The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 68 – November 2007

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 68 
November 2007  
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

GENERAL NEWS TERRY DOWLING will be signing his new book RYNEMONN at Galaxy 
bookshop (Sydney) from 5pm on Thursday 15th November. With the  possibility of 
dinner nearby afterwards. (reported by Ted Scribner)

WHY IS URANUS UPSIDE DOWN? FRED WATSON launches his new science book,  Why is 
Uranus Upside Down, described as "an entertaining &  informative introduction 
to the Universe fir enquiring minds of all  ages." (Allen & Unwin) on Tuesday 
4th Dec at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe  Point Rd, Glebe (Sydney) Cost $10 ($7 
concession.) To book phone  Gleebooks, 02 9660 2333 (Reported by Ted Scribner.)

CRUISE TREK SYDNEY LUNCH. Sat 3rd Nov. 10am-2pm at Caminetto Italian 
Restaurant, 13-17 Playfair St, The Rocks. Guests John De Lancie (Q)  and 
Garret Wang (Harry Kim) will be in attendance for the duration of  this event. 
Cost $79 includes pizza (drinks at own expense.) Limited  spaces. To reserve a 
spot e-mail your name and phone number to, or phone 0401 
069 296. Pay on the day. Cash  only, No credit cards or EFTPOS available. 
(Reported on Scinut)

NSW BRANCH OF THE COSTUMERS GUILD will be having a picnic lunch at  Parramatta 
Park on Sat. 1st December from 12-4pm. BYO tables, chairs,  picnic rugs, 
picnic baskets etc. for more details e-mail

NIGHT'S EDGE is a cyberpunk-themed convention including Cypec, the  Australian 
cyberfeminist summit. 10-11 November, Emerald Hotel,  Perth. GoH's Stephen 
Dedman and Simon Oxwell. Membership $50. See or 
email (Reported by  Sarah Parker.)

LANNIGAN, JACK DANN, KELLY LINK and GAVIN J. GRANT will be guest  tutors for 
its 2009 (?) programi. Full details can be fond at

MOVEMBER. Writer SEAN WILLIAMS recently announced he would take up  the 
challenge of growing a moustache in "Movember." Money raised  during Movember 
will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of  Australia, and 
beyondblue, a society for those people suffering from  depression. You can 
sponsor Sean's Mo by credit card, quoting Sean's  registration number, 62042, 
at  Alternatively you can send a cheque 
made payable to Movember  Foundation (and quoting Sean's registration number) 
to PO Box 292  Prahran, VIC, 3181, or give money direct to Sean if you see 
him. (He  has a receipt book.) Donations over $2 are tax deductable. Photos 
and  reports can be viewed on Sean's livejournal page: (How much to see Sean shorn after Movember  is over? 

CATH ORTLIEB is seeking copies of video/dvd recordings from  Convergence 2 
(Melbourne, Queens Birthday long weekend, June 07.)  Please send an e-mail to if you have copies  available.

CONGRATULATIONS to GREG AUSTIN, whose SF screenplay, Fallen City  (Mazer) was 
awarded 3rd place in the Canadian International Film  Festival

SPECUSPHERE ( is keen to receive articles or  reviews of 
books, comics, movies. You can also participate in their  forum after joining

British author, DORIS LESSING's recent Nobel Prize for literature has  been 
heralded as a victory for science fiction. In the 1970's  Lessing's novel, 
"Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta" the first in a 5  volume "outer-space 
fantasy" had a strong readership despite  criticism from reviewers. (From an 
article by M.G. Lord in )

TINTIN TIMES THREE: STEVEN MOFFAT, writer of the Dr Who episode,  Blink, will 
be writing one of three Tintin movie scripts. Two of the  three planned movies 
are rumoured to be directed by Peter Jackson and  Steven Spielberg. (Reported 
on the Visions list.)

NEW STAR TREK MOVIE STARS NAMED: Major characters have all been cast  in the 
forthcoming Star Trek movie. Chris Pines (Princess Diaries 2)  plays Kirk, 
Zachary Quinto (Heroes) plays Spock, NZ actor, Karl  Urban (Lord of the Rings) 
plays Dr.McCoy, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the  Dead) plays Scotty, John Choi plays 
Sulu, Anton Yelchin plays Chekov,  Zoe Zaldana plays Uhura, while Eric Bana 
plays the villain, Nero  (reported on, relayed by Richard Gray.)

COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU? To promote the HD release of the  original Star 
Trek pilot, THE MENAGERIE the episode will be shown in  theatres across 
America (and Australia?) on 13th November.

STAR TREK MERCHANDISE AT Anyone old enough to  remember when 
mail-order firm, Lincoln Enterprises was just about the  only place you could 
buy official Star Trek/Kung Fu merchandise will  be pleased to know a lot of 
that stock, plus much more, can be viewed  and purchased online at

WHAT'S GAY, GREEN AND READ ALL OVER? J.K Rowling recently announced  that 
Albus Dumbledore is gay. The US print run of Harry Potter and  the Deathly 
Hallows contained 30% recycled paper product, and 65% of  the paper used was 
certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as  being sourced from sustainable 
forestry methods.(Paper recycling info  mentioned in Green Lifestyle Magazine, 
May/June issue.)

CHTHULU CHRISTMAS? The H.P. Lovecraft Historic Society supposedly*  has 
seasonal CDs including "A Very Scary Solstice" which features  tracks like 
Freddy the Red-brained Mi-go, It's the Most Horrible Time  of the Year & Slay 
Ride. (Reported by Damon Cavalchini on the Visions  list, and * means I got a 
broken link when I did a google search for  it. EH)

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

BLOOD TIES is a new novel and first book in a forthcoming trilogy by  well 
known children's author, PAMELA FREEMAN. Blood ties is a fantasy  epic for 
adults. Released in September by Hachette Australia. $24.95.  ISBN 

THE TWILIGHT HERALD by TOM LLOYD; sequel to his novel, The  Stormcaller, was 
released on 25th October.$32.95 paperback. ISBN 978- 0-57507-729-4

THE NAME OF THE WIND is a new fantasy novel by PATRICK ROTHFUSS which  will be 
released on 15th November through Gollancz. $35 paperback.  ISBN 

RESPLENDENT, Destiny's Children Book 4, by STEPHEN BAXTER will be  released on 
15th November by Gollancz. $19.95 paperback. ISBN 978-0- 5750-7983-0.

FAT is a new mainstream satire novel by ROB GRANT, co-creator of RED  DWARF, 
which asks the question: When did it become illegal to be fat?  (This sounds 
like a great read after you've tucked into your  Christmas dinner and third 
helping of triffle - EH) Fat will be  released on 15th November by Gollancz. 
$19.95 paperback. ISBN 978-0- 5575-07820-8.

MARKETING YOUR BOOK is a book for newly published authors explaining  the next 
step after your book's been published: how to promote your  book. Written by 
Alison Baverstock and published by A&C Black. $35.  ISBN 9780713673838. 
(Reported in The Writing Centre e-mail newsletter  from Allen & Unwin.)

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 
Submission and title of your story.

WARRIOR WISE WOMAN is a new annual science fiction anthology edited  by Roby 
James, to be published by Norilana Books, 2008. The theme is  strong women 
using their wisdom. Paying 2cents a word, plus pro-rata  share of royalties 
plus contributors copy: Electronic submission  only, send story as word doc or 
RTF as an attachment. In the subject  of the e-mail write Submission/ Story 
Title/Authors surname. In the  cover letter in the body of the e-mail include 
your contact details  and writing experience. Send to 
See full  details at http://www.norilanacom/norilana-ww-guidelines.htm 
(Reported by Cat Sparks on the Visions list.)

POLYPHONY 7, a successful anthology published by Wheatland Press, is  open for 
submissions of stories that break the boundaries of  traditional fiction from 
1 December 07 until 15 January 08. Prefers  lettermail submissions from 
contributors in the US, and e-mail  submissions from overseas contributors. 
See for full details. (Reported by Cat Sparks on  the 
Visions list.).

ANTIPODEAN SF issue 113, featuring short, short fiction of 500 words  or less) 
from Susan Partridge, David Such, Joe McNamara, Stephen L.  Thompson, Shaun A. 
Saunders, Martin Livings, Craig Miles, Paul  Sheringham, Mark McAuliff and 
J.P. Overton can be viewed at

DOG VERSUS SANDWICH, a new web publication with a very unusual name  is 
calling for submissions. See for more  information.

GRAHAM STONE's October catalogue of SF books includes works from  Kevin J 
Anderson, Damien Broderick, Harry Harrison, Sean McMullen,  back issues of 
Amazing Stories going back to the 1920's (incomplete)  370 listings including 
Graham's Australian Science Fiction  Bibliography and Notes on Australian 
Science Fiction covering Aus SF  commentary, reviews etc from 
1848-1950s.(indispensable if you're  researching the history of SF in 
Australia.). 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: Dragon on a 
Pedestal by Piers Anthony, Panglor by Jeffrey A.  Carver, Hell on High(Disney 
World is nothing compared to this place:  Extinct Species Petting Zoo, 
waterpark with real mermaids) by Ted  Nolan. Wings in the Night, a vampire 
romance trilogy plus bonus short  story by Maggie Shayne. Silhouette 
publication. 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. (Donations of books  always welcome.). I'm 
still offering to donate 10% of any ceramics or  silk items ordered through 
Celestial Cobbler between now and  Christmas. See


BIRTHS:  ETHAN KEVIN DAHLBERG born 31 October. Second child and first son to 
Brenton Dahlberg and partner Corryne. New grandson for proud Grandma  and fan, 
Moira Dahlberg.

DEATHS: Physicist ROBERT W. BUSSARD died on October 6th aged 80. His concept 
of "The Bussard Ramjet", proposed in 1960, has been adopted and used  by SF 
authors and TV shows including Carl Sagan, Larry Niven and Star  Trek. 
(Reported by Ted Scribner.)

ENJOYING LIFE:  ANDY PORTER recently celebrated the end of his chemotherapy 
and being  declared cancer free by travelling to the UK to attend the British 
 Fantasy Convention, sightsee and socialise. Andy is hoping he'll  remain 
cancer-free for many years to come, and is hoping to get to  Australia in 2010.


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  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

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

FREECON, Bankstown (Sydney) Saturday 3rd November. Bankstown City  Library. 
8.30am-4pm. Includes short story competition. Ph 02 9718  5827 (ah) for more 

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.

NIGHT'S EDGE is a cyberpunk-themed convention including Cypec, the  Australian 
cyberfeminist summit. 10-11 November, Emerald Hotel,  Perth. GoH's Stephen 
Dedman and Simon Oxwell. Membership $50. See or 
email (Reported by  Sarah Parker.)

SWANCON 2008: The State of the Art. 20-24 March, 2008. Perth, WA.  Natcon 
2008. GoH's : Paul Cornell Ken Macleod, Glenda Larke. FGOH:  Zara Baxter. Full 
details at Membership $120 until  the end of the year.

SERENITY 1 day cons. Sat 5th April, 2008, Sydney, Sunday 6th April  Melbourne, 
(venues to be announced) HoH's Ron Glass and Jason Palmer.  Day memberships 
$100, or $450 VIP (Prices to rise in November.) See for full details. (Reported by Thomas  Bull.)

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.

ANTICIPATION, the 2009 Worldcon will be in California. See for full details.

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.


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