The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 83 – February 2009

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 83
February 2009
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

AUREALIS AWARD WINNERS: From all accounts, the Aurealis Awards  were
a big success this year. The winners were: Best science fiction
novel:  K A Bedford, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Edge
Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Best science fiction short story: Simon Brown, `The Empire', Dreaming
Again, HarperVoyager
Best fantasy novel: Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom,
Best fantasy short story:  Cat Sparks, `Sammarynda Deep', Paper
Cities, Senses 5 Press
Best horror novel: John Harwood, The Séance, Jonathan Cape
Best horror short story: Kirstyn McDermott, `Painlessness', Greatest
Uncommon Denominator (GUD), #2
Best anthology: Jonathan Strahan (editor), The Starry Rift, Viking
Children's Books
Best collection: Sean Williams and Russell B. Farr (editor), Magic
Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams, Ticonderoga Publications
Best illustrated book / graphic novel Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer
Suburbia, Allen & Unwin
Best young adult novel:  Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock,
Best young adult short story: Trent Jamieson, `Cracks', Shiny, #2
Best children's novel: Emily Rodda, The Wizard of Rondo, Omnibus
Best children's illustrated work/picture book: Richard Harland &
Laura Peterson (illustrator), Escape!, Under Siege, Race to the
Ruins, The Heavy Crown, The Wolf Kingdom series, Omnibus Books
Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence: Jack Dann
Congratulations to all the well-deserving winners. You can read more
about the AA awards at:

BEDFORD, whose latest book has been nominated for a PHILIP K. DICK
AWARD. The nominees
are :
Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos Books)
Endgame by Kristine Smith (Eos Books)
Fast Forward 2 by Lou Anders (ed.) (Pyr)
Judge by Karen Traviss (Eos Books)
Terminal Mind by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press)
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K. A. Bedford (EDGE Science
Fiction and Fantasy  (list of nominees from

 MILK. Famous American SF fan, FRANK ROBINSON has a non-speaking
acting role as one of Harvey Milk's inner circle in the recently
released movie, Milk, about a gay mayor in San Francisco. Frank
Robinson is distinguishable because he looks older that the other
members of the circle. (according to Bruce Gillespie)

Author NEIL GAIMAN was recently honoured with the John Newbury Medal
for childrens' literature, awarded annually by the American Library
Association. The film adaption of his children's novel "Coraline"
will also premier in the US on  Feb 6  Neil will be GoH at
Anticipation, the Worldcon in Canada later this year (q.v.

DUFF - The Down Under Fan Fund race is open again. It's a fund to
allow North American and Australasian fans to visit each others'
cons. This year it's for someone in  Australasia to go to
Anticipation, the Worlcon hosted in Canada later this year.
Nominations close on 15th March, voting closes in May. See  for more information. (Reported by
Nicole R Murphy)

NEW DR WHO: In case you've been on a camping holiday, or lost on a
desert island for the past month, actor MATT SMITH has been employed
to replace David Tennant as the next Dr Who.

SIR TERRY PRATCHETT. Well known and much loved fantasy author, Terry
Pratchett has been made a Knight of the Realm in the Queen's New
Year's Honours List for "Services to Literature." Sir Terry was
reportedly "chuffed" . (Reported by K.A. Moylan and Bruce Gillespie
and a whole host of other excited people.)

25th the AHWA will be accepting expressions of interest from its
members wanting to take part in setting up and running more
critiquing groups. For more information about the critique groups
please email coordinator, Mark Farrugia through, from the 25th Feb.  For information on how
to join the AHWA visit .

PAUL COLLINS recently announced that he had changed his e-mail
address. He can now be contacted through the FORD STREET website: :

for a name for the first book in her  new humorous crime/romance
series.  You can leave feedback on the list of possible titles  at

Summer Read Science Fiction Panel, 18 Feb, Nunawading Library, 7-8
p.m.  Topic: Dreaming Again. Chairperson: Jack Dann. Panelists
include Adam Browne, Trudi Canavan, and Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Bookings essential (phone 9873 5638).(Reported by Thomas Bull)

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 Queen's Birthday, 27 May - 1 June 2009 (q.v.

NEW ZEALAND has announced it will hold its 2010 Natcon, AUCONTRAIRE
in Wellington 27-29 August, the weekend before Aussiecon 4, so that
people travelling "down under" get a chance to experience *two*
antipodean cons since they've come so far. Our NZ correspondent
recommends attendees bring sturdy shoes and wet-weather gear to
Wellington just in case.  See for full
details. (Reported by June Young.)

LOVE MUSIC & STARS Sydney Observatory, 14 February, 7.30 - 9.30pm,
$78 non-members, $75 members (per person) Romance your partner under
the stars this Valentine's evening. Be serenaded by live Renaissance
musicians while enjoying an Italian-style supper in the Observatory
marquee. Then view the night skies through telescopes and tour the
Observatory domes. Bookings are essential.  Ph 02 9921 3485 or e-mail

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY will also be celebrating Galileo's Birthday all
day on 15th February. Ph 02 9921 3485 or e-mail

 DAMIAN WARMAN I'm trying to contact you & your g-mail e-address is
bouncing. Edwina

BEAT THE HEAT: We hope all our Southern NSW, Victorian and SA readers
are keeping cool and safe during the current heatwave & power
outages.  Ted & Edwina

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

MAGICIAN's APPRENTICE, the prequel to T RUDI CANAVAN's Black Magician
trilogy is published this month. RRP $29.99

DREAM WARRIOR is the latest in SHERRILYN KENYON's Dream-Hunter
series. Paranormal romance published by Platkus this month. RRP

ACHERON is another paranormal romance by SHERRILYN KENYON published
by Plaktus this month. RRP $19.99.

ORCS: BAD BLOOD 1 is the first book in the next fast moving, tongue
in cheek fantasy trilogy (?) by STAN NICHOLLS. Published by Gollancz.
RRP $32.99. ISBN 9780575078031

THE GRAVE THEIF: THE TWILIGHT REIGN BOOK 3 is the latest instalment
of Lord Isak who has to turn the religious fervour sweeping his
nation and turn it from TOM LLOYD. Gollancz. RRP $35. ISBN

PROMISES OF DEATH, the 28th case for Lieutenant Eve Dallas in near-
future New York by J.D. ROBB (aka NORA ROBERTS) is published this
month. $32.99.
MATTER, a new SF novel by IAN M. BANKS is published by Orbit this
month. $24.99.

WRITING-RELATED QUOTATIONS was recently released by independent
press, F. C. Sach & Sons, Publishers
(  Edited by Gregory Victor Babic,
(, it is available FOR FREE at

ANTIPODEAN SF Issue 128.features short, short (under 500 words) from
Jill Smith, Julie Cohen Wornan, Kirstyn McDermott, Matthew Sanborn
Smith, Angie Smibert, Shaun A. Saunders, Richard Thorne, Mark
Farrugia, Ashley Hibbert & Felicity Dowker. See to
read and vote for your favourites.


LEONAUR books ( have recently released H. RIDER
HAGGARD's Quartermain series and JOSEPH A. ALTCHELER's The French &
Indian War Novels. Check their web site for more information.

now at  (Reported by Keith Stevenson)

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. Leigh once again has a book sale going.
Proceeds to support the bi-annual journal Studies in Australian Weird
Fiction, and MoonsKin Annual No 1.

 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 $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.


RICARDO MONTALBLAN, radio, stage. TV and film actor possibly best
known in SF circles for his role as Khan Noonian Singh in the episode
Space Seed in the original Star Trek series, reprising the role in
the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and as Mr Roarke in the TV
series, Fantasy Island. As a practicing Roman Catholic he was named
Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II in
1998. Montalblan was also co-founder of the Nosotros Foundation to
improve the status of Latin Americans on the screen, and had a
theatre named after him, Ricardo Montalblan passed away on Jan 14
aged 88. (Reported by Ted Scribner)

PATRICK McGOOHAN, actor possibly best known in SF circles for his
role as Number 6 in the cult TV series, THE PRISONER, which he co-
created with George Markstein. The series blended spy and science
fiction  McGoohan had earlier played in the Danger Man spy series,
and later worked with Peter Falk on Columbo. McGoohan passed away
after a short illness on January 15th.(ITV are currently remaking The
Prisoner series.) (Reported by Ted Scriber)

ROB MAY veteran vaudeville actor and stuntman who played the Robot
(though it was voiced by announcer Dick Tufield) in the original Lost
In Space TV series passed away on January 19th aged 69. (Reported by
Ted Scribner)

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. Meeting  Feb 20 Author Night - Chuck McKenzie (Update from
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 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.

Powerhouse Museum until 26th April. Entry to the exhibit is $24
adults, $12 children, $18 concession and $60 for families. Check for full details.

ANIMANIA: Anime and Manga festival  SYDNEY 28th March,  Citigate
Central Hotel. 169-179 Thomas St, Sydney, also 5-6th September (Venue
to be announced). MELBOURNE 18th April (Venue To be Announced)
BRISBANE 9th May, &  19th Sept (Venue tba) See for more details.

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

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)

TWILIGHT PROM 24 April 2009, Sydney (venue TBA), 25 April 2009, Oaks
on Market, 60 Market St, Melbourne. GOH's Kellan Lutz and Ashley
Greene. (See for further details.)
(Reported by Thomas Bull)

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 prices
from 1 Feb: $145 (adult), $100 (concession), $35 (junior). (See site
for further details.) $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: From February 1st,the Attending
Membership fee rises to 60.00 UK pounds,(or approx 65 Euros, or US
$84. Still a good deal considering the exchange rate for the pound at
present.) You can pay via PayPal through the convention website.
See for more details. (Reported by Stephen Jones)
AUCONTRAIRE. Wellington, NZ 2010 Natcon. 27-29 August, 2010, the
weekend before Aussiecon 4, so that people travelling "down under"
can experience *two* antipodean cons only a few days apart. Our NZ
correspondent recommends attendees bring sturdy shoes and wet-weather
gear(rather than umbrellas)  to Wellington just in case of high winds
and wet weather.  See for full
details. (Reported by June Young.)

AUSSIECON 4 : 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 ngbooksandmagazi

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media, edited by Stuart Blair. To subscribe to this list send an e-
mail to scifireporter@

SMW Editing & Proof reading services for academic (including theses),
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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.

The Bullsheet is available online at and as
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 Happy St Valentines Day, whatever you are.

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