The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet: 54 – September 2006

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet: 54
September 2006
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


CHANGE CHAIRS: This month's Bullsheet is edited by Ted Scribner. Edwina's off 
on holidays. Maybe she bumped into a few Bullsheet readers at LAconIV.


Winners of the 2006 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New 
Writer were announced at a ceremony this evening at L.A. Con IV, the 64th 
World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, California.

  Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
  "Inside Job", Connie Willis (Asimov's Jan 2005)
  "Two Hearts", Peter S. Beagle (F&SF Oct/Nov 2005)
  "Tk'tk'tk", David D. Levine (Asimov's Mar 2005)
  Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' 
  Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)
  Serenity (Universal Pictures/Mutant Enemy, Inc.; Written & Directed by Joss 
  Doctor Who: "The Empty Child" & "The Doctor Dances" (BBC Wales/BBC1; 
  Directed by James Hawes; Written by Steven Moffat)
  David G. Hartwell
  Donato Giancola
  Locus, Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong & Liza Groen Trombi, eds.
  Plokta, Alison Scott, Steve Davies & Mike Scott, eds.
  Dave Langford
  Frank Wu
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo]
  John Scalzi
In addition to the awards listed above, Special Committee Awards were 
presented to Betty Ballantine and to Harlan Ellison. The Big Heart Award was 
presented to Forrest J Ackerman, and will heretofore be renamed the Forrest J 
Ackerman Big Heart Award. The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award was given to Joe 
Hensley. Takayuki Tatsumi presented the previously announced winners of the 
Japanese Seiun Awards, Greg Egan's novel Diaspora and Ken MacLeod's story "The 
Human Front".

CONCATENATION,  The review of science fact and 
science fiction, currently carries a new story from the Nature Futures series: 
"Ringing Up Baby" by Ellen Klages. See . The story is downloadable from .

September 9. For the first anniversary, Gerald Smith has planned to tie 
messages to helium-filled balloons and release them. The event will take place 
at his home. Email Gerald, geraldps at, before 6 September for 
more details.

TOLKIEN SEMINAR IN AUSTRALIA. On 25 August, 2007 the first Tolkien Seminar, 
outside the UK and endorsed  by the Tolkien Society, will be held in 
Australia. It will be held at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle, Sydney. The theme has not been finally resolved 
but the current thought is: Tolkien Downunder: The Art and Science of Magic in 
Middle-Earth. The organiser is Michael Kennedy, convenor of Tol Harndor, the 
official Australian smial (associate group) of the Tolkien Society. You can 
email Michael, xkennedy at, for updates on the seminar and/or 
to join Tol Harndor which is a free informal email group, although we do hold 
a get-together once a year (the "we" is there because I'm a member - Ted).

CHARLES STROSS was recently in Sydney. He did a signing at Galaxy Books and 
visited Infinitas at the time of their writers' group meeting. If you missed 
him you may like to check his blog at (information from Ian Woolf).

LEE AND LYN BATTERSBY have established a website at . Take a look - they have a lot of stuff there.


"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to 
read"- Groucho Marx
"But Groucho Marx could conceivably have known that latter fact only for the 
larger breeds." - Ted Scribner

fascination of caves says something about the human appetite for wonder, for 
mystery and majesty. Speleology tends to bridge the gap between the so-called 
two cultures of science and art. To be a speleologist, one needs to be at 
least a slightly special type of person. The Author is a well-known Australian 
poet and writer. While working as a reporter for The West Australian newspaper 
he was involved in the discovery of several kilometres of extensions to Easter 
Cave in the south-west of Western Australia. Order the ebook (PDF) version for 
$17.95 via the secure server: or the 
paperback version for $22.95 via Barnes&Noble or 

written by Australians 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. Graham also has a list 
of books and magazines that he currently has for sale, which you can obtain by 
sending a sase to the above address. (Graham's 80th birthday is/was some time 
this year - if any reader knows when that is/was would they please email me - Ted)

Christian and non-Christian. 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 Benjamin Szumskyj 
(khraftstar at with "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.

EIDOLON 1 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 and Simon Brown. ISBN: 
0-9586864-7-5. The anthology retails for $29.95

published by Coeur de Lion features 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. ISBN 0 646 
46206 7, 142 pages, RRP A$15.00. Mail order and trade enquiries should be 
directed to cockanthology at

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE: Issue 24, edited by [fanfare] Edwina 
Harvey, is now available as a PDF. See for 
more details.

ANTIPODEAN SF number 99, featuring short, short stories (500 words) by Michael 
Schaper, Peter Geary, Susan Partridge, Adrian Gibb, Shaun A. Saunders, Carl 
Palmer, Francis Conaty, Nigel Stones, Jackie Hosking, Fran LaPlaca, Barry 
Napier and Sue Clennell, plus 50-worders from Chuck McKenzie and Shaun A. 
Saunders, be viewed at or

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".

LEIGH BLACKMORE (lvxnox at has released a new Raven Books 
catalogue of horror and sf books for sale. Email him for a .pdf copy. Leigh 
has also set up the Terry Dowling Group, a Yahoo mail list for discussion of 
Terry Dowling's writing. Terry is subbed to this list and will no doubt post 
news there. To sub, go to

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. 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 edwinafan 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. 
(Sorry, I can't update this as Edwina alone has the info - Ted)


Nothing yet.


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB Meets 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

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. The url is but the 
issue there is dated September 2003.

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 canberrascifi at

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 
- corporate at 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 Stone)

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: 16th Sept, 7th Oct, 28th Oct, 18th Nov, 9th Dec.

SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. This has probably been abandoned. For info contact 
Chris Barnes, cdbarnes at

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 John.Fox at for 
full details.

STARWALKING: holds meetings at Dooleys (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.


THE BRISBANE WRITERS' FESTIVAL takes place from 13 to 17 September at a number 
of venues around the city. Details of its large and diverse programme are at

FIRST CONTACT CONVENTIONS  (MELBOURNE) are running "2006:A Melbourne Space 
Odyssey", 24 September, 2pm & 7pm at the Astor Theatre, cnr Chapel st & 
Dandenong Rd, Melbourne. Guests: Keir Dullea (Space Odyssey: 2001) & Gary 
Lockwood (Space Odyssey: 2001) Tickets: $25 (includes movie ticket). Bookings: 
Ph: 0439 444 901 or email info at  Website:

RC EVENTS (SYDNEY) are running "2006: A Sydney Space Odyssey", 27 September, 
Cremorne Orpheum Theatre, 380 Military Road Cremorne. Guests: Keir Dullea 
(Space Odyssey: 2001) & Gary Lockwood (Space Odyssey: 2001). Tickets: $28 
(includes movie ticket). Bookings: Orpheum Theatre. Phone 9908 4344 ext 3 

CONQUEST (BRISBANE) are running "25 years on ConQuest", 29 Sept - 1 October at 
the Oaks North Quay, 293 North Quay Brisbane, QLD. Guests: Gary Lockwood 
(Space Odyssey:2001); Keir Dullea (Space Odyssey: 2001); Katy Manning (Dr 
Who); Richard Arnold (Star Trek advisor); Sonny Whitelaw (writer: SG1). 
Tickets: $270 (covers all 3 days!). Bookings: Form available online or ring 
(07) 3356 5472 Website: (see also under 

CARRYING THE TORCH: An event to celebrate the Doctor Who Club of Australia 
(DWCA) 30th anniversary. Sunday 10th September from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m at 
Drummoyne RSL, 162 Victoria Rd Drummoyne in the Upstairs Function Area. 
Admission is Adults $7, Children (under 12) $5, Concession $6,and DWCA Members 
$6. Activities include: a chance to participate in a panel, "DWCA - The 
Beginning" with the founders of the club; test your knowledge of Doctor Who 
with our game show "Omega Factor"; see a video history of the club; vote on 
best 10th Doctor story; win prizes; indulge in a slice of birthday cake and 
much, much more! Visit the DWCA at

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

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 travel at 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.

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 at for further information, or NZ representatives Barbara and Peter 
Clendon reading at Read all about the FFANZ Fan Fund at


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

SCI-NUT conventions home page is Looks like nothing 
coming up as yet.

LACONIV, the 64th Worldcon. 23-27 August, 2006, is now 

TERRA NOVA 14th Oct. Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide. See 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, or phone 02 9523 8385.

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

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 Blair.)

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 swancon32 at

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 Mitchell.)

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

WORLDCON 2008: The winner of the ballot held in LAConIV was Denver. They'll be 
staging Denvention 3, the 66th Worldcon, from 6 to 10 August. See for more details.

WORLDCON 2009: Kansas City and Montreal are bidding. The ballot will be held 
at next year's Worldcon.

WORLDCON 2010: Another Aussie Worldcon bid is getting good support (359 
presupporters/friends as of 28 August) - see . 
So far there are no other bids. The ballot will be held at the 2008 Worldcon.

Ted Scribner's Australian SF&F home page is: and his list of SF oriented groups in 
NSW is:

source of market information that is always being updated by Tony Plank. 
(well, not exactly always - it is rumoured that Tony Plank has a life - Ted)

JOHN TIPPER'S HOMEPAGE for links to books, movies and television shows:

SCI-FI REPORTER is a SF news service covering cons, fan clubs and media, 
edited by Stuart Blair. To subscribe to this list send an e-mail to 
scifireporter at

THE BULLSHEET is available as a FREE monthly e-mail through the AUSSFBULL 
mailing list. To join send a blank e-mail to AUSSFBULL-subscribe at The latest version is also on the Bullsheet web page or The 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 edwinafan at

or, for ceramic craft with a SF & 
Fantasy bent.

PLEASE NOTE: Celestial Cobbler's primary URL will need to change soon, as I am 
getting nothing but huge volumes of spam on guests at  New 
url when I have it, meanwhile use the alternative ( url. - Ted

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