The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 45 – December 2005

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 45
December 2005
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


THE ENGINES CANNA TAKE IT, CAPTAIN! The launch that was to lift 
cremated remains of Star Trek actor, James (Scotty) Doohan, along 
with the ashes of 120 others into space on 6th December has been 
delayed until early 2006 as the rocket had engine problems. (Reported 
on on 11 /11/05) 

COMIC BUFFY: JOSS WHEDON recently told fans on the 
fan web site that the story of Buffy would continue as a comic series 
which he would be writing, to be published by Dark Horse. Whedon is 
also working on a telemovie featuring Spike (James Marsters), though 
Marsters currently has a recurring role in Smallville. (Reported on 
SF Weekly, 15th Nov. Relayed by Julie Townsend.)

THE PRISONER REMAKE: UK's Sky One is said to be planning a new series 
based on "The Prisoner" to be written by Bill Gallagher who wrote the 
original 17 episodes. The new version would "take liberties with the 
original and would not retain its arty feel" (Reported on SF Weekly, 
23 November. Relayed by Julie Townsend.)

ELLEN DATLOW's highly regarded has been axed from the SciFi 
channel. Anyone wanting to can comment on this action at (reported by Cat Sparks on the Visions list.)

CONJURE, the National SF convention to be held in Brisbane next 
Easter (q.v.) recently announced that you can now pay your membership 
securely on-line (

Spectrum FM Radio (Melbourne) Presents the following CD' for sale: 
Continuum 3 Speculative Fiction & Pop Culture Convention 2005, The 
Great Debate - Humans Are Unnatural Creatures, and Australian Female 
Fantasy Authors available online now at 
FIONA McINTOSH, and TRUDI  CANAVAN were interviewed about their new 
books on Spectrum FM in November.

ASif (Australian Specfic in Focus) was launched on 30th November at The site aims to review 
Australian SF, fantasy and horror books, short stories, magazines and 
comics. With over 20 reviewers, lead by Executive Editor, Alisa 
Krasnostein,  each piece is reviewed twice, so readers get two 
opinions to help them decide their reading selection. For the next 
month visitors to this site can join in an online treasure hunt 
offering great prizes (including Andromeda Spaceways pens). (Reported 
by Alisa Krasnostein)

The January issue of Bullsheet (46) may be a few days late for snail-
mail subscribers only due to holidays.  

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO KATE ELTHAM who was recently appointed as new 
Executive Director of the Queensland Writers Centre.

CONGRATS TO LEIGH BLACKMORE who recently had a fantasy poem 
called "Vale of the Voluptuous" published at

SONNY WHITELAW had 3 novels published earlier this year: The Rhesus 
Factor, a SF/ecothriller, published by Double Dragon (Canada,)ISBN: 1-
55404-225-9 Available through RRP paperback US$16.99, 
also available as an E-book ISBN:1-55404-237-2 through ereader, 
fictionwise and at
ISBN=1-55404-237-2 RRP ebook US$5.99
Ark Ship, Science Fiction. Double Dragon ISBN: 1-55404-228-3 
available through, RRP paperback US$18.99. E-book ISBN: 1-
55404-209-7 Available at ereader, fictionwise and RRP ebook US$5.99
Stargate SG-1 City of the Gods SF Published by Fandemonium UK under 
license to MGM ISBN:0-9547343-3-5 Available through Galaxy (Sydney) 
Infinitas (Parramatta) and RRP UKP5.99. Galaxy is 
selling it for A$21.95 (Apologies to Sonny for not publishing this 
information in last month's Bull – Edwina )

November in Canberra. There has not been a work dedicated to 
documenting the local SF scene since Paul Collins edited The MUP 
Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy in 1998, and 
Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction by 
Russell Blackford, Van Ikin and Sean McMullen was published by 
Greenwood Press in 1999. These days `speculative fiction' means more 
than just science fiction, fantasy, and horror; it has come to 
include cross-genre writing such as science fiction/romance, science 
fantasy, SF/detective fiction, dark fantasy, and sub-genres such as 
steam punk, cyberpunk, military sf, paranormal romance, space opera. 
The Overview uses a journalistic approach to explore what's currently 
available and who's publishing what in Australian speculative 
fiction. Copies of Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview 
is available at Dymocks Belconnen and Gaslight Fyshwick (ACT) or on (Reported by Donna Hanson) (This 
sounds like it would make a good Christmas present! - Edwina)

CHUCK MCKENZIE's new book, "Confessions of a Pod Person" is a 160 
page collection of short stories published through MirrorDanse books. 
ISBN 0975785214, $18.95. See

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS Issue 21 will have a delayed publication date due 
to unavoidable difficulties. In the meantime, if you're thinking of 
buying an ASIM T-shirt or mug for someone for Christmas, you can see 
them at Photos 
of the new ASIM pens should be up soon. Edwina.

ANTIPODEAN SF No. 90 featuring short, short stories (500 words) from  
Phillip A. Ellis, Meg Fox,Peter Geary, Jason Fischer, Shaun A 
Saunders, Siohban Bailey, Jackie Hosking, Paul Madill, Matthew 
Sanborn Smith, Elaine Cassell, can be seen at 

SPECUSPHERE: The November issue featuring articles, reviews details 
of a new King Kong game, and short fiction by Barry Rosenberg, can be 
viewed at They're also 
currently looking for poems. Reported by Stephen Thompson on the 
Visions list.

Angela Challis and Marty Young are looking for submissions of  "the 
darkest, most disturbing horror story. ...horror in its rawest form – 
the unsettling, the terrifying, " for  'Macabre - The New Era in 
Australian Horror.' Anthology.Reading from 1 October 2005 to 31 March 
2006. Open to Australian citizens and residents only. Full details on 
how to submit can be found at

BILL CONGREVE and MICHELLE MARQUARDT are calling for writers 
interested in having their work considered for the second volume 
of "The Year's Best Australian SF & Fantasy." Any story up to 20,000 
words written by an Australian citizen published during 2005 is 
eligible. Reprints only. Send hardcopy submissions to MirrorDanse 
books, PO Box 3542, Parramatta, NSW, 2124. 

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 

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. "Licence Denied: Rumblings from the Dr Who 
Underground" (new) edited by Paul Cornell, "The Truth About Magic" by 
Dave Luckett (new), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (new) 
and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", JK Rowling, "Arthur" 
and "Merlin" by Stephen Lawhead. Audiobook: "Journey to the Centre 
of the Earth" by Jules Verne featuring John de Lancie and Leonard 
Nimoy., also a Dukes of Hazard Play and Read record, and A-Team 
colouring and activity books: 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. Why not give a gift that gives twice this 
Christmas? (Thanks to Anne Devrell for the new titles.)



SF author MICHAEL CONEY, who wrote Mirror Image and The Hero of 
Downways, died of asbestos-induced lung cancer in British Columbia on 
5th November. (Reported from Locus Online relayed via Spectrum Radio 
newsletter editor, John Weeks.)

American Blake's 7 fan JOYCE BOWEN passed away in early October. 
(Reported by Anne Devrell.)


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: 2 December: Food and trivia 
night. Yuletide delights and Christmas trivia,  9 December: Christmas 
function. To be announced. Check the MSFC website. 

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 MECHANICS' SCHOOL OF ARTS at 280 Pitt St, Sydney, regularly 
holds a members reading group for Mystery and Crime, Romance and 
Science Fiction and Fantasy. Next meeting on 10th December. The 
groups start with Mystery and Crime at 10am and meander into SF (and 
sometimes Romance, depending on demand) from 12 noon. Attendance at 
the first meeting is free, but if you're interested in attending more 
meetings, you are asked to join the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. 
(Annual fee rises to $15.50 in 2006?) This also entitles you to 
borrowing rights at the School of Arts library. 

SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. Meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the 
Civic Hotel, Saloon Bar, Crn Pitt & Goulburn Sts, Sydney. From 
6.30pm. (Reported by Zara Baxter.)

SYDNEY SOUTHERN SF&F GROUP Meetings Contact Brad Row ph 9580-4369 or 
e-mail for full details.

SYDNEY FUTURIANS now affiliated with the Student Assoc of UTS. 
Meetings in room 510C (5th floor) of The University of Technology, 
Broadway, Sydney, at 7 pm. Next meeting: 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.)


MONSTERS! A display of Academy award winning special effects artist, 
John Cox's monster models and animatronics is on show until March 06 
at the Australian Museum, College St, Sydney. The exhibit will then 
tour to other major cities around Australia. (Spotted by Edwina on 
the ABC 7pm news, 27 Oct) 

VISIONS Christmas Party will be held near the ferry terminal, at 
Orleigh Park, West End, Brisbane from 10.30 am on December 4th. Bring 
family and friends, and a plate of food to share. (Reported by Robert 
Hoge on the Visions list.)

viewing night on 3rd December, (e-mail for party 
details. They weren't available on the web site when I checked - 
Edwina) Its monthly meeting on 20th December from 7pm at the Joy 
Cummings Community Centre. Cnr Scott & Pacific Sts, Newcastle. $2 
admission. For more information see )

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

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

HUB Productions (Melbourne & Sydney) 4 Feb 06 Sydney, Zenith Theatre, 
Cnr Railway & McIntosh sts, Chatswood. 5 Feb Melbourne, Roadshow 
Theatre, State Library, Latrobe St. GoH's: actor Jonathan Woodward  
and director & Assoc producer, R.D Price. VIP $350, General $90, 
Workshop with JD $30 Enquires 0402 267 541 or,

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

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. Fan 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 

Continuum. 4-6 August, 06. Venue TBA GoHs  Shaun Tan, Charles 
Stross, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Gillespie. Tickets:$65-$95 prior to 31 
Dec 05. Website:

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. USA.

The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) 
March 15-19, 2006, Wyndham Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. USA. GoH's: 
Charles Vess, M. Thomas Inge, Kathleen Ann Goonan. Currently calling 
for papers for their program. Please submit proposals by 30th 
November. Themes covered include SF, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, 
including Children's and YA lit.llustration. Look for Conference 
Information and Updates at the IAFA website: 
(Originally announced by Dale Knickerbocker, relayed by Ted Scribner.)

CONSYDER: Sydney. 30 Sept - 2 October 2006. Venue. Guests, membership 
etc to be announced.  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

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS WEB, Is a great source 
of market information that is always being updated by Tony Plank. 

For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tipper's 

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Visit Celestial Cobbler for ceramic craft with a SF & Fantasy bent.

Thought to end the year: Those who do nothing don't make mistakes.

Happy Summer Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy & Safe 
Holidays! From Ted and Edwina 

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