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July 2011

Early issue this month and not much new news. Add what I’ve missed in the comments.

Bella Union (Melbourne) presents DUNGEON CRAWL, the Comedy Festival improvised role-playing hit, July 6. (

Author Patty JANSEN will be at Infinitas Books to talk about her books, short stories, editing and signing books on Saturday July 16.

The SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is running an online animation competition. The winner will receive $20,000 in prize money and their entry will be screened at a GRAPHIC festival event at the opera house.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will present the world premiere of STAR VOYAGER: Exploring Space on Screen, a major exhibition charting the history and future of space exploration as experienced through the moving image, including the opportunity to see artefacts used in space plus film production materials. It opens on Thursday 22 September, 2011 and will run through to Sunday 29 January, 2012. Ticketing information and details of special film and public programs will be available online soon. (; submitted by Claire Butler)


Acclaimed Australian author, Marianne de Pierres has teamed up with award-winning comic artist Brigitte Sutherland to produce PEACEMAKER, a web-comic combining the supernatural, the futuristic, the Wild West and the Australian landscape. It’s available for download from with plans for a limited soft-cover edition. (

New time-travel book BUS STOP ON A STRANGE LOOP by Australian author Shaune Lafferty Webb is available for pre-order through Winterbourne Publishing at a heavy discount over RRP. When brothers Nicky and Ethan escape the degraded, dangerous world of the future, they are seeking only sanctuary and peace. All they want is to leave their past behind them, but Ethan’s unique talent, the instrument of their escape, means the past can never be forgotten — Nicky and Ethan have been followed…


A reminder: the HUGOS are open for voting to all adult and young adult members of Renovation who join prior to the voting deadline of 11.59 pm PDT on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Congratulations to Dave Cake, winner of this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race. Dave will attend Renovation and be responsible for administering DUFF until a new delegate is elected. (Submitted by Emma Hawkes)


Upcoming events include ARMAGEDDON Expo Australia (October, Melbourne), and CONFLUX 7 (September/October, Canberra).

Got more news? Add it in the comments and/or send an email to have it included in next month’s issue.


  1. Rob Bleckly — July 1, 2011 #

    I’m getting a new email for this months
    “[The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet] The latest bullsheet”
    about every hour


  2. Martin — July 1, 2011 #

    Thanks Rob, you’re not the only one.

  3. Phoebe — July 1, 2011 #

    I am getting many copies of the same e-mail.

  4. Martin — July 1, 2011 #

    Is it increasing in frequency?

  5. Martin — July 2, 2011 #

    Now it’s in Ansible.
    This might be a fair jumping off point in a 1930s era story … “The Wire That Wouldn’t Shut Up”. Gradually more and more resources are sucked into the increasingly frequent cable, commerce and politics grind to a halt, power plants go into overload and start blowing …
    And the social scientists are behind it all …
    And the last two survivors are named Adam and Eve …
    And it’s really a pact with the Devil story .. ‘cos it’s in Weird Tales … Nyah nyah …

  6. Edwin Scribner — July 3, 2011 #

    News for supplement or next Bullsheet.

    Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has given a speech calling for euthanasia to be legalised. He was diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
    More details on the above website. It appears that Terry is himself considering euthanasia when the condition of his altzheimers gets too bad for him to write.

  7. Bullsheet Editor — July 5, 2011 #

    Sorry, the email misfunction happened while I was on holiday so I had no idea it was even happening til I got home … I guess we can all be grateful it stopped by itself …

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