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).

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

See the stars a little closer

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website .
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

To  celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.

This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm

Warp Drives and Bending Time

The science and science fiction of faster than light travel is the topic at the Shine Dome on Tuesday 5 May.

Professor Tamara Davis will be presenting “Warp Drives and Bending Time” as a part of the Shine Dome’s ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Fact’ public speaker series.

The event starts at 5.30pm, tickets are $6 and bookings can be made at https://www.science.org.au.events/warp-drives-and-bending-time

Zine Lounge – what a place to make a paper zine!

Over the last 87 years a lot of things have happened in Old Parliament House. Now there is a Zine Lounge in the building.

Apparently a would be (fan) zine maker can let their “let your imagination run wild in this self-guided workshop, with all supplies and materials provided to make your own zine. A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’) is a handmade, self-published magazine, often photocopied in black and white, and with a limited print run. The range of subjects is as diverse as the people who make them. Zines can be about absolutely anything! Print is powerful.”

The Zine Lounge is open daily between 9am and 5pm at Old Parliament House, Barton. Website: moadoph.gov.au/visiting/zine-lounge

Conflux 10 convention happens this weekend

Conflux 10 will be held at Rydges Capital Hill on the October Long Weekend (Friday October 3 to Monday October 6).

The chair is Karen Herkes. Guests are Margo Lanagan and Alisa Krasnostein. T

his year’s theme is “Journeys of discovery and self-discovery”.

For details visit http://conflux.org.au/

The CSFS in not involved in Conflux.

See back to the Big Bang and the Complexity of the Universe

Two free science forums are happening in Canberra on March 25.

Seeing back to the Big Bang – the SKA telescope’s unlimited potential (National Library at 1pm) will tackle one of the most exciting science and technology projects of this century, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope”.

Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Professor Brian Boyle and Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith will “address all the big issues: Will the telescope really be able to see back to the birth of the universe? How will the telescope detect the possibility of life in other galaxies? What will the SKA tell us about whether Einstein was right about gravity and the other laws of physics?”

The other forum is Complexity and the arrow of time. Is the universe getting more complex? (Australian National University at 6pm). “This is the question Dr Charley Lineweaver has tried to answer in his recent book Complexity and the Arrow of Time (edited with Dr Paul Davies and Professor Michael Ruse).

“In this talk, and the Canberra launch of the Complexity and the Arrow of Time, Dr Lineweaver will review their contributions and discuss the universe complexity question from a cosmological point of view.”

Further details and booking information can be found at http://inspiringtheact.org.au/