Festival of the Imagination 1996 – April 1995 Newsletter, a few more details (2 of 2)

Following on from our summary page about the 1996 Festival of the Imagination newsletter from April 1995, and our ‘few more details’ (1 of 2), comes our final post on this document. Here, page 6 is transcribed, covering a couple of interesting topics, showing how things have changed some.


Festival Table – April 13th-17th, 1995

The festival will have a table in the hucksters room at Swancon ’95 over the coming Easter break. We will have memberships and T-shirts on sale, and will be more than willing to supply you with information about the festival. Come along, talk to the committee, register your interest or just find out more about the con.

Festival Launch Parth – April 16th, 1995

A party will be held to celebrate the launch of the festival at Swancon ’95. The party will be located in the fan lounge on Sunday night from 8PM onwards; some free drinks will be supplied with eats, but BYO for a good time. All are welcome.

Pit Bash – Late May, 1995

A gaming competition will be held in late May, probably in conjunction with the Gamer’s Guild at the SWY. Titled: “World Championship of Champions”, it will be a single round elimination tournament played with the Champion rules system. Character generation rules will apply, and are: No power frame-works, no powers marked “stop”, and no mercy. You can register your interest at the Festival ’96 table at Swancon ’95, phone the contact numbers or write to the convention address. Small charge will apply, based on costs. There is a player table limit based on venue size.

Freeform – Late August, 1995

A freeform will be held on a Saturday in late August, in a city venue catering for twenty to twenty five players. Written by Stefen Brazil, the basis for the scenario will be the Illuminati books. A small fee will be charged based on costs. To register your interest, contact us either at the convention address or just come and talk to us at our table at Swancon ’95. There will be more details in our July newsletter.


The Festival of the Imagination 1996, at its essence, will be a celebration of creativity. As such, it will strive to encourage the creative spirit, particularly in the fields of art and writing. There will be two competitions run in the months leading up to the convention, open to any Australian entrants, whether members of the convention or not; however, entries must be previously unpublished. The winners will be announced at the convention itself.

Firstly, there is the short story competition. To be eligible to enter, a piece of writing must be of 5000 words or less, and do remember that this is a speculative fiction convention, although stories may be of any genre. The art competition is more difficult to define, but again, work of a speculative nature will probably be more appropriate than other forms of art.

There will be more details on these competitions, including prizes, in further newsletters. If you are interested in entering, please write to the convention address for more information.

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Festival of the Imagination 1996 – April 1995 Newsletter, a few more details (1 of 2)

Some months back, we did a partial post about the April 1995 newsletter for the 1996 Festival of the Imagination (see here). This post transcribes the fifth page of that newsletter, a later post will cover page six, and then we will call it *done*.

The Philosophy

The Festival of the Imagination is conceived as interactive. Everyone has an opinion, every person at the festival is a valued contributor to the continuous and lively debate. We aim to explore the length and breadth of science fiction and fantasy discourse in every medium, from hard science to high fantasy, from pulp to cult to classic, from the informed to the insane, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the academic to the alcoholic. The program will comprise authoritative presentations, open discussions and participatory entertainments. The intended structure is of a casual, discursive approach in the mornings, giving way to a more intense interaction over the course of the afternoon and early evening, then ceremonies and formal celebrations in the later evening, before sliding into an informal, social atmosphere well into the night (remember to book that hotel room early!).

An integral part of the program will be celebrating one hundred years of science fiction cinema. Being the centenary of film SF – plus horror and fantasy – it is ideal that the Festival explore the history and attributes of cinema fantastique and its relationship to the literature and other mediums. Keep an eye on this aspect of the Festival as it develops. More than fifty items have already been proposed for the Festival, and several of these are currently in preparation in the form of debates, presentations, impromptus and performances, but you can read more about those in future newsletters.

Gaming will be treated as an off-shoot of the general program rather than as an exclusive set of items. Gaming is largely considered entertainment (even by ardent players) and it will be taken in this light for the program philosophy. Gaming for spectators, as well as for participants, will be emphasised as this aspect of the program develops. To date, there are several formal events proposed, but of course the festival is most amenable to offers of further gaming excess. And on top of all that, you can check out the video program, as it peruses the new, the rare, the novel, the bizarre, the original and the down-right inexplicable, as it endeavours to support the program content, as well as being a vestibule of enlightenment in its own right.

The Hotel and Perth

The Kings Perth Hotel is a three star establishment located in the city centre only 200 metres from the Hay Street Mall and only minutes walking distance to the Swan River and the cycle walkway to Perth’s scenic Kings Park. Facilities in the Hotel include a roof-top pool, restaurant, coffee shop, bar, self service laundry, newsagent and gift shop. The Kings has ample undercover parking and seeks to provide the best value for money in Perth.

With an ideal climate, Perth is a very modern but relaxed city. You will find it has few of the pressures of modern city living, and its compact commercial heart is bordered by parks and the Swan river. Convenient to the hotel is the central shopping district, open for both Saturday and Sunday trading; with several major department stores and a huge range of smaller speciality stores, you’ll be able to enjoy casual shopping or find that urgent last minute purchase. While the city centre itself is well supplied with restaurants, food halls and cafes, the place to eat at night is definitely Northbridge. One of the most colourful areas of central Perth, it boasts a huge variety of pavement cafes, superb restaurants, colonial bars, nightclubs, markets and food. All cuisines, familiar and some not so familiar, are available – your palate won’t be neglected or abused here.

For more details on our wonderful state, where the men are men, the women are women, the quokkas are quokkas and the entrepreneurs are in prison, you can write to the WA Tourist Centre …

.. and we’ll leave the last bit of the address out. This was a surprisingly commercially oriented bit of writing – not quite the style we would see elsewhere in these kinds of documents [Ed]

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Swancon 22 – Festive Happenings

Synopsis by Elaine Walker

Festive happenings is the programme booklet for Swancon 22 giving the schedule of the events, any screenings and synopses of panels. I shall be including a small selection of panels from each day. All typos reproduced as faithfully as possible

The cover page had the title (festive happenings) with each letter in a little box and the year in Roman numerals (MCMXCVII) bracketed by parallel double ended arrows, horizontal and vertical.

Page 2 had the map of the venue on it giving information on where the registration was, the main panel rooms (City Lights, Panorama North and Panorama South), the fan lounge, general purpose rooms (mostly gaming I think) and Banksia Room which was where any video screenings were. And of course the stairs, labelled clearly as being ‘downstairs to the bar’.

Pages 3-4 were Friday.
There was a schedule giving the events in each panel room at the top of page 3, then a list of panels. It should be noted that dinner was usually one and a half hours and lunch an hour. I think most people were eating at the hotel so that made it easier.

7:30pm Going Home Again Book Launch. Event
Howard Waldrop our Guest of Honour, reads “Scientifiction”, original to his new collection, Going Home Again. Once the reading is through we will move to the City Lights room for the launch party.

8:30pm Big Guns in Space. Panel
Need I say more, is space opera eternal, what will develop when war reaches space?
Danny Heap, Dave Luckett, Rob Masters, Sean Williams

There was an Illuminati tournament that evening, and various items being screened.

Pages 4-8 were Saturday.

Page 5 contained the schedule, and the panel lists were before and after that.

Selected panels:
11:00am SF Rock & Roll. Panel
Is Buddy Holly “more popular than God” in SF publishig? “Do Ya, Do Ya Wanna, Wanna Dance?”
David Cake, Russell B. Farr, Howard Waldrop, Sean Williams

2:30pm Women in Medieval Literature. Discussion
Discussion on the portrayal of women in Medieval Fantasy. Did they exist, or could they have existed in the way they are portrayed in this genre?
Gina Goddard, Emma Hawks, Jenny Smith

3:30pm I can’t believe I read that. Discussion
We’ve all done it, we read a book and it’s so bad that you had to finish it to make sure it is as bad as you thought it was, or, even worse, you enjoyed it.
Sally Beasley, Stephen Dedman, Rob Masters, Leece Smith

7:30pm The Great Debate – “The Anti-hero has murdered the Hero”. Event
The audience decides the winner.
Sue Ackermann, Gina Goddard, Grant Stone, David Luckett, Ian Nichols, Grant Watson, Julian Ackermann

9:30pm Bad SF Monsters of the recent past. Panel
There are lots of them out there, why do we like them so much. A panel of monster junkies discuss why we should all watch them.
Danny Heap, Robin Pen, Howard Waldrop

Saturday also had the Market Day in Panorama North until dinner.

Today’s video was brought to us by Simon Oxwell, entitled ‘TechnoGeek’. I’m fairly sure some of the “pm”s on page 7 were meant to be “am”s.

Pages 9-12 were Sunday.

Selected panels:
9:00am Rumble in the Hong Kong Bronx. Presentation
Hong Kong has the third largest movie industry in the world and Jackie Chain is arguably the biggest action star in the world. Come find out why this industry is influencing the American market and what makes their films so much fun!
Warning this panel is rated MA, Violent scenes.
David Yeates

1:00pm Shaggy God Stories-and the man behind the curtain. Panel
Science fiction and fantasy comments and critiques on the real world religions.
Stephen Dedman, Nick Evans, Sean Williams

3:00pm Do it yourself Conspiracy
Yes everyone is out to get you. Watch and participate as a conspiracy is created before you very eyes.
David Cake, Danny Heap, John Parker, Robin Pen, Sean Williams

Schedule was on page 10.

In an interesting scheduling choice the Masquerade was scheduled to start during the dinner hour. Though the judging not till 6:30pm. Possibly people grabbed food afterwards, or during the fireworks.

8:30pm Danny and Robin let down their… Discussion
Danny Heap and Robin Pen do what they do best, have a couple of drinks and bullshit on about anything and everything.
Danny Heap, Robin Pen

The main specified gaming on Sunday was the Magic tournament [which I think I entered but didn’t place in – ed.]

The video stream on Sunday was John Samuel presents ‘Not all Dubs are Evil’

Pages 12-15 were Monday

10:00am The Auction. Event
Come bid for the rare, strange and common. These auctions are like no other.

11:00am Mini Quiz. Competition
Cone test your knowledge in the mini SF&F quiz. Questions ranging from the easy to the hard to the impossible.
Grant Watson, David Yeates

2:30pm Interurban Queen: the best alternate universe story in this world. Panel
Howard Waldrop and others discuss R.A. Lafferty’s brilliant story and pose the question, “What is the best alternate universe story”?
Howard Waldrop, Jack Dann, Russell B. Farr, Grant Stone

3:00pm Glorantha. Panel
A panel of people rave about their favourite Fantasy universe.
David Cake & friends

Thank you to everyone who appears on any programme item, has helped suggest any item, or helped in any way with the programme in general. Special thanks to the following: Robin Pen, Dave Cake, David Yeates, Danny Heap, Sean Williams and Martin Livings.

The main gaming for Monday was a Free Form in Panorama North.

For the video for Monday Grant Watson presents ‘Anarchy in the UK’

The following people deserve thanks: Grant Watson, Simon Oxwell, John Samuel, David Gunn, David Yeates, Anna Hepworth, Elizabeth Trump, Brian Trump, Rick Jakins, Geoff Tilley, Scott Barkla, Jump Point, Mike Groeneweg, Guy Dyson, Russell B. Farr, Tom Edge, Craig Greenbank, Ian Oxwell, Andrew Bailey and Rebecca Bradley.


This booklet contains almost everything you’ll need to know about the events of this convention: what’s on, who’s on it, where is it, what is it? Plus some other stuff you may find useful such as

Things to say to guests:
“Hi, I’m a huge fan of your work. Can I buy you a drink?”
Things to say to the committee:
“Hi, great con. Can I buy you an extremely alcoholic drink?”

In order to facilitate this, we have arranged with the Metro Inn, “happy hours” during the dinner break each night, cheap drinks so you can buy all of us one. Just make sure your badge is prominently displayed.

Finally if you have any queries, see the Registration Table. If they can’t help you, they will know how to find a committee member who can. They’ll know all about the breakfast and lunch deals with the Metro Inn, gossip, and the capital of Washington State.


The back page contains the wording (in comic sans):

all details correct at time of press. the convention accepts no liability for any inconvenience caused by any subsequent deviation from this programme…

caveat emptor

programme booklet for SwanCon 22
The Festival of the Imagination 1997

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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 victims..er…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:

listserv@gu.uwa.edu.au [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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