The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 60 – March 2007

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 60
March 2007 
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


Nominations for The Ditmar Awards (Australian Science Fiction 
Achievement Awards) are now open. Nominations close March 24 2007. 
Any member of fandom can nominate, however only members of the 
Australian National SF Convention (Convergence 2. q.v. conventions) 
may vote. The Awards will be presented at Convergence 2. Works of 
science fiction, fantasy and horror (SF/F/H) are only eligible for 
nomination if: a) they were first published or released anywhere in 
the world in 2006;
and b) the nominee was an Australian citizen or permanent resident in 
Information about the award and how to nominate is available from the
Convergence 2 website. Download nomination forms at
Contact the Ditmar Administrator at or 
Convergence 2 at for further information. 
(issue by Rose Mitchell, Chair.)

CONVERGENCE 2 recently froze its membership rates until Feb 28th.(You 
can pay on-line by the deadline and pay by paypal! Edwina)

CONVERGENCE 2 hotel bookings at Rydges Hotel, Melbourne, are open. 
Attendees can book on-line
at Phone and e-mail bookings are also 
accepted, but you should quote Convergence 2 when making your booking 
to get the special room rate of $179 a night including complimentary 

CONVERGENCE 2 has also opened dealers room bookings. Fan rate: $100, 
Commercial rate: $250. Full details at

ALLEN & UNWIN, Sydney, are looking for fantasy fans of Sara Douglas, 
Fiona McIntish, Robert Jordan, or Cecilia Dart-Thornton, to take part 
in a focus group on fantasy fiction to find out what you read, where 
you hear about new fantasy fiction, what you love, and who you tell 
about it. The focus group will be held on Thursday, 1 March 2007 6 - 
8.30pm, Crows Nest, NSW. A light supper will be served and, as a 
thank you for your valued participation, you will receive a selection 
of free books to the value of $60.00. For more information or to 
RSVP, email or phone Amanda on 02 8425 
0117. (Reported on "The Standing Wave." A&U newsletter.)

TEZUKA: The Marvel of Manga is an exhibition celebrating the life of 
Tezuka Osamu, who created over 700 manga titles during his lifetime 
exhibition, featuring original drawings and designs runs until 29th 
April, and features free showings of Anime films at 2pm and 7.15 pm 
on Wednesdays and 2pm on Sundays. (n.b as The National Gallery of 
Victoria is listed as a sponsor, this exhibit has either been to Vic, 
or is heading ther. Me check.)

DYLAN MORAN (aka Bernard Black, from Black Books) will be touring 
Australia in March/April, performing in Sydney Enmore's Theatre on 
March 26th, Adelaide Thebarton Theatre March 29, Melbourne Town Hall 
April 5-14, Canberra Theatre April 17, Hobert Tasman Hall, April 18, 
Brisbane Qpac Concert Hall April 23 and Perth Concert Hall April 
29th. See for further details.

JIM HENSON's Puppet Up (an uncensored variation of the muppets by the 
look of it) will be performing at The Riverside Theatre, Parramatta 
March 22, State Theatre, Sydney, 23-24 March as part of the Big Laugh 
comedy festival, and Princess Theatre, Melbourne April 14-15 April as 
part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

THROUGH THE COBWEB FOREST is an on-line journey aimed at woman lovers 
of SF & Fantasy run by Connie Toebe and Lisa Stock. It can be viewed 

Congratulations to ROBERT de FRIES, who played Spike Milligan (to 
Robbie Matthews' Harry Secombe) in the play Ying Tong last year. He 
won the Best Actor Leading Role In A Play category in the CAT 
(Canberra Area Theatre) awards.

Congratulations to e-newsletter, Sci-fi Reporter who celebrate their 
1st birthday this month You can subscribe to them via

CONFLUX 4 (q.v. conventions) recently announced there will be "set 
up" only in their dealers room on Friday night. It will not be open 
to the public until Saturday morning. Tables are $130 fan and $195 
professional. (plus membership.) 
Any authors who have a story with BEN PAYNE at the moment and have 
tried to contact him in the past few weeks but haven't got a 
response, please try again as he's having e-mail difficulties. 

CLARION USA, an intensive writers workshop, has found a new home in 
the University of California, San Diego and will celebrate its 40th 
anniversary workshop from June 26 - August 3 this year. (Reported on 
SF Crowsnest)

FIREFLY and SERENITY fans across the world will be holding 
fundraising events starting on June23 (Joss Whedon's birthday) to 
raise money and awareness for Women's Rights Advocacy 
Group, "Equality Now". Last year's events raised $65,000, and this 
year they're aiming at raising $100,000. (Reported on SF Crowsnest.) 

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

Congratulations to SIMON HAYNES. HAL SPACEJOCK was No 1 best seller 
on the Planet Fantastic sales list. 

JASON NAHRUNG's horror novel, The Darkness Within, (ISBN 
9780734409713) will be published by Hodder in June.

PAUL COLLINS has just released "The Hiveborn", book 3 in the widely 
acclaimed children's SF Earthborn Wars Trillogy. Hardback copies can 
be bought direct from the author for $32.95 via PO Box 1339, 
Collingwood, Vic 3066, Full details at Copies 
can also be ordered via book distributors, Dennis Jones & Associates. 
(Reported in Pass it On newsletter.)

PAUL COLLINS also recently announced he was getting back into 
publishing by launching Ford Street Publishing which will specialise 
in children's books (middle years to young adult). He already has 
several titles lined up from authors including Isobelle Carmody, Sean 
McMullen, Justin D'Ath and Alyssa Brugman. As an imprint of Hybrid 
Publishers, Ford Street Books will be distributed by Macmillan 
Distribution Services. (Reported in Pass It On newsletter) 

PULP FICTION PRESS, an independent Australian Publisher with national 
distribution in Australia and New Zealand bookshops, is looking for 
new crime fiction (fantasy/science fiction/young adult also 
considered). Please send: first 50-60 pages of your ms, a synopsis, a 
brief letter of personal details and SSAE to: Diane Waters, Pulp 
Fiction Press, GPO Box 297, Brisbane, QLD 4001 (Reported in Pass It 
On newsletter)

Coeur de lion publishing should have its website up and running soon. 
In the mean time, if you have any queries about their forthcoming 
books including Terry Dowling's new book, you can e-mail

FANTASTIC WONDER STORIES!, a new anthology edited by Russell B. Farr 
containing stories by Steven Utley, Kylie Seluka, Martin Livings, 
Patty Jansen. Rowena Cory Daniells, Rob Hood, Nick Evans, Sonia 
Marcon, Peter MacGregor, Simon Brown, Deborah Biancotti, Geoffrey 
Maloney, George Ivanoff, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Deborah McDonnell, 
Marty Young, Tracey Rolfe, Cat Sparks, Penelope Love, & Kate Eltham, 
will be launched at Swancon (q.v. conventions) at Easter. There will 
be a limited number of copies signed by the editor, as well as a 
regular trade edition. Copies can be pre-ordered through

TAD WILLIAMS' new epic fantasy, SHADOWPLAY, ISBN 97781841492926 will 
be published in Australia by Orbit in March. 

THE LAST WITCHFINDER, by JAMES MORROW . When Jennet is taught the New 
Philosophy, expounded by Isaac Newton, she attracts the attention of 
the Witchfinders who roam the country. To save her aunty, Jennet 
travels to Cambridge to seek the help of Newton, and to America to 
witness the Salem witch trials. ISBN 9780753821534. Published by 
Phoenix, this book will be released in Australia in May. 

Rory Douglas Abel, Aliette de Bodard, Jennifer Fallon, Kate Forsyth, 
Hayley Griffin, Mike Lewis, Bill McKinley, Timothy Mulcahy, Eilis 
Arwen O'Neal, and Douglas A Van Belle, edited by Tehani Wessely (and 
a fantastic Unicorn cover by Jeff Ward! - Edwina) is now out and has 
been distributed. Individual copies can be purchased from Spec Fic 
nookshops around Australia, or directly from the ASIM homepage: www. Cost $8.95. PDF sales and subscriptions also 

COSMOS magazine has increased their payment for fiction to $AUD500, 
and increased wordcount to between 2000-4000 words. They only buy 7 
stories a year. See for full 
details. (reported by Cat Sparks 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.)

On-line publication SPECUSPHERE ( are looking for 
interviews, fan contacts, directory managers, reporters, reviewers 
and columnists.

PITCHING COMPETITION. Conspiracy II, the NZ NATCON.(q.v. conventions) 
are holding a pitching opportunity in conjunction with a "polish your 
pitch" panel being run at the convention by Marianne de Pierres and 
Rowena Cory Daniells. This is an opportunity for 5 authors of 
unpublished novel-length manuscripts and 5 screen-writers who have 
not had a screen credit to pitch to pitch their novel ideas to 
Stephanie Smith of Harper Collins, and their scripts to Mat Carter. 
The selected 10 pitchers are expected to be members of the 
convention BUT this can be organised authors know they've been 
accepted. (There is no guarantee that your material will be used if 
your pitch is successful.) This offer closes on 1st April, 2007, and 
winners will be contacted by 1st May. 

LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror 
fiction also includes Sequence comics. For a catalogue e-mail Leigh also occasionally sells on e-bay as seller 
ID Quoth Raven Books. 

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 $20 Cath Ortlieb, you're a legend! Thank you!) Books looking 
for new homes: A-Team colouring and activity books: Art cards 
autographed by Marianne Plumridge and Bob Eggleton are also for sale. 
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. (Anyone care to donate 
some more books? Autographed copies from authors particularly 
welcomed! Edwina) 


Australian rocker, BILLY THORPE, who, with his band The Aztecs, 
brought "Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)" to a generation, 
passed away at St Vincent's hospital 28th February after suffering a 
massive heart-attack. 

ANDY PORTER, prominent American fan, Antipodean enthusiast and 
Bullsheet reader, was recently operated on for cancer and is said to 
be making a good recovery. (Thanks to Bruce Gillespie and Bill Burns 
for the updates )


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. March 2 meeting, Food & Trivia night: 
Pizza. Sunday 4th March MSFC is having a stall at the Sydney St 
Festival, Brunswick. 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. (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. See for more details.

SYDNEY FANS IN THE PUB. Now meet from 6.30pm on the second 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


FFANZ (Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand) (sending someone from 
Australia to the NZ natcon, Conspiracy 2, in June) Voting closes 31st 
March, 07. More information about voting for 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 

ALPHA 2 OMEGA. 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, HAS BEEN CANCELLED (Planned guest had work commitments) 
See or e-mail for updates. 

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 

CONTEMPLATION:is the UK Eastercon (5-9 April 2007) which replaces 
CONVOY which was cancelled, Crowne Plaza, Chester, UK. See for more details. 

SUPANOVA: Pop expo, Brisbane, 13-15 April, RNA Showground. Billy Dee 
Williams among many GoHs/ See

ARMAGEDON PULP EXPO April 14-15, Christchurch, NZ, See

TERRA NOVA V: The Emissary Cometh: April 20-22. GoH's Avery Brooks 
and Barry Jenner VENUE CHANGE! Now at Police Club, Adelaide, SA. See for full details. (Reported by Stuart Blair) 

FIRST CONTACT CONVENTIONS, 1 Day convention, Sat April 28th. GoH's 
Don Davis & Devid Deluise. Melbourne Busienss School, 200 Leicester 
St, Carlton, Melb. See

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION 1 Day Convention, Sun April 29th, 
Bankstown Sports Centre, Sydney GoH's Don Davis & David Deluise. See

CONSPIRACY II, NZ Natcon. 1-4th June, Mercure Hotel, Willis St, 
Wellington, NZ. See GoH's: Eric Flint, 
Marianne de Pierres, Isobelle Carmody. Dylan Horrocks. Fan GoH: 
Barbara Clendon. Membership NZ$80 from 1 Jan until 20th May, then NZ 
$90 from 20th May until the door. Day rates also available. (Don't 
forget the Pitching Competition this convention is offering for 
novels and scripts. (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. 
Membership from 1st March - 1st May $175. Students 15 yrs and over 
$55. Children under 15 free, Concession rates also available. See (Reported by Rose Mitchell.). Postal 
address GPO Box 1212 Melbourne, Vic 3001.

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 The 
Tolkien Society is also calling for papers on Middleearth to be 
presented at this seminar. Speakers should be looking at having their 
papers 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.)

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 .. You can also join Australian agent Craig 
McBride (Craig, we'd love an update if you're reading this!)

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. 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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