SwanCon XV PR2 – INCORPORATION

It’s titled in all caps, so you know it must be important.

Transcribed by Doug.

INCORPORATION

by Don Griffiths B-)

I’m taking the occasion of the second progress report for SwanCon XV to raise a very serious proposal for the future organisation of SwanCon. For the past fourteen years, the committees in Swancon have been very fortunate not to have had any legal hassles with anybody. The reason I say very fortunate is that had there been any problems, the onus, including any legal fees or fines, would have fallen individually on the members of the committee. Recently in the US, a convention lost its venue and is likely both to be fined by state authorities and sued by the hotel over an incident involving unlicensed liquor sales.

There is a mechanism for non-profit organisations to limit any financial liability to the assets of the organisation rather than the individual assets of the members. This mechanism is known as Incorporation. The mechanics of Incorporation are fairly simple, if time consuming. Basically, it involves the drafting of a constitution conforming to State Legal requirements. The constitution must then be voted upon and accepted by members of the organisation. Following this, the members must nominate and vote for a representative to act on their behalf. This representative then presents the application for incorporation, along with the constitution, to the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs. The application must be gazetted twice in a specified time period. If there is no objection, a certificate of incorporation is issued.

The following is an excerpt from the Legal Aid Commission’s excellent brochure “Incorporating an Association” describing the advantages and disadvantages of Incorporation.

Advantages

  1. No trustee, officer or member of any incorporated association has any personal liability for the debts of the association (other than for any of the association’s property which may be in his hands)
  2. The association may acquire and hold property and may sue in its own name.
  3. The association may use the word “Incorporated” (or the abbreviation “Inc.” after its name.

Disadvantages

  1. The name of the association may not be changed without the written approval of the Commissioner.
  2. The objects cannot be effectively changed or added to unless the Attorney-General certifies that after such change or addition the association continues to be one which should be incorporated.
  3. The safeguards achieved by incorporation must be constantly policed to be retained. They may be lost if a change in the constitution of the association is not notified to the Commissioner within the time and manner set out in the Act. A common example is noncompliance with the provisions of the Act whenever there is a change in the executive or management committee – particularly with respect to those officers authorised to use and hold the seal.
  4. It is the members as a body who constitute the Association and so under the law there are likely to be restrictions upon (if not absolute prohibitions against) individual members having commercial dealings with the Association.

It is my opinion that to protect members of the fan community who donate their time and efforts to SwanCons that we should proceed with incorporation. Included in this progress report is an article calling for the formation of Swancon Inc [Following – Ed.] Please give your active support to this venture, after all it is you who gain from it’s successful results.

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Swancon 14 – Progress Report 2 – Page 5 – Australian Science Fiction Awards 1989

Because it is good to know how things were done in the past, here’s the information on the awards to be presented at Swancon 14. All typos faithfully recorded. Transcribed by Elaine Walker.

Australian Science Fiction Awards, 1989

Two types of awards will be presented at Swancon 14, the nominees and winners of which are decided by convention members. The Ditmar award is the Australian award for Science Fiction achievement. The William Atheling is a special award presented for Science Fiction criticism by an Australian writer.

The specific awards will be outlined below, along with eligibility requirements. All nominations must be recieved by January 27 1989, to allow inclusion in PR4. Voting will take place at the convention. A special “voting only” membership is available for those unable to attend the convention. For the nominal fee of $5.00, voting members may cast their vote for the Ditmar and William Atheling awards.

Ditmar Awards 1989

The awards to be presented fall into three categories, all awards apply to the calendar year 1988. A list of all works eligible for the International Fiction and Australian Fiction categories will be compiled by the Australian Science Fiction Association. We will endeavour to include this list in TRO PR3.

International Fiction.

1) Best International Fiction.

A work shall be deemed eligible for this category if the work has been published for the first time, in either hard or paperback, in english, and distributed to the Australian readership by an Australian book publisher of distributor in the calendar year 1988. The award applies to both novels and anthologies.

Australian Fiction
In addition to the requirements for the International Fiction award, nominees for these awards must be Australian citizens or residents of at least seven years.

2) Best Australian Novel.
3) Best Australian Short Fiction.

Australian Fanzines, Fan Writers and Artists
A general requirement of these awards is that the work be generally available to Australian readers. To assist voters we hope to have copies of the nominated fanzines available at Swancon 14. To this end, we ask those nominating a fanzine to either send us representative copies or to provide us with the postal address of the fanzine to allow us to contact the editor.

4) Best Australian Fanzine.
5) Best Fan Writer.
6) Best Fan Artist.

The work of the fan artist and fan writer nominees must have appeared in at least two fanzines generally available in the calendar year 1988.

William Atheling Award 1989

7) William Atheling Award (Australian Criticism).

To be eligible for this award, the critic must have produced either a substantial critical piece or a body of shorter pieces in the calendar year 1988.

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SwanCon 17 Progress Report July 1991

Rambled by Doug

A progress report. Well.

I see this was a StudlyCaps SwanCon. (I think the Singlecap Swancon is slightly more common, but I haven’t done a study. And at least one year ALLCAPSed to avoid the decision.)

This PR is 24 A4 pages, including covers, being 6 A3 sheets folded and stapled on the spine. The internal pages are numbered 3 through 19. This is perplexing, as you’d expect the inside back cover to be page 23, not page 19, but after repeated counting to ensure that there really really were 6 A3 sheets and not 5, it emerged that the A3 sheet between pages 8 and 9 and between 11 and 12 is four A4 pages of advertising, and is unnumbered. The full-page ad on page 18, however, does consume a page number, to avoid throwing off the even/odd left/right rhythm.

This is a Festival of the Imagination convention, so the production quality is as high as it can be in a photocopied and staple-stitched PR, with elegant font choices and layout, but contains the odd idiosyncrasy (such as the page numbering).

The Table of Contents declares:

Page   Content
2         Convention Details Summary
3         Table of Contents
4         Programme
6         Social Programme
8         Video Programme
10       Hotel Feature
12       Gaming Programme
16       Writers’ Workshop
19       Education Seminar
19       Short Story Competition
20       Afterword & Committee

Except that of course the page numbers column is right-aligned in their version, whereas I am too lazy to do that in this transcription.

“Hotel Feature”, in case you’re wondering, is a one-page description of the venue, and a map.

I declare this to be enough of a summary of this PR. Perhaps we will delve into more detail on it in future articles.

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Swancon XIII Programme Book – Who is Tim Richards?

The index claims this is on page 4 of the Programme Book for Swancon XIII. It has been transcribed by Elaine Walker because she did the other Tim Richards one and thus balance. Any typos will be reproduced to the best of her ability.

Who is Tim Richards

Tim Richards is, I suppose, a Well Known Fan. This is not necessarily because he has done a lot (although he has). mostly its because he’s so noticeable. People remember Tim Richards. Its hard not to really – at 6’3″, a big man with a high profile personality and since July ’87, a red beard, he looks quite fearsome. Never fear, however. Like planet earth he is mostly harmless.

Mostly.

Tim was a founding member of the West Lodge, the local Dr Who club, and was its chairman for a year. He is the editor of the Dr Who zine Mentalis, its sister publication the Mentalis Annuals and children of Zeos, and soon to be co-editor of Inconsequential Parallax (a proposed genzine). He has contributed to fanzines Australia-wide and overseas. He was the chairman of the committee for the recent WHOCON 4, the fourth national Dr Who convention in Australia. At Eccentricon he backed the Village’s Number Two in the Galactic Elections 9and came second….). He has organised and appeared in panels at previous Swancons. He is responsible for the weird cult club The Mentalis Folding Society ( the idea? Why fold, envelope-stuff and seal 100 odd copies of Mentalis every few months by yourself when you can get a bunch of friends to come around, do most of it for you, get them to bring munchies and drinks, and call it a party so no-one will realise that they are doing all the work for you, and supplying the food at the same time!). Tim also likes travelling, meeting people, and raging.

A favourite pasttime of the amazing Tim Richards is to casually place devastating and superb issues of various comics under the noses of unsuspecting comics-pooh-poohers, and say “Oh, just try this one issue…” He has subverted at least four people to the appreciation of graphic literature in this manner to date. This is a warning.

For other reading matter, Tim enjoys Sherlock Holmes, most science fiction and the backs of cereal packets. He reads Doonebury in the Australian, won’t dignify the Daily News by calling it a newspaper and admires Joanna Lumley for her works for charity and skill in foreign languages.

Pets-wise, he has a black Labrador named Kelly, who would much rather live on an orchard in Donnybrook than with him in Perth, and Princess the Dead Cat, who really couldn’t care less.

Better Homes and Gardens wouldn’t deign to inspect Mr Richards former home in Nedlands, and their disinterest has continued with his move to South Perth, but his decor remains unchanged. Not a single stitch of furniture matches. The marked individuality of this organised chaos is a trademark of the man. “Never do anything that anyone else expects you to do” he proclaims. “If simply everyone is doing it, then unless I think its a good idea I simply won’t.” Hence, although he will drive on the left side of the road (it’s a good idea to not get run down by cars coming the down the regualar way) he wouldn’t get his licence at the usual 17 years, just because “you’re supposed to.”

Tim Richards had this to say about death. “I don’t believe in an afterlife, but for my last bit of fun, I think I’ll find the best trilogy in my collection, leave the first and third books to someone, and leave the middle book to a name picked randomly from the telephone book. Hey, hey, hey,…”

Narelle M. Harris

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Swancon XIII – Programme Book – Barlowe’s Guide to the SWANCON committee

Transcribed by Doug Burbidge.

The table of contents claims that this article is on page 2, but it is on a right-hand page, with two pieces of paper before it. So I call shenanigans.

Barlowe’s Guide to the SWANCON Committee

MATTHEW CLARKSON: Coordinator
First Encountered: Swancon 10
Previous convictions: Treasurer, Swancon 12

Notes: Attends Swancon committee meetings for fun. Don’t let the mild-mannered exterior fool you: remove those glasses and he becomes The Famous Cindy Evan’s other half – plus property tax of course.

ANN GRIFFITHS: Treasurer
First Encountered: Swancon 8

Notes: The Backbone of the FM’s. If she looks hot and bothered, offer her a cup of frozen peas.

DON GRIFFITHS: Programme Coordinator
First Encountered: Swancon 3
Previous convictions: Fund-raiser and General Dogsbody Swancon 5. Has volunteered to Chair Swancon 15.

Notes: Technophile, Hard SF addict and computer nut: can’t order fish and chips without trying to count the kilobytes.

GREG TURKICH: Hotel Liaison
First Encountered: Swancon 6
Previous convictions: Chairman Swancon 7; Hotel Liaison Swancon 9,10,13,14 ad infinitum.

Notes: Don’t be put off by his muscles (he doesn’t take them to parties), his sadistic way with drumsticks, or his ability to sounds like your girlfriend’s father. He’s really a pussycat: he just growls like a Kzin!

STEPHEN DEDMAN: Publicity Officer
First Encountered: Swancon 2
Previous convictions: Film co-ordinator Swancon 6, 7; Secretary Swancon 8.

Notes: RPG adventure designer, ex-dinosaur salesman, ex-manager of an sf bookshop. Don’t get strung out by the way he looks – he hasn’t bitten anybody in months! Has a regrettable fetish for puns, but it beats whips and creams.

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Swancon XIII – Progress Report 1 – An Interview with Tim Richards

This is from page what we shall call 8 (if we treat the front cover as 1 as per our Summary) of the first Progress Report of Swancon XIII. Transcribed by Elaine Walker. All typos reproduced as faithfully as possible. Except for all the weird extra spaces. I didn’t feel the need to reproduce those.

AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM RICHARDS by Tim Richards

Q: I understand you were born in Donnybrook, of poor but honest farming folk?

A: It’s a lie! I was in fact born in Peru in 1823 as the spiritual twin of the revolutionary Simon Bolivar. A tempestuous life awaited me, if not for the fact that I was spirited away by Gypsies at the age of three.

Q: Gypsies? In South America?

A: Did I say Gypsies? They were in fact the original inhabitants of Easter Island – a strange race of extraterrestrials with the uncanny power to levitate onions.

Q: Ah… and your first contact with science fiction fandom was through your re-awakened interest in Doctor Who?

A: Either that or ‘the Magic Roundabout’…

Q: And you helped found the local Doctor Who club, The West Lodge, which is still going strong. I hear you’ve also dabbled in other areas of media S.F. – Blake’s 7, Star Trek, Hitch-Hiker’s, The Prisioner…

A: …Lost in Space…

Q: Yeah, but I didn’t think you’d want to admit that. Why do you think the SWANCON 13 Committee asked you to be a Fan Guest of Honour?

A: Insanity? Desperation? Who knows? Maybe they just liked my Dalek baseball cap at SWANCON 12.

Q: Right. Well, that’s just about all we have time for…

A: Can I just point out that I have a large collection of S.F. paperbacks (I’ve even read some of them) – I’m not only a media fan you know…

Q: So we say ‘thank you’ Tim Richards…

A: Oh yes, and I’d just like to plug WHOCON 4 (DETAILS ELSEWHERE IN THE REPORT) if you don’t mind…

Q: …and now for something completely different.

A: I want to complain about this parrot…

THE END. BUT TIM WILL RETURN IN ‘SWANCON 13’…

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Swancon XIII – Programme book: A summary

A quick and dirty summary by Anna Hepworth

The Programme book for Swancon XIII is a 18 page (including covers) A4 stapled booklet, printed black on standard bond paper.

The front cover is a statement in minimalist design. The con name and book title are in slightly large font at the top, with a thin rule top and bottom; this is reflected lower down where ‘Theme – The Black Swancon’ is similarly formatted. In between is a dark line-art work of two black unicorns facing off, with the robot swan logo hidden in their enormous tails. Right at the bottom it says ‘Westos Hilltop Hotel’ and ’29th Jan – 2nd Feb 1988′.

In contrast, the inside front cover is dominated by a large drawing featuring a spacesuited figure with a hat and coat. Down one side it reads ‘SWANCON 14’, with details of the following year’s con (Guest of Honour – John Varley; Toastmaster – Bob Shaw; Fan Guest of Honour – Paul J. (“Antifan”) Stevens. Theme: The Urban Spaceman).

A very plain contents page is followed by an assortment of short articles and summary pages. In order, these are the Chairthing’s Blurb, Barlowe’s Guide to the SWANCON committee*, “…The Duck Strikes Back!”, ‘Who is Tim Richards’*, Program (2 pages!)**, a foolish article about running a Worldcon in Perth in 1994*, Vital Information*, Local Eats and Services**, the membership list (largest number is 42, but there are two #1s)***, ‘FM meetings’*, and then finishing up with two pages (back cover and inside back cover) on Kinkon 3*.

* Coming Later!
** Not! Coming Later!
*** might be coming later, depends on how obsessive we get.

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Swancon XIII – Progress Report One – Summary

This here is an overview (by Doug) of the contents of a Swancon XIII Progress Report, which is titled “Swancon XIII Progress Report”. Did they have more than one? I don’t know.

It’s eight sheets of A4 paper, which is to say 16 pages; stapled at the left edge. (It’s a bit odd, actually — staples at the top and bottom of the left edge go through all eight sheets, but a staple in the middle only fastens sheets 4 thru 7.)

The front cover is emblazoned with the aforementioned title, and has art featuring two black prancing unicorns, with the “tin duck” robotic swan between them. The inside cover says “Cover Artwork – Many thanks to Kira McKenzie”. It also says “Progress report – Stephen Dedman   Ann Griffiths   Don Griffiths”.

Page what-I’m-going-to-call-three is titled “Progress Report One — December 1987”. Ah — so now we know. It introduces us to the date, venue, GOHs, and the committee, and is blogged elsewhen. The next page covers Rates, Room Rates, Advertising Rates, The Rumour Terminating Department, and Programme, and is also described in that prior post.

Page oh-let’s-call-it-five covers Programme for Black Friday, Satyrday, and Black Sabbath, with Dead Dog Monday and the 31-member-long Membership List on the following page.

Page 7 is A Synopsis of Dave Luckett by Sally Beasley. Page 8 is An Interview with Tim Richards by Tim Richards.

Page 9 is a full-page ad for Swancon 14. Page 10 is a Swancon 14 Progress Report. (How… recursive.)

Page 11 is an ad and blurb for WhoCon 4 (“The Fourth National DOCTOR WHO Convention, Perth, W.A.”). Page 12 continues for WhoCon 4, spruiking the Timelord’s Ball. The ball was at the Pagoda, and the convention at UWA.

Page 13 advertises Conviction (“27th Australian Science Fiction Convention”, also “Syncon 88”), with page 14, yes, continuing on the Conviction theme.

That brings us to page 15, which is a Membership and Room application form, with page 16, the back cover, being blank.

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Swancon 14 – Programme Book – Bob Shaw

This is a transcription of page 16 from the Swancon 14 Programme book, being a biography of one of the Guests, Bob Shaw. This was transcribed by Elaine Walker, who has attempted to faithfully reproduce any and all typographical errors.

Bob Shaw

A photograph of Bob Shaw is on the top left.

The first time I ever met Bob Shaw was in Melbourne at Aussiecon II. A southern belle by the name of Charlotte Proctor introduced me to him. (Charlotte is herself a well known fanzine author.) She introduced Bob by saying, “Greg, this is a good friend of mine, Bob Shaw, he likes drinking Scotch too.” Well, suffice to say that anyone who has an affinity for the finer of the spirits will soon, over the bar, become a good friend of mine.

After a short time a small group of fans gathered and it was decided that we would go for dinner somewhere in the city. I started to strike up a nice conversation with Bob and after some fifteen minutes or so we found a basic Italian food hall that fitted the most important of fan criteria: it was cheap. We selected our food and sat down. I thought that I would ask Bob what he did for a living. There was a stunned silence at the table, and Handfield nearly choked on his food. Bob just looked at me for a moment, sort of puzzled, and quietly said, “………I’m a writer.”

It was at this point that there came a dagger in my mind, as I realised who I had been speaking to for the past few hours or so. I tried desperately to say something intelligent but all that came out was, “Oh, that Bob Shaw!!!!!!”

Bob Shaw is a professional science fiction writer, born on the 31st December, 1931. Bob started out as a fan and in fact Tuck’s Encyclopaedia of science fiction and fantasy mentions in passing that Bob Shaw “ is also very well known in fan circles. ” This is like saying that Bob Hawke is a member of the Labor party. Bob Shaw is a real fan’s fan.

Bob’s list of novels bears testament to his literary achievements. Novels such as Dagger of the mind, The Ceres solution, Ship of strangers, Orbitsville, Vertigo and many other novels and short stories.

In convention terms one of the things Bob is most famous for is his talks. Bob can natter delightfully on an assortment of topics. At Aussiecon II Bob gave one of his very best after dinner speeches. He had the diners alternatively laughing, crying and falling off chairs. The spotlight operator was broken up by fits of giggles and Bob performed an impromptu Irish jig which cracked up the assembled audience. The dinner was sold out and when Bob heard that there were fans outside that were going to miss his talk he insisted that they be allowed in. Bob’s just that sort of bloke.

Finally, Bob Shaw is one of the most polite gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and anyone who gets to his programme items at Swancon 14 has my assurance they will not be disappointed. In short, Bob Shaw is a delightful person, and not at all into being a ‘big name author’, despite the fact that he is one of the Britain’s most successful science fiction authors. (Marc Ortlieb has informed me that Bob is also one of the best selling authors in Poland, however he is unable to take the money out of Poland. One day Bob might go to Poland to spend it.)

Oh, by the way, he is partial to the a single malt scotch or two at the bar, I have that on good authority, so remember to stock up for Good Friday. He has also sampled the more traditional items of Australian cuisine, such as meat pies, lamingtons and vegemite, but I doubt they are as popular.

Greg Turkich

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Swancon 14 – Progress report 3 – pages 3 and 4

Page 3 and 4 are blurbs about the committee.

The Most Wanted List

In every society, there are those who, through no fault of their own, rise to positions of prominence and power. Rarely do they seek high office, and even more rarely do they attain it. Instead, they wind up on convention committees. Swancon 14 is privileged to have a rare combination of talents embodied in those who compose its committee: teachers; film editors; accountants; tap-dancers; professional assassin; frog-stranglers; people who own Swiss Army knives; the list of their many accomplishments goes on and on. Allow me to introduce you to them (of course, if you already know them, this is all redundant; go away and do something else while this is going on; make chicken soup, or something).

CINDY CLARKSON:
Cindy used to be an Evans, until she got tired of all those Welsh jokes and accepted the proposal of Matthew Clarkson, who promised to make an honest woman of her. Cindy married him in spite of this, and interrupted her preparation for the convention long enough to have a rather delightful wedding. Since Matthew is an ex-chairperson, I feel that a certain dynastic ambition may have entered into the match, and that we can look forward to Clarksons chairing conventions well into the twenty-first century. Apart from this, Cindy is eminently huggable, and will appreciate one from you, if you are at all likeable. Her hard work and capacity for doing all the things that everybody else forgets about will make her either a very successful convention organiser or a raving loony by the end of the convention. be nice to her; she’s had a hard day.

HING-WING CHUN:
Sceptical, tight-fisted, cynical, suspicious, parsimonious; Wing is all the things a good convention treasurer should be. He somehow manages to disguise his better qualities behind a mask of self-effacement and bonhomie. There are even those who suspect that this is his real self, but I cannot bring myself to believe this. He also play a damn good guitar.

TERRY CHILVERS:
Terry is a very laid-back person; at times you have to look closely to ensure that he is still breathing. Totally and utterly unflappable by anything short of nuclear warfare, he provides a cool and stable presence at meetings and other times. Look for him at the convention; he’ll be the one reclining.

GREG TURKICH AND VANESSA LEBER:
After the history of success which Greg has had in organising hotel bookings for conventions, he decided the time was ripe for passing on the flame to a younger person, one who could carry on the tradition of Greg’s efforts in the past. To this end, he decided to take Vanessa under his wing and teach her all he knows about organising hotel bookings for conventions. Fortunately, she decided to ignore him. Greg is the person who is large and friendly, and a darn sight fitter than the majority of fans. If it is your misfortune to wind up with the wrong room, at the wrong hotel, for the wrong days, it may well not be Greg’s fault, this time. Greg drinks and socialises at all hours of the day and night, and will and will wake you up when you have a hangover. If he does, realise that it is only his way of being friendly, and try to repay the compliment.

DARYL COLGAN:
Daryl is in charge of fundraising. He will try to part you from your money. He has already done this successfully for many people. He gives the money to Wing, who guards it from harm. He wants your money. All of it. He is a nice person, but he wants your money. Give it to him; it will save time and trouble. He’ll get it in the end.

GRANT STONE:
I have known Grant Stone for practically as long as I have been involved in fandom. At first I thought he was a relly nice raving loony. I still think he is really nice, but there has, over the years, emerged a method from the apparent madness. Grant has probably, in his quiet way (Quiet! Who am I trying to kid?), done more for SF in Perth than any other person, through his radio programmes, his collection of SF magazines, fanzines and journals at Murdoch University, and his constant support of fandom. Grant is in charge of the Awards, and I can think of no better person for the job, since his knowledge of the field is formidable. He also has a sense of humour sufficiently warped to get from here to Aldebaran in twenty minutes.

(Here endeth page 3.)

JOHN RICHARDS:
John is a fairly recent addition to the ranks, and I have had the privilege of knowing him since I was a teacher at Christ Church Grammar School, in 1985. He would wander around the school, starry eyed and innocent, a book in his hand, dreaming of the world to come. A far cry from the Drag Queen he portrayed, with consummate skill, at the last Swancon. I dunno; maybe it’s the effect of an all male school. He has, however, entered into the spirit of the convention publicity officer’s job with an energy and enthusiasm which is, at times, quite overwhelming, particularly for jaded old conventions groupies like moi. It is a Very Good Thing to have people like John around; fandom needs a constant supply of fresh m – I mean, new enthusiasts.

ELIZABETH BOWYER:
Liz is helping out with publications, and all sorts of other things, as well. She is neat, petite, about to be married, and does a wonderful impersonation of Mr. Gumby.

GINA GODDARD:
For the all-singing, all-dancing Gina show, you MUST attend the convention. Gina is an ex-member of Slippery Jim and the Ratettes, has a voice best described as loud, and a vivacity sufficient to keep an average Russian city warm throughout the winter. How you would actually get Gina to keep you warm throughout the winter I do not know, but I wish you luck in your explorations. She is voluptuous, warm and delightful, and she already has a boyfriend.

IAN NICHOLS:
That’s me. I’m in charge of programming the convention, which is somewhat like trying to juggle live piranha while figure skating blindfolded over an obstacle course. Fortunately, I’ve done it before. I only lost three fingers as fish food and two toes to frostbite, so I figure I still have something to give. Despite runours to the contrary, I do not devour live babies for breakfast, nor do I spend most of my time singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” whilst lying inebriated in the gutter. Many of the things you may have heard of me are untrue, especially the one about the strawberry jam. It was only the two of us. I look forward to seeing everyone at the convention, and, by the end of it, I probably will have. Room parties, cocktail parties, dinners, lunches, games, all sortsa stuff; it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

The Guests

JOHN VARLEY:
Winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, author of the “Titan” Series, “Milennium'” “The Ophiuchi Hotline,” “The Barbie Murders,” “The Persistence of Vision,” and lots of others. A person of immense reputation in the SF field, we are privileged to have him as Professional Guest of Honour.

PAUL J. STEVENS
Antifan. A myth figure in Australian fandom. Presenter of the Golden Caterpillars. A speaker of note and wit. A mighty edifice of knowledge, expertise and wisdom, and a helluva nice guy. Since he’s moved to Perth, we seized upon the opportunity to have him as Fan Guest of Honour. Just goes to show you; you can be lucky

BOB SHAW:
Toastmaster and raconteur extraordinaire. Bob has authored many famous SF books, and is famed for his “Serious Science” talks at conventions, one of which we will be privileged to hear. If you get a chance, ask him his recipe for Irish Coffee.

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