The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 65 – August 2007

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 65
August 2007
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

GENERAL NEWS JULIUS VOGEL AWARD WINNERS, (National New Zealand Awards) were 
voted  on at Conspiracy II, the NZ national Science Fiction convention held 
in June, 2007. Best Novel: James Norcliffe, The Assassin of Gleam. (Hazard 
Press). Best Short Story: Peter Friend, Western Front, 1914,  Andromeda 
Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Best Dramatic Presentation -  Long Form: 
Maddigan's Quest produced by South Pacific Films, Best New  Talent: Douglas A. 
Van Belle (for stories published in Andromeda  Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 
Antipodean SF and Quantum Muse), Best  Fan Writing: Alan Robson for his column 
"Wot I Red on My Hols" in  Pheonixine, Services to Fandom, John & Lynelle Howell

Congratulations to all the winners!

CONFLUX 4 VIRTUAL MINICON: This is a free on-line convention from  midday Aug 
3 to midday Aug 4.Five of the GoH's will be at the virtual  minicon. See for more details. (Reported by Nicole  R. Murphy.)

CONFLUX 4 recently announced it had a special deal going for people  wanting 
DEALERS TABLES at the convention. Until 31st July fans can  book tables for 
$80, professional rate is $145 for 1 table, or $245  for 2 tables. If you also 
want to attend the convention, membership  is an additional $100. e-mail or phone the  Conflux 4 chair, Nicole R. Murphy, on 
0423 167 047

CORY DOCTROW will be giving a writing masterclass for 15 participants  only 
looking at the future of copyright, blogs and giving insights  into writing 
techniques, critiquing and understanding the SF market  on Saturday Aug 25 at 
at the City Museum, Spring St entrance,  opposite Collins St, Melbourne from 
10am-4pm as part of the MELBOURNE  WRITERS FESTIVAL. Cost $195 or $175 
concession (includes morning and  afternoon tea, but BYO lunch). Book in 
person at Malthouse Theatre  Box Office, 113 Sturt St, Southbank, Melbourne, 
or by phone 9685- 5111. The masterclass is Festival event code 202.

SYLVESTER MCCOY (The 7th Dr Who) will be making a guest appearance at  a Dr 
Who Club of Australia meeting on Sunday, 5th August at the  Drummoyne RSL 
Club, 162 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne. The meeting starts  from 11am. Cost $40 for 
club members (adult), non-member (adult)  $50, child 12-15 yrs $25, child 7-11 
$12, family rates also  available. Cash only, at the door ticket sales only. 
(Reported by  Dallas Jones.)

SEAN MCMULLEN recently posted details of his latest book, Before the  Storm, 
on his new website (reported in Pass  It On newsletter.)

The MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (25th July-21 Aug) will  screen the 
first 3 episodes of a 40 part animated TV series of GRAEME  BASE's ANIMALIA 
book. The series will be shown on Channel 10 in  October. (reported in Pass It 
On newsletter.)

INFINITAS BOOKSHOP/BLOKEY STUFF, shop 22 Civic Arcade, George St,  Parramatta, 
has KEVIN J. ANDERSON and REBECCA MOESTA in store on 26th  September.

SYDNEY COSTUMERS PLEASE NOTE: Are you in Sydney and interested in  costuming? 
The NSW branch of the Costumers Guild is having  a "Travellers from the Small 
Screen" dinner on 22nd September  (Restaurant to be decided on soon.) Costumes 
are to be inspired from  SF TV series and telemovies. If you want to join in 
contact Wendy,, or check

THE ARCHCHANCELLOR's MEN is a theatrical co-operative project that's 
endeavouring to have more TERRY PRATCHETT DISCWORLD plays performed  in 
Sydney. Their first project, Men at Arms, was produced at the  Seymour Centre 
in June. They strive to keep ticket prices affordable  to all (tickets to Men 
At Arms were only $20) by using volunteers to  help. (Hopefully I'll be able 
to give Bullsheet readers advance  warning of their next production. Any help 
from any of our "roving  reporters" would be much appreciated! Edwina)

LEONARD NIMOY recently introduced ZACHARY QUINTO (Heroes) who will be  playing 
the young Spock in the new Star Trek movie at a comic con in  San Diego. Nimoy 
will be reprising his role as the elder Spock in the  same movie. (relayed by 
Richard Gray)

EDGE SF recently announced that CLAUDE LALUMIERE has been appointed  editor of 
Tesseracts Twelve, an SF anthology seeking longer fiction &  novellas 
(10-20,000 words) from Canadian writers only. Submissions  close 1st Feb, 
2008. Full details at  (Reported by Justyn Perry via

2007 GULLIVER TRAVEL RESEARCH GRANT, administered by the Speculative 
Literature Foundation (USA) is open until 30th September. The grant  is 
awarded to assist writers of spec fic, and provides US $600 to be  used to 
cover airfare, lodging and/or other transport expenses. The  grant is not 
available for academic research. To apply for the grant  submit a 1 page 
description of the project, travel location and  estimated travel date (500 
words), a writing sample in the proposed  genre (10 pages or 5,000 words, 
samples must be the solo work of the  applicant,) and a bibliography of 
previously published work (if  applicable.). Travel may take place from any 
country to any country,  or within any country. Send submissions as attached 
doc files to to travel grant administrators, 
 Colin Harvey and Tiffany Jonas. Include a brief cover letter  including your 
contact details. Any queries should also be sent to  the same e-mail address.

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

DENYSE BRIDGER's new book, The Fate Decrees, wherein "The gods of  Ancient 
Greece must find a mortal champion to defend their fate" will  be published by 
Edge Publications in August. ISBN 1894063414. Cost US  $19.95. Available from 
the publisher. See  for full details.

SEAN WRIGHT's new book, Jesse Jameson & The Earth witch of Evanstorm  will be 
published at the end of August. He's still on target with  releasing a music 
album a month/ Full details on

A.R.R.R. ROBERTS (author of The Soddit, The Sellamillion and the Va  Dinci 
Cod) has a new novel, Doctor Whom, released in paperback  edition in Australia 
in August. Join the Dr., and Prose Tailor as  they battle the Garleks. $22.95 
ISBN 9780575079687

CHRISTOPHER MOORE (who apparently lives in an inaccessible island  fortress 
somewhere in the Pacific) has a new book, A Dirty Job, is  the story of 
Charlie Asher who seems to have been recruited for a new  job: Death. He's got 
"The Great Big Book of Death" to explain the job  to him. $22.95. 

LEONAUR BOOKS have recently released reprints of Edgar Rice  Burroughs' Tarzan 
novels and Zane Grey's western novels, "The Ohio  River Trilogy." available in 
softback and hardback. Find full details  at

The Queensland Writers' Centre is calling for Expressions of Interest  from 
Australian writers (including playwrights, screenwriters, poets,  fiction & 
non-fiction authors) and editors to teach seminars,  workshops or 
masterclasses running from 2 hrs to multi-day in 2008.  For submission details 
abd program details see 
Alternatively e- mail submissions to (reported by Kate 
Eltham on  the Visions list.)

BELONGING: A PLACE CALLED HOME: is a proposed 2 vol new anthology  edited by 
Russell B Farr, to be published by Ticonderoga publications  in 2008. It's 
currently open to submissions on the speculative  explorations of migration (a 
relevant issue in Australia at the  present.) Submissions close 1st September, 
2007. See

The next AGOG! anthology will be Canterbury 2100. They are "seeking  short 
stories from a group of travellers on their way to Canterbury"  in a future 
"where storytelling is once again a valued skill" This  anthology will be 
inspired by the classic 14th century Canterbury  Tales by Chaucer, and will be 
edited by Dirk Flinthart. See for more  details.

THE KISS OF THE LILY will be a spec fic romance anthology focusing on  the 
sacrifices of love. Sexual content allowed if it's integral to  the 
development of the story. This anthology is open to Australians &  Australian 
residents only. Original work only, no reprints. Paying 1  cent a word Stories 
up to 5000 words. Submissions open 1st October,  and close 31st December. 
E-mail submissions to in 12 pt Courier, 
double spaced  RTF as an attachment. Submitters names & contact details are 
not to  be put on the submissions, but in the body of the e-mail instead as 
editors want to read stories blind. In the subject line of the e-mail  write 
Submissioin and title of your story.

ANTIPODEAN SF 110 features flash (under 500 words) fiction by J.Alan  Brown, 
Angela Slater, Chris Pavey, Melka Loofs Samorzewski, Shaun A.  Saunders, Julie 
Bailue, Andrew Leadbeatter, Rodney Smith, Devon  Kivioja and Charles Richard 
Laing can be viewed at  (Issue 109 can also be viewed in the 
AntiSF archives.)

ANTIPODEAN SF are proud to announce the publication of a collection  of 
speculative short fiction by world-renowned writer, Shaun A.  Saunders. 
Shaun's anthology, "Navigating In The New World" features  more than eighty 
expanded and original "flash" fiction stories that  first appeared in 
AntipodeanSF, along with never-before-seen SF short  stories written in 
Shaun's inimitable and engaging style. "Navigating  In The New World" is 
available in hard copy,soft-cover, perfect-bound  250 page book, or as a 
downloadable .pdf format from AntiSF's  storefront 

STEAM ENGINE TIME, Aug 2007, 44 pages edited by Bruce Gillespie & Jan  Stinson 
is now available on line at (reported on the  Eidolist.)

GRAHAM STONE has a catalogue of SF books and pulp SF magazines  (Amazing 
Stories, Analog, Galaxy SF) for sale. For a copy of the  catalogue send a sase 
to 205/24 Victoria St, Burwood, NSW, 2134.

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 $0.) Books 
looking for new homes:A-Team colouring and activity  books: (more books coming 
soon!) 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.


DEATHS: FRED SABERHAGEN, author of many short stories published in Galaxy & 
If magazines evolved into Berserker novels about interstellar killing 
machines programmed to destroy all life, passed away on 29th June  from 
cancer. He was 77 years old.

KERWIN MATHEWS, American actor possibly best known for his leading  role in 
"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" as well as parts in many other  films, died in his 
sleep on 5th July. He was 81. (Reported by Ken  Regez)

SERIOUSLY ILL: Australian writer TERRY DARTNELL had an unsuccessful Whipple 
Procedure (an operation to remove cancer from the pancreas) with 
complications. (Reported on the Visions list.)

RECOVERING:  ANDY PORTER, prominent American fan, Antipodean enthusiast and 
Bullsheet reader, has finished chemotherapy and is planning a trip to  England.


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. 
No meeting on Good Friday For further  details including meeting details check 
the MSFC website at

AUSTREK, the Star Trek fan club in Victoria which has been going  strong for 
more than 30 years meet 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.)

DR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA has been operating for over 25years. Their  newsletter 
- Sonic Screwdriver - publishes news, reviews & gossip on  Dr Who as well as 
publishing fanfic & pictures 6 times a year. If you  join in December/Jan 
membership is $24 (or $35 for a family  membership) which gets you 7 issues of 
the newsletter. Membership  then reduces depending on which month you join, 
i.e. August/Sept is  $10 ($15 family.) Members receive discounts on purchases 
at ABC shops  and Minotuar in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Family memberships also 
 available. See

GEELONG SCIENCE FICTION CLUB: Join the on-line group at (Reported by Ben  Hughes.)

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 

OUT THERE "You find a lot of queer things in space" is a social club  for gay 
SF fans, mostly over 30, that meets monthly in Adelaide.  Phone Rod on 
0402027891 for more details.

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

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

STARSHIP MAWSON ( is a South Australian Star  Trek fan 
club, & chapter of Starfleet International, 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 Queensland State Library,  Rm 2D, 2nd Floor. 
Brisbane. $10 joining fee, and $4 per meeting.  There website is 
http://visionwriters,org. You can also join their  virtual group (great for 
writing tips and general SF info) at (Reported by Kris  Hembury.)

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 Café Gallery, Eastgate  shopping centre, Bondi Junction, Sydney. See  for more details.

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

SYDNEY FUTURIANS Check, or e- mail for meeting 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.

TAG, TERRA AUSTRALIS GARRISON - a Starwars stormtrooper appreciation  society. 
Details can be found at (reported on Sci fi  reporter.)

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  information.

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

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


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

ADELAIDE POP CULTURE FESTIVAL will be held 18th - 26 August at the  South 
Australian Museum. Adelaide. (Reported on Sci-fi reporter)

The COSTUMERS GUILD of SA will be holding their annual ball at the  Burnside 
Ballroom on 25th August. (Reported on Sci-fi reporter.)

IAN MCKELLEN (Magneto from X-men, and Gandalf from the Lord of the  Rings 
movies, among many other screen credits) along with the Royal  Shakespeare 
Company will be performing King Lear & Chekov in the Arts  Centre, State 
Theatre, Melbourne from 28th July to 5th August. For  bookings phone 1300 136 
166, see Ticketmaster, or the Arts Centre  booking office. (reported by Ian 
Triffitt on the Eidolist.)

Jeff Wayne's stage musical, WAR OF THE WORLDS, featuring Justin  Hayward (aka 
lead singer from Moody Blues) and a 30 ft tall Martian  fighting machine, will 
be touring Australia in September. Tickets are  already on sale and selling 
fast. Dates and venues are: Sat 8th  September, Perth, Burswood Superdome; 
Thurs 13th Sept, Brisbane  Entertainment Centre; Tues 18th Sept, Sydney Acer 
Arena (Homebush),  Friday 21st Sept, Melbourne Ron Laver Arena. (Reported by 
Sonny  Whitelaw on the Visions list.).

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

SHOCK CULTURE: Astor Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne. 18th August. GoH:  Alan 
Ruok. Also in Sydney, Aug 25th (No venue announced) See: (reported on Scinut)

SMASH! The inaugural Sydney Manga & Anime Show. Sat 18th August.  Roundhouse, 
University of NSW, Kensington. See for  full details/

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, Sat 25th 
Aug.Diplomat Hotel. Brisbane, 2 Sept, Mercure Hotel. 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

SHOCK CULTURE Sydney 15th September, Melbourne 16th September (no  venues 
announced as yet) Theme: Firefly/Serenity. GoHs Morena  Baccarin, Christina 
Hennricks . Membership $88 general, $300 VIP.  See:

MANIFEST anime festival. Melbourne University,Melbourne. 14-16  September. See

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 $190 until 
28th Sept then $220 at door. Student &  Concession $130 until 28 Sept. $155 at 
door. Supporting members $35.  See for more details. 
(Reported by Nicole R.  Murphy.)

ANIMANIA anime, games, manga festival. Sept 28-30. Sydney Town Hall,  George 
St, Sydney. See

SUPANOVA Sydney. 12-14 October. Exhibition Hall 2, Sydney Olympic  Park. See for more details,

ARMAGEDDON/SHOCK CULTURE: Sydney. 13-14 October. Royal Hall of  Industries. 
Moore Park (Fox Studios) GoHs: Adam West (Batman from  1960s TV series), Julia 
Newmer (Catwoman from Batman 1960s TV  series), Ray Park, Matt Wood, Jane 
Badler and Pro-wrestlers.  Admission $15. See

FANTASYCON 2007. 21-23 Sept, Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, UK. GoH's  Terry 
Brooks, Michael Marshall-Smith, Stephen Jones. (Reported on SF  Crowsnest.)

ARMAGEDDON , NZ. 20-22 October. Aotea Centre, Auckland. NZ. GoHs:  Adam West 
(Batman from 1960s TV series), Julia Newmer (Catwoman from  Batman 1960s TV 
series), Ray Park, Matt Wood, Jane Badler and Pro- wrestlers. Tickets on sale 
from 1st September via Ticketek. (Reported  on Scinut.)

CRUISE TREK DOWNUNDER: Sets sail from Sydney 4th November, calls in  on 
Melbourne, Tasmania & NZ, with some Lord of the Rings shore trips  planned for 
New Zealand. Star Trek GoHs rumoured to be attending.  Variety of on-bard 
accommodation available. See  for more details (but prices 
are in $US!)(Thanks to Clare McDonald  for the additional information.)

BoBW convention. 9-11 November.Sebel hotel, 350 Church St, Parramatta 
(Sydney). Stargate theme. GoHS Joe Flannagan, Teryl Rothery, Peter  Williams, 
Sonny Whitelaw. Memberships per day: VIP $300. Gold $250,  Basic $195. e-mail, see or phone 02  96241-4555.

SWANCON 2008. Perth. Natcon 2008. GoH Paul Cornell (? EH) More  details to follow.

CONRUNNER 2008, 28-29 June 08, Britannia Hotel, Wolverhampton, UK. A 
convention about running conventions. Membership 25 pounds.

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

AUSTRALIAN NATCON 2009 will be in Adelaide.

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.

CHUCK MCKENZIE, manager of the Frankston Angus & Robertson bookshop, 
publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting books and authors of  interest, as 
well as general news. To join this group see

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

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

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