The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 30 – September 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 30
September 2004
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


The Official Chuck McKenzie Infosite with lots of underlined words, 
bold fronts, colours, self-indulgent links, and nude photographs. 
(I'm still looking for those! - Edwina)

GARTH NIX's book, Mister Monday, received an honour (book) in the 
Children's Book Council Awards. (Reported by Sue Bursztynski)

MULTIVERSE,a Melbourne SF social group that disbanded a few months 
ago notes that it recently donated 2 bikes ($400) for the 3AW Bikes 
for Christmas appeal.

synopsis of book and film, with nine new songs and a LOTR nonsense 
from Martin Pearson.2 CD set. Costs $40 for 1set,  2 sets, $70, 3 
sets $90. E-mail, or post a cheque or 
money order to  Martin Pearson  PO Box 2373,  Richmond South VIC  3121
Thumbnail review: This 2 CD set was recorded in front of a live 
audience of Martin Pearson fans, many of whom have heard this 
performance before, and aren't at all adverse to a bit of audience 
participation as Pearson narrates and sings his way through the LOTR 
classic. Think Folk music meets filking. Think late at night at a 
really good con when everyone's feeling mellow and one of the guest 
speakers is holding court and leaving everyone in stitches, and you 
get the idea. Much of this month's Bullsheet was compiled while this 
CD was playing in the background.

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 

ALLEN & UNWIN publishers, have announced a new hub of speculative 
fiction, First Meridian, which supplies you with news on Gollancz and 
Bloomsbury authors and publishing, as well offers to members, 
competitions, screensavers, a monthly newsletter, a list of sf 
booksellers Australia-wide and much more.To sign up for First 
Meridian membership, go to

HOBGOBLIN BOOTS, a new comic fantasy novelette by Tansy Rayner 
Roberts, set in the Mocklore Empire, has just been published as a 
chapbook by Scrybe Press.  Should soon be available at,,,, 
Lisa's Lair,, Barnes & Noble (online),, eBay, (and, BiblioOz and others. 
The ebook version will follow soon, and will also be available from 
Fictionwise as well as many of the above vendors. If any Australian 
booksellers are interested in stocking Hobgoblin Boots, please 
contact Nathan Barker, owner/editor of Scrybe Press and Kayleighbug 
Books, at 

HELLBOY. Benjamin Szumskyj is looking for a couple of scholarly, well 
researched, in-depth  essays on the Mignola written works to make up 
13 essays needed for a new book.. 
Please e-mail 

from: Susie Hawes, Eugie Foster, Liz Williams, Ben Cook, Patrick 
Mullarkey, Bren MacDibble and Mark Healy, Stuart Barrow and Mark 
Bruckard. Edited by Zara Baxter. Available from SF bookshops around 
Australia, or direct from PO Box  127, Belmont, WA.6984 (story 
submitters please note that the slush-o-matic will be undergoing a 
transdimensional service over the next few weeks, so responses might 
be a bit slower than usual.)  

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 75 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by 
Shaun A. Saunders,  Lee Carlon, Jason Balmer, David Shanahan, Nathan 
Burrage, Khristopher Lee Hembury, Meg Fox, Martin J. Livings, Jason 
Fischer and Niall Keegan, can be viewed at

VISION, the magazine of the Vision writers group, Queensland, latest 
issue containing articles, poetry, fiction and reviews can be viewed 

ROBERT HOOD and BILL CONGREVE are offering their books, ImmaterialL 
Ghost Stories, and Epiphanies of Blood:Stories of Desperation and 
Thirst for $30 including post. Contact Bill Congreve ,

WE WOULD BE HEROES: a collection of previously published short 
stories by Robert N Stephenson, email altair-australia@altair- for full details. The deadlines for submissions for 
Altair's  "In The Time Of Robots" and "Time Travel" anthologies have 
been extended until early 2005.
SIMULACRUM: The Magazine of Speculative Transformation is seeking 
fiction, non-fiction and poetry submissions for its first anniversary 
issue. to be published in November 2004.
Submissions can be sent to  Lynne Jamneck, Editor Simulacrum Magazine (Reported by Marianne de 

CORRECTION: Canberra Science Fiction Guild (CSFG) now has an on-line 
bibliography of fiction from CSFG members available at That's one l in Polack, not 
two as published last issue.
Steam Engine Time Returns. Born in the fevered minds of Paul Kincaid, 
Maureen Kincaid Speller and Bruce Gillespie during Aussiecon 3 in 
September 1999, the 'transworld' sercon
fanzine Steam Engine Time  is back on track, now jointly edited by 
Bruce Gillespie (head honcho) and Jan Stinson (sidekick). It will be 
published twice a year (for starters),
with the next issue scheduled for December 2004. Available first in 
electronic form on Printed copies will be available to 
subscribers, fanzine traders, and correspondents. Letters and 
contributions welcome, and should be sent to Bruce Gillespie:
Email:, Snail mail: 59 Keele St., Collingwood, VIC 
3066, Australia
Or Jan Stinson: Email: Snail mail: PO Box 248, 
Eastlake, MI 49626-0248, USA.For either e-mail address, please 
include 'SET' somewhere in the subject line.

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. 

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.  
Book signing TERRY PRATCHETT November 9th from noon.

INFINITAS BOOKSHOP ( Shop 22, Civic Arcade, 48-
50 George St, Parramatta. 

FARENHEIT SF & Fantasy Bookshop cnr Bourke & William St, Melbourne.Ph 
03 9600 4674, email CRIME INK: 150 
William St (Crn Bourke &William, Ph 03 9600 4674, e-mail  

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 

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. 

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. It was recently reported that the fund had raised $3,500. 

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


DEATHS: FAY WRAY, the Hollywood actress who thought her agent was 
offering her a role with Cary Grant when she was told she was going 
to act with "the biggest star in Hollyood" only to find out her role 
was to monkey around with King Kong, died Aug. 9th, aged 96.

Writer, ALINTA THORNTON is currently undergoing chemotherapy, 
following surgery for breast cancer. You can check out Alinta's 
progress through her blog: 

OFF THE RAILS: Edwina Harvey currently enduring her second dose 
of 'flu in 3 weeks. The next "grease and oil change" (removal of the 
oil in the left eye) that was due to take place on 27th August has 
been postponed. Looking at possibly combining the next two operations 
(as I'm wearing out fast!)


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74 
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055. E-mail: 
Meetings for Sept.3rd Sept:Trivia and food. Pasta and Italian 
quizine. Sept 10, Russell Blackford discusses I, Robotand 
intelligence design. Sept 17, Cross-overs in SF and fantasy. Sept 24, 
video appreciation night Abre los oijos (Open Your Eyes). Visitors 
always welcome. Club newsletter, Ethel the Aardvark 113, now out. New 
contributors welcome. For more information contact Annual membership to the MSFC is $25 single, or 
$35 for a family (two or more.). For further details on the MSFC see  

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.

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. 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 (DWCA) Membership $16 within Aust. 
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), discount 
admission prices to club events and functions (including Whovention, 
discounts at selected retail outlets for Doctor Who merchandise. For 
more information contact Dwayne Bunney - or 0416 269 726  or check

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.)

The Brisbane Babylon 5ers has been going for about 4 years. Their 
website is at (Reported by Erica Sharp, 
president of the Brisbane Babylon5ers )

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower 
Block, The University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm on 
Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17..The Sydney Futurians are looking to 
affiliate with students and staff members of UTS. 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 station on the third Sunday of some months. 
Attendence costs $8 members, $10 nonmembers.


IMAGES OF THE BEATLES: Until Sep 5th, Lower Sydney Town Hall. Entry 
$8. Features limited edition Beatles photos, including cels from 
Yellow Submarine, for sale. A smaller number of Rolling Stones, Jimi 
Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe photos also on display and for sale.  


BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL: 27TH Sep- 3 Oct. Many panels, talks etc 
free of charge. For full details see:

National Young Writers' Festival  (NYWF) September 30 - October 4, 
Newcastle, NSW,  want to hear from young writers wanting to attend 
and get involved with the Festival programming. The festival covers 
all forms of writing, from zines and comics to hip-hop, blogging 
(online journals) and fan fiction as well as more traditional forms 
of writing such as poetry, journalism, film, theatre, novels and 
short stories. There will be competitions, live performances, reading 
and creative sessions, production workshops, online forums, panel 
discussions and collective art projects at various venues throughout 
Newcastle's "cultural precinct", in the heart of the city. Entry is 
free to most events. Interested people are encouraged to contact the 
NYWF organisers by emailing or phone 
(02) 4927-1475. You can also refer to last year's website (reported on the Eidolist)

CONQUEST conventions and other Brisbane Star Trek events can be found 

VORTEX: SF Events also happening in Brisbane, can be found at
The Doctor Who Club of Australia In Association with The Powerhouse 
Museum present THE MAESTROS - An Audience With Doctor Who & Blake's 7 
Composers Tristram Cary & Dudley Simpson Sunday November 14th 2004 
10.30am - 4.30pm Coles Theatre Powerhouse Museum Corner Harris & 
MacArthur Streets, Ultimo Sydney. Special screenings will be shown 
and merchandise will be on sale. Admission: DWCA and Powerhouse 
Museum Members - $15 (Quote your member number when booking, 
membership card must be presented to claim your ticket). General 
Public $20.  Bookings via the Powerhouse Museum on 02 9217 0600 
(Credit cards accepted). LIMITED SEATING For more details visit or the Powerhouse Museum website:
The Doctor Who Club of Australia presents ReCon Rebuilding the past / 
Awaiting the future A DWCA Day Event Drummoyne RSL Club Victoria 
Road, Drummoyne 11am – 6pm Admission – DWCA Members $7 Non-Members 
$10 for more information:Website – Email – Or write to – ReCon, GPO Box 2870, 
Sydney, NSW, 2001 Recons Website –

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 

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION:  11 September. One day event starring 
John Rhys Davies. Other guests also invited. . For more details phone 
FSF  02 9523 8385, or e-mail, or send an sase 
to Friends of Science Fiction PO Box 797 Fairfield, NSW. 1860.  

The Hub Productions will be hosting a one day convention with John 
Rhys Davies on Sept 12th at Carlton Crest Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, 
Melbourne.  Ph.03 9703 1979, or e-mail

NB John Rhys Davies will also appear at Supanova, Brisbane and 
Armageddon (Wellington, NZ) around the same time as the above 

FIRST CONTACT CONVENTIONS present A Day with the Sisko's. 1 day Star 
Trek Convention. Sunday 3 October. Rydges Hotel, Melbourne. GoH's 
Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) and Penny Johnson Jerrold (Capt. Cassidy 
Yates Sisko).Memberships: First Class: $195, Business Class: $145. 
Cocktail party $55. Full details at or phone 03 9873 0231
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) 

SciNut Conventions is holding a Lord of the Rings con in Melbourne in 
March 2005. Some LOTR actors (no principal actors) and technical 
people attending as GoHs. Con organisers currently calling for people 
to run panels.  E-mail (Relayed to Bullsheet by 
Tony Plank). 

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 Conveners Stephen Dedman and Elaine Kemp. 
Progress Report One for Swancon XXX is now available online at

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

CONCLAVE: 30 Sept- 3 October, 2005. Adelaide, SA. It is hoped that 
this will be an annual SA convention. Guests and prices yet to be 
announced. E-mail, and 
(requested that you e-mail both addresses.) Co-conveners, Fiona 
McIntosh, Todd Rowlands & Jay Watson. (Reported by Fiona McIntosh.)

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 

CONTINUUM 3.15-17 July 2005. GoH's Richard Harland, Neil Gaiman, 
Poppy Z. Brite Fan GoH James Allen.  Membership $110. 
(Concession/Student $80) GPO Box 603, Melbourne, Vic 3001. or e-mail 

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 

FIDDLER'S GREEN, a Sandman convention (in the US) GoH's Neil Gaiman, 
Karen Berger, Todd Klein, Charles Vess, Caitlin R Kiernan.  PO Box 
527, Grand Blanc, MI 48480-0527 USA. E.mail:  or see-

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

LA CON IV, 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

updated by Tony Plank. 

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