SF and fantasy events in our region

Some upcoming events in our region

  • Conflux Grimm Tales – Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention. Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October, at the Hotel Vibe next to the Canberra Airport. Guests of honour – Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter. Membership is $250 for the weekend ($200 concessional membership) or $70 for the day.
  •  Goulburn Steampunk Victoriana Fair – an annual retro-futuristic fair, essentially a mixture of a mini-convention and a fete. Saturday 14 October, at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks (a steam powered museum). Entry is $5, come as yourself or in costume.
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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).

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.

Hugo Awards Winners Announced

The 2013 Hugo (World Science Fiction) Awards and the John Campbell Award have been announced.

The awards were announced and presented at Lonestar 3, the World SF Convention, in Texas and broadcast online. A full list of the winners can be found on Lonestar’s website.

Some of the winners are:

Best Novel – Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella – “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) – The Avengers,
Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) – Game of Thrones episode “Blackwater”.
Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

SF National Convention in Canberra this April

The National Science Fiction Convention, or NatCon, is being held in Canberra from April 25 to 28 2013.

Conflux 9 is this year’s NatCon and has a long list of guests lined up, including International Guests of Honour Nalo Hopkinson and Marc Gascoigne, and Australian Guest of Honour Karen Miller, who publishes under the name KE Mills.

The convention will be held at Rydges Capital Hill in Barton, for the older Canberran’s that was formerly the Pavillion. Just down the road from Manuka shopping centre.

Full price membership is $250 to 31 March, then it rises to $275 on 1 April and at the door. The membership includes general entry for the 4 days. There are concession memberships available.

The Conflux 9 website has full details about the convention.

Are you going to the convention?