The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 41 – August 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 41
August 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


NEIL GAIMAN announced at a booksigning at Galaxy Bookshop on 20th 
July that his book, Coraline, is to be produced as a stop frame and 
CGI movie.

MONTY PYTHON'S PERSONAL BEST! Each of the 5 surviving Pythons: John 
Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, will 
write and present their own special program, then all will 
collaborate on the 6th episode. (reported on in an article 
by Victoria Ward on July 20. Relayed by Julie Townsend.)

BLAKE'S 7, season 3 will be released as a 5 DVD disc set on August 
5th. (Reported by Julie Townsend.)

SARAH JANE AGAIN: Elizabeth Sladen, who played the role of Sarah Jane 
Smith, the companion to the Jon Pertwee incarnation of Dr Who, will 
appear in the next Dr Who series, (reported to the Eidolist by Chuck 

DR WHO VIDEOS FOR SALE: Chuck McKenzie is selling a collection of Dr 
Who videos in very good condition. See (I'm surprised 
the cheese sandwich Meatloaf chomped hasn't already sold! What a 
bargain! - Edwina)

(q.v.) needs all Australians going to the con to party hard! There's 
a Fantastic Queensland party on the Friday night of the con, and 
there'll be an Australia in 2010 worldcon bid party on the Saturday 
night of the con. (Relayed by Rose Mitchell for Paul Ewins.) Lucy 
Zinkiewicz also recently sent out a call for volunteers to help staff 
the Gopher Hole (I'd love to know what that is – the mind boggles! 
Edwina) and the Volunteers desk (because Australians have such a 
friendly reputation.) If you're going to the worldcon and you'd like 
to volunteer, e-mail Lucy at

CONCLAVE, the SA con (q.v.) has sent out a final call. Could those 
planning to attend their convention please buy memberships before 
26th August to ensure the convention goes ahead. (Reported by Jay 
Watson, co-convenor.)

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY. Roving Mars. A talk on the Mars Rover project by 
Steve Squyres Mon 22nd Aug. 6.16-8pm. $15 adults. $12 concession. Ph 
(02) 9241 3767.

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

MARIANNE de PIERRES book, Crash Deluxe, the 3rd vol in the Parrish 
Plessis series has been published in the UK. Australian release will 
be in September. Check www.marianne for full details.

STRANGE GARDENS a collection of fantastic prose & poems of 
otherworlds and othertimes by Australian author, Phillip A. Ellis, is 
available as a 51 page trade paperback. You can buy it online for (US)
$8.95 from (Reported by Ben S on the 
SIMON HAYNES' book, Hal Spacejock, will be available in Dymocks 
bookshops and specialty SF bookshops around Australia from September.

DONNA HANSON's publication, Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre 
Overview, will be launched by Jack Dann at the National Archives, 
Canberra from 6.30 pm on November 11th.

DAVID A. SUTTON is to release a collection of his supernatural 
stories called, "Clinically Dead and Other Tales of the Supernatural" 
through Crowswing books in April 2006.  

Lou Antonelli, John Borneman, R. Michael Burns, Lee Emmett, Ken 
Goldman, Colin Haines, Jay Lake, Sandra Mc Donald, Will McIntosh, M. 
Lynx Qualey, Gale Sebold and Bryn Sparks, and edited by Ian Nicols 
has been distributed to subscribers and specialty shops. You can also 
buy current copies ($7.95) and back issues on line at (NB there have been a couple of reports of 
copies with incorrect pagination. If your copy's pages aren't in 
correct order, please contact ASIM. (Gardner Dozois's latest "Years 
Best" book gave honourable mentions to Lee Battersby, "Ecdysis", 
February ASIM 11, Colin P Davies, "The Girl with the Four-Dimensional 
Head", ASIM 12, Stephen Dedman, "Changes", ASIM 12,  Mark W 
Tiedemann, "If anyone should ask",  ASIM 12, Stephen Dedman, "The 
Whole of the Law", ASIM 13, Liz Williams, "The Water Cure", ASIM 14 
(Spot the proud editor of ASIM 12 in this sentence. - Edwina.)

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 86 featuring short,short stories (500 words) from 
Shaun A. Saunders, Brendan Carson, John Graig, Natalie JE Potts, 
Jackie Hosking, Patrick Ball, Shane Griffin, Robin Hillard, Ian 
McHugh and Lee Carlon can be viewed at or 

COSMOS magazine. Fiction editor, Damien Broderick, reports he can 
only buy one 2000 word story a month, but that Cosmos pays $500. 
Emphasis should be first on literature, then on an element of science 
at the story's heart, (new technology, different society) As the 
magazine is sold to a broad readership, no profanity or explicit sex. 
Send submissions as Rich Text Format to fiction@cosmosmagazine. The 
next issue of Cosmos magazine will be released next week. It will 
feature a story by Gregory Benford.

SHADOWED REALMS: will be paying professional rates of 8 cents a word 
from issue 8. (reported by Shane Jiraiya Cummings on the Visions list.)

SPECUSPHERE features articles, fiction and poetry by Geoffrey 
Maloney, Stephen Thompson, Terry Dartnall, Tony Plank, Beth Spencer & 
Barry Rosenberg. It's actively seeking contributions from editors, 
artists and writers. Check it out at

TICONDEROGA Issue 4 is now available on line. It features fiction by 
Rob Hood and Ashley Arnold, as well as interviews with Trent Jamieson 
and Jonathan Strahan.

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

CARDIGAN  PRESS are soliciting for fast fiction submissions for its 
4th anthology to be published in March 06. See For full details. (Reported by Brendan 
Duffy on the Eidolist.)

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.)

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.(Tally 
$6.60 ) 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. 


are joining together to offer a mentorship to a young and emerging 
writer of speculative fiction. This offers the chance to work one-on-
one with an experienced author (either Rowena Cory Lindquist, 
Marianne de Pierres or Geoff Maloney) over an extended period. 
Eligible applicants must be aged 18 to 30, have a subtantial work of 
speculative fiction in progress completed to at least first draft 
stage and  be a Queensland resident. For sull details see 
 (Reported by Robert Hoge)

The ABC has launched a competition to discover the best unpublished 
manuscript between 60-120k words. First prize $10,000 with the 
manuscript published by ABC books, See (reported by Gary Kemble on 
the Visions list.)


JAMES (JIMMY) DOOHAN. The actor best known as Montgomery Scott 
(Scotty) in the original Star Trek TV series, animated series and 
movies died on Wed 20 July from pneumonia and alzheimer's disease. 
Doohan joined the Canadian army as a 19 year old, serving in World 
War 2. He was machine-gunned 6 times during a beach landing on D-day. 
Among his injuries was the loss of the middle finger on his right 
hand. This flaw was usually filmed around in acting shoots. Doohan 
was thrice married, and had nine children. When asked if he ever got 
sick of his involvement with Star Trek by an interviewer he 
replied, "It was fun". James Doohan was 85 years old. (Thanks to John 
Tipper for relaying an extensive memorial of Jimmy Doohan's life.)

WALKING WOUNDED: Sydney fan Womble (aka Karen Warren) has had a 
recurrence of cancer. After a brief stay in hospital she is 
undergoing chemotherapy treatment at home. (Reported by Gerald Smith.) 


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 Meetings: Aug 5th, food night, casserole. 
Aug 12th "Hippos in SF" (no other meeting details available when I 
checked - Edwina)

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 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: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.)


GALAXY BOOKSHOP (York St, Sydney) AUTHOR SIGNINGS: Jeff Vandermeer, 
Thurs 6 Oct, 6pm. (Reported by David Lynton.)

Miller, September 11th.

VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at

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

SPAA FRINGE: 11-13 August. Brisbane Powerhouse. Annual conference for 
emerging & low budget film & TV producers. 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. Don't forget the Fantastic Queensland party on the 
Friday night, and the Australia in 2010 bid party on Saturday night.

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. 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. Emerald Hotel, Perth. Simon Haynes and 
Chuck McKenzie and Erika Pearson GoH's. see for details.

SWANCON RENAISSANCE: 10-13 March, 2006. Acacia Hotel, Perth, WA. 
Gohs: Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dizon & Danny Oz. Cost $100 (supporting 
$35) see for full details.

CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, Easter, 14-17 April, 
2006.GoHs Cory Doctrow, Bruce Sterling, 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. 
Gohs Ellen Datlow, Kate Forsyth, Sara Douglass and Jackie French. 
Attending m/ship $145. See or e-mail .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.

CONVERGENCE 2 was voted the Natcon for 07 at Thylacon this year. 
Rydges hotel, Melbourne. Queens Birthday weekend, 8-11 June, Theme YA 
genre fiction. See (Reported by Rose 

XIVAMC, Medieval re-enactment group. Easter 2007. Meeting at the 
Danelaw property, Charley's Forest Rd, Wog Wog, NSW. (35 min drive 
north of Braidwood, 3 hrs south of Sydney, 1.5 hrs east of Canberra. 
Registration $150 fully catered for 4 days. See 
for more details. (Reported by J. Gibbins.) 

NIPPON 2007. Worldcon. 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 . Australian agent Craig McBride. Membership A$210 
until Sept 30 2005. You can also join 

Geneva Convention a civilised worldcon bid for Switzerland in 2008.

Australia 2010. A Worldcon bid. See (Don't forget to go to the 
bid party at Interaction!)

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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