The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 58 – January 2007

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 58
January 2007 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


A. Bedford (Edge); K-Machines,Damien Broderick (Avalon);Underground, 
Andrew McGahan (Allen & Unwin); Geodesica: Descent, Sean Williams 
with Shane Dix (Harper Collins).

Short Stories: Dark Ages, Lee Battersby (Through Soft Air); 
Aftermath, David Conyers, (Agog! Ripping Reads); Down to the Tethys 
Sea, Stephen Dedman (Science Fiction Chronicle #266);The Seventh 
Letter, Sean Williams (Bulletin Summer Reading Edition)
Fantasy Novels: The Silver Road, Grace Dugan (Penguin); Heart of the 
Mirage,Glenda Larke (Harper Collins); Wildwood Dancing, Juliet 
Marillier (Pan MacMillan); Voidfarer,Sean McMullen (Tor): Blaze of 
Glory, Michael Pryor (Random House) Honourable Mentions: White Tiger, 
Kylie Chan (Harper Collins); Harsh Cry of the Heron, Lian Hearn 
(Hachette Livre)

Short Stories: Dark Ages, Lee Battersby (Through Soft Air), Why the 
Balloon Man Floats Away, Stephanie Campisi (Fantasy Magazine #4), A 
Fine Magic, Margo Lanagan (Eidolon I), The Revenant, Lucy Sussex 
(Eidolon I); See Here, See There, Anna Tambour (Agog! Ripping Reads); 
Honourable Mentions: Ghosts of 1930, Lily Chrywenstrom (Borderlands 
#6), The Bridal Bier, Carol Ryles (Eidolon I)
Horror Novels: The Pilo Family Circus, Will Elliott (ABC Books), 
Prismatic, Edwina Grey (Lothian); Carnies, Martin Livings (Lothian); 
The Mother, Brett McBean (Lothian).

Short Stories: Dead of Winter, Stephen Dedman (Weird Tales #339): 
Winkie, Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes): Hieronymous Boche, Chris Lawson 
(Eidolon I): Dead Sea Fruit, Kaaron Warren (Fantasy Magazine #4); 
Woman Train, Kaaron Warren (The Outcast) Honourable Mentions: Love 
Affair, Jacinta Butterworth (C0ck); One Night Stand, Dirk Flinthart 
(Agog! Ripping Reads), Under Hell, Over Heaven, Margo Lanagan (Red 
Spikes), Mosquito Story...A.M. Muffaz (Fantasy Magazine #4).

Young Adult Novel: Monster Blood Tattoo: Book One. Foundling, D.M. 
Cornish (Omnibus); The King's Fool, Amanda Holohan (ABC Books); 
Magic Lessons, Justine Larbalestier (Penguin); Wildwood Dancing, 
Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan), The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld 

Short Stories: The Dying Light, Deborah Biancotti (Eidolon I), 
Leviathan, Simon Brown (Eidolon I); A Feather in the Breast of God, 
Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes); Baby Jane, Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes), 
Forever Upward, Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes), The Arrival, Shaun Tan 

Children's Novels: A Fox Called Sorrow, Isobelle Carmody (Penguin); 
Oakleaf Bearers, John Flanagan (Random House), Melissa Queen of Evil, 
Mardi McConnochie (Pan Macmillan); Twighlight in the Land of Nowhen, 
Nury Vittachi (Allen & Unwin), Fantastica Quartet, Kim Wilkins 

Short Stories: The True Story of Mary Who Wanted to Stand on Her 
Head, Jane Godwin (Allen & Unwin); Woolvs in the Sitee, Margaret 
Wild, Anne Spudvilas (Penguin); The Magic Violin, Victor Kelleher, 
Stephen Michael King (Penguin); 

The Aurealis Awards ceremony and cocktail party will be held at the 
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, 
Fortitude Valley, QLD on Sat, 27th January. Cost per ticket is $27.50 
which includes drinks and food after the awards ceremony. Tickets can 
be purchased through Pulp Fiction bookstore, Brisbane, or the Judith 
Wright Centre Box Office, Ph 07 3872 9000 (open between noon and 4pm 
only) or via 
(Reported by Damon Cavalchini)

HOBBIT MOVIE BACK ON: It appears that the disagreement between 
Wingnut Productions and New Line, (reported here last month from a 
widely circulated e-mail from Peter Jackson) has been settled, and 
plans to produce a Hobbit movie are going ahead. (Reported by Sue 
Bursztynski, who saw it announced on MX.).

ALASTAIR REYNOLDS, author of SF novels such as Pushing Ice, and the 
collection, Galactic North, published by Orion, will be doing book 
signings at Galaxy Bookshop on Thursday, January 12th, from 5pm.
(Reported by David Lynton)

SF COLLECTABLES TOY FAIR January 20th & 21st, Blacktown RSL, Second 
Avenue, Blacktown. Fantastic door prizes, Local & Interstate dealers. 
$10 1 day pass, or $15 for 2 day pass.($5 and $7.50 for children.) 
For more details phone Walter on 9671 4245, e-mail, or see 
(reported by Brian Walls).

NULLUS ANXIETAS - a Discworld convention (q.v. conventions) recently 
announced their day memberships (if bought before 2nd February) were 
Friday $46, Saturday and Sunday $90 per day. Contact the memnership 
co-ordinator by e-mailing for more details.

CONVERGENCE 2 (q.v. conventions.). recently announced that Margaret 
Mahy will be unable to attend the convention due to ill health. 
Panels on her writing etc will be going ahead as planned.

LAconIV the Worldcon held in Anageim, USA this past August has 
presented 3 "Special Committee Awards" to Betty Ballantine, Harlan 
Ellison and Fred Patten. (Reported by Ted Scribner.)

DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) The race for a DUFF contender is on again, 
and full details can be found at (Thanks to Irwin Hirsch for 
passing this information on.)

2007 DUFF CALENDAR has been launched and is available through The calendar features photos taken by 
Norman Cates during his 2004 DUFF trip and is being sold to raise 
money for the 2007 DUFF event. The photos are more generic than 
fandom-specific to appeal to a wider audience, and if anyone's 
interested in reselling 15 or more of these calendars, they are 
elligible for a $3 discount per calendar. (Reported by Jean Weber.)

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


SONNY WHITELAW and ELIZABETH CHRISTENSEN have released a new novel 
titled, Stargate Atlantis Exogenesis, ISBN 1-905586-02-7. It will be 
available through SF specialty stores around Australia, and you can 
also buy it through

RYNEMONN, the fourth and final instalment in the internationally 
acclaimed Tom Rynosseros series by TERRY DOWLING will be published by 
coeur de lion later in the year. (Reported by Keith Stevenson and 
Leigh Blackmore.) 

WINTERBIRTH, a debut dark fantasy novel by noted UK environmentalist, 
Brian Ruckley. Set "In a chilling, godless future world (where) 
inhabitants suffer in a bleak perpetual winter..." this novel has an 
Australian launch date of 1st January. Published by Orbit books, ISBN 

HINTERLAND, book two of the Godslayer chronicles/ Shadowknight 
trilogy, is a sword & sorcery saga by James Clemens, who also writes 
mystery/thrillers as James Rollins when not working as a veterinarian.
(! EH) This book traces the story of Tylar, who had been cast out and 
branded a Godslayer, but has now been made a Shadowknight once more. 
Australian launch date 1st January. Published by Orbit books, ISBN 1-

by TOM HOLT about Colin who employs a devilish new crew of works for 
his Dad's factory. This book proves once and for all that going to 
work can actually be hell. Also released in January by Orbit books.

EASTERN TIDE, the fourth volume in a series including Southern Fire, 
Northern Storm and Western Shore by Juliet E. McKenna also released 
in January by Orbit books.

VISCIOUS CIRCLE is s supernatural tale featuring Felix Castor, 
written by Mike Carey. (The previous book in this series was The 
Devil You Know.) Also released by Orbit books in January.

LEONAUR has recently rereleased the classic SF anthologies SF14,15 & 
16. See their full catalogue at You can purchase 
their titles through and 

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.)

TANGLE is a proposed new anthology seeking submissions of exciting, 
positive SF and fantasy stories with gay or lesbian protagonists. See for full details. (Reported by 
Grace Dugan.)

CONFLUX 4 (q.v. conventions) are running a SHORT STORY COMPETITION on 
the theme "Heroes from Near and Afar" open from 1st January, closing 
31st January, for stories under 2,000 words. Competition entry is 
free to Conflux members, or $10 for non-members. (refunded as a $10 
discount off your membership if you later join the convention.) See for more details. (Reported by Nicole R. Murphy.)

The TOLKIEN SOCIETY SEMINAR, Aug 25th 07 (q.v. conventions) is 
calling for papers on Middleearth. Presentation of these papers 
should run for 20 or 46 minutes. (This allows time for questions and 
discussions after the paper has been presented.) Send a title and 
summary/abstract to by 1st June 07. 
(Reported by Ted Scribner.)

ANTIPODEAN SF ISSUE 103 featuring short, short (500 words) stories 
from Angela Slatter, Eric S. Brown, Steven Duffy, Catriona Hoy, Shaun 
A. Saunders, Wesley Parish, Melissa Auger, C.C. Eaton, Francis Conaty 
and John Craig 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 recently closed his e-bay store 
called Quoth Raven Books, but still sells his books on e-bay. 

MERV BINNS perzine, Out of the Bin is available from PO Box 315, 
Carnegie, Vic, 3163. 
Merv and Helena have spent the past few months moving house, and have 
been out of contact with a lot of people. There's no change in their 
PO Box address though. 

FRIENDS OF LINDA COX CHAN (FOLCC) raise money to donate to Juvenile 
Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated books etc. (Current 
tally $0 Somebody please buy something!!!) 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. 


ANDY PORTER, prominent American fan, Antipodean enthusiast and 
Bullsheet reader, was recently diagnosed with cancer and expects to 
undergo surgery in January to remove "a cancerous ampullary lesion" 
which apparently has been diagnosed fairly early. Our best wishes are 
extended to Andy for a speedy recovery, and we look forward to seeing 
him in Australia in 2010 if not sooner. (Reported by Bruce Gillespie 
on the Eidolist)

GRACE DUGAN has been discharged from hospital and is still recovering 
from open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. 
(Reported on the Visions list)


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 including meeting 
details check the MSFC website at 

AUSTREK, the Star Trek fan club in Victoria celebrates its 30th 
anniversary this year and is still going strong with meetings on the 
1st Saturday of every month from 2pm at the Northcote Town Hall, 
Melbourne. Annual membership to the club is $30. See 
for more details. (Reported by Clare McDonald.) 

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). 

Sci-Fi Monthly is a relaxed, casual SF book discussion group that 
meet at 2pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at NEW VENUE: Café 
Gallery, Eastgate shopping centre, Bondi Junction, Sydney. Next 
meeting Sunday 14th January. See for more 

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

SYDNEY FUTURIANS rumoured to be looking for a new venue and/or 
ceasing meetings in the near future. 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 walk from Bankstown railways 
station.) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.Check for more 

NEWCASTLE SPACE FRONTIER SOCIETY (NSFS) Regular meetings and social 
functions. Full details available at (Reported 
by Jack Dwyer.) 

SPOCKSOC: A SF group run by students at the University of NSW, 
Kensington, Sydney.


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

SF COLLECTABLES TOY FAIR January 20th & 21st, Blacktown RSL, Second 
Avenue, Blacktown. Fantastic door prizes, Local & Interstate dealers. 
$10 1 day pass, or $15 for 2 day pass.($5 and $7.50 for children.) 
For more details phone Walter on 9671 4245, e-mail, or see 
(reported by Brian Walls).


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 

DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) The race for a DUFF contender is on again, 
and full details can be found at (Thanks to Irwin Hirsch for 
passing this information on.)

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

GhengisCon. Perth. SF & Gaming focus. 19-21 January, 2007. Trinity 
College Centre, Crawley (Near UWA) Attenance $10 per day or $25 for 
all 3 days. Trinity college offers motel-style accom, luxury room and 
budget room. All rooms include complimentary breakfast. Accomodation 
should be booked by 9th Jan. For more details phone Mark Turnkey on 
0404 9955 92 or see 

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. 
Gala dinner now only $60) see for further details, 
program and accommodation news.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (BoBW) 10-11th Feb, Carlton Crest Hotel. GoH's 
Joe Flanigan & Teryl Rothery. See for full details.

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, $100 concession, $60 day, after 1st March $150, $115 
concession. See for 
full details. (Reported by James Collins) 

FIRST CONTACT conventions. (Melbourne) 25th March 07, State Library 
of Victoria, LaTrobe Entrance. GoH John Barrowman (Capt. Jack from Dr 
Who) VIP membership $250, Adult $65. See or e-mail for more 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 5- 9 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 

CONSPIRACY II, NZ Natcon. 1-4th June, Mercure Hotel, Willis St, 
Wellington, NZ. See GoH's: Eric Flint, 
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 available. (Thanks to Robin Johnson for the additional 

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.. Anime GoH: Piro. 
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.)

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 

SCINUT Conventions Eastern Seaboard 4 City Tour: Canberra, Melbourne, 
Brisbane, Sydney. 25th Aug 07 - 2 Sept 07. Celebrating 40 years of 
Star Trek in Oz. Guests Jack Donner, (Dragon Dronet Props), Wanda 
Piety, Susan Schwartz. $60 adults, $30 concession. Bookings via e-
bay:, or see (Reported on Scinut newsletter) 

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 

CONFLUX 4 will be held from Sept 28th to October 1, 2007.(October 
long weekend in some states.) GoH's: Graham Joyce, Garth Nix, Simon 
Brown, Karron Warren, Donna Maree Hanson and Sharyn November. Full 
membership is $110, Student & Concession $75, and Supporting members 
$35. Prices rise on 1st January 07. They are also running a SHORT 
STORY COMPETITION on the theme "Heroes from Near and Afar", opening 
on 1st January, closing on 31st January, for stories under 2,000 
words. Competition entry is free to Conflux members, or $10 for non-
members. (though this will be refunded if you later join the 
convention.) See for more details. (Reported by 
Nicole R. Murphy.)

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 for SF writers that is always being 
updated by Tony Plank. 

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

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