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We’ll be packing this website into the archives and bringing out a shiny new Continuum 9 website soon, but until we do I thought I might leave this here for anyone who’d like to see it again:

Continuum 8 opening ceremony

We’ve got an announcement from Continuum 9! Continuum 9: Contraindicators will be held in Melbourne June 7-10 2013.

Contraindicators seeks to use speculative fiction and pop culture to challenge assumptions and create surprise endings and new patterns. We delight in hard-edge science, high-flown fantasy, comic books, film noir, high culture and sub-cultures and everything in between! Our Guests of Honour will be Waris Hussein and NK Jemisin.

If you’d like to be involved in Continuum 9 at all, we’d love to have you! Please send an email to convenor at continuum dot org dot au or come along to our first open committee meeting at the Carlton Library Meeting Room: 10am, Sunday 2nd September.

Finally, Continuum 10 has been selected as the 2014 National SF convention! Julia Svangovic, who ran our programming team for Continuum 8, will be chairing Continuum 10. It’s going to be a big celebration for the 10th Continuum and the 53rd National Convention & we’re already looking forward to it!

Keep an eye on facebook, twitter & here for more Continuum 9 & 10 news, and announcements of any between-convention events we’ll be at.

lots of love,
the continuum 8 committee
(who had a lovely sleep-in this weekend, thanks!)


The hotel is filling up fast – if you’re planning to stay at the Rydges on Swanston book soon! If you’re only staying for the nights of the convention – Friday to Monday nights – you can book via the website. If you want to stay outside of those nights, you will have to ring the hotel and book through their reservations desk: +61 3 9347 7811. Let them know that you’re coming for Continuum 8: Craftonomicon to get our rate.

Children’s programming plans

We want to put together a children’s program, but we’re not sure what age groups we should be concentrating on. Can you please email if you’d be interested in children’s programming? And hey – if you’re interested in running any children’s program items, let us know that too! We’ve got ideas and materials but we’re going to need some more volunteers to make it all work.

Also, if you were interested in doing a reading or a rant, we have a number of slots still available. The microphone will be yours for 15 minutes! What do you have to say? email to arrange your time.

February Update

Just four more months to Craftonomicon, and we’re working hard to make sure it’s even better than last year’s con! With our three fantastic Guests of Honour, Kelly Link, Alison Goodman, and Sue-Ann Barber; a fresh venue; expanded programming; and some truly special events in the works, this is going to be a Continuum and a Natcon to remember.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, now is the time – membership prices rise 14 February, so get in while you can still nab four days of fun for under $200. Don’t forget, memberships can also make great gifts. If you’ve been wondering what to get for your special geeky someone, a Natcon membership might be just the thing.

Now is also the perfect time if you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the convention. We’re currently seeking programming ideas, panellists and presenters. If you are interested, email And we are always happy to hear from people who would like to help out with general tasks before or during the convention – email to discuss what you would like to do.

The Chronos Awards season is under-way, with nominations now open until 18 March 2012. The awards are again being run by the inestimable John Samuel, and you can nominate by email, post (Chronos Awards Committee, 65A Limestone Ave, Braddon ACT 2612), or just by dropping a comment at the linked Livejournal post. Don’t miss out: this is your chance to reward your favourite Victorian SF writers, artists, editors and fans for their amazing work in 2011. Keep an eye out for further Chronos Awards announcements – and soon, of course, the Ditmars!

NAFF nominations will be open shortly, with further details forthcoming on the website.

We’re pleased to announce this year’s theme for Maskobalo, always a highlight of Continuum: “Enchantment Under the Sea”. Entry is once again free for convention members and $15 for non-members, so invite your friends, dress in your nautical best and be ready to begin the beguine.

In other exciting news, as part of Natcon, and in partnership with the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, Continuum will be running a science fiction competition complete with cash prizes and publication in the convention souvenir book! Full details and competition rules will be published on the website soon, but we can announce the following:

  • The competition theme is craft…and interpretation is wide open.
  • Entries must be science-fictional.
  • There will be both a written and a non-written category – giving the artists, crafters, hackers and makers among you a chance to shine as well as the writers.

Speaking of chances to stretch your creative muscles, Twelfth Planet Press is seeking contributions for A Stitch In Time Travel: A Craft eBook Project, an eBook of geek crafts related to time travel, to be released at Craftonomicon.

Finally, in the next few months you can expect to see plenty of Continuum people out and about. We are planning a series of outings throughout March and April, which are both positively bursting with Continuum-y goodness. Mark these dates in your calendar:

  • 11 March: John Carter screening
  • 25 March: The Hunger Games screening
  • 14-15 April: We will be hanging out with the New Melbourne Browncoats at Supanova. Swing by and enter a raffle, or just say hi!
  • 22 April: Join us at the Celtic Club for a post-Easter party of killer bunnies and twisty trivia.
  • 29 April: Turn out to see The Avengers with us!

Times, venues and other details will be announced as we get closer to each date.

August Newsletter

Hey Continuum people! a couple bits of August-y news for you:

First off, we’re all going to Can’t Stop the Serenity this year. We’re very fond of the New Melbourne Browncoats, and looking forward to another one of their fine events. Come join us on 27th August! To find out more & buy tickets, see the New Melbourne Browncoats here:

We want to compile links to all the blog posts people made about Continuum 7. We’re hoping to make it easier to answer the question “what IS a convention, anyway?” Good and bad reviews, please! Posts about mistakes we made will make it less likely we’ll repeat them, and posts about how good it all was will please us immensely! Please email links to, and we’ll put together a massive list.

If you have ideas for programming, drop a line to our head of programming. We’re starting to put a few things together, but we’d love to see your input! Just like every other Continuum, we want to make sure it’s a convention with a balanced program & something for everyone. Email Julia at with your ideas.

Stand by for more events, too – our regular Halloween trivia night, movie screenings, games sessions, and Armageddon Expo is coming up too. Hope to see you at something soo!. Don’t forget you can keep up with the latest Continuum news on Twitter: @continuum_con and on Facebook:

Have a wonderful month everyone!