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iPhone App

Those with an iphone/ipod touch who are seeking handy on-the-go program information for Continuum 5 should consider downloading the 'Livecon' application. The Continuum 5 program is currently available and ready to be added to your iphone/ipod touch.


Fan Fund Auction

If you wish to donate items for the Fan Fund Auction please collect a form from the registration desk. Maximum 10 items per person.


Hotels Fully Booked

Word from the ground staff is that both the convention venue hotels (The Mercure Hotel Welcome and the Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure) as well as The Victoria Hotel located nearby are now full for the coming weekend. For more accommodation options try wotif.com or melbourne.com.au.


Special Edition T-Shirts!

In accordance with tradition, Continuum 5 will have t-shirts available for sale during the convention. These shirts will feature the design pictured below and come in coal black with chalk white print. A bargain at $20 and they come in standard fitting sizes S-XXL.

Black Shirt

For our dearest fans, however, we have developed a Special Edition Continuum 5 T-Shirt. Featuring the same elegant design in Steampunk Sepia with the option of a girls fitting, no one will doubt your commitment to the movement when you wear this charming garment.

Sepia Shirt

Special Edition t-shirts are a mere $25 each. They need to be reserved by emailing your name, size and whether you prefer a guys or girls shirt to shirts@continuum.org.au. Then bring yourself to the registration desk during the convention, hand over the gold and it's yours to love and cherish.

You must email your order by Wednesday 5th August. Orders recieved after Wednesday will not be filled.

(No need to reserve if you want a black one, just show us your $20 at the rego desk.)


Hangman's Night Tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

A private Continuum-Edition tour has been arranged of the award winning Old Melbourne Gaol, led by con-goer and sometime Victorian-era Executioner Extraordinaire, Heath Miller.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the imposing interior of the Old Melbourne Gaol at night, when it would normally be left to the restless souls inside. The performance is a creative blend of theatre and historical storytelling, bringing the forbidden secrets of the Gaol to life by candlelight.

Duration: 90 minutes
When: Thursday 13th August, 8.00pm sharp (Otherwise known as The Night Before the Convention)
Where: Russell Street, between Victoria and La Trobe Streets.
Cost: $20 per person (not recommended for under-12s)
To reserve your spot on the tour please email gaoltour@continuum.org.au
Places on this tour are strictly limited. First in best-haunted.

More information on the Old Melbourne Gaol.


At Door and Day Rates Announced

Get your membership for Continuum 5 now as presales will close on 7th August. Rates will rise for memberships bought at the door, available from 6pm on Friday 14th August. Day rates for the convention have also been announced. See the Membership page for all the details.


Breaking News

Due to unforeseen commitments Richard Mueck will be unable to attend Continuum 5.



The list of authors represented in our Readings Stream at Continuum 5 has just been updated. Check it out here.



Continuum 5 is pleased to present an official blog designed to bring you everything to get you in the mood for Galaxies by Gaslight; steampunk, vampires, Melbourne, literature, film and anything else we think you might dig. Add it to your reader today!


New Guest Announced

Continuum 5 is proud to announce Richard Mueck of the Fantasy Workshop as a special guest of the convention.

Rich is an accomplished sculptor, artist and puppeteer who has worked on such diverse projects as Where the Wild Things Are, Star Wars III, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Shirl's Neighbourhood, and Pitch Black as well as a creator of a variety of fantasy creations.


Chronos Awards

The Continuum Foundation is currently preparing to award the first Chronos Awards for excellence in Victorian SF, fantasy and horror in 2008.  Nominations are now open until 28 June 2009. Go here to read the current rules and category details.  For information on how to submit works for nomination, please see here. The awards will be presented during Continuum 5: Galaxies by Gaslight.


Continuum 6 & 7 Announced!

For those of you who missed our exciting and entertaining trivia night (over 50 people made it, thank you all for you support!), a couple of announcements were made that might be of interest:

First, Continuum 6 will be running on the weekend of 26-28th Febuary, 2010.  We're holding it early in the year to give people's pockets plenty of time to recover before Aussiecon 4. For the same reason, we will be trying to keep it relatively inexpensive to attend.  Emma "Hespa" Mann has stepped up to chair.  Expect guest announcements soon (unless we decide to keep them up our sleeves for announcing at C5)...

As if that wasn't enough, Continuum 7 will be running on the Queen's Birthday weekend (10-13th June) in 2011.  Chair and guests to be announced.


Call for Panel Submissions

Love Jules Verne?  Hate Harry Potter?  Got a thing for supercolliders?
Get if off your chest!  Continuum 5 now taking submissions for discussion panels, presentations and similar.  If you want to talk about it, we want to hear about it: program@continuum.org.au


New Guest Announced

Continuum is proud to announce the addition of Narrelle M. Harris to our guest line up. Narrelle is the Australian author of The Opposite of Life and her crime and fantasy novels have been nominated for the Ned Kelly Award and shortlisted for the George Turner Prize. Though born in Newcastle, Narrelle was on the move and has been a teacher of English as far afield as Egypt and Poland. Having seen the light and settled in Melbourne with her husband and her cat, Narrelle spends her time between work and writing.


Hotel Rates

Berths are available for booking now at special Continuum rates for the Galaxies by Gaslight tour. Please see the Accommodation page for more information.


Call for Artworks

Continuum 5: Galaxies by Gaslight is currently seeking artworks for the interior of the convention handbook (conbook). If you have anything to suit our 'steampunks in space' theme then please contact Emilly at publications@continuum.org.au.

Artworks should be in B&W for interior pages, although we are also seeking colour art work for the cover. Continuum is unable to offer monetary payment, but your art would be clearly labelled within the book and you will also recieve a credit and bio on our website.


Thank You

Thank you to everyone who braved the wild weathers of Melbourne to make it to Relit on Saturday night. It was great to see so many familiar faces and new ones too! If you have any questions about the membership options discussed on the night please email membership@continuum.org.au.


Continuum Relit

Come along for an evening of socialising, free nibbles, and one or two special announcements in celebration of the upcoming Continuum 5 - Galaxies by Gaslight

Continuum Members past, present and future & other interested parties are all invited to attend.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
6:30pm - 9:30pm
94-96 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Australia



Continuum invites you to join us as we slip though the cracks between worlds to an otherplace where no star sets on Her Majesty's Empire – a state of mind circumscribed by fog and fob-watches, coal and corsets, steam and suffragettes; a place where magnetism meets mesmerism and typhoid vies with top-hats – come with us and explore the Galaxies by Gaslight.