The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 36 – March 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 36
March 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


PETER JACKSON, the creative maestro of Lord of the Rings will 
headline a special once-only event at the State Theatre in Sydney on 
Sat 12 March from 6pm. This event is being produced by the Powerhouse 
Museum. If attendees bring their Peter Jackson ticket stub to the 
Museum door they receive 20% off admission to The Lord of the Rings 
exhibition (which has apparently been extended until late April -
Edwina) Adults $65, Concession $55, Powerhouse Members $50, Under 
30s / Students $45 (transaction fees apply) Bookings can be made 
through ticketek.

STEPHEN FRY is to be the voice of The Book in the movie version of 
the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy. A trailer from the Guide movie 
can be seen on (Relayed by Julie Townsend. Originally 
reported on the Science Fiction Weekly)

ADAMS ASTEROID: Douglas Adams, the late author of the Hitchhiker's 
Guide to the Galaxy was honored by the International Astronomical 
Union's Minor Planet Center by an asteroid bearing his name, reported. Asteroid Douglasadams was among the 71 newly 
named celestial objects announced on Jan. 25 in Cambridge, Mass. The 
asteroid's original name was 2001 DA42, referring to the year Adams 
passed away, his initials and the answer to "life, the universe and 
everything". Just days after the author passed away, the organization 
named an an asteroid after Arthur Dent from the Hitchhiker series. 
(From Science Fiction Weekly – Relayed by Julie Townsend.)
Thanks to Mark Loney for contacting Marc Ortlieb on our behalf last 

go into the store, located at the Hills Homemaker Centre, 18 Victoria 
Ave, Castle Hill, say "Hi " to Chuck McKenzie (who's a very funny 
man) and say you saw his add in the Bullsheet, he'll give you a 10% 
discount on anything you purchase in the store.

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW: Looks like you had to be quick 
to catch this one at the cinema, (only seemed to last 2 weeks at my 
local) but with its glorious airships, sepia tones and 30's feel, 
this turned out to be one of the most fun movies I've seen in ages! 
Catch it if you get a chance! (thumbnail review by Edwina).

THYLACON recently announced that advertising in its convention book 
would be closing soon. Anyone interested in advertising with Thylacon 
should contact the convention asap. (contact details listed 
under "conventions" in this newsletter.) 

DITMAR NOMINATIONS CLOSE 1st March. You can nominate online through 
the Thylacon website.

BEATLES Photo exhibit (and sale) back on in the St Andrews Cathedral 
side of the Lower Town Hall, Sydney. (Admission cost)

MAGIC CASEMENTS 3: Sat 19th March, NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle, 
Sydney 10am-6pm, Guest Speakers include Terry Dowling, Chris 
Barnes, Robert Hoge, James Cain, Cory Daniells, Richard Harland, 
Robert Hood, Kirsten Bishop, Justine Larbalestier, Bill Congreve, 
Cat Sparks, Rob Hood, and lots of others, Topics include The Role of 
Military in SF, Monstrous Imaginings, The Hobbits vs Harry Potter, 
The Changing Face of Fantasy and The Art of Critiquing. There will 
also be a writing competition for flash fiction (500 words or less.)  
The NSW Writers Centre is a licensed venue and the bar will be open 
for refreshments through the day.

ISOBELLE CARMODY will be speaking about her work, writing and 
publishing YA and fantasy in Australia on Mon March 7th at the Avid 
Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane. Tickets $6 ($3 
for Queensland Writers Centre members.)

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

THE STONE SHIP by Peter Raftos is set in a university, and follows 
the adventures and misdeeds of the suicidal Shipton, and the ghost 
who saves his life. (Pandanus Books, Research School of Pacific & 
Asian Studies, the Australian National University. 218pp, $29.95
ISBN 1 74076 135 9X. See (A reference 
to "rioting librarians hunt for students" naturally has me intrigued. 
Can't wait to read it. Edwina) 

Australian Speculative Fiction, issue 2, 2005 is now online This 
handy writers reference tool maintained by Tony Plank has new 
Aurealis Guidelines, writing competitions, Australian markets plus 
new foreign resource URL's, See  (Reported by 
Tony Plank)

DARK ANIMUS needs reviews of speculative fiction (SF/Fantasy/horror) 
for their web site for If you'd like to see the style of review 
they're after see (Reported 
by James Cain)

GRAHAM STONE is selling approx. 120 books on sf commentary, review, 
history etc and also 
Australian Science Fiction Bibliography, a new comprehensive record  
(1848-1999) of science fiction written by Australians wherever 
printed, as well as works of overseas origin printed in Australia. 
Information on about 400 books and over 2000 short stories in 
magazines, newspapers and anthologies including translations. 
Editorial matter,letters etc in the magazines of predominantly sf 
content, book reviews in these and other media are indexed. 282p. A4, 
handcrafter binding. $50 including post from Graham Stone, 205/24 
Victoria St Burwood NSW 2134

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 81 featuring short,short stories (500 words) from 
Les Stephenson, Cameron Hill, Thomas Violet, Terry Dartnall, Shaun A 
Saunders, Robin Hillard, Gregory Adams, Edgar Crook, John Karp and 
John Libertus can be viewed at or The winners of the AntipodeanSF 
Awards 2003 will also be announced in the web site.

BORDERLANDS 4: has now been released. It includes stories by Jo-Ann 
Whalley, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Tess Williams, Gary Kemble, 
Stephanie Campisi, Greg Guerin, Cathy Cupitt, Scot Snow, Stephen 
Dedman $10 per issue. Available through specialist bookshops, or buy 
on-line. Annual subscriptions available for $30 See -  for further details.

VISIONS MAGAZINE containing articles, reviews, fiction and poetry is 
now available on line at or if you 
are having trouble accessing it from the usual URL

ENVISION has a publication for sale containing short stories, novel 
excerpts with comments from the EnVision attendees on the craft of 
writing, as well as industry insights from the professionals who have 
spoken at the first two workshops. Copies available from Pulp Fiction 
in Brisbane and via the web site: Cost: $7.95 
(plus postage) (Subscribers to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 
will be receiving a copy of this magazine when ASIM 17 is posted out –


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 $25. 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, 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 
Gwenda Farrar for buying the Traci Harding novel.)


DITMAR NOMINATIONS: Nominations for the Ditmar Awards to be voted on 
at Thylacon, the national SF convention in Tasmania in June will 
close on 1st March. If you want to nominate an Australian writer, 
story or publication, you'd better do it RIGHT NOW. (See the Thylacon 
web site - q.v. conventions,)

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.)

The two candidates for the NAFF(national Australian Fan Fund) race, 
sending one Aussie fan to the National convention, Thylacon, in 
Hobart in June are Zara Baxter and Robin Pen. To read their platforms 
and download a voting form see: 
Any questions can be directed to Voting 
closes April 29th, good luck to them both! (Reported by Alison 

DUFF AWARDS: (Down Under Fan Fund) 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, USA Ballots will be accepted until April 15th and must 
include a voting fee of at least $4US or $6Aus. 



F.M. BUSBY, author of 18 published novels, born 1921, Died Feb 17 in 
Seattle, Washington. Reported by Fictionwise 

JACK CHALKER, author of over 60 SF books, died in hospital on 
Baltimore on Friday 11th Feb after a series of medical problems. Jack 
was the person, more than anyone else, who helped Australia to win 
the 1975 Worldcon for Melbourne by showing the bidding 
movie "Aussiefan" at dozens of conventions and club meetings all over 
North America in the year before the vote at Toronto in 1973. His 
website has lots of fascinating material 
about Jack and his work. You can write a condolence messages to his 
wife, Eva Whitley and his sons David and Steven at Reported 
Robin Johnson on Eastcoast SF


Melbourne fan, JOHN BANGSUND has suffered a stroke, but is making 
good progress (reportedly already showing a healthy frustration at 
being in hospital.) Anyone wanting to send a card can send them c/- 
Sally Yeoland 151 Cramer Street, Preston Vic 3072 Australia. 
(reported Elaine Cochrane on the Eidolist.)

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


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:  March 4th, Food Night.Pancakes, 
11th March Book Club Reviews. 18th Feb The Prisoner series. 25th 
March Good Friday - no meeting, 1st April Food Night Pasta. 

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 SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP  Meetings 12 March, "Galactic Empires," , 
9th April Lunch meeting, Venue undecided.  14 May "Are we Alone?", 
11th June, BBQ at local park, 9 July, Annual soup and video 
afternoon. Contact Brad Row ph 9580-4369 or e-mail for full details.

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: Meetings in room 1615 (floor 16) of the Tower 
Block, The University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm 21. 
Upcoming meetings: 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. 

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

ENVISION WRITERS WORKSHOP. Thursday 23rd June -  Tuesday 28th June. 
Brisbane city. Cost $660 for the 5 days which includes 100 pages of 
manuscript. For more details see


GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be 

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. 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 The third Progress Report with Tin Duck Award 
nomination information, a draft programme including gaming and video 
programmes, and details of the Dinner with Charles de Lint, To link 
directly to the PR, click on or If you wish to volunteer 
to help with SwanCon XXX e-mail them through the above address.

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, and Jackie French 
(Saturday only). Artist GoH, Bob Eggleton.

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: 

PHENOMENON: 10-13 June. (West Australia? - Edwina)

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 

First Contact Conventions present A Trip Through the Slipstream, An 
Andromeda Event
Sunday August 21st, 2005. GoH: Laura Bertram - Trance Gemini VIP - 
Limited to 20 people, General - $110 (Earlybird special $88 until 
April 30) Venue TBA Melbourne, Victoria

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. Attending m/ship $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 Membership rises incrementally 
until "at door" price of $170 (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) 

STARGATE SG1/STARGARTE ATLANTIS 5 November.Sydney - Lidcombe Catholic 
Club. GoH's Torri Higginson and Chris Judge. (OCP) Membership $80 for 
friends of Science Fiction members, $100 non-members. Limited number 
VIP tickets $350 see for full details, or write to PO 
Box 106 Caringbah NSW 1495 or phone 02 9523 8385 

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 
Coode St Review lists Australian publishing news and achievements by 
Australian writers

updated by Tony Plank. 

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February...I can never get the hang of Februaries! - Edwina

May your Easter be laced with chocolate bilbies!
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