The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 27 – June 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 27
JUNE 2004
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

SF MUSEUM and HALL OF FAME, the first interactive museum devoted to 
SF, promising 13,000 sq feet of exhibition space devoted to 
spacecraft, distant worlds and alienswill open in the Seattle Centre 
(USA) on June 18th. They are currently looking for charter members 
who receive unlimited entry, discounts, and a sneak preview opening 
on 15th June. US readers can phone 1 977 SCI FICT.  For the rest of 
us, try  (Reported by Robin Johnson) 

LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY to be performed at the Sydney Opera House 
by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and 
Sydney's Children's Choir on 17,18 & 19th June has been declared a 
sell out with only restricted view seats  ($49) available at the 17th 
June 8pm session and 19th June 2 pm concerts. Call the box office on 
02 9250 7777 

CONFLUX CONCLUSIONS: Artshow results:Best in Show $100 from Conflux & 
$100 A&R vouchers Greg Bridges - "The Whale", Best Professional Work 
$100 from CSFG & $200 from Conflux Greg Bridges - "Tranquility Wars" 
Best Amateur/Student Work ASIM award (publication of artwork in ASIM 
with payment of fees worth $200) Brian Smith - "Big Game" Best 
Australian Work $100 from Conflux & $100 Dreamstone voucher Shane 
Parker - "Changer of Days Vol.2" Best International Work $100 from 
Conflux Mael - "White Hest: Dernhelm" Best Traditional Media $50 from 
Conflux & $50 A&R voucher Marilyn Pride - "Pollen Feeding Dragons" 
Best 3D Sculpture Award $50 Dreamstone voucher Marilyn Pride - all 
painted stones, particularly "Phoenix Hatching" Best Digital Work $50 
from Conflux & $50 A&R voucher Les Petersen - "Glass Dragon" Best 
Black & White Illustration $50 A&R voucher Carl Schaller - "The 
Tempest" Encouragement Award for Animation $50 from Conflux Daryl 
Lindquist Special Award $50 fro m Conflux Mai Nguyen for Dragon silk 
paintings Encouragement T-shirts to:Robert Stephenson, Eleanor 
Clarke, Daryl Lindquist Backpack given to Les Petersen - I believe 
for running a good artshow? (Reported by Les Petersen on the ASIM-
admin list)
The winning story in the Conflux short story competition  was 
called "The Alchemical Automaton Blues" by Ian McHugh. This story 
should be published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 
15. (reported by Nicole R Murphy on the ASIM-admin list.)

Conflux also released the following information regarding 
distribution of finances: The Convention Committee for Conflux, the 
43rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention... considered the 
financial position of the convention, taking into account clause 
(iii) of the onstitution of the Australian National Science Fiction 
Convention.which states that:"The Convention Committee will ensure 
that any surplus accrued by the Australian National Science Fiction 
Convention will be applied to the benefit of Australian fandom 
generally, and shall not be used to reward individuals or groups 
connected with the Convention Committee." The Committee decided to 
make the following contributions for the benefit of Australian fandom 
generally:A) $500 to GUFF; B) $500 to DUFF; C) $500 to the Bring 
Bruce Bayside (BBB) Fund; D) $250 to FFANZ; E) $250 to NAFF; F) $500 
to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to repay the 
outstanding balance of a loan made to Thylacon in 1995; G) $400 to 
the ASFF to repay the outstanding balance of a loan made to Cupcon in 
1993 H) $500 towards the cost of converting the Aussiecon videos to 
Mini DV format (a project being undertaken by the ASFF at an 
estimated total cost of $1,900). On behalf of the Conflux Committee 
Trevor Stafford Conflux Committee Decisions 16 May. (relayed by Mark 

CHUCK MCKENZIE (who is a very funny man) has written a very extensive 
and amusing post-con report on Conflux. It can be read at and at

CONFLUX PHOTOS can be seen at various unofficial sites including 
Steve Stevensons's 
Clair McKenna's photos can be seen at, and Cat Spark's selections 
can be viewed at 

HWA The Australian Chapter of the Horror Writers of America has a 
temporary website at 

DAVID L. RUSSELL's Newspaper clippings can be found at:

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

DAZE ON THE LAND, Lyn McConchie's second volume of her tales of life 
on a small farm in New Zealand, was published in late 2003 and is 
available from (US$9.56 plus postage) or Jean Weber (A$15, 
inc post within Australia A$ cheques and money orders to Jean Weber, 
P.O. Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802 -- AND be sure to email Jean 
( that you are sending an order, because she's 
often out of town and may not see your cheque for a month or more.

IN THE TIME OF ROBOTS: a new Australian anthology now open and 
looking for original robot stories oof between 3500- 7500 words 
Deadline is October 15 2004. To be published by Altair/Magellan Books 
in late 2004 as a Print on Demand (POD) publication.. Payment is $50 
a story plus a copy of the book. No electronic submissions. Send 
submissions to 'In The Time of Robots PO Box 475 Blackwood SA 5051 

TICONDEROGA ISSUE 2 is available online at" featuring 
stories by Trent Jamieson and Geoff Maloney, interviews with Cat 
Sparks and KA Bedford. and  reviews. 

STUDIES IN FANTASY LITERATURE is a new scholarly journal edited by 
Benjamin Szumsky, Open to essays and reviews of any fantasy book or 
short story, would particularly welcome articles on Australian 
fantasy writers. Publisher, Seele Brennt Publications, Issue 1 features essays by 
Aaron Davis , Jenifer D'Elia & Dr. Harold Dorton. Cover artwork by 
David Burton. 50 pgs, perfect bound. To be published  3 times a year. 
Actively seeking Australian retailers and distributors.  To see the 
journal yourself, go directly to:

Collected Works Bookshop, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St 
Melbourne. Also available direct for $7.95 from PO Box 495, Bentley, 
WA 6982. Check for full details.  

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 72 featuring short,short stories (500 wirds) by 
Angela  Slater, Shaun A Saunders, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Jeremy 
Huppatz, David Shanahan, Wesley Parish, Peter Hart, Dr Terry 
Dartnall, Lee Carlon  and Chaz Siu can be viewed at

POTATO MONKEY:Editor  Benjamin Payne recently announced the magazine 
is still going strong, but he is currently lookimg for another host 
for his web site.

MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.. Merv's publication may soon also be available 
via e-mail. 

BRUCE GILLESPIE's fanzines Scratch Pad and Steam Engine Time are 
available on 

FOLCC BOOK SALES.   "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to 
donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated 
books. A cheque for  $86 has been forwarded to the Juvenile Diabetes 
Research Foundation. New Tally: $0 
     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, The Infinitas Newsletter is online at  under the 'latest newsletter' link. They were 
recently offering books signed by authors, including Trudi Canavan, 
Garth Nix, Sean McMullen and Gregory Benford, and also offer z 
rewards program for frequent purchasers 
Infinitas will soon be moving to shop 22, Civic Arcade, 48-50 George 
St, Parramatta, sharing premises with a shop called Blokey Stuff.

FARENHEIT SF & Fantasy Bookshop cnr Bourke & William St, Melbourne.Ph 
03 9600 4674, email Recently reopened 
after a 5 week hiatus.

CRIME INK: 150 William St (Crn Bourke &William, Ph 03 9600 4674, e-

COLLECTED WORKS: Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St Melbourne. (Cnr of 
Flinders Lane) Ph 03 9654 8873; E-mail  
Reported to be a good place to find mediaeval, Arthurian and Gothic 
literature as well as stocking Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. 
(Reported by Sue Bursztynski)

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. 


BBB – BRING BRUCE BAYSIDE is a specialized fan fund aimed at raising 
funds to get Bruce Gillespie to Corflu and Potlatch conventions in 
2005. Donations can be made (In $US) to American administrators Joyce 
and Arnie Katz, PMB 152 330 S. Decatur Blv, Law Vegas, NV 89107. 
Donations in $A can be to Bill Wright, Unit 4 1 Park St, St. Kilda 
VIC 3182  

The DUFF 2004 administrators would like to congratulate Norman Cates, 
winner of the DUFF race for 2004. This was a closely-contested race 
between Norman,Danny Oz and Erika Lacey. Check the DUFF website at (Reported by Julian Warner, Australian DUFF 

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

AUREALIS AWARDS  are being administered by Fantastic Queensland this 
year. They were recently looking for people interested in judging the 
horror categories of the awards. There have been some changes to the 
awards:Firstly, entries will have to be accompanied by an entry form, 
and must be sent to the judging panel so that judges won't have to 
read everything that comes out during the eligible period. Secondly, 
there is a new "Best of the Best"category, for short stories and 
novels, intended to create greater media focus. The "best of" winners 
will be taken from the winners of the existing categories.Thirdly, 
because fantasy is such a large field, there is an option for judges 
to choose to read only fantasy short stories or novels, but people 
are still welcome to do both if they wish. Further details about the 
awards are at  Anyone interested in judging 
and convening is asked to contact:Jason Nahrung Aurealis Awards 
director 0417 724 070


DEATHS: ROBYN HERRINGTON passed away on 3 May, 2004. after a long 
battle with cancer. Robyn was born in Melbourne and lived in 
Elizabeth Fields, SA before moving to Canada, 25 years ago. Her short 
fiction was published in a wide collection of SF magazines and 
anthologies including Talebones, Adventures of Sword and Sorcery and 
Parsec. Robyn was also acquisitions editor for Edge Science Fiction 
and Fantasy and was instrumental in bringing Australian writer K. A. 
Bedford's first novel, Orbital Burn to market. Robyn also worked on 
many convention committees She was employed as a graphics designer by 
the University of Calgary (and edited New Currents In Teaching 
Technologythere. She was also an accomplished glass blower. Her home 
page is at, From Robert Sawyer, 
relayed to the Eidolist by Joyce Scrivner.

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.

KEVIN DILLON Recovering from recent cataract surgery.

EDWINA HARVEY Recovering from the first "Grease and oil change" , the 
op to remove the oil from her right eye on 21st May. Finding it 
slightly more challenging to be editing the Bullsheet than originally 


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 
3055.Meet most Friday nights. Meetings for June4:Food and Trivia - 
Pancakes! Hot pancakes with the new improved serving method. All You 
Can Eat, June 11  Coffee, cake & chat: A quiet night with friends for 
those who aren't at Continuum.  June 18th Shortest Day Celebration - 
Dining in the Great Hall A midwinter's feast - a special food night!- 
Arrive 8.00 for 8.30 Includes "Solstice & Fantasy" talks & readings. 

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. 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.) The 
Doctor Who Club of Australia (formerly known as the Australasian 
Doctor Who Fan Club) was formed in 1976 . This club is strictly and 
proudly a non-profit organisation, run entirely by unpaid volunteers. 
MEMBERSHIP provides 6 issues of Data Extract, membership pack, access 
to the club's member-only internet mailing list, discount prices on a 
wide range of merchandise (including some club-exclusive items) from 
dwca shop, discount admission prices to club events and functions 
(including Whovention, discounts at selected retail outlets for 
Doctor Who merchandise. $16 within Australia, For more information 
contact Dwayne Bunney - or 0416 269 
726  or check
HOBART DWCA event: Sat, June 
12, 2004 from 2pm Glenorchy City Library, Terry Street, Glenorchy 
FREE ADMISSION Features screening of Day of the Daleks, (which will 
not be shown on the ABC) Tom Baker (4th Doctor)  This Is Your Life 
(Filmed circa 2001) Return of the Sontarans (Dreamwatch production 
starring Brian Croucher and Jan Chappel of Blake's 7, and Sophie 
Aldred, Carol Ann Ford and Michael Wisher of Doctor Who), The Airzone 
Solution (BBV Production starring Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin 
Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Nicola Bryant) and others if time 
permits.Call Dwayne Bunney on 6263 3157 or email to confirm your attendance. Use the 
side car park entrance, as the library will be closed and press the 
button for admittance if the door is locked. To subscribe to the DWCA 
Hobart Group mailing list, send a blank email to:dwca-hobart- SYDNEY DWCA meeting, Sat 12 June from 7pm. 
Redfern. E-mail for fmore details.

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.


ENVISION: Brisbane. 2-7th July. $660 for 5 day workshop plus 
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 

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 

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

CONTINUUM 2 – Gods of Myth and Silicon is on Queens Birthday weekend, 
11-14 June, Melbourne. GoHs: author Trudi Canavan and artist Eddie 
Campbell. PO Box GPO Box 1212k, Melbourne, Vic 3001. Membership 
increase on 1st June. Maskobolo has been changed from Saturday to 
Sunday night. Program has been put up on the web site: 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 (? ) , 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.

CONFLUX 2: Fri 22 April – Sun 24th April, 2005. GoH Jennifer Fallon, 
Special Guests Terry Dowling and Maxine McArthur. Earlybird 
membership (until end of June 2004) $77. Conflux website 
( will not be updated until the end of June, but e-
mail for more information. (Reported by Rose 

THYLACON IV. National SF con for 2005. Hobart, Tasmania. 10-13 June, 
2005 (Queens Birthday Long weekend in many states.) Attendence rates 
$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 

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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The Bullsheet is also available as a snail-mail subscription for 
20x50 cent stamps (or $10) sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, 
Matravills, 2036.

NEXT BULLSHEET: The deadline for submission of material for inclusion 
in the July 2004 Bullsheet (28) is 25th June. 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