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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!)

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 ( 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


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

Program available

the entire weekend’s program is now available for your delectation! We’ve updated the program pdf’s as of Thursday, 7 June – as always, check at registration or use our iPhone app, Livecon, to check on any more changes!

Click on the links below for pdf versions of the program:

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday

For Our Younger Members!

This year Continuum is introducing some dedicated children’s programming. We’re excited to bring you the following activities geared towards our junior members!

5.00 pm – A Sendak Celebration with Sendakian-themed readings, crafts and face painting.

10.00 am – Writing Workshop: A Spaceship Stole My Baby Dragon
2.15 pm – Cheryse Durrant reading (15 mins)
4.00 pm – Workshop: Legocraft for Kids

9.30 am – Workshop: Cartooning for Kids (90 mins)
2.15 pm – Jenny Blackford reading (15 mins)
3.00 pm – Workshop: Dragon Flying School

10.00 am – Sarah Lee Parker reading (15 mins)
2.00 pm – Workshop: Juggling (all ages)

Further details on these items can be found in the daily program schedules now available on the Program page and the livecon app.

Please be aware that it’s Continuum policy for children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times within the convention.

Writing Workshops Update

Kelly Link’s Short Story workshop filled up very quickly but have no fear, we have other writing workshops for you!

On Friday afternoon we have Alan Baxter’s Write the Fight Right and 10 Ways to Improve Your Story with Michael Pryor both at 2pm. If you could drop us an email so we have an idea of how many people are interested in attending that would be great.

Then on Saturday Alison Goodman will diagnose your scene at 5pm. Places for Alison’s workshop are limited you can sign up at the registration desk or send an email to

And don’t forget, for new writers we have a panel on mentoring Saturday at 9am and the Newbie’s Perspective on Writing or things I wished I’d known at 3pm on Saturday.

See you at the con!

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.

Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our competition!

Although we originally offered prizes in two categories, written and non-written, we only received written entries. Thus we will be awarding three prizes, of $250, $150, and $100.

First Prize: Pattern for knitting a galaxy, Stephanie Lai

Second Prize: The Armour, Jessica Reid

Third Prize: Stitch the Sun, Liz Barr

The prizes will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, and all three winning stories will be printed in the convention book. Thanks to Lizbt Action for coordinating the judging and the competition, and thanks to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for sponsoring it!

Writing Workshops

We’ve got a few writing workshops lined up for Continuum 8!

Alan Baxter will run a workshop looking at the things that make a fight scene in a story read as realistically as possible, while maintaining excitement and pace. By looking at the various factors that go into a real fight, paying attention to the things that we train for when we learn to fight, we can write fight scenes that stay exciting without breaking the rules of realism that shatter believability. This is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Later in the weekend, we’ll have a hands-on, one hour workshop with Alison Goodman who will take you through some great diagnostic tools that will help you improve your scene-writing skills. Participants should bring a scene that they have written. Sign up for this at the registration desk.

Unfortunately the workshop with Kelly Link filled up really fast – if you’d like to be on a waiting list, you can email, but it is a very small class.

We’ll also be running drawing & making stuff workshops – stay tuned for those annoucements!

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