The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 35 – February 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 35
February 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


Warner Bros are to produce  "The Lions of Al-Rassan," an adaptation 
of a Guy Gavriel Kay historical fantasy about the collision of 
religions in Spain during the Middle Ages that melds fact and 
fantasy. Vera Blasi ("Woman on Top") will write the script. (Reported 
by Satima Flavell Neist)

THE GOODIES LIVE PERFORMANCES: John Pinder reports that there are a 
few seats left for second shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, 
and a final performance in Sydney's State Theatre on March 13th. 
Check the webside for full program 

IAIN IRVINE will be appearing at Avid Reader bookshop, 193 Boundary 
St, Westend, Brisbane to autograph his books on (Reported by Jason 
Nahrung on the Visions website) 

AUREALIS AWARD WINNERS, 2004: Peter McNamara Convenors Award: Cat 
Sparks, Golden Aurealis novel: Richard Harland, The Black Crusade, 
(Chimaera publications) Golden Aurealis short story: Margo Lanagan, 
Singing my Sister down, SF novel: Maxine McArthur, Less than Human, 
SF Short Story: Brendan Duffy, Come to Daddy (Agog! Smashing 
Stories.) Fantasy novel: Sean Williams, The Crooked Letter 
(HarperCollins), Fantasy Short story: tied between Richard Harland, 
Catabolic Magic (Aurealis 32) and Louise Katz, Weavers in the 
Twilight (Agog! Smashing Stories) Horror Novel: Richard Harland, the 
Black Crusade (Chimaera Publications)  Horror short story: Paul 
Haines, The Last Days of Kali Yuga (NFG #4), YA novel, Scot 
Westerfield, Midnighters (Harper Eos), YA short: Margo Lanagan, 
Singing My Sister Down (Black Juice, Allen & Unwin), Children's Long 
fiction: Colin Thompson, How to Live Forever (Random) Children's 
short story: Gary Crew and Stephen Woolman, Beneath the Surface 
(Hodder Headline) (Reported by Jason Nahrung)  
The Fantasy and Science Fiction Research Network e-mail list,, previously run by Kim Selling has risen 
like a phoenix from the ashes.

LES PETERSEN's website is now up at

CHARLOTTE PROCTOR is trying to contact Marc Ortlieb. If anyone is in 
contact with Marc, can they please pass this message on. (If Marc 
wants Charlotte's e-mail address, he can contact Edwina.) 

GILLIAN POLACK will be presenting a 2 day workshop on "Understanding 
the Medieval World View" on Sat-Sun, 19/20 February from 10am-4pm at 
the NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle Hospital Grounds, Rozelle. NSW.

TERRY DOWLING will be presenting a 1 day workshop on "Marvellous 
Journeys" SF and fantasy writing pn Sunday 27rth February from 10am-
4pm at NSW Writers Centre, Rizelle Hospital Grounds, Rozelle, NSW.

BULLSHEET WEBSITE is currently being revised by Ted Scribner, who is 
also in the process of relocating to the Blue Mountains, and doesn't 
have as much spare time as he used to. Your patience is appreciated.

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

Battersby, Douglas A van Belle, Lesleigh Force, Darren Goossens, 
Tracina Jackson-Adams, Paul E Martens, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Valerie 
Toh, Mikal Trimm and Wade Albert White. Current and new ASIM 
subscribers will be receiving a complimentary issue of Envision 
magazine with ASIM issue 17. For further details see
ANTIPODEAN SF No. 80 featuring short,short stories (500 words) by 
Susan Wardle, Jason Fischer, J.L. Cooper, Ashley Arnold, Sharon A. 
Saunders, Jackie Hosking, R. Sarah Gardiner, Lee Moan, Phyllis Jean 
Green and John Libertus can be viewed at or

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 


BORDERLANDS magazine is still accepting submissions of fiction, non-
fiction and art. Issue Four will soon be released. Issue Five is 
scheduled for publication mid 2005. Issues Two and Three are still 
available for purchase. See ( (Reported 
by Julie Hunter.) 

AMAZING STORIES magazine on hiatus, Jeff Berkwits, editor-in-chief of 
the reinvented Amazing Stories  magazine, recently announced the 
monthly magazine will take a break from publishing, but has not been 
shut down. The last issue before the break will be No.608. (Reported 
on and relayed by Ted Scribner)

THE PRISONER'S DILEMNA, by Jonathan Blum and Rupert Booth, is the 
first of the new set of novels based on Patrick McGoohan's 1967 TV 
series "The Prisoner". It is now available on pre-order for $14.95 
($US? Edwina.) at the Powys Media website, The novel will be released in the US in 
late March. It will be available on import in Australia, with local 
distribution plans currently being settled.

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

STEAM ENGINE TIME 4 available in PDF format from 
Printed copies available for cash, (Subscriptions $40 for 6 issues.) 
written and artistic contributions or exchange of other fanzines from 
Bruce Gillespie, 5 Howard St, Greensborough, VIC, 3088 : 
BRUCE GILLESPIE"S BLOG can be viewed at

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.)


competition. Two categories:under1000 words (flash) and 1000-8000 
words. Entries $5 for flash fiction, $10 for londer stories. All 
entry money will go to the prize pool. Winning flash entries will be 
published in Shadowed Realms, winning entries from the longer story 
category will be published in Dark Animus. Full details at or e-mail

SWANCON WRITING COMPETITION:  Stephen Dedman recently reported that 
the Australian SF Foundation has sponsored a SF and Fantasy Short 
Story competition to be run in conjunction with Swancon XXX (q.v.) 
The competition is open to all Australian residents. Entry is free 
for Swancon members. Entry for non-members is $5. Entries must be 
original fiction and not based on any existing series, properties or 
characters, and must not have been previously published, nor 
previously a prize-winner in any competition. Entrants must not have 
sold more than 20,000 words to pro or semi-pro paying markets. Up to 
3 entries per entrant, limit of 5,000 words per story. 1st Prize, 
$150, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50. Comp closes 5pm Fri 4th March. . 
Send submissions to: Swancon Short Story Competition, P O Box 276, 
Bayswater WA 6933 and see for full details 
(Reported by Stephen Dedman.)

DITMAR AWARDS: Ditmar nominations are open now!  The Australian SF 
("Ditmar") Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy 
and Horror by Australians  Nominations for the 2005 Ditmar awards can 
be made in the following categories: Professional: Best Novel; Best 
Novella or Novelette; Best Short Story; Best Collected Work; Best 
Artwork. Fan: Best Fan Writer; Best Fan Artist; Best Fan Production; 
Best Fanzine. Special Award for works not eligible in existing 
categories: Best Professional Achievement; Best Fan Achievement; 
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review; Best New Talent. 
You may nominate as many works as you wish.  Eligible published works 
must have appeared for the first time in 2004. Please email your 
nominations to with the word `Ditmar' in the 
subject heading.  You can also post nominations to Ditmar, 16 Maweena 
Pl, Kingston, TAS 7050  You do not need to be a member of Thylacon 
(q.v.) the 2005 Natcon to nominate works. Nominations close on 1 
March. Voting on Ditmars (for which you have to be either a 
supporting or an attending member of Thylacon will open on 7 March 
2005. Consult for further information. 

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 has been 
embarrassed by a multitude of riches. 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. 

BIRTHS: Aurelia Iris Finch, born to Tansy Rayner Roberts and Andrew 
Finch at 1.48 pm on 21 January. (Right on time!) Mother and child 
doing well. Father still recovering. (Another member of Andromeda 
Spaceways – the Next Generation – Edwina) 

DEATHS: FRANK KELLY FREAS. Hugo winning SF artist whose work graced 
such pulp mags as Weird Tales, Planet Stories and Analog, as well as 
Mad Magazine for almost 50 years. Passed away 2nd January. (Reported 
on the Larry Niven List, relayed by Ted Scribner)

Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) is having chemotherapy. 
(Reported by Gerald Smith)

Writer, ALINTA THORNTON has now finished radiotherapy. Her hair is 
growing back, and she's really looking forward to the future. 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: Feb 4th, Food and Trivia Night:
Ice Cream Night. Feb 11th : Buy, swap and sell night. Feb 18th The 
Making of Super Robot Happy Hour. Feb 25th Buckaroo Banzai video 

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 )

INFINITAS GROUP now meet on the third Saturday of the month at 
Infinitas Bookshop/Blokey Stuff, Parramatta, Sydney. Infinitas also 
has a book review group that meets regularly. Details available from (Reported by Bill Congreve.) 

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: 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 

FIRST CONTACT (Now calling itself "Under Cardassian Occupation"), 6 
Feb, Rydges Hotel, Melbourne. After several GoH line-up changes, GoHs 
now seem to be Marc Alaimo (Gul Ducket) and Mike DeMerrit (Asst. 
Director from Enterprise and Voyager.). There will now also be a wine 
tour of the Yarra Valley on Sat 5th Feb, limited to 25 people only, 
and costing $198 pp.   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.) Attendance 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 
pde, 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. GOHs Louise 
Jameson (Leela) and David Warwick  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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