The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 70 – January 2008

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 70
January, 2008
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


AUREALIS AWARDS SHORT LIST: Best Science Fiction novel: Marianne De 
Pierres, Dark Space, Orbit, Jack Heath, Remote Control, Pan 
Macmillan, David Kowalski, The Company of the Dead, Pan Macmillan, 
Sean Williams, Saturn Returns, Orbit. Best Science Fiction Short 
Story: Simon Brown, 'Lonely as Life', Fantastic Wonder Stories, 
Ticonderoga Publications, Penelope Love, 'Whitey', Shadow Plays, 
Elise Bunter, Chris McMahon, 'The Eyes of Erebus', Daikaiju! 2 - 
Revenge of the Giant Monsters, Agog! Press, Cat Sparks, 'Arctica', 
Fantastic Wonder Stories, Ticonderoga Publications, Cat 
Sparks, 'Hollywood Roadkll', On Spec, #69. Best Fantasy Novel: 
Jennifer Fallon, The Gods of Amyrantha, The Tide Lords Book Two,, 
Harper Collins/Voyager; Lian Hearn, Heaven's Net is Wide, Tales of 
the Otori The First Book, Hachette Livre; Sylvia Kelso, The Moving 
Water, Book 2 of the Rihannar Chronicles, Thomson Gale; Glenda 
Larke, Song of the Shiver Barrens, The Mirage Makers Book Three, 
Harper Collins/Voyager; Michael Pryor, Heart of Gold, Second Volume 
of The Laws of Magic, Random House. 
Best Fantasy Short Story: R J Astruc, 'The Perfume Eater', Strange 
Horizons, #16; Adam Browne, 'An Account of an Experiment by Adam 
Browne', Orb Speculative Fiction, #7, Garth Nix, 'Sir Hereward and 
Mister Fitz go to War Again', Jim Baen's Universe, April 2007; 
Angela Slatter, 'The Angel Wood', Shimmer, November 2006; Cat 
Sparks, 'A Lady of Adestan', Orb Speculative Fiction, #7. 
Best Horror Novel: (No nominees? Or did some of my cut & paste fall 
out? EH)
Best Horror Short Story: Terry Dowling, 'Toother', Eclipse, #1; 
Richard Harland, 'Special Perceptions', At Ease with the Dead, Ash-
Tree Press; Rick Kennett, 'The Dark and What It Said', Andromeda 
Spaceways Inflight Magazine, #28; Ben Peek, 'Black Betty', Lone Star 
Stories, #23; Anna Tambour, 'The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe', 
Subterranean, #7.
Best Young Adult Novel: Kate Constable, Taste of Lightning, Allen & 
Unwin; Anthony Eaton, Skyfall, UQP; Juliet Marillier, Cybele's 
Secret, Pan Macmillan; Michael Pryor, Heart of Gold, Second Volume 
of The Laws of Magic, Random House; Scott Westerfeld, Extras, Simon 
Best Young Adult Short Story: Deborah Biancotti, 'A Scar for Leida', 
Fantastic Wonder Stories, Ticonderoga Publications; Shane Jiraiya 
Cummings, 'Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon', Fantastic Wonder 
Stories, Ticonderoga Publications; Garth Nix, 'Bad Luck, Trouble, 
Death and Vampire Sex', Eclipse, #1; Garth Nix, 'Holly and Iron', 
Dark Alchemy, Allen & Unwin ; Tracey Rolfe, 'Cast Off', Fantastic 
Wonder Stories, Ticonderoga Publications
Best Children's (8-12 years) long fiction: Isobelle Carmody, A 
Mystery of Wolves, Penguin Books; Kate Forsyth, The Silver Horse, 
The Chain of Charms 2, Pan Macmillan; Kate Forsyth, The Herb of 
Grace, The Chain of Charms 3, Pan Macmillan; Kate Forsyth, The Cat's 
Eye Shell, The Chain of Charms 4, Pan Macmillan; Kate Forsyth, The 
Lightning Bolt, The Chain of Charms 5, Pan Macmillan. Kate Forsyth, 
The Butterfly in Amber, The Chain of Charms 6, Pan Macmillan; Emily 
Rodda, The Key to Rondo, Omnibus Books; Carole Wilkinson, Dragon 
Moon, Black Dog Books. 
Best Children's (8-12 years) short fiction: Luke Edwards, Ock Von 
Fiend, Omnibus Books; Anna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg, Tashi and The 
Mixed Up Monster, Allen & Unwin; Marc McBride, World of Monsters, 
Scholastic Australia; Briony Stewart, Kumiko and the Dragon, UQP.
(Reported and transcribed from the Visions list. The Aurealis Awards 
are usually held in late January in Brisbane. I'll pass on details as 
I hear them - Edwina.)

DUFF 2008 (Down Under Fan Fund - a fan fund to bring a northern 
hemisphere fan to an Australian con when not sending an Australian 
fan to a northern hemisphere con EH.) ballots are available. The 
deadline for the receipt by the administrators of the snailmail-only 
ballots is Jan. 31.08 The ballot can be found at (Reported by Irwin Hirsch)

Drummoyne 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission Adults - $10, DWCA/FSF members - 
$8, Children (under 15) - $6, Concession discount - $1 Try playing 
the club's new game show "Trivial Whosuit" There will also be a 
traditional after Christmas sale of stuff from the DWCA shop

FANZONE. Adelaide, SA Feb 10, 2008. South Australian Writers Centre, 
11am - 4pm, showcasing local SF & Fantasy fan clubs, open to the 
general public. Displays of gaming, costuming, dealers etc They have 
a promotional site at myspace to 
view the latest information on all the activities as well as club 
registration and dealer trading. Contact Event Co-ordinator on 

Vegas Trek 2008 Departs Australia on August 5 - 2008 Tours Los 
Angeles and Las Vegas including a five day pass to the Vegas Star 
Trek convention Organised by Vortex Events Tour information

SYDNEY FESTIVAL. A few items of interest are: T_Visionariums where "a 
constellation of video streams responds to your whim, spinning a 
fascinating narrative made up of over 20,000 clips from Australian 
television broadcasts. A kind of visual search engine using the 
latest advances in multimedia database technologies and high-volume 
video are literally surrounded by hundreds of clips 
moving in 3 dimensions over a curved screen...opens the door to a whole 
new future of viewer-image interaction." (Not sure I understand it 
either, but it sounds intriguing. EH.) FREE event held at the 
Scientia Building at University of NSW, Kensington, between 11am - 
6pm, (free tours at 11 am.) Mon-Fri, Jan 9-13, 16-20, 23-27 The 
Scientia building sits approx half way up the UNSW campus. If you 
enter the campus from the main walkway on Anzac Pde, it's the 
building facing you at the end of the walkway. If coming from the 
city, catch buses 391, 392, 394, 396 from Circular Quay/Elizabeth St/ 
Taylor Square, or buses 393, 395, 391 from Central Station. The 400 
bus also stops at UNSW.
ILOTOPIE presents WATER FOOLS "Everyday objects are transformed 
into mythical creatures...gods march into battle, all ingeniously 
floating on the surface of the water." FREE. Cockle Bay- Darling 
Harbour.8.45 pm Jan 18-19 (runs for 45 minutes.)
AIRVAG Gigantic inflatable interactive structures transform 
public spaces and light up the night. This wonderful installation is 
meant to be climbed and jumped on, or chased around. Prince Alfred 
Park, Parramatta, Jan 6-13th.FREE
For full information about the Sydney Festival see 

DONKEY LIBRARY: I work in a library. I like donkeys. Sponsoring an 
Oxfam Unwrapped donkey library seemed ideal, but at $2,677 also 
unaffordable! So I mentioned it on a library e-mail list, and a few 
people started saying "What a good idea!" Michelle McConachie set up 
a bank account and an Oxfam donation pool, and I spread the word 
wherever I could, including last month's Bullsheet, because raising 
that kind of money by 31st December 07 (our self appointed deadline) 
seemed an impossible task. I'm pleased to inform you that by 24th 
December I was informed we'd raised over $4,000! Oxfam gets the lot! 
We'll invest the leftover funds in other Oxfam Unwrapped items such 
as literary lessons. Thanks to everybody who contributed to this! 

ANOTHER WANT: (Ted, please don't read!) If anyone has or knows of a 
copy of a book for sale (at a reasonable price!) by Richard 
Ratcliffe called Australia's Master Gardener, Kangaroo Press, 1990, 
could they please contact Edwina at with details. 
I'm looking to purchase a copy to give to a good friend. 

"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. This revised edition has 
been updated and expanded. Now 400 pages, including 32 pages of 
colour photos from highlights of Kate's life. 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.) 

new novel by CHRISTOPHER MOORE..Described as a "little slice of 
perverse Christmas cheer", this one's still a good read despite 
Christmas being over. (Alternatively, buy it now in preparation for 
next Christmas!) Released in December by Orbit books. ISBN 
9781841496900. $29.95 (hardback) 

GOOD OMENS by TERRY PRATCHETT & NEIL GAIMAN will be re-released in 
Australia on 10th Jan, 08 by Gollancz (ISBN 9780575080485. $35 
hardcover It has a great "Light side/Dark side wrap around cover!

DEFINITELY DEAD is the latest book about quirky, kick-ass heroine, 
Sookie Stackhouse by CHARLAINE HARRIS. Sookie's cousin, Hadley, 
consort to New Orleans Vampire Queen (and technically already dead) 
leaves Sookie an inheritence and a murder mystery to solve. This 
humourous fantasy mystery will be released on 10th January. Published 
by Gollancz, ISBN 9780575078918. $29.99 paperback.

The MYTHAGO CYCLE, Volume 2: The Hollowing & Gate of Ivory, Gate of 
Horn, by ROBERT HOLDSTOCK has been released. ISBN 978057079724

THE FADE is a stunning , original fantasy by CHRIS WOODING about a 
subterranean world of vast caverns, crystalline forests and 
underground seas. A cuvulization born of the darkness finds itself at 
war. Released by Gollancz in December. ISBN 9780575076990 $32.95 

THE LARION SENATORS is Book 3 in the Eldarn Sequence (previous titles 
were The Hickory Staff and Lessek's Key) by ROBERT SOTT & JAY GORDON 
ISBN 9780575080317 

DREAM SONGS is a new stunning fantasy anthology from GEORGE R.R. 
MARTIN, featuring the best of his short fiction from the past 30 
years. Over 34 sort stories, introduction by Gardner Dozois and a 
bibliography. Over 1,100 pages. ISBN9780575081482. Orion books.

RUINS TERRA is a new anthology from US publisher Hadley Rille Books 
(, featuring stories by 
Aus authors, IVAN SUN and JENNY BLACKFORD and NZ writers LYN 
McCONCHIE and DOUG VAN BELLE. It's available from, and Ziesing Books. 

AGOG CANTERBURY TALES 2100 ANTHOLOGY has extended its deadline and 
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 

KISS OF THE LILY a proposed romantic spec fic anthology has extended 
their submission period to the end of January. They are looking for 
romance (stories) with a speculative setting, not a spec fic story 
with a touch of romance. Boy meets girl, boy and girl come together, 
then who sacrifices what? Submission guidelines are at 
http://www.austspec ulativefiction. s02_article/ 
article_view. asp?id=159& nav_cat_id= 159&nav_top_ id=63&dsb= 17 

* entry is available for Australian citizens or permanent residents. 
* applicants must be over 18 years of age,
* writers must be unpublished in novel form (fiction - any genre) or 
with no more than one published novel (fiction - any genre),
* writers may have a significant record (such as in journalism, 
poetry, or short stories) so long as they meet the no or only one 
novel requirement, 
* there are three places reserved for Queensland writers (who must 
currently reside in Queensland)
* while applicants are only asked to submit their first 50 pages, 
they must have a completed manuscript available for submission on 
* this program is for adult speculative fiction only - no children's 
or young adult novels will be considered
Application forms and guidelines are available for download from the 
QWC (www.qwc.asn. au) as well as a PDF advertising flyer to help 
spread the word to all your friends.(Reported by Damon Cavalchini on 
the Visions list.)

SHINY 2, an electronic Young Adult short story magazine is out now at (Reported by Ben Payne.). 

ANTIPODEAN SF issue 115, featuring short, short fiction of 500 words 
or less) from Nathan Burrage, Richard Pitaniello, Joan Malpass, 
Lynton Haggett, Shaun A. Saunders, Simon P. King, David Kernot, 
Des Rogers, Matthew Wallace and Theutes can be seen at 

Closed to submissions until 1st February. Issue 32 should be out 
early in the new year, with issue 33 following approx 4 weeks later 
to get us back on our publishing schedule. 

GRAHAM STONE' 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.). 


Prolific fantasy author, and all around nice guy, TERRY PRATCHETT, 
was recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. 
Apparently the real reason behind what was thought to be a "phantom 
stroke" he suffered earlier in 2007. (Widely distributed in The 
Australian newspaper, and on fan lists, but thanks to Sue Bursztynski 
and James Allen who first brought it to my attention. Edwina.) 


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 

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.

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 

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 

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 au/nsfs. (Reported 
by Jack Dwyer.) 

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 
www.vortexevents. com

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

GHENGISCON: WA. A gaming convention held in Perth in January. 

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) GoH's Ron Glass and Jason Palmer. 
Day memberships $100, or $450 VIP See www.thehubproductio for full details. (Reported by Thomas Bull.) 

Gen Con™ Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, 
Queensland, 3rd - 6th July, 2008, 4 day 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 see

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 http://www.denver20

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, 

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 andmagazines. com

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 scifireporter@

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

The Bullsheet is available as a FREE monthly e-mail through the 
AUSSFBULL mailing list. To join send a blank e-mail to AUSSFBULL-
subscribe@yahoogrou The latest version is also on the 
Bullsheet web page http://members. optusnet. /, bullsheetThe Bullsheet is also 
available as a snail-mail subscription for 24x50 cent stamps (or $12) 
sent to Edwina Harvey c/- 12 Flinders St, Matraville, 2036. Send your 
news e-mail to edwinafan@yahoo. com, 

Visit Celestial Cobbler for silk and ceramic craft with a SF & 
Fantasy bent see. http://members. optushome. /

The trick to get the old computer to work almost perfectly, was to 
buy a new computer. (grrrr!) Edwina.


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