Australian SF Bullsheet 11 – February 2003

Australian SF Bullsheet 11
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


CANBERRA FIRES: The Fandom network kicked in on several e-mail lists when 
fires ravaged Canberra from Saturday 18th January. From what we've 
ascertained, there were a few close calls. Fires burnt up to the verge of Greg 
Turkich's family home. Writer and artist, Les Petersen, wife Jo and son Aiden 
were evacuated when their Belconnen home was under threat, but were allowed to 
return to their home the next day.

On Tuesday 21st January, when Canberra was once again under threat from 
bushfires, writer, editor and filker, Robbie Matthews fell off a ladder and 
sustained several fractures to his left arm. He was operated on in Woden 
Hospital, and is now recovering at home. (See further entry under BOOKS AND 
PUBLICATIONS re Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.)

 MOUNT STROMLO OBSERVATORY was also destroyed in the Canberra fires, but the 
replica  American spacesuit constructed by Lewis Morley was safely on display 
in Tidbinbilla, and not destroyed at Mt Stromlo as originally mentioned on one 
of the lists. (Compiled from reports on Eidolist, EastcoastsSF, Andromeda 
Spaceways e-mail list and Lewis Morley.)

Donations to the Canberra Bushfire Appeal can be made at any branch of the 
Commonwealth, and National  Banks.

We hope all other fans in bushfire affected areas around the country are 
staying safe! Ted & Edwina.

ACHIEVEMENT Awards nominations forms are  now available online  at (click on the "Awards" icon.) Anyone can nominate for 
the Ditmars, but voting for the  2003 awards is limited to members of Swancon. 
Nominations close on 14th February.
(Bullsheet hint: If you're happy with the service we're providing, please 
consider nominating us in the "Best Australian Fan Production - fanzine" 
category. If you're not happy with the service, contact us directly! : - ))

For anyone looking for a list of authors and their works and where they were 
published, for DITMAR nomination inspiration, there are lists available on the 
Aurealis home page, and also on the Eidolon net page, but the Eidolon list 
seems to be more comprehensive.

TIN DUCK AWARDS nomination forms now also available from (click on the "Awards" icon.)

wordy title for an exhibit that opened last month at the Te Papa Museum in 
Wellington's (NZ) port area. The exhibit will also tour London, Boston, 
Singapore and Sydney from Feb 2003. (Edwina, who can't remember which Sydney 
Sunday newspaper travel section she clipped this from on 12th January...oops!)

STEPHEN KING POP-UP BOOK. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing recently 
announced that they plan to do an abridged, pop-up edition of King's book, 
"The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon." The book won't be published until 2004. 
(Reported om PW Newsline, 8th Jan.)

ROLLING STONE #610, 2002. Rock & Roll Yearbook. Pg 34, October Monthly recap. 
Sarah Michelle Gellar, guest hosting Saturday Night Live, portrayed Christina 
Aguilera on the set of her "Dirrty" video.
Pg 125 "The Year in Movies" mentions that the vibrating Nimbus 2000 
broomstick, a merchanising spin-off from the Harry Potter movie that became a 
very popular toy for little girls and older girls alike, had been discontinued 
my Mattel Toys. (Reported by David L Russell.)

DOBBY THE HOUSE ELF, A memorable character from the movie "Harry Potter and 
the Chamber of Secrets", could be taken to court because he bears a 
resemblance to Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Russian lawyers are 
reportedly preparing a case against the special effects people who created Dobby.
The article also mentions that the leader of the Christian Democrats in the 
Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende is constantly being teased for looking like 
Harry Potter. (The Sydney Daily Telegraph Pg 40, Wed, January 22.)

AMERICAN PLAYBOY, November, 2002 (currently available on Australian 
newsstands) has a cover and a 10 page, 8 picture pictorial on Kirsty Swanson, 
the original Buffy from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Our politically 
incorrect reporter David L Russell reports "not only does she appear in the 
buff, she also looks incredibly buffed." (We appreciate the great lengths 
David went to to report that item - Edwina)

GEGENSCHEIN 93 & 94 now available. Eric Lindsay's had a surge of fannish 
activity lately. His fine zine can be viewed at, and 
and also at Jean Weber's page, Issue 93 concentrates 
on Eric and Jean's trip to the ConVergence last June, and the relaxacon they 
hosted at Airlie Beach the week after the natcon, while Geg 94 highlights 
their travels around the top end of Australia in recent months. (Reported by 
Eric Lindsay.)

NO AWARD #2  Russell B. Farr announced he would be making a return to 
publishing with the second issue of his fanzine, No Award, scheduled for 
release at SwanCon 28, April 17-21, 2003.  No Award #2 promises to be a frank 
and potentially controversial publication,   featuring several articles by the 
editor on conventions, rural life, awards and Australian SF.   No Award #2 
will be A4, saddle-stitched.While submissions are welcome the editor wishes to 
stress that acceptance shall be based on somewhat arbitrary grounds. For 
further submission guidelines email

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

SABRIEL, the fantasy novel by Garth Nix has been shortlisted in the 2003 
British Book Industry Awards in the Newcomer of the Year category. (Reported 

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS NEWS: Due to chief slush-wangler, Robbie Matthews, 
recently breaking his arm, there could be delays in replying to story 
submissions. It's probably best not to submit stories for the next couple of 
weeks, or to query before submitting work, until things are sorted out. 
Andromeda Spaceways is also now stocked by Collins Superstore, Broadway 
Shopping Centre cnr Broadway & Bay Sts, Broadway, Sydney.

EIDOLON CLOSES: Jonathan Strahan announced on the Eidolist that despite 
recently taking on a new editorial committee with a view to continuing 
publishing Eidolon magazine, a decision was made to fold the magazine. However 
Eidolon Publications will still continue. Stay tuned for more updates.

SMALL PRESS CATALOGUE: Nigel Read wrote to the East Coast SF mail list :"Cat 
Sparks has finally been able to take some time out from Agog to work on   the 
small press catalogue. If you want to have an ad for your Australian 
magazine or anthology or small press novel in the catalogue, it's now or never 
...  The following are the rough specs for the ads as requested by Cat Sparks: 
A5 sounds like a good size...I would like all text in word with graphics 
attached as tiff files,  unless publications want to lay out their own ads in 
entirety, in which case I would still like the files as tiffs or photoshop 
documents or Illustrator ais.  I don't want anything submitted as a pdf 
file.... Please try and be as informative as possible (ie prices, how to 
order details, web page and email addresses, etc). Also, for periodicals, it 
would probably be best to provide an ad for the periodical as a whole, rather 
 than for a specific issue, since distribution of the catalogue may occur in 
dribs and drabs over a considerable period of time. ...I'm going to have to 
call on the assistance of each publisher in distributing the catalogue. The 
general idea is for each publisher to slip in a catalogue each time they mail 
  out one of their publications. For periodicals, this probably only needs to 
be   done once a year, rather than for every issue..;. So when you email your 
ad info to me, please include an approximation of how many catalogues you're 
prepared  to take and distribute" Cat Sparks,

AGOG! Press Update: Cat Sparks wrote to the Eidolist:   Agog2, entitled Agog 
Terrific Tales is now closed to submissions. Agog3, entitled Agog Smashing 
Stories will be open for subs from April 2003 onwards.

XUAN XUAN ISSUE 2.  Editors Colin Sharpe and Kate Langford wrote to the 
Eidolist: We are pleased to announce the release of the second issue of Xuan 
Xuan, Western Australia's premier manga (Japanese comics styled) anthology 
serial ...  106 pages, (with a) continuation of existing stories, and a few 
new ones too.   $6.00 (if you buy direct), also available in Perth and 
interstate retail outlets soon. For more information, you can email:    or check the webpage at:

POTATO MONKEY #2 , containing stories from  John Ezzy, Ron Jon, Shane Brown, 
Robert N. Stephenson, Grant Watson, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Robbie Matthews and 
Darrell Pitt is now available. For full details see (reported by Benjamin Payne)

YEAR 2103: SURVIVAL WITHOUT EARTH: A short story competition on this theme is 
being run by Imajes Magazine. No entry fee. Closing date 31 March, 2003. To 
obtain an entry form either e-mail, or phone 0414 
260515. They also have free back issues available on request. (Reported by 
Justin Semmel on the eidolist.)

currently open for 2003. Full details can be found at (reported by Nigel Read via Lily 
Chrywenstrom on the eidolist.)

ELSEWHERE: An Anthology of Fantastic Places is open for submissions. Edited by 
Michael Barry, this will be the third anthology from the Canberra SF Guild. 
Stories up to 7,000 words accepted. $25 per story paid on publication. Closing 
Date 15th April, 2003. E-mail subs to:
(Reported on

PERTH LIT FEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Terri Sellen wrote to the Eidolist: 
On Thursday, April 3, there is to be an SF day at a Perth Lit Fest for high 
school students and we are looking for volunteers to help out. So, if you are 
interested in helping out at a Lit Fest - booths, panels, presentations or 
demonstrations - or if you want to test your Swancon material on a brand new 
audience :), could you drop me a line, please? (

ENVISION: 5 day speculative fiction writing workshop. Friday 4th July to 
Wednesday 9th July, 2003. Brisbane Girl's Grammer school. Brisbane city. $550 
(extra cost if you need to hire a computer) Tutors include Kim Wilkins, 
Marianne de Pierres, Louise Cusack and Cory Daniels  Contact Cory Daniels on 
07 3893 2959 or email (reported by Cat Sparks on the 

TOR BOOKS to publish "Paranormal Romance" books. They're interested in seeing 
novels from pretty much anywhere within the range of  speculative fiction with 
strong romantic elements. Though  they're not interested in seeing stories in 
which a ghost or an angel falls in love with a human unless it's particularly 
different. New and existing authors welcome. Length 80,000 - 130,000 words. 
Guidelines: (Reported by Robert Hoge)

FOLCC BOOK SALES. The "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to donate 
to Juvenile Diabetes Society of Australia by selling donated books. (Tally is 
currently $22)

"Honor Harrington: Flag in Exile, and Honor Harrington: The Honor of the 
Queen, both by David Weber.
$6 each, including postage within Australia (Thanks to Anne Devrell for 
donating these books)

  Magazines still desperately 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 2036.

A TASMANIAN READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL will feature resident Tasmanian spec 
fic writers Dirk Flinthart and Tansy Rayner Roberts as well as Sean Williams, 
Cory Daniells, Marianne De Pierres and Maxine McArthur. The Festival will take 
place in March, 2003.

ANTIPODEAN SF No 56 currently available at

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


COLLINS SUPERSTORE. Level 2, Broadway Shopping Centre , Cnr Broadway ad Bay 
St, Sydney. Leigh Blackmore, who runs the SF section of this store reported 
that Collins carries a comprehensive range of SF and fantasy titles from Brian 
Aldiss to David Zindell, including authors, specialty presses, signed and 
limited collectors editions you won't find anywhere else in Sydney. Leigh is 
also interested in hearing from fan groups who may want to use the store's 
Banjo Patterson Room for meetings.

GALAXY BOOKSHOP: Now at 143 York St Sydney. The new store is downstairs from 
street level. (When I visited on January 11rh, it was "business as usual", but 
the staff  were still settling in to their new premises.- Edwina.

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 lead by Bill Congreve.

SLOW GLASS BOOKS:Formerly of 305 Swanston Street Melbourne, 3000 Vic. Slow 
Glass now operates 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.

RAVEN BOOKS: Secondhand book service specialising in supernatural & occult 
books. "From the Vault" catalogues are issued irregularly. If you'd like to be 
added to this mailing list, write to Leigh Blackmore, Raven Books, PO Box 
A281, Sydney South. NSW 1235.

KNOWN SPACE BOOKS: First Floor, 108 Gawler Place, Adelaide, SA 5000. Tel: (08) 
Open: 12:00-6:00 Wednesday-Thursday; 12:00-10:00 Friday; 12:00-6:00 Saturday 
New and used books related to science fiction, film and TV. Also comics and 

OTHER BOOKSHOPS  We are keen to report news from other SF bookshops around 


PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS' AWARDS: Keith Stevenson wrote to the Eidolist:  Each 
year it is at the discretion of the Aurealis Awards Convenors to present The 
Peter McNamara Convenors' Award to acknowledge particular achievements in 
speculative fiction or related areas in the past year. Unlike the other award 
categories in the Aurealis Awards, the Convenors' Award can also take into 
account achievements over a number of years and can, in addition, be given for 
non-fiction work, a collection or anthology, an art work, or for a body of 
work that brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genre.  It is 
with great pleasure that I announce the shortlist for the 2002 Peter McNamara 
Convenors' Awards -
  Justine Larbalestier for The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction 
(Wesleyan University Press)
  Kim Selling and Lilla Smee for organising the Fantastic Fictions: Medieval 
and Modern one-day seminar at the University of Sydney
  Robbie Matthews for his important contribution to local genre publishing 
both  with the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and Andromeda Spaceways 
Inflight   Magazine.
  Cat Sparks for the guidance and support she has provided to the local genre 
industry through her imprint Agog! Press.
  Sara Creasy for compiling and editing the monthly ebulletin 'aurealisXpress'.
  As with the other 2002 Award categories, the Peter McNamara Convenors' 
Award will be announced at the 8th Aurealis Awards Ceremony to be held in the 
Basement Lecture Theatre, RMIT Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan Street, South 
Carlton, Melbourne on Friday 28th March. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm 
start. Admission is free and all are welcome. Judges reports will be available 
on the evening in the 2002 Aurealis Awards Booklet.

CORRECTION TO AUREALIS AWARDS: Keith Stevenson also recently announced that 
"Les Autres" by Adam Browne in the Horror short story category of the  AA 
Awards had been withdrawn as it had originally been published in Ideomance, 
and reprinted in Redsine #8

"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: Alyson Hannigan (aka Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and 
Alexis Denisof (aka Wesley on Angel) plan to marry in California in September 
or October. (Reported on the Comm Centre.)
(Okay, it was a long shot, but no-one seems to be doing anything locally!)

BIRTHS: This Bullsheet appears to also have gone off without a hatch, (though 
Chuck & Megan McKenzie have a "work in progress" and we're hoping on a full 
report in late April/early May.)

DEATHS: VIRGINIA HEINLEN.  Reported on the "Reading For the Future" mail list 
and subsequently reposted to the Larry Niven mail list.  Virginia Heinlein, 
widow of the famed science-fiction writer Robert Heinlen passed away 
peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of  January 18, 2003. She was 86 
years old.


STAR TREK: NEMESIS MOVIE PREMIER Thurs 6th February. 6.30 session. Greater 
Union Cinema, Russell St, Melbourne. $12.50 adults, $9.50 children. E-mail to reserve tickets.
You can check for other premiers

Star Walking Star Wars club, Melbourne. Saturday 15th February from 1pm. 
Meeting at Whitely College, The Mervyn Himbury Thrologiocal Centre, 50 The 
Avenue, Parkville. (Stop 15, Route19 on the North Coburg tram)  More details 
at (Reported on the Comm Centre.)

Starwalking Inc,, holds meetings at the 
Lidcombe Catholic Workmen's Club (24 John Street, Lidcombe, opposite Lidcombe 
Railway Station) on the third Sunday of some months. Check the website for 
details of the next meeting. They run from 12 noon to 5 pm. Attendance costs $8
for members and $10 for non-members.

AUSTRALIAN COSTUMERS GUILD OPEN DAY Feb 23, 2003. 10am-5pm. The Band Rotunda 
(Opposite Gipps St)  Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

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

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 or check 
prior to attending as meetings could be cancelled at short notice.

SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP: The 2003 planning meeting will probably take place 
at 2 pm on the second Saturday in February at Brad Row's place. You can phone 
Brad  on 9580 4369. Information will also be posted at


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

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.

SUPANOVA  April 5th -6th, 2003 Pop Culture Expo with Gohs Jenny Baker, Sean 
Schemmel (Dragonball Z), John Romita Jr (Spiderman, Hulk, Uncanny X-men0 debbi 
DerryBerry (Jimmy Neutron) & Lisa Ortiz (Pokemon) Wharf 8, Sydney. Phone 
organizer Daniel Zachariou on 0412 026 797, or e-mail or 
write to 33 Moondah Rd, Alfreds Oint NSW 2234. Web site at 
(Reported on Comm Centre.)

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 

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 March Bullsheet 
(#12) is 25th February. Send your news e-mail to, or 
snailmail to  Edwina Harvey   c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville NSW, 2036.

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