The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 33 – December 2004

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 33
December 2004
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 

SPACE COMMAND MILITIA is an on-line role playing game designed by 
Gary in Bendigo, Victoria. Check out
LYNN VIEHL recently launched, 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 

"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 

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 Shadowed Realms is also now being archived 
by the National Library.


SIMULACRUM magazine is seeking contributors for an upcoming issue on 
Lovecraft. For full details see 
(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 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 (Thanks to Anne Devrell for donating the 
audio books.)


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. 


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. 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. 


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 

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: 


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: 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 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 Dec 
17. 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

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   

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)

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
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 (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 

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 

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.)
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 

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

CONCUSSION: 57th British National SF convention. 14-17 April, 2006, 
To be held at The Moat House, Congress Rd, Glasgow. See 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, 
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. 

For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tippers 
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Merry Christmas, Happy Chunakah, Happy Holidays, Happy Summer 
Solstice! – Edwina and Ted.