Children’s Room Volunteer Call Out

This year we are providing an exclusive Children’s Room all weekend for our primary and pre-primary aged members. We are seeking volunteers to help run some programmed activities in the room. For more information, see here.

Events we intend to run include: Treasure Hunt, Mask Making, Mini-Maskobalo, Lego Construction, Facepainting, and Group Story-Writing. We will provide the materials, we just need people willing to organise and run the session. We would also love to hear from volunteers with other suggestions!

To volunteer, please email programming@continuum.org.au

NAFF Race for 2014

Welcome to the NAFF race for 2014. The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership.

This year’s successful delegate will be attending Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls (the National SF Convention) in Melbourne over the weekend of 6th – 9th June, 2014. More information about the convention can be found at http://continuum.org.au/c10/

It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.All Australian fans are eligible to vote. The voting process contributes to the fundraising so each vote costs $5. You are more than welcome to donate more than this amount!

Votes are being collected by: Sarah Lee Parker, John Parker (WA) and the candidates. For more information please contact Sarah at callisto@gmail.com. Voting opens Friday 18th April, 2014 and concludes at Midnight (AEST) Sunday 11th May, 2014.

Please make all cheques payable to NAFF or National Australian Fan Fund. Contact Sarah if you wish to pay via Paypal. Direct deposits to: NAFF (NAB), BSB: 083 004, ACC #: 13 949 2150 Cash, in person, is welcome, but not through the mail! Postal address: NAFF, PO Box 249, Pascoe Vale South, VIC, 3044

Tehani Wessely

I’ve been involved in the Australian speculative fiction scene since 2001, attending my first convention in 2002. I’m a book geek and a Doctor Who nerd, volunteer for way too much stuff including being on the Natcon 50 organising committee, several years of working with the Andromeda Spaceways crew, helping run the ASif! reviews website for a few years, and judging or acting as judging co-ordinator for the Aurealis Awards for several years.

Nominated by: Cat Sparks (NSW), Sarah Parker (WA), and PRK (VIC)

Matthew Lindus

I have been an active member of the Perth SF community since moving here in 1998, originally through university clubs, and started attending conventions in 2001. Since then I’ve been on multiple committees for Genghiscon and Swancon in various positions. I helped to implement the accessibility protocols for Swancon and have a real desire to assist people with mobility issues to be included equally in all events. I hope to be able to meet with more people from around Australia and to see how other conventions manage their accessibility issues.

Nominated by Kylie Ding (WA), Samara Morgan (WA), and Msquared (WA)

You may also choose to vote ‘Hold over funds’ if you think that a delegate should not be selected this year or you can choose to ‘write in’ in the name of another candidate.

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Voter’s Name: _____________________________________________________

 

Method of payment: ___________________________________________________

 

Please indicate your vote by placing a tick in the box indicating your preferred choice or writing in a candidate’s name.

Tehani Wessely                                    □

Matthew Lindus                                  □

Hold over Funds               □

 

Write in candidate: ___________________________________________________

Ditmar Award Nominations Now Open!

The Ditmar Awards recognise achievement in Australian science fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom. Presented annually at the Natcon, 2014 celebrates the 45th awarding of the Ditmars.

The nomination period opens today and closes on 30th March 2014. A list of eligible works can be found here.

You can submit nominations via the online form here or email them to ditmars@sf.org.au.

Nominations are being taken in the following categories:

  • Best Novel
  • Best Novella or Novelette
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Collected Work
  • Best Artwork
  • Best Fan Writer
  • Best Fan Artist
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
  • Best New Talent

The William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review

The Ditmar Awards will be presented with the Chronos Awards at Continumm X: Carnival of Lost Souls.
See the Awards page for more information.

Preliminary Programme Revealed!

Roll up, roll up, roll up! The Continuum X Programme is now seeking a Panoply of Panellists, Presenters and other Participants!

Here, you will find our preliminary list of topics for panels and discussion groups* – all of these are in need of participants, so let us know if you’d like to be involved by contacting programming@continuum.org.au.

Meanwhile, if you have a topic of your own that you would like to see on our program (especially if you yourself would like to be involved in it!), we certainly want to know about those too! You can follow the above link for the list of formats we typically include on our program (though we’re always willing to discuss exceptions).

Any programme is only as good as its panelists so we would love you to be involved!

*Most of these topics will be run as panels, but any of them can be turned into a discussion group – please read our format descriptions and let us know in your email if you’re interested in running any of these topics as a discussions group.

Giveaway – Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginning

Continuum are very excited to be giving away a copy of Brenton E. McKenna’s Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginning, the second volume in a series of graphic novels set in Broome in the late 1940s.

Ubby is a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, leader of a rag-tag gang known as the Underdogs. With its mixture of Australian history and Aboriginal and Chinese mythology, this is an exciting adventure story aimed at upper primary and young adult readers.

Brenton E. McKenna is an Indigenous artist from Broome, Western Australia. He studied visual arts at Goulburn TAFE, and in 2009 he was one of only 20 applicants to be awarded a mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. Ubby’s Underdogs is inspired by his childhood and his Aboriginal and Malay heritage.

To enter the draw, tweet us @continuum_convention or reply to this post with the name of the publisher behind Ubby’s Underdogs: Heroes Beginning before 8pm, Sunday 17 November. A winner will be selected at random.

This competition is now closed.

New Tribe Novel From Ambelin Kwaymullina!

The Disappearance Of Ember Crow

We’d like to wish our Guest of Honour Ambelin Kwaymullina a very Happy Book Release Day!

The second installment in The Tribe series, The Disappearance of Ember Crow, hits all good bookshops today. Set in Western Australia, The Tribe books follow the the trials and tribulations of a group of “Illegals”, young people who found themselves with special abilities (including sleepwalkers, firestarters and rumblers) after an apocolyptic event called The Reckoning. Their powers are deeply connected to nature and of course the local authorities want to intern them for public safety.

If you haven’t read the first book, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, get your hands on a copy now. It’s even available in ebook form from Bookworld, JB Hifi and iTunes.

The much anticipated second book, The Disappearance of Ember Crow continues the story of The Tribe:
“However this ends, you’re probably going to find out some things about me, and they re not nice things. But, Ash, even after you know, do you think you could remember the good? And whatever you end up discovering – try to think of me kindly. If you can.” Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But Ashala doesn t realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat – her own past. –Walker Books

You can read the first chapter here. And visit The Tribe website here.

We’re looking forward to reading what happens next to Ashala and The Tribe and can’t wait to hear her talk about it at Continuum in June!