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.
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”.
Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.
One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.
Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.
Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know
Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.
Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?
I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.
The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.
May 4th is Star Wars Day.
One day of the year when everyone has the excuse to be as fannish about SF as we are all year.
TV station 7Mate is joining in with the Star Wars Day fun and is showing back to back ‘Star Wars Rebels’ episodes from 11am on the 4th.
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
The Canberra Science Fiction Society meets twice a month.
The general meeting is held on the first Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden (near the Hoyts Cinemas).
We also have a restaurant meeting on the third Thursday each month. For talking SF, fantasy and whatever else over a meal.
Please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Upcoming venues are –
April 2016 – Flavours of India, Woden
May – Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce
February 15th is International Fanworks Day, the first annual day to celebrate fanwork of all kinds. Writing, crafting, costuming, reviewing, role playing games, photography, creativity related to fandoms, and more.
The Organisation for Transformative Works has organised the day to “celebrate all iterations of fansworks across the world”. Further details including a fanwork drabble are at http://transformativeworks.org/news/international-fanworks-day-here
What fanworks do you enjoy as a creating or consuming? What makes it special?
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 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.