The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 69 – December 2007

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 69
December 2007
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


NSW BRANCH OF THE COSTUMERS GUILD Christmas Party has had a last  minute venue 
change! It will now be at Linwood House, 25 Byron Rd,  Guilford. For more 
details e-mail  wendy_shoething@

Fantasy author, FIONA MCINTOSH will be special guest at an event to  help 
raise funds for this year's AUREALIS AWARDS. The event will be  held at the 
Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, Metro Arts Building,  100 Edward St, 
Brisbane on Monday 3rd December . 6 for 6.30 pm.  Tickets cost $10 (price of 
ticket includes fingerfood at the event)  and can be purchased in advance at 
Pulp Fiction Bookshop, or at the  door. (Reported by Damon Cavalchini on the 
Visions list.)

KATHERINE CUMMINGS' book, Katherine's Diary, the story of a  transsexual, has 
been revamped, updated and expanded. It is being  launched by TERRY DOWLING on 
Wednesday 12th December, 6 for 6.30 pm  at Gleebooks, Upstairs , 49 Glebe 
Point Rd, Glebe (Sydney). Light  refreshments will be served. If you'd like to 
attend please RSVP on  4322 3418 by 7 December.

SWANCON 2008 (q.v. conventions) in collaboration with Curtin  University of 
Technology is calling for Expressions of Interest for  their academic 
programme. State of the Art: Science Fiction Histories  is a two-day academic 
conference, on 22-23 March 2008, that is  contained within the broader 
programme of Swancon itself. They are  seeking submissions of abstracts for 
academic papers, presentations  and panels to be delivered as a part of this 
symposium. Papers are  invited on the following or related topics: Histories 
of the SF  community; Fan readings and re/writings of SF; Political histories 
in  SF, Intersection of SF with feminist & queer theories; among others.  For 
papers, please submit a 300-500 word abstract by 7th December 07.  For panels, 
submit a 300 word description of the panel & panel  participants. Selected 
papers from the symposium will be published in  a special journal issue. To be 
considered for publication, draft  papers must be submitted by 14th March 08. 
Contact coordinators Sonia  Marcon, Darren Jorgensen and Helen Merrick at (Reported by Sean Williams on the  Visions 

Writers' Centre recently announced the winners of the inaugural  Genre Fiction 
Award: Maria Simms for The Dead House (first prize)  Rae Litting for The 
Kidnap of Alice McGillvray (second prize) and James Casson for Mrs Harrison's 
Stocking (third prize) (Reported by  Ted Scribner.).

The WORLD FANTASY AWARDS were announced at the World Fantasy  Convention in 
Saratoga Springs, New York : The winners are: LIFE  ACHIEVEMENT: Betty 
Ballantine, Diana Wynne Jones . NOVEL: Soldier of  Sidon, Gene Wolfe (Tor), 
NOVELLA : Botch Town, Jeffrey Ford (The  Empire of Ice Cream, Golden Gryphon 
Press), SHORT FICTION: "Journey  Into the Kingdom", M. Rickert (F&SF May 
2006), ANTHOLOGY: Salon  Fantastique, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. 
(Thunder's Mouth),  COLLECTION: Map of Dreams, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon 
Press),  ARTIST: Shaun Tan, SPECIAL AWARD, PROFESSIONAL Ellen Asher (for work 
 at the Science Fiction Book Club), SPECIAL AWARD, NON-PROFESSIONAL:  Gary K. 
Wolfe (for reviews in Locus and elsewhere) (Congratulations  to all winners, 
and especially SHAUN TAN. (Reported by Alan Stewart  on the Eidolist.)
Congratulations to IAN MCHUGH who recently won the Writers of the  Future 
competition. Ian's fiction and artwork have appeared in  Andromeda Spaceways 
Inflight Magazine.

CHTHULU CHRISTMAS: "A Very Scary Solstice" and "An Even Scarier  Solstice" , 2 
CD's that offer such tracks as Freddy the Red-brained  Mi-go, It's the Most 
Horrible Time of the Year & Slay Ride appear to  be available for purchase at 
$ US20.00 from : (Thank you to Grace 
for the  great reporting!)

STARSHIP MAWSON CLUB CHRISTMAS DINNER: Bookings are filling fast for  this SA 
Star Trek club's Christmas Dinner! Reserve your place by  contacting Christmas dinner information can  be found at via the latest online newsletter  tab.

NEW SF RADIO STATION called Sci Fi Vertigo! Is up and running at (relayed via Sci Fi  Reporter.)

DONKEY LIBRARY: I work in a library. I like donkeys. So when I saw  Oxfam is 
offering a donkey library as part of its Unwrapped program I  thought it was 
serendipity...until I saw the price. I mentioned the  donkey library on a 
Library list and people started saying "What a  great idea. Let's do something 
about it!" You can find out more about  the donkey library at If you'd like to  join with us to donate a donkey 
library in Africa, you can go to, click 
on "search for fundraiser"  and type in ALIAtechs Mobile Donkey Library. 
Alternatively Michelle  McConachie has set up a Westpac account where you can 
make a deposit.  Account name: T/A Donkey Library. BSB 033289 Account No: 
241390 ***  The deadline is 31st December***. If we don't have enough money to 
 buy a donkey library, we'll be giving the money to Oxfam anyway for  other 
worthwhile purchases If we collect more than we need, the  excess similarly is 
given to Oxfam. (At last report close to $500  had been donated. Edwina.)

STAR TREK CLUB SAVE THE WHALES. Australian ST club, Starship Mawson  recently 
sent out a strongly worded e-mail noting how the Japanese  whaling fleet had 
recently set forth to "conduct scientific  experiments" by killing whales, 
including humpback whales this year.  It was noted that via Star Trek IV, the 
Voyage Home, released over 20  years ago, Paramount Pictures endeavoured to 
portray the futility of  whaling. It was also suggested if you want to protest 
 Japan's "scientific" culling of whales, you could put a Greenpeace  (?) 
banner on your web page.

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

KATHERINE'S DIARY, the story of a transsexual, by Katherine Cummings.  Cover 
design by Nick Stathopolous and Chris Edwards, ISBN 978-0- 9803653, Beaujon 
Press, PO Box 742 Woy Woy, was released in December.  The revised edition has 
been updated and expanded. It's now 400  pages, including 32 pages of colour 
illustrations. Cost $35  including postage in Australia when purchased direct 
from the  publisher. (Katherine's a long time SF fan and keen costumer. 
Katherine's Diary incorporates her fannish interests as well as all  the other 
aspects of her fascinating life. Edwina.)

The 3rd volume of The Year's Best Australian SF and Fantasy edited by  BILL 
CONGREVE and MICHELLE MARQUARDT is now available. It features  stories by 
Simon Brown, Terry Dowling, Margo Lanagan, Kaaron Warren,  Geoffrey Maloney, 
Chris Lawson and others. 224 pages. ISBN 978-0- 9757736-2-8 RRP $19.95 Details 

UNKNOWN ENTITY is a sci-fi psychological thriller by JOSEPH DYSART.  It's the 
story of Dylan Pierce, a fugitive psychic who is offered the  opportunity to 
rescue a drop-dead gorgeous folksinger from her  insanity. The catch: his only 
chance to bring her back is to journey  into her twisted subconscious. It can 
be read online at (Reported on the Visions list.)

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  1cent a word Stories 
up to 5000 words. Submissions open 1st October,  and close 31st December. 
E-mail submissions to donna@austspeculati  vefiction. 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 roby.james@comcast. net. 
See full  details at http://www.norilana com/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  press.livejournal. com for full details. (Reported by Cat Sparks on  the 
Visions list.).

TRANSMITTER is a new on-line anthology series launching in January  08. They 
are seeking spec fic stories in any style or theme with a  strong SF element 
(no fantasy or horror unless SF is strongly  represented in the story.) 
Stories from 500 - 2,500 words.  Paying .05 cent per word for 2 month 
exclusive world-wide rights.  Submit to the editor, Miriam Dick. Your story 
should be attached as  RTF, double spaced, with author & title information 
before the main  text of the work. E-mail submissions to:  (reported on the Visions list by Cat Sparks.)

GARY KEMBLE and UK writer Mark Wagstaff are looking for another  writer to 
work with them on a collaborative writing project; a  crime/thriller (more 
thriller than crime) book set in present-day  London. Participant will be 
required to write 25-30k, as well as  critique other writers' work. The 
participant will be writing mainly  from the perspective of a North American 
character, so some knowledge  of life in the US ( would be an advantage. 
Timeline: planning from  now until December 31; writing from January 1 to 
March 31; polishing  April 1 to June 30. Please send samples of your  writing 
(eg a short story) to garykemble@yahoo. (Reported by  Gary Kemble on 
the Visions list)

ANTIPODEAN SF issue 114, featuring short, short fiction of 500 words  or less) 
from Andrea Gawthorne, Bren MacDibble, Peter Tennant,  Barbara J. Holten, 
Shaun A. Saunders, Carl Palmer, Amanda Pillar,  Robin Hillard, Bart Meehan 
&Matt Tighe can be sees at

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  lvxnox@gmail. com. 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 $2. Thank 
you, Anne Devrell for commissioning a silk scarf as a  Christmas present!) 
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 edwinafan@yahoo. com 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.).


RECOVERING: Hip, hip horray to Jean Weber who is recovering well  after her 
second hip replacement operation in early November. (Thanks  to Eric Lindsay 
for keeping us up to date with Jean's hospitalisation  and recuperation.)

RECOVERING: US SF Writer, LARRY NIVEN, recently underwent eye-surgery  to have 
a cataract removed, and was pleased with the result. Niven  will probably have 
a cataract on his other eye removed in early  December. (Reported by Ted 

Happy Belated Birthdays to LEE BATTERSBY and LEWIS MORLEY who  celebrated in 

Happy Birthday to ANNE DEVRELL who is celebrating in December.


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 au/~msfc.

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 
www.austrek. org 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 http://www.vicnet.

GEELONG SCIENCE FICTION CLUB: Join the on-line group at  http://au.groups. group/GeelongSFC lub. (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 canberrascifi@

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 -  corporate@doctorwho australia. org or 0416 269 726 or check 

STARSHIP MAWSON (www.starshipmawson .com) 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 www.conquestforever .com (Reported by  Kevin Sheehan.)
The Brisbane Babylon 5ers website is at http://bb5ers. com (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://visionwriter s,org. You can also join their  virtual group (great for 
writing tips and general SF info) at  http://groups. group/vision- 
writers. (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 http://www.infinita WritersGroup. php 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 www.sci-fimonthly. com  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 http://users. au/~futurians, or e- mail 
John.Fox@uts. for meeting details.

STARWALKING: http://sydskyforce. starwalking. net holds meetings at  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 au/nsfs. (Reported  by Jack 

SPOCKSOC: A SF group run by students at the University of NSW,  Kensington, 
Sydney. http://www.spocksoc au


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

Fantasy author, FIONA MCINTOSH will be special guest at an event to  help 
raise funds for this year's AUREALIS AWARDS. The event will be  held at the 
Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, Metro Arts Building,  100 Edward St, 
Brisbane on Monday 3rd December . 6 for 6.30 pm.  Tickets cost $10 (price of 
ticket includes fingerfood at the event)  and can be purchased in advance at 
Pulp Fiction Bookshop, or at the  door. (Reported by Damon Cavalchini on the 
Visions list.)

KATHERINE CUMMINGS' book, Katherine's Diary, the story of a  transsexual, has 
been revamped, updated and expanded. It is being  launched by TERRY DOWLING on 
Wednesday 12th December, 6 for 6.30 pm  at Gleebooks, Upstairs , 49 Glebe 
Point Rd, Glebe (Sydney). Light  refreshments will be served. If you'd like to 
attend please RSVP on  4322 3418 by 7 December.

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

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 www.swancon. com 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 See  www.thehubproductio for full details. 
(Reported by  Thomas Bull.)

Gen Con™ is set to hit Australian shores at the Brisbane Convention  and 
Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, on the 3rd of July, 2008  offering 
gamers four days of Anime, Board Games, Collectable Card and  Miniatures 
Games, Computer and Console Games, CosPlay, Historical and  Fantasy Wargames, 
along with Tabletop and Live Action Role Playing  Games. For full information 

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 
www.anticipationsf. ca for full details.

The World Fantasy Convention in 2009 will be held in San Jose,  California.
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 treasurer@vsfc. for information about 
paypal and credit card payments. See  http://www.australi or e-mail au. Postal  address Australia in 2010, GPO Box 1212 Melbourne, 
Australia. 3001.  US AGENT: David Evans, UK Agents Eve & John Harvey, European 
Agent:  Vince Docherty.

The World Fantasy Convention in 2010 will be held in Columbus, Ohio.


The Inkspillers web site, http://www.inkspill 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.collecti ngbooks

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 

SMW Editing & Proofreading services for academic (including theses),  fiction 
& non-fiction. For more details or arrange a quote, e-mail  s.murraywhite@

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24x50 cent stamps (or $12)  sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, 
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Visit Celestial Cobbler for silk and ceramic craft with a SF &  Fantasy bent 
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January's Bullsheet may arrive on time or a little late, depending on  whether 
or not I get a new computer in my Christmas stocking, or the  usual lump of 
coal! Edwina)

Happy Summer Solstice, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays, Merry  Christmas and 
even Bah Humbug - have we covered all the bases? - to  all our readers from 
Ted & Edwina!

For no sufficiently explained reason this Fanzine still supports The 
Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon Bid