The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 56 – November 2006

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 56
November 2006 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


FOXTEL pay TV will launch a 24/7 sci-fi channel (channel 132) on 
December 1.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE! Is a Star Trek Art Exhibition on at the 
Victorian College of Arts Gallery, 40 Dodds St, Southbank (Opposite 
the Vic.Mounted Police Stables.) Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12-5pm 
until 11th November. Look for the model Klingon Fighter made by Rob 

Town Hall on Saturday, 25th November featuring collectors and 
collectables from movies, TV, action figures, toys, comicsm anime 
etc. see or phone Michael on 0425 819 096.

CAPTAIN JACK'S BACK! The Dr Who Club of Australia and Friends of 
Science fiction will have John Barrowman (Capt. Jack from Dr. Who) 
appearing at a 1 day con at the Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greensfield 
Pd, Bankstown (a short walk from Bankstown railways station) on Sat 
24th March, 07. Cost is $50 for DWCA and FSF members and $65 for non-
members. VIP memberships offering front row seats, an exclusive event 
with the GoH and a gift are available for $300. Full details at (Reported by Dallas Jones.)

As reported last month, NULLUS ANXIETAS - a Discworld convention 
(q.v. conventions) increases its membership to $200 from 1st 
November. Organiser Ben Hughes has a special offer for Bullsheet 
readers: If you mention the Bullsheet and buy your membership before 
5th November you'll only pay $160 and you'll also have a chance to 
win coffee and chat with Terry Pratchett and a small group of other 

Congratulations to the following successful candidates for this 
year's CLARION SOUTH - a 6 week "boot camp" for emerging SF writers: 
Alessio Besciani, Angela Slatter, Ben Maulbeck, Chris Green, Chris 
Lynch, Daniel Braum, Elizabeth Adkins, Jason Fischer, Jess Irwin, 
Jessica Vivien, Laura Gooden, Lyn Battersby, Melaina Faranda, Michael 
Greenhut, Michele Cashmore, Peter Ball & Richard Pitchforth. 

A number of Australian authors were recently nominated for the CBC 
Outstanding International Book List. These included Margo Lanagan for 
White Time, Sophie Masson for Snow, Fire, Sword, Isobelle Carmody 
for The Legend Begins - Little Fur, and Garth Nix for Keys of the 
Kingdon 3. (Reported through PIO newsletter.)

CHUCK & MEGAN McKENZIE recently discovered their young son, Max, is 
mildly autistic. They are trying to pass this information on to their 
many friends in the wider SF community. More details can be found on 
Chuck's website:!/whatnes.htm. (Reported by 
Chuck McKenzie.) 

The November meeting of Fans in the Pub (Sydney) will be on the 2nd 
Tuesday so as not to conflict with post Melbourne Cup festivities. 
(Reported by Ted Scribner.) 

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

QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE has opened internet bookings for Year of 
the Novel and Year of the Edit ***for QWC members only*** Applicants 
must be able to attend regular classes in Brisbane. Check for full details. (Reported by Jason Nahrung on the 
Visions Writers list.)

SAILS AND SORCERY anthology is open to submissions of short stories 
3000-9000 words on the theme of Fantasy on the High Seas, from 
Pirates to Privateers, Explorers to Advenurers. Pays 5c a word and a 
share of 35% of net revenue. Submissions close 15th January. See (Reported by Wendy Waring on 
the Visions List.) 

Scriblerus Press is seeking submissions of short stories, poems and 
creative non-fic inspired by the STRING THEORY for an upcoming 
anthology Complete guidelines are to be found at (or? Sorry, I got a bit lost! Edwina)
_44843.htm (Reported by Wendy Waring on the Visions list)

The Physics Society of the University of Newcastle and the School of 
Mathematical and Physical Sciences invite entries for the 2nd Science 
Fiction Short Story Comp. Theme: a sense of wonder and exploration of 
science in a modern setting. 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, High 
School Students $100. Publishing opportunities. Submissions to 2000 
words. Entries to be e-mailed to by 1/11/06. 

Natalie Jane Prior's new book, The Star Locket, for readers 11-14 yrs 
old was recently published by Angus & Robertson (A HaperCollins 
imprint) and costs $15.99. (Reported on the PIO newsletter.) 

The U.K. Publisher, LEONAUR continue their classic SF series by 
reprinting the Edgar Rice Burroughs titles: John Carter of Mars and 
Pellucidor - The Inner World #1. Full details can be found at 

ANTIPODEAN SF ISSUE 101 featuring short, short (500 words) stories 
from Kathryn Gossow, Ross Hamilton, Adrian Gibb, Shaun A Saunders, 
Christie McReadie, Catriona Hoy, Ashley Arnold, Jackie Hosking, Aalix 
Roake can be viewed at or 

LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror 
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For a catalogue e-mail Leigh has also recently launched an e-bay store 
called Quoth Raven Books which can be viewed at 

MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163. 

STEAM ENGINE TIME: The latest print issue of Bruce Gillespie's zine 
is now available. It features an editorial on Babylon 5, articles of 
Christopher Priest, Politics in SF, Cordwainer Smith. Print version 
subscriptions $40 for 5 issues. Cheques made payable to Gillespie & 
Cochrane Pty Ltd. 5 Howard St, Greensborough, Vic 3088. Aos0 
available as a PDF file from

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. 


WILSON (BOB) TUCKER, well known fan and award-winning SF and mystery 
author renowned for his ability to "Tuckerize" - slip literary 
versions of SF fans into his fiction, passed away aged "almost" 92 on 
6th October. (Reported by Ian Nichols.)

DAVID STEWART, popular and active Irish SF fan and convention 
organizer, involved with Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, passed away 
on 12th October from cancer. He was 46 years old. (Reported by Ted 


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 for meeting details: 

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 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: Sat, 18th Nov, 9th 

Sci-Fi Monthly is a relaxed, casual SF book discussion group that 
meet at 2pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Gloria Jeans 
coffee shop in Borders Bookshop, Westfield shopping centre, Bondi 
Junction, Sydney. Sun 12th Nov meeting discussing David Brin's 
Startide Rising, also meeting Sunday 10th December. See www.sci- for more details.

SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. Usually meet from 6.30pm on the first Tuesday 
of the month at the Civic Hotel, Crn Pitt & Goulburn Sts, Sydney. 

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 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 non-members.

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION (fsf) meet at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 
Greenfield Pde, Bankstown (a short wallk from Bankstown railways 
station.) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.Check for more 

NEWCASTLE SPACE FRONTIER SOCIETY (NSFS) have a monthly meeting on 21 
November, their Christmas Party on 2nd December and December's 
monthly meeting will feature Kerrie Dougherty. $2 attendance fee. 
Full details available at (Reported by Jack 


VORTEX: SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at
Austrek (Vic)presents it's 30/40 Costume Ball on Saturday, 25th 
November from 730pm at the Saville on Russell, 222 Russell St, City 
of Melbourne.Deposits required by Novembr 3 See
t=866bzybab.0.4pqyqubab.vyiszpbab.442&ts=S0211&p=http%3A%2F% (Reported on Sci Fi Reporter.)

SYDNEY MEDDEIVAL FAIR December 2-3. Castlehill Showground. (They're 
currently looking for stall holders) See or 
phone 07 5471 3161, (Spotted in the weekend shopper section of the 
Daily Telegraph. Edwina.) 


FFANZ (Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand) Nominations for 2007 
(sending someone from Australia to the NZ natcon, Conspiracy 2, in 
June) close December 31st. Voting closes 31st March, 07
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, More information 
about FFANZ Fan Fund can be found at 

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

SHUTTLE MAWSON, Adelaide, is hosting a Stargate weekend featuring 
Tony Amendola and Rachel Luttrell "live on stage." Martial Arts 
demonstration by World Stickfighting Champion, Master Vince Palumbo 
Stamford Plaza . Full details on
(reported on Sci Fi Reporter.)

"The other side of the gate" Stargate event - Melbourne, November 5 -
Stargate actors (presumably those in the above entry? Edwina) "live 
on stage." See:
t=866bzybab.0.nfawgtbab.vyiszpbab.442&ts=S0211&p=http%3A%2F% (reported on Sci Fi Reporter)

SYDNEY FREECON. Sat 25 Nov. Bankstown Public Library seminar room 
8.30 am - 4pm. Membership $2.00.(And members are expected to buy tea, 
coffee and biscuits throughout the day.) Write to The Convenor, PO 
Box 2 Bexley North 2207, Phone Garry Dalrymple on (02) 9718 5827 or 
see (Reported by Garry P. 

Star Trek 40th Anniversary event Jonathan Frakes and Garrett 
Wang "Live on stage." December 9 -10 at the Avillion Hotel, Worly 
Square, (Pavillion Hotel World Square? Not my typos! Edwina) Pitt St 
Sydney. Tickets now on sale. 
t=866bzybab.0.m8ekiybab.vyiszpbab.442&ts=S0211&p=http%3A%2F% (Reported on Sci fi Reporter.)

NULLUS ANXIETAS The First Australian Discworld Convention. Feb 9-11, 
2007. Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne. GoH's Terry Pratchett. Virtual 
GoHs: Stephen Briggs, Bernard Pearson & Colin Smythe. Attending $200. 
Buy your membership before November 1st for the chance to win coffee 
and chat with Terry Pratchett and a small group of other winners. 
(This offer has been extended until November 5th to Bullsheet 
readers. They can also buy their membership for the old price of $160 
if purchased before 5th November.) Please mention The Bullsheet if 
taking up this offer.) (Gala dinner to cost an extra $90) see for further details. Nullus Anxietas: The Australian 
Discworld Convention

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. GoHs 
Australian fantasy author Isobelle Carmody & Melinda M Snodgrass, 
Star Trek script writer, author of The Circuit Trilogy and co-author 
of the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin.. 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 Mercure Hotel, Willis St, Wellington, NZ. 
See GoH's: Marianne de Pierres, 
Isolbelle Carmody. Dylan Horrocks. Fan GoH: Barbara Clendon. 
Membership NZ$ 70 until the end of 2006. then NZ $80 from 1 Jan until 
20th May, then NZ $90 from 20th May until the door. Day rates also 

ALPHA 2OMEGA. A literary & dramatic arts convention apparently for 
Chtistian writers. May 5-7 (Labour Day long weekend, QLD) Sydney St 
Theatre, Sydney St, New Farm, Brisbane. Membership until 1st March 
$125, $100concession, $60 day, after 1st March $150, $115 concession. 
See for full details. 
(Reported by James Collins) 

TOLKIEN SEMINAR: 25th August, 2007. NSW Writers Centre, Rozelle, 
Sydney. As the first Tolkien seminar to be held outside the UK, this 
event is endorsed by the Tolkien Society. To get updates of this 
function see 

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 

DENVENTION: The Worldcon in 2008 will be held in Denver, 6-10 August 
08. See

Australia 2010 Worldcon bid. Let's do it again in 2010! The Aussie 
Worldcon bid seems to be getting good support from overseas. Pre-
supporting m/ships $20. Firend m/ships $100. E-mail for information about paypal and credit card 
payments. See or e-mail Postal address Australia in 2010, GPO Box 1212 
Melbourne, Australia. 3001. US AGENT: David Evans, UK Agents Eve & 
John Harvey, European Agent: Vince Docherty.


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

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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