The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 31 – October 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 31
October 2004
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


LORD OF THE RINGS EXHIBITION:  Sydney's Powerhouse Museum has 
announced the Lord of the Rings exhibit will be housed there from 
December, 2004 until March 31st 2005. You can join an e-mailing list 
to get regular updates, and pre-purchase tickets on line. Click on 
the "events" link at   

TERRY PRATCHETT is giving a free public lecture on 10th November in 
the Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 1, Canberra, from 12.15pm. This 
will be followed by a book signing of his new book, "Going Postal". 
Later in the afternoon he will be doing a booksigning at Gaslight 
Books, Fyshwick. (Reported by Colin Steele)  (q.v. Galaxy bookshop 
for Terry Pratchett's Sydney appearance.) 

THYLACON (q.v) recently announced that fantasy writer, Anne Bishop 
will be their Guest of Honour.

YOKOHAMA WINS 2007 WORLDCON BID. The 2007 worldcon will be hosted by 
Yokohama, Japan.

NOT MUCH ROOM AT THE INN? Zara Baxter recently reported that 
accommodation for the 2005 worldcon (qv conventions) is filling up 

HUGO AWARDS: Relayed by Bruce Gillespie from Martin Morse Wooster:
David Brin won a Seiun for HEAVEN'S REACH. Campbell Award: Jay Lake 
Fan Artist: Frank Wu, Fan Writer: Dave Langford, Fanzine:  EMERALD 
CITY, Semi-Prozine: LOCUS
Dramatic Short Form: "Gollum's Accepatance Speech at the 2003 MTV 
Pro Artist: BOB EGGLETON, Pro Editor: Gardner Dozois, Related Book: 
Short Story: Neil Gaiman, "A Study in Emerald", Novellette: Micheal 
Swanwick, "Legions in Time: Novella: Vernor Vinge, "The Cookie 
Monster" Novel: Lois McMaster Bujold, PALADIN OF SOULS.

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 

ROBERT RANKIN's new novel "Knees up, Mother Earth", was released as a 
trade paperback  by Gollancz on 1st October for $29.95. Thumbnail 
review: Small scale soccer club sets out to win FA Cup doesn't even 
begin to sum it up! This is the first Robert Rankin book I've read, 
but it won't be the last. It's been a while since I enjoyed a book 
this much. If you're already a Rankin fan you'll know what I mean, 
but if you aren't, and you like eccentric in the best British 
tradition humour, (think Vicar of Dibbly), and if you enjoy "retro 
science fiction" (meccano sets rule okay, H.G. Wells makes a cameo 
appearance) with your Apocalyptic tale, give this one a go. – Edwina.

MAXINE McARTHUR's new book, Less than Human, has been published in 
the States. There will be a book launch at Gaslight Books, Canberra. 
On October 23rd from 5pm. Copies can be ordered in through specialty 
bookshops, or ordered on line at 

YEAR'S BEST AUSTRALIAN SF, Fantasy and Horror. Bill Congreve recently 
announced that MirrorDanse Books will be publishing the first of a 
projected series that will reprint a selection of the best stories 
from Australian writers published anywhere in 2004. This anthology 
will go out to mass market, and will bring a new audience to 
Australian SF, fantasy and Horror, much of which is currently 
published by small press efforts, and as such do not currently get 
wide distribution. 

Tony Plank recently announced his Australian Writers Markets website 
will now be concentrating solely on Australian markets, (due to the 
strong growth in the area in recent years.) It will be an "all-in-one 
site" containing all the information a writer needs to submit to 
these markets. Check

Changes at Harper Collins: Paul Garrety recently reported that 
Stephanie Smith has been promoted to acquisitions editor for Voyager 
and Vanessa Radnidge has been promoted to acquisitions editor 
literary and commercial fiction for the (HC imprint)  Fourth Estate 
list. Both will continue to edit books as well as commissioning 

SHADOWED REALMS online magazine has launched its first issue, 
featuring dark, flash (short)  fiction by Stephen Dedman, Mike 
Bennett, Stephanie Gunn, Gary Kemble, Kurt Newton and Adam Wieland. 
They have also increased pay rates to 5c per word, (Story lengths to 
1000 words max). They are seeking more Australian submissions for 
future issues. Full details and guidelines are available at

AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION FORUM September issue is now online at

AUREALIS NEW EDITORS ANNOUNCED: Congratulations to Robert Hoge and 
Ben Payne who will be taking over from Keith Stevenson as editors for 
Aurealis magazine from issue 34. 

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 76 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by 
Shane A. Saunders, Shane Jiralya Cummings, Brendan D. Carson, David 
Taylor,  Mandy Vicsal, Kylie Seluka, Chris Jones, Lee Moan, Greg 
Beatty and Wesley Parish  can be viewed at 

BRUCE GILLESPIE's perzine, The Year of Living Frantically is a "one 
shot fanzine" looking at Bruce and Elaine's decision to up stakes. It 
also contains a feature on SF artist Joseph F. Szabo, and a launch 
speech for Orb magazine, issue 6. Contact Bruce via fr 
more details. 

MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163. 

FOLCC BOOK SALES.  "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to 
donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated 
     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. 

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. If anybody is interested, the Infinitas 
Bookshop Newsletter is once again
publishing stories. August had a piece by Chuck McKenzie, Sept has a 
by David Bofinger.

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: 37 Swanston St Melbourne. Ph 03 9654 8873; E-mail  Reported to be a good place to find 
mediaeval, Arthurian and Gothic literature.

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. 

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 (Feb 25-27 see 
and Potlatch (the following weekend) 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.) Nominations closed  30 September. Full details available on

OLDER WRITERS GRANT. The Speculative Literature Foundation  has 
announce its first Older Writers Grant of $750 available to any 
writer of speculative literature aged 50 years or older at the time 
of application who is just beginning to work professionally in the 
field. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant money. The 
grant will be awarded by a committee of SLF staff members on the 
basis of interest and merit. Applicants are asked to submit a brief 
autobiographical statement,  writing sample, and  bibliography. For 
full details on how to apply please see the SLF web site:, 
or email Applications must be received by 
December 31st 2004. The successful applicant will be announced on 
January 15th 2005. Reported by Cheryl Morgan and Joyce Scrivner.

DEATHS: Actor Tim Choate who appeared in Babylon 5 as Zathras, died 
in a motorcycle accident on Friday 24th September. He is survived by 
his wife and young child, and will be sadly missed by the many B5 
fans who met and talked to him at conventions. (Relayed by Ted 
Scribner, reported by Jonathan Sheen on the Larry Niven list)

Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) is resting at home following 
surgery for breat cancer. She will be undergoing a course of 
chemotherapy soon. (Reported by Gerald Smith.)

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

Edwina Harvey. The next, and hopefully last eye op for the time 
being, is scheduled for 5th Nov, combining removal of oil and 
cataract in the left eye. (But guess who's got a cataract forming on 
the right eye now? That one probably won't need removal for a couple 
of years) 

US Editor, Gardner Dozois broke his shoulder in three places 
recently. He has a titanium bolt placed in his shoulder and is home 
from hospital.


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74 
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.Annual membership to the MSFC is 
$25 single, or $35 for a family For further details on the MSFC see  October meetings: 1 October: Trivia and food 
night. Delicious roast. $7 all you can eat! 8 October: The MSFC 
Fanlympics.15 October: IDIC. Infinite diversity or inspired 
chicanery? No science fiction franchise polarises fans more than Star 
Trek! Why does it elicit such responses? 22 October Philip K Dick. 
Find out more about this author.  29 October: Video appreciation and 
discussion night. Scary Movie, the ultimate horror movie parody! 

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 Mall, 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 Queensland Star Trek club. Contact the club at PO BOX 2084, 
Brisbane, QLD. 4001, or check  (Reported by 
Kevin Sheehan.)

The Brisbane Babylon 5ers 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 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. 
Attendance costs $8 members, $10 nonmembers.


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

TRIVIA NIGHT to raise funds for CLARION SOUTH. Friday 8th Oct., 7 for 
7.30 pm. Red Cross, 405 Adelaide St, Brisbane/ Entry $10 per person 
(or $50 for a team of 6 if booked before hand)  Over $500 worth of 
prizes to be won. Contact Robert Hoge, or 
phone 0438 120 401 for more details. (reported by Robert Hoge on the 
Vision Writers list.) 

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)

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 Irvine 
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 

MAGIC CASEMENTS 3. SF/Fantasy readers and writers festival. Sat March 
19, 2005 NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle 

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

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) 

KAMP KON 3-5 December, 2004, Fun SF weekend in a camp setting, Brook 
field Scout cano at Wainuiomata, outskirts of Wellington, NZ.(see for details)

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

ICON, New Zealand SF Natcon, 2005. Easter, March 25- 28. West Plaza 
Hotel, Wellington. GoH Orson Scott Card. Full details available at

CONFLUX 2: Fri 22 April – Sun 24th April, 2005. GoH Jennifer Fallon, 
Special Guests Terry Dowling and Maxine McArthur.Artist GoH, Bob 

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. GoH fantasy author, Anne Bishop. 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: 

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.

Yokohama Worldcon 2007. Details to follow.

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