End of Con Survey

The Con is over. The Con is over. The Con is over.

But only for this weekend! The launch for C12 was amazing, we’re going to see Jurassic World this week, and RJ Anderson is EVEN NOW adventuring to Healesville Sanctuary.

And we’d love to know what you thought of Continuum 11: Southern Skies. So fill out our anonymous survey and go into the draw to win a membership to Continuum 12!

Click on here, or fill in the form below, to tell us your thoughts and dreams and fears. We want Continuum to keep growing and being everything you want.

Traffic alert for Continuum this weekend!

Continuum members and friends travelling to the convention this weekend, please note there will be disruptions to city tram services affecting Swanston St and access to our venue at the Ether Conference Centre.
Buses will also be replacing No 86 tram and train services on the following lines: Belgrave, Lilydale, Alamein, Glen Waverley (weekend) and Hurstbridge (Sunday).
Saturday timetables will apply to most services and modes on Monday 8th.
Please check for details, map of alternative access options, and updates on the PTV website here or here.


You can also download this information in PDF form here and here.

Gold Coin Friday

Not sure if Continuum is something you want to attend? Friday is gold coin entry!

We ask that you still abide by our conditions of entry. Donation is payable upon arrival, and you will be asked to provide some demographic and personal details (but not many).

Then if you want more you can purchase a day or weekend pass.

Get your membership in time for our prize draw!

Get tickets now, and win!

If you’ve bought your membership* for Continuum already, or if you buy before midnight May 31, you’ll be in the draw to win a set of signed copies of four novels by our Guest of Honour RJ Anderson!

The novels you can win are the complete Ultraviolet duology (Ultraviolet and Quicksilver) and the final two novels in the Faery series (Rebel and Nomad)

All you have to do is purchase your Continuum membership by the deadline, and your name goes into the draw.

*Only memberships that cover attendance at the whole convention are eligible to enter – this means Supporting memberships, Day memberships, and Maskobalo tickets won’t get you in the draw.


Reminder – Prices going up!

For those who don’t get their memberships by 31 May, prices will increase to $250.00 standard or $195.00 first timer/concession. Plus, you’ll miss out on the chance to get free books! So get in early, save money, and be in the running for some neat prizes.


It’s Spy Time

Date: 24th May
Location: Hoyts Melbourne Central

In what we are hoping is a hilarious and fun action caper, Melissa McCarthy is an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst, and unsung hero behind the agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner Bradley Fine (Jude Law) falls off the grid and top agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is compromised, Cooper volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of deadly arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), and prevent a global disaster.

This movie, which also features Miranda Hart and Allison Janney, comes from the minds behind “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat”. If that’s not enough, we can see McCarthy in a cat sweater, and Law attempting an American accent.

Exact times and ticket prices will be announced as soon as we know them, but if you can make a Sunday afternoon session please email events@continuum.org.au so we know numbers.

May 10 Newsletter: Get ready, Continuum is almost here! (Wanna volunteer for a panel?)

Book accommodation now to avoid the rush!

With Continuum just under four weeks away, now is a great time to make sure that you’ve got your accommodation sorted. Our venue, The Ether Conference Centre, offers preferred rates for three different hotels in the Melbourne CBD: The Swanston Hotel, the Grand Mercure, and the Mercure Welcome Melbourne.

Follow this link to make use of their rates and get the best possible deal.


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Continuum Committee would like to extend their warmest thanks to George Miller for releasing a dystopic Australian sci-fi action movie so close to our convention. Cheers, buddy! We’re off to see it on Thursday, and you should come along.

Check out the event details on Facebook here, and email us to let us know if you’re coming along.


Our Continuum XI shirts are up for sale on Redbubble! We have four styles on offer, along with a scarf for those who want something a little more fance.

Check them out!


Call for Panelists

We are getting so close to the con, and the program is nearing completion! We are looking for panelists for the following panels. If you would like on, please email programming@continuum.org.au byWednesday 13 May.

Depictions of Nerds on TV/Movies
With characters who are awesome and competent who are also still clearly fans and geeks such as Eli in SG:U, Felicity in Arrow, Charlie in Supernatural, Cash in Breaking In… But then there are the characters of Big Bang Theory and Scorpion who have trouble communicating with ‘normal’ society. Are geeks cool now or just still seen as nerds?

Twin Peaks
It’s been 25 years, and now we have new canon! Come celebrate, chat, and speculate.

Turning Blogs Into Books
Recycling content versus value for money. (You can hang out with GoH Tansy on this one!)

The Podcasting Panel
Learn about how to podcast!

Here All Along
SF/F authors who have been hidden, blocked or dismissed because they were women or persons-of-colour or some other discriminated group.

Talk about him!

Is there such a thing as Australian SFF?
Many genre films, TV shows and books are often criticised for being ‘too Americanized’. The Sci-Fi genre, in particular, suffers from such. So what does it mean when an Australian Sci-Fi writer creates stories set in or starring American characters? Does this mean their work cannot be considered as Australian Sci-fi? Does it need to have Australian characters and settings to be considered as such, or is simply being an Australian writer enough? This panel discusses the blurred lines of Australian Sci-Fi, what it is exactly, and what it should and shouldn’t be.

Do we have to lock women together to see diversity on TV?
Orange is the New Black. Wentworth. Bitch Planet. Do we have to lock a whole bunch of women up together to see diversity?

Adults in Kids’ SFF
Is our affection merely nostalgia, or were they actually good? Also, why do some people get snooty when adults read children’s literature?

Phryne Fisher
A strong American reaction to her personal life was something made the news in Australia. Reasonable? Bullcrap? Classically Australian? The new series has just started and it’s a good time to talk about it.

Marvel and DC on TV
Come talk about it! Does Arrow bring more to the table than ludicrous abdominal muscles and manpain? Do you hope Season 2 of Agent Carter will bring Jim Morita into the story? Why is the Flash such a cutie? Contemplate these and many other serious concerns.

Weird Fiction
What is this mysterious genre called weird fiction? And what makes something weird as opposed to dark fantasy or horror? And why are there giant squids? Come along and find out all you ever wanted to know about this genre popularised by authors such as Jeff VanderMeer, Neil Gaiman and China Mieville.

Writing Plot + Writing Characters
We want to do some mentoring! Come volunteer to help out!

YA Around the World
Come talk about world YA beyond USA and Australia! Be on a panel with our guest RJ Anderson!

Positive Portrayals of ND and Mental Health
What fiction is doing right by neurodiverse people, and what do neurotypical people need to Just Stop Doing? Come and discuss narratives that treat cognitive diversity as a fact rather than a spectacle.

World-building and Culture-building (and Appropriation; how not to)
Some stories have great plot, some have great dialogue, some have great description. Others have a strange new world for the reader to explore. Points for original ecosystems that work.

Continuum is coming!

Melbourne’s annual fan-run (that means it’s run by nerds, for nerds) science fiction and fantasy convention is only weeks away!

(Okay, we also dabble in other genres, which is why there are panels on Phryne Fisher and Sherlock Holmes — not together — ooooh, there’s a thought, though… — but we’re mostly about the speculative fiction.  More or less.)

It’s time to buy a membership, book accommodation, snag a T-shirt and start planning your Maskobalo costume!  We’ll have more announcements in the near future, not to mention the long-awaited unveiling of this year’s program, so sign up to our newsletter for regular updates.



UPDATE: It appears that *someone* has been doing some brain-snacking…and we forgot to tell you some stuff.

  • We’ll be starting at 1 PM (as the venue doesn’t open until 12 and we need a little time to set up!)
  • Entry is $10 per person. We don’t have any card facilities, so cash only please.
  • Drinks will be available at the bar from 12 PM.
  • The Kitchen will be open from 2 PM for all your late-lunch, afternoon snack and early dinner food requirements.

We now return you to your snacking, er, browsing…..

T-shirts! Get yer T-shirts!

Our RedBubble store has been updated with two T-shirt designs bearing the snazzy C11 logo!

RedBubble offers a range of cuts, colours and fits, so you can infuse your C11 shirt with your own unique style.   You can also buy the shirts from previous cons!  (C11’s chair has a soft spot for Octavius the C8 Octopus.)

(The current C11 shirts are best suited for lighter colours — but don’t worry, we’ll have more variations up this weekend.)

And if you love our logo, you can take a workshop with Official Continuum Calligrapher Moya Carroll at the event.

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The Brainening is Upon Us!

Date: 26th April 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Royal Melbourne Hotel – 629 Bourke St, Melbourne

Continuum’s trivia afternoon is this Sunday! If you’d like to attend but don’t have a team, don’t worry – we can match you up with people on the day, or you can email events@continuum.org.au to let us know you’ll be coming, and we can start matching you up with people now.

If you’ve already organised your team of six to eight players, an RSVP to the Events inbox would be greatly appreciated! Either way, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.


Is Continuum XI your 10th Continuum?

Calling all Continuum lifers; will this be your tenth time attending our convention? Or do you know someone you think may qualify? Even if you’re not planning on attending this year, but are nearing ten years involved with us, we’d still love to hear from you!
Please contact our Membership Officer, Amanda, at membership@continuum.org.au


At the Movies with Continuum

Look, going to see films like Jupiter Ascending or Avengers: Age of Ultron is fun, but it’s even more funin a group of like-minded nerds. Especially when some of us break into helpless tears of laughter over Eddie Redmayne’s acting.
So please help us pick our next films for group outings – check out our facebook page for the poll:https://www.facebook.com/groups/ContinuumCon/


Maskobalo Theme Announced!

This year’s Maskobalo, in true Australian genre-fic and also oncoming-climate-change-dystopia fashion, has the theme of:

Bushrangers of the Apocalypse

Prepare your best suit of homemade tin armour, and come along to a blasted, terrifying wasteland (and I don’t mean Docklands) to dance to the music of the end of the world.


Call for Panelists

The program is being tightened, and we are moving from pencil in to ACTUAL INK PENS. If you want to participate on the program, now is the time! There is still some (limited) opportunity to suggest a panel, but there is lots of opportunity to jump aboard a panel, workshop or round table! Check out http://continuum.org.au/c11/program/ for the list of events and email today (it doesn’t have to be today)!
If you’ve never before spoken on a panel, don’t worry! Programmer Stephanie is going to be holding peoples’ hands* and guiding you through the basics in a very loud voice.

*not physically


Calligraphy Workshops

Continuum offers a lot of writing workshops every year; this year we’re taking it to the extreme with fancy writing. Moya Carroll, Melbourne calligrapher, will be running two skillshare workshops, aimed at those who’ve never before held a dip pen.

Both these workshops are limited to 10 people, and there will be a small fee for materials – which you do, of course, get to keep. Please email programming@continuum.org.au to sign up!


Gothic 101
Textura Quadrata, a form of what you probably know today as Blackletter, was the predominant hand used for creating manuscripts from the 1100s to the 1700s, and carried over into early printing.  Look at this script and you immediately think of monks working by candlelight, wind howling outside the door, possibly letters written in blood. However, if you want to talk writing in the middle ages, or how to use the broad nibs that were the only writing implement up until the 1600s, please book early.

Please note Moya does not encourage writing in blood.  It’s not properly archival and doesn’t have a good consistency for broad pen work.  Also, that’s disgusting.


Pointed Pen 101

English Roundhand was developed in the 17th century, and was written with goosefeather quills. They’re quite hard to come by and even harder to treat, cure, and cut, so we’ll be working with the 19th-century successor, the steel nib.  This is script which appears loose and flowing but in fact takes time, precision and dedication … so we’ll be embarking upon an eight-week* Formal Copperplate course, twelve hours** per day, in which Moya will drill you until your hands fall off. We’ll also cover, very briefly, the history of penmanship, and why it’s an unforgivable abomination*** to suggest Jane Austen used a dip pen.
*One day.
**Two hours.
***Understandable error


Spin us a yarn!

Our Short Story competition closes on midnight, May 1 – make sure you’ve submitted your story to membership@continuum.org.au in time!

Contest details can be found on the Continuum XI website.


Just over one month left for current membership rates

Continuum XI is fast approaching, but you’ve still got time to get tickets at our current rate of $220 regular/$180 concession.
After May 31, prices will increase to our Last Minute rate of $250/$195, so purchase your ticket within the next month to save a little extra on the cost of your attendance.


Sunday Market

Are you a crafter?  An artist?  A small press publisher? A maker of some description?  Then get yourself a table at Continuum’s Sunday Market! We still have a few tables available, and we’d love for you to come along and show us your creations.

When: Sunday, 12-4 pm
Where: Convention foyer
Cost: (members) $10/half table | (non-members) $25 half/table  (Yes! We have full tables available!)
To book a space contact Julia atdealers@continuum.org.au

Trivia! Short stories!

Are you a wordsmith? A crafter of tales? Do you like to bang your head against your desk and curse the fictional characters who refuse to do what you tell them? Then take a look at our short story competition!

But if it’s obscure art movies that set your world on fire, you’ll be wanting to see Avengers: Age of Ultron with us on 23 April.

On the other hand, if your passion is trivia, 26 April sees the return of Continuum’s Fiendishly Frightening Trivia Afternoon!  Come to Game of Brains 2: The Brainening.