The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 53 – August 2006

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 53
August 2006 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


STARGATE MOVIES: Dean Devlin, producer of the original Stargate movie 
recently announced neggotiations were underway with MGM for a second 
Stargate movie starring Kurt Russell & James Spader. Brad Wright has 
also recently announced that a Stargate telemovie was being planned 
to launch a third SG series. (Reported by Sonny Whitelaw on the 
Vision-writers list)

YING TONG: A WALK WITH THE GOONS is a play by Roy Smiles starring 
Steven Kennedy as Peter Sellers, Robbie Matthews as Harry Secombe and 
Robert De Fries as Spike Milligan. Playing at the Street Theatre, Cnr 
Uni Ave and Childers St, Canberra City from 17 Aug - 2 Sept, Bookings 
Ph 6247-1223, also playing one night only, Thurs 7th September at the 
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St, Greenway. Bookings Ph 6293 1443.

sizzle. $5 per head. Book sale, signings by several authors, awards 
for the Centre's SF Short Story comp. Sun 13th Aug, KSP Centre, 11 
Old York Ed, Greenmount, WA. (Reported by Satima Flavell Neist.) 

EAT YOUR HEART OUT: is a zombie film partly shot at Tripple R FM in 
Melbourne. It can be viewed online at YouTube, or see juicy stills 
from the production at:

CONVERGENCE II, the Australian Natcon to be held in Melbourne in June 
07 (q.v. conventions)
is now enabled so people can purchase memberships via paypal.

Conflux artshow reslts can be viewed at (Thanks to Stu Barrow for 
providing this link.)

The 2006 Sir Julius Vogel Awards winners were announced on 4 June at 
Conclave, the NZ Natcon held in Auckland, New Zealand by the Science 
Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Best Novel - 
Professional awarded to "The Duke's Ballad" by Andre Norton and Lyn 
McConchie (Tor Books, 2005). Services to SF & Fantasy: Margaret Mahy, 
Best Short Story - Professional: "The Real Deal" - by Peter Friend, 
Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, July 2005. Best Fan Writing: Alan 
Robson, Best Fanzine: Phoenixine, Editor Richgard Scheib, Best short 
film, "King" directed by Peter Friend, Services to Fandom: Norman 

Upcoming episodes of ANTHOlOGY OF INTEREST seen on community TV 
channel, Chanel 32 (Sydney) will feature the following: 3rd August, 
'DARK CARNIVAL' (Aurora Digital 183, 9pm Saturday, 3am Sunday Chanel 
32, 5th August, EVE / BROKEN, 12th August, BURY THE DOG / CHASING 

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.

HIGHLAND LITERARY AWARDS has Magic or an original Fairy Tale as the 
themes for its Childrens' Fiction award. Stories should be up to 
3,000 words. $5 entry fee (?) First prize $150. They also have a 
poetry section with a $5 entry fee per poem, or 5 poems for $20. 
Competition closes 31st Oct. Send an sase to Pat Kelsall, PO Box 1563 
Mail Centre, Ballarat, VIC, 3354 for an entry form. (Reported by 
Rowena Cory Daniells on the Visionwriters list)

SCARLET STILLETO PRIZE offers cash prizes for women's crime & mystery 
short stories up to 5,000 words. Entry fee is $10. Competition closes 
on 31st Aug. See for more details, or send 
an sase to Sisters In Crime, GPO Box 5319, Melbourne 3001. (Reported 
by Tehani Wessely) 

writers authors only, Christian and nonchristian.. 1-4000 words 
Seeking stories "with a moral foundation showing the power of 
Christianity. No reprints or multiple submissions. Open genre 
including SF, Fantasy and thriller. Open to submissions until mid-
November. E-mail submissions to 
writing "Christian Anthology Submission: " in the subject line 
followed by the title of the story. (It's not clear if the story 
should be embedded in the e-mail, or attached - Edwina) Anyone unsure 
if their submission is suitable is invited to e-mail a query to the 
above e-mail address along with a synopsis of the story. Paying $20 
plus 1 contributors copy, and offering royalties. 

CHANGE CHAIRS: Next month's Bullsheet will be edited by Ted Scribner.
(Thanks Ted!) Edwina's off on holidays. Maybe I'll bump into a few 
Bullsheet readers at LAconIV???

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

SF written by Australiansn printed locally or overseas, and works of 
overseas origin printed in Australia. It provides info on approx 800 
books, and over 2000 short stories in magazines, newspapers and 
anthologies from 1848-1999. 282 pgs, A4, and handcrafted binding. $50 
including postage (?) available from Graham Stone, 205/24 Victoria 
St, Burwood, NSW, 2134.

KYLIE CHAN's debut fantasy novel, White Tiger, was recently released 
by Harper Collins. ISBN 07322282969.

JAMES CAIN'S debut horror novel, "Ek Chuah" has been released as a 
208 pg paperback from Active Bladder publishing. See Also available from Shocklines and 
Clarkesworld, and it will be available on soon. 

GRACE DUGAN is having book launches for her new book, The Silver 
Road, as part of Continuum, at 8pm Fri 4th August in the Victoria 
Hotel, 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne, and in the Atrium (near Pulp 
Fiction) of the Anzac Square Arcade, Edward St, Brisbane at 7.30 pm 
on 22nd Aug. See for full details.

EIDOLON 1 anthology is also being launched as part of Continuum, at 
8pm Fri 4th August, Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins St, 
Melbourne.The anthology features work from authors Tim Pratt, Hal 
Duncan, Lucy Sussex, Holly Phillips, Margo Lanagan, Carol Ryles, 
Grace Dugan, Kim Westwood, Jeff VanderMeer, Deborah Roggie, William 
Eakin, Alistair Ong, Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Lawson, 
Deborah Biancotti, Simon Brown ISBN: 0-9586864-7-5. The anthology 
retails for $29.95

cock anthology - Adventures in Masculinity edited by Keith Stevenson 
and published by coeur de lion featuring stories by Paul Haines, Lucy 
Sussex, Stephen Dedman, Geoffrey Maloney, Chris Lawson, Cat Sparks, 
Adam Browne and John Dixon, Robert Hood, Richard Harland, and Jacinta 
Butterworth will be launched by Charlie Stross ar 7pm on Sat 5th Aug 
at Continuum 4, Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. 
ISBN 0 646 46206 7, 142 pages, RRP A$15.00.Mail order and trade 
enquiries should be directed to

PDF. See for more details.

ANTIPODEAN SF features short, short stories (500 words) can be viewed 
at or
The next edition of Sci Fi Reporter will be an Anime and Manga 
special. You can subscribe to this newsletter at 

TICONDEROGA ONLINE Issue 8 featuring fiction from Peter McGregor & 
Lee Battersby, and an interview with Martin Livings, as well as a 
regular column by Steven Utley and a competition to win 2 copies of 
Lee Battersby's new book, "Through Soft Air" is now available at 

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

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. (Current 
tally $0) 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 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. (This sad information conveyed 
by Chuck McKenzie.) 

UK fantasy and historical fiction writer DAVID GEMMEL, passed away on 
28th July, 2 weeks after undergoing bypass surgery. He was aged 57. 
Full details can be seen at wikipedia.cig/wiki/David_Gemmel. (Thanks 
to Shay Tefler and Satima Flavell Neist for passing on this 

John Harrier, who inspired the character of the same name in my 
stories Mug (Andromeda Spaceways 2) and Following a Haunch (Andromeda 
Spaceways 9). I've lost my best friend. Edwina. 


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 

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

SHUTTLE MAWSON ( is a South Australian Star 
Trek fan club, & 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 
Stuart Blair.)

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 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: 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 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

SHUTTLE MAWSON ( 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.) 
(Reported by Stuart Blair). 

ANIMANIA FESTIVAL: A Celebration of Japanese animation. Sept 30-Oct 
1. Markets, stage shows and more. Sydney Town Hall. See for full details.


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 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.

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 

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

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

sizzle. $5 per head. Book sale, signings by several authors, awards 
for the Centre's SF Short Story comp. Sun 13th Aug, KSP Centre, 11 
Old York Ed, Greenmount, WA. (Reported by Satima Flavell Neist.) 

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

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, 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 

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 has been cancelled. The convenor, Ted Scribner, is 
refunding money to those who have bought memberships.

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

29th Oct Brisbane. Venue TBA) GoH Rachel Luttrell. Membership $120 
FSF membe, $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

SHUTTLE MAWSON ( q.v.) is hosting a SF weekend 
featuring Star Trek & Stargate on 4-5 November. (Reported by Stuart 

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. 

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 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 Or e-mail 

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 31.12.06. Student membership 
$55, supporting membership $33 (Prices sourced from Convergence 
promotional postcards). You can pay using paypal (Reported by Rose 

CONSPIRACY II, NZ Natcon Marianne de 
Pierres is GoH.

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


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source of market information that is always being updated by Tony 

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