The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 49 – April 2006

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 49
April 2006 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! When Ted and I revivified (thank you, Sally 
Beasley!) the Bullsheet, we started out with nothing; 4 years later 
we've still got most of it left! (With apologies to Groucho Marx. 

CONJURE (the Australian SF Natcon, Brisbane, Easter q.v.) has 
recently announced a plethora of guest writers also attending the 
convention. Their membership is now $250. Full details available at. 

FFANZ: Congratulations to New Zealand fans, Barbara and Peter Clendon 
who as FFANZ (Fan Fund Australia & New Zealand) delegates for this 
year will be attending Conjure in a couple of weeks. People attending 
Conjure are invited to meet Barbara and Peter at the Convergence 2 
Happy Hour held during the convention. (Reported by Rose Mitchell.)

DITMAR VOTING. Attending and supporting members of Conjure are also 
eligible to vote for the Ditmar awards which closes soon. On-line 
voting must be completed by 11th April, and snail mail voting must be 
in the post to be delivered by 5th April.

HUGO NOMINATIONS OUT NOW. These can be viewed on the Emerald City 
Congratulations to Cheryly Morgan who was nominated in the Hugo fan 
writers class, and Emerald City, which was nominated in the 
semiprozine class. (Reported by Ted Scribner)

VISIONS WRITERS GROUP was formed to give SF, Fantasy and Horror 
writers in QLD a chance to meet their peers and have work critiqued. 
Monthly meetings from 11am -2 pm, first Sunday of the month (except 
Jan and Dec) at Dymocks City Store, Queen St, Brisbane. $10 joining 
fee, and $4 per meeting. (reported by Nigel Stone)

LEIGH BLACKMORE has recently set up a TERRY DOWLING e-mail list to 
discuss the works of Australian author, Terry Dowling, author of 
Wormwood, Rynosseros, Blue Tyson and many more. Details on the list 
are availabe at 

Congratulations to ROB JAN who will be Radio 3RRR's Intrepid 
Travelling radio announcer, spending 15 days in China later this 
year. An index to photos of Rob's many costumes including Red Kelly 
and Ferengi, are now on line at

LEGO IN MELBOURNE! The first Australian public Lego fan exhibition, 
Bricvention, will be held in Melbourne, June 10-11. You need to pre-
register is you intend to display, participate in presentations, or 
operate a trade table (at extra cost) See 
for full details. (Reported by J. Gibbins.) 

REAL RABBITS THIS EASTER? Susan and Graeme Batho run a rabbit refuge 
and are looking to rehome several rescued rabbits including  
specialized breeds such as black cashmere and long haired Himalayan. 
Some are already desexed. They are also willing to offer after-
adoption advice if you're new to rabbit ownership. Rabbits make good 
lawn-mowers, and many make affectionate pets, happy to watch TV with 
you, or be quiet while you finish that book. For details contact 
Susan or Graeme on 02 47515740 or

JOHN LENNON and the ROBIN OF SHERWOOD and FARSCAPE connection!: "And 
In The End: The Death and Life of John Lennon" is a stage play 
featuring Valentine Pelka (whose TV credits include Tripods and RoS) 
as John Lennon as well as Jonathan Hardy (aka the voice of Rygel XVI 
in Farscape) Playing in the Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, from 16th 
May. See for full details. (I saw one of the 
Sydney previews and found it a thought-provoking homage to Lennon - 

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

LEE BATTERSBY's book, "Through Soft Air", a collection of 25 of his 
short stories, including his 2 Aurealis Award winning stories has 
been published by Prime Books, and can be bought on line for (AUD)
$24.95. Full details should be available on soon.)

KAREN MILLER is writing a Stargate SG-1 book which is due out in 
September. (Reported on the Infinitas newsletter.)

"I, AM" is a new horror/suspense novel recently released by Deon C. 
Saunders based on the war between God's Army and Lucifer's followers. 
76 pgs. Published by Double Dragon Publishing, ISBN 1554043158. 
Available in print format from PO BOX 54016, 1-5767 Hwy 7 East, 
Markham, ONTARIO, L3P 7Y4, Canada. Also available as an e-book 
through Double Dragon's website. 

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS issue 22 should be out soon. As a new feature, 
the issue will also be available as a downloadable PDF after 
subscribers have received their issues. ASIM also intends to increase 
subscription rates in a few months. Resubscribe early and beat the 
price rise! ASIM will be at Conjure (Sharing a table with Celestial 
Cobbler) if you want to buy or renew subscriptions or purchase 
current or back issues, T-shirts, hats, mousemats, mugs or pens. Keep 
watching for more details.

ANTIPODEAN SF 94 features short, short stories (500 words) by  Andrew 
J Leadbeatter, Catriona Hoy, Paul Sheringham, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, 
Shaun A Saunders, Nadia Harmsen, Steven Cavanagh, Wesley Parish, 
Charles Richard Laing and Cynthia M Saracco and can be seen at or

THE WORKERS' PARADISE is a new spec-fic anthology with the theme of 
work/workplace relations, to be edited by Russell B. Farr and Nick 
Evans. Open to submissions of original stories of 1-7,000 words from 
Australian residents until 1 Aug 2006. E-mail subs to with the words "Submission 
Workers" in the subject line. Pays 2 copies and Aus 1.5 c/word on 
publication. See for full details.

ULTRAVERSE e-zine is posting a short online survey regarding story 
content and advertising at 
(Reported by Chris Africa.)

CLARION SOUTH 2007, an intensive 6 week spec-fic workshop held at 
Brisbane's Griffith Uni in Jan/Feb 07 will have Lee Battersby, Simon 
Brown, Gardiner Dozois, Rob Hood, Kelly Link & Janeen Webb as tutors. 
See for full details. Applications close June 06. 
(Reported by Robert Hoge on the Vision Writers list)

LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror 
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For the February catalogue 

CHUCK MCKENZIE is selling a collection of books and Dr Who 
memorabilia. Details available on his website: 

GRAHAM STONE has a catalogue of SF books and pulp SF magazines 
(Amazing Stories, Analog, Galaxy SF) for sale. For a copy of the 
catalogue send a sase to 205/24 Victoria St, Burwood, NSW, 2134. 

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 
$48.60) Books looking for new homes: "The Truth About Magic" by Dave 
Luckett (new), 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. Cards and 
books will also be on sale at the Celestial Cobbler half-table at 
Conjure. Thanks to Martin Dunne and Kathy Brunker for recent 

RENE AUBERJONOIS has become a grandfather. Grandson Julian was born 
on Jan 25th to his daughter Tessa and her partner, Adrian. (Reported 
by Anne Devrall.)

Writer Kurt Von Trojan, author of The Atrocity Shop and the Transing 
novels, as well as many short stories, suffering from bone and kidney 

Melbourne Star Trek fan, DIANE MARCHANT, is gravely ill and in 
hospital with pancreatic cancer. Diane has been the Australian 
representative for "The Welcomittee", a voluntary group that linked 
Star Trek fans to each other in the early years before Star Trek 
fandom became established. In this capacity Diane was instrumental in 
the formation of NSW Trek club, Astrex, and Vic Trek club, Austrek, 
(Thanks to Sue Bursztynski who passed on the news with Diane's 

Writer GRACE DUGAN is hopefully now at home after being in hospital 
and operated on to have a streptococcus milleri (spelling?) abscess 
removed from her brain.

British actor JACK WILD best known for his portrayal of the Artful 
Dodger in the movie, Oliver Twist, and Jimmy in the classic TV series 
H.R. Puffnstuff. Wild also had a guest appearance in Dr Who, and 
played Much the miller's son in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Jack 
Wild died from mouth cancer aged 53.

Russian SF writer, STANISLAW LEM died on 27th March aged 84. Lem's 
novels were translated into many languages and sold in the millions. 
His book, "Hospital of the Transfiguration" was censored for 8 years 
by communist authorities before being released in 1956, and his 
novel Solaris was twice produced as a film. (Reported by Ted Scribner 
on the Eidolist.) 


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 for April: 7th April: Trivia and 
Easter food - hot cross buns, chocolate eggs, bunnies and bilbies. 
14th April. Good Friday. No Meeting. April 21st, Book Club. The Moon 
Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Harry Harrison's book, Bill the 
Galactic Hero. April 28th: Board, card and video games. 

AUSTREK, the Star Trek fan club in Victoria will be celebrating its 
30th anniversary this year and is still going strong.

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.

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

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 BOOKSHOP/Blokey Stuff, Shop 22 Civic Arcade, 48 - 50 George 
Street Parramatta NSW. has 2 groups regularly meeting at its 
premises. The SF Discussion Group meets at 6:30pm on the first 
Thursday of each month except January. A SF Writers Group also meets 
at the shop once a month on Saturdays See for 2006 meeting dates. 
(Reported by Tim Martin via Ted Scribner).

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. 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 $15.50 ?) This also 
entitles you to borrowing rights at the School of Arts library. 
Meetings held every 3 weeks. Upcoming meetings: Sat 22nd April, Sat 
13th May, Sat June 3, Sat June 24th.

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 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 on April 21st, May 19, June 16th, July 21, 
Aug 18th, Sept 15th, Oct 20th, Nov 17th, Dec 20th. Check, or e-mail 
for full details. 

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.)


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

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

FIRST CONTACT Melbourne. Sat 8th April. Nick Tate (Space 1999), Jane 
Badler ("V"), and Herb Jefferson Jr (Original Battlestar Galactica 
series.). Tickets $77 general or $66 with fan club membership. See,   e-mail:, or phone 0439 444 901

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION: Sydney. Sun, 9th April Nick Tate (Space 
1999), Jane Badler ("V"), and Herb Jefferson Jr (Original Battlestar 
Galactica series.). At Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, Sydney. 
Tickets $66 for FSF members, $99 non-members and $250 VIP tickets. E-
mail,, see,  or phone 02 9523 8385 

CONJURE. National SF convention, Brisbane, Easter, 14-17 April, 
2006.GoHs Cory Doctrow, Bruce Sterling, Sean Williams, Jonathan 
Strahan, plus many more! Membership $250. Student/Concession and High 
School student discounts available. Children 12 and younger free. 
Check their website

NECRINOMICON: 14-17 April.(Easter) Roleplaying con. Newtown High 
School of Performing Arts. See www.necronomicon.necro06/index.php for 
full details.(Reported in the Infinitas newsletter)

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

SUPANOVA Brisbane. 21-23April. RNA Showgrounds. See:

LEVIATHAN. 22-23 April. Table-top wargaming con. Quakers Hill High 
School, Quakers Hill. See for full 

ARMAGEDDON (NZ ) 29-30 April. Wellington Event Centre, Wellington NZ. 
GoHs Clare Kramer (Glory:Buffy), Roger Bumpass (Spongebob), Geoff 
Jogns. NZ$15 per day. Bookings through ticketek. See 

THE HUB. Sydney. May 6-7. GoH's: Jewel Staite; Clare Kramer, 
Jonathon Woodward, Larry Bagby; John Billingsley Nicola 
Scott.Tickets: VIP $400, Weekend $150, Sat only $80, Sun only $90 
Book online at

Terra Nova. 6th May. Adelaide. (No venue announced) GoH Nana Visitor, 
Clare Kramer, Arlene Martel. Ph 08 9396 2517 or 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. 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. 
Also offering communication links with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Ray 
Bradbury, and Lloyd Alexander. Conflux will also feature a film 
festival, a medieval feast and a gaming stream as well as an art show 
offering $6,000 in prizes. If you refer someone who hasn't been to a 
Conflux before, you will receive a $25 voucher to spend in the 
dealers room. Attending m/ship $190, $130 concession and $35 
supporting.. See or e-mail .PO Box 903 Belconnen, ACT 2616 or phone 

CONTINUUM. 4-6 August, Victoria Hotel, Lt Collins St, Melbourne. 
GoHs Shaun Tan, Charles Stross, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Gillespie. 

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. Australians can buy memberships to LaCon by sending a cheque or 
money order made payable to their Australian Agent, Edwin A. Scribner 
c/- 12 Richmount St, Cronulla NSW 2230, preferably with a printout of with personal details 
filled in. Alternatively send your full name, address and email 
address. Attending membership is currently $225 and supporting or 
child (5 - 11) $65.

FIRST CONTACT con. 24th Sept. Roadshow Theatre, State Library, 
LaTrobe St, Melbourne. $77 general. See for full details.
ConQuest, 29rh Sept – 1st Oct. Chifley at Lennons, Brisbane. GoHs: 
Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, (2001: A Space Odyssey) Katy Manning (Dr 
Who), Richard Arnold and Sonny Whitelaw. $270. See for full details. 

TERRA NOVA 14th Oct. Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide. See for full details.

29th Oct Brisbane. Venue TBA) GoH Rachel Luttrell. Membership $120 
FSF members, $130 non-members, $400 VIP. See www.fsf., or phone 02 9523 8385 

SUPANOVA Sydney, Comics/Pop culture. 27-29 October, Wharf 8, 53-59 
Hickson Rd, Sydney.

ARMAGEDDON (NZ) 21-23 Oct. Aotea Centre, Auckland. GoH: JMS (Bab 5) 
and others. (NZ)$15 Or $350 gold. See

NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. New dates 
Feb 9-11, 2007. Melbourne. Attending $160, (Gala dinner to cost an 
extra $90) see for further details. (NB their web 
site seems to want you to sign in. Be prepared to fossick to find the 
information you're after. Edwina.)

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

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Passover, Happy Autumn Equinox! 

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