Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 15 – June 2003

Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 15 
1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


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ASTROBOY IN ASHFIELD: a 1.9 metre fibreglass sculpture of Astroboy created by 
Sean Cordeiro that stands in the front yard of his leased alma Rd, Ashfield 
house, has had a removal order slapped on it because it exceeds council's 
regulations for height of such garden adornments by 90cm. A petition has been 
signed by 90 local residents to keep the statue in place. The sculpture, which 
has been displayed in 10 art exhibits in the Sydney area, originally was 
displayed in Ashfield with a large red rocket, which has since been removed th 
the side of the property. (Page 13, Sunday Telegraph 25/5/03, also on the 
channel 7 news, 6pm, same date. Spotted by Edwina.)

ABOUT US, a program aired on SBS,: featured Peter Nicholls, academic author, 
critic, editor and broadcaster, hailed as the world's foremost authority on 
science-fiction, at 8.30, Friday 2 May. (Spotted by David L Russell, also 
relayed by Zara Baxter on the Eastcoasts SF list..)

A MIND FOR FACT, A WHIM FOR FICTION was a tribute to the life of John Maxwell 
Foyster written by John Baxter, that apapeared on pg 40, under the "This Life" 
section of the Sydney Morning Herald on Mon, May 5. (reported by Anne Devrell.)

STAR TREK (The Classic Series) was presented with the Pop Culture Award at the 
TV Land Awards, that were aired in the States on March 12 March. (reported by 
Anne Devrell.)   NOT ONLY BLACK AND WHITE. Issue 66, May 2003 of this magazine 
offers four articles of fannish interest: pp 12-13, British Fantasy 
illustrator John Bolton has a short article and 3 pieces of his artwork., pp 
22-25, Trainspotting Director, Danny Boyle talks about his new zombie movie 
called "28 Days Later", pp 100-101 an extract from William Gibson's latest 
novel, 'Pattern Recognition'. P108 James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) was asked 
8 questions by Kenneth Hubbard. (Reported by David L. Russell.)

FAB RESULTS AT AUCTION: A brief article on how original Thunderbirds puppet 
heads were saved from going to the rubbish dump 30 years ago, were recently 
sold at auction in London raising $285,000Aus approx.) (Herald-Sun, 10 May, 
2003, reported by David L. Russell.)

JOE 90 HOLLYWOOD BOUND. Short article reporting that Disney is hoping to turn 
Joe 90 into a blockbuster movie.  ( Herald-Sun, 10 May, 2003, reported by 
David L. Russell)

A PUKKA POMS CD Brief article about recently released CD featuring rare voice 
recordings of 45 British literary greats including J.R.R. Tolkien & H. G. 
Wells. Net link: .  (Herald-Sun, 10 May, 2003, reported by David 
L. Russell)

GREED IN THE GENES: A review by Shaunagh O'Connor of Margaret Atwood's new SF 
novel, Oryk and Crake (Herald-Sun, 17 May, 2003, reported by David L. Russell)

KERRIE THE CURRATOR aka Sydney fan Kerrie Dougherty, featured on the TV show, 
Sydney Weekend on Sat 17 May. With a dalek ominously in the background, Kerrie 
promoted  "SpecialFX: New secrets behind the screen", a new display at the 
Sydney Powerhouse Museum until 21 July. For more details on the display see

ANGEL SPIKED: Warner Brothers has renewed Angel for a fifth season. James 
Marsters (Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will be joining the show while 
Charisma Carpenter who plays Cordelia, is not expected to be a 5th season 
regular. Other characters from Buffy may also make guest appearances on Angel. 
(Reported on the SF Weekly newsletter, relayed to Bullsheet by Julie Townsend.)

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

DAMIEN BRODERICK reports his book about the Singularity, "THE SPIKE" is to be 
translated into german. The publication rights have been acquired by the 
German publisher Rowohlt. Publication is expected near the start of 2004.

WILLIAMS AND DIX ACE NEWS. Sean Williams and Shane Dix have sold a pair of 
as-yet-untitled SF novels to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace via agent Richard Curtis. 
The books will appear as "Sean Williams with Shane Dix". (Coode St News)

NEXT CSFG ANTHOLOGY Donna Hanson wrote to the CSFG mail list: that she and 
Maxine McArthur intend to co-edit the next CSFG anthology, with a working 
title, "Encounters." It is expected that work will begin on this proposed 
anthology when the current CSFG anthology, "Elsewhere" is launched.

eidolist that he has been invited to co-edit an anthology of winners of the 
Locus Award with Charles Brown for HarperUS and HarperAustralia. He will also 
be co-editing Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (ibooks) with Karen Haber. 
This is the third in the series, which first appeared in 2001. Jonathan 
writes: "I am looking for stories from all branches of science fiction: space 
opera, military sf, hard sf, theoretical stuff, just about anything that 
however loosely meets the definition of 'science fiction'. If in doubt, send 
it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or 
about to be published during the year 2003. Submission deadline for stories is 
1 October 2003. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a 
magazine you edit will be coming out by December 31st 2003 you can send me 
galleys or manuscripts so that I can judge the stories in time. Email 
submissions aren't encouraged, but if timing is tight email me to check. When 
sending me material please put YEAR'S BEST SF on the envelope.Jonathan Strahan 
PO Box 544, Mt Lawley WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA 6050 or  Jonathan Strahan 
c/ WorkSafe, 5th Floor, 1260 Hay Street, West Perth WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6006, 
AUSTRALIA ***Please do not send a SASE. If I choose a story you will be 
informed. If you want to confirm that I've received something, enclose a 
self-addressed-stamped postcard and I will let you know the date it arrived. 
For stories that appear on the web, please send me (or have the publisher send 
me) print-outs of your story."

AUREALIS 31, has been delayed due to their printer relocating to new premises. 
It is expected to be published either late May or early June. Editor Keith 
Stevenson sent out a call (admittedly in early May) for anyone living around 
Moorabbin, Vic who would like to help in the production of the magazine to 
e-mail him (  Aurealis also has a new web address:


DARK ANIMUS #3 James Cain wrote to the Eidolist: Dark Animus #3 is out, and 
all subscriber copies have been posted. Available in Galaxy and Infinitas 
bookshops in Sydney and Parramatta, or online at 
Featuring fiction by Darrell Pitt, Cat Sparks, Bram Stoker winner Mike Arnzen, 
Lawrence Schimel and Billie Sue Mosiman, Steven Manchester, Tim Curran, Kevin 
L.Donihe & Pugnacious Jones, Josh Rountree and newcomer Gary Hernandez. Plus 
some amazing poetry and of course artwork by Aussies Les Petersen, Cat Sparks, 
Regina Brewster, and Heesco Khosnaran, among others.

DAVID HEARNE reports that a sample of his novel, "Ruminations of a Wayfarer 
Pts I & II", as well as original short stories by him can be viewed at

Canadian Horror magazine, wrote to tell us that submissions are now open for 
the August 1 issue. Poems and demented nursery rhymes as well as horror flash 
(short) fiction, as well as stories to a maximum of 2,000 words sought. 
Payment and author bios are given on publication. Check their web site for other horror info, links to 
editors and writers see

13 HORRORS ANTHOLOGY: The limited edition, autographed harback copy has almost 
sold out, with only 50 left for sale for US $75. Paperback copies (US $19.95) 
are also selling well. To purchase a copy, e-mail Jim Loehr,

AUSTRALOZ issue 1 has been launched and can be viewed at Editor Michael Connolly reports that he is now 
seeking submissions for the next issue due out in August.

SFSA #12 , on the theme of Artificial Intelligence will be distributed from 21 
June. The publication is available through membership to the SFSA, or through 
swap, or for sale for $2. Contact Martin Dunn,, or PO Box 
3227, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, 5000 for more details.

FABLES AND REFLECTIONS NEW POSTAL ADDRESS. Lily Chrywenstrom reported to the 
Eidolist that the postal address for  Fables and Reflections has changed to PO 
Box 979, Woden ACT 2606 See the website,, or email Lily, for 
info on how to get a copy.

ANTIPODEAN ISSUE 60 presents 10 flash (500 words or less) SF stories from G.L 
Schmitt, Richard Kerslakem Shaun A. Saunders, Tim Cadmen, Robert J. Miller, 
Julie Ingleton, Darren Johnsonm Michael A. Amzen, Tim Thompson and Peter Gilet 
on line at

CLARION SOUTH has opened a Yahoo e-mail group for anyone interested in news, 
gossip and support. See

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,  NewEyes 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 


OUT OF THE BIN is a monthly perszine from MERV BINNS, PO BOX 315, Carnegie, 
Vic, 3163. The April issue of this zine farewells John Foyster, gives reviews 
of several movies Merv's seen, and outings.Merv's been on of late. Great illo 
of a garbage bin flying through space as Merv's letterhead designed by Ditmar. 
(Available for trade, and/or on editorial whim? I'm guessing - Edwina For 
details you can e-mail, or snail mail as above.)

Merv's personal memoirs of the MSFC club from 1952-1970 also available. 
Contact Merv as above, for details.

NO AWARD #3. Russell B. Farr recently announced submissions are open for issue 
3 of his zine. Plans are to publish issue 3 of No Award, in time for Continuum 
convention.  (11-13 July, Melbourne). He is looking for: "Send me anything 
offbeat, unusual, thought-provoking. Recipes, rants, drawings, reviews, heck 
fiction would be fine. Anything you think is good but wouldn't expect anyone 
to pay you actual money for." To send submissions, or get more information 
about No Award e-mail


COLLINS SUPERSTORE. Level 2, Broadway Shopping Centre , Cnr Broadway and Bay 
St,  Sydney. Leigh Blackmore, who runs the SF section of this store announced 
proudly presents A Celebration of Australian Science Fiction with special 
author guest, Terry Dowling, including launch of  new books from Agog Press 
and MirrorDanse. Wed. 4 June, 6 - 8pm. The evening will start with a short 
story reading from Terry Dowling, followed by a discussion panel of 
Independent and Major Publishers, which in turn will be followed by a launch 
and signing session for Rynosseros and The Man Who Lost Red by Terry Dowling,. 
The evening will conclude with a signing session for The Wonder Years, 
Immaterial and Agog: Terrific Tales. Collins will offer guests and customers 
10% off all SF stock on the night. For further details phone Collins Bookshop 
on (02) 9211 7749

GALAXY BOOKSHOP: 143 York St Sydney. new 
store is downstairs from street level. The Dragon skeleton is back, and 
there's a great mural as you walk down the stairs into the shop proper

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.Infinitas also has a writers' group lead by 
Bill Congreve. SLOW GLASS BOOKS: a SFmail order catalogue. To join the mailing 
list write to GPO Box 2708X (Please note, this has been previously listed in 
the Bullsheet as Box 270*9*X – apologies to Justin for the misprint. ) 
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) 
8223-4304  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 magazines. Now receiving American imports weekly.


ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD The following was posted to the "Fantastic" mail list by 
Maureen Kincaid Speller:Forwarding this from: Paul Kincaid Date: Sun, 18 May 
2003: "I am delighted to announce that the 2003 Arthur C Clarke Award has been 
presented to Christopher Priest for THE SEPARATION. The Award is for the best 
science fiction novel receiving its first British publication in 2002. 
Competition for this year's award was particularly strong, and all the novels 
on the shortlist deserve high praise.The shortlist was: KIL'N PEOPLE by David 
Brin, LIGHT by M. John Harrison,THE SCAR by China Miéville, SPEED OF DARK by 
Elizabeth Moon

 (Free if the entrant or their school is a ASIM subscriber) Sections for Art, 
poetry and short stories (5,000 words or less.) for under 16's and under 21's. 
First Prize, publication in the magazine including payment and subscription. 
2nd and 3rd prizes also offered. (these do not include cash payment). Entries 
close  on July 31st. See or send an SASE to PO 
BOX 495, Chinchilla, QLD, 4413 for entry forms and full entry details,

"Science Fiction Writers of Earth" The 2003 competition is now open to any SF 
writer who has yet to sell a piece of work.  www.flashnet/~sfwoe/

MANNA - BREAD OF HEAVEN writing competition for Christian authors. $1000 first 
 prize. Entries close 15 October, 2003. Send a SASE to PO BOX 844 Warners Bay 
NSW  2282 for entry form.

HATCH, MATCH & DISPATCH 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:  18 May 2003: Matthew Dockrey and Michelle Hansard, see  Matthew and Michelle live in or near 
Seattle, Washington, USA and are involved in computing related work. Matthew 
is 25 and Michelle is 30. Matthew is a Larry Niven fan, among the longest 
standing active members of the Larry Niven mail list.

BIRTHS:  Oliver "Ollie" William Barry, first son to Michael Barry and Rosalind 
Knox born 1043hrs Sunday 18 May. Weight: 4190 grammes (9lb 4oz in the old 
money), Length 52 cm (approx. 21 in). (Reported on the CSFG list by the proud 
father.)   AILING:Peter McNamara has a brain tumour and is not expected to 
live long.


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055. Friday 
6th June, Trivia quiz ($3) and Indian food night ($6.50), or $8 for trivia 
night and Indian dinner. All meetings from 8pm - 11pm. (reported by James Allen.)

SFSA (Science Fiction in South Australia): SFSA is a 
fan club for generic Sci-Fi fans to gather, communicate, and generally make a 
nuisance of themselves in a controlled environment. The SFSA have 2 regular 
meetings per month. The regular club meeting is held at the Adelaide High 
School on the third Saturday of the month starting at 3pm, until 10pm. Cost $3 
members, $4 non-members. A social gathering is (incorporating the South 
Australian Dr Who club) is held on the First Saturday of the month, at the 
Buckingham Arms hotel, Walkerville, starting at 7pm, until approximately 10pm.

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower Block, The 
University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm, usually on the third 
Friday of the month. Meetings are scheduled for 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 
but check or phone Garry 
Dalrymple after 7 pm on (02) 9718 5827 for updates.

SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP: Meetings are scheduled for the year and dates / 
nature of meeting are on Phone Brad Row on 
9580 4369 for more details.


MULTIVERSE EVENTS: You can reserve tickets by emailing then check June 12, 
Bulletproof Monk, 26th June, The Hulk.  Check for 
premier details.

ENVISION: A 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 (Rowena Cory Lindquist) 
on 07 3893 2959 or email (reported by Cat Sparks on the 

JACK DANN is conducting a 2 day master class at on 5-6 July at the ACT Writers 
Centre, Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT. Cost $144 for members of 
the writing centre and $180 non members. Contact Anne-Maree Britton on 62629191.

JACK DANN is to conduct 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 Centre11 Old York Rd 
GREENMOUNT 6058 WA.Ph 08 9294 1872 or look at 
(Reported by Tracey Rolfe on the eidolist)

SYDNEY SCIENCE FICTION WEEKEND (SSFW). (previously known as Freecons)  Garry 
Dalrymple  recently wrote that "instead of a fourth Museum Freecon this year, 
there will be a "2003 Sydney SF Weekend" on June 21 – 22 at the Discovery 
Centre, level 2, Australian Museum, William St, Sydney. No entry charge.  The 
web site is at Or e-mail, mail PO BOX 2, Bexley North. 2207, or 
phone 02 9718 5827.

Garry Dalrymple also writes "I would welcome any suggestions of things to 
discuss or to start at the 2003 SSFW that could be carried through to the 
Magic Casements event to be considered by a larger (and less fannish?) 
audience."    MAGIC CASEMENTS: A Festival of Speculative Fiction presented by 
The New South Wales Writers' Centre in association with Krenon. (Ted Scribner 
and Garry Dalrymple apparently.) New South Wales Writers' Centre, Rozelle, 
Sydney, 13-14 September 2003.

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

CONTINUUM 11-13 July 2003, Cato Conference 
Centre, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Guests: Kate Forsyth, Chris Lawson. 
Invited guests: Nick Stathopoulos, Lewis Morley and Marilyn Pride. Membership: 
full paid prior to  30 April 2003): $80 Student (13-16 years at time of 
purchase) or Concession Card Holder: $50Child (5-12 years at time of purchase 
and accompanied by a paying adult): $25,

DWARFCON Gaming Con. in 
Melbourne on the  Queens Birthday weekend (July 11-13).

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: Website:

INTENSICON a one day gaming con held at Melbourne 
University  sometime in December.

CHRONOPOLIS - Swancon 29 Perth, Western Australia Easter weekend Thu 8 to Mon 
12th April 2004  Venue: Parmelia Hilton. GoH's: Chris Dickinson, John Long. 
Fan GoH: Emma Hawkes.Shay Telfer, Convenor, lily Chrywenstrom secretary.

CONFLUX 43rd Australian National Science Fiction 
Convention, 23-26 April 2004.  Guests of Honour: Greg Benford and Sean 
McMullen. Fan GOH's Karen Herkes  Cost: currently $110. Children and students 
at reduced rates. Instalment plan available. A deposit of $20 secures current 
rates. Voting membership only $5.All enquiries should be directed to: Postal 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:

CONSENSUALITY – Swancon XXX. Perth, WA. Easter 2005. Conveners Stephen Dedman 
and Elaine Kemp.

THYLACON IV. National SF con for 2005. Hobart, Tasmania. 10-13June, 2005 
(Queens Birthday Long weekend in many states.) Supporting membership currently 
available for $25 until 30 July, rising to $35 after then. (Supporting 
memberships can be upgraded to attending memberships at any tume for the price 
of attending membership when the supporting membership was purchased.) 
Attending membership $95 (Children under 12 $35) For membership forms e-mail, or write to Thylacon PO Box 345 Kingston TAS, 7051 . To 
join the Thylacon e-mail list send a subscribe message to:

Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and 
Conference Centre in Glasgow over the weekend of 4-8 August 2005.GoHs 
Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley and Jane Yolen, critic and fanzine editor 
Greg Pickersgill and veteran Scandinavian fan Lars-Olov Strandberg.  ROSE 
MITCHELL, the Aus agent for Interaction wrote that attending memberships will 
rise from 1  June. Memberships available through Rose via GPO BOX 1212K 
Melbourne, VIC 3001 or e-mail

Other Info sources: Marc Ortlieb's Australian Science Fiction Information 
page: Ted Scribner's  Australian SF&F home 
page is: and his list of SF oriented 
groups in NSW is at  Coode 
St Review:

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