Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh (University of Queensland)
How to Bee, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)
An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows (Angry Robot)
The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Australia)
The Hemming Award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to “recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.”
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.
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.)
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.
The ASFF needs to update its “look” and its marketing materials. Do you have design skills and/or marketing experience, or know someone who does? Ideal opportunity for a student or new grad looking to fill out their portfolio.
Creative opportunity to redesign our logo and develop marketing materials for use across all channels (digital and hard copy). Bring us into the 21st Century — our logo was designed in 1975! Time to modernise. Zing up our marketing materials, bring the ASFF’s look into the 21st Century. Help and advice on rewriting adverts and marketing opportunities.
Alas, there is no pay other than seeing your design splashed about the Spec Fic scene. If you think this is a job you could do for the ASFF, please contact Rose Mitchell.
Edwina Harvey is a worthy recipient of this year’s A. Bertram Chandler Award.She has been an active member of Australian science-fiction fandom: writing, publishing and with her amazing artwork for 40 years.
She was one of the founding members of Astrex, the Star Trek fan club of NSW, and regularly contributed fiction to the associated fanzine Beyond Antares as well as other SF fanzines from the mid 1970s onwards. She was also an active member of The Hitchers Club of Australia (Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy Fanclub) from approximately 1984 onwards contributing to the newsletter Australian Playbeing through articles and comments and assisting with the copying and distribution of some issues of the newsletter.Known locally as the Fund Raising Queens, Edwina has worked with Karen Auhl on organising fundraiser events for Medtrek 4, Huttcon 90 and two Sydney Worldcon bids. (Late 1980s – mid 1990s)Edwina has been a contributing member of FOLCC (the Friends of Linda Cox Chan) which was an informal group donating monies raised to Diabetes Charities in Australia.Linda Cox Chan was a Sydney-based SF fan artist and writer who passed away in 1991. From 2012 to the present time, Edwina has also run a lucky-dip at Australian SF conventions to raise money for FFANZ.
Edwina has been organiser/co-organiser of three SF relaxacons: Nowracon (with Karen Auhl, 1989), Nelcon (with Sue Pears) 2001 and the highly successful Medtrek Reunion 33 and 1/3rd Reunion in 2015. She worked on the committee as secretary for Huttcon 90, the National Science Fiction Media Convention, 1990, held in St Kilda, Melbourne, November 1990. In 1994, Edwina was the treasurer for Comedycon, a SF/Comedy convention with Hattie Hayridge from TV series Red Dwarf as Guest of Honour.
More recently, in July 2017, Edwina was Guest of Honour at the highly successful Medtrek 6: the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek in Australia.
At Australian conventions, Edwina is a well-known and respected fan huckster, the “Celestial Cobbler”, promoting Australian written and published SF, and becoming well known for her own creative works in ceramics, jewellery and painted silk creations.
From 2002 – 2010 Edwina co-edited (with Ted Scribner) the revivified version of The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet. Edwina was one of the founding members of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM). She worked in various roles on the magazine from 2002 – 2015, including editor for five issues. She has co-edited two anthologies of (mostly Australian) original speculative fiction: Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear (2012) and Use Only As Directed (2014). She is the author of three books with Peggy Bright Books: a young adult SF novel, The Whale’s Tale (2009), a collection of interlinked short stories, The Back of the Back of Beyond (2013) and An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, a collection of her writing (2017). A complete bibliography of her works can been checked out on <https://edwinaharvey.wordpress.com/my-writing-and-editing-cv/>.
She currently works as a freelance editor and has edited several SF books for Australian small press, Peggy Bright Books, and US small press, Dragonwell Press. She also gives back to the current Australian SF scene by editing short stories and novels for emerging SF writers.
Edwina also rescues elderly dogs and cats from shelters, the occasional donkey as well — and is looking for a miniature horse to graze in the back yard.
In other words, Edwina is a hard-working treasure.
Ditmar Awards Nominees List and ballot now available. Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules specified at <http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules>, and is open to members of Swancon 43 (including supporting members) and to members of Continuum 13 who were eligible to vote in the 2017 Award. Voting closes 18 March 2016 <http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2018>.
Special mention: immediate Past President Bruce Gillespie nominated for Best Fan Publication in Any Medium.
Both GUFF and DUFF have opened their races for 2018. Fan funds are a long tradition in SF fandom and a wonderful opportunity to connect with fans on the other side of the planet.
DUFF. Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel either to San Jose, California, USA for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018. <https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/>
GUFF Nominations are now open for the southbound race, to transport a European fan (or fans) to Continuum <http://www.continuum.org.au> Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia over the June long weekend 2018 (8 June to 11 June 2018). Normally the nominated convention would be a national SF convention but due to special circumstances the Continuum convention has been selected for 2018. <http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=92>.