The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 40 – July 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 40
July 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


WAR OF THE WORLDS, the new movie by Steven Spielberg opened in 
cinemas around Australia on June 29th. 

WALTER KOENIG reprises his role of Chekov on STAR TREK, New Voyages, 
a downloadable series produced by a group of Star Trek devotees. D.C. 
Fontana, a writer from the original series, has been drafted to write 
the script for the episode Koenig will be in. The episode will be 
filmed in September, and will be available to download in January. 
(reported to the Vision Writers list by Kate Eltham)

SLAYERCON BITES THE HAND THAT FEEDS IT. Police are searching for the 
convention organizer of Slayercon (q.v.) after South Australia's 
Office of Consumer and Business Affairs (OCBA) received 10 complaints 
from people who had paid to attend the convention, but hadn't been 
able to contact the organizer since late April. (Article by Mark 
Phillips from on 15/6/05)

ROBERT SHECKLEY is unable to attend Interaction due to health reasons 
requiring surgery. His wife and daughter will be representing him at 
the con.

BRIAN W. ALDISS, well known British SF author, was honoured with the 
Order of the British Empire as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours 
list on June 11. (Relayed by Julie Townsend, reported on Sci-fi 

BOUNCING BULLSHEETERS: We're trying to contact the following Bull 
subscribers because their e-subs are bouncing each month: Adam 
Weiland, Bryn Sparks, Benjamin Kimberley, Derek Screen, Steve W, and 
knetrider 2004. Can you contact ? If we don't 
hear from you, we'll presume you no longer wish to receive the 
Bullsheet by e-mail. Edwina 

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

SEAN WILLIAMS has recently sold the ASTROPOLIS TRILOGY,  "a pan-
galactic, gothic, space adventure framed by a single murder mystery 
set in the far future." (Reported on the Vision writers list.)  

KYLIE CHAN has sold Xuan Wu Dark Lord Trillogy to Harper Collins. 
(Reported on the Vision writers list.) 

WAR OF THE WORLDS has been re-released by Cosimo classics as a trade 
paperback (ISBN 1596051671 for US $9.95 available from 

GREY GOO, a new kids adventure book by Sue Bursztynski, has just been 
published and is available through educational bookshops and school 
library suppliers around Australia 

SHELBY AND THE SHIFTING RING is a new time-travel adventure novel by 
A.M. Veillon, featuring the adventures of 12 year-old Shelby 
Shodworth. Available for US $9.95 through Parity Press, Nevada,  ISBN 
0-9762015-5-0. Check for more details.

COSMOS MAGAZINE: Australian author, Damien Broderick was recently 
appointed as fiction editor for new magazine, Cosmos. The magazine is 
on sale now for $8.95 from newsagents, and offering a special DVD 
offer to subscribers. In conjunction with the launch of the magaziue, 
Cosmos is holding "Science on Tap: A Beginners Guide to Immortality" 
featuring Stephen Leeder, Mark Jones, and Ian Woolf, chaired by 
Wilson Da Silva, at the Forresters Hotel, 336 Riley St, Surry Hills, 
Sydney on Thursday 7July. They're also planning a similar event in 
Canberra - no details available at time of publication.  See their 
website: for more details. (Reported to the 
Eidolist by Garry Dalrymple.)

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 85 featuring short,short stories (500 words) from  
Shaun A. Saunders, Arnout Brokking, Chris Cheetah, Patty Jansen, 
Martin Livings, Patrick Ball, David Shanahan, Tanya Moncrieff, Peter 
Holz and Cedric Popa can be viewed at or 

AUSTRALIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION issue 3, Tony Plank's web site 
detailing local markets can be viewed at


SHADOW BOX is an e-anthology of macabre flash fiction lashed together 
with dark art, designed and edited by Angela Challis and Shane 
Jiraiya Cummings. Reading from 1 July - 30 September, Short, 
sinister, strange stories to 120 words Full details at (reported by Shane Jiraiya 
Cummings on the Visions list.)

VISIONS magazine is evolving into Specusphere ( 
and is now open for submissions, as well as recruiting fiction 
editors, review editors etc. (Reported by Stephen Thompson on the 

INTERPLANETARY EMMISSIONS is a new anthology looking for erotic 
male/male SF stories. Stories must have a sexual element, be well 
written and engage the reader. To 2,500 words. Submission date 
recently extended to 31st July. Exclusive electronic rights for 1 
year pays a one-off fee of US $50, and 1 month membership to the paid 
section of " website (on request.)

THE OUTCAST: is a new planned anthology from CSFG Publishing to be 
edited by Nicole R. Murphy. Open to submissions on the subject 
of "The Outcast" from June 1 to August 31 Full details available on

CROWSWING Books (UK) is seeking submissions for "When Graveyards 
Yawn" anthology. Deadline 1st September. See for full details. (Reported by Robin 
Thomas via the Visions list.)

THE MENTOR: Ron Clarke has two almost complete sets of his acclaimed, 
long-running fanzine, The Mentor, for sale. E-mail for prices.
MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163. 

FRIENDS OF LINDA COX CHAN (FOLCC) raise money to donate to Juvenile 
Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated books etc.(Old tally, 
$76 paid to JDFR on 6/6/05 New Tally $6.60 ) Thanks to the Bullsheet 
reader who bought the Star Trek audio tapes. Books looking for new 
homes: "Dr Who: The Scripts, Galaxy 4" by William Emms. "Honor 
Harrington: The Honor of the Queen," by David Weber, "Arthur" 
and "Merlin" by Stephen Lawhead. Audiobook: "Journey to the Centre 
of the Earth" by Jules Verne featuring John de Lancie and Leonard 
Nimoy. Art cards autographed by Marianne Plumridge and Bob Eggleton 
are also for sale. See images of the available cards on the Bullsheet 
website. To buy items 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 and paypal. 


HUGO AWARDS. Short stories nominated for Hugo Awards this year can be 
viewed via 
Voting is only open to attendees or supporting members of Interaction 
(q.v.), Voting for the Hugo Awards closes on 8th July. 

DITMAR AWARDS: Best short fiction: Singing My Sister Down, Margo 
Lanagan, Best Novella: Paul Haines, Last Days of Kali Yuga, Best 
Collected Work: Black Juice, Margo Lanagan, Best Novel: The Crooked 
Letter by Sean Williams, Best Artwork: Kerri Valkova for the cover of 
Black Crusade. Best Professional Achievement: Clarioin South, Best 
Fan Achievement: Conflux, Best Fan Artists: Sarah Xu, Best Fanzine: 
Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet (Thank you! Ted & Edwina.) Best 
Fan Writer: Bruce Gillespie, The William Atheling Award was jointly 
won by Rob Hood and Jason Nahrung, Best New Talent: Paul Haines. The 
Peter MacNamara Achievement Award was won by Jonathan Strahan.  
(Reported on the Eidolist by David Cake.)

QUEENSLAND YOUNG WRITERS AWARD now open for writers under 25 yrs. See (Reported by Kris Hembury 
on the Visions list.)  


MICHAEL BILLINGTON, who played Colonel Paul Foster in Gerry 
Anderson's TV series UFO, passed away on 6th June. He was 63 years 

ED BISHOP, who played SHADO Commander Ed Straker in UFO as well as 
the voice of Captain Blue in the Captain Scarlet TV series, passed 
away on 8th June, (3 days before his 73rd birthday.) from a virus 
contracted while undergoing hospital treatment. (Ed Bishop visited 
Australia as GoH of the National Media Convention, Huttcon, in 1990, 
and was one of the nicest, most generous men you could ever hope to 
meet - Edwina)
Thanks to John Tipper for relaying the above. Full details can be 
found on


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74 
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.Membership to the MSFC is $25 
single, or $35 family p.a. For further details on the MSFC see July meetings: July 8th. Book Club 
discusses `Use of Weapons' by Iain M. Banks, and `The Forever War' by 
Joe Haldeman, July 15th Coffee, cake and conversation for those not 
at Continuum, July 22nd Annual General Meeting, July 29th Free 
Enterprise film. Damian Christie, the new editor of Ethel the 
Aardvark is now inviting contributors for the August issue. You can e-
mail contributions to, or snail mail to PO 
Box 212 World Trade Centre, Melbourne, 3005. 

CANBERRA SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 
of the month. It's a relaxed social society for the discussion of SF 
and fantasy. Membership $24 p.a. For more info write to CSFS PO Box 
47, Civic Square, ACT 2608, or e-mail

SPACED OUT: a science fiction club for gays, lesbians and associated 
communities. $5 joining fee, then $20 annual membership. ($15 
concession.) to Spaced 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 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 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. 
Upcoming meetings: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. 

STARWALKING: 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. (Starwalking Melbourne 
has Force 4 convention in May. q.v. conventions.)


"Science on Tap: A Beginners Guide to Immortality" featuring Stephen 
Leeder, Mark Jones, and Ian Woolf, chaired by Wilson Da Silva, at the 
Forresters Hotel, 336 Riley St, Surry Hills, Sydney on Thursday 7July 
to launch Cosmos magazine. 

DR WHO INSIDE THE TARDIS. Starring Colin Baker, Katy Manning and 
Sylvester McCoy, hosted by Tim Ferguson, and brought to Australia by 
McPherson Touring and BBC Worldwide. Tour dates: July 15, Robert 
Blackwood Hall, Monash Uni, Melbourne, Jul 16, Palais Theatre, 
Melbourne; July 17 Geelong Performing Arts Centre; July 21, Burswood 
Theatre, Perth; July 23rd Festival Theatre, Adelaide; July 26th
Canberra Theatre; July 29 & 30, Theatre Royal, Sydney; August 1, 
Brisbane Convention Centre. Book through Ticketek (Sydney only? 
Edwina) or see or the Sunday papers for more 
details. (I also heard via Kate Orman that there will be shows in New 
Zealand, but haven't had time to track down exact dates or venues 
yet. I'm guessing it's early August - Edwina) (Thanks to John 
Gibbins for letting us know this event was also in other states of Aus.)

DYMOCKS Macarthur Central, Brisbane, are hosting a special function 
with writer ROBIN HOBB, who will be introducing her new book, 
Shaman's Crossing. Monday July 18, 6 for 6.30pm, Hilton Hotel, 190 
Elizabeth St, Brisbane. $29.50 includes drinks and canapes. (Reported 
on the Visions list by Kate Eltham.)

GALAXY BOOKSHOP (York St, Sydney) AUTHOR SIGNINGS: Anne Bishop, Wed, 
8th June, 5pm; Kate Forsyth, Thurs 23 June, 6pm; Neil Gaiman, 
Wednesday 20th July, 12.30pm; Robin Hobb Thurs 21st July 6pm, Jeff 
Vandermeer, Thurs 6 Oct, 6pm. (Reported by David Lynton.)

INFINITAS BOOKSHOP, (Parramatta, Sydney) AUTHOR SIGNINGS: Robin Hobb, 
Sat, 23 July 1pm. Karen Miller, September 11th.
VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at

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

BUFFY DOWNUNDER Melbourne. Crown Promenade, Southbank, 2-3 July. 
GoHs: Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters & David Fury. Attendance 
rates $250 See for more details  (Reported by 
Thomas Bull.)

SLAYERCON. Originally to be held 2-3 July, now supposedly in October? 
Adelaide Convention Centre. GoH's Julie Benz, Claire Kramer, Mark 
Lutz and Camden Toy. Membership $320 both days, or $175 1 day. Dinner 
$235.  More info possibly on (N.B This 
convention was recently in the news as police sought to contact the 
convention organizer following complaints from 10 fans to the SA 
Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. Reported on and on WSFM 101.7, Sydney.)

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 

ACCIO 2005, 29-31 July, Harry Potter con. Reading University, Reading 
UK.Guest speakers: Elizabeth Kay and Steve Vander Ark. See for full details.

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, Jane Yolen, critic and fanzine 
editor Greg Pickersgill and veteran Scandinavian fan Lars-Olov 
Strandberg. Special Guest Alan Lee who won an Oscar as conceptual 
artist on Lord of the Rings. The Chesley Awards will be presented on 
Friday 5th August. Day rates recently announced, available in advance 
or at the door. Australian Agents Zara Baxter, PO Box 616 
Marrickville, NSW 2204. Voicemail: 0423121, and Ted Scribner 12 
Richmount St, Cronulla, 2230: 
** Interaction recently announced 3 new books celebrating their GoH's 
will be launched at the con. "The Masque of MaUana" featuring 40 
short stories from Robert Sheckley, with cover art by Bob Eggleton, 
(ISBN 1-886778-60-4) "Once Upon A Time (She Said)" featuring 40 
short stories, plus poems and essays by Jane Yolen with cover by Ruth 
Sanderson, (ISBN 1-886778-61-2) and "Christopher Priest: The 
Interaction", 10 essays on Priest's fiction, edited by Andrew M. 
Butler with a cover by Colin Odell. These can be purchased from 

TOLKIEN 2005. The Ring Goes Ever On. 11-15 August, Aston Uni, 
Birmingham, UK. M/ship 65 pounds.
See for full details.

A Trip Through the Slipstream, An Andromeda Event.  New Date now 11th 
September (Was previously scheduled for 21 August) 2005. GoHs: Kevin 
Sorbo, Laura Bertram. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. VIP 
memberships: $330(Limited to 20 people) General - $110 See for full details.

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 

SCI-NUT Star Trek convention. 16-18 September. Union Hall, La Trobe 
University, Bundoora, Vic. GoH's Eugene Rodenberry Jnr, Vaughan 
Armstrong, Steve Bacio, Anita La Selva. Mmebership $60 for 1 day, 
$100 for both days. Autographs available for extra cost. Full details 

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  PO Box 7225 Cloisters Sq, WA 6580

WHOVENTION 7, 14-16 October, The Rydges Hotel, 54 Maclarn St, North 
Sydney (Short walk from North 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) 

TERRA NOVA. 15-16 October, Holiday Inn on Hindley, Adelaide. GoH's: 
Marina Sirtis, Dominic Keating, Robin Atkins, Gates McFadden, John 
Billingsley. Earlybird membership until 31st May, $99 per day. See for full details.

Star Trek/Star Gate SG-1/ Babylon 5 con. 15-16 October. Melbourne 
Town Hall, Melbourne, GoH's  Marina Sirtis, Dominic Keating, Ronny 
Cox, Robin Atkin Downes, Gates McFadden & John Billingsley. This 
convention is being held in conjunction with the Terra Nova event 
(above) in Adelaide the same weekend. Book tickets through Full information available under "Not just 
another Trek event." (Reported by Iain McKenzie.)

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 

FANDOMEDIA: 19-20 Nov, 2005. Acacia Hotel, (or Emerald Hotel? Seen 
both venues listed, sorry, Edwina) Perth. Simon Haynes and Chuck 
McKenzie and Erika Pearson GoH's. see for correct details.

CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, Easter, 14-17 April, 
2006.GoHs Cory Doctrow, Sean Williams, Jonathan Strahan. Membership 
$200 until 27th February 2006. (Student/Concession and High School 
student discounts available. Children 12 and younger free. Check 
their website www,conjure,

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

CONCLAVE: NZ National SF & Fantasy con. 2-5 June, 2006. Mount 
Richmond Lodge, 576 Mt Wellington Hw, Mt Wellington, Auckland, 
NZ.GoH's Joan Vinge, Jim Fenkel, Steve Jackson. Han GoH Kevin 
MacLean. Membership. NZ $70 until end of 2005. See for full details. (Thanks to Andrienne 
Losin for passing on this information.)

CONFLUX 3: Queens Birthday Weekend, 9-12 June 2006. National Museum 
(Convention motel, Rydges, is quite some distance away if you're on 
foot!) Earlybird membership $110 (until 30 July 05), then $145.
PO Box 903 Belconnen, ACT 2616 

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.

CONSYDER: Sydney. 30 Sept - 2 October 2006. Venue. Guests, membership 
etc to be announced. Supporting membership $20. Join their mailing 
list at
NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. New dates 
Feb 9-11, 2007. Melbourne. Attending $120, concession $100, 
supporting $50. (Gala dinner to cost an extra $90) see for further details.

Yokohama Worldcon 2007. Aug 30-Sept 3 2007. Pacifico Yokohama 
convention centre, Japan. Gohs: David Brin and Sakyo Komatsu. Artist 
Gohs: Yoshitaka Amano and Michael Whelan. Details at .

Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.

Australia 2010. A Worldcon bid. See

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