The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 26 – May 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 26
MAY 2004
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


BACK IN THE SADDLE (AGAIN): Thanks to Ted Scribner for taking over 
the editng of last month's Bullsheet at short notice while I had, and 
recovered from, my second vitrectomy. My vision has much improved as 
a result. I'm back to being able to read most print using just my 
glasses, the magnifying glass only comes out on special occasions – 
very small print, and menus in low-light restaurants mostly. I can 
once again see approaching cars as solid objects rather than blurs, 
and walking down stairs is almost as easy for me as everyone else.  I 
presume the night-blindness is a permanent fixture. (Thanks to Lawrie 
Brown and Graeme Batho who acted as my "Guide dogs" during night 
outings at Conflux recently) 
I'm stIll getting up to speed, so apologies if any news items are 
left out of this month's Bullsheet – Edwina.

DESPERATELY SEEKING: Leigh Blackmore is looking to contact, or get 
information on, Canberra fan, DAVID TANSEY who edited the Esoteric 
Order of Dagon newsletter in the late 1980's.  Leigh is also looking 
for relatives or friends of PHIL JACKSON (deceased) who was friend of 
the late Sydney writer, Don Boyd. Jackson and Boyd collaborated on a 
novel . Leigh and colleagues hold the manuscript to this novel , and 
a US publisher has recently expressed an interest in publishing it. 
Leigh would like to get into contact with relatives of Jackson to 
negotiate rights. Leigh can be contaced by e-mail at, or phone (02) 9211 7749, ext 230 

the painting "Time Foture" by Greg Bridges . The painting was the 
cover art for Maxine's first book, and the original was on show and 
for sale by auction at Conflux. The convention bought  and presented 
the painting  to Maxine, who by all accounts was absolutely thrilled. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAT SPARKS who recently announced that she had won 
third place in the first quarter of  the 2004 L. Ron Hubbard Writers 
of the Future contest. She'll soon be heading to America for the 
awards ceremony. (Reported by Cat Sparks on the Eidolist.)

THE AGE MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL is looking to attract writing 
groups and literature-based fan clubs to help organise an event to be 
associated with the Writers Festival. If anyone's interested, they 
should contact Meghan Street, before 28th May. 
(Reported on Eastcoasts mailing list.)

JOHN MALKOVICH is the latest actor reported to have joined the Hitch-
hikers Guide to the Galaxy movie cast. He will play Humma Kavula , a 
religious cult leader. Mos Def will play Ford Prefect in the film 
(Reported on Sciene Fiction Weekly, relayed by Julie Townsend.)

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

FLIGHT OF ASCENSION – a series of books (?) by Mathew Hudson 
available through the website

SPIRE CITY: a new novel by Derek Smith is now available on Full details about the book can be found at

NYLON ANGEL, Marianne de Pierres hughly acclaimed novel, will be soon 
translated into Hebrew and German editions. By publishers, Orbit.

AUREALIS SEEKING MORE EDITORS: The magazine is looking for a new 
editor, or editorial team to take over from current editor  Keith 
Stevensen from October 2004. This is an unsalaried position, and the 
editor/s will be responsible for all aspects of producing the 
magazine which is published twice a year. Applications close on 28th 
May. If you're interested in applying for this position, send  CV's 
and queries to both Dirk Strasser, and 
Keith Stevenson, (reported on the 

Featuring fiction from  Barbara Robson, Stuart Barrow, Mark W. 
Tiedemann, Stephen Dedman, Jacob Garbe, Dirk Flinthart, Helen 
Patrice, David Kay, Colin P. Davies,  Sue Bursztynski, Matthew Bey 
and Bevan McGuiness  Edited by Edwina Harvey (through sheer bloody 
mindedness. Editing a magazine while battling rapidly deteriorating 
eyesight is not recommended! ) with help from Sally Beasley and Zara 
Baxter. Single copies can be bought for $7.95 in specialty SF 
bookshops around Australia, or direct from PO Box 495, Bentley, WA 
6982. Local and overseas subscriptions also available. Check for full details.  

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 71 featuring short,short stories (500 wirds) by 
Andrew Lyall, Shaun A. Saunders, Tom Williams, Angela Slatter, 
Brendan Carson, Chris Jones, Eleanor Reed, Peter Tunstall, Arun Anuja 
and Trent Walters us now available at Editor, 
Ion Newcombe.

AGOG SMASHING STORIES featuring stories from Deborah Buabcitti. Simon 
Brown, Marianne de Pierres, Brendan Duffy, Grace Dugan, Dirk 
Flinthart,  Paul Haines, Richard Harland, Robert Hood, Trent 
Jamieson, Louise Katz, Justine Larbalestier, Martin Livings, Claire 
McKenzie, Sean McMullen, Ben Peek, Jeremy Shaw, Bryn Sparks, Ian 
Triffitt and Kim Westwood, edited by Cat Sparks is now available. 
Full details can be seen at
FOLCC BOOK SALES.   "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to 
donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated 
books. Thanks to everyone who bought FOLCC books at Conflux our new 
balance is now $86 
     Books looking for new homes: "Honor Harrington: The Honor of the 
Queen," by David Weber, "Harm's Way" by Colin Greenland, "Virtual 
Girl" by Amy Thomson, "The Magic and the Healing" by Nick 
O'Donohoe,  "Arthur" and "Merlin" by Stephen Lawhead,  "An Echo In 
Time" and "The Ancient Future" by Traci Harding, "Silver Wolf" by 
Alice Borchardt,  To buy books e-mail Edwina Harvey at or snail mail Edwina, c/- 12 Flinders St, 
Matraville, NSW 2036. *Make cheques payable to Edwina Harvey please, 
FOLCC is an informal entity.)
     Anyone wanting to donate directly to JDRF- Juvenile 
Diabetes Research Foundation can do so via PO Box 2038, South 
Melbourne, VIC 3205.Their web site is


COLLINS SUPERSTORE. Level 2, Broadway Shopping Centre, Cnr Broadway 
and Bay St, Sydney. Leigh Blackmore, who runs the SF section of this 
store recently called for any small press publishers, or authors with 
small press editions, who do not currently have stock with Collins, 
Superstore Broadway to contact him as Collins wants to support titles 
produced locally. 

GALAXY BOOKSHOP: 143 York St Sydney. 

INFINITAS BOOKSHOP (Shop 5 No. 1 Horwood Place Parramatta, 

FARENHEIT SF & Fantasy Bookshop cnr Bourke & William St, Melbourne.Ph 
03 9600 4674, email Books freighted in 
from America weekly, happy to mail order requests.
CRIME INK: 150 William St (Crn Bourke &William, Ph 03 9600 4674, e-

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. 

SLOW GLASS BOOKS: a  SF mail order catalogue. To join the mailing 
list write to GPO Box 2708X , Melbourne Vic 3001 or see Email: Phone: (03) 9639 
1511 Fax: (03) 9639 1511. Melbourne fans will be pleased to hear that 
Justin Ackroyd is looking to reopen Slow Glass as a shopfront in the 
near future.      

RAVEN BOOKS: Second hand 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. 


NEBULA AWARDS, 2003. Best Novel, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, 
(Ballantine) Best Novella, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, (HarperCollins), 
Best Novellette, The Kingdon of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford, (Sci 
Fiction, 26 Feb, 2003), Best Short Story, What I Didn't See by Karen 
Joy Fowler (Sci Fiction, 10 July 2002)  Best Script, The Lord of the 
Rings: The Two Towers by Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens, Stephen 
Sinclair and Peter Jackson. (New Line Cinema) *Reported to the 
Eidolist by Robert Hoge.)

DITMAR AWARDS 2004: these were voted on by members of Conflux, the 
National SF convention, 23-26 April. In the Professional Categories 
Best Novel was won by Kirsten Bishop for The Etched City, Best 
Novella was won by Lucy Sussex, Best Short Story was won by Trudi 
Canavan for Room for Improvement. Best Collected Work was tied 
between Agog! Terrific Tales, edited by Cat Sparks, and Forever 
Shores edited by Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch. Best Artwork went 
to Cat Sparks for Agog! Terrific Tales.     In the Fannish Categories 
Best Fan Writer was won by Bruce Gillespie, Best Fan Artist was won 
by Les Petersen, Best Fan Production was won by Elsewhere Launch, 
CSFG, and Best Fanzine went to the Australian Science fiction 
Bullsheet edited by Edwina Harvey and Ted Scribner. (Thanks to 
everyone who voted for us! We're both tickled pink. Edwina)
The William Atheling Jr. Award was won by Bruce Gillespie, and the 
Best New Talent was won by Kirsten Bishop   

THE PETER MCNAMARA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  was presented to Jack Dann at 
Conflux convention, (Reported by Robert Stephenson on  the Eidolist.)
GUFF: The race for the  "Get Up and over Fan Fund" – to get an 
Antipodean fan up to Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon in Scotland 
(q.v.) is now open  Nominees must post a $25 bond by 30 September. 
Full details available on
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 

PETER MCNAMARA continues to defy the odds, getting on with his life 
despite a brain tumour. He is said to be working on another anthology 
after the success of Forever Shores.

EDWINA HARVEY is currently "between operations." The next operation, 
to remove the silicon oil in her right eye, (aka "The grease and oil 
change") will occur on Friday, 21st May, with a short recovery 
expected afterwards which hopefully won't conflict with Bullsheet 
editorial duties.

DEATHS: No deaths reported by the deadline. Keep up the good work!


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 
3055.Meet most Friday nights. Meetings for May: May 7th Mexican food 
and trivia night. May 14thJack Dann talks on why SF is now 
mainstream. May 21Games night. May 28 Video Appreciation night: The 
Day of the Triffids.

SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated 
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15 
concession.) payed to Space Out Inc. PO Box 363, Preston, Vic. 
3072.Non-profit SF club offering monthly meetings, "Diverse Universe" 
newsletter and "Solar Spectrum" annual anthology.

QUEST The long-running Queensland Star Trek club is still going 
strong. Anyone interested in finding out
more can contact the club at PO BOX 2084, Brisbane, QLD. 4001 
(Reported by Kevin Sheehan.)  

SFSA (South Australian Dr Who fan club) is also a generic science 
fiction club with two regular meetings each month. Annual membership 
rises to $15 . The regular club meeting is held at the Adelaide High 
School from 3pm-10pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month. On 15th May 
there is a semi-annual Quiz night from 7pm at the Salvation Army 
Hall, Maude St, Unley. SFSA MAGAZINE 15 with "Australian Science 
Fiction" as its theme, is currently being distributed. See for full details or write to PO Box 3227, 
Rundle Mal.l, SA 5000. (Reported by Martin Dunne.)

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower 
Block, The University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm. Check or phone Garry 
Dalrymple after 7 pm on (02) 9718 5827 for updates. 

SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP: New meeting arrangements will be posted 
to the web site or e-mail 
Bradley Row,  or phone 9580 4369

SKYWALKING: holds meetings af the 
Lidcombe Catholic Workers Club, 24 John St, Lidcombe, opposite 
Lidcombe Railway stationon the third Sunday of some months. 
Attendenca costs $8 members, $10 nonmembers.


MULTIVERSE held its final event on Saturday 1st May.

ENVISION: Brisbane. 2-7th July. $660 fir 5 day workshopplus 
manuscript  reading. Guest speakers Sean Williams, Stephanie Smith. 
Kim Wilkins, Tansy Rayner Roberts E-mail

MANIFEST 2004. Melbourne Anime Festival in August.  Featuring 
competitions, fan art, fan fiction & discussion panels on Anime and 
Manga. Full details available at 

CONQUEST conventions and other Brisbane Star Trek events  can be 
found at

VORTEX: SF Events also happening in Brisbane, can be found at

CLARION SOUTH 2005  (Jan 3-Feb 11 2005, Brisbane. Will have Sean 
Williams, Ellen Datlow, Michael Swanwick, Margo Lanagan, Ian Irvinne 
and Scott Westerfield as tutors. Total cost of attending Clarion 
South will be $2,539, this includes tuition and accommodation for 6 
weeks. Scholarships available. For further details see 
A collection of photos taken at Clarion South 2005 by Claire McKenna 
can ve viewed at

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

CONFLUX  was the 43rd Australian National Science 
Fiction Convention held on  23-26 April 2004. It  went very well.

CONTINUUM 2  Queens Birthday weekend, June,  Melbourne. GoHs author 
Trudi Canavan and artist EddieCampbell. PO Box GPO Box 1212k, 
Melbourne, Vic 3001. See or e-mail

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION:  11 September. One day event starring 
John Rhys Davies. Other guests also invited. . For more details phone 
FSF  92 9523 8385, or e-mail, or send an sase 
to Friends of Science Fiction PO Box 797 Fairfield, NSW. 1860.
     NB John Rhys Davies has now also negotiated to appear at 
functions held by Multiverse, Melbourne (? Will this be going ahead? 
Edwina) , Supanova, Brisbane and Armageddon (Wellington, NZ) around 
the same time as the Sydney function.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lord of the Rings convention 20-21 November, The 
Chifley on Northbourne, Canberra. Guests and full details available 

SMOFCON 3-5 December 2004. Washington, DC USA. Wyndham Hotel. (n.b.  
SMOF stands for "Secret Masters of Fandom") SMOFCON is an annual 
convention about organising SF conventions. Full details are 
available on   The San Francisco SF Conventions Inc 
has recently established a fund to grant 2 scholarships of US $500 to 
help potential convention organisers attend SMOFCON. While these 
scholarships are open to anyone, applicants must show how attending 
SMOFCON will assist the Bay Area  SF group. (San Francisco, USA) 

CONSENSUALITY – Swancon XXX. Perth, WA. Easter,  March 24-28 2005. 
Emerald Hotel, Perth Membership $75 until 1/5/04 GoH Charles de Lint, 
Special Guest Grant Watson, Fan  Guest Anna Hepworth, E-mail Temporary website Stephen 
Dedman and Elaine Kemp.

THYLACON IV. National SF con for 2005. Hobart, Tasmania. 10-13 June, 
2005 (Queens Birthday Long weekend in many states.) Attendence rates 
rise on 1st May to $120. Australian GoH Marianne de Pierres, Fan GoH 
Merv Binns. Hobart Midcity Hotel. Accom $105 single/double, $135 
tripple. For full details see 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. 
Australian Agent, Ted Scribner, can be contacted at or 12 Richmount St, Cronulla, NSW 2230.

CASCADIA con is the Nasfic (North American SF) con for 2005. (Nasfics 
are held in the USA in years when the Worldocn is held outside the 
USA).  1 – 5 September, 2005, Seattle, Washington. Goh's Fred 
Saberhagen, Liz Danford, Kevin Standlee, Toni Weisskopf. Full 
information on 

CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, 2006. More details to 
follow, or check

LA CON IV, was recently voted  the 64th Worldcon. 23-27 August, 2006. 
Anaheim Convention Centre, Hilton & Marriott hotels, Anaheim. Goh's 
Connie Willis, James Gurney, Howard De Vore, Frankie Thoman. Current 
membership prices appear to relate to the number of patches you have –
which won't be of much relevance unless you were at Torcon this 
year. See the Bullsheet web site for full details. New members can e-
mail, Postal address LA Con c/- S.C.I.F.I. inc, PO 
Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, 91409. USA.

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

Coode St Review lists Australian publishing news and achievements by 
Australian writers

Australian and overseas markets and resources for Australian writers. 
Maintained and updated by Tony Plank. (Great graphics, and a great 

For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tippers 

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NEXT BULLSHEET: The deadline for submission of material for inclusion 
in the June 2004 Bullsheet (27) is 25th May. Send your news e-mail to, or snail mail to Edwina Harvey   c/- 12 Flinders 
St, Matraville NSW, 2036.

Visit Celestial Cobbler for custom made ceramic craft with a SF & 
Fantasy bent. Special events: Birthdays, New Babies, Anniversaries, 
Special messages, etc commemorated on a hand crafted mug or plate. 

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