A. Bertram Chandler Award Nominations 2019 Open

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation seeks nominations for the 2019 A. Bertram Chandler Award

To nominate someone whom you believe has made a significant contribution to Australian science fiction and/or Australian fandom, write or email to the ASFF, P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131, or send email to the Awards Administrator.

The nomination needs to detail the nominee’s achievements and why you consider the nominee worthy of the 2019 Award.

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2018 Sara Douglass Book Series Award shortlist

After consideration of more than fifty book series entered, totalling over 150 works, the judges of the 2018 Sara Douglass Book Series Award are delighted to announce the finalists for this period.

  • Blackthorn & Grim [Dreamer’s Pool (2014), Tower of Thorns (2015), Den of Wolves (2016)], Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Captive Prince [Captive Prince (2014), Prince’s Gambit (2014), Kings Rising (2016)], C S Pacat (Penguin Random House)
  • Electric Empire [The Diabolical Miss Hyde (2015), The Devious Dr Jekyll (2015), The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (2017)], Viola Carr (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Fire Sermon [The Fire Sermon (2015), The Map of Bones (2016), The Forever Ship (2017)], Francesca Haig (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Zeroes [Zeroes (2015), Swarm (2016), Nexus (2017)], Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan & Scott Westerfeld (Allen & Unwin)

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Aurealis Awards 2018 Finalists

The Continuum Foundation (ConFound), organisers of the 2018 Aurealis Awards, is delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards.

Winners of the 2018 Aurealis Awards, Sara Douglass Book Series Award, and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony taking place in Melbourne on Saturday May 4, 2019. Details of the event and a link to the online ticketing options will be available soon.

For further information about the Awards please contact aurealisawards@gmail.com

2018 Aurealis Awards – Finalists are:

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Sydney Freecon 2019 Planning Meeting

Garry Dalrymple, organiser of the Sydney Freecons, has announced a planning meeting for this year’s Sydney Freecons on Sunday Feb 24, and welcomes your attendance to share ideas and plan.

Among the topics Garry would like to discuss are:

  • Do we hold one, two or no Freecons this year?
  • What dates we should avoid, i.e. a list of the dates of pre-existing meetings / events of similar audience events?
  • When should we try for a Saturday, Campsie Library Freecon (May or June)?
  • Should we have a two or three day Freecon, in late October or Early November?

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Ditmar Nominations 2019 Open

Nominations for the 2019 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) awards are now open  and will remain open until one minute before midnight Melbourne time on  Sunday, 24th of March , 2019 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10). Postal nominations  must be postmarked no later than Friday, 22nd of March, 2019.

The current rules, including Award categories can be found at:


You must include your name with any nomination. Nominations will be accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or supporting members of Continuum 15, the 2019 Australian National SF Convention <https://continuum.org.au/>.

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“2100: A Space Novelty” Plays @ Adelaide Fringe

2001: A Space Novelty by Cut Mustard Theatre is set to play the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February to March 2019.

A hapless human, an unbeatable heroine and a Dark Lord bent on universal domination.

Join Cut Mustard Theatre for a low-fi extravaganza through deep, deep outer space.

With nothing but a Casio SA77 electronic keyboard and some good old fashioned good vs evil, audiences will be transported to a world of multilingual aliens, friendly robots, dramatic synth music, acrobatic monsters and a multitude of laser beams and explosions.

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Writing NSW’s Speculative Fiction Festival 2019

Applications are open for you to contribute and take part.

Speculative fiction encompasses horror, dystopia, fantasy, sci-fi and so much more in-between.

Festival director Keith Stevenson is looking for speakers and panel suggestions that are as diverse as the genre itself. If you’re a speculative fiction writer, editor, agent or publisher with a great idea, let Writing NSW know!

Apply before midnight 9 December: More info at: <http://bit.ly/SpecFic19Callout>


★ Reviewed by Garry Dalrymple

This review, from Garry P. Dalrymple’s AZAPA fanzine Transcendental Basenji Sermons and Enlightenment, appears with permission. More TBS&E at <http://efanzines.com>

★ Directed by Johan Lurf, Astronomy / SF / Fantasy, © 2018, An Austrian made movie, seen as a preview movie of the 2018 Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival, on the morning of Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Event Cinema, George Street Sydney.

Before there was the Sky walker clan, Anikin, Luke and Leia, there was the night Sky, a dark velvet canvas upon which all cultures have felt free to embroidered with the story threads of their culture, aspiring to create a meaningful tapestry reflecting their values and issues, as writ large as by the hand of their Gods and mythological heroes?

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Nuke Chats With SciFi Film Festival’s Simon Foster

Here’s an interview with Simon Foster the Program Director of the Sydney SciFi Film Festival 2018.

Get along and see Johan Lurf’s ★. It’s a modern mashup of film from 550 different movies featuring starry depictions of our cosmos, blended with genre sound.

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