May 132011
 

A friendly reminder to vote now in the Chronos Awards for the best in Victorian Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror, published in 2010. Anyone with any membership in Continuum 7 is eligible to vote. The ballot and voting instructions are posted here: http://continuum.org.au/chronos-awards

Voting closes Sunday 15 May.

  •  13 May, 2011
May 012011
 

We know it’s a bit late notice but we’ve been working so hard making Continuum awesome that this almost slipped by us! By the way it’s only 6 weeks til Continuum! Just don’t tell the committee that or there might be panic.

So we’re seeing Source Code starring the delightful Jake Gyllenhaal (can you tell some people on the committee are quite taken with him?), which brilliantly ties in with our Changing Consciousness theme, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet take a peek here:
http://www.enterthesourcecode.com/

Looks intriguing right?
Join us then!

When: Sunday 8th May, meet at 4.30 for a 5pm session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 8th May with Source Code in the subject line and include your name, mobile number and how many tickets you’d like. Payment is in cash on the day.

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

Hope to see you there!

  •  1 May, 2011
May 012011
 

It’s just six weeks to go before Continuum 7: Changing Consciousness!

We’re getting very excited as things are finalised – the program is looking particularly spectacular. Make sure you look out for the Great Debate making a return on Friday evening, our Changing Consciousness Maskobalo on Saturday evening and all manner of presentations, panels and pretty things.

Don’t forget to let your friends know that Friday evening is completely free! This is a great chance to introduce someone to conventions who has never been before. We promise a terrific night’s entertainment.

The Chronos Awards for 2010 will also be presented on Friday evening. There are just two weeks left to vote for the best in Victorian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. All members (including supporting members) of Continuum 7 are eligible to vote, or voting memberships can be purchased for just $5. All the information can be found here: http://continuum.org.au/chronos-awards/

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But six weeks is too long to wait! I hear you say. That’s OK, we’ve got another movie outing planned for Sunday the 8th May.

We’re seeing Source Code starring the delightful Jake Gyllenhaal (can you tell some people on the committee are quite taken with him?), which brilliantly ties in with our Changing Consciousness theme. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet take a peek here:  http://www.enterthesourcecode.com/

Looks intriguing right?
Join us then!

When: Sunday 8th May, mid-afternoon (session time to be confirmed on 4th May)
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 8th May with Source Code in the subject line and include your name, mobile number and how many tickets you’d like. Payment is in cash on the day.

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

We’re also going to make time to see X-Men First Class on the Sunday before the convention. More details about that one to come.

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Have you got a business, book or webpage to promote? Let us know if you’d like to put a flyer, bookmark or small furry creature* into our conbags, or if you have a link you’d like to connect with your name on our Members page. Email info@continuum.org.au with “Conbags” or “Member Link” in the subject line.

How about doing a short reading of some of your own work at C7? Slots are available now. Let Julia know and she will fill you in on all the details.
programming@continuum.org.au

*(Biological specimens will not be accepted -ed)

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Did I mention the Maskobalo? Well it’s time to start thinking about costumes!

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.

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Have you heard about Conquilt? Ninety-two signatures collected at Worldcon 68/Aussieon 4 on an art quilt that will be auctioned on ebay from the 10th June. All the details and photos can be seen at http://continuum.org.au/conquilt

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Don’t forget you can keep up with the latest Continuum news on Twitter @continuum_con and on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Continuum-Conventions/163652563665045

Have a wonderful month of May everyone,

The Continuum 7 Commmittee.
http://continuum.org.au
info@continuum.org.au

  •  1 May, 2011
Apr 212011
 

The ConquiltDuring Aussiecon IV, the intrepid Rachel Holkner stood in many, many signing queues. The result has been the conquilt: a quilt with the signatures of one hundred of the best authors, illustrators, publishers and editors in the sf and fantasy field. We’ll be auctioning the quilt in June, as part of Continuum 7. Some details can be found here; or if you’re at Swancon this weekend you can meet the quilt in person.

  •  21 April, 2011
Apr 012011
 

We have an intriguing and exciting selection of 50-minute panel discussions this year, but many of them are still in need of more panelists to discuss them.  You don’t need a PhD in Astrophysics, just enthusiasm for the topic and being open to discussion (if you’re willing to do a little pre-con research, that’s a bonus!).

Take a look at the fun and diverse range of topics here: http://continuum.org.au/program-and-events/

Does anything in the list tickle your fancy?  Contact your diligent programmers on programming@continuum.org.au to secure your place.  The deadline for panelist submissions is 15th April 2011.

  •  1 April, 2011
Apr 012011
 

Hello Continuum type people! We are excited about April. If you’re going to be at Supanova this weekend, keep an eye out for us too! We’re going to run a raffle at our table there. (Plus, Tom Felton! How could you stay away?) We’re all going to see Paul, as well, on 17 April: it’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s new movie. Check out the trailer here: http://www.whatispaul.com, and if you’d like to come along, contact events@continuum.org.au & rsvp. Some of us are heading to Perth too, for Swancon 36. It’s also the 50th Natcon, and looks like it’ll be a great party. Basically, April is going to
be awesome.

If you haven’t seen yet, the ballot for the Chronos Awards, a popular vote for the best in Victorian SF, Fantasy & Horror, was recently announced. Voting is open until 15 May, and the awards will be announced on the Friday night of the convention.

We’re particularly happy to be back on a long weekend – we get a whole other day of programming for you! – but that does mean we need to put together a whole other day of programming for you! We have an intriguing and exciting selection of 50-minute panel discussions this year, but many of them are still in need of more panellists to discuss them. You don’t need a PhD in Astrophysics, just enthusiasm for the topic and being open to discussion (if you’re willing to do a little pre-con research, that’s a bonus!). Take a look at the range of topics here: http://continuum.org.au/program-and-events and if anything in the list tickles your fancy? Contact your diligent programmers on programming@continuum.org.au to secure your place. The deadline for panellist submissions is 15th April 2011.

All our preparations for C7 are speeding up nicely and we urge you to check out the website & even follow us on twitter, particularly if you like your news in very small chunks. If you haven’t got a membership to Continuum 7 yet, you can get a form here: http://continuum.org.au/join You know it’ll be more fun if YOU COME TOO!

See you soon!
Continuum 7

  •  1 April, 2011
Mar 312011
 

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (from Shaun of the Dead and Spaced) have a new movie out which has all of us very excited! Paul is a geeky, buddy roadtrip movie with some big names and a lot of laughs! And did we mention an alien?
Check out the trailer here:

http://www.whatispaul.com

So join us:
When: Sunday 17th April, meet at 12.30pm for 1pm session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 17th April with PAUL in the subject line and include your name, mobile number and how many tickets you’d like. Payment is in cash on the day.

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

Hope to see you there!

  •  31 March, 2011
Mar 222011
 

As promised, a discounted room rate will be available for convention members at either the 4.5 star Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure or the 3.5 star Mercure Hotel Welcome. Both hotels are in the same complex above the convention venue. If convention members ring and quote “Continuum Foundation” they will receive a 10% discount. This discount is not available online.

Room rates currently range between $119-$159 for the weekend of our convention at the Mercure Welcome, and their phone number is 1300 654 966. At the Swanston Grand, rates are between $169-$209, and you can contact them on 1300 650 315.

Other accomodation options are possible – Melbourne has a large range of hotels and hostels in the CBD.

  • Travellerspoint: A listing of budget accommodation within Melbourne, including backpackers, motels and B&Bs.
  • Melbourne.com.au: A listing of special offers at various hotels, motels and B&Bs, often with “last minute” deals.
  •  22 March, 2011
Jan 202011
 

Continuum 7 is now taking program submissions. Do you have a topic you would love to talk about? Do you have an idea you want to workshop or a skill you want to share? We want to hear from you!

We are after program items on any topic related to science fiction, fantasy or horror; books, comics, film, television or new media; fandom and fan-related activities (which is a pretty loose category and has included juggling and sword-fighting workshops in the past). Previous topics have included ‘How to Break Fairy Tales’, ‘Is Piracy Destroying TV?’ and ‘The Post-Apocalyptic Housewife’s Domestic Companion – a workshop’. Let your imagination run wild!

Even if you’re not keen to face an audience yourself but have something you really want to see, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

To contribute to the 2011 Continuum program, just email your diligent Programmers on programming@continuum.org.au. We’re waiting to hear from you!

Because otherwise it’ll be the con-chair playing ukelele for four days straight – and no one wants to see that…

  •  20 January, 2011