The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 32 – November 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 32
November 2004
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


TERRY PRATCHETT NZ & AUS TOUR DATES: 1st Nov, 12.30-1.30 White 
Coulls, 210 Queens St, Auckland 3rd Nov. 12.30-1.30 White Coulls, 
Lambton Quay, Wellington. 5th Nov, 12.30-1.30 White Coulls, Cashel 
St, Christchurch.  8th Nov, 11.00am, Angus and Robinson Post Office 
Square  Brisbane . 9th Nov, 12.00pm, Galaxy Bookshop, York Street 
Sydney  18:00
Dymocks Literary PM Club, Shangri La Hotel Ballroom, Cumberland St, 
Sydney. 10th Nov
12:00 Australian National University Event, Canberra. 14:00, Manning 
Clarke Theatre Near Uni-Co-Op ANU Canberra, 15:30. Signing at 
Gaslight Books, Canberra. 17:30 83 Wollongong St Near CES Computers. 
Fyshwick ACT. 11th November 12.00pm Angus and Robertson Central
Cnr Elizabeth and Bourke Street, Melbourne.  18:00 Readings event, 
Athenaeum Theatre  Collins St Melbourne  12th November 1.00pm, Angus 
and Robertson, 195 Murray Street, Perth
18:00,Literary Sundowner with Dymocks Perth. 13th November 10:00, 
Dymocks Garden City Booragoon Garden City, Shop 64 Riseley St 
Booragoon (Thanks to Lucy Zinkiewicz and Ted Scribner for tour date 

WILLIAM SHATNER has teamed up with Ben Folds to create "a pop driven, 
typically potent collection of songs written by the duo." The album, 
called "Has Been" was released through Sony on 22nd October (Reported 
by Julie Townsend)

WILLIAM SHATNER is also among 7000 people who have signed up to be 
among the first passengers for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic 
space flights commencing in 2008.(Reported in the Sun Herald, 24 Oct.)

THYLACON, the 2005 Natcon in Tasmania (q.v) recently announced they 
have changed their venue to the Wrestpoint Casino Convention Centre..

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, Sydney. The  Lord of the Rings display that was 
expected to open in mid-December has had its opening date put back to 
late December. Check the Poweruse Museum website or fulldetails.

The SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION  recently announced it had 
awarded the firstof its annual travel grants of $600 to Nora Jemison. 
Nora will use the money to research native American culture pre- 
colonization for a fantasy novel and series of short stories. 
(Reported by Cheyl Morgan.)

CHANGES OF ADDRESS: Ron Clarke's new address is 95 Southee Ct, 
Oakhurst, NSW 2761. His old post office box address is no longer 
Bruce Gillespie's moving from his old Keele St, Collingwood to a new 
address this month. 
Lyn Triffitt and Lee Battersby are also on the move, as of 5th 
NB Snail-mail Bullsheet subscribers: Your next 2 issues of Bullsheet 
may be shorter and later than usual due to other obligations. No 
change for e-mail subscribers.

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

THOMAS COVENANT returns in Stephen Donaldson's new book: "The Runes 
of the Earth: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant " Heralded 
as "the most important fantasy event this century", this 570+ page 
work is now available in Australia  Published by Gollancz. Cost 
$49.95 (Hardback) ISBN: -0 57507 598 8 

AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION FORUM October issue is now online at

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 77 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by 
Terry Dartnall, Peter Hart, Susan Wardle, David Taylor, Shaun A. 
Saunders, Andrew Lyall, Jan Keough, Ben Payne, Ian McHugh and 
Stephanie Gunn  can be viewed at 

Matthews with Stuart Barrow, has now been published and is being 
distributed. See

FANTASY COMMENTATOR #57/58,  a perfect bound softcover (double-issue) 
extravaganza on the life and works of Fritz Leiber. Twenty essays 
exploring the worlds, character and themes of Leiber's fiction, as 
well as articles delving into his personal life. Copies $17 US (inc 
postage from A. Langley Searles, 48 Highland Cir, Bronxville NY 10708-
5909, USA

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. New Tally $22. Thanks to Rose Mtchell, Duncan Smith, Michelle 
Jansen and Katherine Cummings for recent purchases and donations 
     Books looking for new homes: "Dr Who: The Scripts. Galaxy 4" by 
William Emms.  "Honor Harrington: The Honor of the Queen," by David 
Weber, "Harm's Way" by Colin Greenland,  "The Magic and the Healing" 
by Nick O'Donohoe,  "Arthur" and "Merlin" by Stephen Lawhead,  "An 
Echo In Time" and by Traci Harding. 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.) You can also pay via direct deposit.  
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, 

FARENHEIT and CRIME INK cnr Bourke & William St, Melbourne.Under new 
as Bookworm. (Reported by Sue Bursztynski)

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.) Full details available on


DEATHS: Actor Christopher Reeve. Best known for his role as Superman, 
and for raising awareness of paraplegia research, died om 9th 
October. (Initial report from Julie Townsend.) 

LEROY GORDON COOPER aka "Gordo", one of the original seven Astronauts 
He flew several Mercury and Gemini missions. (Reported by Jack Dwyer)
LYN SHAW, widow of Bob Shaw, passed away from leukemia. (Reported by 
Yvonne Rouseau) 

Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) has started chemotherapy 
following surgery for breat cancer. Partner, Gerald Smith reports 
that she coped better than expected with the first dose of 

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 eye op is scheduled for 5th Nov, combining 
removal of oil and cataract in the left eye. 


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  Meetings: Nov 5th, Snags and trivia,; 12th 
Nov, Book Club; Nov 19th Dr Who: Discussion on the new Doctor on the 
eve of the 41st anniversary of the show; 26th Nov, Video appreciation 
night: Brotherhood of the Wolf. 
The club newsletter, Ethel the Aardvark, is keen for contributions. 
Contact the editor at for more details. 

SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated 
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15 
concession.) 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) 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 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.


VORTEX: SF Events 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.) Congratulations to 
those people recently selected to attend Clarion South 2005.  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 

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 camp at Wainuiomata, outskirts of Wellington, NZ.(see for details)

FIRST CONTACT The 2 day convention proposed for 4-6 Feb, 2004 at 
Rydges Hotel, Melbourne.has now been scaled down to a 1 day event (?) 
as one of the GoH's , Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager) 
has work commitments. It's intended to have a 2 day event with a full 
guest line up at a later date. (Reported by Scott Liston. Full 
details on .

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. Wrestpoint Casino convention complex. 
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 
The First Australian Discworld Convention will be held in January 
2006 in Melbourne. For  details see 

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. New Australian Agent, Zara Baxter PO Box 
616 Marrickville, NSW 2204. Voicemail: 0423121 : 

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. 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 at .

Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.

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. 

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