Pheno gaming convention

The annual Phenomenon gaming convention is fast approaching.

Phenomenon 2017: Storm is a roleplaying convention with some tabletop games included among the freeform, triptych and diptych gaming. The weekend includes a costume contest, a banquet and a Friday-night writing panel.

Pheno is happening over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 09-12 June, 2017 at the Daramalan College, Dickson, ACT.

Online registration is now open. The convention organisers strongly recommended anyone does not to leave it until the Friday night to register. “Some games fill up well before the convention starts and while every effort is made to accommodate your preferences the GMs need to sleep some time”.

For details see http://pheno.org.au/

(The CSFS is not associated with this event).

2016 Asimov and Analog AnLab awards announced

The 2016 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog AnLab Awards were announced and presented on May 20, 2017.

The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners for 2016 are:

Best Novella – “Lazy Dog Out”, Suzanne Palmer (4-5/2016)
Best Novelette – “I Married a Monster from Outer Space”, Dale Bailey (3/2016)
Best Short Story was tied between – “The Mutants Men Don’t See”, James Alan Gardner (8/2016), and “All That Robot . . .”, Rich Larson (9/2016)
Best Poem – “After”, Herb Kauderer (10-11/2016)
Best Cover Artist – Donato Giancola

The Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Analytical Laboratory winners are:

Best Novella – “The Coward’s Option”, Adam-Troy Castro (3/2016)
Best Novelette – “Detroit Hammersmith: Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman [Retired]”, Suzanne Palmer (9/2016)
Best Short Story – “In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary”, Frank Wu (11/2016)
Best Fact Article – “Energy for the Future”, Richard A. Lovett (7-8/2016)
Best Poem – “Somebody I Used to Love Asks Me Who Marie Curie Is”, Carly Rubin (3/2016)
Best Cover – December 2016 by Vincent DiFate

Goulburn Comics Event

On Saturday 18 March Goulburn is holding their own version of a Comic Con event.
The event will include “cosplay competitions, over 20 pop culture market stalls, a live Quidditch match, superhero rock and roll wrestling, comic art workshops, pop art makeup demonstrations, a mobile gaming theatre, a Star Wars vs Star Trek debate and more, plus special guests Thor of Oz and Rae Johnston”.
Pre-registration is available for cosplay entrants and workshop participants.
For more information, contact Goulburn Mulwaree Library (02) 4823 4435 or check the Goulburn Comic Con page.
Venue: Veolia Arena, 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Time: 11am – 5pm, 18 March
Admission: free
(The CSFS has no association to this event.)

Stargazing Live on the ABC

The ABC is hosting Australian first live event broadcast on April 4, 5 and 6.

Over three consecutive nights, across ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Julia Zemiro to inspire the nation to ‘look up’ and appreciate the unique wonders of space and our cosmos. Professor Cox and Julia will be joined by experts including astrophysicist Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO; astronomer Greg Quicke; Indigenous Australian Michael Anderson; and ‘Citizen Science’ advocate Dr Chris Lintott.  

Broadcasting live from the Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory, Professor Cox will lead a breathtaking journey through space using state-of-the-art technology and interacting live with viewers.  

Viewers have the opportunity to have their night sky pictures and video featured on the show – by adding the hashtag #StargazingABC to Instagram, or uploading at abc.net.au/stargazing. 

In their own unique style, the pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as what happens if you were sucked into a Black Hole, and do aliens exist? Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

Following each night’s Stargazing Live broadcast on ABC will be Stargazing Live: Back To Earth, a 30-minute special on ABC2 in which viewers can use social media to put questions directly to Professor Cox and Julia and take part in astronomy related discussions and debates live on air.  Audiences will be encouraged to send questions to #CoxQuestions.

In the lead up to Stargazing Live, a comprehensive suite of astronomy-themed content will be showcased across ABC Radio, TV, iview and online.

Stargazing Live 4, 5, 6 April 2017 8.30pm AEST & ABC iview, 8pm SA + NT, 8.30pm AWST
Stargazing Live: Back To Earth 9.30pm AEST on ABC2 & ABC iview, 9pm SA + NT, 9.30pm AWST

Both programs will also be streamed live on both ABC TV Facebook and Youtube channels. 

CSFS AGM – restaurant meeting suggestions

This is the suggested list of restaurants for our 2017 meetings. This list will be discussed at this Thursday’s annual general meeting.

Jan – Vikings club, Chisholm

Feb – Fortune Cookie, Melba

Mar – Turkish Delight, Belconnen

Apr – Flavours of India, Phillip

May – Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce

Jun – Thai Ayutthaya, Belconnen

Jul – Iron Chef, Mawson

Aug – Turkish Grill, Erindale

Sep – Hellenic Club, Woden

Oct – The Hungry Buddha, Curtin

Nov – My’s Vietnamese, Weston

Dec – Saffron, Kingston

 

Outlander on SBS

The science fantasy tv series ‘Outlander’ is to be broadcast on SBS starting this Thursday night (20 October) at 9.30pm.

Based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows the adventures of a woman who finds herself transported from the late 1940s to 1743 in Scotland.

The series was filmed on location in Scotland with a lot of attention to detailed costuming and good acting.

Definitely worth a watch

Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20

Replicants and RUSes and flying elephants

As a part of their Cult Classics movie series, Dendy is screening two very different ’80s classic movies.

9 May will be the day for “The Princess Bride” and rodents of unusual size and on 15 May “Blade Runner” will be screening.

While on the other side of town, Limelight is screening classic Disney animated fantasy movies starting with “Dumbo”.