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thank you everyone!

We’ve packed up and left the hotel, and now all that’s left is to thank everyone for coming! And collect all the con reports you’re writing, of course.

A weekend like we’ve just had doesn’t happen without a lot of people working very hard:

Thanks to the Rydges on Swanston and their staff for being so helpful all weekend. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put the convention on. Thanks to Mikee, and the Hairy Dude for all our tech.

Thank you: the Continuum Foundation, Vic SF Conventions, the Natcon Standing Committee for all their support both financial and otherwise.

Thank you to our wonderful guests of honour: Kelly Link, Alison Goodman, and Sue Ann Barber, and our invited guest, Lucy Sussex. Thanks as well to our fan fund delegates: Sarah Parker from NAFF and Holdover Funds from DUFF.

And thank you, so much, to the committee: Julia, Rachel, Fran, Mitch, Michael, Caitlin, Emma, Meredith, Liz – without you guys working so hard for the last two years, none of this would have happened at all. You’re the best.

The next national convention will be up in Canberra over the ANZAC day weekend: Conflux 9 promises to be an awesome weekend. Continuum 9 is also about to start gearing up for another Melbourne convention next winter. Stay tuned for memberships to open and for an open committee meeting, for those of you who’d like to help out!

Award Winners

Congratulations to the all the winners of the Australian SF awards, presented Sunday evening.

The A Bertram Chandler Award: Richard Harland

The Norma K Hemming Award: AA Bell, for Hindsight, and Sara Douglass, for The Devil’s Diadem

The Peter McNamara Award: Bill Congreve

The Chronos Awards:

Best Long Fiction:
The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Paul Haines (Brimstone Press)

Best Short Fiction:
The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt, Paul Haines (in The Last Days of Kali Yuga)

Best Fan Writer:
Jason Nahrung

Best Fan Artist:
Rachel Holkner

Best Fan Written Work:
Tiptree, and a collection of her short stories, Alexandra Pierce (in Randomly Yours, Alex)

Best Fan Artwork:
Blue Locks, Rebecca Ing (Scape 2)

Best Fan Publication:
The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Achievement:
Conquilt, Rachel Holkner and Jeanette Holkner (Continuum 7)

The Infinity Award, for overwhelming contribution to Australian SF: Merv Binns

The Ditmar Awards:

Best Novel
The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood (HarperCollins)

Best Novella or Novelette
“The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt”, Paul Haines, in The Last Days of Kali Yuga (Brimstone Press)

Best Short Story
“The Patrician”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Collected Work
The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis (Brimstone Press)

Best Artwork
“Finishing School”, Kathleen Jennings, in Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (Candlewick Press)

Best Fan Writer
Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”

Best Fan Artist
Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry (tanaudel.wordpress.com) including “The Dalek Game”

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best New Talent
Joanne Anderton

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex

The Continuum committee would like to thank:
Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond for hosting the awards ceremony
Bill Wright, as the ASFF awards coordinator
David Cake, Jeremy Byrne, Peter Lyons and the Ditmar subcommittee
Danny Oz and John Samuel from the Chronos awards committee
Julia Svaganovic, Mitch and Danielle Madeley for assisting in the ceremony.

Business Meeting Agenda

NOTICE OF THE 2012 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SF CONVENTION BUSINESS MEETING

At Continuum 8, in the Drummond Room of the Rydges on Swanston hotel,
Monday 11 June 2012 at 10am.

Read the rest of Business Meeting Agenda

Friday – Gold Coin Entry

Friday’s entry will be for a gold coin only! If you’re not sure what a convention is all about, we think the best way to find out is to try it out! Friday’s program will start at 4pm and run through until midnight, and registration will be open from 3pm.

Remember that pre-con membership will close May 31st, and your only option after that will be the at door rates. At the door, the full con costs are $250 full/$195 concession; Saturday and Sunday are $120/$95 each day; and Monday is $75/$60.

Small Press and Craft Market!

We hope you’re as excited about the craft theme for this year’s con as we are!
And how could we have a crafty con without a traditional Sunday market? The market will also feature craft demonstrations by some fantastic artisans who also happen to be fans.

We’re looking for people to sell their wares, preferably items with geek appeal or a SFF leaning. Stalls are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

Cost:
Members: $30 for a whole table, $15 for half table
Non-members:$50 for a whole table, $25 for half
Table dimensions are 1.8m x 0.8m

Payment may be made by direct deposit before the day or cash on the day.

So if you know someone who makes awesome stuff, or would like a stall yourself, please email programming@continuum.org.au as soon as possible.

Continuum @ the movies – The Avengers!

It’s already getting excellent reviews – do we need to explain how much fun this movie’s going to be? Come join us this Sunday to see the superhero movie of the year.

When: Sunday 29 April, meet at 2:30 for a 3pm session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 29 April with Avengers in the subject line and include your name, mobile number, & 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 on Sunday 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.

Then catch up for a debrief with drinks and eatables after the movie.
Hope to see you there!

Revenge of the Bunnies – A Continuum Trivia Night

The zombie bunnies are coming!
No one ever thinks about what happens to all those left over bunnies wheeled out for Easter consumption.
The broken, the half melted, the unwanted bunnies have had enough and are coming back to nom on you!

Featuring special guest Zombie Slayer err Quizmaster George Ivanoff and prizes of awesome.

Help us stave off the invasion by pitting your knowledge and wits in a battle of trivial proportions.

When: 7-10.30pm, Saturday 21st April
Where: Celtic Club*
316-320 Queen St, Melbourne
Cost: $10 entry (drinks and food at bar prices)

Bring a team of friends or join a table and meet new people!

Costumes are encouraged and may be rewarded.

For more information or to RSVP email events@continuum.org.au with ‘zombie bunnies’ in the subject line.

Will you survive the zombie bunny apocalypse?

 

 

*under 18s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Continuum @ The Movies – The Hunger Games

One of the hottest book series last year comes to the big screen this week!

The Hunger Games is a post apocalyptic tale of survival when “tributes” to the Capitol are forced to compete against each other until only one remains. If you haven’t already caught the trailer, you can watch it here

So join us for one of the must-see movies of the year:
When: Sunday 25th March, meet at 2.45 for 3.10 session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $15

RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 25th March with Hunger Games 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.

Then catch up for a debrief with drinks and eatables after the movie.
Hope to see you there!


Continuum @ The Movies – Immortals

It’s our last movie event for the year, so come kick off the silly season with an epic and bloody battle!
From the producers of 300, Immortals is set in the world of Greek gods, Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
The trailer can be seen here:

Looks stunning right?

Unfortunately Melbourne Central has thrown small a spanner in the works (again!) by only screening Immortals in 3D which means we have to bump the price up to $18, plus $1 if you require 3D glasses. The box office price is $23.50 without glasses so you’re still getting a bargain by coming to the movies with us.

Here’s the essential details:
When: Sunday 27th November, meet at 3.45pm for the 4.10pm session
Where: Hoyts, Level 3, Melbourne Central
Cost: $18 or $19 if you require 3D glasses

It’s easy to join us, just RSVP by sending an email to events@continuum.org.au by 11am on 27th November with Immortals in the subject line and include your name, mobile number how many tickets you’d like and if you require 3D glasses or not. 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.

Then catch up for a debrief with drinks and eatables after the movie.
Hope to see you there!

Alison Goodman at the Wheeler Centre

Come see our guest of honour at the Wheeler Centre next week!
Alison Goodman, our Australian Guest of Honour, is going to be at the Wheeler Centre on 22 November, 7pm, discussing fantasy with Alison Croggon. They say: “If you thought writing fiction was hard, try inventing whole worlds, languages and realities. Join us as we explore the realities of fantasy in the last event in this series for 2011.”
It’s a free event, but bookings are recommended. The Wheeler Centre is at 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Telephone enquiries: (03) 9094 7800. For more information and bookings see the Wheeler Centre website.

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