The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 42 – September 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 42
September 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)



EXPENSIVE HARRY POTTER: The fourth Harry Potter film, HP and the 
Goblet of Fire has a total budget of $403 million, around $13 million 
more than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. (Reported in K-zone 
in the Sun-Herald, 28th Aug. Edwina) 

WILLIAM SHATNER is to spoof Captain Kirk when voicing the character 
of Ozzie the Possum in Dreamworks forthcoming movie, "Over the 
Hedge". NICK NOLTE will voice Vincent the Bear.

WHO'S YOUR DADDY? Nice to see Simon Brown's fantasy novel, Rival's 
Son, included in a list of 10 recommended titles being suggested by 
Macmillan as Father's Day gifts. (I spotted a full page add in the 
SunHerald's Life Supplement 28 Aug. Father's Day is this Sunday. 

Australian artist, ALICIA SMITH has a wide collection of her fantasy 
artwork (dragons, unicorns, and lots more) available as printed T-
shirts, satchel bags and heaps of other stuff through US imaging 
enterprise, Café Press (see, and type "Alicia 
Smith" in the search space.) (Apologies to Alicia, I should have 
mentioned this one months ago - Edwina.)

LEIGH BLACKMORE has a catalogue of general fiction, poetry and non-
fiction books, CD's, DVD's and videos for sale. E-mail Leigh will be releasing the next Raven Books 
catalogue soon, featuring horror, fantasy and occult books soon. 

GOING, GOING... It's only 2 weeks before CHUCK McKENZIE ups stakes and 
heads for Melbourne. Still time to buy some of the stuff he has for 
sale. See

JUSTIN SEMMEL has created a new e-mail group with discussion devoted 
to Aus SF, Fantasy and horror awards. See, or subscribe by sending an 
e-mail to

KEN LUDDEN will be in Melbourne promoting his book, Second Pass. 
He'll be appearing at "A trip through the slipstream" con, Melbourne, 
on Sept 11th, and the MSFC on 16th . You can also buy his book on ISBN1418483567 

SEAN WRIGHT's novella The Twisted Root of Jaarfindor was short listed 
for the BEST NOVELLA category of the British Fantasy Awards 2005. 
Winners will be announced at the award's ceremony at the British 
Fantasy Conference on 2nd October (Reported by Sean Wright)

The Australian Horror Writers Association is now AHWA Inc having 
incorporated within the state of Victoria: The 2005 management 
committee is President: Marty Young, Vice President: Kirstyn 
McDermott, Secretary: Mick Piemontese, Treasurer: Carl Schaller Board 
Members: James Cain, Angela Challis (Reported by Marty Young)

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

SIMON HAYNES' book, Hal Spacejock, will be available in Dymocks 
bookshops and specialty SF bookshops around Australia from September. 
Simon will be doing a book-signing at Dymocks, Carousel, Perth on 1st 

A TOUR GUIDE IN UTOPIA is a new collection of 12 short stories from 
Lucy Sussex published by MirrorDanse Press. ISBN 0975785206. $24.95. 
You can purchase directly from the publisher at (payment by money order, cheque 
or paypal.)

The YEAR'S BEST AUSTRALIAN SF & FANTASY. Edited by Bill Congreve and 
Michelle Marquardt features short stories from Damien Broderick, 
Terry Dowling, Margo Lannagan, Ben Peek, Lynette Aspecy, Deborah 
Biancotti, Brendan Duffy, Brendan Carson, Rjurik Davidson, Geoffrey 
Maloney, Cat Sparks and Kim Westwood., ISBN 0-9757736-0-7 $19.95. You 
can purchase directly from the publisher at (payment by money order, cheque 
or paypal.)

LOTHIAN BOOKS is seeking submissions from Aus horror/thriller writers 
for a new adult fiction series. Manuscripts from 60-120,000 words to 
be submitted by 1/11/06. No epic/medieval/SF or fantasy. Send 
submissioins to Teresa Pitt, Senior Commussuining Editor, Lothian 
Books, 132-136 Albert St, Sth Melbourne, VIC 3205. (Reported by Cat 
Sparks on the Visions list.) 

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 87 featuring short, short stories (500 words) from 
Matt Mapes, Jason Fischer, Douglas A. Van Belle, John M. Floyd, Shaun 
A. Saunders, Niall Keegan, Karen Maric, Rod Williams, Wesley Parish 
and Marc Elias Keller can be seen at or  You can also vote for the 2004 
awards. Winners will be announced in issue 89. 

HorrorScope: The Australian Horror Weblog is up at with snippets, news, reviews and 
interviews with Australian small press publishers. (Reported by Shane 
Jiraiya Cummings.)

Shadow Box is a charity e-anthology edited by Angela Challis and 
Shane Jiraiya Cummings. It is a fusion of flash fiction, dark art, 
multimedia, and a few nasty surprises to be launched Halloween.. 
Profits donated to Mission Australia and Australian Horror Writers 
Association. For further details see

The GENRE TRAVELLER is a new travel e-zine for spec fiction fans to 
be launched in October as a PDF e-zine dedicated to travel-related 
interests of science fiction, fantasy and horror enthusiasts. The 
first issue will feature an article on ghost hunting in Maryland, and 
a preview of the Lord of the Rings musical opening in Toronto next 
year. Readers can subscribe now by going to 
or Reported by Carma Spence-
Pothitt, editor.

(US $600)awarded to assist a spec fic author to travel for research 
Application details can be found at or e-
mail or snail mail PO Box 1693, 
Dubuque, IA 52004-1693 USA. Closing date September 30th. Reported by 
Dawn Burnell

SHADOWED REALMS has launched a message board for its readers to hang 
out on line, vote for/comment on, or review favourite stories. See  (Reported by Shane Jiraiya 

Submissions are sought for AUSTRALIAN DARK FANTASY and HORROR: The 
Best of 2005. This anthology will feature reprints of the best horror 
and dark speculative fiction stories published by Australians in 
2005. It is anticipated this anthology will have mass market 
distribution. Stories by Australian citizens or residents appearing 
in Australian or overseas publications between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2005. 
Publicatios already under consideration by the anthology editors are 
Antipodean SF, Aurealis, Borderlands, Daikaiju!, Dark Animus, 
Scifiction, Shadow Box, anthology, Shadowed Realms, Ticonderoga 
Online and The Grinding House by Kaaron Warren. If your story was 
published in another publication, post a disposable copy of your 
story (in standard manuscript format), or the publication in which it 
appeared, to: PO Box 4, Woodvale WA 6026 Australia. Submissions 
accepted until 13th Jan 06. Email queries to or see

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 
$10.60 ) Books looking for new homes: "Dr Who: The Scripts, Galaxy 4" 
by William Emms. "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. Thanks to Heidi Allen who recently bought 
the Honort Harrington book. 


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)

Fantastic Queensland recently announced the finalists for 
their "Writing for Games" seminar. They are Paul Brennan, Robert 
Dobson, Daniel Graf, Amanda Greenslade, Shu-Min Heng, Grace 
McDermott, Peter Morris, Richard Warfe, John Whitehead, Yang Wong, 
Robert Dobson, Daniel Graf, Amanda Greenslade, Shu-Min Heng, Grace 
McDermott, Peter Morris, Richard Warfe, John Whitehead, Yang Wong

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. Competition closes at the end of 
September. See (reported by 
Gary Kemble on the Visions list.)

PHYSICS SHORT STORY COMPETITION: The Uni of Newcastle School of 
Mathematical and Physical Sciences is offering cash prizes (1st $200, 
2nd $100) and publishing opportunity for the best SF stories (to 
2,000 words) exploring physics. Closing date 1st October. Full 
details (reported by Rosaleen Love 
on the Visions List) 

The 'australian shadows' award is open to any horror story written by 
an Australian and published during 2005. The 'australian shadows' 
award has been made possible thanks to the initial sponsorship of 
Altair-Australia. They are seeking other sponsors to help develop 
this award. If you have any questions or would like more information, 
contact Marty on, or check

The inaugural AHWA 2005 competition for flash and short horror 
fiction have been published. Flash fiction winners can be viewed on 
Shadowed Realms #6,, while short 
story winners will be available in Dark Animus #9 
(, due out later this year.

CAT SPARKS was recently in Seattle accepting a "Writers of the 
Future" award. 

HUGO WINNERS: Best Novel: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna 
Clarke, Best Novella: "The Concrete Jungle" by Charles Stross Best 
Novelette: "The Faery Handbag" by Kelly Link,Best Short 
Story: "Travels with My Cats" by Mike Resnick, Best Related Book: The 
Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction edited by Edward James and 
Farah Mendlesohn, Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The 
Incredibles Written & Directed by Brad Bird, Best Dramatic 
Presentation, Short Form: "33" - Battlestar Galactica written by 
Ronald D. Moore and Directed by Michael Rymer. Best Professional 
Editor: Ellen Datlow, Best Professional Artist: Jim Burns, Best 
Semiprozine: Ansible, Edited by David Langford, Best Fanzine: 
Plokta, edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott, Best Fan 
Writer: David Langford, Best Fan Artist: Sue Mason, Best Web Site: 
SciFiction (, edited by Ellen Datlow. Craig 
Engler, general manager, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 
(not a Hugo Award):Elizabeth Bear, Special Interaction Committee 
Award (not a Hugo Award): David Pringle. Full details available on 
Interaction's Web Site (


BIRTHS: Mieke Channay Burch born at 10.30 am on 15th August, weighing 
3.42kg, and measuring 48cm. A new daughter for Natalie and Launz 
Burch. (Launz is aka writer Dirk Flinthart.)

STIRLING (BILL) MACOBOY. Best known for writings on gardening, he 
also holds a place in fan history. He joined the Futurian Society of 
Sydney in 1944, becoming an active member contributing artwork and 
writings to the group's fan magazines, as well as producing several 
LP records of greetings from Sydney fans to the 8th Worldcon in 
Oregon in 1950. He left Australia to study television production in 
the US -- working with Rod Serling among others. He was an early 
pioneer of the Aus tv industry.

ERIC RUSSELL died on 31 Oct 04. Eric was an early members of the 
Futurian Society of Sydney. Eric was perhaps best known for the 
confusion he caused in sf circles by having the same name as the 
English sf master, Eric Frank Russell. He edited fanzine, Ultra, 
before becoming a freelance journalist and writer specialising in 
histories of Sydney suburbs. (Relayed by Ted Scribner) 

Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warren) is gravely ill. Her cancer has 
spread and is not responding to treatment. Currently in hospital, 
doctors are trying to stabilise her condition so she can return home. 
(Reported by Gerald Smith.) 

FORREST J ACKERMAN apparently attended Interaction (The World SF con 
held in Glasgow this year) but spent a lot of his time in hospital as 
a "precautionary" measure. He's since been discharged. (Reported by 
Ted Scribner.)


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: 2nd Sept, Food and Trivia night. 
Pancakes and crepes. Sept 9th Self publishing with author Ken Ludden. 
Sept 16th Book club reviews Vernon Vinges, The Peace War. Sept 23rd 
GUFF presentation (details to be announced.) Sept 30, Video 
night, "Meet the Feebles." Contributions for Ethel the Aardvark 
issue 120 (due to be published in October) actively sought.

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 is now affiliated with the Student Assoc of UTS. 
Meetings in room 510C (5th floor) of The University of Technology, 
Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm. Upcoming meetings:16 September, 21 
October, 18 November, 16 December. Check, or e-mail 

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.

ISOBELLE CARMODY will speak about her latest children's book, Little 
Fur, on Wed, 7th Sept at 4pm in the Geelong Gallery, Little Malop St, 
Geelong. Ph 03 5299 3645 Bookings essential (reported in Pass it On 

KIM WILKINS is having a book launch of her new novel, Rosa and the 
Veil of Gold. Wednesday, September 14, 6.15pm. Mary Ryan's 179 
Latrobe Tce, Paddington (Qld) Bookings essential on 3368 1694

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.

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

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

A Trip Through the Slipstream, An Andromeda Event. 11th September. 
GoHs: Kevin Sorbo,  Laura Bertram, Andromeda, writer Ken Ludden and 
Stargate Atlantis director, David Winning. State Library of Victoria, 
Melbourne. General admission - $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. All available tickets now 
being sold for $15 and $10 for concession. Autographs available for 
extra cost. Full details at

CONCLAVE: 30 Sept- 3 October, 2005. Holiday Inn, Adelaide, SA. Has 
been cancelled. 

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.)

FREECON. 28-30 Oct, University of Technology, Sydney. Flash Fiction 
competition with cash reward. Attendees to vote for best 
stories. "Unlimmited 'schmoozing' and egoboo opportunities during 
breaks." Contact Post Office Box 2 Bexley North NSW. 

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. Aus Natcon. Rydges Hotel, Melbourne. Queens Birthday 
weekend, 8-11 June, 07. Theme:YA genre fiction. GoH Isobelle 
Carmody. 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 

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

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Visit Celestial Cobbler for ceramic craft with a SF & Fantasy bent.
(Apologies if I missed out anything this issue. Editor suffering from 
the Dreaded Lurgi - Edwina.)

For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The 
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid