The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 82 – January 2009

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 82
January 2009
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)


reading this and it's 2009, you missed it. If it's still 2008, this
event offers DJs, three bands and a half dozen burlesque and cabaret
acts performing across three rooms at the Victorian Trades Hall.
EUCHRONIA is an 18+ event. Tickets may still be available.  See for more information e-mail

AUSSIECON 4 attending and supporting memberships rise on 1st January.
If it's still minutes to midnight, check out

AUREALIS AWARDS: The finalists for this year's Aurealis Awards  have
been announced on the AA website. See http://www.aurealis
Finalists.htm. Congratulations to all the finalists!
The winners will be announced at the Aurealis Awards Ceremony at the
Judith Wright Centre ofr Contemporary Arts, 480 Brunswick St,
Fortitude Valley (Brisbane) on Saturday 24th January. Tickets are
$27.50 and are available from Pulp Fiction Books, Anzac Square
Building Arcade, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3236 2750. There's a Judges
Luncheon prior to the Awards ceremony, a Recovery Breakfast planned
the next day and an Industry seminar on the Sunday as well. For full
details see
The Longlist for the DAVID GEMMEL LEGEND AWARD is available as a
downloadable from  http://GemmellAward .com. Australians among the 69
nominees include Alison Goodman, Fiona McIntosh, Karen Miller,
Jennifer Fallon, Sara Douglass, Russell Kirkpatrick and Juliet
Voting opens on Boxing Day. The five novels accruing the most votes
will constitute the Shortlist, to be announced in April 2009. Voters
can win a copy of  the shortlisted books. The ultimate winner will be
announced at the Awards Ceremony in June. (Reported by Satima Flavell
on the Visions list.)

CONGRATULATIONS to ROWENA CORY DANIELLS who has just signed a 3 book
deal with Solaris for her sweeping fantasy adventure, King Rolen's
Kin series. The first book, provisionally called Byren's Bane is due
for release in early 2010. The series follows the lives of three of
King Rolen's heirs when their kingdom, Rolencia, is invaded by their
ancestral enemy, Merofynia.

PLUMETOT, STEPHEN TURNER and all the other lucky delegates attending
CLARION SOUTH (aka boot-camp for writers) from 4th Jan – 14th Feb,

RADIO NATIONAL's summer season is replaying the original radio series
of The HITCH-HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY at 8am on Sunday mornings.
(reported on the Eidolist by Jeff Harris.)

SYDNEY FESTIVAL is on in a multitude of locations around the wider
Sydney area from January 10-31.A few highlights that might interest
include Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Underground providing
a "musical mash up" score to the animated film, Fantastic Planet,
projected on a floating screen at Darling Harbour, January 18th.
8.30pm. FREE. Movies in the Overflow (Olympic Park, Homebush) is
showing "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" on Sat 3rd Jan,
and ,"In the Shadow of the Moon" on Sun 4th Jan. FREE. The Nargun and
the Stars featuring large scale puppets, live actors and animation
(recommended for 8 yr old +) is being performed at the Riverside
theatre, Parramatta from 15-21 January. (Ticket prices variable. EH)
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (whose home planet has been reduced to
fondue, and he's been marooned on Earth) is also recommended for ages
8+ playing at Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parammatta. From
Jan 11-15th. (Ticket prices variable. EH) See for full festival details..

Powerhouse Museum. Entry to the exhibit is $24 adults, $12 children,
$18 concession and $60 for families. Check for full details.

Thumbnail Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still: I liked it! Bugger
what the critics say; go see it. EH.

Thumbnail Review: The Equen Queen by Alyssa Brugman. Part of the
Quentaris series. Fort St Publishing, 2008. This YA novel kept me
enthralled over the Christmas break. Beautifully written and
illustrated, featuring alien ponies, a resident dragon and the many
adventures of Tab Vidler and her friends. See for more details.

SIR JULIUS VOGEL AWARDS: The Sir Julius Vogel sub-committee of SFFANZ
is currently accepting nominations for science fiction and fantasy
works first published or released in the 2008 calendar year (and
written by NZ writers) ***Nominations open 1st December 08 and close
28th February 09***  This is the New Zealand equivalent of the
Ditmars. For more information including rules and eligibility
criteria go to  To make
nominations please email Please send
one nomination per email and include as many contact details as
possible for the nominee as well as yourself.
 The voting will occur at Conscription, - the national science
fiction convention being held in Auckland, New Zealand over their
Queen's Birthday, 27 May - 1 June 2009

Welcome 2009 - International Year of Astronomy!

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

ABSENT WILLOW PUBLISHING, a new independent book publisher with an on-
line presence, was recently launched by New Hampshire authors Rick De
Cist and Bob Griffin.  Its on-line Absent Willow Review plans to
publish horror, SF and fantasy stories as well as paper-based
anthologies which will be available through The publisher
is looking to renew interest in short speculative fiction. Absent
Willow Publishing LLC, PO Box 66, Rochester, NH 03866 USA (Reported
on the Visions List)

SHADOW QUEEN is the debut fantasy novel by Australian author, DEBORA
KALIN. Discovered by Louise Thurtell in a Friday pitch for Allen &
Unwin, this is the story of Queen Matilde, shadow queen, awaiting her
accession to the Turasi throne. Shadow Queen, the first in The
Binding series, will be published on 5th January. RRP $29.95. ISBN

THE FADE is a new novel by CHRIS WOODING. A civilization born in
darkness, protected by shadows, looks upward as a lethal light beats
down upon their world and a conspiracy threatens to swallow them all.
Released on 20th December by Orion books. RRP $32.95. ISBN 9780575-

TIMELINE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: the definitive chronology, by
RICH HANDLEY a 332 page softcover book published by Hasslein Books to
mark the 40th anniversary of the first Planet of the Apes film  can
be purchased on line through their website  US

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Unlocking the door to a Television Classic by
MARTIN GRAMS is a 818 page book which documents details of the
television program including dates of production, costs per episode
and commentary, also lists all the comic books & merchandise ISBN#
978-0-9703310-9-0 OTR Publishing, LLC, Po Box 252,Churchville, MD
21028 USA

ANTIPODEAN SF has a spruced up website. Issue  127.features short,
short (under 500 words) from David McVeigh, Richard Kerslake, Mark
Farrugia, Mark Tremble, Marian Stone, Shaun A. Saunders, Anna Potts,
KJ Hannah Greenberg, David Such & Simon Petrie.

now at fiction readings from Cat Sparks
and Adam Browne plus a review of Greg Egan's Incandescence. The first
podcast featuring a reading from Paul Haines is also still available.
(Reported by Keith Stevenson)

TASMANIAC Publications, publishers of  dark fiction novellas, are
soon to be reading for an annual anthology series titled 'Festive
Fear' and are calling for Aussie writers to send in good Christmas
Down Under-themed stories. (reported on the Visions list by Shane
Jiraiya Cummings)

HORRORSCOPE has published its annual Australian Dark Fiction Year in
Review and 2008 Dark Fiction Recommended Reading List at ( reported on the visions list by
Shane Jiraiya Cummings.)

TICONDEROGA ONLINE is back, renamed ticon4, it's  located atwww. The site features reviews, original fiction (starting
with 3 cracking stories by Sue Isle, Patty
Jansen and Matt Tighe), non fictions by Jennifer Lusk, and opinions.

FUTURISTIC MOTHERHOOD: Alternate Visions of mothering anthology has
been shelved following problems with the printer.

STEAM ENGINE TIME: the latest issue of this substantial fanzine
containing a report on Conflux,   articles and photos edited by JAN
STINSON and BRUCE GILLESPIE is available at http://efanzines. com.
Bruce will only be printing a very small number of paper issues.
Email if you wish to reserve one.

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 had its latest issue released just
prior to Christmas. Merv's had a quiet year and to some extent is
still recovering from heart surgery and adjusting to new medication,
otherwise, all's well. The fanzine's 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 $45!) Books looking for homes: 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 and
Holly Lisle. Dukes of Hazard activity book (500 pages. Colouring,
puzzles etc).Dr Who Annual, 1983 (Peter Davidson era), The Gerry
Anderson memorabilia Guide (1994), Rolling Stones Mag visits Saturday
Night Live, Sherlock Holmes Mystery book, Visitor Command fanzines,
Garfield "Thank you" postcard book, ***GREG BEAR "Blood Music"
Uncorrected book proof**, Life signs, the Biology of Star Trek,
Absolutely Fabulous Book 2, Leonard Nimoy: I am Spock, John Rockham,
Alien Sea.


BIRTHS: Congratulations to author JASON FISCHER and his partner KATE
(who did most of the hard work) on the arrival of their new baby boy
on 12th December.

FORREST J ACKERMAN passed away on Thursday, 4th December from
congestive heart failure.
Forry was a sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-
time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely
credited with coining the term "sci-fi," Ackerman was legendary in
science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine
Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private
collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for
years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion (aka
Ackermansion) overlooking Los Angeles. Every Saturday morning that he
was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to
view his treasures. Though he had to dispose of many of his pieces
when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, he continued to let people
visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted. He had
declared in an interview, "what's the point of having a collection
like this if you can't let people enjoy it?" (Compiled from reports
by Ted Scribner & Robin Johnson)

Artist and fan, JIM CAWTHORN died on 2 December, shortly before his
79th birthday. Jim collaborated with Mike Moorcock on Tarzan
Adventures, the Sexton Blake Library and New Worlds; Jim produced a
finely illustrated comic adaptation of The Jewel In The Skull and
worked for Savoy Books. (Reported by Andy Porter)

Singer, dancer & actress EARTHA KITT, the original Cat Woman in the
Batman TV series, died on 25 December from cancer. She was aged 81.

MAJEL BARRETT RODDENBERRY, actress best known & loved by Star Trek
fans for her roles as Number 1 to Captain Christopher Pike in the
pilot episode of  the series, nurse Christine Chapel in the original
series and in the Star Trek animated series, cameos in Star Trek: The
Motion Picture, and Star Trek IV, the Voyage Home, the voice of the
Starfleet computers in Star Trek: the Next Generation, and the
unforgettable character of Luxwana Troi, mother of  Deanna Troi in
ST: TNG passed away on December 18th from complications of leukemia.
Majel had completed her role providing the voice of the computers to
be used in the new film, Star Trek due for release in Australia later
this year, just weeks before her death.  (Compiled from report & link
from Karen Miller and Susan Batho)

MRS EDNA ALLEN, mother of long time SF fan, JAMES ALLEN,  passed away
on 23rd December from  Mesothelioma. She was 88.  Her funeral is
Friday 2nd Jan at 10am at St David's Uniting Church, 74 Melville Rd,
Brunswick West, (where MSFC meets). The family has requested
donations be made to the Asbestos Diseases Research in lieu of
flowers. Our condolences to James, Jeanette and Genevieve. Mrs Allen
was well known and liked by many in the fannish community.


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74
Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.Membership to the MSFC is $30
single, or $40 family/household or overseas, and $20 for interstate
p.a. Meetings recommence on Friday, 16th January.

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 Café Beer Delux in Federation Square. E-mail books@fedsquare. com

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. $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 http://au.groups. group/SFFiG/ 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:
corporate@doctorwho australia. org, 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:
www.comedydownunder .com/westlodge/ 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
http://jafwa. 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: jmkemp@bigpond. 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

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 WritersGroup. php for meeting dates.
(Reported by Tim Martin via Ted Scribner).

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: 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.

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) are once again meeting at Dooley''s
Lidcombe Catholic Club, a short walk from Lidcombe station on the 2nd
Sunday of each month. Check for more information. (updated
by Ted Scribner)

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. SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at
www.vortexevents. com.

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

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
www.genghiscon. org.

NULLUS ANXIETUS, The second Australian Discworld Convention. Feb
27th - March 1st 2009. Storey Hall, RMIT in Melbourne, Vic.
Membership now open. Offering performances, discussion panels,
competitions and special events. Attendees will be able to join
Unions during the convention, giving them the chance to compete with
fellow Discworld fans in various events. Online forum available. See
www.ausdwcon. org for more information. (Reported by Nathan Cooper.)

DOCTOR DOWNUNDER. Culture Shock Events, First Contact conventions and
FSF will be presenting PETER DAVISON the 5th Dr Who at Dooleys
Lidcombe Catholic Club, John St, Lidcome (Sydney) from 10am on
Saturday 22nd March, 2009. $80 * general admission, $60* for DWCA and
FSF members. $40 for a photo with Davison. To book for Sydney phone
1300 553 237, e-mail or snail mail Culture
Shock Events PO Box 797, Fairfield, NSW 1860.

PETER DAVISON will then be appearing in Melbourne on Sun 23rd March.
(Venue TBA) Phone 0439 444 901 or e-mail for more details.(* Payment by
credit card incurs an additional 3% fee ) (Reported by Dallas Jones)

CONSCRIPTION 2009, the 30th New Zealand National Science Fiction
convention, is being held at The Grand Chancellor Hotel in Mangere,
Auckland, NZ over (their) Queen's Birthday weekend, 27th May to 1st
June 2009.GOH: Julie Czerneda, Fan GoH is Robbie Matthews Editor in
Chief of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight magazine  The convention chair
is author Kevin Maclean. For full details see  (Thanks to June

CONJECTURE the  2009 Natcon  5-8 June. The Holiday Inn, Hindley St,
Adelaide. Attending membership currently $120 (rising on 28th
December.) Supporting $60 You can pay by paypal through their website . Accom details also available on the
site. .

ANTICIPATION, the 2009 Worldcon will be in Montreal, CANADA 6-10
August, 2009.GoH's: Neil Gaiman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Tom Doherty,
David Hartwell and Taral Wayne, Artist GoH Ralph Bakshi. Author Julie
Czerneda will be Master of Ceremonies. See www.anticipationsf. ca for
full details.

CONTINUUM 5. Continuum 5 Galaxies by Gaslight, Friday 14 to
Sunday16th August 2009. GoH Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Membership at
31/1/2009 will be $120,  $10 discount for members of an SF & F club,
gaming club, or 2009 convention.  Ether Conference Centre, Mercure
Hotel Welcome 265-281 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne . Postal
address: Continuum 5 GPO Box 603, Melbourne, VIC 3001 (Thanks to
Thomas Bull for the update!)

The World Fantasy Convention in 2009. Celebrating Edgar Allen Poe's
200th Anniversary. (New dates) 29th Oct – 1st Nov. Fairmont Hotel,
170 South market St, San Jose, California.

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION will be held from 25-28th March, 2010 at the
Royal Albion Hotel Brighton, England. This will be the 20th
anniversary of this convention and the first time it has been held
outside America. Membership is currently 50 pounds. See for more details. (Reported by Stephen Jones)

AUSSIECON 4 : Worldcon in Melbourne, 2010. memberships rise 1/1/09.
Postal address Australia in 2010, GPO Box 1212 Melbourne, Australia.
3001. US AGENT: Mark Linneman, PO Box 221878, Sacramento, CA 95822
USA, UK Agents Eve & John Harvey, European Agent: Vince Docherty. -

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

RENO 2011 Worldcon bid. The intergalactic travel agents of Reno
Convention Fandom, Inc. are delighted to announce a bid to host the
69th World Science Fiction Convention in 2011 (August 17-21) in
the "Biggest Little City in the World," Reno, Nevada. See what Reno
has to offer at http://www.rcfi. org, or e-mail if you
want to support this Worldcon bid. Australian Agent: Jean Weber. To
pay for presupporting memberships in A$, you can send Jean a cheque
(payable to Jean Weber) or pay via Paypal to Australia@rcfi. org.
Presupporting rates are A$20 ordinary, A$100 Friend, or for A$110+
you'll be considered a Really Close Friend.


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
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KopperKat Manuscript Assessment and Editing service. Industry
professional with many years' experience as an editor and best-
selling author goes beyond the norm to assist you with your writing.
Enquiries: kopperkat@gmail. com

If you want a great fanzine resource offering fanzines in PDF format,
go to http://efanzines. com 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.

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