Puffs The Play comes to Melbourne

Potter fans, this may interest you…

The record breaking smash off-Broadway hit now in its second year comes to Melbourne. The New York Times says Puffs “Exudes a jovial winking fondness for all things Harry!”

“‘Hufflepuffs’ finally get their moment in HILARIOUS Potter play, ‘PUFFS’!!” declares Mashable. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

The play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school.

Showing in Melbourne at St Kilda’s Alex Theatre, previews from Saturday May 26, Opening Night May 31, running sessions through till June 17.

“Buy a ticket immediately” – Mugglenet

Head over to <http://www.puffstheplay.com/australia#home> for more info!

Vale Tony Plank

Tony Plank was a computer programmer, web designer, SF writer, active member of the Australian SF community and an all-round good guy.

I first got to know Tony on-line via the Eidolist where he, Ted Scribner and I would often break into puns and light banter when the serious discussion got a bit heavy.  Tony ran the Inkspillers website which (in 2010) offered over 250 listings on Spec Fic magazines, anthologies, editors, publishers, conventions, bookshops and awards. Later he ran a splinter website on the Ditmar Awards.

Inkspillers was nominated for Ditmar Awards in the “Best Fan Production” category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Tony became interested in SF while at school and started writing SF while attending London Uni. He’d been writing on-and-off for over 40 years by then. He was inspired by a lecturer who said, “Easy reading calls for hard writing”.

During his writing career, he had many short stories published on AntipodeanSF, as well as AustrAlien Absurdities and AGOG! anthologies. His story, ‘Nine Weeks a King’ published in Aurealis #104 was possibly his last published story.

Writing as Anthony Plank, his novel ‘Rovid Moves’ about a civilization who realise their sun is dying and they have to either move their whole race to another system many light years away or perish, is (for the moment) still available through Barnes and Noble, Kindle and Kobo.

Tony wasn’t one for attending SF cons. I only met him a couple of times at Melbourne SF cons. Tony took Ted and Ros Scribner and I to lunch once where he entertained us with stories from his RAF days. I thought, “There’s a man with an interesting book in him. He should be writing all of this down.” I don’t know if he ever did or not.

Tony suffered a stroke late in 2017. I phoned his rehab ward and spoke to he and his wife, Liz last Christmas Day. Though he seemed to be recovering, he suffered another stroke a few weeks later. He passed away peacefully on 21 March, 2018, a month shy of his 82nd birthday (if my maths is correct).

A kind, fun-loving man, he contributed a lot to the Aus SF scene and will be sadly missed.

(Thanks to James Allen, Jon Swabey and Ion Newcombe for their assistance in composing this.)

Edwina Harvey

2018 Norma K Hemming Award Finalists

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is delighted to announce the 2018 shortlists for the Norma K Hemming Award, which covers works published in 2016-2017. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the jury of the Norma K Hemming Award considered 130 entries published in 2016 and 2017 across the long and short form categories, comprised of short fiction, novellas, novels, edited anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays.

Finalist list is here at the Norma K Hemming Award Website.

The winners of the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award will be announced at a ceremony taking place on the evening of Friday 8 June, 2018, at Continuum in Melbourne, with citations and a monetary prize being presented.

If you would like more details, please contact award administrator Tehani Croft.