The Australian Science Fiction Foundation

All current financial members of the ASFF are invited to our AGM on January 30th 2022 at 2.30pm. This will be run via Zoom due to the current covid pandemic. If you wish to attend, please contact and a link will be sent to you. Please confirm your intention of attendance by 5pm January 20th 2022 by emailing
If you wish to nominate for a position on the Committee, please download this form and submit to before 5pm January 22nd 2022.

DATE: Sunday, 30 January 2022

TIME: 2.30pm

PLACE: Zoom link


1. Meeting to commence at 2.30pm. Apologies.


2nd December 2021




President. Juliette

Vice President. Geoff

Secretary. Jocko

Chandler. Jocko


All positions become vacant at the Annual General Meeting.






8. Any other business

Next meeting

We are inviting interested members to join the Committee for 2022. Please contact if interested.

The ASFF is thrilled to announce the 2021 Chandler Award Winner.




The ASAFF would like to congratulate Perry on being given this award. A short film of the presentation was done and is on the ASFF Facebook Page. This presentation was undertaken during the Melbourne Covid lockdown which included a 5km travel radium from home and a nightly curfew. The ASFF thought it would be nice to share the moment when Perry received his award. Huge congratulations from all of us *cheers and claps.


Our New Code of Conduct. October 2021.
The ASFF Code of Conduct.
Members, guests and participants of the ASFF agree to and guarantee to abide by the following principles as a condition of their involvement with all ASFF activities: Committee meetings, general meetings, public events, Zoom meetings, website, newsletters, social media, awards ceremonies, convention activities, merchandising opportunities, and any other events, activities or functions that may be organised by the ASFF or at which ASFF representation may be required or implied.
That they will always and without exception:
1. Treat other people with respect and courtesy.
2. Diligently act to protect any sensitivities or age-appropriate requirements of others present.
3. Take every possible and reasonable action to ensure that all ASFF activities remain a safe space.
4. Not engage in harassment, bullying or other illegal behaviours.
5. Not make defamatory comments or make public accusations against individuals or organisations.
6. Not post or show material that infringes the copyright or intellectual property rights of others.
7. Not promote unlinked commercial interests or transmit any material that may breach the Spam Act 2003.
8. Protect the personal privacy of others by not including personal information posts or comments (for example, names, email addresses, private addresses or phone      numbers).
9. Acknowledge that any content presented in meetings, events, website or social media is general in nature and must not be taken as advice relating to individual specific circumstances.
10. Acknowledge that anything they communicate on ASFFs social media platforms or other public forums will be treated as non-confidential.
11. Abide by the rules of the Zoom media platform or other authorities when involved in any ASFF activities.
If a user breaches this Policy, the ASFF reserves the right to:
1. Warn anyone involved in violating this Code of Conduct and remind them that the ASFF is a safe space.
2. Instruct any offenders to immediately redress any such violations.
3. Remove content and disable the person’s comments from social media platforms or other public forums.
4. Suspend, remove or permanently block the person from its meetings, events, social media, newsletters, or from the ASFF.
5. Report users to the relevant social media authority, and/or any appropriate law enforcement authorities.
6. Take other action, including legal action, which it considers to be appropriate.
Geoff Allshorn has accepted the role as Vice President and we are thrilled to have Geoff now acting as Vice President.



Awards the A Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction.

Awards the Norma K. Hemming Award which marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in science fiction.

Sponsors the Amateur SF Competition, conducted by the Australian National Science Fiction Convention.

Lends seed money to Australian National Science Fiction Conventions to cover their start-up costs.

Provides banking facilities to the Australian Fan Funds.

Members receive The Instrumentality, an essential information source for Australian SF&F events and news.

Operates as a resource centre/clearing house for science fiction activities in Australia.

Offers connection through social media events to those interested in Science Fiction.

Supports and Encourages International Science Fiction Organisations.


The ASFF Committee

Juliette Cavendish President
Geoff Allshorn Vice-President
James Allen Membership Officer
Carey Handfield Treasurer & Public Officer
Ion Newcombe General  Committee Member / Website Manager
James Allen Administration Officer / Chandler Award
Cath Ortlieb Secretary/Minutes
Geoff Allshorn Norma K. Hemming Award Administrator
Cath Ortlieb Writing Competition Administrator



The Australian Science Fiction Foundation is seeking nominations for the A.Bertram Chandler award. It is given by the A.S.F.F. for ‘Outstanding achievement in Australian Science Fiction.’ The Chandler, as it is fondly known, is a jury award and, although nominally an annual award, is not necessarily presented every year.

To nominate someone whom you believe has made a significant contribution over twenty years, to Australian Science Fiction and/ or Australian fandom,

write or email to the ASFF, noting the nominee’s achievements and why you consider the nominee worthy of the Award.

Please send the several paragraphs of your written nomination to our e-mail address:

We need details in your nomination that clearly explain the attribute your nominee holds.

Nominees should be recognised members of the Australian speculative fiction community, whether in professional areas such as

publishing or from the myriad fandoms that make up the scene.


We will soon be announcing the winners of the A Bertram Chandler Awards for 2020 and 2021.



The  Australian Science Fiction Foundation

(Affectionately known as the Foundation) was formally established back in 1976, partially to carry on the work of the 1975 Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention. The Foundation was the nucleus for the successful Aussiecon II bid and its members worked, along with many others, to run the 1985 Worldcon in Melbourne. In March 1988, the Foundation became an incorporated association.

The ASFF sponsors, encourages and supports the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia through a variety of activities that are funded by membership subscriptions and donations. We are currently developing our new Conduct Charter & Social Media Code of Conduct to ensure that all ASFF events are a positive experience to attend. In 2022 we will be hosting new and exciting science fiction events. Renew your membership today so that you don’t miss out!



2022 Memberships are now open. Help further the work of the ASFF, and join today. Pay with PAYPAL.

Bill Wright 1937 – 2021

From Bruce Gillispie via LynC: Very sad news. Bill Wright, stalwart of Australian fandom since the late 1950s, died recently in the Alfred Hospital. He had undergone further surgery for bladder cancer, returned home, then rang to say that he had fallen at home and ‘thought he had broken his back’. He was reachable at … Read more

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Chandler Award Is Now Being Judged.

Nominations for the A.Bertram Chandler award are now closed. It is given by the A.S.F.F. for “Outstanding achievement in Australian Science Fiction”. The Chandler, as it is fondly known, is a jury award and, although nominally an annual award, is not necessarily presented every year. James Allen (ASFF committee)

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Conflux 16 Postponed

From the Conflux Committee: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of Conflux again this year. We had hoped beyond hope that we would be able to see you all this year after the horrors of 2020. But with the latest outbreaks across the country showing no sign of abating quickly, we … Read more

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Nominate for the Ditmar Awards

The Ditmar Awards are now open for nominations! The Ditmars are peer-voted awards presented annually at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon) to recognise achievement in Australian speculative fiction community over the last year. Anyone involved in Australian fandom can nominate, then members of this year’s Natcon (Conflux 16) and last year’s virtual Natcon … Read more

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Conflux (Natcon 2021) Short Story Competition Opens

Get Writing! Natcon 2021 Story Competition “Visions of Time” Conflux wants your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on the theme “Visions of Time”. The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 16. Entry is $5, unless you are … Read more

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