The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 51 – June 2006

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 51
June 2006 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


UNDER THE HAMMER. More than 1000 items from Star Trek, including 2 
bridge consoles from the 1st season , will be sold by CBS Paramount 
Television archives through Christies auction house, USA. The auction 
to commemorate 40 years since the beginning of Star Trek. The Auction 
is set to start on 5th October, and is expected to run for 3 days  
(reported on on 19/5/06)

Sir David Jason will star in a TV adaptationi of Terry Pratchett's 
discworld novel. The Hogfather. The mini-series will be shown (in the 
UK on Sky One) in Christmas 06.

Pauline Collins (The leading actress in the Shirley Valentine movie) 
will play Queen Victoria in the new Dr Who series. (relayed by Julie 
Townsend from the TV Mag, UK. Feb 18-24)

NEIL GAIMAN and LINDA JAIVIN were interviewed by Richard Fidler on 
Sydney radio statioin 702 on Mon 22. The interview can be found on (Reported by Ted Scribner) 

ELLEN DATLOW was interviewed for ABC's Articulate, speaking about the 
horror genre and offering advice for emerging writers. You can hear 
the interview on 
(reported by Gary Kemble on the Visions list.)

CONFLUX III (q.v. conventions) is set to go off with a bang in a 
few weeks. They are looking to get coverage in Canberra City News. 
Traders going to Conflux have the chance to cross promote themselves 
and Conflux by advertising with City News.

GALAXY BOOKSHOP (York St, Sydney) has ELLEN DATLOW instore for a 
book signing from 6.30 pm on 1st June, and CHARLES STROSS on Thursday 
27th July from 5pm.

SEEKING STORY: A Bullsheet reader was seeking help to find the title 
and author of a short story (possibly for children or young adults? -
Edwina) "about urban overcrowding and the city only has one park on 
its roof with just one tree and the story is about a child who sees 
the tree for the first time because most people can only visit the 
tree once a year." If anyone knows more details about this story, 
can you drop a line to (Many thanks, Edwina.)

AUREALIS AWARDS PANELS: Ben Payne recently announced the reading 
panels for this year's Aurealis Awards: SF: Alisa Krasnostein 
(Convenor), Sue Isle, Robert N. Stephenson. FANTASY Tansy Rayner 
Roberts (Convenor), Lilla Smee, Damien Warman. HORROR: Cat Sparks 
(Convenor), Stephanie Gunn, Chuck McKenzie, Sean Williams. YOUNG 
ADULT: Dianne DeBellis (Convenor), Katherine Phelps, Gillian Polack. 
CHILDRENS: Anna Hepworth (Convenor), Heidi Kneale, Alice Mills
Cynthia Rohner. The Aurealis Awards are officially open for 
submissions. For more details either email, or visit 

Stephanie Harrell for the story, "Girl Reporter" published in /One 
Story/. Nine other stories received honorable mentions. Full details 
are available on the SLF web site:

Young Writers short story competition.  (under 2500 words) for 
writers aged 18-25 closing on the 11th of August. Reported by Ben 
Perrett on the Visions List.

FFANZ (Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand) Race for 2007 is now 
on. Nominations are now open for the 2007 FFANZ trip, from Australia 
to New Zealand for Conspiracy 2, the NZ Natcon run over the New 
Zealand Queen's Birthday in June 2007. Nominations open for residents 
of Australia and New Zealand who have been active in fandom prior to 
31 March 06. Nominations must be signed by the nominee and 
accompanied by a donation of AUD$10.00 to FFANZ. Each nomination must 
also have the signed support of one fan currently residing in NZ and 
two fans currently residing in Australia (these can be sent 
separately). The nominee should provide a written platform of 100 
words or less for the ballot and a photo if possible. Nominations 
should be sent to Rose Mitchell, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne,Vic, 3001. 
E-mail for further information, or NZ 
representatives Barbara and Peter Clendon  Read all about the FFANZ Fan Fund at 

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

ALLEN & UNWIN's monthly new books catalogue will be going online. If 
you want to register to receive their catalogue by e-mail 
write "Email New Books catalogue" in the subject line of a blank e-
mail addressed to

& Fantasy publishers are looking to launch their new US and AUS 
imprints, to be overseen and developed by Tim Holman, in the next 12-
18 months. Current Senior editor, Darren Nash will become Editorial 
Director for Orbit UK. Tim Holman was quoted as saying "...many SF and 
Fantasy writers have truly international appeal." (Relayed by Robbie 
Matthews via the ASIM admin list.)

HOWZAT! A celebration of cricket by Max Fatchen and Dave Luckett, 
with illustrations by David Cox, Don Hatcher and David Kennett, has 
been published by Omnibus Books. ISBN 1862915792. Available in all 
good book shops. (Apologies to Dave for not running this information 

Apologies to TERRI DARTNALL for misspelling her name in last month's 
Bullsheet when mentioning her short story collection, The Ladder at 
the Bottom of the World. 

ANDREW BORG has a new Australian fantasy book called, "The 
Wyvernstone - a Tale of Dalraida" published through Equilibrium Books 
in June. ISBN 139781920764807. The book is being sold through for the introductory price of $19.95 + postage 
& handling. For more details see

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS issues 23 & 24 will be available to subscribers, 
and to purchase at Conflux in Canberra in June (q.v.). Issue 22 will 
be available to buy as a PDF until 13th June (Print issue will be 
available until sold out). See for more 

ANTIPODEAN SF 96 features short, short stories (500 words) by Adam 
Carson, Brenda Steedman, Jason Fischer, Mark Aird, Shaun A Saunders, 
Mark Tremble, Angus Glashier, Shei Tanner, Marty Young, Lynton 
Haggett can be viewed at or 

SPECUSPHERE: This month's Specusphere features an interview with 
Terry Dartnall, fiction by Stephen Thompson & Jeff Perkins, book 
reviews and a games press release. Specusphere are still happy to 
hear from anyone interested in learning the editing trade. See 

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 

FLASHSPEC is a new anthology project for Flash Speculative Fiction 
stories, to be published in the second half of 2006. If the project 
is sufficiently supported, it may also become a regular magazine. The 
collection will be edited by Western Australian author Neil 
Cladingboel and published by Equilibrium Books as a trade softcover 
sold through their online book store. Iinitially, payments to authors 
will be an author bio included with each accepted story and a 
contributors copy of the anthology. Contributers will also be able to 
purchase additional copies at a discount. Full submission guidelines 
available from:

anniversary of Philip K Dick's death and a commemorative volume is 
being produced by Rob Ensor. Fiction has been selected, but artists 
who can replicate the style of PKD's contemporaries (Virgil Finlay, 
Emsh, Kelly Freas, et al.) are invited to submit work to, 134 Hollybank Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 
B13 0RL,England. Payment is in contributors copies only.

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 e-

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 
$64.60) Books looking for new homes: "The Truth About Magic" by Dave 
Luckett (new and autographed by the author!), World's Apart by Chuck 
McKenzie.(Autographed by the author!) 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. 

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

US Actor and writer, Frankie Thomas Jr, who was to be a special guest 
at LACON IV, passed away on 11th May As an actor, Frankie played Tom 
Corbett, Space Cadet in a TV show of the same name aired in the USA 
in 1950. As such he was responsible for the words "Blast off" 
entering into popular language. After acting, Frank taught bridge, a 
card game for which he had a great passion. He also wrote a dozen 
Sherlock Holmes novels, including "Sherlock Holmes, Bridge 
Detective." (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 for June 2: Food & Trivia night; 
Soup, June 9th Coffee, Cake and Conversation (about how those lucky 
buggers who got to go to Conflux are enjoying themselves) June 16th 
Book Club reviews Ray Bradbury's Farenheite 491 & Orscon Scott Card's 
Ender's Game, Sat 17th June; Minicon with Melbourne SF clubs & 
conventions Austrek, MSFC, Starwalking, First Contact Conventions, 
Convergence etc. 10am-4.30pm. The club magazine, Ethel the Aardvark 
is inviting SF contributions for its June issue.

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 )

VISIONS WRITERS GROUP offers meeting and critiquing for SF, Fantasy 
and Horror writers in QLD 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 

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 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 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. 


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

STARS AND PLANETS, a selection of musical pieces from the Sydney 
Symphony Orchestra starring Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai, will be 
performed at the Sydney Opera House on Wed 7th, Fri 9th and Sat 10th 
June at 8pm. Book via the Sydney Opera House (02) 9250 7777

NEWCASTLE SPACE FRONTIER SOCIETY (NSW) has a Bowling tournament at 
the Gosford City Bowl, Brook St, Wyoming from 1pm on Sunday 3rd June. 
The venue has a café for those who wish to meet earlier for lunch. On 
1st July, movie viewing, "Superman Returns" at the Glendale Cinema. 
For details see, or e-mail

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

CONCLAVE: NZ National SF & Fantasy con. 2-5 June, 2006. Allenby Park 
Motor Inn, Manukau City - about 8 minutes from Auckland airport, 
we're told. NZ.GoH's Joan Vinge, Jim Fenkel, Steve Jackson. Han GoH 
Kevin MacLean. See for full details. (And 
thanks to Robin Johnson for passing on the change in motel 

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.) 

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 

AUSTRALIAN SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. 19-21st July, Canberra. See for more details

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 Thomas will be remembered as a 
special guest) 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, 29th 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. 

RHODODENCON: A proposed relaxacon in Blackheath (Blue Mountains, NSW) 
29th Sept- 2 Oct (Long weekend in NSW and some other states). Cost 
$40, payable to Edwin A. Scribner, c/- 12 Richmount St, Cronulla, 
2230, or 4 Prince Edward St, Blackheath. Full details can be viewed 

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
Of $350 gold. See

Entry cost - Adult one day $15
Child (12 and Under) - one day pass $10 
Family pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) - one day only $42
Three Day Pass - $40.00 
Special Gold Pass Ticket - Limited to only 20 tickets- $500.00 - 
this includes Priority entry to the Expo on both days. One Autograph 
from each guest attending the event, Special Gold pass card, entry 
to the Opening night party and more to be announced. 
Tickets will be on sale from September 1st 2006. Visit your local 
Ticketek office or click on the Ticketek logo to go to their web site. 
Service fees may apply 

NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. Feb 9-11, 
2007. Melbourne. Attending $160, (Gala dinner to cost an extra $90) 
see for further details. 

CONVERGENCE 2. Australian Natcon, 2007. Rydges Hotel, Melbourne. 
Queens Birthday weekend, 8-11 June, 07. Theme:YA genre fiction. GoH 
Isobelle Carmody. See Attending 
membership $153, concession $103 until 31.12.95. Student membership 
$55, supporting membership $33 (Prices sourced from Convergence 
promotional postcards). (Reported by Rose Mitchell.)

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. Another Aussie Worldcon bid, apparently getting good 
support from overseas. 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

The Inkspillers web site, is a great 
source of market information that is always being updated by Tony 

For links to books, movies and television shows see John Tipper's 
homepage: http://www.collecting books

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

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