The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 97 – May

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 97 APRIL2010
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

MERV & HELENA BINNS' QUEST FOR AUSSIECON PHOTOS. Merv & Helena have volunteered to come up with a display of photos from previous Aussiecons, If you have photos and would like to contribute to this project, you can send copies or scans of photos, works of art or promotional items from previous Aussiecons to, or post to PO BOX 315 Carnegie, Vic, 3163.

FANFUNDS WEBSITE CoA: Australian fan funds website run by Irwin Hirsch now has a new home at http://ozfanfunds,com thanks to Jean Weber.

CYCLONE WATCH: QLD. Jean Weber reports fans in her region seem to have escaped Cyclone Elui reasonably unscathed though Leanne Frahm's house in Mackay lost part of its guttering when a tree branch fell on it and there were power outages.

WA STORM: No reports of fans being badly effected (that we've heard of) though Adiran Bedofrd's wife, Michelle reported her path lab was flooded and Anna Hepworth reported a library at UWA was seriously flooded. (Ouch! EH)

CONGRATULATIONS to GLENDA LARKE whose latest novel was Waterstone's UK Book of the Month. (Reported on the Visions list)

CONGRATULATIONS to KAREN MILLER who has recently signed a 7 book deal with Orbit including the English rights of a 5 book fantasy series, and 2 more books on her Rogue Agent series. (Reported on Visions List)

CONGRATULATIONS to artist NICK STATHOLOPOULOS whose painting "The Bequest", a portrait of Geoff Osling, was a finalist in this year's Archibald Prize and will be on display in the Sydney Art Gallery until May. (I spotted Nick's painting in a feature on the Archibald Prize on the 7pm news on Sydney ABC 26/3/10 Edwina)

ABC Australia will air the new DR WHO series starring new Dr, MATT SMITH starting in April. This means the US, Canada and Australia will be seeing the new series withing weeks of its UK airings. No specific date in April was available with this announcement (reported by Dallas Jones)

DAVE FREER is the featured writer speaking on how being transplanted to another country affects a writer on the Ripping Ozzie Reads website. See

KIM FALCONER is presenting a seminar at the Byron Bay Community Centre in the evening on 15th April. More details available through the Northen Rivers Writers Centre (reported on the Visions List)

BOOK LAUNCH: FELICITY MARSHALL's new book . THE STAR will be launched on Tues 13 April, Port Melbourne Print & Framing, 275-278 Bay St, Port Melbourne from 6.30pm. RSVP by 4th April to Terrie Saunders by e-mail or phone 03 8481 1120

BOOK VIEW CAFÉ is featuring BINARY, a book from Australian writer now living in Germany, JAY CASELBERG on their website <> Chapters will be appearing in weekly instalments.

WILL MURRAY (aka KENNETH ROBESON) has acquired the rights to unused and unfinished outlines and ideas for DOC SAVAGE and will be using them to write new Doc Savage novels. (Reported by Andy Porter)

Quirk Books, publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies have recently bought the rights to NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES by KEVIN DAVID ANDERSON (Reported by Ian Randal Strock, relayed by Andy Porter)

SCOTT SIGLER, author of Infected Contagious and new novel, Ancestor (q.v. books) will be touring Australia in April

CHARLAIN HARRIS author of the highly successful SOOKIE SACKHOUSE series of books will be doing a promotional tour of Australia in September.

AUSSIECON 4 CALL FOR ACADEMIC PAPERS: The academic stream is the study of SF submitted by 31st May. To academic co-convenors Dr Helen Merrick and Professor Andrew Milner. Email them at with your name, affiliation, title of paper, email/contact details and a 150 word abstract along with a short bio and AV requirements. See also for more details.

Successful HUGO AWARDS nominations will be announced at Odyssey convention (UK) on Easter Sunday.

SpecFicNZ, the society for writers and producers of SF in New Zealand, are holding a logo-designing contest closing on April 15 You can submit up to 5 entries. See: http://www, has a feature story by TONY BALLANTYNE called "Takeaway" available to read on <>

Next FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION meetings are on 11th April and 13th June at the Bankstown Sports Club. Admission $10 members, $15 non-members. (Reported by Anne Devrell)

ACMI in FEDERATION SQUARE, Melbourne, is screening "Where The Wild Things Are" on Sundays until 11th April.

HOW TO TAME YOUR DRAGON is a new fantasy animation movie now playing in cinemas around Australia.

THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL runs from 24 March to 18th April. Highlights include Andrew O Neill, Occult Comedian, Tripod Versus the Dragon, The Kransky Sisters, and heaps more. See <>

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: Tripod Versus the Dragon plays at the Sydney Opera House, 21st April – 1 May/ Tickets from $42, Kransky Sisters at Parade theatre, Kensington 23-24 April.Tickets from $35 GLOW, a compilation of cartoon/comic strips, cinema and live theatre starts at the Sydney Opera House from 5th June. Tickets from $53+.

THE TOLKIEN SOCIETY and Australian Smial, TOL HANDOR are presenting "TOLKIEN's ODYSSEY: MIDDLE EARTH AND BEYOND" on Saturday 28th August (The weekend before Aussiecon 4) in Melbo urne. ) and are currently calling for papers seeking presentatioins of 20 minutes and 45 minutes in length. Melbourne Artist, TONY GALDAMEZ has been commissioned to create artwork on a Tolkien theme for the Moot. See for full details.

LEVIATHAN 2010, a tabletop wargaming/boardgames & model painting weekend at the Quakers Hill High School, 70 Lalor Rd, Quakers Hill (Sydney) Sat & Sun 10/11th April. Run by the Western Suburbs Gamers Soc . See (March Infinitas newsletter)

CAN'T STOP THE SERENITY. Charity screening of Joss Whedon's movie, Serenity, raffle, auction etc with money raised on the day donated to
EQUALITY NOW a global charity working with national human rights organizations. Sat 26th June, 1.300-6pm, Main Tower, University of Technology,15 Broadway, Sydney. (Reported by Sarah Murray White)

SYDNEY KITTENS DESPERATELY NEED NEW HOMES FOR EASTER. The Pine Street Arts Centre in Chippendale (Sydney) has recently become a half-way home for a number of very cute ginger and black & white kittens and a young mother cat, all of whom are now looking for permanent homes. If you are looking for a kitten or two, or you're wanting to give a kind home to a young cat contact the centre by phoning 02 92451503. The centre is located at 64 Pine St, Chippendale. (Reported by Sarah Murray White)

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BOOKLIST is a proposal for booklovers and readers to nominate a "wish list" of overseas, local small press, & out of print publications. (Ted, are you reading this??? EH) The GAB will be made available to publishers, distributors, and booksellers to be considered when purchasing copyright on titles to republish. The GAB will allow Australian book buyers some say in the local book industry. See
<"\ tid=2&sort=none&Itemid=279">here</a> (Reported by Gillian Pollack)

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

COEUR de LION Publishing is now open for submissions for its new Science Fiction anthology Anywhere But Earth edited by Keith Stevenson. For all the information see: <>

WINTERBOURNE PUBLISHING is a new Australian ebook and print-on-demand publisher seeking character-driven speculative fiction novels from new or unknown Australian writers. They pay a $500 advance and 50% royalties. Find out more at

TICONDEROGA PUBLICATIONS will be launching the BELONG anthology (and also Scarey Kisses paranormal romance anthology?) at Swancon this easter (q.v. conventions)

RARE UNSIGNED COPY: Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables is a new 277 page collection offering 41 SF, fantasy and humourous short fiction pieces from NZ born Australian resident, SIMON PETRIE. Edited by Edwina Harvey. Published by Peggy Bright Books. ISBN 9780980699814. RRP $26.95 Purchase direct from the publisher for free postage within Australia. See for details. Also available at ANU bookshop, Canberra. (other retail outlets currently under negotiation.)

DESTINY'S RIFT is book 2 in The Broken Well trilogy by Sydney Author, SAM BOWRING. Bel sets forth to retrieve the Stone of Evenings Mild so he can reunite with his darker half, but the stone is stolen by the undead mage and hidden in the lair of an insane dragon. Orbit $19.99

THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES is the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth by CARRIE RYAN. Gabry lives a quiet life, content to let her friends dream of the Dark City while she watches from the top of her lighthouse in her town by the sea. But Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, only her secrets wont stay buried and Gabry's world is crumbling. Gollancz, RRP $29.99

ANCESTOR is a bloodcurdling thriller from SCOTT SIGLER, author of Infected and Contagious who will be doing a promotional tour of Australia in April. On a remote island on lake Superior a group of scientists are working towards animal organ transplants on humans without rejection by creating an animal with human organs as the perfect donor. Only the recreated ancestor of all mammals is a bloodthirsty beast. Hodder & Stoughton. RRP $29.99 ISBN 978144470947.

TWILIGHT: The GRAPHIC NOVEL Vol 1 contains selected text from STEPHANIE MYERS to make an original graphic novel illustrated in black, white and sepia hues by Korean artist, YOUNG KIM in a rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques. ATOM publications, RRP $26.99

THE HERO OF AGES is book 3 of the Mistborn series by BRANDON SANDERSON. Tricked into releasing the evil spirit, Ruin, while trying to close the Well of Ascension , Elend Venture and his assassin wife, Vin, are hard pressed to save the world/ Gollancz, RRP $24.99

THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE is a new horror novel from CARLA BUCKLEY. How do you protect your family from a threat you cannot see? A deadly virus that kills every second person it infects has spread the world. Ann Brooks seals herself and her daughters away in a house that she once loved.Orion. RRP $29.99

TOME OF THE UNDERGATE is the debut "slaughter-fest" fantasy novel from SAM SYKES. Lenk, a young man with a sword in his hand and a voice in his head has savage zealots, heathens and monsters as his sole companions as he quests for a sacred book, The Tome of the Undergates/ Gollancz, $32.99.

Thumbnail review by Edwina: I'm really enjoying reading SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY, what I'd call a Historical Fantasy/comedy by DAVE LUCKETT, published by Vivid Publications late last year.

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE issue 43 featuring short stories from David Conyers, Jason Crowe, Felicity Dowker, Carine Heldmann, Tracie McBride, Martin A Reed, Daniel I Russell, Aimee Smith, David Tallerman and Victorya, Edited by David Kernot and featuring cover art by Greg Hughes, has now been published and distributed. Print copies available for $8.95 plus postage from <>. PDF will be available for sale through the website soon.

ANTIPODEAN SF 141 offers short (500 words or less) SF from the following authors: Julie Cohen, Warnan, Shaun A. Saunders, Moua Shepley, Brendan Carson, Chris Castle, Jan Napier, Matt Cowens, Darren Lipnicki, Mathew James and Monica Carroll at

TERRA INCOGNITA PODCAST 17 features Ben Peak reading "Beneath the Red Sun" and keith Stevenson reviews Marianne Di Pierres book, Mirror Space at and free on iTunes

LEIGH BLACKMORE's Raven books, specialising in dark and horror fiction also includes Sequence comics. For a catalogue e-mail 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 $45) CHEAP Books looking for homes: Panglor by Jeffrey A.Carver ($1 + postage), Hell on High by Ted Nolan and Holly Lisle ($1+ postage). Sherlock Holmes Mystery book ($1 + post), Life signs, the Biology of Star Trek ($5 + post), John Rockham, Alien Sea ($5 +post). The Bill – the Inside Story ($5 ea + post), (Thanks to John Tipper for donating the latest influx of books.).


ILL: Melbourne fan, LES ROBERTSON is reported to be very ill with kidney disease in the Clayton Medical Centre Renal Unit, but still seems pleased to be visited and contacted by his fannish friends. You can phone the Medical Centre on (03) 9594 6666, and ask for Ward 345 if you want to phone Les, or possibly drop in and see him (Reported by LynC, relayed by Bruce Gillespie.)

Belated Happy Birthdays to: (Blame Facebook for not giving me the info in advance! EH) to ROBIN JOHNSON & DEB BIANCOTTI (9th March), NICOLE MURPHY (11th March), MARTIN LIVINGS (23rd March), KATHERINE CUMMINGS (28th March) and LYN McCONACHIE (3rd April)

AND NOW WE ARE ATE! Happy Birthday to us! The revivified Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet has been running for 8 years and 97 issues this month. Launched in a time before Facebook, myspace, and Twitter, I'm beginning to wonder if this newsletter has been made redundant by these more modern networking/info systems. Tell us what *you* think – send us a Happy Birthday e-mail to


Recouperating Writer, JOE HALDEMAN, recently signalled through an e-mail from his wife, Gay, that while he is getting stronger and attending a couple of local cons, he does not feel fit enough to travel to Australia later this year, and won't be at Aussiecon 4.


THE NORMA K. HEMMING AWARD is open until 31st July 2010, the award to be presented at Aussiecon 4. For full details of this award see the main website <http;// or go to> (Reported by Bill Wright)

GUFF candidates for the race to bring a fan from UK to Australia to attend Aussiecon 4 (q.v. conventions) are JAMES SHIELDS and DOUGLAS SPENCER. If you'd like to vote for either of these candidates, a PDF of the ballot is available here: <> or you can vote on line at <>. Payment can be made by cheque or Paypal (details on the ballot). Voting ends 5th April 2010. (Reported by Jean Weber)

The KATHERINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD Speculative Fiction Awards are now open for short stories between 1500 and 3500 words from anywhere across the genre. Prizes $600.00 for first, $300.00 for second and $175.00 for third plus 5 commended of $10.00. The competition closes on Friday, May 28, 2010. Entry forms and Conditions of Entry are available from Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA 6056 or can be downloaded from the website.

THE GOLD COAST WRITER'S ASSOCIATION CHILDREN's WRITING COMPETITION for children aged 7-17 is now open to young Australian residents. There are three age sections: 7-10 yr olds, 11-13 yr olds and 14-17 yr olds. The theme is "Wishful Thinking" and short stories and poems can be submitted. Entry is free. First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25. All entries must be received by 16 April 2010. Please see the entry form for competition entry conditions. More Info: <http://www.goldcoas twriters. competitions. html> Entry form: <http://www.goldcoas twriters. GCWA_Childrens_ Comp_2010_ Form.pdf> Reported by Kathleen Jennings on the Visions list

AUSSIECON 4 Short Story Competition. To celebrate the return of the Worldcon to Australia, Aussiecon 4 is holding a short story competition. Entries must be unpublished works of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, or horror of 1500 words or less, include mention of an Australian landmark or town, and feature the phrase "make ready".Prize of $200 Entries close 30 April. See <;> for details.


MELBOURNE SCIENCE FICTION CLUB, Meet most Friday nights at 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055. Membership to the MSFC is $35 single, or $45 family/household or overseas, and $25 for interstate members. Meetings: 2 Apr: closed for Good Friday, Dri 9th April: Fanzine sorting and Dr Who model making, Fri 16th April Star trek memorabilia, Fri 23rd April, Antifan films, Fri 7th may, Food & trivia night. 5th Annual Melbourne All Club minicon will be held at MSFC premises on Saturday 22 May. (Thanks to Thomas Bull for the update)

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<>

DR WHO CLUB OF VICTORIA has been operating for over 30 years. 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 <>.

*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 12033 A'Beckett St RP, Melbourne, Vic 8006. .Non-profit SF club offering monthly meetings, "Diverse Universe" newsletter and "Solar Spectrum" annual anthology. (Thanks to Geoff Allshorn for the update.)

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 www.doctorwhoaustra

The DR WHO CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 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 <> 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 onall but 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. See <> (Reported by Stuart Blair.)

The BLACKWOOD WRITERS GROUP for spec fic authors was formed in 1996 and meets every Monday at 7pm for 2-3 hrs in the Blackwood Recreation Centre - 1 Northcote Road Eden Hills SA 5050 ( $3 per attendance ) For more info see or phone Rob Bleckly 08 8536 3975 or Robert N Stephenson 08 8278 8995

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 Kemp).

VISIONS WRITERS GROUP offers meeting and critiquing for SF, Fantasy and Horror . Check the Bullsheet website for updates or contact Graham Stone (02) 9715 7129

SYDNEY FUTURIANS: (Not to be confused with the Futurian Society of Sydney, listed above.) 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 .

FUTURIAN SOCIETY OF SYDNEY meet at the end of each month. Next meeting late April? Check the web version of the Bullsheet for updates.

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 reporter.)

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

EVENTS VORTEX SF. SF Events happening in Brisbane, can be found at <>.

THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, Darling Harbour, Sydney, has a Mythical Creatures (mermaids, unicorns, dragons etc) display free (after museum entry has been paid) until 23rd May.

ANIMANIA FESTIVAL DATES 2010: 10 April - Melbourne - Rydges Melbourne, 1 May - Brisbane - Mercure Brisbane, 11-12 September - Sydney - Australian Technology Park (ATP), 2 October - Adelaide - Adelaide Festival Centre (AFC), 30 October - Brisbane - Mercure Brisbane (See (Thanks to Thomas Bull for this info)

STAR TREK EVENT 11 April. Adelaide, Police Club, 27 arrington St, Adelaide. 9am-6pm. Guests: Ethan Phillips and Denise Crosby with more tba. Day ticket: $70. (See for more information.) (Reported by Thomas Bull)

SUPERNATURAL ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE II, 8 May, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Campus, Kensington, Sydney and 9 May, Melbourne (venue tba). 9am-6pm. GoH's: Jim Beaver, Misha Collins, Samantha Ferris, Rob Benedict, Julie McNiven. Day ticket:$120. (See for more information.)

Annual Melbourne All Club minicon. Saturday 22 May at the MSFC premises, St David's church hall, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055.

IAN McKELLEN will be appearing in WAITING FOR GODOT at the Sydney Opera House from 15th June Tickets start at $115.

MAniFest 2010 (Melbourne ANIME Festival): 20-22 August 2010.
Melbourne Showgrounds. (For more details see <>.) (Reported by Thomas Bull)

ARMAGEDDON celebrity collectible fair: SYDNEY: Melbourne October 16 Venue TBA (Update from Thomas Bull)

THE YEAR OF SF & FANTASY with PAUL COLLINS: Course. Join Paul, author of over 120 novels and 140 short stories, editor and publisher (Ford Street Publishing) as he guides you through the process of writing your own novel. Participants will benefit from brainstorming ideas with others through the year and the outcome should be a completed, polished novel ready to submit to publishers. Saturdays 27 March, 22 May, 24 July, 25 September, 27 November, 10am – 4pm Cost: $600, Members $540/$500 Victoria Writers Centre, 176 Little Lonsdalel St, Melbourne

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

TWILIGHT event. 24 April, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Campus, Kensington (Sydney). 25 April, Melbourne (Venue TBA). 9am-6pm. GoH Gil Birmingham Ashley Greene, Daniel Cudmore, Christian Serratos and others tba. Day ticket: $95. For further details see <> (Reported by Thomas Bull).

BOOK BLOGGER CONVENTION to be held in New York (USA) on Friday 28 April. A team of blogsphere literati including GalleyCat, Galleysmith, My Friend Amy and others will launch what will hopefully be the first annual con.

AU CONTRAIRE, NZ Natcon, Fri 27-Sun 29th August, 2010 (the week before Aussiecon 4 for those northern hemisphere fans looking to extend their antipodean SF experience) Quality Hotel, Wellington. Full attending membership currently NZ $60. Day & supporting memberships also available. See for full details. Snail mail address is PO Box 10104, Wellington NZ.

CHANGING THE CLIMATE: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, The Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction.30 Aug – 1 Sept 2010. Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St, Melbourne. (See for more information.)(Thanks to Thomas Bull for this.)
THE TOLKIEN SOCIETY and Australian Smial, TOL HANDOR are presenting "TOLKIEN's ODYSSEY: MIDDLE EARTH AND BEYOND" on Saturday 28th August (The weekend before Aussiecon 4) in Melbourne. ) and are currently calling for papers seeking presentatioins of 20 minutes and 45 minutes in length. Melbourne Artist, TONY GALDAMEZ has been commissioned to create artwork on a Tolkien theme for the Moot. See for full details.

AUSSIECON 4. Worldcon in Melbourne. 2-6 September 2010, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank. GoH's: Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaun Tan, Robin Johnson. Attending membership Aus$275, Children's membership $50 payable by cheque, or online via paypal or some credit cards. Aussiecon 4 is now taking bookings for the Art Show <;>and the Dealers Room <;>Please see the relative pages under the Exhibits section at; Queries can be directed to Steve Francis (Dealers Room Manager) or Emma (Art Show Curator).

DUDCON, the 49th Australian National SF Convention (Natcon) that will be held in conjunction with Aussiecon 4, 3-5th September, 2010, and will be responsible for the serious natcon stuff of running the Ditmars and holding the business meeting for the natcon Fan Guest of Honour: Jacob Blake. Other GoH's to be announced. Various memberships on offer starting with Cheapskate member for $10, Generous member $20, Friend of the Ditmars m/ship $30, Protector of Kittens m/ship $40, All around good bloke/blokess m/ship $50, and Absolute Fucking Legend m/ship $100. Contact details, Paul Ewins, e-mail, or PO Box 1126, North Melbourne. VIC 3132. (Reported by Bruce Gillespie.)

(Note to SF Travellers.You're spoiled for choice! You can attend the NZ Natcon, the Tolkien Moot, the Worldcon, Changing the Climate, Aussiecon 4, and Dudcon, the Australian Natcon for 2010 held within Aussiecon 4 all in one week. NZ is a 3 hour flight from Melbourne. Get more cons for your Antipodean buck!)

Gen Con™ Australia 23rd-26th September. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Electronic gaming, anime, card games, board gamesm celebrity appearances, clothing manufacturers, comic and alternate stores for enthusiasts. anime, cos play, board games, card games, war gaming, computer games, guest appearances from sci-fi/fantasy authors. Currently seeking businesses & organizations to book exhibition spaces (attendances expected to be over 10,000 over 4 days). Ph sales manager on 0400 201 444 or (07) 3491 7155 for more details.

RENOVATION is the Worldon in Reno, Nevada, USA August 17-21, 2011. GoH's: Tim Powers, Ellen Asher, fantasy artist Boris Vallejo/ Venue: Reno-Sparks Conventioin Centre & The Atlantis Hotel main venues. See <> for more details. Australian Agent: Jean Weber

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2010 will be held October 28-31 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio (USA) Attending membership US $125. Snail mail WFC 2010, 3824 Patricia Dr, Upper Arlington, OH 43220, USA. Or see <> for more details. (Thanks to Thomas Bull for the update)

SFContario, Toronto, Canada. November 19-21, 2010. Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto. GoHs: Michael Swanwick, Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author of Bones of the Earth, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tor Books editors, Geri Sullivan & Karen Linsley. Attending mship CAN $45. Seet <>

OTHER INFORMATION RESOURCES: 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.collectingbooksandmagazi>

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