Jun 012011

Continuum 7: Changing Consciousness is on from June 10-13, 2011 – that’s less than two weeks away! Wow, where’d the time go…

This newsletter was emailed to the Continuum Announcements lists – if you’d like to be added to the list, please email info@continuum.org.au

We’d like to remind everybody that the cutoff date for the arrival of online and postal memberships will be this coming Friday June 3, and the current rates ($165/$140/$35) have been extended until that date.

As always, memberships will be available at the door:

Full weekend rate: $180/$155/$35
Day rates:
Saturday: $95/$75/$15
Sunday: $95/$75/$15
Monday: $50/$40/$15

Don’t forget, Friday night is free! This is a great chance to introduce someone to conventions who has never been before. We promise a terrific night’s entertainment.

Registration opens on Friday June 10 from 6.30pm. Thanks to our friends at Gollancz, the first 50 conbags given out will contain a free book! For more information on memberships, visit /join/.

Our complete program is now available on the Continuum website! It’s jam-packed with awesome stuff, and can be viewed at /program-and-events/. Some selections sure to be fun:

The Great Debate returns! MC Jack Dann will wrangle our Guests of Honour and their respective teams as they get stuck into this year’s topic: “Immortality – there’s no future in it”.

We welcome the New Melbourne Browncoats as they launch their new incarnation with an extravaganza of screenings, trivia, raffle, auction and more! Costumes are encouraged.

Our inaugural Kraftee Klatsch is complemented by badgemaking sessions and craft-centred panels, while fans of fannish poetry and music will find a filk session and plenty of panels to their taste.

And of course there’s the Chronos Awards, celebrating the best achievements in Victorian speculative fiction and the fan community.

Plus there’s the Maskobalo, the annual fan fund auction, screenings, readings, and panels on more topics both silly and serious than you can shake a stick at. Full listings and descriptions are available now via the link above. Check it out!


By popular demand, this year Continuum will be offering a Small Press Market on Sunday June 12 from 2-5pm. This is an opportunity for our author members to make their work available directly to their readers. Places are limited, so please book ahead by emailing info@continuum.org.au.

Author signing slots are also available throughout the weekend. Author members interested in holding a signing can express their interest at the registration desk.

The Fan Fund Auction will run on Sunday June 12 at 6pm. Item submission forms will be available at the rego desk; submissions will close at 5pm prior to the auction.

Filkers interested in performing at the Sunday night filk session are also invited to sign up at rego.

Have you got a fannish-themed short film or vid that you’d like to show off to a wider audience? Sunday night’s Screenings session could be just the thing. Drop us a line at info@continuum.org.au for more information. Note that submissions should be your own original or transformative work.


As a warm up to the big event, we have one last pre-con movie outing planned for Sunday June 5.

In X-Men: First Class, the X-Men return with a new origins story centred around Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Discover what happened to turn friends into enemies and how they became Professor X and Magneto. If you haven’t caught the trailer yet you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yq7Za1JnZg

Looks action packed right?
Join us then!

When: Sunday June 5, meet at 3.10 for a 3.40pm session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on June 5 with X-Men in the subject line and include your name, mobile number and how many tickets you’d like. Payment is in cash on the day.

(If you cannot attend after RSVPing, please let us know by 11am as we buy tickets early to ensure all seats are together. Unfortunately if you let us know after that we will still require payment as the discounted tickets we use don’t allow returns.)

Catch up after for a debrief with drinks and eatables at The Groove Train (next to Hoyts box office).


If you haven’t thought about your Maskobalo costume yet, now is probably the time!

Discover the portal to another world beneath the streets of Melbourne. A world of carnivales, masked figures and mysterious characters. You will find doorways to your deepest dreams, whether you travel by TARDIS, DeLorean or Heart of Gold. You may find yourself in Fantastica, Oz or Wonderland; London Below or Un Lun Dun; the Chocolate Factory, Never Never Land, Narnia or the Imaginarium.

Change your identity behind a simple mask, or go all out with the tulle and taffeta at Continuum’s Changing Consciousness Maskobalo, Saturday June 11, 2011.

Photo op and costume awards at 8pm, dancing from 8.30pm.
Free for Continuum 7 members or $15 cash at the door.
Cash bar.

We’ve also got a requests post up on our blog (/music-at-the-maskobalo/). We can’t guarantee we’ll have it, but let us know if your night would be made by any particular tune!


Have you heard about Conquilt? Ninety-two signatures collected at Worldcon 68/Aussiecon 4 on an art quilt that will be auctioned on eBay from June 10. All the details and photos can be seen at /conquilt


Don’t forget you can keep up with the latest Continuum news on Twitter @continuum_con and on Facebook

See you very soon now!

The Continuum 7 Committee.

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