and Blue Silence.

The topic for the Infinitas May meeting, held on the second Thursday of the 
month from 7pm,  is "Time Travel in SF & Fantasy." Kate Forsyth will  be in 
store to promote her new book, "Fathomless Caves" on  Saturday, 15th  June 
from 1pm.. Infinitas also hosts a writers group who meet at the shop on the 
third  Sunday of the month. For more information, phone Bill Congreve at 
Infinitas after 5pm on Thursdays. Ph: 02 963 5682.

GALAXY BOOKSHOP (222 Clarence St, Sydney) has China Mieville in for a book 
signing in August, and Raymond Fiest in for a signing in September.


From "Locus Online"
George Alec Effinger, born 1947, has died in New Orleans. A graduate of 
Clarion, he was the author of numerous novels and stories, including the 
popular cyberpunk series beginning with When Gravity Fails (1987), Hugo-, 
Nebula-, and Sturgeon-award winning novelette "Schrödinger's Kitten" (1988), 
and many satirical works from early short story "All the Last Wars at Once" 
(1971) to a recent series of stories about Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian 
Swordsperson. Known affectionately in the science fiction community as 
"Piglet" (a nickname he came to dislike), Effinger had been ill for several years.

Writer, editor and critic Damon Knight (born in 1922) passed away on April 
14th. He had been ill for some time with a number of ailments. His collected 
reviews, published as "In Search of Wonder" won him a Hugo for best Book 
Reviewer in 1956. He was perhaps best known as editor of the Orbit series of 
original anthologies, which stretched for 21 volumes from 1966 to 1980 His 
novels include "A is for Anything" and "Humpty Dumpty: An Oval." (Source: 
Locus magazine. A more complete obituary can be found at

SF author, Harry Harrison's wife, Joan, passed away on   &&&& . They had been 
married for &&& years. She accompanied him when he visited Australia in the 
early '80's.

May 11 marks the first anniversary of Douglas Adams' death. To commemorate the 
occassion the
first and only authorized documentary film will be released on VHS. Narrated 
by Neil Gaiman it features over 30 minutes of never seen before footage. 
(Source After his death last year, the last Friday in 
May was declared "Towel Day". Towel Day falls on 24th May
this year for those who want to celebrate it.


The movie industry has The Golden Globes, The BAFTA's and the OSCAR'S!
The Australian SF scene has...


     The 2002 Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards (popularly known 
as the Ditmars) are for works created in 2001 by Australians. To vote for the 
Ditmar Awards you must be a member of ConVergence, the 2002 Australian 
National Science Fiction Convention. Voting forms with individual code numbers 
will be sent out to all ConVergence members. There will be no
voting at the convention itself. The Awards will be presented at the Awards 
Ceremony at ConVergence. Please note that neither the Best Australian Artwork 
nor the William Atheling Jr
Award for Criticism or Review received enough nominations to appear on the 
final ballot. There was one clear nomination in the Best Australian Fan 
Achievement Category, but, on request from the nominee, that has been 
transferred into the Fan Production-Other Category. Further information about 
the nomination process may be found in the ConVergence P.R.. Details on the 
voting and a complete list of nominees may appear in a ConVergence post-con 

BEST AUSTRALIAN NOVEL (25 nominees 50 nominations)
  Lirael Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin )
  Eyes of the Calculor Sean McMullen (Tor)
  The Year of the Intelligent Tigers Kate Orman (BBC)

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FICTION (20 nominees 54 nominations)
  "Whispers" Rick Kennett & Paul Collins Stalking Midnight (Cosmos Books)
  "The Boneyard" Kyla Ward Gothic.Net September 2001
  "Absolute Uncertainty" Lucy Sussex F&SF April 2001
  "Rotten Times" Robert Hood Aurealis 27/28
  "The Diamond Pit" Jack Dann Jubilee (Harper Collins)
  "Tower of Wings" Sean McMullen Analog
BEST AUSTRALIAN COLLECTED WORK (9 nominees 30 nominations)
  Stalking Midnight Paul Collins (Cosmos Books)
  Jubilee Jack Dann (Harper Collins)
  Orb #2 Sarah Endacott
  Earth is But a Star Damien Broderick (UWA Press)

BEST FAN WRITER (15 nominees 23 nominations)
  Geoff Allshorn
  Deb Biancotti
  Bill Wright
  Bruce Gillespie

BEST FAN ARTIST (10 nominees 30 nominations)
  Dick Jenssen
  Cat Sparks
  Miriam English
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Fanzine (21 nominees 42 nominations)
  Fables and Reflections Lily Chrywenstrom
  Interstellar Ram Jet Scoop Bill Wright
  Diverse Universe Geoff & Miriam
  Solar Spectrum Geoff & Miriam
  SF Commentary Bruce Gillespie

BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Other (10 nominees 30 nominations)
  Spaced Out Website ( Geoff & Miriam
  Tabula-Rasa ( David Carroll & Kyla Ward
  Consensual Stephen Dedman, Cathy Cupitt & Elaine Kemp
  Mitch? 2 Tarts of the New Millennium Anthony Mitchell
  JB Resurrection Garth Thomas

  Robert Hood for the Young Adult Series Shades Hodder Headline
  Meredith Costain & Paul Collins for editing
  Dirk Strasser & Stephen Higgins for editing and production of Aurealis over 
so many years

BEST NEW TALENT ( 2 nominees 10 nominations)
  Cat Sparks

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation is seeking nominees for the A. 
Bertram Chandler Award offered in recognition of a lifetime contribution to 
Australian Science Fiction. Nominees and details on why they should be 
nominated should be sent to Julian Warner, e-mail: 
The award will be presented at ConVergence in June.


3 Australians placed in Science Fiction Writers of Earth (SFWoE) Awards, 2001. 
Congratulations to Michael Barry (for "The Endling"), Mina Athanasopoulos 
("Sins of the Fathers") and Alison Shields ("Aslam the Alone") for making it 
into the top 10 of the 2001 SFWoE awards. This award, offered to upcoming 
writers of the genre who are yet to sell a piece of writing, attracts entrants
from all around the world. Details and entry forms for the 2002 SFWoE Awards 
are available at, or Australian entrants can send 
an SASE to Rob Riel, (Picaro Press) PO box 853 Warners Bay, NSW 2282. (e-mail

Congratulations to the following Aurealis Award winners: SF Short Story: "The 
Weatherboard Spaceship" Adam Browne (Aurealis 27/28) SF Novel: "The Dark 
Imbalance" Sean Williams & Shane Dix (HarperCollins Voyager) Fantasy Short 
Story: "The Woman of Endor" Sue Isle (Orb 2) Fantasy novel: "The Wounded Hawk" 
Sara Douglass (HarperCollins Voyager) Horror Short Fiction: Simon Haynes 
(Potato Monkey) Horror Novel: "Angel of Ruin" Kim WIlkins (HarperCollins) 
Young Adult Short Story: "Dreamwalker" Isobelle Carmody (Steven Wollman 
illus.) (Lothian books) Young Adult Novel: The Other Face of Janus" Louise 
Katz (HarperCollins) Children's short fiction: "Cafe on Callisto" Jackie 
French (Koala Books) Children's Long fiction: "Candle Iron" Sally Odgers 
(HarperCollins) Aurealis Convenor's Award. (Hereafter renamed the Peter 
McNamara Convenor's Award in recognition of Peter McNamara's outstanding 
contribution to Australian Speculative Fiction) Joint Winners: Emily Rodda and 
Mark McBride for "The Deltora Quest" series and "The Deltora Book of Monsters" 
(Scholastica) Peter McNamara for his outstanding contribution to Australian 
Speculative Fiction.

A full listing of 2001 nominations, honorary mentions and judges can be found 
on the Aurealis web site: . Details of 2002 Aurealis 
Awards also available on that site.


VISION SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS GROUP: This group holds critiquing sessions 
on the first Sunday of every month at the Queensland Writers Centre. They also 
have occassional  social events. everyone welcome.

Congratulations to the Vision Group for receiving a "Highly Commended" in the 
Malvern Newsheet Community Writers Award" for their anthology, "Real Illusions"

Multiverse is having several opening nights/group screenings of Star Wars  Ep. 
2, Attack of the Clones. Session 1, Wed 15th May, Midnight. Hoyts Cinema 
Centre, 140 Bourke St,  Melbourne.
Session 2, Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm. Hoyts Cinema Centre, 140 Bourke St, 
Melbourne. Session 3, Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm, Hoyts Chadstone Shopping 
Centre,  Chadstone. You can reserve tickets by e-mail: Full booking details available from


Richard Johnson, the Festival Manager, wrote:

I have included details which may or may not have filtered through to you of 
the festival and as we have plans to make this an annual event with a much 
bigger programme next year we need you help to make it work. I spoke to Rose 
Mitchell who suggested the bull sheet and here I am. Thanks for your help and 
let me know if you need more details.

All Systems Go!

The australian sci-fi film festival blasted off today (29 April), charting a 
course where no one has gone before. Proudly sponsored by TV1, Sci-Fi 2002 
will orbit Sydney's Dendy Opera Quays from May 9-15 2002. The Festival then 
changes course and diverts to Melbourne's Kino Cinemas for another week long 
voyage around the art of sci-fi cinema. Premieres, recent hits, old 
favourites, discussion forums and a short film competition make up the 
programme which has the whole galaxy talking.

Highlights of the Sydney Festival

Highlights of the Sydney Festival: 100 years of sci-fi is celebrated with a 
special screening of the French classic La Voyage Dans La Lune. Sundance 
favourite and Sydney premiere, The American Astronaut, will open this years 
programme. Gary Sinese stars in the Australian premiere screening of Impostor, 
adapting Philip K Dick's short story. Closing the festival is the Australian 
premiere of Richard Gere's The Mothman Prophecies.


The Festival is committed to exploring a world of sci-fi beyond the screen. 
Two forums hosted by Pip Newling discuss the art of digital animation and how 
science fiction has shaped our future. Speakers include Alex Pryos (Dark 
City), Matt Caroll (Farscape), Terry Dowling (Author), Des Mangan (SBS) and 
Shane Hall (Filmmaker). La Jetee and a filmed lecture by Isaac Asimov will be 
shown as part of the Communicate sessions.

Short Circuit Film Competition

Ever since the big bang, the universe of filmmaking has been expanding. Short 
Circuit presents an opportunity for short film makers to show their 
contribution in competition. They stand to win $3500 worth of time at SMA's 
Lucasfilm Certified THX pm3 5.1 digital audio post production facility.


Membership offers reduced entry to the Festival and a chance to win a state of 
the art SAST AV959 home theatre system courtesy of In 
addition, members are offered discounts at and reduced 
subscription to Clubink. All for a mere 900 Galaxian Ringotks (A$22.50)


On sale now from Dendy Cinemas, online at or by phoning 02 
9247 3800. Check with the cinema or at for more details

Dates and Venues

Sydney - May 9-15, 2002 - Dendy Opera Quays, East Circular Quay, Sydney
Melbourne - June 13-19, 2002 -  Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne


Sydney: Colin Fraser or Richard Johnson: Ph. (02) 8308 6878, 0425 266878
Melbourne: Sarah Finney Kino Publicity: Ph. 03 96502100, 0402 264311

Margo Lanagan, Cory Daniells, Marianne de Pierres, Maxine McArthur & Tansy 
Rayner Roberts (Collectively known as ROR) will be running a Critiquing Panel. 
People interested in submitting stories to be critiqued can send them as RTF 
files to:,, and 1 hard copy to Marianne de Pierres & Cory 
Daniells, 5 Waterford Cres, Ormiston. Qld 4160 Selected participents will be 
informed before the convention. Copies of the selected stories will also be 
provided at ConVergence so that other interested people can read them before 
attending the panel.
For more information see the ROR web site:

Australian SF anthologies, AGOG, edited by Cat Sparks, and AustrAlien 
Absurdities edited by Chuck McKenzie and Tansey Rayner Roberts will be 
launched at ConVergence
This new bi-monthly Australian pulp SF magazine will also be launching at 
ConVergence. Magazine details at

Vanessa Jacobsen announced the Canbera Science Fiction Group convention, 
Conflux, intends to bid for the 2004 National SF Convention. Contact details 
in the convention section of this newsletter.

SF artist, Adrienne Losin, reports her artwork is currently on display at Oak 
Hill Gallery, Mornington (Vic) Cube 37, Frankston (Vic) Coumhan Gallery & 
Organic Wholefoods Cafe (both in Brunswick, Vic) as well as Kings Hotel, 
Perth. She also has homemade fridge magnets featuring dinosuars, dolphins, B5 
and Trek characters for sale for $5 each. (POB 692 Mornington, Vic. 3931)

Paul Ewins, President of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, wrote to several 
mail lists:
  On Friday May 10 2002 the Melbourne Science Fiction Club will be 
celebrating its 50th anniversary. All past and present members, and in fact 
anybody who may be interested, is welcome to attend. Please pass this message 
on to anyone  who you think may wish to attend.
  Location: St. David's Uniting Church Hall, 74 Melville Rd, Brunswick West.
  Melway ref. 29 C5
  Time: From about 8:15 onwards. Cost: Free
  Bring: Old fannish photos, con books, fanzines etc.
  BTW: A couple of members have queried the date. The 40th anniversary was 
celebrated in October 1992, with Ian Gunn stating in the subsequent issue of 
Ethel that this was the right date to the best of anyone's knowledge. Since 
that time KRin (Karen Pender-Gunn) has done some more research on the history 
of the MSFC and places the date of the inaugural meeting of the Melbourne 
Science Fiction Group at May 9, 1952. If anyone has any recollections one way 
or another I would be pleased to hear from them.

I've been hearing great things about  Swancon conventions for a long time now. 
This year I finally got to experience one for myself, and it certainly lived 
up to my expectations with a welcoming atmosphere, friendly people and a vaied 
and entertaining program. I had the most fun I've had at a SF con in years! - 
Edwina. (aka "Your roving correspondent").

GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be announced.

CSF CON 2002
The Canberra Science Fiction Group is hosting the second CSF Con on May 24-26 
2002. at the Novotel Hotel, 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City., GsoH: Sean & 
Catherine McMullen & Ian Irvine. Attending membership $50 at door, less 
beforehand (Concession $25). More information at, or email / write to:
  Vanessa Jacobsen,
  30 Tattersall Cres,
  Florey.ACT 2615
ConVergence is the 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be 
held June 7 - 10 2002 at the Cato Conference Centre, Melbourne. GoH's: Joe 
andGay Haldeman, Sean Williams, Lucy Sussex and Race Mathews. Toastmaster: 
Jack Dann.
Postal address:
  Convergence 2002: 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention
  GPO Box 1212K
  Melbourne Vic 3001
Tel. after hours: 03 9388 9953
Main contact: Greg Clark, Publicity Manager

14-17 June 2002 at the Whitsunday Terraces Resort, Airlie Beach, Queensland. 
Run by Eric Lindsay and Jean Weber. Web:

AUSTR-ALIEN.COM PRESENTS Majandra Delfino (aka Maria from TV show, Roswell) on 
Sunday 13th July. More details can be found at, or 
e-mail Joy at

The 60th World Science Fiction Convention, August 29 to September 2, 2002 at 
San José McEnery Convention Centre. GoH's: Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Bjo & 
John Trimble, Ferdinand Feghoot. Toastmaster: Tad Williams.
  P.O. Box 61363
  Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363
Attending membership currently A$320. Supporting membership: A$60.
Australian agent: (to pay for membership in Australian currency you must apply 
to the Australian agent)
  Rose Mitchell
  GPO Box 1212k
  Melbourne Vic 3001
Cheques payable to "60th World Science Fiction Convention".
BORDERLANDS: That which scares us.
At: Emerald Hotel, Mount Street, Perth
Dates: 7th & 8th September 2002
Confirmed Guest(s): Stephen Dedman, Eddie Campbell
Still awaiting details. Where are you, Anna Hepworth?

      Multiverse is pleased to announce our next convention being A DAY WITH 
AMANDA TAPPING - STARGATE'S SAMANTHA CARTER, a one day convention to be held 
at the tail end of the year on Saturday November 16th. dealers, Question and 
answer session, autograph session, videos, panels, photo opportunities and 
lots of fun.

Basic details are as follows:
  DATE: Saturday, November 16th, 2002
  TIME: 9:00am - AT LEAST 6:00pm!
  VENUE: TBA - in the CBD area.
  COST: Members of Multiverse clubs - $50, non club members - $60, Children 
under 15 - $20
  TICKETS: A ticket order form is up on the web page now for you to print off 
and send back to us with payment. if you wish to pay by installments you can - 
 just ask!
  NOTES: A basic program will be put up onto the web page soon so keep an eye 
out. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

New Zealand's NatCon, Easter, Auckland.

The 61st World Science Fiction Convention will be held over August 
28-September 1, 2003 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. GsoH: George R. 
R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer. 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
Attending Membership: $US115; Supporting Membership: $US40;

The Canberra Science Fiction Association plans to bid at ConVergence for the 
2004 Natcon. Their con will be called ConFlux, and a web page announcing it 
and the bid is at ConFlux 
will be held regardless of whether it wins Natcon status.

Perth, Easter (April 8-12) 2004. Shay Tefler convener. E-mail
May 31 to June 3 2004, Rotorua. Proposed as New Zealand's 25th National Science
Fiction Convention. Email:

Additional Australian SF information can be found at:
Australian Science Fiction Information page:
and the linked pages - Australian SF Awards:,
SF Newsgroups:,
SF and SF-related Clubs:,
Fan Funds:,
SF related Bookshops:
and the Australian SF Foundation:
My Australian SF&F home page is:
and my list of SF oriented groups in NSW is at


The deadline for submission of material for inclusion in the June Bullsheet is 
25th MAY. Send your news e-mail to, or snail mail to 
Edwina Harvey   c/- 12 Flinders St,  Matraville NSW, 2036.

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