In which our intrepid explorers visit the Battye

Two weeks ago, Doug Burbidge and myself (Anna Hepworth) trekked in to the State Library to explore SwanCon related holdings in the Battye library. Between the two of us, we have been amassing quite a stash of items to check, and then provide to the Battye. As the catalogue details (here) are a little sketchy, we thought making a quick record might be of use.

There no items in the Battye collection for years 1976 through 1985; 1987 & 88; and 1990-92.

year Con Wot they had Wot we added # items
1986 SC11 souvenir book (44pp) (nothing) 1
1989 SC14 Progress Report 1* (nothing) 1
1993 SC18 Progress Report 3 (nothing) 1
1994 ConFusion souvenir book (A4, 36pp) (nothing) 1
1995 SC95 souvenir book (A4, 28pp) Folded advertising flyer 2
1996 SC21 (nothing) Programme Book (A5, saddle stapled) 1
1997 SC22 Progress Report 5 Programme Book “Festive Happenings”
Progress Report 2
Progress Report 4
1998 SC23 PRs 1 through 6;
5 booklets that collectively make up the con/souvenir book**
A5 leaflet
Wrap Up Report
Tin Duck Nomination form
1999 SC24 Progress reports 2 & 3 (nothing) 2
2000 SC2000 Progress report (unnumbered, assumed #1) PR2
“Muppets from space” flyer
2 * A5 flyers
Nominations form
Programme book
2001 SC26 (nothing) (nothing) 0
2002 SC27 (nothing) Programme book
Tin Duck nomination form
Ditmar nomination form
Tin Duck voting form
Art show regs and rego
2003 SC28 (nothing) (nothing) 0
2004 SC29 (nothing) PR0
“The SwanCon Channel”
2005 SCXXX (nothing) Program book 1
2006 SC31 (nothing) PR0
Official Programme
2007 SC32 PR0 Convention Book 2
2008 SC33 Con/souvenir book A5 flyer 2
2009 SC34 PR1
Con book
(nothing) 3
2010 SC35 (nothing) Program Guide
Souvenir book
‘Retcon’ bid leaflet
2011 SC36/NatCon50 (nothing) 3 flyers (2 A5, 1 A4) 3
2012 SC37 (nothing) A5 flyer
program (A5)
Large print program (A4)

There were no holdings for 2013 forward. We didn’t have good sets of those materials to hand, as we already had quite a lot to work through–we’ll work on those another time.

There is a Swancon 5 poster in a separate Battye catalog entry. There is also some Chronopolis material in a separate entry — presumably they didn’t realise that Chronopolis was an instance of Swancon.

* We here at This! are jealous, as we apparently don’t have a copy in our archive
** not sure if credit for this should go to Simon Oxwell, for making sure everything was correctly supplied to the Battye.

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swancon 22 – PR4 – pages 11 onwards

Pages 11 and 12 cover the fascinating topics of ‘panels’ and ‘video’. It would appear that the author of the latter had *slightly more* to say on their topic, as the former has enough white space for another of the indescribable doodles that grace the pages of this progress report.


Time catches up to all of us. Yes, the convention is almost upon us once again. The Programming Committee is working hard to create a varied and interesting programme that hopefully not too many people will complain about, after all, somebody always complains. Even if their complaining is about too much to do. There will be a mix of the usual events, panels, talks and such, along with some new ideas.

Here are several items of note, that may grab your interest, R.A. Lafferty’s “Interurban Queen” alternate universe panel, “Physicist free” world building, book launch (Going Home Again – Howard’s new book from Eidolon Publications), Mythology presentation and discussion, a few gaming panels, Science Fiction Rock’n’Roll (will never die), Readings from our main Guests (Howard’s readings are legendary in the SF convention world and really should not be missed), Rubber Suit monsters, The Great Debate, Comics, Anime, Star Trek, B5, the Zombie panel and so much more that it will melt your brain, well at least mine.

Now that I’ve told you what’s going to happen, I can fill you in on the format. We have three main rooms, two will be used for programming events, panels and such one will be used for gaming, free-forming, the Market day and anything else we can think of to keep it in use. All the major Guest events will occur in the Main programming room. We also have a Fan lounge, a video room and four small rooms, which can be accessed during the Con if people want to hold small discussions or on the spot games (Nuclear War).



The first order of business is to introduce the…volunteers who are the Video Committee. We are Simon Oxwell, John Samuel, and Grant Watson.

This year’s Video Committee have decided to shamelessly copy the format of last year’s programme. Each of the Committee members will hold a screening of personal favourites one night from midnight to dawn. Currently the themes are expected to be:

Night Perpetrator Theme
Friday Simon Technogeek
Saturday John The Inevitable Anime
Sunday Grant Cult British Television

It is rumoured that feature items of the theme nights will be Tron, the final episodes of El Hazzard: The Magnificent World, and The Prisoner. Of course, these rumours are vigorously denied and have no substance whatsoever.

The practice of “Morning Cartoons will also be stolen from last year’s programme. In a sadistic move ordered by the chief programming guru David Yeates (We deny all responsibility), the Banana Splits will be shown each morning at 7:00 AM.

Continuing the fine old practice of plagiarism, an alternate video room will be available for free form programming. So if you miss something, or have something you want to show this can be arranged.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 will be making an appearance, probably several appearances. Other feature items to look out for will include items related to panels or panels with a video theme (including a possible “Not All Dubs Are Evil” panel).

If you ask really nicely, we might just screen “Neverwhere”. Maybe.

The last three pages (13, 14, and the back cover) consist of 13) a short blurb entitled ‘meetings at the moon’, with the white space at the bottom cleverly disguised with a doodle of what may or may not be a 4 armed alien; 14. a list of current members (including a number of the usual suspects) and BC) a half page that acted as the front for posting and a half page of information about the committee, the associates of the committee, a link to the webpage [remember, this was 1996], and a little bit of administrative gumph. The gumph includes “Thank you to Rachel R for internal artwork.”

meetings at the moon

As you may know, we’ve been holding informal meetings at the Moon Cafe in Northbridge, on the last Tuesday of every month. Attendance has been fair, but I would like to encourage more people to attend. Why? Because it’s a lot of fun, catching up with other Con goers, and most of the committee usually attends. We also like to hear your opinions on events at the Con and what you would like to see happen. Remember, Mondays and Tuesdays are cheap pasta nights at the Moon. If you’ve never attended a Con and want to find out what all the fuss is about come along and meet people who know.

Remember we try to make these social evenings, so come along and have some fun. The address, for those of you who haven’t been there before, is 323 William Street Northbridge, just up from the corner of Newcastle Street.

The next meeting at the Moon will occur on the 26th of November. People will be there from 6:30pm till about 10:30pm or later depending on how much fun we’re having. Other days at the Moon Tue 10th December, Mon 30th December and the 14th of January.

Remember the more you put into the convention, the more you will get out of it. If you have ideas for panel, events, etc and you are unable to come along to the Moon, contact me or forever hold your peace. You can talk to me about any part of programming by calling men on (XX) XXX-XXX, or by emailing me at yeates@[domain omitted].

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swancon 22 – PR4 – pages 7 to 10


being page 7

Well it’s only three months from the con and gaming looks likely to be the best we have had for a long time (boast, boast). To date both the Magic™ and Battletech™ tournaments are being organised, along with two freeforms. Many thanks to Len Henderson, Mark Suaddaby and Derek Bazen respectively.

I am still on the look out for four (4) experienced Dungeons & Dragons DM’s to help run the D & D tournament, which should take about 6 (six) hours of your time. So if you can help, call me or turn up at the next gaming meeting.

Also we are still looking for people to work like slaves on the following projects:- Railbaron Tournament, Illumanati: New World Order Tournament, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Tournament and two more Freeforms. These events shouldn’t take up more than 5 hours at the con, so if you can spare the time and effort you too can have your name in the progress report and earn my undying gratitude.

Onto a related subject, Gaming subcommitee. I would like to have a representative from every gaming club on the Gaming subcommitee. This way we can get feedback from clubs on the gaming program, and deliver events and items that will be of interest. I will endeavour to conact the clubs personally in the next few weeks, but feel free to phone me before I phone you (it will make life so much easier, and world peace will ensue).

Other events, yet to be confirmed as they come to me second hand from Russell, are a Gurps Super game: Conventional Weapons, run by Elaine Kemp, and a Villians and Vigilantes game being run by one of our Guests, Stephen Dedman. Also, rumour has it, that our very own Stefen will produce another stunning freeform. I will be checking into these rumours and bring you the results in our next Progress report.

The gaming report concludes with details of the next gaming meeting, and contact details for the gaming coordinator: physical address, phone number and email address, but not name. An amusing oversight.

Social Stuff

being three short paragraphs on page 8. (Between pages 7 and 8 is the inevitable foldalope. This may or may not be identical to foldalopes from previous SwanCon 22 PRs, but this transcriber is too lazy to check)

Room Parties

W all know how successful these are. As happened last year, we will be supplying Rom Party Boxes to those who hold an open party. And open party is one that is advertised on the events board so that anyone who wishes can attend. I am in the process of drumming up lots of goodies to give way…It will be a fine day if I can match the greatness of Swancon 21’s boxes.

Market Day

Due to space restrictions, we are not able to have a Huxsters Room, so-to-speak. Instead, on the Sunday, we will have a Market Day. A day when all those who wish to sell their wears will be gathered, in typical market fashion, to do so. Save your money for this as we are hoping to get some new stalls in. More info in the next progress report. If you want to sell something and need some space, please contact me and I will arrange it.


Well, what can I say about this little beauty? Due to the fact that last years auction went way over time, I ask those who want to auction lots of items to try and group them together so they can be sold as a set. We have one day less than last years and we want to fit as much excitement in as we can. I have never done this before, so any help will be greatly appreciated.

Transcribers note: ‘me’ is not identified on this page. It is a reasonable hypothesis that the text can be attributed to Avril Garner, listed on the back page as ‘Social Programming’.

Page 9 has a very short bio for Lucy Sussex, and the short story competition rules; page 10 has a short blurb on the Masquerade, with a small doodle filling the bottom 1/3 of the page.

Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957, and works as a researcher and also a freelance author and editor. She has published widely, writing anything from reviews and literary criticism to horror and detective stories. She also is a literary archaeologist, rediscovering and republishing the nineteenth-century Australian crime writers Mary Fortune and Ellen Davitt. Her short story, ‘My Lady Tongue’ won a 1988 Ditmar.

In 1994 she was a judge for the international Tiptree award, which honours speculative fiction exploring notions of gender. She has edited four anthologies, three science fiction, and one crime. In 1996 She’s Fantastical, which she co-edited, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Lucy has written three novels for children or young adults, The Peace Garden (1989), Deersnake (1994), and Black Ice (forthcoming). Her adult novel The Scarlet Rider was published by Forge in the US in 1996.


We now have a dated stapled down. Sunday, January 26. However, the staple is removable and this could change!! You know how it goes with these thing… Unfortunately, no one has come forward with any suggestions as to a theme. I will gladly accept any suggestions and, if I don’t the theme will be whatever suits the mood I am in when the time comes to decide… You have been warned!

The Costume Competition will be held in a gong show type setting. However, we can not have a competition if we do not have contestants. I know you are anxious to have more of a show than last year, so please phone, email or write to me to let me know if you would like to participate.

The prizes we have are one free membership to Swancon 23 and whatever else I can drum up for nothing, will be up for grabs for the best costumes.

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swancon 22 – PR4 – pages 3 to 6

Focus On Sean Williams

being the numbered pages 3 and 4

In the last PR, we promised to provide indepth info on one of our guests in this edition. Rather than say it ourselves, and maybe make some of it up, we decided to get the info from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Without further ado, we give you:

BIO – accurate 26.8.96

Sean Williams was born in Whyalla in 1967, and, after a life spent mostly moving house, currently occupies a granny flat directly under the flight-path of Adelaide International Airport.

An avid reader of speculative fiction since an early age, he has been writing full-time for the last seven years. His first publication was in the horror small press [Esoteric Order of Dagon #2] in 1991. Since then, his short fiction has appeared in Aboriginal SF (the first Austalian fiction to do so), Aurealis, Bloodsongs, Eidolon (where he holds the record for the most number of stories in consecutive issues –eight to date) and The Leading Edge, as well as the anthologies Alien Shores, Intimate Armageddons, The Lottery, The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories, and Terror Australis. He has won a prize in the Writers of the Future Contest, been recommended by Year’s Best Horror & Fantasy and Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and been nominated for several Ditmar Awards (but never won). Doorway to Eternity, a collection of two short stories and one novelette, was published by MirrorDanse Books in 1994.

‘Not just an unusually fine storyteller, (but) also phenomenally prolific,’ wrote US author and WOTF judge Dave Wolverton in 1993. ‘Sean Williams shows shows every sign of becoming the next successful writer to break out from Down Under.’

On the novel front, he is co-author with Shane Dix of the Cogal series — a series based on an Australian RPG being developed by Ascendancy Gaming. The first book, The Unknown Soldier, was published by Aphelion Publications in 1995 and prompted Locus reviewer Russell Letson to think ‘of Niven modified by Bester, or, better yet, of Iain Banks’s similarly layered Against A Dark Background’. ‘The reader looking for a rousing military SF adventure,’ said Eidolon, ‘won’t find better.’

His first solo novel, Metal Fatigue, was published by HarperCollins Australia in June of 1996. Again, Locus’ response was favourable, this time from Gary Wolfe: ‘Metal Fatigue begins as a postholocaust noir thriller, turns into a high-tech police procedural with espionage overtones, and culminates in a special effects blowout with a variety of cyberwarriors battling it out on a very symbolic rusty bridge … As a thriller, the novel works out its SF components with unusual detail; as an SF text, it develops its thriller elements with consideralbe efficiency and breakneck pacing … Williams shows enough verve at plotting and action writing that it’s a safe bet he’ll turn into another of Australia’s impressive sequence of major SF discoveries.’

After a six-month hiatus following the death of his father, he has recommenced writing full-time and is currently working on several novel-length projects. One, The Dying Light, is the second and concluding volume of the Cogal series and is due from Aphelion in 1997. Another, The Thin Red Line (working title only), will be his second solo book: a crime/SF novel set in a near-future world based on several of his short stories — the same stories that once prompted Russell B Farr to remark, in print, that the author was a ‘Bastard!’

Apart from writing, he works in a CD shop, smokes too much and doesn’t get out enough (which is just one reason of many why he’s looking forward to coming to Perth in 1997).

page 5 is adverts for Howard Waldrop’s books Custer’s Last Jump (put out by the convention committee) and Going Home Again (published by Eidolon publications).

page 6 is ‘hotel stuff’, and gives a basic run down of the benefits of a hotel room, as well as the costs associated, and how to go about getting one (hint: don’t talk to the committee)

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swancon 22 – PR4 – cover to page 2

The SwanCon 22 Progress Report 4 is a 16 pages + foldalope, A5, folded 80 GSM bond white paper booklet. The cover has a repeated motif diagonally across the front cover – we suspect that it was the logo, but the rest of the SwanCon 22 materials are inconveniently in the file out of reach. This motif is on a hatched grey background that covers the middle, say 3 fifths of the page; at the bottom of this section it has the text “If you can read this then you’re a bit close” (given the large size of the font, I’m guessing this was played for laughs).

Other than that, the front cover contains basic con info – name of con, location and dates. Likewise, the inside front cover contains pretty much the same information that has been seen before – guests, how to contact the committee, room rates (which differed between ‘Normal’ and ‘Skyshow night’ if you were in either a Riverview or Skyline room), membership rates. Also, a couple of very short notices:

  • There is a $5 discount on full membership with a purchase from A Touch of Strange bookshop in Subiaco, or from Valhalla in Wellington Street Perth
  • LATE NEWS!!!! The next SwanCon freeform will be held on December 1, details yet to be finalised – please call Avril on XXX XXXX if you are interested


Being page 2 of the booklet, but only because the cover appears to be page 0. This section covers nearly 3/4ths of the page, but there is a left hand column with what can best be described as a couple of doodles in the left hand margin


This is the penultimate progress report, the second last thing we’re going to say about the convention – until it happens, of course. And it’s only two months away, which isn’t long at all.

In this report you can read about many neat pre-convention events we’ve got planned; what’s happening at the con; and more on who you can meet there. All this action packed reading in your letterbox for free.

Speaking of free, if you buy a full membership before the first of January 1997, you will go into a draw to win a copy of the convention fundraising chapbook, Custer’s Last Jump, signed by all the contributors and valued at $17.50, and one of only 27. So avoid the last minute post Christmas panic and join now.

We realise that some people were mailed 2 or more copies of the last PR. This is one of the side effects of our present mailing list databases. But if you did receive extras, try giving them to friends and help spread the word on what will be a fun event.

Rustle B Farr (Ed: That is not a typo. At least, not on our part.)

At the bottom of the page, there is a short paragraph, entitled “Exciting News!”

The souvenir book is looking like quite an item, featuring a chapter from a one of Howard Waldrop’s forthcoming novels, either The Moon World or I, John Mandeville (details to be finalised); RA Lafferty’s 1970 story “Interurban Queen” will be reprinted; Sean Williams has promised if not an original then a rarity; Lucy Sussex has promised some original stuff featuring African voodoo; plus much, much more…

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SwanCon 22 – PR1 – the last page

The last page (p8) of the SwanCon 22 Progress Report 1 is laid out in two columns. On the left is ‘Programme’, credited to David Yeates (Co-convenor), a copyright notice reading “Copyright for all contributions remains with the contributors © Panic Productions 1996 for SwanCon 22”, a short blurb about the Swancon Mailing list [yes, they did mix ‘SwanCon’ and ‘Swancon’ on the one page] and a set of credits.


Like most parts of Swancon, the programme will try to cater to as many differing tastes as possible. As such, the programme is often one of the hardest things to create. So we, the programme committee, will try to have an open minded approach, inviting your input into the creative process. We will be having open meetings at a central cafe, possibly The Moon in Northbridge, once a month. These meetings have been successful in the past and we would like to see as many interested people attend as possible. The actual times, dates, and location of these meetings will be announced in future reports. Remember these meetings are social gatherings, and thus you get to meet other con goers and have some input in how the con will run.

Our Guest of Honour, Howard Waldrop, will of course affect our programme, with events specifically related to Howard, his writing and interests. We know many people have not heard of our guest, but this is not a bad thing. Besides being a great writer, Howard is a lot of fun at conventions and we would like to make the con as much fun as possible. A big part of enjoying a con is the social programming. There will be many social events ranging from the formal events, like the Masquerade, to the informal and spontaneous events, like room parties. Any successful event at a con is often so because the people who attend the event make it a success.

Other parts of the convention that we will bring you are gaming and the 24 hour video stream. These we will try to coordinate with the main programme, to bring you a con that will keep all entertained from the opening of registration to the closing ceremony.

The Swancon mailing list is a way for people who are interested in any SF conventions in Perth to receive updates about coming events. If you are interested in Swancon, the Festival of the Imagination, or whatever’s happening in the Perth SF convention scene, then you should subscribe to this list.

To get on the Swancon mailing list, send mail to: [editor’s note: no longer functional]

with an empty subject line and a message body of:

subscribe swancon your real name

eg: subscribe swancon Getafix T. Druid

Please do not include your signature


For some reason, the first third of this was centred. This has not been faithfully reproduced
This was put together at a frantic pace by the following:
Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell (much thanks to both) & Russell B Farr with contributions from the following: Ellen Datlow, Howard Waldrop, Stephen Dedman, David Yeates, Karen McKenna & Shay Telfer.

The committee are:
Russell B Farr (Co-convenor, Secretary, Guest Liaison)
David Yeates (Co-convenor, Programming)
Rohan Wallace (Treasurer)
Peter Kelley (Committee) batman@nolongerworkingemailaddress
Avril Garner (Committee)

The associates of the committee are: Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell, H Shay Telfer, Daniel Oi, Dave Cake, Jonathan Strahan, Elaine Kemp, Robin Pen (his bloody idea to start!!!!!), Martin J Livings, Jenny Kelly.

Thanks also to:
The colour green, the letter “h”, REM, 10 000 Maniacs, L7, all who threw good parties where members of the committee had fun, the Moon Cafe.

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Swancon 22 – PR3 – September 1996

Two A4 sheets folded down the middle to make effectively 6 inside A5 pages plus cover and back page. The one I am looking at is buff, but there is another one in the pile that is blue so the colour may be fairly random. There is an insert fold-a-lope with a membership form on it. Most of content transcribed by Elaine Walker, but not likely to match all formatting.

Front Cover


The Festival of the Imagination

24 – 27 January 1997
Metro Inn, South Perth

Image that looks like a temple with the Roman letters XXII effectively holding the roof up
Progress Report 3 – September 1996

Page 1

Useful Information

When: January 24th-27th, 1997
Guest of Honour
Howard Waldrom
Local Guest
Stephen Dedman
Fan Guest
David Cake
Invited Guests
Terry Dowling; Grant Stone; Sean Williams; Lucy Sussex; Julian Warner

Contact details left out because almost certainly out of date by now

The Metro Inn
61 Canning Highway
South Perth 6151

Room Rates Normal Skyshow evening
Standard $78 $78
Riverview $92 $130
Skyline $99 $160

We have the entire 2nd floor of the hotel (all $78), so please ask for the Swancon rate.

How Much
Supporting Membership $20
Full Membership*
$60 until 1st Oct
$65 1st Oct – 1st Dec
(Please make cheques or money orders payable to Swancon)
*There is a $5 discount on full membership with a purchase from A Touch of Strange bookshop in Subiaco, or from Valhalla, Wellington St Perth [Ed. Neither of these exist any longer]

Page 2

Warm ‘n fuzzies


They tell me it’s my turn to welcome you to a Progress Report. Welcome. We, your Committee, have worked hard to get the Con this far, and will continue to work hard until February next year.

There’s been some criticism that our publicity has been “subtle”. Rest assured from now on The Festival of the Imagination 1997 will begin taking on a higher profile. Our invited Guest list is growing, the first hints of the Souvenir Book sound like something not to be missed, and, modesty aside, the programme will be something else too.

Social events are being planned, gaming, many regular items and more. As I write, it is less than five months to the Con, and we intend to keep you informed right up until then. So please, enjoy this Progress Report, take another copy from Valhalla, A Touch of Strange or anywhere else you find one, and give it to a friend.

Thank you for your support so far.

David Yeates

Bad news

Our thoughts go out to Ellen Datlow in this Progress Report. She is presently in a New York hospital recovering from a serious illness. Ellen, Guest in 1995, became a friend to many during her stay, and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery go out to you.

Good news

Congratulations are in order for the Australian in ’99 Worldcon bid who won with 808 votes, 650 votes ahead of Zagreb. For more info try their web page: not included because almost certainly not there any more

Page 3



The last few years it appears that gaming has been the poor cousin at SwanCons. This year we hope to change that! We have Magic the Gathering™, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and Illuminati: The New World Order tournaments planned. Any volunteers to organise these will be greatly appreciated. Also we have a Dungeons & Dragons tournament, RailBaron tournament and a Battletech tournament in the offering (again any volunteers to help organise these will be greatly appreciated).

We are also looking for freeforms, at least three but the more the better! Anybody interested in serving on the Gaming committee is welcome, the meetings are held on the second last Tuesday of the month, the next meeting being on the 24th of September, 7:30. Address not included Any questions can be directed to Peter Kelly.

Programming, video, etc

Well, someone was supposed to be giving me lots of Really Interesting News™ about these events at the con. But, as they are busy organising the con, it didn’t quite happen. The committee would like people to know that suggestions for items they would like to see are always welcome. For those of you with gaming ideas, talk to Peter. Or, if you have programming ideas, David is the person to talk to.

Argh, I have so little space, I couldn’t mention most of the things I’ve heard about, and there are many more. Let’s start with Neverwhere, “Physicist Free world building”, Banana Splits, some funny stuff, most of the usual stuff, “Gaming: fun or addiction?”, bits of American stuff, bits of British stuff, and on and on til you wish you had time to sleep. There will be much to keep your interest, and there will be more information in later PRs (and of course, at the con itself).


You want to help your environment right? And you want to save money for the con, so that they can spend it on other, more hoopy things than posting you a progress report? But you still want to know what’s happening? Then recieving your PR electronically is the answer.

To do so, contact shay@nolongerworkingemailaddress for more details.

The only way to guarantee yourself a copy of the convention souvenir book is to buy at least a supporting membership by 10th January 1997. There should be limited numbers available at the door but you could miss out on a chapter of an unpublished Howard Waldrop novel, R.A. Lafferty’s “Interurban Queen”, something by Sean Williams plus much more.

Page 4


Just a few brief bios about some of the guests. Much has already been said about the fabulously wonderful Howard Waldrop, so we thought that for this PR, we’d talk about someone else (or rather, three someone elses). Next issue, we’ll talk again about Howard, and we will probably have some stuff about Sean Williams and Lucy Sussex as well.

Terry Dowling

Terry Dowling must be Australia’s most awarded writer, with eight Ditmars for fiction and one William J Atheling for criticism sitting on his mantlepiece. He has had five books published, which include three volumes of his renowned Tom Rynosseros saga, and co-edited Mortal Fire (1994) with Van Ikin (a long-time friend from days at Sydney University) and The Essential Ellison with Gil Lamont and the late Richard Delap. One of his most recent stories, “Scaring the Train” appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror for 1995. Terry Dowling has also played guitar and sung on Mr Squiggle and Friends.

Grant Stone

If the entire SF community in WA could be put into one person, then that person is Grant Stone. His radio show, The Fastest Than Light Radio Show is in its 16th year, there is almost nothing Grant can’t find (a recent example: Grant could not locate a copy of the 1976 World SF Convention Book, however he produced a Progress Report instead). A Librarian at Murdoch University since 1974, with his almost equally famous chequebook he has been the guiding force in the continued expansion of the incredible SF collection at Murdoch. Twice Fan Guest of Honour at National SF Conventions, Grant Stone was presented with the A. Bertram Chandler Award in recognition of his efforts to SF in Australia at the most recent National Convention in Perth, April 1996.

Danny Heap

If, tomorrow, Danny was declared the Greatest Person on the Earth, this would come as no surprise to many. No other Victorian is as welcome in Perth. Fan Guest at the 1994 WA SF convention, Danny has a second home here in Perth. Termed a Special Guest, not only because he is special, but in recognition of Danny’s contribution to the “human” side of Australia’s SF community. Heck, he’s a great guy, simple as that, and always welcome here.

Page 5

Short Story Competition

At SwanCon XXII, we are celebrating the short story as an art form. So we would like to see many, many people joining with us in this celebration. In other words, we want you to write something. This “something” needs to satisfy certain criteria, which are listed below. Beyond that, (almost) anything goes. So get writing!


  • Submissions should be based around a science fiction, fantasy and/or horror theme, and be no longer than 6,000 words.
  • Submissions must be original,and written for this competition.
  • Only Western Australian residents or Swancon XXII members are eligible to submit an entry.
  • Stories should be submitted in manuscript format (double spaced typed or legibly handwritten, no fancy stuff, and include author’s name, title of story and page number at the top of every page).
    Please include a covering letter including your name, address and phone number.
  • Only one submission per contributor.
  • Submissions will only be returned if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included.
  • Entries should be postmarked by Friday, 22nd of December. The address they should be sent to is:
    SwanCon 22 Short Story Competition
    PO Box XXX Nedlands WA 6009.
  • Prizes will be announced in the next Progress Report.
  • Winners will be announced at the Festival and notified by mail.

There was a box giving a URL for the convention, which is no longer there, but there was the impression that this was a new type of thing

Page 6
This had the membership listing which will not be reproduced for privacy issues, and also my fingers’ sake.

This progress report brought to you by Anna, Shay, and Russell.Thanks go to all those whose submissions were in on time
Special thanks go to Jem, for the cover artwork..

Back Page
The back page contained the postal information and the Committee information. Contact details left out since likely to be way way out of date.


Russell B Farr
Secretary, PR, Guest liaison

Avril Garner
Social Programming

Peter Kelly
Gaming, Freeforms

Rohan Wallace
Treasurer, Fundraising

David Yeates
Programming, Video

Associates of the Committeee

Jonathan Strahan, Simon Oxwell, Anna Hepworth, John Samuel, Shay Telfer, Daniel Oi, Dave Cake, Elaine Kemp, Robin Pen, Martin J. Livings.

Swancon 22 – the Festival of the Imagination is an official project of the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation Inc. and runs under its directives. WASFF is a non-profit incorporated organisation.

The next progress report will be published in November.

Progress Report 3 is a publication of SwanCon 22, © 1996. Copyright for contributions remains with the contributor.

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SwanCon Twenty3 – Con Book 02: Guests p. 21 – Sue Isle

SwanCon Twenty3 separated out the various common items of program books into several A5 saddle-stapled booklets. This is the information on the Guests of Swancon 23.

There is a photo of Sue Isle at the top left.

Sue Isle


Stephen Dedman says: “It seems only seventeen years ago that Sue and I first met (in fact it *was* seventeen years ago. nostalgia is no excuse for inaccuracy). At the time, we each had one story published. Since then we’ve frequently critiqued each other’s work and shared useful market info. Sue told me about DOWN DEEP, leading to my first US short story sale; she told me how to stop wasting money on International Reply Coupons; she told me about the job vacancy at The Space Merchants, starting me in my career as an sf bookseller; she put me in touch with Omnibus Books, which led to Bone Hunters; and she suggested I turn ‘Foreign Bodies’ into a longer work. If you don’t like my writing, Sue deserves at least some of the blame. In return, I was delighted to help launch her first novel at Swancon last year, even if it was published before mine (fume).

As we’ve been friends for so long (we even managed to share a house for about a year without violence, despite her collection of edged weapons – and no, it wasn’t me who put the bomb outside her rat cage), I wasn’t going to mention the SS uniform, or the Boy Scout… but since Sue has cast the first stone, I should point out that I have the photographs. And the negatives.”

There is a short reply:

PS. May I mention that I was dressed as a Boy Scout, I committed no acts of violence (or anything else!) towards one! Sue

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SwanCon Twenty3 – Con Book 02: Guests pp. 18-19 – Stephen Dedman

SwanCon Twenty3 separated out the various common items of program books into several A5 saddle-stapled booklets. This is the information on the Guests of Swancon 23.

There is a photo of Stephen at the top left.

Stephen Dedman


Sue Isle says: “I didn’t expect to be writing bios of Stephen Dedman until after he was fallen off the perch, nailed to it or not, when I could reasonably expect to be safe from retaliation. Never mind. I have known Stephen as a writer and a gamer and one of my best friends over more years than either of us probably want to think about.

The first time I saw him, he was dressed up in some sort of robe, standing outside a door with Dave Luckett, who was rolling dice around on the floor, saying “If tawer done, best tawer done quickly.” Thus my introductions to the world of science fiction fandom, roleplaying and Stephen happened pretty much simultaneously. That was Swancon 6, in 1981.

Other high points over the years include his acting career, eg abducting teenage girls on Australia’s Most Wanted. And how can we forget the Dance of the Seven Army Surplus Blankets to the tune of The Empire Strikes Back, or Stephen costumed as Eccenrica Galumbits, the Triple Breasted Whore of Eroticon 6? One of the funniest was the army haircut he had to get as an extra in A Fortunate Life. His then girlfriend Tanya came in ahead of him and threatened us with various nonspecific unpleasant fates if we laughed. She was quite convincing – we managed to keep it down to smirking.

Stephen also ran Killer Games around Perth for some years but learned not to let the gamemaster be included as a target after Cecily Scutt and I bailed him up outside his bathroom. Nice towel, Stephen.

These years marked a growing success in writing for Stephen, already well begun when we met, yet he was never too busy to read something of mine when I asked, and to give helpful criticism. He’s easily the best and most successful local writer I know, but I can’t send a hit man after him for all those American sales, since I never know when I might need something looked at. If I don’t stop soon I will probably die a horrible death in Stephen’s roleplaying game next weekend, so if you want ot know any more, find me at the con.”

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SwanCon Twenty3 – Con Book 02: Guests pp. 3-7 – Lois McMaster Bujold

SwanCon Twenty3 separated out the various common items of program books into several A5 saddle-stapled booklets. This is the information on the Guests of Swancon 23. The first entry is for our International Guest of Honour and was written by the author herself. Transcribed by Elaine Walker

There is a photo of Lois on the top left

Lois McMaster Bujold

International Guest of Honour

I was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1949. I graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1967, and attended the Ohio State University from 1968 to 1972. I have two children, Anne, born in 1979, and Paul, born in 1981. We resided in Marion, Ohio, from 1980 to 1995, and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1995.

I’ve been a voracious reader all my life, beginning with a passion for horse stories in grade school. I began reading adult science fiction when I was nine, a taste picked up from my father. He was a professor of Welding Engineering at Ohio State and an old Cal Tech man (Ph.D.’s in physics and electrical engineering, magna cum laude, 1944), and used to buy the science fiction magazines and paperback books to read on the plane on consulting trips; these naturally fell to me. My reading tastes later expanded to include history, mysteries, romance, travel, war, poetry, etc.

My early writing efforts began in junior high school. By eighth grade I was putting out fragmentary imitations of my favourite writers – on my own time, of course, not for any class. My best friend Lillian Stewart and I collaborated on extended story lines throughout high school; again only a fragment of the total was written out. The high point of my high school years was a summer in Europe at age 15, hitchhiking with my older brother.

I dabbled with English as a major in college, but quickly fell away from it; my heart was in the creative, not the critical end of things. But an interest in wildlife and close-up photography led me on a six-week biology study tour of East Africa. Eight hundred slides of bugs; much later I also borrowed the landscape and ecology I had seen for background of my first novel. That’s one of the nicest things about writing, all of a sudden nothing is wasted. Even one’s failures are re-classified as raw material. Even one’s failures are re-classified as raw material.

After college I worked as a pharmacy technician at the Ohio State University Hospitals, until I quit to start my family. This was a fallow time for writing, except for a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that ran about 60 pages. It was however a very fruitful time for reading, as my Staff card admitted me to OSU’s 2 million volume main stacks, filled with wonders and obscurities.

Then my old friend Lillian, now Lillian Stewart Carl, began writing again, making her first sales. About this time it occurred to me that if she could do it, I could do it too. I was unemployed with two small children (note oxymoron) on a very straitened budget in Marion at this point, but the hobby required no initial monetary investment. I wrote a novelette for practice, then embarked on my first novel with help and encouragement from Lillian and Patricia C. Wrede, a fantasy writer from Minneapolis.

I quickly discovered that writing was far too demanding and draining to justify as a hobby, and that only serious professional recognition would satisfy me. Whatever had to be done, in terms of writing, re-writing, cutting, editorial analysis, and trying again, I was savagely determined to learn to do. This was an immensely fruitful period in my growth as a writer, all of it invisible to the outside observer.

My first novel, Shards of Honor, was completed in 1983: the second, The Warrior’s Apprentice in 1984; and the third, Ethan of Athos, in 1985. As each one came off the boards it began the painfully slow process of submission to the New York publishers. I also wrote a few short stories which I began circulating to the magazine markets. In late 1984 the third of these sold to Twilight Zone Magazine, my first professional sale. This thin proof of my professional status had to stretch until October of 1985, when all three completed novels were bought by Baen Books. They were published as original paperbacks in June, August, and December of 1986, leading the unitiated to imagine that I wrote a book every three months.

Analog Magazine serialised my fourth novel, Falling Free, in the winter of ’87-’88; it went on to win my first Nebula. I was particularly pleased to be featured in Analog, my late father’s favourite magazine – I still have the check stub from the gift subscription my father bought me when I was 13 (a year for $4.00). “The Mountains of Mourning”, also appearing in Analog, went on to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novella of 1989, and The Vor Game and Barrayar won Hugos for best novel back to back in 1991 and 1992. My titles have been translated into fourteen languages (so far).

I broke into hardcover at last with The Spirit Ring in 1992, a historical fantasy, and returned to the universe and times of Miles Vorkosigan with Mirror Dance, published in March of 1994, paperback following in March 1995. Mirror Dance won the Hugo and Locus awards in 1995. My next novel was a lighter series prequel with the working title of “Miles and Ivan go to the Cetegandan State Funeral”; under the final title of Cetaganda it was serialised in Analog starting with the September ’95 issue, then released in hardcover in January ’96 by Baen Books. I had my first experience as an editor, along with Roland Green, putting together the anthology Women at War, published by Tor Books in 1995. Miles’s sequel to Mirror Dance, titled Memory, had hardcover publication in October 1996, and was a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee.

In November ’96 Baen published a trade paperback omnibus edition of Shards of Honor and Barrayar, under the combined title of Cordelia’s Honor. The Reader’s Chair, a small audio company out of Hollister, California, is now doing a superb job of publishing my entire series on audiocassette, unabridged.

Lois McMaster Bujold’s latest novel Komaar[sic] is scheduled for release this June from Baen Books. Memory was nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award.



“Allegories of Change”, in New Destinies, Vol. VIII, Sep 1989.
“The Unsung Collaborator”, in Lan’s Lantern, Issue # 31, 1989.
“My First Novel”, in The Bulletin of the SFWA, Vol. 24, No. 4, 1990.
“Free Associating About Falling Free”, in Nebula Awards 24, HBJ, 1990.
“Getting Started”, in Writers of the Future, Vol. VIII, 1992.
“Genre Barriers”, in Ohio Writer Magazine, Vol. VI, Issue # 3, May/June 1992.
“Mind Food: Writing Science Fiction”, in The Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, Vol. 10, No. 2, Winter 1997.

Short Fiction

“Barter”, in Twilight Zone Magazine, March/April, 1985.
“Aftermaths”, in Far Frontiers, Volume V, Spring 1986.
“The Whole Truth”, in Twilight Zone Magazine. December, 1986.
“Garage Sale”, in American Fantasy. Spring, 1987.
“The Borders Of Infinity”, in Freelancers. 1987.
“Falling Free”, in Analog. 1987-88.
“The Mountains Of Mourning”, in Analog. May 1989.
“Labyrinth”, in Analog. August 1989.
“The Weatherman”, in Analog. February 1990.
“Barrayar”, in Analog. July – October 1991.
“Cetaganda”, in Analog. October – December 1995.
“Labyrinth”, in Intergalactic Mercenaries (S. Williams, C. Manson, eds.) Roc, 1996.

Long Fiction

Shards of Honor, Baen Books, 1986.
The Warrior’s Apprentice, Baen Books, 1986.
Ethan of Athos, Baen Books, 1986.
Falling Free, Baen Books, 1988.
Brothers In Arms, Baen Books, 1989.
The Vor Game, Baen Books, 1990.
Barrayar, Baen Books, 1991.
The Spirit Ring, Baen Books, 1992.
Mirror Dance, Baen Books, 1994.
Cetaganda, Baen Books, 1996.
Memory, Baen Books, 1996.


Test Of Honor, Science Fiction Book Club, 1988.
Borders Of Infinity, Baen Books, 1989.
Vorkosigan’s Game, Science Fiction Book Club, 1990.
Women At War, Tor Books, 1995. (edited with Roland J Green.)
Dreamweaver’s Dilemma, NESFA, 1996.
Cordelia’s Honor, Baen Books, 1996.
Young Miles, Baen Books, 1997.


Komaar[sic], Baen Books, 1998.

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