The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 52 – July 2006
The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 52
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)
So much for warning everybody that we'd be a bit late this issue!
Just goes to show you that the pen is still mightier than the
computer...at least when the computer decides not to work! - Edwina
DR WHO For those of us who don't download from the net, or have
friends shipping us episodes from overseas, the new series airs on
ABC TV from July 8th. (Reported by Julie Townsend.)
ANIMATED WHO. The BBC is releasing a DVD of the early Cyberman
episodes called "The Invasion" substituting animated episodes created
by Cosgrove studios for the two missing episodes. (Reported by Chuck
"LOOKING FOR A CURE FOR THE HARRY HANGOVER" is a feature article
published in the 13-14th May edition of the Sydney Morning Herald
looking at "Monster Blood Tattoo" a debut novel series by Australian
author and illustrator, D.M. Cornish pondering if this will be "the
next big thing" after Harry Potter. The basis of the story comes from
surgically altered monster slayers. After a victorious hunt the
slayer is tattooed using the monster's blood. (Reported by Brian
ERIC LINDSAY AND JEAN WEBER will be briefly in Sydney from 29th June -
5th July. (Though Jean's heading to Broome a few days before that, I
Anyone thinking of attending RHODODENCON, could they please contact
Ted Scribner before the end of July.
ANTHOLOGY OF INTEREST can be regularly seen on community TV channel,
Channel 32 from 6th July, airing at 9.30 on Thursday nights, repeated
at nidnight on Fridays and 4am on Sundays. Host, Garfield Barnard
recently informed us that the show was also being aired on community
TV in Adelaide. The show is still interested in airing fan
productions, particularly fan made Star Wars, Star Trek etc
productions if they are suitable for airing. You can contact
Anthology of Interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, snail-
mailing PO Box 570, Newtown, NSW 2042 or phoning 02 8564 1196.
CONFLUX apparently went off well. I can't find any info on who won
all the art prizes. Can anyone help? Edwina.
BROWNCOATS DOWNUNDER, Australian Joss Whedon fans, held a charity
screening of Serenity at Hoyts Theatre, Sydney last Saturday 24th
June. The only information I can find about them is that they appear
to be an internet forum you can join by subscribing to
movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/browncoats_downunder.. (If anyone has
any more info about this group, please let me know. Edwina)
SHUTTLE MAWSON (www.shuttlemawson.com) is a new South Australian Star
Trek fan club, a chapter of Starfleet Internatioinal, run by Stuart
Blair. They will be curating a SF exhibit in the SA Museum as part of
National Science Week, Aug 12 - 20. This exhibit will also feature a
SF film festival from 12th August.) They will also be having a SF
weekend featuring Star Trek & Stargate on 4-5 November. (Reported by
Sci-fi REPORTER is a great SF news service covering cons, fan clubs
and media, edited by Stuart Blair. The May issue featured an
interview with Richard Hatch from the original Battlestar Galactica.
The June issue seems to be based on SF fans falling in love with
other SF fans. (Must admit I thought the idea of a "personals" column
for SF fans was interesting. Edwina) To subscribe to this list send
an e-mail to email@example.com
GALAXY BOOKSHOP (York St, Sydney) has CHARLES STROSS on Thursday 27th
July from 5pm.
Young Writers short story competition. (under 2500 words) for
writers aged 18-25 closing on the 11th of August.
http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/news/whatson/events/ywa 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 Mitchell@vicnet.net.au for further information, or NZ
representatives Barbara and Peter Clendon
firstname.lastname@example.org Read all about the FFANZ Fan Fund at
The 2006 SLF Travel Research Grant. This grant is for (US) $600 and
is offered to assist speculative authors' (including poets) with
travel to research their creative projects. Applicants need to supply
a 1 page (500 words) description on your project, travel destination
and estimated completion date, writing sample and 1 page bibliography
of the author's previous publications. Send these as a .doc file to
email@example.com. This grant will be supplied via
paypal if awarded to an international recipient. Applications close
30th September. Travel has to take place from Sept 06 to Sept 07.
US AUTHOR HAS PULLING POWER IN EFFORT TO PUSH NEW BOOK: Author
Michael Jones who has recently published the book, "Logical
Universe: A Layman's Reality" is offering (US) $15,000 to anyone who
can prove Newton's gravity theory.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too
dark to read"- Groucho Marx
RUSSEL B. FARR is compiling a list of forthcoming Australian books,
works written, edited or published by Australians to be published
between June 06 and June 07 for TiconderogaOnline. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a publication to be added to the list.
MARTIN LIVINGS' new book, Carnies, was published by Lothian Books in
AGOG RIPPING READS can now be purchased in hardback and softback
editions through Amazon.com.
ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE: Issue 23. It has only recently
come to ASIM's attention that 2 pages of ASIM22 were accidentally
transposed and printed in issue 23. ASIM are currently liasing with
their printer to rectify this problem. If you have purchased a faulty
copy of issue 23 you should contact Andromeda Spacways.
Issue 24 features fiction by Brian Tillotson, Paul Woodlin, Marissa
Lingen, Stephanie Campisi, Andre Oosterman, Anna Tambour, Simon
Brown, S. Hutson Blount, Steven Pirie, Chuck McKenzie and Katherine
Woodbury, poetry by Samantha Henderson, an interview with Sonny
Whitelaw by Edwina Harvey, and an article by Ian Nichols, edited by
Edwina Harvey is out now. The PDF version will be available to
purchase on line in a few months. See www.andromedaspaceways.com for
ANTIPODEAN SF 97 features short, short stories (500 words) by Peter
Tennant, Paul Madill, Lee Carlon, Adam Carson, Shaun A. Saunders,
Dqyte Maxim, Jenny Manfield, Oeter MacGregor , Camille Picott and
Nike Bourke can be viewed at http://www.antisf.com 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
email@example.com with the words "Submission
Workers" in the subject line. Pays 2 copies and Aus 1.5 c/word on
publication. See http://ticonderogaonline.org/publications/ for full
LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For the February catalogue
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. (A cheque
for $70 was forwarded to JDRF in late June. Edwina) 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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
HATCH, MATCH AND DISPATCH
Writer Kurt Von Trojan, author of The Atrocity Shop and the Transing
novels, as well as many short stories, suffering from bone and kidney
SF publisher, JIM BAEN of Baen's Books, had a serious stroke and was
hospitalised on 15th June, but Baen Books is still functioning,
(Reported on Boingboing.net, and relayed by Ted Scribner via the
CLUBS & MEETINGS
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
www.vicnet.net.au/~msfc. Meetings 7th July: Italian food and
trivia, Sun 9th July special screening of Pirates of the Caribbean II
at Balwyn (tickets from MSFC website), July 14th: Pirates in Fantasy,
July 21: AGM, July 28: Video appreciation: Pirate films.
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 email@example.com.
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 http://www.sfsa.org.au/ 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 -
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0416 269 726 or check
QUEST Queensland Star Trek club. Contact the club at PO BOX 2084,
Brisbane, QLD. 4001, or check www.conquestforever.com (Reported by
The Brisbane Babylon 5ers website is at www.geocities.com/bb5ers
(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
http://www.infinitas.com.au/WritersGroup.php 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 starting at 10am
and Science Fiction and Fantasy from approx.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. Upcoming meetings: 15th July, 5th Aug,
26th Aug, 16th Sept, 7th Oct, 28th Oct, 18th Nov, 9th Dec.
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 July 21, Aug 18th, Sept 15th, Oct 20th,
Nov 17th, Dec 20th. Check http://users.secsme.org.au/~futurians, or e-
mail John.Fox@uts.edu.au for full details.
STARWALKING: http://sydskyforce.starwalking.net 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
Sydney Observatory. Fri 21 and Sat 22 July, 6-10pm is offering fun
activities for kids with 3D space Theatre and a night fair. $15 for
adults, 10 fir kids or $45 for families.
GoH = Guest of Honour, OCP = Other Commitments Permitting, tba= to be
BOBW are having a reunion Stargate convention from 13-16 July at the
Carlton Hotel, 350 Church St, Parramatta. Details on
AUSTRALIAN SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. 19-21st July, Canberra. See
http://www.nssa.com.au/ for more details
CONTINUUM. 4-6 August, Victoria Hotel, Lt Collins St, Melbourne.
GoHs Shaun Tan, Charles Stross, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Gillespie.
SCI-NUT conventions are running a multistate (Canberra, Melbourne,
Sydney and Brisbane "40 Years of Trek in Oz" celebration from 25th
August until 2nd September. Guests to be announced. Cost $60 ($30
concession) Book on line at www.scinut.com
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 $273 ($au) Conversion from supporting
membership to attending, $205 (au). Conversion from voting to
attending membership $219 (US) Kids/supporting memberships $69. e-
mail info@laconIV.org, 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
http://www.laconiv.org/2006/reg/signupaus.htm with personal details
filled in. Alternatively send your full name, address and email
FIRST CONTACT con. 24th Sept. Roadshow Theatre, State Library,
LaTrobe St, Melbourne. $77 general. See
www.firstcontactconventions.com.au 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
www.conquestforever.com 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 www.terra-
novaevents.com for full details.
FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION STARGATE CON October 28th Sydney, (and
29th Oct Brisbane. Venue TBA) GoH Rachel Luttrell. Membership $120
FSF members, $130 non-members, $400 VIP. See www.fsf.
www.fsf.net.au, 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 www.pulpexpo.com/info.html.
NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. Feb 9-11,
2007. Melbourne. Attending $160, (Gala dinner to cost an extra $90)
see www.ausdwcon.org 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 http://www.natcon.org.au/2007. 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 5-8 April, 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
www.danelaw.org.au for more details. (Reported by J. Gibbins.)
INCONCEIVABLE, SWANCON 32, Easter 6-8 April, 2007. Acacia Hotel,
Northbridge, W.A. GoH's: Elizabeth Moon, David Gerrold, Matthew
Reilly, Russell B. Farr. Damian Magee. Membership $110 ($90
concession. See http://www.swancon.com. Or e-mail
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
www.nippon2007.org . 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 http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/melbourne.
OTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES:
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 http://www.sf.org.au/coodestreetnews.
The Inkspillers web site, http://www.inkspillers.com. 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 andmagazines.com
The Bullsheet is available as a FREE monthly e-mail through the
AUSSFBULL mailing list. To join send a blank e-mail to AUSSFBULL-
email@example.com. The latest version is also on the
Bullsheet web page
http://www.geocities.com/edwinafan/bullsheetThe Bullsheet is also
available as a snail-mail subscription for 20x50 cent stamps (or $10)
sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville, 2036. Send your
news e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Visit Celestial Cobbler for ceramic craft with a SF & Fantasy bent.
HAPPY FINANCIAL NEW YEAR!!!!!
For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid