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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
10:25 am
Program suggestions now open for Continuum 5
As part of the programming team for Continuum 5 in Melbourne (Australia) later this year, I am pleased to announce that we are now taking submissions for panels items, presentations, discussions or entertainment items.

If you have any ideas that you'd like considered for inclusion on the program, please send an email to program@continuum.org.au

We'd love to hear about what *you* want to see on the program!

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
9:21 pm
Continuum Trivia night and fundraiser
Join us in the great old tradition of a Pub Quiz. A bit of a social awareness and fun night in the lead up to Continuum 5: Galaxies by Gaslight.

Saturday 30th May
7pm - 10:30pm

Elephant & Wheelbarrow Function Room
Cnr Exhibition St and Bourke St Melbourne CBD

$5 entry includes tickets for the door prize.

See you there.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
4:23 pm
The Continuum Effect
It has been a rewarding (groan) weekend for former Continuum guests.

Shaun Tan has won an Aurealis Award for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel), and Best Children’s Illustrated Work/Picture Book went to Richard Harland and Laura Peterson (illustrator) for The Wolf Kingdom Series.

Then Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels was named a Printz Honor book.

Finally, Neil Gaiman was woken at an unseemly hour this morning to hear that The Graveyard Book was awarded this year's Newbery Medal.

But it's not only guests who benefit from the Continuum Effect. Continuum Chair '05, Kirstyn McDermott also won an Aurealis Award - Best Horror Short Story - for Painlessness, (in Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), #2).

Congratulations to all "our" winners!

Make sure you're ready for Continuum 5, who knows what effect it might have on you?

Current Mood: celebratory
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
9:29 am
Poppy Z. Brite arrested
New Orleans police remove parishioners occupying closed Uptown churches

New Orleans police evicted parishioners from two Uptown Catholic churches Tuesday, allowing the Archdiocese of New Orleans to reclaim the churches which parishioners had occupied around the clock for almost 10 weeks.

Tuesday's action appears to end parishioners' long attempt to save their parishes, an effort that began in April, when Hughes announced they would be closed as part of a massive restructuring of post-Hurricane Katrina worship life in the archdiocese.

Parishioners seized their churches after their last scheduled Masses in late October. Since then, they have occupied them in shifts around the clock, holding priestless Sunday prayer services and, they said, steadily building support for their volunteer rosters.

(Sauce - x-posted)
Update: Poppy's coverage.
Monday, October 20th, 2008
6:18 pm
Continuum Relit

Continuum Relit - a Continuum Foundation Social Event.

Come along for an evening of socialising, free nibbles, and one or two special announcements in celebration of the upcoming Continuum 5 - Galaxies by Gaslight.

Continuum Members past, present and future & other interested parties are all invited to attend.

When: November 22nd
Where: Elephant & Wheelbarrow, 94-96 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Please RSVP by commenting on this entry or at the Facebook Event page

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
10:23 pm
Continuum 5!
Hello and greetings from one of Co-Chairs for the next Continuum!

Rachel and I would like to invite you along to a casual meeting to discuss ideas for Continuum 5.

Sunday the 20th of April
10 - 12:30 (or there abouts)
Carlton Library 667 Rathdowne St, North Carlton

We're not going to shanghai you onto the committee (well not just yet anyway) but we're asking for people to come along who may be interested in helping out to varying degrees. You may be looking at taking an active hand, or maybe you can help out but not till next year. If you're interested in making a contribution we'd love to see you there.

If you can't make it along on the day but are still interested in please drop me a email and I'll catch up with you soon.

Hope to see you there.

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
5:25 pm
Last call for NAFF
Greetings all,

Just a quick reminder that the voting for NAFF finishes tomorrow night! Your vote directly supports the fan fund and bringing someone to Perth for this year's Natcon.

Votes cost $5, you can get details for payment here: www.swancon.com/naff

Your candidates:

Aimee Smith
Edwina Harvey
Paul Poulton

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
8:58 am
Vote for NAFF!
The deadline for voting for NAFF draws near!

February 24th 2008 and it's done and dusted!

Three worthy candidates:

Aimee Smith
Paul Poulton
Edwina Harvey

Votes cost $5 and go directly towards the funding of the delegate's trip to Perth. If you don't know the candidates, or aren't comfortable voting for them, but wish to support NAFF, a donation towards fundraising would be gratefully accepted.

Further details on voting can be found here: www.swancon.com

Comment if you have any questions or queries - feel free to email me also: transcendancing@gmail.com.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, February 16th, 2008
1:23 pm
2008 Ditmar Awards Shortlist

Greetings all,

Thank you to all of you who nominated for this year's Ditmar Awards, I had approximately 67 people send in nominations, which I'm exceedingly happy about.  I've spent the past week putting the nominations into a spreadsheet, checking on the eligibility of works and from there getting my work double checked.   Now it's all done and I can announce the short list!

Please review the shortlist below and feel free to contact me if you have any queries (ditmars2008@gmail.com). Please distribute widely. 

2008 Ditmar Awards Shortlist

Best Novel:

The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski
(Published by PanMacmillan.)
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
(Published by Simon & Schuster.)
Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres
(Published by Orbit.)
Saturn Returns by Sean Williams
(Published by Orbit.)
Magic's Child by Justine Larbalestier
(Published by Penguin.)
The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung
(Published by Hachette Livre.)


Best Novella/Novelette:

Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon by Shane Jiraiya-Cummings.
(Published by Ticonderoga Publications in Fantastic Wonder Stories edited by Russell B. Farr.)
Where is Brisbane and How Many Times Do I Get There? by Paul Haines
(Published by Izvori in Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane edited by Geoffrey Maloney, Trent Jamieson and Zoran Zivkovic.)
The Bluebell Vengence by Tansy Rayner Roberts
(Published by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in ASIM #28 edited by Zara Baxter)
Lady of Adestan by Cat Sparks
(Published by Orb Publications in Orb #7 edited by Sarah Endacott.)
Cenotaxis by Sean Williams
(Published by MonkeyBrain Books)
Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go To War Again by Garth Nix
(Published by Jim Baen's Universe)


Best Short Story:

The Dark and What It Said by Rick Kennett
(Published by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in ASIM #28 edited by Zara Baxter)
Domine by Rjurik Davidson
(Published by Chimaera Publications in Aurealis #37 edited by Stephen Higgins and Stuart Mayne.)
A Scar for Leida by   Deb Biancotti
(Published by Ticonderoga Publications in Fantastic Wonder Stories edited by Russell B. Farr.)
Bad Luck, Trouble, Death and Vampire Sex by Garth Nix
(Published by Nightshade Books in Eclipse One edited by Jonathan Strahan)
The Sun People by  Sue Isle
(Published by Twelth Planet Press in Shiny #2 edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Ben Payne and Tansy Rayner Roberts.)
His Lipstick Minx by Kaaron Warren
(Published by Ticonderoga Publications in The Workers' Paradise edited by Russell B. Farr and Nick Evans.)


Best Collected Work:

Orb #7 edited by Sarah Endacott
(Published by Orb Publications.)
The Workers' Paradise edited by Russell B. Farr and Nick Evans
(Published by Ticonderoga Publications.)
New Ceres edited by Alisa Krasnostein
(Published by Twelth Planet Press.)
The New Space Opera edited by Jonathan Strahan
(Published by HarperCollins Australia.)
Fantastic Wonder Stories edited by Russell B. Farr
(Published by Ticonderoga Publications.)


Best Art Work:

Daryl Lindquist for the ASIM #28 Cover
Nick Stathopolous for the Daikaju #3 Cover
Eleanor Clark for ASIM #31 Internal Art
Amanda Rainey for The Workers' Paradise Cover
Nick Stathopolous for the Rhinemonn Cover
Eleanor Clark for ASIM #30 Internal Art

Best Fan Writer:

Alexandra Pierce for Last Short Story on Earth and for ASiF! reviews.
Shane Jiraiya-Cummings for Horrorscope.
Grant Watson for the 'angriest' Livejournal.
Rob Hood for film reviews on his website.

Best Fan Art:

'Exterminate!' Dalek Postcards – Kathryn Linge
'Nights Edge' Convention Poster Art – John Parker


Best Fan Production:

2007 Snap Shot Project – interviews with influential members of the Australian speculative fiction scene conducted by Alisa Krasnostein, Ben Payne, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Kathryn Linge, Kaaron Warren and Rosie Clarke.
Inkspillers Website – maintained by Tony Plank
'The Liminal' short film – directed by Clair McKenna
Daikaju Limerick Competition – by Robert Hood on his website.
Talking Squid Website – by Chris Lawson

Best Fanzine:

The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet edited by Ted Scribner and Edwina Harvey
Not If You Were the Last Short Story on Earth edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Ben Payne, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts
Steam Engine Time edited by Bruce Gillespie
Horrorscope edited by Shane Jiraiya-Cummings 


Best Professional Achievement:

Gary Kemble for his continued coverage of speculative fiction on Articulate and ABC news online. 

Russell B. Farr for Ticonderoga Publications; in 2007, Russell produced an issue of Ticonderoga Online, The Workers' Paradise and Fantastic Wonders stories, which produced five Aurealis Award nominees.

Jonathan Strahan for a prolific body of work editing 'The Jack Vance Treasury', 'The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the year', 'Best Short Novels of 2007', 'The New Space Opera', 'Ascendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling' and 'Eclipse One: New Science Fiction and Fantasy'. 

Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-Operative Ltd for five issues in 2007, including three electronic Best Of anthologies.

Jonathan Strahan, Garth Nix, Deb Biancotti and Trevor Stafford for compiling and promoting the new Australian Fantasy and SF catalogue in the United States to increase awareness and appreciation of forthcoming Australian SF and to expand creative and professional opportunities for writers. 


Best Fan Achievement:

Alisa Krasnostein for ASiF! Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus
Marty Young for his work as President of the Australian Horror Writers Association
John Parker, Sarah Parker and Sarah Xu for Night's Edge Convention
Sarah Xu for the CyPEC Cyber-feminist Conference held as part of Night's Edge convention.


Best New Talent:

Angela Slatter
Jason Nahrung
Nathan Burrage
Tehani Wessely


William Atheling Jr Award:

Ian Nichols for "Seriatem, Seriatum, omnia Seriatem"
(Published by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in ASIM #30, edited by Robbie Matthews.)
Tansy Rayner Roberts and Alexandra Pierce for review of Elizabeth Bear's "New Amsterdam" (Published as Podcast #2 on ASiF!)
Jonathan Strahan for editorial for "The New Space Opera"
ublished in The New Space Opera by HarperCollins Australia.)
Grant Watson for "The Bad Film Diaries"
(Published in Borderlands #9.)
Ben Peek for the Aurealis Awards Shortlist Feature Article
(Published on ASiF!)
Shane Jiraiya-Cummings for review of David Conyers' "The Spiraling Worm"
(Published on Horrorscope.)
Ian Nichols for "The Shadow Thief"
(Published by The West Australian Weekend Magazine on 22/09/07.)

Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
7:59 pm
Last call for nominations to NAFF!
Greetings all,

Please note that this is the last call for nominations to NAFF for 2008. The original deadline was January 25th, this has been extended. Final nominations must be received by 7pm tomorrow evening (WST), and voting will be announced shortly after.

I would like to thank WASFF for their generous donation to NAFF. If there are any other organisations or individuals interested in making a donation to NAFF, please contact me.

Please distribute this notice widely, as there are a number of groups that I don't have access too. Any questions or queries please contact me. Crucial information below:

The Natcon for this NAFF race is the 47th Australian Natcon, SwanCon 33 “The State of the Art” and will take place in Perth , Western Australia over the Easter weekend (20th – 24th March 2008). SwanCon 33 “The State of the Art” will feature Ken McLeod as International Guest of Honour alongside Glenda Larke as National Guest of Honour and Zara Baxter (former NAFF recipient) as Fan Guest of Honour. Fans residing in all states and territories except Western Australia are eligible to be nominated to be the recipient of this year's NAFF.

To be on the ballot, each interested fan must be nominated by three fans, including at least one from their own state/territory and provide a bond of $20. In addition, each nominated fan is required to provide a 100 word (max.) description indicating what they could bring to interstate fans and a brief description of their fannish history. It is
expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip and will engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races.

Nominations can be sent to NAFF at PO BOX 249, Pascoe Vale South, VIC 3044 or given in person to one of the NAFF representatives at any one of the many functions you might find them. Representatives are Sue Ann Barber (VIC), Emma Hawkes and Ju Landeesse (WA). For more information please contact Ju Landeesse at transcendancing@gmail.com . Previous unsuccessful applicants are welcome to re-nominate.

Please pass this information on to any friends who may be interested. If any nominees / nominators are unknown directly to the administrators we may contact you for further information. Nomination forms and information can be found on the Swancon website: www.swancon.com/naff

Current Mood: hot
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
10:28 pm
National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) Nominations for 2008 open.
NAFF – National Australian Fan Fund – 2008

Welcome to the NAFF race for 2008. NAFF is the National Australian Fan Fund and is designed to assist fans travelling across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention. NAFF usually provides funds to cover part of the cost of airfare (or travelling expenses) and/or convention membership.

The Natcon for this NAFF race is the 47th Australian Natcon, SwanCon 33 “The State of the Art” and will take place in Perth, Western Australia over the Easter weekend (20th – 24th March 2008). SwanCon 33 “The State of the Art” will feature Ken McLeod as International Guest of Honour alongside Glenda Larke as National Guest of Honour and Zara Baxter (former NAFF recipient) as Fan Guest of Honour. Fans residing in all states and territories except Western Australia are eligible to be nominated to be the recipient of this year's NAFF.

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Cross posted widely.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
10:46 pm
Nominations Open for Ditmar Awards 2008
Greetings all,

This is just a short friendly message to let you know that I have been appointed the Administrator for the Ditmar Awards for 2008, and that the nominations are now open. The Ditmars will be presented at a ceremony during SwanCon 33 "The State of the Art" in Perth, Western Australia.

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Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
2:03 pm
Advertisement for Fan Funds Community
Hi every one,

We have started a new community to house information on all the various Australasian Fan funds available to us. It's my hope that eventually, this will be a central repository for all the info, and a great way to watch the voting races, ask for help for nominations, and know exactly what you're up for when you apply for one of the funds.

It's here:

If you've ever thought of getting a Fan Fund to fly you somewhere exciting, or have a friend who has thought of it, then please do join up! It's only the beginning, so we have firm info on GUFF, and a few links to a few other things, but this project will grow when YOU guys help up grow!

So please, join us! It's blisssssss!

I'm a bit shy at odd times, and if you think you're on a community that would like to know about this, please feel free to re-phrase, paraphrase, or re-post this as you like.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
11:54 am
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
9:36 pm
Of Whovian proportions
The ABC TV show Collectors is screening a Dr Who special this Friday at 8pm.
So what is the collective noun for Dr Who paraphernalia? A TARDIS of toys?

Current Mood: exterminated
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
9:06 pm
Site Map for Continuum 4
I'm in the process of putting the finishing touches on the "site Map" or local directory for Continuum and I thought I should put a call out to people for what things you think you need on the list.

Obviously things like Chemists, Bottle Shops and Convenience food are on there but do you think that things like the nearest Computer Hardware supplier or Places of Worship are something that needs to be there too?

Let me know what you think.
Monday, July 10th, 2006
7:34 pm
Jack Dann Spec Fic Workshop
If you're in Melbourne and looking for something to do the weekend before Continuum 4, I bet this would suit. It's being run by the Victorian Writer's Centre and will be held at the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, which is a) very retro and gorgeous and b) right around the corner from the Victoria Hotel.

Crafting the Fabulous: Speculative Fiction with Jack Dann
Saturday 29 July from 10am-4pm & Sunday 30 July from 11am to 5pm in the VWC Space.
This weekend intensive will broaden your speculative fiction. Jack will cover technical and thematic aspects of historical and fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and magical realism. He will show you how to write in the various genres and how to submit a manuscript.
NOTE: Potential participants will need to supply samples of writing (up to 3,000 words). The samples are due by Monday 17 July.
Cost to members is $150/$140 for this two day experience.
Bookings essential: Call 9654 9068.
Friday, June 9th, 2006
11:24 am
Is anyone going to Conflux from Melbourne this evening?
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
1:25 pm
Margo blogs from Inside a Dog
Continuum Guest of Honour Margo Lanagan is blogging for the next month at the Centre for Youth Literature website Inside a Dog.

There is also a brief interview with her on, funnily enough, the Author Interviews page of that site.
1:14 pm
Once More With Feeling
This event may be of interest to Melbourne Buffy fans...

The classic episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
will be screening this weekend at the Glitch bar.
The subtitles will be on so we can all sing along, with a karaoke mike available for the brave.

Time: 8pm

Glitch bar: 318 St George's Rd North Fitzroy
Free entry with a $6 drink.

Non-profit event. Queries to Lisa: endofnext at gmail dot com.
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