The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 43 – October 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 43
October 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


SERENITY, the Joss Whedon's movie based on the TV series, Firefly, 
has opened in cinemas around Australia.

SUPERMAN RETURNS has pipped Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to 
the post for "Most Expensive Film" with a budget of $326 million. 
(Reported by Heather Gammage on the Vision-writers list.)

MORE GOODIES! Tim & Graeme will be appearing live on stage, Bill will 
be appearing almost alive via satellite from London in another tour 
of Australia in November. They'll be appearing at the Riverside 
Theatre, Parramatta (Sydney) on 2 & 3 November. Online bookings 
available through ticketek. For further tour info visit

STUDY ALIENS AT UNI! The University of Glamorgan in Britain is 
offering an undergraduate course in astrobiology:the search for 
extraterrestrial life. (from "The Other Side", just 
before the article on scientists perving on pandas - Edwina.)
AWOOGAH, AWOOGAH... warning to all Melbourne fans, CHUCK McKENZIE has 
gone south of the border and is now among you. But he's probably 
still got stuff for sale at:

SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. The inaugural meeting is Tues 4th October at 
Civic Hotel, Saloon Bar, Crn Pitt & Goulburn Sts, Sydney. From 
6.30pm. It's hoped these informal meetings will continue on every 
first Tuesday of the month. (Reported by Zara Baxter.)

CORRECTION: When sending out the original message about Kevin Dillon 
earlier this month, I inadvertently transcribed Graham Stone's phone 
number as the contact number for the Marrickville police. If you have 
any contact details for Kevin's relatives, or a will, the correct 
contact phone number for Marrickville Police is 02 9568 9299. My 
apologies to Graham Stone - Edwina.

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

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 
submissions to Teresa Pitt, Senior Commussuining Editor, Lothian 
Books, 132-136 Albert St, Sth Melbourne, VIC 3205. (Reported by Cat 
Sparks on the Visions list.)

SEAN WILLIAMS has recently sold his space-adventure trilogy, 
Astropolis, to Orbit publications, UK. (Reported on the Vision-
writers list.)

TROUBADOUR is a new novel by psychotherapist, Dr Don Fenn. Inspired 
by "control-mastery theory" this novel involves time travel to 
another planet. Published by Synergy books. ISBN 978-0-9755922-6-7. 
Cost $22.95 (US$)

ROBOT STORIES and more screenplays is a collection of scripts from 
Greg Pak. ISBN 1-59702-000-1. 232 pgs,p/back. $14.95 (US$) see

INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW is a new on-line magazine from Orson 
Scott Card which will offer "special value items" such as audio books 
and stories that can be downloaded as MP3 files. Costing $2.50 (US?) 
per copy, payable through paypal, the magazine will debut 0n 15th 
Oct. Submissions from authors welcome. The magazine pays 6c (US?) a 
word. (Reported by Cat Sparks on the Vision Writers list, and Robbie 
Matthews on the ASIM-admin list.)

Martin Austwick, Dirk Flinthart, Eric Marin, Matthew Bey, Linda Fazio 
Theys, Paul E. Martens, Floris M. Kleijne, Ben Cook, Ross Raith, 
Suzanne Palmer and Malcolm Aslett. Edited by Stuart Barrow. Available 
from SF bookshops around Australia, or buy direct or subscribe at
available via the web site. 

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 88 featuring short, short stories (500 words) from 
Geoffrey Maloney, Niel Cladingboel, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Fran 
LaPlaca, Shain A. Saunders, John Craig, Patty Jansen, Maxine Mullock, 
Elaine Cassell and Ashley Arnold. can be seen at 
http://www.antisf.com  or 
also vote for the 2004 awards. Winners will be announced in issue 89.

AUSTRALIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION website has been updated today. Check

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. 
Publications 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

SHADOWED REALMS is closed to unsolicited submissions from 1 October 
05 - 1 February 06 due to an influx of submkissions recently. 
(Reported by Shane Jiriaya Cummins)

STEAM ENGINE TIME No 4, January 2005. Editor Bruce Gillespie is now 
co-editing his fanzine with Janine Stinson.. This issue features 
articles by Darrell Schweitzer(My eyes naturally fell on the 
recollection about Giles and the gum-chewer tearing a page from a 600 
year old book to wrap her gum in, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 
Uncanny that! - Edwina) Gregory Benford, and an interesting feature 
on British SF. Print edition is available for "The Usual" - swapping 
for other fanzines, or submitting articles, or letters of comment, or 
subscription - 5 copies for $40, (Cheques to Gillespie and Cochrane 
Pty Ltd) or $30 US or 12 pounds cash. Post to 5 Howards St, 
Greensborough, VIC 3088.

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

The latest RAVEN BOOKS catalogue offering horror, dark fantasy and 
occult books is available via e-mail 

GRAHAM STONE has a catalogue of SF books, books about SF and pulp 
magazines, many dating back to pre WW2.All prices include postage. 
For a catalogue send an SASE to Graham Stone, c/- 205/24 Victoria St, 
Burwood NSW 2134.

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. 


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

AUREALIS AWARDS have changed their "entry forms" to "submission 
forms" to better reflect the policy that anyone - author, editor, 
publisher, fan etc can nominate a novel or story providing they can 
submit sufficient copies to all judges in the relative 
category/categories: (Each category has 3 judges, and submissions 
cannot be sent via e-mail.) The award organizers may approach 
publishers and authors of short-listed to seek permission of the 
book/magazine/anthology where the item was published for promotional 
purposes. Nominations only accepted for items published between  15 
Nov. 2004 and 15 Nov 2005 is eligible. Early entries will be eligible 
for a small kit-kat as a reward (offered by a recovered chocoholic 
co-ordinator as an incentive!). For more details, contact Lea Greenaway, 
Director, Aurealis Awards, PO Box 1394 Toowong Qld, 4066, or e-mail


British Actor, MICHAEL SHEARD who appeared in Star Wars: The Empire 
Strikes Back as Admiral Ozzel, and also starred in First Frontier 
with Jeremy Bulloch passed away on 31st August from cancer. He was 65.

Actor BOB DENVER, best loved for his role of Gilligan in Gilligan's 

Actor DON ADAMS, best loved for his role of Maxwell Smart in Get 
Smart died Sunday 25th September, aged 82.

Producer/Director ROBERT WISE who directed West Side Story, Sound of 
Music, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain and Star 
Trek: The Motion Picture, died of heart failure aged 91 on 14 
September. (Relayed by Susan Batho.)

Ex-Sydney fan, JASON SMITH, brother of Chris Smith, Susan Batho and 
Karen Auhl died 24 September. (Reported by Susan Batho)

IN MEMORIAM. (Some of this information is repeated for the benefit 
of our snail-mail subscribers who weren't included in the Bullsheet 
supplementals posted recently - Edwina)

Sydney fan WOMBLE (aka Karen Warnock) passed away at home on Friday 
9th September. Her funeral was held on 16th September. Karen worked 
as a teacher for many years – a career she loved - until her failing 
sight forced her to stop, but it didn't dim her love of life, nor 
stop her participation in fandom. She earned the nickname "Womble" 
when some friends at Uni acquired a womble jigsaw puzzle at the 
Canberra show and stuck it to the door of Karen's room in the Uni 
dorm. Because she was not overly tall, nor annorexically thin, and 
she couldn't abide untidiness. the name seemed to suit, and it stuck. 
She was Womble to friends, including friends in the fannish 
community, while Karen was maintained for acquaintances and family. 
Womble met Gerald at a party for Jean Weber, and was involved with 
Sydney conventions and events, including two Sydney Worldcon bids in 
the mid 1980's. Womble also participated in ANZAPA, and was a regular 
attendee at conventions, most recently Conflux and Thylacon. She 
loved poetry, and was owned by cats. One of the faces in the crowd we 
come to know by attending SF cons and functions, she was one of those 
people you expected to keep seeing around forever. Womble was well 
liked by many people in the fannish community, and will be sorely 
missed. Our deepest sympathy to her husband, Gerald 

A grand old man of Sydney fandom, KEVIN DILLON, was found dead in his 
flat on 2nd September. It is believed he died there several days 
before, probably on August 28. Kevin's funeral was held on 26th 
September. Kevin worked as a proof-reader for the Government Printer, 
and was a long-time member of the Sydney Futurians. While many 
science fiction fans are known for their tendency to hoard items, 
Kevin took his passion for collecting, particularly the printed word, 
to new heights. Kevin was happy to support and encourage younger 
fans, helping Leigh Blackmore by proofreading Terror Australis. He 
was always willing to share his passion for books with anyone who 
expressed an interest. He was 73. Kevin was well known and well liked 
by many in the fannish community, and will be missed. (compiled from 
recollections offered by John Tipper, Graham Stone, Terry Frost, Merv 
& Helena Binns, Leigh Blackmore and Edwina Harvey.)

"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to go."


Sydney SF-icon, KATHERINE CUMMINGS: Making a good recovery from 
recent open-heart surgery. 

Victorian writer and web-master of the Inkspillers web site, TONY 
PLANK, is recovering from a recent operation. He didn't want this 
information relayed sooner, because he was worried everyone would 
sneak into his hospital room and pinch his grapes!


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
and jaffles, 14th Oct, Chocolate and sugar in SF & fantasy, 21st Oct, 
CGI Characters in film & TV, 28th Oct, film appreciation: SIMONE

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: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.)

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 

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
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. "Unlimited 'schmoozing' and egoboo opportunities during 
breaks." Contact Post Office Box 2 Bexley North NSW. 

STARGATE SG1/STARGATE 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

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

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
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. Attending m/ship $225 ($au) 
Conversion from supporting membership to attending, $165 (au) 
Kids/supporting memberships $65. e-mail, Postal 
address LA Con c/- S.C.I.F.I. inc, PO Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA, 91409. 

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

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
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
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Australian writers

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For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The 
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