The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet – July 2002

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet
Issue 4, July, 2002
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version) ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

NO NEWS ISN'T GOOD NEWS!  Friends, Romans, Bullsheet readers, don't forget to 
send us your news for the Bullsheet! Professional & personal news items welcome.

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

Issue 1 of ASIM was successfully launched at ConVergence and is currently 
being distributed to specialty bookshops around Australia such as Pulp Fiction 
in Brisbane, Slow Glass Books in Melbourne, Infinitas Bookshop in Parramatta, 
and Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney. Issue 1 is $6.95 and features stories by Chuck 
McKenzie, Dave Luckett, Lyn McConchie, Stanislaw Wiatrowski, Bruce Boston, 
Trent Jamieson, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Rick Kennett, Stephen Dedman, Cat 
Sparks, Michael Davidson,& Ian Nichols. It also contains a science column by 
Jeff Harris, magazine and book reviews, and an interview with new Australian 
author, Josephine Pennicott

ASIM recently called for more Australian contributors. Production of Issue 2 
is well underway, and advertising for that issue closes on 7th July.
For subscription, submission, and advertising details, see

AUREALIS ISSUE 29 is also out now, and currently being distributed to 
specialty SF bookshops around the country. It includes "Little Yellow Pill" by 
Richard Harland, "Father Muerte and the Thief" by Lee Battersby, "Lucy, Lucy" 
by Shane Brown, "Bad things Happen To Good People" by Cory Daniells & 
"Catflap" by Chuck McKenzie.  You can buy the magazine direct from the 
publishers for $12.95 including postage within Australia. Send cheque or money 
order to Chimaera Publications, PO Box 2164 Mt. Waverly, VIC, 3149.

ORB Speculative Fiction issue3/4 was released to coincide with ConVergence. It 
includes fiction by Mina Athanasopoulos, Lee Battersby, Liz Macintyre, Chris 
McMahon, Sophie Masson, Darrell Pitt, Paul A. Taylor, Colin Clark, Aaron 
Sterns & Bill Greer as well as an article by Edwina Harvey. For $19.95 
Available from Orb Publications, PO Box 1621, South Preston, Vic. 3072,

AustrAlien Absurdities, an anthology of humourous SF & fantasy featuring 
stories introduction from Tom Holt, an article from Robin Pen, and fiction 
from Sean Williams & Simon Brown, Tansy Rayner  Roberts, Marco Nero, Allan 
Price, Robbie Matthews, Aidan Doyle & Colin Jacobs, Kristen . Allender, Scot 
Snow, Dave Luckett, Robert Hood, Les Petersen, Trent Jamieson,Chuck McKenzie, 
Edwina Harvey, Niall Doran, Chris McTrustry, Cathy Cupitt, Richard Womack, 
Tony Plank, Martin Livings, Jack Woodhams, Rob Riel, Tom Dullemond & Ion 
Newcombe.  $24.95 including postage  from Chuck McKenzie, PO Box 87A, South 
Strathfield, NSW, 2136

AGOG an anthology of Fantastic Fiction, featuring introduction by Sean 
Williams, and fiction by Claire McKenna, Deborah Biancotti, Dirk Flinthart, 
Chuck McKenzie, Leigh Blackmore, Terry Dowling, Stephen Dedman, Richard 
Harland, Trent Jamieson, Marianne De Pierres, Ben Peek, Brendan Duffy, Paul 
Haines, Tony Plank, Tracey Rolfe, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Damien Broderick, 
David Carroll, Keith Stevenson, Geoffrey Maloney, Rick Kennet, Kate Orman, 
Simon Brown, Kyla Ward, Robert Hood, Jessica Vivien, Robin Pen& Michael Barry. 
Available fromAgog! Press, PO Box U302, University of Wollongong, NSW, 
2522.(Price $24.95 postage paid I think - Edwina)

Chuck McKenzie (who is a very funny man) recently announced that remaining 
copies of his SF comedy novel, Worlds Apart are being sold by his publisher 
for the special price of $10 including postage in Aust. Send cheques/money 
orders made out to Hybrid Publishers to PO Box 52, Ormond, Vic. 3204

Kaaren Sutcliffe has 2 fantasy novels,The Pegasus Touch, & The Scales for sale 
for $30 for the pair (plus postage? -Edwina) from irrepressible press, 4 
Sunnybar de, Queanbeyan. Ph 02 6299 6875. (

Antipodean SF issue 51 featuring short,short stories by Richard Kerslake, Owen 
Godfrey, Lincoln Donald, Nicole R. Murphy, Paul Ryan, Alinta Thornton, Ann 
Zimmerman and Ovidiu BUFNILA are now is now up on or

 GALAXY BOOKSHOP (222 Clarence St Sydney): has  China Mieville in August, and 
Raymond Feist in September. As well as Terry Pratchett.

INFINITAS BOOKSHOP (Shop 5 No. 1 Horwood Place Parramatta,
Infinitas has a discussion group which meets at 7pm on the first Thursday of 
the month.

SLOWGLASS BOOKS: 305 Swanston Street Melbourne, 3000 Vic. 
Email: Phone: (03) 9639 1511 Fax: (03) 9639 
1511.Recently had  Joe Haldeman, and Trudi Canavan  in for signings. Current 
news can be found at



The 2002 Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards (aka  the Ditmars) are 
for works created in 2001 by Australians. The Awards were presented at the 
Awards Ceremony at ConVergence.
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 report.

BEST AUSTRALIAN NOVEL (25 nominees 50 nominations) "Lirael" by Garth Nix 
(Allen & Unwin)

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FICTION (20 nominees 54 nominations) Joint winners:
"Absolute Uncertainty" by Lucy Sussex in F&SF (April 2001) and "The Diamond 
Pit" by Jack Dann, in Jubilee (Harper Collins)

BEST AUSTRALIAN COLLECTED WORK (9 nominees 30 nominations) Earth is But a Star 
by Damien Broderick (UWA Press).

BEST FAN WRITER (15 nominees 23 nominations): Bruce Gillespie.

BEST FAN ARTIST (10 nominees 30 nominations): Dick Jenssen.

BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Fanzine (21 nominees 42 nominations)
SF Commentary by Bruce Gillespie.

BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Other (10 nominees 30 nominations):
Joint winners:Spaced Out Website ( by Geoff & 
Miriam, and
Mitch? 2 Tarts of the New Millennium by Anthony Mitchell
Dirk Strasser & Stephen Higgins for editing and production of Aurealis over so 
many years.

BEST NEW TALENT (2 nominees 10 nominations) Cat Sparks
For more details visit Ditmars_02.html and

THE A. BERTRAM CHANDLER AWARD:The A. Bertram Chandler Award is offered in 
recognition of a lifetime contribution to Australian Science Fiction. The 
award was presented, at ConVergence, to John Foyster who was, however, unable 
to be present to receive it owing to ill health.

FAN FUND for AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (FFANZ) 2003 RACE.Paul Ewins recently 
announced Nominations are now open for the 2003 FFANZ trip from Australia to 
Auckland for Emoticon 2003 (Easter, 2003) Nominations close on August 31, and 
voting will take place until October 31, 2002.
Nominations are open to anyone currently a resident of Australia who was 
active in fandom prior to 6 June, 2002. Each nomination must be signed by the 
nominee and accompanied by a donation of $10 (AUD) to FFANZ. Each nominee must 
also have the signed support of 1 fan currently residing in NZ, and two fans 
residing Australia, The nominee should provide a written platform of 100 words 
or less for the ballot, and an optional photo. Nominations should be sent to 
Paul Ewins, 4 Coval Crt, Vermont Sth, Vic. 3133. Australia.

SCIENC FICTION WRITERS OF EARTH. Annual competition for unpublished SF writers 
.Details and entry forms for the 2002 SFWoE Awards are available at, or Australian entrants can send an SASE to Rob 
Riel, (Picaro Press)O box 853 Warners Bay, NSW 2282. (e-mail

Is the Universe Made for Life? We still don't understand how life got going on 
earth. Was the solar system and beyond made for life? If so, how did life get 
started? Four leading researchers give a picture of where we are in the quest 
to discover our true place in the universe. A panel discussion not to be 
missed!  Friday 5 July 2002, 6.30pm Venue: Seymour Centre, City Road, 
University of Sydney Cost: $16.50 members, $19.50 non-members (inc GST) 
Bookings:CallThe Australian Museum Society (02) 9320 6225 or book via the net 

Multiverse ( is running the following events:
*MEN IN BLACK II preview. Wednesday 3rd July, 7pm. Hoyts Cinema, 140 Bourke 
St, Melbourne.
*BLADE 2 preview. Thursday 11th July, 6.30pm. Hoyts, Chadstone Shopping 
Centre, Melbourne.
10 Pin Bowling Comp. Saturday 27th July, 1pm-5pm, Chadstone 20pin Bowling 
Centre. Cost $21 for 3 games, shoe hire, small drink & chips.
Bookings can be made for any of the above events by e-mailing


WILLIAM SHATNER'S FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT is scheduled to begin on the Sci-Fi 
channel, and Shatner is said to "personally re-enact" some gruesome moments 
from "not quite Oscar caliber" films.

The original CAPTAIN KIRK Captain's chair is currently up for sale on e-bay 
Estimated price is
$US 80-150,000  (Gee, and I thought a harp used by Harpo Marx was out of my 
league at $18,600! - Edwina)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is rumoured to be remade with an all-star cast 
to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show in 2003.
(Taken from the COMM Centre, Multiverse's electronic newsletter)

ConVergence, the Natcon for 2002 has been and gone, but your Bullsheet editors 
are still trying to get to the bottom of the great  "regurgitated"  frog 
mystery. Anyone got any clues?


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. Enquiries:P.O. Box 
61363 Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 U.S.A.
Email:  Web:
Attending membership currently A$350. 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".

Rose is also the Australian agent for the GLASGOW IN 2005 WORLDCON BID  which 
is currently selling pre-supporting, and "friends of" memberships.

BORDERLANDS: That which scares us. GOH's Eddie Campbell, Stephen Dedman
September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, 2002. Emerald Hotel, 24 Mount Steet, 
Perth Western Australia M/ship:Both Days: $60 Standard, $50 Concession, 
Saturday: $35 Standard $30 Concession Sunday: $30 Standard, $25 Concession
The website is, and the committee can be emailed at  Phone (+618) 9331 516, or write to 14 Simons 
Street Coolbellup, 6163, WA.

ROSWELL CON (Previously advertised here for Saturday, 13th July) This con has 
been postponed to a date to be fixed. GoH Majandra Delfino (Maria Deluca from 
the TV Show "Roswell")
Ming Johanson announced (on the Eastcoasts list) "... it has been postponed 
because of the actress having commitments elsewhere (grumble)... We are not 
canceling, just postponing to a later date that we are currently getting 
confirmed. If anyone who did buy tickets doesn't wish to come or is unable to 
come at a later time, refunds on tickets are available. Please email me to let 
me know. ( do not send money to the organiser until 
the date is announced. Venue: Hotel Inter-Continental, 117 Macquarie Street, 
Sydney NSW 2000 Tickets: $77* (includes $2 per ticket postage & handling) 
Details will be made available on  or write to:Roswell Convention PO Box 1569 North Ryde NSW 2113

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS BABYLON 5 October 26 & 27, 2002. GoHs Bruce Boxleitner and 
Jerry Doyle. Check their website for further details.

CARTER Lidcombe Catholic Workmen's Club Sunday 10th November , 2002.
Tickets are $75 for FSF members and $85 for non-members (plus a $2 booking and 
handling fee) Book on lne at or by phone (02) 9523 9385. Or 
write to Friends of Science Fiction, PO Box 797 Fairfield, NSW 1860.

Saturday, November 16th, 2002 9:00am -6:00pm Ella Latham Theatre, Royal 
Children's Hospital, Flemington Rd, Parkville, Melbourne. Members of 
Multiverse clubs - $50, non club members - $60, Children under 15 - 
$20TICKETS: A ticket order form is up on, or e-mail.

EMOTICON 2003 New Zealand's NatCon, Easter, Auckland. Email:

SWANCON 2003 Swancon 2003 committee, please contact us! Neither of us know 
anything about it!

GENGHIS CON This mysterious con is to be held in Perth at some time during 
2003. As yet neither the venue nor the date has been determined more 
precisely. For more info as it comes to hand, keep watching The organisers can be contacted at They also have a forum which you can read about and 
join at

TORCON III 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.
Enquiries: P.O. Box 3,Station A, Toronto,Ontario Canada M5W 1A2
Attending Membership: $US115; Supporting Membership: $US40; Email:

CHRONOPOLIS - Swancon 29  Perth, Western Australia Easter weekend Thu 8 to Mon 
12th April 2004  Shay Telfer, Convenor Details to follow.

CONFLUX  Australian SF Natcon. Chifley Hotel, Canberra. Anzac Day long 
weekend, 2004. Details will be posted at

CONTOUR 2004 May 31 to June 3 2004, Rotorua. Proposed as New Zealand's 25th 
National Science Fiction Convention. Email:

For more Australian SF  information check Marc Ortlieb's  page:
and the linked pages, and Ted Scribner's page

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(#5) is 25th July. Send your news e-mail to, or snail mail 
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For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The 
Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid!