Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet – January 2003

Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet
Issue 10, January, 2003
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

PREVIOUS BULLSHEETS are now available on the website

AUSSIECON 3 VOLUNTEERS REUNION. If you were a volunteer who helped with the 
con there will be a reunion buffet dinner on 17th January at the William 
Angliss Conference Centre, 5th  floor, 555 Latrobe  St, Melbourne. Please RSVP 
Rose Mitchell by e-mail ( or phone ( 03 9388 9953, or 
0419 540 160) by 10th January.

ROSE MITCHELL is also looking for photos from Aussiecon 3 for a photographic 
display "in the New Year"  If you have photos contact Rose by e-mail 
( or phone ( 03 9388 9953, or 0419 540 160)

SPECULATIONS is a new radio program from ArtSoundFM 92.7 in Canberra in early 
February. It will highlight SF, fantasy, mahikal realism and horror, news 
interviews and reviews. Check out their web site at

SARA DOUGLASS' new novel , Hades Daughter was reviewed by Shaunagh O'Connor in 
the Herald Sun Weekend, Saturday December 14th 2002, pg 28. (Reported by David 
L. Russell)

ROCKET MAN, an article by Sacha Molitorisz about the "THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!" 
movie that starts screening at Sydney's Valhalla Theatre from Jan 2, 2003, was 
reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Metro section for 20-26th December. 
(Spotted by Edwina)

FARSCAPE FAREWELL, Jean Prescott talks to Gigi Edgley about the fourth season 
of FARSCAPE finally making it to air in Australia after being " 
the back shelves" by Channel 9.  Page 2, "Seven Days" supplement. Sydney 
Telegraph 26/12/02

LEARNING TRICKS OF THE TRADE ON MATRIX  is an article by Darren Devlyn looking 
at Clayton Watson's work on "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" 
Page 3, "Seven Days" supplement, Sydney Telegraph 26/12/02

AT THE HELM FOR LORD OF ALL BATTLES is an article by Michael Body looking at 
the work of ANDREW LESNIE, who worked on the digitising special effects for 
"The Two Towers" Pgs 6&7 "Seven Days" supplement, Sydney Telegraph 26/12/02. 
(There's also a review of the movie and Disney's Treasure Planet in the same 
section.) (Spotted by Edwina)

New Anime Film, SPIRITED AWAY was launched at 35 cinemas around Australia on 
12th December for a 5-8 week season. The film has been dubbed for showing in 
the larger theatre chains, but subtitled versions can be seen at Nova Cinema, 
Melbourne, and Chauvel Cinema, Sydney. A web-site of cinemas showing the movie 
is at (Reported on the Comm Centre)

SPIDER MAN co-creator Stan Lee received the Lifetime Achievements Award 
presented by the New York City Comic Book Museum on Nov 9th (Reported on the 
Comm Centre)

WILL SMITH has been contracted to star in the movie, "I ROBOT", an adaptation 
of the 1940's Isaac Asimov short story collection to be produced by Fox. 
Reported by Rod McLeod on Eastcoast list. A link to the full story is at

AUREALIS AWARDS NOMINATIONS: SF NOVEL: Blue Silence by Michelle Marquardt, 
Transcension by Damien Broderick, Echoes of Earth by Sean Williams and Shane 
Dix. SF SHORT STORY Lucy, Lucy by Shane M Brown,  Walk to the Full Moon by 
Sean McMullen,  Late Returns by Shane M. Brown, The Imperfect Instantaneous 
People Mover by Geoff Maloney, Within Twilight by Chris McMahon. FANTASY NOVEL 
The Novice, by Trudi Canavan, The Gift by Alison Groggan, Hades Daughter by 
Sarah Douglass, Crippled Angel by Sara Doiuglass, Blood by Tony Shillitoe, 
The Storm Weaver and the Sand by Sean Williams, HORROR NOVEL, The White Body 
of Evening by A.L. McCann, Shadows Bite by Stephen Dedman, The Gift by Alison 
Groggon, Daughter of the Dark by Louise Cusack HORROR SHORT STORY: Within 
Twilight by Chris McMahon, Les Autres by Adam Browne, What the Tide Brings by 
Claire McKenna, Oracle by Kim Westwood, Wastelands by Stephen Dedman. YOUNG 
ADULT NOVEL  Fireworks and Darkness by Natalie Jane Prior, the Hand of Glory 
by Sophie Masson, Mum, Me and the 19yj C by David McRobbie, the Starthorn Tree 
by Kate Forsythe. CHILDRENS LONG FICTION; Eglantine by Catherine Jinks, 
Rhianna and the Dogs of Iron by Dave Luckett, In the Garden of Empress Cassia 
by Gabrielle Wang, Lily Quench and the Treasure of Mote Ely by Natalie Jane 
Prior. CHILDREN'S SHORT FICTION, "The Golden Udder" by Terry Denton, "Tashi 
and the Haunted House" by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble, The Two Natalies by 
Justin dAth, In the Blink of an Eye by Andrew Chapman, and Old Ridley by Gary 
Crew & Marc McBride:

The winners will be announced at the 8th Aurealis Awards Ceremony, Basement 
Lecture Theatre, RMIT building 94, 23-27 Cardigan St, Sth Carlton, Melb on Fri 
28th  March, 2003

How many people asked for  a SEGWAY HUMAN TRANSPORTER for Christmas? Being 
sold "exclusively through AMAZON.COM," you can order now, and delivery 
supposedly starts in March, 2003.
(Reported by Julian Warner on Eidolist...and we're wondering if this is the 
perfect solution for fans who want to go to two cons on the same weekend? - 

It was recently announced in The Comm Centre that Multiverse had donated 
$2,000 to the Victorian branch of the RSPCA, raised from their functions 
through the year.

Thanks to Les Robertson and David L. Russell who snail mailed us Christmas 
cards, and to Ovidiu Bofnila,  Dallas Jones and Jack Dwyer who e-mailed us 
Christmas greetings.

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

ZEATON is a new book by PHILIP RAINFORD. It is "the story of the nature of 
time and reality. A ten-year old boy and a present day secret agent caught up 
in a wild trip to the beginning of the universe."
The book is  published by Lifeplan Management Services. (ABN 72 005 894 075) 
and distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates Pty Ltd 19a Michellan Crt, 
Bayswater, VIC 3153. Phone 03 9720 6761. (NB No details of the cost of the book 
were forwarded with the press release information, though it does state that 
the author is available for interviews or other promotional activities - Edwina)

Chicago writer Deon C Sanders issued a press release on Friday 13th December 
announcing his first horror novel, Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare. 
(ISBN 158851837X)

AUSTRALOZ, Michael Connolly announced he is currently seeking Australian 
writers and illustrators for his new e-zine. It can be viewed at

being distributed. It features fiction by Darren Goosens, Robbie Matthews, 
Russell McNair, Jette Bronson, Jim C. Hines, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Martin 
Owton and Miriam Robertson, Karen Roberts, Dave Luckett, Alison Venugoban, 
Phoebe Wray, A.J. Weaver, Edwina Harvey, Barbara Davies, Brendon Carson and 
Simon Hayes. Poetry by Stuart Barrow, Robbie Matthews, and non-fiction by Jeff 
Harris, Edwina Harvey and Tehani Croft.

IDEOMANCER UNBOUND has been released, featuring stories from Stephen Dedman, 
Robert Hood, Cat Sparks, Deborah Biancotti, Claire McKenna and Jack Dann among 
others. Full details available at (Reported on eastcoastssf)

LITERATURE COMPETITION: Robert Hoge reported on the eastcoasts e-mail list 
that Griffith Uni is offering  $10,000 in prize's in a new literary 
competition that closes mid-January. Stories entered should be 1,000-3,000 
words. Entry fee $35, but copyright remains with the author. Further 
information available at

JACK DANN is conducting a 2 day master class entitled "Writing the Fabulous" 
at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (WA) on  26-27 July, 2003 
Cost of the course is $350. Prospective participants to submit story samples 
prior to the Master Class  in order to determine who will be admitted. Please 
contact the centre to register: (Address submissions to?) Margot Lowe. 
Co-ordinator. Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre, 11 Old York Rd, 
GREENMOUNT 6058 WA. Ph 08 9294 1872 or look at 
(Reported by Tracey Rolfe on the eidolist)

FOLCC BOOK SALES. The Friends of Linda Cox Chan aims to raise money to donate 
to Juvenile Diabetes Society of Australia by selling donated books.

autographed copies of their books to this cause, but also donated the postage 
of these books to the recipients. As a result our total money raised for JD is 
now $22.

Magazines still looking for homes are: Crux Vol 4, features Michael Hailstone, 
Eric Harries Harris, Paul Collins, Rick Kennett $3, New Eyes Vol 1, features 
Robert Luxford, Peter Jones, Steven Crawley $3, New Eyes Vol 2, features 
Geoffrey Maloney, Robert Luxford, $3, Under Magellenic Clouds 2, features 
Geoffrey Maloney, Elvis Gladztone, Ken Rawlinson $3  (Prices include postage 
within Australia)To buy tor donate books/mags e-mail Edwina Harvey at, or snail mail Edwina c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville, NSW 

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' WEB: Updated by Tony Plank, this useful web site can be
found at .

GALAXY BOOKSHOP  David Lynton wrote:  At present the Galaxy move to York St, 
just a few doors up from  Abbey's bookshop is anticipated to be on 27 December 

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 at about 7 pm. Infinitas also has a writers' 
group (indeed it was that group under the leadership of Bill Congreve.

SLOW GLASS BOOKS: Formerly of 305 Swanston Street Melbourne) Slow Glass is now 
running as a mail order catalogue. To join the mailing list write to GPO Box 
2709X Melbourne Vic 3001 or see Email: Phone: (03) 9639 1511 Fax: (03) 9639 1511.

OTHER BOOKSHOPS: As the Bullsheet is read all around Australia (and 
internationally) we are keen to report news from other SF bookshops around 


There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of the 
most popular are Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to 
spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?- Douglas Adams

MARRIAGES:  This edition of Bullsheet appears to have gone off without a hitch.

BIRTHS: The Bullsheet seems to have gone off without a hatch as well. Looks 
like fandom is still practicing Zero Population Growth.


GLENN JOHN MCQUEEN: a pixar animator who worked on Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A 
Bugs Life and  Monsters Inc died on Oct 29 of melanoma in Berkely California. 
He was 41, and is survived by his wife, 4 year old daughter, two sisters and 
parents. (Reported on "The Comm Centre" - originally reported in Variety 


MSFC. Friday 10th January 2003: informal dinner and discussion at Yarraville 
Hotel, Yarraville from 7pm.
Friday 17th January: First official MSFC meeting for 2003 in St David's Hall, 
West Brunswick. (Thanks to James Allen for MSFC details.)

STARWALKING Inc holds meetings at the 
Lidcombe Catholic Workmen's Club (24 John Street, Lidcombe, opposite Lidcombe 
Railway Station)  Check the website for details of the next meeting.

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meet in room 1615 of the Tower Block, The University of 
Technology, Sydney, at 7 pm. Information: phone Garry Dalrymple after 7 pm on 
(02) 9718 5827. for details. Or check Ted's Sydney Futurians mirror web page,

SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP: No January meeting, but info about 2003 meetings 
will be posted  at 
when available.

MULTIVERSE MOVIE PREMIERS: You can reserve tickets by emailing then check   STAR TREK 
NEMESIS: Feb 6th,  Greater Union Theatres Russell St, Melbourne..

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!: Valhalla Cinema, Glebe, (Sydney) from 2nd January.. Also 
playing at the Astor Theatre, Chapel St, St. Kilda (Melb) 19-27 January.

STARWARS, THE MAGIC OF MYTH EXHIBITION. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney until Feb 2, 
2003.Displaying costumes, props, models and 2 full-sized ships from Ep. 2 Visit for full details.

STAR TREK FILM MARATHON: March 9th  Westgath Theatre , 89 High St, Northcote, 
VIC. See all 10 ST Movies. Session starts wth free brekkie at 6.45 am and 
starts at 7.30am  No prices set as yet but Multiverse members get a discount. 
(reported on the Comm Centre)


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

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 17.  Stargate. Jan 11-12. See or phone 02 
6259 1619 for full details.

TASCAPE 2003: Annual BBQ for FarScape fans. Maroubra Beach 12.00pm, 19 January 
2003 (but events also on Saturday 18 January): Free, but raffle tickets sold 
to pay for meat. No guarantees, but some of the cast and crew have been 
invited and may attend. Check for 
full details, or contact Debbie Phali,

ROSWELL CONVENTION January18th & 19th 2003. Tickets $77 for one day or $142 
for both days. Contact or write to   PO Box 1569 
North Ryde NSW 2113

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 18.  Feb 15-16 . GoHs Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Sean 
McMullen, Ian Irvine., e-mail or phone 
02 6259 1619

20th ANNIVERSARY The A-TEAM CONVENTION.  March 1-2 2003, Bournemouth, England. 
Dirk Benedict GoH. More information at the website:
WHOVENTION 2003, 4th - 6th April. The Carlton Crest Hotel,  169-179 Thomas St, 
Sydney (Close to Central Station)Family, concession and children's rates 
available. Discounts for DWCA members  Check Bullsheet web page or for full details. Make cheques and 
money orders payable to "Whovention" (not Whovention: 2003). Send payments to 
Whovention: 2003 Membership  PO Box 148 Gladesville NSW   Please provide a 
photocopy of age/concession card for child/concession. Please note that due to 
mail box collection and banking co-ordination it may take up to 2 weeks for 
your cheque to be presented.

BOBW 20, 4th -5th April, 2003, GOH's Marina Sirtis, Mira Furlan, Claudia 
Chiistenson, Gil Gerard. Ron Grey. See or phone 02 6259 1619 
for full details.

EMOTICON 2003 New Zealand's NatCon, Auckland Dates: 18th - 21st April 2003 
(Easter weekend).Three confirmed literary guests: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood 
and Lois McMaster Bujold. The committee is also looking for a media guest and 
have confirmed Mary Maclachlan as the Fan GoH.  Email or write to Malcolm Fletcher, Consultant DBA SQL 
Services Ltd, 104-106 Customs St West, PO Box 3631, Auckland. Website:

SWANCON 2003 (Swancon 28). 17-21 April. Kings Hotel, Perth. GoHs Lynn 
Flewelling  & Tony Shillitoe. Details at It's also the 

GENGHIS CON 2  For more info 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  43rd Australian National Science Fiction 
Convention, 23-26 April 2004. GoH's: Award winning authors Greg Benford and 
Sean McMullen. Fan Guest of Honour: Karen Herkes Panels, workshops and other 
activities focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror themes. Also role-play 
gaming, live SF oriented theatre, dealers' room, art show and filking. Special 
events include the Ditmar Awards (Australian SF achievement awards) and an 
Anzac Day dawn service. Cost: currently $110. Children and students at reduced 
rates. Instalment plan available. A deposit of $20 secures you the current 
rate. Voting membership only $5. Contact: all enquiries should be directed to: Address: PO Box 903,  Belconnen, ACT 2616 Tel: 0418 
540 160; Fax: 02 6242 5776  Convenor: Vanessa Jacobsen - email: Publicity Manager: Rose Mitchell - email:

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

Worldcon) 4-8 August 2005. GoH's: authors Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley 
and Jane Yolen, critic and fanzine editor Greg Pickersgill and veteran 
Scandinavian fan Lars-Olov Strandberg. Membership for the weekend costs £75 or 
$115 until Easter 2003: write to Interaction at   UK: 379 Myrtle Road, 
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 3HQ    USA: PO Box 58009, Louisville, Kentucky 
Check for further details or e-mail

TASMANIA BID FOR 2005 NATCON: Tansy Rayner Roberts wrote We have a yahoo! 
list, so people can email me ( or Monissa ( if 
they   want to be part of the Thylacon 2005 experience.

SYNCON 200?. Ted Scribner recently called for expressions of interest in a 
Syncon (Sydney SF convention possibly to be held in 2006. If you're interested 
in making this idea a reality contact Ted at , or 
browse at

OTHER USEFUL LINKS: Marc Ortlieb has many useful links on his SF page at:

Ted Scribner's Australian SF&F home page is:
and his list of SF oriented groups in NSW is at

The deadline for submission of material for inclusion in the February 
Bullsheet (#11) is 25th January. Send your news e-mail to, 
or snailmail to  Edwina Harvey   c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville NSW, 2036.

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For people with restricted or no internet access, or who prefer the printed 
paper format, annual snail mail subscriptions are available within Australia 
for 20 x 50cent stamps (or $10) sent to Edwina Harvey  c/- 12 Flinders St 
Matraville NSW 2036 Australia

Happy New Year!!!!

For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The 
Minneapolis in '73 WorldCon Bid!