The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 74 – May 2008

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 74
May 2008
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

The CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL of AUSTRALIA. 9th National Conference, 
Melbourne. Public sessions, John Bateman Theatre, Melbourne 
Convention Centre 3rd May 2008, 9-10:30am. Shaun Tan ($25 per person) 
4th May 2008, 9-10:30am Neil Gaiman ($25 per person) Bookings via (reported by Thomas Bull.)

ANIMANIA. May 10, 2008, 10am-4pm, Holiday Inn Brisbane, Qld. 
Membership (for each): $19:50 (pre-registered) or $25 (at 
door).Further information at (reported by 
Thomas Bull.)

SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL: 19-25 May at various venues around Sydney 
city, suburbs, and regional NSW including Bermagui, Katoomba, 
Newcastle and Wollongong. Some free events, some paid events. Spec 
fic highlights include EMILY RODDA at Penrith Library, 6-7 pm, 19 
May, "Right Down to the Plumbing: Spec Fiction and World Building" at 
Blacktown City Library, 6.30-7,30 pm on 20th May (Bookings 
essential.), "T2 The Future Files" May 22, noon-1pm(Sydney Dance 
Company) and `Trope: Promoting new writing in Second Life' May 22 , 
noon - 2pm. See for full programming details. 

THE AUSTRALIAN SHADOWS AWARD, offered annually to dark fiction by the 
Australian Horror Writers Association, is now open to submissions 
from authors, editors or publishers. For full information on the 
awards, eligibility and submission guidelines, see (Reported by Shane 
Jiraiya Cummings on the Visions list.) 

The AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL is on 15th-18th May. See (Reported on Allen & Unwin newsletter.)

NEW ZEALAND SPEC FIC AUTHORS: The Science Fiction & Fantasy 
Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) is running a project to collate & 
list as much SF, Fantasy & Horror by New Zealand as it can trace. The 
project is currently being managed by Alan Robson. View current 
listings at (via Simon Litten. Replayed by Tehani 
Wessely on Andromeda Spaceways list.)

BROKEN SEA AUDIO PRODUCTIONS will soon be releasing a fan-audio drama 
based on the Mad Max films. See: 

Congratulations to KAREN MILLER for making the Tiptree Awards Honor 
List for her novel, Empress of Mijak and The Riven Kingdom (Reported 
by Ben Payne on the Visions List.)

Congratulations to ANITA BELL who received a Highly Commended for her 
SF Thriller manuscript in the National FAW Literary Awards. (Reported 
on the Visions List.)

TRACY SCOGGINS will make an in-store appearance at Gifts for the Geek 
in Geelong from 4-6 pm on May 2nd. (Reported on Sci-fi reporter.)

Night, May 2, 7pm, Girl Guides Hall, 33 Myers St Geelong.Entry $5. 
See for more details. 
(Reported by Ben Hughes)

ANZAPA: (Australian and New Zealand Amateur Publishing Association) 
is an association for fanzine producers to share their creations with 
other fanzine producers. People can join Anzapa for $30 per year, 
plus the requirement to contribute at least 6 pages of your own 
material (written specifically for the apa) every three mailings. 
Bulk mailings (of eveybody's contributions) are sent out to all 
members every two months. You can join by writing to Bruce Gillespie, 
the Official Editor, 5 Howard Street, Greensborough VIC 3088
Or email: for more information. '(Reported by 
Bruce Gillespie.)

AUSTRALIAN SF FAN FUNDS. You've seen the acronyms NAFF, and DUFF 
often enough, especially in these pages, but has your curiosity now 
been piqued, and would you like to know more??? You can join the AUS 
SF Fan Funds community to find out more about the various Fan Funds 
we have operating, maybe you'll even decide to run in one of the Fan 
Funds yourself in the future? See to find out 
more. (Thanks to Callista Shampoo for the details.)

SCI-FI REPORTER is happy to receive convention reviews. E-mail your 
reviews to

CONCATENATION has had a seasonal update on their website, .As well as lots of other 
news, there are four Australian-oriented stories covering the 
Aurealis Awards at , Ditmar 
Awards at , 
Swancon at 
and the Australia in 2010 Worldcon bid at: (Reported 
by Jonathan Cowie. Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation 

HUGO VOTING NOW OPEN to supporting and attending members of 
Denvention 3, (q.v. conventions) Snail mail and on-line voting will 
be open until 1 July. The Hugo Awards ceremony will take place at 
Denvention on August 9th.

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

DARKEST KISS is a new paranormal romance by Australian author KERI 
ARTHUR. Riley Jenson is half vampire, half werewolf and an officer 
for the Directorate of Other Races. Now she's hunting for a killer 
who is targeting the rich and powerful in Melbourn's society. 
Published by Piatkus. ISBN 978-0-7499-3925-0. RRP $19.99 

THE QUENTARIS CHRONICLES, the successful Young Adults fantasy series 
featuring books set in the Quentaris universe by some of Australia's 
best writers, recently launched a second series with the release of 
The Spell of Undoing by PAUL COLLINS. The second book of the second 
series, THE EQUEN QUEEN by ALYSSA BRUGMAN, has now been published by 
Ford St Books. RRP $15.95 ISBN 9 781876 462598

SON ET LUMIERE is a new anthology of 17 stories by IAN NICHOLS. 208 
pp. A limited number of signed, individually numbered and stamped 
copies are available for $25 plus $4 postage. E-mail Copies are also available at 
Fantastic Planet in Perth.

Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive back the Northmen spilling 
over the Angland border spreasing fire & death across he frozen 
country. Published by Orion. ISBN 978-0-575-06201-4 RRP: $22.99

There's only one man who can stop the King of the Northmen. There is 
no rsk more terrible than to break the First Law. Published by Orion. 
ISBN 978-0-575-07790-4. RRP $32.95 

HOUSE OF SUNS is the new novel by ALASTAIR REYNOLDS . AT the dawn of 
the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a 
thousand male and female clones and sent these shatterlings into the 
galaxy to watch over countless human empires. Published by Orion. 
ISBN 978-0-575-08236-6. RRP $32.99

THE RED WOLF CONSPIRACYL The Chathrand Voyage is the first published 
novel by ROBERT V.S.REDICK. The HMS Chathrand , a massive sailing 
ship built over 600 years ago, has vanished, taking with her 700 
souls , after setting out on a diplomatic voyage to seal the peace 
with the last of the Emporer's last enemies.Published by Gollancz. 
978=0-57508-1-772 $32.99

The new Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG) anthology, Masques, 
to be edited by Gillian Pollack & Scott Hopkins, will be open to 
submissions of up to 5,000 words until 31st October. All submissions 
will be read blind. Selected stories under 1500 words receive a 
contributor's copy and $10. Stories over 1500 words receive a 
contributor's copy and $25. Send submissions as a Rich Text 
attachment. In the body of the e-mail write your name, address, e-
mail address and story name. Send to 
Submissions of internal b& w artwork also sought.E-mail to (Reported on the Visions list.)

MECHANTS calling for submissions. Authors to write a 
letter to their favourite fictitious villain from book, film or TV. 
No word limit. Open to submissions until July is 
looking to publish a limited edition chapbook in November. Payment" 
contributors copy. (From Rob Hood via Paul Mannering on the Visions 

peer-reviewed online journal that welcomes fan-related topics and seeks to 
promote dialogue between the academic and fan communities. The TWC is 
now accepting electronic submissions of full essays through its web 
site. The first issue is expected to by published in September 08. 
See for submission 
guidelines, or e-mail for more details.

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS recently notified PDF subscribers there has been 
a delay in sending out ASIM 33 in PDF format, but that will be 
resolved soon. Print issues of ASIM 33 and 34 will soon be available 
for $8.95 in specialist bookshops around Australia, including 
Gleebooks at Blackheath. You can also buy print or PDF formats 
through the Andromeda Spaceways website, 

ANTIPODEAN SF issue 119 features short short fiction (500 words or 
less) from the following writers: David Such, Rachael Ryan, Tavis 
Potts, Francis Conaty, Shaun A. Saunders, Hannah Steenbock, Alan 
Delaney, João Ventura, Leslie Blake and Luke Kepreotis. See for full details.

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. NEW CATALOGUE OUT NOW! Graham's 
threatening it will be one of his last catalogues, so get in quick 
and buy up big!

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. The latest edition of Out of the Bin Jan-
March 08 acknowledges the work Bruce Gillespie has done to put 
Australian fanzines on the world map via ANZAPA (q.v.) It also notes 
that Merv has been active in fandom and bookselling for over 50 years 

FRIENDS OF LINDA COX CHAN (FOLCC) raise money to donate to Juvenile 
Diabetes Research, Australia by selling donated books etc. (Current 
tally $2.) 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. WILL SELL AS A 
Art cards by Marianne Plumridge and Bob Eggleton also for sale. E-
mail Edwina Harvey at edwinafan@yahoo. com (Donations of books always 


Actor CHARLTON HESTON who appeared in Planet of the Apes, among many 
other movies including Moses and The 10 Commandments.passed away 6th 
April aged 86.

British fan and bookseller, KEN SLATER. Ken ran a bookshop (?) called 
Fantast Medway and helped Merv Binns source a lot of books for the 
Melbourne Science Fiction Club library. He had been a bookseller and 
member of fandom for over 50 years. 
He died at age 90 in February, 2008. (Reported in "Out of the Bin")

EDWINA HARVEY is happy to report the cataract surgery went well, 
though she has since had a mild overdose of Battlestar Galactica DVDs. 

Writer, ASIM art director & fan, SUE BURSZTYNSKI is recovering after 
being knocked down by a car at the end of a brief holiday in Tasmania.

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. For further details including meeting 
details check the MSFC website at au/~msfc. May 9, 
guest speaker: Nicki Greenberg, May 23, guest speaker: Christopher 
Ride. (Updates by Thomas Bull.)

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.) 

FEDERATION SQUARE (Melbourne) SF & Fantasy genres book reading 
group.Free to attend, Meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 
11.30am at Cafe Beer Delux in Federation Square. E-mail

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. 
Sliding membership depending on what month you join. Full year 
m/ship: $24 (or $35 for a family membership) which gets you 7 issues 
of the newsletter. Members receive discounts at ABC shops and 
Minotuar in Elizabeth St, Melbourne. See http://www.vicnet.

*SFFiG* SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY in GEELONG Irregular meets announced via 
email. Discussions, trivia & games, news and more! (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 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:, phone 0416 269 726 or check 

The DR WHO CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA is regenerating. They will meet 
on the first Saturday of each month 12.30-5pm at The Collins St 
Centre, Cnr Shaftesbury Ave and Collins St, South Perth. Club stalls, 
info, afternoon tea and entertainment. See their temporary website: or phone Aaron on (08?) 0400 1957.

JAFWA is Perth's largest & oldest anime group. They offer screenings 
in the Jones lecture theatre, Curtin University from 5pm on any 
Saturday that isn't the first Saturday of the month. See for full details.

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 Trekkers Fan Club usually meet at the PCYC, 
Fortitude Valley on the second Sunday of the month (though this 
occasionally changes) . Contact Mary Kemp either by phone: 07 
32904243 or by e-mail: The club's snail mail 
address is still PO BOX 2084, Brisbane, QLD. 4001. Quest's new 
website will be up and running in the near future. (Reported by Mary 

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). 

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: No current web site at this time. Contact 
address:P.O. Box 152 Bexley North, NSW, 2207 Usually meet on the 3rd 
Friday of the month (except for December) in the foyer of UTS 
building, Broadway at 6.55pm. Meeting dates: May 16th, 
June 20th, July 18th, Aug 15th, Sept 19th, Oct 17th, Nov 21st, Dec 

STARWALKING (NSW) 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.

SUPANOVA: Australia's largest Pop Culture Expo, (Comics, cosplay, 
games, toys, authors & more) offering activities for the whole family.
SUPANOVA SYDNEY: June 20-22, The Dome, Olympic Park,Homebush. 
(Jennifer Fallon, Marianne De Pierres among the GoH's)
SUPANOVA PERTH: June 27-29. Claremont Showgrounds.(Tickets can be 
booked through Ticketek. See for more 

THE MEDIEVAL IMAGINATION is a display of over 90 illuminated 
manuscripts from the 8th to the 16th centuries open daily from 10-5 
at the State Library of Victoria until 15th June. 

Melbourne Anime Festival, Manifest 2008, 26-28 September 2008. 
Melbourne, Vic. Further information forthcoming at (Reported by Thomas Bull.)

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

BABYLON 5 1 day conventions. GOH TRACY SCOGGINS. Melbourne May 3rd, 
Sydney May 4th. (Friends of Science Fiction event? EH) (Reported on 
sci-fi Reporter.)

SERENITY Sydney 10th May, Melbourne 11th May. GoH's Ron Glass and 
Jason Palmer. Day memberships now $110, or $500 VIP See for full details (Update by Thomas 

ARMAGEDDON (SYDNEY) 3-4 May. The Big Top, Luna Park. See for details.

2008, St David's Uniting Church Hall, 74 Melville Rd, West 
Brunswick , 10:00am - 4:30pm. GoH: Shaun Tan. $10 admission, $5 
concession, $20 family. (Reported by Thomas Bull.)

BUFFY PALOOZA: 7th & 8th June, 9am to 6pm, Sydney 7th June, Melbourne 
8th June. Venues to be announced. GoH's: Juliet Landau, Larry Bagby, 
and R.D. Price and others tba. Day ticket: $100, Weekend ticket: 
$180, VIP day ticket: $450, VIP weekend ticket: $800 Further details 

GEN CON(tm) Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 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. Sean Williams, Marianne de Pierres and Stephen Dedman will be 
among the Guest of Honour. For full information see

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

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

DENVENTION 3: The Worldcon in 2008 will be held in Denver, 6-10 
August 08. Attending and supporting members of Denvention 3 can vote 
for the hugos up until 1st July. Attending and supporting members of 
Denvention 3 can also vote for the site selection of the 2010 
worldcon. Seeing as how Australia is running for the 2010 Worldcon, 
this could be really useful for local readers. (yes, this is a hint 
guys!) See

CONFLUX 5: October 3-6, 2008, The Marque Hotel, Canberra. 
International GoH: Sharyn November; Australian GoH: Jack Dann, Cat 
Sparks; Local GoH: Gillian Polack; Fan GoH: Bruce Gillespie. Price 
until July 31 - full $160, student $140. Workshops will be held on 
Friday and Monday afternoon, information available soon. Saturday 
night dinner set in Prohibition New York, prices not yet available. 

WASTELAND II - the Age of Iron at the Good Earth Hotel, Perth,18th-
19th October,2008. Steampunk/Victoriana/Retrofuturism themed 
convention. GoH: Nick Stathopoulos, local GoH: Alisa Krasnostein. Fan 
GoH Tom "Tommo" Eitelhuber. Prices are $65 for full memberships, $60 
for concession memberships and $35 for day passes paid in advance. 
For more details contact: or check out

ARMAGEDDON (MELBOURNE) 1-2 November, Melbourne Exhibition Centre. See for more details.

GENGHIS CON Rampage. Games, panels, Larp, Pizza, Prizes, Movies and a 
Giant Squid Monster. 9-11th January, Trinity College, Nedlands, 
Perth. $25 full membership, $10 day membership. See

NULLUS ANXIETAS (Melbourne) (Discworld convention.) February 2009 
(Reported by Thomas Bull.). See Website:

AUSTRALIAN NATCON 2009 will be in Adelaide. Queens Birthday Long 
weekend, 2009. No details available about GoHs or venue as at 
Swancon. Closing ceremony - Edwina 

ANTICIPATION, the 2009 Worldcon will be in CANADA . See 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 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. 

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

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

If you want a great fanzine resource offering fanzines in PDF format, 
go to where Bill Burns hosts the electronic 
versions of a wide variety of the world's best fanzines. Australians 
whose fanzines are available include Bill Wright, Bruce Gillespie, 
Kim Huett and Ron Clarke.

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, 

Visit Celestial Cobbler for silk and ceramic craft with a SF & 
Fantasy bent see.

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