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AntiSF's Forty Third Outing
Despite its recent brush with the underside of the net, AntipodeanSF keeps on coming, with another (smallish) slab of homegrown flash fiction—plus a few ring-ins from abroad.

The Australian stories in the 43rd issue of AntipodeanSF are:

This month's "little bit extra" is Ion's new mini-poll for most popular story of the issue.


John Foyster Suffers "Stroke"
Respected critic, fanzine editor and convention organiser John Foyster suffered what appeared to be a minor stroke on Friday, 28-September and is recovering in Royal Adelaide Hospital.

According to recent mailing-list postings from Melbourne-based Bruce Gillespie, CAT scans indicate that Foyster's most significant damage may be an incidental injury to his lungs. As of 29-September Foyster was "conscious and communicating" and, although he is on a respirator, that could be removed within hours.

30-Sep-01: Foyster's condition continues to improve, although he is still ventilated and sedated.

02-Oct-01: Foyster is recovering well and is now breathing unassisted; his sedation has been reduced, his heart and lungs appear healthy and issues relating to mild encephalitis are now being investigated.

Cards and letters can be sent via:

Yvonne Rousseau
PO Box 3086, Rundle Street Mall

23-Oct-01: In a statement entitled “The Search for Foyster’s Brain Continues”, Foyster himself announced that “things are looking up”, and that it appeared he'd had “one of the new and technologically advanced illnesses that generates kidney failure and lung failure, and simulates some aspects of stroke, without actually being any of these things”. Foyster expects to be out of hospital within weeks and expressed thanks “to all of our friends for their well wishing”.


KSP Round Table
Dave Luckett will lead a "Round Table for Science Fiction, Fantasy and other Speculative Fiction" at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre on Saturday, 29 September 2001.

Interested writers are asked to bring writing materials and a short piece of writing (one which would take 1 – 2 minutes to read) that "illustrates one of your favourite aspects of the genre", as well as "any information, expertise, writing samples or questions that you wish to share".

The event will run from 1:00 – 4:00pm at 11 Old York Road Greenmount, WA (just off Great Eastern Highway). Entry costs a "Gold coin" and includes tea and coffee. For further details, contact Julie Visser (08 9572 3338).


Time Future Sells Well in US Reprint
The Warner Aspect mass-market reprint of Maxine McArthur's SF novel Time Future came in at number 5 on Locus magazine's paperback bestseller list for September 2001. Sequel Time Past is due locally from Transworld/Random House in March 2002.

More Praise for "Oceanic"
A translation of Greg Egan's Hugo and Aurealis Award-winning "Oceanic" was recently awarded the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo, the Seiun ("Nebula") Award, for "Foreign Short Story".

The 32nd Seiun Awards were announced at the 40th Annual Japanese SF Conference in Chiba and presented, as they are each year, at the "other awards" ceremony of the World SF Convention, held this year in Philadelphia. The complete nomination list for the two "Foreign" categories was published on the SFWA website in June.

The award-winning translation by Makoto Yamagishi was published in the January 2000 issue of Hayakawa's SF.


Bye-bye Bullsheet
Issue #177 of long-running fortnightly newszine The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet, will be its last.

Editor Marc Ortlieb announced in the September 14, 2001 editorial that the zine had "become an obligation, rather than a pleasure" and that "[a]s for the title, it's up for grabs. If anyone feels like taking it, go ahead. It's yours."

The Bullsheet was started in January 1994 and has appeared in both print and online forms throughout its history. Most of its 177 issues are available for download from its archive.

Ortlieb intends to maintain his Australian SF Site which includes an events calendar, club and yearly genre publications listings, and continues to welcome news about "anything scientifictional in Australia".


Masson On Stage
The Armidillos Theatre Company will present The Green Prince, a play adapted from Sophie Masson's novel of the same name, in a season from 14 – 24 November 2001 at The New England Writers' Centre, Armidale NSW.

The play, adapted by Masson and director Chris Ross-Smith, was previewed as a "Dramatic Reading with music" at the launch of the novel at New England Regional Art Museum in November 2000.

For more details, contact Lesley Sly on 6772 7210.


New Redsine Website
A fully redesigned Redsine website is now online, and includes information on forthcoming Issue Seven and The Best of Redsine, both due in 2002.

Adelaide Minicon
Addercon 2001, South Australia's second one-day SF convention in two years, is set to take place on October 1st at the SA Writers' Centre, Adelaide.

Following on the success of 2000's ConVex, the one-day convention aims to "cover all aspects of Speculative Fiction". The SA Writers' Centre is located at 187 Rundle Street East ("concealed on level 2 above the Ballroom and almost next door to the building housing Buon Giorno's" according to organisers).

Registration will open at 9:00am and discussions will run from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Cost is $10. Contact Adam Jenkins, 62 English Avenue, Clovelly Park, SA 5042 (phone 0417 851 360).


Kate Forsyth Update
Kate Forsyth has delivered The Fathomless Caves, the concluding sixth book of her Witches of Eileanan series, to Random House for a June 2002 release.

The author reports she has also recently delivered the manuscript for a children's fantasy novel entitled The Starthorn Tree to Pan Macmillan, for release late next year.

Forsyth will be running a fantasy writing workshop for secondary school students at the NSW Writers' Centre on Friday, 12 October 2001. (The cost is $20 members/$25 non-members; book at the Centre on 02 9555 9757.)


Hugos Doubletime for Non-US Work
In other news from the US, the Business Meeting of the World SF Convention in Philadelphia has voted to allow an additional year of Hugo Award eligibility for non-US publications.

The Constitutional change, ratified by this year's meeting, is intended to allow books first published outside the US to be eligible in the following year, when they generally see US republication, and will apply to the Hugo Awards at the 2002 WorldCon, ConJose.

The meeting also passed a motion to separate the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo into "Long Form" and "Short Form". The intent here is to separate TV and film, but the shorter category also includes radio and theatre.

Changes to the World SF Society Constitution first moved at Philcon must be ratified at ConJose, which means that the 2002 Hugos will not be affected by this change.

(14/09/01) is one
Saturday, 1st September 2001 is the first birthday of the new-look website, and the next fourteen days will see some significant additions to the site.

The additions will include access to most of the magazine's huge back-catalogue of fiction and articles, search facilities and user-customisation settings, and we expect to continue to add to the website at a comparable pace well into our second year.


KSP Award 2001
The Katherine Susannah Pritchard Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for 2001 was presented on Sunday August 12 at the writers' centre in Greenmount, WA.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Open Section:
  • First Prize $200:
    "Stealing Alice" by Claire McKenna, Victoria
  • Equal Second $50:
    "Where Warriors Wait" by M. Nikolai Chrulew, Western Australia
    "Culling Colonists" by Patricia O'Neill, Western Australia
  • Highly Commended:
    "By the Sweat of Your Brow" by Dave Luckett, Western Australia
    "Unnatural Selection" by Helen Venn, Western Australia
    "Jasper Kroombit's Twilight" by Cat Sparks, New South Wales
    "Mutiny In Heaven" by Claire McKenna, Victoria
  • Commended:
    "Skinned Knees" by Robyn Hukin, Western Australia
    "Stop When the Lights Turn Green" by Tony Horne, Western Australia
    "Shift" by Fiona Skepper, Victoria
    "The Futurefone" by Peter Frankis, ACT
    "Reflected Decisions" by Helen Armstrong, New South Wales
    "Rapport" by Peter Frankis, ACT

Young Writers Section:
  • First Prize $100:
    "Generation Forever" by Felicity Bloomfield, ACT
  • Highly Commended:
    "The Dead Beat" by Felicity Bloomfield, ACT

Western Australian MLA Jaye Radisich presented the prizes, and local winners read from their entries. The competition was judged by WA author Stephen Dedman.


NSW Freecons Blossom
The Freecon phenomemon which began in April 2000 continues to rejuvenate public interest in a state almost devoid of literary-oriented genre conventions for most of the last decade.

After a second successful event at the Sydney Museum the group have announced a North Sydney Freecon, with an "After the Story is Written" theme focussing on publication, promotion, interpretation and adaptation, 10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 10 November, Stanton Library (North Sydney Oval end of Miller Street); a Museum Freecon targeted at the weekend of March 16–17 2002, provisionally entitled "Day of the Robots" and focussing on "Robots in Books, TV and Movies", including live robotics demonstrations; and a "Golden Jubilee SynCon" celebrating the 50th Anniversary of National Conventions, set for Sydney, October or November 2002.


Forty Two
Despite recent setbacks Ion Newcombe's AntiSF is back providing answers to Life, the Universe and Everything under 500 words.

The six pieces of Australian flash fiction in this month's issue are:

The issue's editorial "Ionospherics" discusses AntiSF's domain name problems.


"Writing Science Fiction That Sells"
Chuck McKenzie, author of Worlds Apart, will teach a University of Sydney Continuing Education course entitled "Writing Science Fiction That Sells".

"For decades, science fiction has excited readers with tales of spaceflight, time travel and aliens. This course teaches you to write SF through a combination of tutorials and workshops. Learn about the history and themes of SF. Develop believable settings and characters. Generate ideas and sell your work. Students receive a copy of Chuck's novel Worlds Apart as class text. This course is suited to the more experienced writer."

The six meeting course (No. 014 6300) costs $265 and runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm Thursdays from 11-October-2001. Enrolment forms have been distributed to NSW households, and can also be made online.

20-Sep-01: Chuck McKenzie has announced that health problems have forced the cancellation of his course.


Inflight Mag Seeks Submissions
The nascent Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine has published its preliminary Submission Guidelines and announced that it will be open for submissions from 01-October.

The bimonthly magazine is looking for "SF, Fantasy and Horror [stories] with a preference for 'fun' rather than grim-and-gritty" to 10,000 words, as well as poetry, line-art illustrations and articles, and will offer "Up to 3c/word (Australian), with a $20 minimum per piece".

Andromeda is scheduled to be launched on 07-June-2002 at ConVergence.


Convergence, NatCon 2002
ConVergence is the 41st Australian National Science Fiction Convention (NatCon) and will be held at the Cato Convention Centre in Melbourne from 7-10th June 2002.

The Australian National Science Fiction convention was first held in Sydney in 1952; Convergence will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that event, and feature Guests of Honour Joe and Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Sean Williams, Race Mathews, and toast-master Jack Dann.

ConVergence recently announced a $1 raffle with prizes including a Full Membership to the convention plus prizes of books and autographed photos, with tickets available from convention reps at SF&F events around Australia until December. Earlier, the convention announced that the Membership price rise scheduled for 30th June had been delayed, and that the Full rate would remain at $130 until 31st October 2001.

Further details are available from the Convergence website, by email or post (PO Box 1212K, Melbourne, VIC, 3001, Australia).


Aurealis Sale Ends With New Editor
After announcing their intention to sell the magazine in April, Chimaera Publications have released a statement welcoming former proof-reader Keith Stevenson as editor.

The media release indicates that Stevenson would "take over the day-to-day running of the magazine from Stephen Higgins and Dirk Strasser after the mail out to subscribers of double issue #27/28 in October 2001", and explains that "Chimaera Publications will continue to publish the magazine".

Stevenson discusses his editorial philosophy:

"Aurealis' strength has always been its thought provoking mixture of home grown speculative fiction and criticism from new and established writers. This will continue to be its primary focus, and I want to stress that Aurealis is still very much an open market, one of the few still operating in Australia at this point in time. I encourage anyone who has a sellable manuscript out there to check it meets our guidelines and send it in as soon as possible."

The magazine is due to return to a regular biannual schedule, with issues due in April and October, and Chimaera are introducing a new $20.30 two-issue subscription option. A mailing list entitled "Aurealis Express" will provide "up-to-date market news, current reviews, special offers, hot-off-the press industry information, Aurealis Award updates, competitions and much more", and a new version of the website will be formally announced soon.


Late Results from 2001 NatCon
A few previously-unpublished competition results have been released by the Swancon 26 committee, including the winners of the Amateur Science Fiction Competition.

The Amateur SF Competition was sponsored by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, HarperCollins, Allen and Unwin, Pan Macmillan and Luna Leederville and judged by Van Ikin, Tess Williams and Grant Stone. The full results were as follows:

Fiction Award:
  • First: Claire McKenna for "Olive Reason"
  • Second: Cat Sparks for "Fuchsia Spins by Moonlight"
  • Third: Tim White's "Away with a TDM, Or, Tales From Travels Outside the Known Universe"
  • Honorable Mention: Claire McKenna for "Yakub's Law"

    Video Award:
  • Winner: Daryl Lindquist for "Latecomer"

    Junior Achievement Award:
  • Winner: Evan Beasley for "Changer"

    The Art Show was sponsored by Dreamstone and Luna Leederville and judged by Karen Haber and Susan Ackermann. The results were as follows:

    Judges' Award:
  • First place (tie): Steph Bateman-Graham for "Macrofiche" and Tom Edge for "Paper Fantasy"
  • Honorable Mentions: Drhozi for "Dragon Smoking"; Emma Hawkes for "Art Tag" and "Ocean Thing"; Elaine Kemp for "Spectral Landscape"; Margaret Levingsten for "Cat Attack"; Darren Ryding for "Pythirka and Alokavon"; Colin Sharpe for "City Seeming"; and Jade Todd for "Untitled"

    People's Choice Award:
  • First place (tie): Steph Bateman-Graham, "The Third I" and Tom Edge for "Paper Fantasy"
    (91 votes were cast)

    The Chair of WASFF, Luigi Cantoni presented two awards for non-professional achievement in West Australian sf: The Marg Hughes Award, presented to Ruth and Rachel Turner and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Swancon founder Grant Stone.

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