The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 33 December 2004
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 33
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
AUREALIS AWARDS: Jan 22, 2005, from 6.30 pm. Ian Hanger Recital Hall,
Queensland Conservatorium of Music, South Bank, Brisbane. Free.
Followed by a cocktail party at Café Marco hosted by Fantastic
Queensland from 8pm. Cost $25. E-mail Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org
SPACE COMMAND MILITIA is an on-line role playing game designed by
Gary in Bendigo, Victoria. Check out www.SCM-rpg.com.au
LYNN VIEHL recently launched Darkyn.com, the official web site for
her debut dark fantasy novel series published by Signet Eclipse.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2 is rumoured to have Rolling Stones
guitarist, Keith Richards appearing as Capt. Sparrow's father
(Sparrow is played by Johnny Depp.) (Reported on Sci Fi Weekly.
Relayed to us by Julie Townsend.)
PUSS IN BOOTS movie. The Shrek 2 special guest, voiced by Antonio
Banderas is set to be the star in his own film. (Reported by Julie
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
Looking for that last minute SF Christmas gift? New titles through
Gollanz publishing include: Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds (ISBN
0-575-07557-0):The Inhibitors – a ancient alien killing machines
endeavour to rid the galaxy of emerging (biologiocal) intelligence.
The Snow by Adam Roberts ISBN 0-575-08191-8 High concept SF.
Relentlessly falling snow leads to the next ice age. The Year of Our
War by Steph Swainston ISBN 9-575-07610-5.Fantasy about seeking
immortality, and Jant, the Messenger, and only immortal who can
fly.Grendel by John Gardner ISBN0757-07582-1 A slim book from the
Fantasy Masterworks series. The Seperation by by British SF Award
winner, Christopher Priest. ISBN 0-575-07003-X An interesting,
alternate history novel. Demonstorm by James Barclay, ISBN 0-575-
07333-0claimed to be "the fantasy equivelent to The Magnificent
ANTIPODEAN SF No. 78 featuring short,short stories (500 words) can be
viewed at www.antisf.com
SHADOWED REALMS Issue 2, featuring stories by Greg Beatty, Charles
Richard Laing, Martin Livings, Mark Zirbel, Melissa Marr, Justin
Stanchfield, and Aurelio Lopez III, now available at
www.shadowedrealms.com.au Shadowed Realms is also now being archived
by the National Library.
STUDIES IN FANTASY LITERATURE Issue 2 available at
SIMULACRUM magazine is seeking contributors for an upcoming issue on
Lovecraft. For full details see www.specficworld.com/simulacrum
(Reported by Marianne de Pierres_)
TICONDEROGA Online . The Editors are having a reading hiatus until
15th December. Next issue due March 2005.
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315,
Carnegie, Vic, 3163.
FOLCC BOOK SALES. Here's a chance to buy a Christmas gift that gives
twice! "Friends of Linda Cox Chan" aim to raise money to donate to
Juvenile Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated books. New
Tally $22. 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. Audio Books: "Star
Trek: Time for Yesterday" by A.C. Crispin, featuring Leonard Nimoy
and James Doohan, "Star Trek: Strangers From the Sky" by Margaret
Wander Bonanno Featuring Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, "Journey to
the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne featuring John de Lancie and
Leonard Nimoy. To buy books e-mail Edwina Harvey at
email@example.com 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 www.jdrf.org.au. (Thanks to Anne Devrell for donating the
GALAXY BOOKSHOP: 143 York St Sydney.Fiona McIntosh , author of The
Quickening Trilogy will be in store signing books from 6pm on Thurs 2
INFINITAS BOOKSHOP. Shop 22, Civic Arcade, 48-50 George St,
Parramatta. Fiona McIntosh , author of The Quickening Trilogy will be
in store signing books from noon, Sat 4 December
(If anyone wants the full bookshop listing returned, let me know.
COMPETITIONS, FAN FUNDS & AWARDS
BBB - BRING BRUCE BAYSIDE is a specialized fan fund aimed at raising
funds to get Bruce Gillespie to Corflu (Feb 25-27 see www.corflu.org)
and Potlatch (the following weekend) conventions in 2005. Bruce's
grand tour is in final planning stages. 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.
HATCH, MATCH AND DISPATCH
BIRTHS: CONNOR JAMES BATTERSBY, weighing 3.430 kg (7lb 9oz) was born
to writers Lyn Triffitt and Lee Battersby on Friday 26th November.
All doing well!
DEATHS: MAXINE KOMLOS/O'LEARY, wife of astronomer, Michael O'Leary,
mother of Alinta Thornton passed away in mid-November after a long
illness. In 1996 Maxine wrote and published "Transmat", a SF book
that was well received. (Reported to the Eidolist by Robert
THE WALKING WOUNDED:
Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) receiving chemotherapy
following surgery for breast cancer. (Reported by Gerald Smith)
Writer, ALINTA THORNTON has finished chemotherapy, and is now
undergoing radiotherapy following surgery for breast cancer. You can
check out Alinta's progress through her blog:
CLUBS & MEETINGS
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
www.vicnet.net.au/~msfc Meetings: 3 December:The Magic of Tim
Burton, Dec 10th Treasures of the library, Dec 17 Christmas party.
Venue to be decided.
The club newsletter, Ethel the Aardvark, is keen for contributions.
Contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.sfsa.org.au/ 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 -
email@example.com or 0416 269 726 or check
QUEST Queensland Star Trek club. Contact the club at PO BOX 2084,
Brisbane, QLD. 4001, or check www.conquestforever.com (Reported by
The Brisbane Babylon 5ers website is at www.geocities.com/bb5ers
(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 Dec
17. Check http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/Futurians.html 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
http://members.optushome.com.au/aussff/Southern_SF&F.html. or e-mail
Bradley Row, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9580 4369
SKYWALKING: http://sydskyforce.starwalking.net 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
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
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 www.smofcon.org
KAMP KON 3-5 December, 2004, Fun SF weekend in a camp setting, Brook
field Scout camp at Wainuiomata, outskirts of Wellington, NZ.(see
www.icon.sf.org.nz for details)
THE HUB, BUFFY/ANGEL con. Sun 30 Jan, 2005. 10am-6pm, Hotel Y, Cato
Conference Centre, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Vic. Event $80,
Cocktail Party $75. GoHs James C. Leary, (Clem), Mercedes McNab
(Harmony) and Iyari Limon (Kennedy). To book tickets phone
0402267541, or book online at www.thehubproductions.com
FIRST CONTACT CONVENTION. Sun 6th Feb, 2005. New GoH line-up John De
Lancie (Q from ST: TNG and Voyager) Michael De Merritt and Ken
Ludden. 1st class ticket: $143, Business Class $99 (Pay in full
before Dec 24 and get a $20 discount) Also a cocktail party after the
event limited to 50 attendees only. $55 includes finger food but not
drinks apparently.(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 OneliaH@iinet.net.au (Relayed to Bullsheet by
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
Swancon30@westnet.com.au. 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
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 www.thylacon.com or write to Thylacon PO Box 345
Kingston TAS, 7051 To join the Thylacon e-mail list send a subscribe
message to: Thylaconsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.
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.
www.continuum.org.au or e-mail email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
(requested that you e-mail both addresses.) Co-conveners, Fiona
McIntosh, Todd Rowlands & Jay Watson. (Reported by Fiona McIntosh.)
The First Australian Discworld Convention will be held in January
2006 in Melbourne. For details see www.ausdwcon.org
INTERACTION: 63rd WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION, GLASGOW, 2005.
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 www.cascadiacon.org
CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, 2006. More details to
follow, or check www.fantasticqueensland.com.
CONCUSSION: 57th British National SF convention. 14-17 April, 2006,
To be held at The Moat House, Congress Rd, Glasgow. See
www.eastercon.2006.org for full details.
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 info@laconIV.org,
Postal address LA Con c/- S.C.I.F.I. inc, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA,
Yokohama Worldcon 2007. Details at www.nippon2007.org .
Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.
OTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES:
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 http://www.sf.org.au/coodestreetnews.
AUSTRALIAN WRITERS WEB, http://www.inkspillers.com. Maintained and
updated by Tony Plank.
For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tippers
The Bullsheet is available as a FREE e-mail subscription by
subscribing to the AUSSFBULL mailing list by sending a blank e-mail
to AUSSFBULLfirstname.lastname@example.org. ( Alternatively, if you'd
prefer to talk to a human, send an e-mail to email@example.com).
The Bullsheet web page, which is updated throughout the month can be
found at http://members.optushome.com.au/aussfbull and we're happy to
trade with other e-mail zines.
The Bullsheet is also available as a snail-mail subscription for
20x50 cent stamps (or $10) sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St,
NEXT BULLSHEET: Send your news e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
Merry Christmas, Happy Chunakah, Happy Holidays, Happy Summer
Solstice! – Edwina and Ted.