The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 98 – May 2010

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet 98 MAY2010
ISSN 1445-4319 (print version), ISSN 1445-4327 (online version)

KATHARINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD Writers' Centre MINI-CON.2 May, 2010. Katharine's Place, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount, WA 6056. 10am-5pm. (<See for more information.>)

The golden years of Hollywood and beyond are recaptured in "SEE YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY!" hosted by NICK STATHOPOULOS, available on free-to-air TVS SYDNEY TELEVISION DIGITAL CHANNEL 44 every WEDNESDAY at 8.30pm from May 12! (Reported by Graham Garfield Barnard)

JEAN WEBER and ERIC LINDSAY want to remind everyone that they no longer have a PO Box address. If contacting them by snail-mail, letters should be addressed to 544 Carlyle Gardens, Beck Drive, North Condon Qld, 4815

AMANDA PALMER, ex-singer for the Dresden Dolls, and fiancé of Neil Gaiman recently raised her arm at the Golden Globe Awards to remind her fans that they have a choice when it comes to shaving their body hair to keep the norms of cultural beauty.(Reported by Andy Porter)

SEAN WILLIAMS and GARTH NIX have joined creative forces to create a five book children's series called Troubletwisters. Said to harness some Harry Potter style magic, the series is already sold to Australia, the United States, and Britain in a cumulative deal worth approx $1.5 million. The first book in the series will be published next year, and it's expected European publishing rights may be sold by then. ( Reported by Deborah Bogle in The Advertiser. Relayed from Damian Broderick)

MULTIPLATFORM STORYTELLING WITH HOODLUM MEDIA is a workshop is being run through the Queensland Writers Centre on Sunday 9 May, 12 noon – 6pm at The Edge, State Library, Qld. As digital technologies are allowing audiences to access media anywhere anytime, many storytellers are creating innovative stories that move between media platforms to create interactive experiences. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of multi-platform storytelling $95.00 bookings www.qwc.asn. au <http://www.qwc.> (Reported by Rowena Cory Lindquist)

TEXT PRIZE open to published and unpublished authors writing for Children – Young Adult readership, and offering $10,000 in prizes is now open. Full details available at
< www.textpublishing.> (Reported by Rowena Cory Lindquist on the Visions list.)

KATE FORSYTH speaks about writing for children and her new book, 'The Wildkin's Curse' http://ripping- ozzie-reads. com/ (Reported by Rowena Cory Lindquist)

The ROR team realised they have over 70 years experience in the publishing industry so they've opened the blog < http://ripping- ozzie-reads. com/> to industry questions for anyone who is interested. (Rowena Cory Lindquist)

The BLACKWOOD(SA) WRITERS GROUP for spec fic authors (q.v. clubs and meetings) have recently changed their venue for meetings and now meet Blackwood Church of Christ Hall 367 Shepherd's Hill Rd Blackwood.

CLARION SOUTH WRITERS WORKSHOP UPDATE: The next Clarion South workshop will be held in 2012. The workshop will be back on a stronger footing and with a vue to being sustainable over a long term. It's anticipated applications will open in February 2011 and close in June 2011 The Clarion South website has recently been relaunched at, and details will be regularly updated (Reported on the Visions list)

The QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE and Allen & Unwin recently announced a national Manuscript Development Program for Children's Fiction Writers in 2010.Up to 10 emerging children's fiction writers will work with editors from Allen & Unwin to develop high-quality manuscripts. The program will run for five days in south-east Queensland from 15 to 20 October, 2010. Participants will each have an individual consultation with editors from Allen & Unwin to receive feedback on their manuscript and will also meet other publishing industry professionals such as literary agents, booksellers and established authors, and receive guidance in developing their

CONGRATULATIONS to all those Australian authors who received honourable mentions in Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror available at: <http://ellen- ellen_datlow- 257572> (Special congratulations to Anna Tambour for the honourary mention of her story, The Arms of Love and Death," published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Mag.42. I edited that issue, and you've made me a very proud editor! Edwina)

AUSTRALIAN SF and FANTASY WRITERS ASSOCIATION. Inspired by the success of the Aust Horror Writers Assoc, the feasibility of a SF and Fantasy writers Assoc is being discussed. To guage interest there's a facebook page at:< http://www.facebook .com/pages/ Australian- Science-Fiction- Fantasy-Writers- Association/ 109691049061218? ref=nf> If you're not on facebook, but you would like to make a public comment on this proposed (and in my opinion much needed EH) association, please email and your comments will be posted on the facebook page. (Reported by Nyssa Pascoe).

THE SF CROWSNEST is now available as a FaceBook group at <>

MOTHERS DAY BOOK SALE: Twelfth Planet Press is celebrating its new online webstore with 2 Sale offers: 1. Preorder collection Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres* and/or the second edition of Horn by Peter M Ball and buy Roadkill/Siren Beat by Robert Shearman/Tansy Rayner Roberts or Angel Rising by Dirk Flinthart for just $6 plus postage. OR 2. Buy any 3 Twelfth Planet Books s** and Roadkill/Siren Beat by Robert Shearman/Tansy Rayner Roberts or Angel Rising by Dirk Flinthart for just $6 plus postage.Offers are valid until May 7, 2010 <;>

CONTINUUM 7 will be held 10-13 June, 2011. Guest of honour will be fantasy author, ROBERT RANKIN. Memberships will be launched at Aussiecon 4, and will be available from their website (Reported by James Allen)

CONGRATULATIONS to James Shields who was selected as the GUFF delegate for 2010 and will attend Aussiecon4 in Melbourne, 2-6th September

AUSSIECON 4 MEMBERSHIP PRICE RISE from 1 May 2010 until 31 July 2010 Aussiecon membership will be Adult Attending: AUD: 310, USD: 280, GBP: 190, Euro: 215, CAD: 290, Yen: 26,200, Supporting: AUD: 70, USD: 50, GBP: 25, Euro: 35, CAD: 50, Yen: 4,900 Convert Supporting to Attending: AUD: 250, USD: 235, GBP: 170, Euro: 185, CAD: 215, Yen: 22,200. Child Attending: AUD: 50, USD: 32, GBP: 25.50, Euro: 22.50, CAD: 40, Yen: 2,950. Memberships may be purchased with cash, PayPal, cheques in AUD and USD, Visa, and MasterCard. All credit card charges will be processed in Australian dollars. See <> for more details. Aussiecon recently announced the 2010 HUGO NOMINEES: BEST NOVEL: (699 nominating ballots) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor), The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK),Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor),Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra), Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog),The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

BEST NOVELLA (375 nominating ballots)"Act One" by Nancy Kress (Asimov's 3/09), The God Engines by John Scalzi (Subterranean), "Palimpsest" by Charles Stross (Wireless), Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow (Tachyon),"Vishnu at the Cat Circus" by Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days) The Women of Nell Gwynne's by Kage Baker (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE (402 nominating ballots) "Eros, Philia, Agape" by Rachel Swirsky ( 3/09),"The Island" by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2),"It Takes Two" by Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three), "One of Our Bastards is Missing" by Paul Cornell (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three),"Overtime" by Charles Stross ( 12/09) "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" by Eugie Foster (Interzone 2/09)

BEST SHORT STORY (432 nominating ballots), "The Bride of Frankenstein" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's 12/09), "Bridesicle" by Will McIntosh (Asimov's 1/09), "The Moment" by Lawrence M. Schoen (Footprints) "Non-Zero Probabilities" by N.K. Jemisin (Clarkesworld 9/09) "Spar" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)

BEST RELATED WORK (259 nominating ballots), Canary Fever: Reviews by John Clute (Beccon), Hope-In-The-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees by Michael Swanwick (Temporary Culture),The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children's and Teens' Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn (McFarland), On Joanna Russ edited by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan),The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of SF Feminisms by Helen Merrick (Aqueduct) This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is "I") by Jack Vance (Subterranean)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (221 nominating ballots),Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Written by Neil Gaiman; Pencilled by Andy Kubert; Inked by Scott Williams (DC Comics),Captain Britain And MI13. Volume 3: Vampire State Written by Paul Cornell; Pencilled by Leonard Kirkwith Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel Comics), Fables Vol 12: The Dark Ages Written by Bill Willingham; Pencilled by Mark Buckingham; Art by Peter Gross & Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred, David Hahn; Colour by Lee Loughridge & Laura Allred; Letters by Todd Klein (Vertigo Comics),Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio;Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment),Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse Written and Illustrated by Howard Tayler

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM (541 nominating ballots) Avatar Screenplay and Directed by James Cameron (Twentieth Century Fox) District 9 Screenplay by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell; Directed by Neill Blomkamp (TriStar Pictures), Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films) Star Trek Screenplay by Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Directed by J.J. Abrams (Paramount),Up Screenplay by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter; Story by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, & Thomas McCarthy;Directed by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - SHORT FORM (282 nominating ballots) Doctor Who: "The Next Doctor" Written by Russell T Davies; Directed by Andy Goddard (BBC Wales),Doctor Who: "Planet of the Dead" Written by Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts; Directed by James Strong (BBC Wales) Doctor Who: "The Waters of Mars" Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales),Dollhouse: "Epitaph 1" Story by Joss Whedon; Written by Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon; Directed by David Solomon (Mutant Enemy),FlashForward: "No More Good Days" Written by Brannon Braga & David S. Goyer; Directed by David S. Goyer; based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer (ABC)

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM (289 nominating ballots), Lou Anders, Ginjer Buchanan, Liz Gorinsky,Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Juliet Ulman

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM (419 nominating ballots): Ellen Datlow, Stanley Schmidt, Jonathan Strahan, Gordon Van Gelder, Sheila Williams

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (327 nominating ballots):Bob Eggleton, Stephan Martiniere,John Picacio, Daniel Dos Santos, Shaun Tan

BEST SEMIPROZINE (377 nominating ballots), Ansible edited by David Langford, Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan, Interzone edited by Andy Cox, Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi,Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

BEST FAN WRITER (319 nominating ballots): Claire Brialey, Christopher J Garcia, James Nicoll, Lloyd Penney, Frederik Pohl

BEST FANZINE (298 nominating ballots):Argentus edited by Steven H Silver, Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer, CHALLENGER edited by Guy H. Lillian III, Drink Tank edited by Christopher J Garcia, with guest editor James Bacon, File 770 edited by Mike Glyer, StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith

BEST FAN ARTIST (199 nominating ballots):Brad W. Foster, Dave Howell Sue Mason, Steve Stiles, Taral Wayne

THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (356 nominating ballots) (Not a Hugo Award. This is an award for best new Science Fiction writer of the past two years, sponsored by Dell Magazines and administered by the current Worldcon committee.):Saladin Ahmed, Gail Carriger, Felix Gilman *, Seanan McGuire, Lezli Robyn *, * Second year of eligibility

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honouring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre's fans. Supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4 are eligible to vote in the final round. Ballots may be submitted online or by paper ballot distributed in Progress Report 3. All ballots must be received by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT. AUSSIECON 4 has posted a Program Participant form at <;> for anyone interested in participating in the A4 program. You must be a member of Aussiecon 4 to participate in the programming and submitting a form does not guarantee that you will be participating in the program.

SIR JULIUS VOGEL AWARDS will be presented at Au Contraire (NZ natcon, August q.v.conventions) The following are some of the categories and nominations.

Best novel: Returning. Pat Whitaker, Cooper's Press; Heart's Blood, Juliet Marillier, Pan Macmillan; Branded By Fire, Nalini Singh, Berkley Books; Beyond The Wall Of Time, Russell Kirkpatrick, Harper Collins Australia; Angel's Blood, Nalini Singh, Berkley Books;

Best Young Adult Novel: Sting, Raymond Huber, Walker Books; The Loblolly Boy, James Norcliffe Longacre Press; Real Life, Ella West, Longacre Press; The Crossing, Mandy Hagar, Random House NZ;Brainjack, Brian Falkner, Walker Books Australia Best Novella / Novelette: Over The Rim, Ripley Patton, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #42; Wives, Paul Haines, X6 Anthology, Couer de lion; Single Handed, Simon Petrie, Kaleidotrope Issue #6; Must Love Hellhounds, Nalini Singh,; Twisted, Kevin Veale, Weird Tales #354

Best Short Story: Corrigan's Exchange, Ripley Patton, Semaphore Magazine; A Sice Of Life - A Spot Of Liver. Paul Haines.<>; The Living Dead Boy, Grant Stone, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 41;. Downdraft, Simon Petrie, <> ; Zombies From Mars, Douglas A. Van Belle, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 40; Something Better Than Death, Lucy Sussex, Aurealis #42

Best Collected Work: Slice Of Life, Paul Haines, The Mayne Press; Dreams And Nightmares Volume 1,Nicholas Chrustowski,Self Published; Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry From New Zealand, Mark Pirie and Tim Jones, IP Publishers; Semaphore Anthology 2009, Marie Hodgkinson; The Word Witch, Margaret Mahy, Edited by Tess Duder, Illustrated by David Elliot, Harper Collins.

Best Artwork: The Test, Serena Kearns
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form: Under The Mountain, Directed by Jonathan King Written by Matthew Grainger & Jonathan King, based on the book by Maurice Gee Produced by Richard Fletcher, Jonathan King & Matthew Grainger, Buena Vista International / Disney; Dean Spanley, Directed by Toa Fraser, Produced by Matthew Metcalfe & Alan Harris Written by Alan Sharp based on the novel My Talks With Dean Spanley by Lord Dunsany Paramount; The Vintner's Luck. Produced by Robin Laing, Icon

Best Production / Publication: Semaphore Magazine, Marie Hodgkinson The complete listing of all SJV categories and nominations can be seen at: < http://sffanz. sjv/sjvNominatio ns-2010.shtml>


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

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. 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)

COEUR de LION Publishing is now open for submissions for its new Science Fiction anthology Anywhere But Earth edited by Keith Stevenson. Deadline 28 Feb 2011. For all the information see: <>

A new WERE anthology, BEWERE THE NIGHT, to be published by Prime, in May 2011 is open to submissions of stories dealing with any were-creatures including werewolves. Tthe stories should be general urban fantasy. Reprints and original fiction welcome. 1000 – 7500 words. Submissions close end of December, 2010 Paying 1 cent a word for reprints, 5 cents per word for unpublished acceptances. More detals from editor Kathy Sedia (e.sedia at gmail dot com) (Relayed through the Visions list by Marianne de Pierres.)

SCIENCE IN MY FICTION CONTEST<http://crossedgenre contest/> NO ENTRY FEE Deadline June 30, 2010. 2,500 -10,000 words. Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story
which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can't be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories. The winner will receive $250 USD, plus a 2-year online subscription to Crossed Genres and a print copy of the CG anthology, Crossed Genres Year One. Second place will receive $100, a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One, and Third place will receive $50,a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One. There will also be 3 Honorable Mentions, each of which will receive a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One. 2,500-10,000 words. (Reported by Anita on the Visions List)

THE AMBASSADOR"S MISSION, the first volume in the sequel to the hugely successful Black Magician Trilogy by TRUDI CANAVAN has been released by Orbit. RRP $32.99

BELONG is a new anthology edited by RUSSELL B. FARR and published by Ticonderoga publications. It features stories by Penelope Love, Barbara Robson, Linda L Donahue, Zdravka Evtimova, Jennifer Moore, Mary E. Lowd, Barry Rosenberg, Kurt Buchard, Gwen Veazey, George Ivanoff, Stephanie Burgis, Donna Maree Hanson, Edwina Harvey, Michelle Muenzler, Gustavo Bondini, Sarah Totton, Chett Gottfried, Sonia Helbig, Angela Rega, Simon Petrie, Kylie Seluka, Patty Jansen and Carol Ryles in 362 pages of fiction.

Copies of RARE UNSIGNED COPY: Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables, a collection of SF, fantasy and humourous short fiction pieces by SIMON PETRIE can now also be purchased at Infinitas Bookshop, Parramatta, and University of NSW Bookshop, Kensington.

ANGEL's BLOOD and ARCHANGEL's KISS are books 1 and 2 in the Gothic romantic sexy Guild Hunter Series by NZ writer, NALINI SINGH, who will be special guest at the Australian Romance Readers Awards Dinner, Cello's Restaurant, Sydney, 15th May. And who will be doing a signing at the Australian Romance Conference at Crowne Plaza Cogee on 13th August.Gollancz. Each title $22.99 RRP

SAVAGE MENACE AND OTHER POEMS OF HORROR is a 132 page hardcover book of dark Lovecraftian poems from RICHARD L. TIERNEY L. Tierney published by P'rea Press. $45US includes postage and handling. (Relayed by Leigh Blackmore)

ANTIPODEAN SF 142 offers short (500 words or less) SF from the following authors: Glenn H. Davies, Laurel Lampered, Simon Petrie, Michael Shapel, Gitte Christensen, Jacinta Lodge, Shaun A. Saunders, Julie Worman, Garry Dean, Rob Bleckley& Thereasa Meads and can be viewed at

TERRA INCOGNITA PODCAST 18 is up now free at This month Jason Fischer reads 'For Want of A Jesusman' and Keith Stevenson reviews Paul Haines's Slice of Life. The podcast should be available on iTunes too.

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.).

HATCH, MATCH & DISPATCH: Happy (often belated) Birthdays to:Justin Semmel (22 Apil)Tracey Rolfe (23rd April) Donna Maree Hanson (April 29) Catherine Gunson (May 1) Gillian Pollack

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)

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. CLUBS & MEETINGS

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: 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 upstairs in the Blackwood Church of Christ Hall 367 Shepherd's Hill Rd Blackwood, Australia, 5051. 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 Mayl? Check the web version of the Bullsheet for updates.

FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FICTION meeting 13th June at the Bankstown Sports Club. Admission $10 members, $15 non-members. (Reported by Anne Devrell)

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.

GLOW, a compilation of cartoon/comic strips, cinema and live theatre starts at the Sydney Opera House from 5th June. Tickets from $53+.

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)

ANIMANIA FESTIVAL DATES 2010: 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)

SUPERNATURAL ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE II, 8 May, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Campus, Kensington, Sydney and 9 May, Melbourne Copeland Theatre, Economics and Commerce Building, University of Melbourne, 9am-6pm. GoH's: Jim Beaver, Misha Collins, Samantha Ferris, Rob Benedict, Julie McNiven. Day ticket:$120. (See <> for more information.) Update from Thomas Bull

Annual Melbourne All Club minicon. Saturday 22 May at the MSFC premises, St David's church hall, 74 Melville Road, West Brunswick 3055. GoH's Jason Nahrung, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.

VAMPIRE DIARIES event,3 July 2010, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Campus, Kensington (Sydney).4 July 2010, Melbourne (venue TBA).9am-6pm. GoH:Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev.See<> for more information.(reported by Thomas Bull)

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.

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:$ 310 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).

NOMINATIONS FOR 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.

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 mshipCAN $45. Seet <

CONTINUUM 7 will be held 10-13 June, 2011. Guest of honour will be fantasy author, ROBERT RANKIN. Memberships will be launched at Aussiecon 4, and will be available from their website (Reported by James Allen)

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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