The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 34 – January 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 34
January 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


AUREALIS AWARDS: Congratulations to all those shortlisted in the 
following categories:
Science Fiction: Short stories: ASIM 15, Absolution Barbara Robson; 
Prime Books, Tales from the Crypto-System, Bush of Ghosts, Geoffrey 
Maloney; AGOG! Smashing Stories, Come to Daddy, Brendan Duffy; Oceans 
of the Mind 10, Desiree, Stephen Dedman; ORB 6, Home by the Sea, Cat 
Novels: Edge, Orbital Burn KA Bedford; Harper Collins, The Rebel, 
Jack Dann; Orbit, Nylon Angel, Marianne de Pierres; Warner Aspect, 
Less than Human, Maxine McArthur; Harper Collins, Heirs of Earth, 
Sean Williams & Shane Dix. 

Fantasy: Short stories: ORB 6,Tales of Nirey, Lee Battersby; AGOG! 
Smashing Stories, Weavers of Twilight, Louise Katz; The Alsisio 
Project, Alsisio, K Bishop; Aurealis 32, The Gift of Hindsight, Paul 
Haines; Aurealis 32, Catabolic Magic, Richard Harland. Highly 
Commended: Forever Shores, Wakefield Press; A Room for Improvement, 
Trudi Canavan
Novels: Hodder, Brilliance of the Moon, Lian Hearn; Harper Collins 
Tainted, Glenda Larke; Random House, Snow, Fire, Sword, Sophie 
Masson; Harper Collins, Giants of the Frost, Kim Wilkins; Harper 
Collins, The Crooked Letter, Sean Williams.

Horror: Short stories: Conqueror, Fantastic Twilight of the Idols, S 
Dedman; NFG 14, The Last Days of Kali Yuga, P Haines; Dark Animus 5, 
Kathleen, Furnished with Bees, A Thornton; AGOG Smashing Stories, The 
Border, R Harland; Highly Commended AGOG, Smashing Stories, They say 
it's other People, P Haines; Forever shores, Wakefild Press, Dr Who 
(or the day I learned to love Tom Baker), B Peek
Novels: Chimaera Publications, The Black Crusade Richard Harland; 
Simon and Schuster, Fire in the Shell S Pennicott; Harper Collins, 
Giants of the Frost, Kim Wilkins.

Young Adult: Short stories: Encounters, CSFG Publishing, The Glass 
Flower, Chris Barnes; The Faery Reel, Viking, The Shooter at 
Heartrock Waterhole, Bill Congreve; Singing my Sister Down, Margo 
Lanagan; Black Juice; Allen & Unwin, Rite of Spring, Margo Lanagan. 
Novels: Harper Eros, Midnighters, Scott Westerfield; Allen & Unwin, 
Hot Nights, Cool Dragons, Matt Zurbo; Random House, Undine, Penny 
Russon; Harper Collins, Flesh & Blood, Jackie French; 
Short stories: Hodder, Beneath the Surface, Gary Crew & Stephen 
Woolman; Allen & Unwin, The Boy, the Bear, the Baron and the Bard,
Gregory Rogers; Harper Collins, Emily Eyefinger and the Ghost Ship, 
Duncan Ball;Random House, The Very Messy Inspection, Stephen Axelson; 
Allen & Unwin, There was a boy called Tashi, Anna Fienberg & Barbara 
Fienberg, Illustrated by Kim Gamble; Highly Commended: Pan Macmillan, 
A Room full of Magic, John Marsden. 
Childrens: Novels: Random House, Snow Fire Sword, Sophie Masson;
Random House, How To Live Forever, Colin Thompson; Penguin, The Pearl 
of Tiger Bay, Gabriel Wang;Random House, Ranger's Apprentice, John 
Flanagan; Penguin, Claire de Lune, Cassandra Golds. Highly Commended: 
Harper Collins, Tunnel of Ferdinand, James Maloney.
Don't forget that the Aurealis Awards are held on Jan 22, 2005, from 
6.30 pm. Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, 
South Bank, Brisbane. Free. Fantastic Queensland is organising 
billeting so people who want to travel to the awards from out of 
Brisbane can stay with fans to minimise accommodation costs. Followed 
by a cocktail party at Cafe Marco hosted by Fantastic Queensland from 
8pm. Cost $25. E-mail 

LORD OF THE RINGS EXHIBIT opened at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on 
26 December. Our roving reporter, Julie Townsend, was one of the 
first to see it on opening day, and she gave it 9/10.

AUSTRALIA'S TOP 100 BOOKS: SF and fantasy titles rated well in this 
recent survey conducted by the ABC. "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. 
Tolkien was voted Australia's most popular book. Harry Potter and the 
Order of the Pheonix (bk 5) by J.K. Rowling came 6th, followed by 
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell in 7th place, and the Hitch-
hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams in eighth place. Magician 
by Raymond Feist was 22nd,  Dune by Frank Herbert was 24, the Hobbit 
by Tolkien was 25th, and the Ancient Future Trilogy was 34th.  Harry 
Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Bk 4) tied with The Powerf of One by 
Bryce Coutney at 36. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley was 
55th, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Bk 2) was 59th, Animal 
Farm by George Orwell was 82nd, Watership Down by Richard Adams was 
89th. (Listed in the Daily Telegraph on Monday 6th December.)  

THE GOODIES, Tim Brooke Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden, will 
appear at Sydney's Big Laugh Comedy Festival in March, doing shows 
consisting of film clips, q&a and live comedy  at the State Theatre, 
Enmore and Parramatta as part of the festival. Tickets went on sale 
on Dec. 13, 04, and some may still be available. (Reported in the 
Daily Telegraph, Tues 7th December.)

TIME TREKKERS Iain McKenzie, (, wrote to 
us wondering if anyone had any information on Time Trekkers Science 
Fiction Club Of Central Victoria

DARK CARNIVAL is a DVD collection of short films, music clips and 
blooper reels featuring Colin Adams, Cramer Cain, Alison Fraser, Kym 
Goldsworthy, Robert Luxford, and Iain Triffitt among others. Produced 
by Garfield Barnard and Tim Newsom. Cost for 1 DVD is $12 including 
postage. (Discounts for purchases of 5 DVDs or more.) Available from 
Barnard's Star Productions, 4/31 Woodcourt St, Marrickville, NSW 2204.

TERRY FROST has a new cinema blog at 

LEIGH BLACKMORE has recently moved to Wollongong. His work e-mail and 
phone number remain unchanged, as does his P.O. Box A281, Sydney 
South,  1235 NSW. His website , The Blackmausoleum is temporarily at, but will be 
moving in the New Year.

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Research Network e-mail list,, run by Kim Selling has now closed.

Stuff' page, crammed full of such reasonably-priced goodies as the 
sandwich half-eaten by Meatloaf, can be viewed at . 

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

THE BLESSINGS OF STEPHEN by John Jetty. Based on a civilization that 
dwells in an underground city where all of the inhabitants are born 
blind, except Thurii who is born sighted. (Given the subject matter, 
this one piqued my curiosity, and is my Christmas read-Edwina). 636 
pages. ISBN 0-9756867-0-4, $19.95. Published by Barron Falls 
Publishing,  P.O.Box 225 Townsville, Qld. 4810.

ADRIAN BEDFORD's Aurealis Awards nominated novel, ORBITAL BURN, is 
now stocked at Dymocks, Galleria, Morley, WA. 

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 79 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by 
David Shanahan, Marie Alafaci, Ben Peek, A.R. Yngve, Shaun A 
Saunders, Jörn Grote, Robin Greenwood, J.R. Salling, Marc Barrett,and 
Kylie Seluka  can be viewed at or

AUREALIS ISSUES 33/34/35 featuring fiction by Shane Dix, Chris 
McMahon, Lee Battersby, Adam Browne and John Dixon, Natalie J.E. 
Ports, Helen Patrice, Chuck McKenzie, Chris Rodgers, Geoffrey 
Maloney, Harvey Welles and Philip Raines, Gregory Hill, Greg Guerin, 
Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Nadine Riches, Rjurik Davidson, Peter Barber, 
Trent Jamieson, Richard Harland, Matthew Chrulew and Snare.  Articles 
by Van Ikin, Michael Pryor and Paul Collins, Patricia L. O'Neill, 
Bill Congreve, Kate Forsythe, Edwina Harvey and Anthony Fordham. 
Edited by Keith Stevenson. Available for $34.50 through specialty 
bookshops around Australia, or from Aurealis Magazine, PO Box 15062, 
City East, QLD, 4002. (NB: this issue has the best running 
advertisements for Richard Harland's book, The Black Crusade, I've 
ever come across. Especially the one on pg 197! Edwina).
AUREALIS MAGAZINE is once again open for submissions, and is now also 
accepting submissions by e-mail. Full details at (NB. this is a temporary web address for 

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE 16 has been printed and will be 
distributed shortly.

VISIONS MAGAZINE: new issue featuring articles by Tony Plank, Ahmed 
A. Khan, Shayne Hall, Samuel Fogarty, Donna Maree Hanson; fiction by 
Samuel Fogarty and Jason Fischer, and poetry by Deb Soukup, J. Grey 
and Barbara Robson is now available online at


SHADOWS OF SATURN, A new webzine, paying US5c/word up to USD250, has 
opened in the US. See: (Reported by Grace Dugan)

MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163. 
One of the most original Christmas cards I got this year features 
Merv and Helen in a space shuttle flying away from Saturn - sounds like 
a good idea for a summer holiday to me! - Edwina

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. 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.)


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. Bruce flies out on Feb 
17th, his birthday. 

DUFF AWARDS: Irwin Hirsh recently announced that nominations for DUFF 
2005 are now open. The winner will travel from North America to 
attend the Australian National SF Convention, June 10-13, Hobart, 
Tasmania.(q.v.)  To appear on the DUFF ballot, a candidate must 
submit nominations from 3 North American nominators and two 
Australian and/or New Zealand nominators. A $25 bond and a 100-word 
platform statement is also needed. Nominations close February 15, 
2005.  Ballots will be downloadable from the DUFF website, Or from P.O. Box 53092 NOLa 70153-3092, 
Ballots will be accepted until April 15th and must include a voting 
fee of at least $4US or $6Aus. 

FOUNTAIN AWARD: The SLF recently announced it was accepting 
nominations from magazine and anthology editors for short stories of 
exceptionally high quality. Each publication can nominate up to 3 
stories. Nominations must be received by 1st February. The Award is 
$1,000 (US$) see or e-
mail for full details. (Reported by 
Dawn Burnell)


Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) is having a hiatus from 
chemotherapy over Christmas/New Year. She will commence more 
chemotherapy using a different selection of drugs in the new year. 
(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: January 14th, Show and Tell: show 
off the neat things you got over the Holiday Season, Jan 21st, Book 
Club, looking at The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, and 
Jennifer Government by Max Barry. Jan 28th Video Night
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and Vincent. Feb 4th, Food and Trivia 
Night: Ice Cream Night. (Reported by James Allen.)

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 $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 range 
of merchandise, admission prices to club 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 21. 
Meetings for 2005 are: 13 January, 18 February, 18 March, 15 April, 
20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October  18 
November, 16 December.  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 

THE HUB, BUFFY/ANGEL con. Sun 30 Jan, 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 6 Feb, Rydges Hotel, Melbourne.(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). 

Star Trek con with GoH's Walter Koenig, Connor Trinneer and John 
Billingsley.(OCP) Sunday 24.April. Dooley's Lidcombe Catholic Club, 
24 John St, Lidcombe, NSW.  Members (of FSF) $80, non-members $100. 
Phone bookings 02 9523 8385, Online booking Make 
cheques money orders payable to Friends of Science Fiction , post to 
P.O. Box 106, Caringbah. NSW 1495. 

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. Hilton on the Park Hotel, 198 
Wellington  Gpde, East Melbourne, Vic. GoH's Richard Harland, Neil 
Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite and Robin Hobb. Fan GoH James Allen.  
Membership $110 (Rising on 1/1/2005.) Concession/Student/First 
convention $80.Children 5-16 Accompanied by an adult $25. To reserve 
special accommodation rates ($170 twin/double) e-mail   GPO Box 603, Melbourne, Vic 3001. or e-mail 

CONCLAVE: 30 Sept- 3 October, 2005. Holiday Inn, 65 Hindley St, 
Adelaide, SA. GoH's: Jack Dann, Ian Irvine, Fiona McIntosh, Karen 
Miller, Tony Shillitoe, Sean Williams. Membership $80 if paid before 
26th January, then $100. (Supporting m/ship $20) E-mail, or see  

WHOVENTION 7, 14-16 October, The Rydges Hotel, 54 Maclarn St, North 
Sydney (Short walk from Norh Sydney railway station. GOH Louise 
Jameson (Leela) Early Membership $120 until 28th February (?) Then 
incremental rises until $170 "at door" price. (Pay $50, non-
refundable, to lock in your membership at the current price. DWCA and 
Friends of SF members get a $20 discount. Family rates and day rates 
available on request ) Friday night trivia, and banquet on Sat. night 
available to convention attendees at extra cost. Make cheques and 
money orders payable to WHOVENTION, and post to PO Box 148, 
Gladesville, NSW 2111.  See for 
full details. (Reported by Dwayne Bunny) 

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. Australian Agents Zara Baxter, PO Box 616 
Marrickville, NSW 2204. Voicemail: 0423121, and Ted Scribner 12 
Richmount St, Cronulla, 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 

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 
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Australian writers

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Happy New Year! - Edwina and Ted.