Swancon 16 – Souvenir Book – Cindy Clarkson

This is on the page after the Barbara Hambly Bio. There is a fair amount of background imagery obscuring the text, but I will try to transcribe the text and typos to the best of my ability.

Cindy Clarkson

There are so many ways to describe Cindy that it’s difficult to know where to start. Dedicated, frenetic, frustrating, cute – all these could be used to describe one of the most popular members of Perth fandom.

Her involvement in Cons goes back to at least Swancon 11. She has been found in a variety of positions (sorry: has occupied a variety of posts) on various Con committees, and is always willing to work. Just because she’s fan GoH for this Con doesn’t mean she won’t be found helping out wherever she’s needed.

Cindy’s interests in science fiction are quite varied. She claims an early interest in Lost in Space, Land of the Giants and Doctor Who, but not Star Trek! Her cinematic background has strengthened her interest in the more technical aspects of “media” Science Fiction. If you want to know about her literary tastes, ask her yourself!

Whenever possible, Cindy works as a film editor. You never know; in a few years time she might be directing movies, not just editing them. Imagine: Superman IX – directed by Cindy Clarkson. Gee, she might even get to be rich and famous!

Cindy would have to be one of the more friendly and approachable fans in the Perth community, so don’t miss an opportunity to get to know her. Just remember: she is an old, married lady and you should treat her accordingly.

One word of advice/warning, if you happen to annoy her, make sure there are no containers of liquid at hand. You might end up wearing the contents!
John McDouall

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Swancon 16 – Souvenir book – Barbara Hambly

A two page bio and bibliography of the Swancon 16 GoH. As per our semi-policy we’ll put things in CAPS as bold.

Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly was born in the Naval Hospital of San Diego, California, on the 28th of August, 1951. From her earliest years she was drawn to fantasy and science fiction, finding it far more interesting than reality in the modest California town where she grew up; reading it or watching it on TV or at the movies, and telling it as stories to her brother and sister, and, alone among her contemporaries, always knew what she wanted to do when she grew up. Unfortunately, every one told her that becoming a writer a) was difficult to break in to and b) didn’t pay.

She attended college at the University of California in Riverside, California, and spent one year at the University of Bordeaux in France. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in medieval history, she held a variety of jobs: model, clerk, high school teacher, karate instructor (she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate), technical writer, mostly in quest of a job that would leave her with enough time to write. During those years she continued to write, and in 1982 was finally published by Ballantine/Del Rey.

She discovered that the people who had been telling her not to be a writer all those years were wrong.

She is of the Sedentary or Dirty-Bathrobe School of Writers, and, to the surprise of many writers of her acquaintance, actually enjoys writing. Her works are mostly sword-and-sorcery fantasy, though she has also written a historical whodunnit and novels and novelizations from television shows, notably Beauty and the Beast and Star Trek. Her latest book (Song of Orpheus) and her next one (Star Trek 54: Ghost Walker), are both tie-ins to those series. She has also made an excursion into vampire-literature with Those Who Hunt the Night, and at one time she wrote scripts for animated cartoon shows. Her next real fantasy after the Beast and Trek novels, The Rainbow Abyss, is due out in August.

Her interests (besides writing) include dancing, painting, historical and fantasy costuming, and carpentry. She resides in Los Angeles with the two cutest Pekineses in the world.



Darwath Trilogy: The Time of the Dark (1982)
The Walls of Air (1983)
The Armies of Daylight (1984)
Sun Wolf and Starhawk: The Ladies of Mandrigyn (1985)
The Witches of Wenshar (1987)
The Dark Hand of Magic (1990)
The Darkmage: The Silent Tower (1986)
The Silicon Mage (1988)
Dragonsbane (1986)
Those Who Hunt The Night (1989) (Immortal Blood in UK)

Television Novels and Novelizations:

Ishmael (1985) (Original Star Trek novel)
Beauty and the Beast (1989) (Novelization of pilot episode)


Search the Seven Hills (1987) (Published in hardcover in 1983 under the title The Quirinal Hill Affair)

All these books are currently in print from Ballantine/Del Rey with the exception of Ishmael, which is put out by Pocket Books (and is now out of print), and Beauty and the Beast, which is published by Avon. A second novelization of Beauty and the Beast episodes is due out sometime in late 1990.

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Festival of the Imagination 1996 – April 1995 Newsletter – The Guests

Back in 2016, we did a quick summary of this newsletter, as well as transcriptions of pages containing information on The Philosophy, The Hotel and Perth, Promotions, and Competitions. We are now revisiting this — today’s post transcribes the page on The Guests, and a later post will transcribe the post on Awards. At that point, we really will have got as much out of this newsletter as we can.

As ever, formatting has been duplicated as faithfully as is easy, except the evil that is ALLCAPS

The Guests

Bruce Sterling

Over the past fifteen years, Bruce Sterling has been building a highly respected reputation in and out of science fiction. Though he had been writing for several years, he came to fore as a major author during the eighties with his shaper/mechanist stories. From here, his novels have established his credentials as a writer influential to the future directions of the genre. He also published the fanzine Cheap Truth (1984-6), which was instrumental in the formation of the cyberpunk literary movement. His fantasy and SF short fiction has been published regularly in OMNI, Fantasy and Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazines. As an investigative journalist he has written about the “electronic frontier”; he regularly writes SF criticism and popular science articles for Science Fiction Eye and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and his thoughts and opinions have been in a wide range of publications, from Science Fiction Age to Wired. He has received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, is an experienced public speaker, a self confessed net-spider, and a Texan.

Selected Bibliography
Involution Ocean, 1978; Artificial Kid, 1980; Schismatrix, 1985; Mirrorshades: the Cyberpunk Anthology, (editor), 1986; Islands in the Net, 1988; Crystal Express, (collection) 1989; The Difference Ending, (with William Gibson) 1990; Globalhead, (collection) 1992; The Hacker Crackdown, (non-fiction) 1992; Heavy Weather, 1994.

Neil Gaiman

Expatriate Britisher and winner of the World Fantasy Award, Neil Gaiman is probably most widely known as the writer of the Sandman comic saga. He is also the author of numerous comics and graphic novels, often working with acclaimed artist Dave McKean. An occasional writer of short fiction (some of which was recently published in a collection), he collaborated with Terry Pratchett on a highly successful humorous fantasy novel and co-created and edited a number of shared-world anthologies including Temps and Weerde. Gaiman also collaborated with Kim Newman on a compilation of high-lights of the low-lights of science fiction and horror writing in literature and film; he is a popular interview subject, has received many awards and happens to be an authority on Douglas Adams’ Hitch-Hiker series of plays and novels.

Selected Bibliography (* denotes graphic novel)
Ghastly Beyond Belief, (non-fiction, co-edited with Kim Newman) 1985; Violent Cases*, 1987; The Official Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion, (non-fiction) 1988, rev 1992; Sandman*, 1988 -, collected as Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, Dream Country, Seasons of Mists, A Game of You, Fables and Reflections and World’s End; Good Omens, (with Terry Pratchett) 1990; Black Orchid*, 1991; Miracleman: The Golden Age*, 1991; Now We Are Sick, (co-edited with Stephen Jones) 1991; The Books of Magic*, 1993; Angels & Visitations, (collection) 1994; Death: The High Cost of Living*, 1994; Mr Punch*, 1994; Signal to Noise*, 1994.

Robin Pen

Writer, columnist, film maker, artist, publisher, editor, critic, interviewer and raconteur, Robin Pen has worked in three SF bookstores – managing two of them – two comic shops, and two games stores, and has been active in conventions since Swancon 14 in 1989. In 1990 he helped found and edit Eidolon – The Australian Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy and began his film column “Critical Embuggerance”, for which he won a Ditmar Award in 1993. He has also programmed film events for Lumiere Cinemas, including two Sci Fi Blockbusters and the week long Festival Fantastic in 1994. Today, along with his involvement with Eidolon, he is an associate editor for PC Games Plus.

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SwanCon 16 – Souvenir book – The Player Characters

Two pages of the Swancon 16 souvenir book are devoted to characterising ‘The Player Characters’, a.k.a. the ConCom. In keeping with our unofficial transcription policy, ALL CAPS have been replaced with bold

Greg Turkich
Position: Chairman and Social Programmer
Character Class:Diplomat-at-Arms
Greg is believed to have inspired Laumer’s Retief, Leiber’s Fafhrd and the complete works of Jerry Pournelle. His brand of subtlety is usually associated with seven feet of muscle and five of broadsword. But don’t be fooled – he may look like a Kzin, but he’s really a pussycat. Scratch him behind the ears if you don’t believe it.

Tara Smith
Position: Treasurer
Character Class: Financial Wizard
In recent years, Tara has been generously volunteered to be treasurer for Swancons XV to 18. She has also edited innumerable Progress Reports and become the first one-person quorum in fannish history when the chair and secretary defected to America.

Stephen Dedman
Position: Secretary, Programmer and Guest of Honour Liaison
Character Class: Adept Conversationalist (Oral Calamarian)
Previously a notorious monk, Stephen retired because of overwhelming temptation. Without his old habit/s he looks like a run-ragged, bearded gentleman. Dextrously juggling more roles than a committee member should ever have to, Stephen has finally demonstrated what a truly volunteering character he can assume. He’s not afraid to volunteer his opinion either, so be sure to make use of his knowledge and candour.

Julia Bateman
Position: Hotel Liaison
Character Class: Castellan
Julia made her Swancon debut in 1980, wielding a metre-long Bandersnatch boning knife (small). Fans have been listening to her very carefully ever since. Trust her, she’s a nurse.

Gigi Boudville
Position: Supply Officer
Character Class: Prestidigitator
An ex-president of the C.I.A. (Curtin Imaginative Association), Gigi has contributed a lot to Swancons – and claimed most of it on tax. The rest is classified.

John Samuel
Position: Gaming Co-ordinator
Character Class: Starship Trooper
John knows the rules of 17 RPGs backwards (which may be why he keeps healing dragons and giving them treasures).

Robin Pen & Mike Studte
Position: Video Programmer & Video Manager
Character Class: Ronin (looking for another 5 to make an epic)
Two learned scholars who believe fantasy should be watched as widely as it is read. Science fiction is a state of mind, believes Robin. Mike is worried over Robin’s state of mind. Robin wants to meet Godzilla and Mike wishes more pix of the Enterprise were available in MS-DOS format. If you catch them singing “Two little Gaijin are we”, please dial 000 and ask for Dr. Miyazaki.

Mark Bivens
Position: Front Desk Co-ordinator
Character Class: Paladin
Mark is the perfect person to run the front desk: he’s organised, courteous, unflappable, and has a degree in child psychology. When Mark tells you where to go, you actually look forward to the trip.

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Swancon 17: Urban Alchemist?: Nick Stathopoulos

Herein a transcription of page 10 of the Festival of the Imagination 1992 souvenir book.

Urban Alchemist?

Nick Stathopoulos

To look at his working environment, one could be excused for thinking Nick gets paid to make mess. Surrounded by tins of adhesive spray, piles of reference books, animation cels, scraps of paper filled with doodles and many other materials whose exact functions remain a mystery, he somehow combines all these elements to create a finished piece of artwork. Truly the ancient ways of the alchemist are alive and well in suburban Blacktown.

Originally trained as a lawyer, with a Bachelor of Arts/Law degree from Macquarie University, he is now a full-time commercial artist specialising in fantasy and science fiction. Among his numerous awards are three Australian Science Fiction “Ditmar” Awards for SF and fan-related art and the 1990 Australian Television Award (“Penguin”) for the production design on Son of Romeo, a one-hour television special combining Shakespeare and mime with Warner Bros. cartoon sensibilities.

Although his cover art is synonymous with the work of local author Terry Dowling (having completed the covers for Rynosseros, Woomword and the upcoming Blue Tyson), Nick’s covers also grace many other books, records and computer games, including From Sea to Shining Star, a limited edition collection of the stories of the late A. Bertram Chandler. A skilled animator, Nick has painted animation backgrounds for Hanna-Barbera and Walt Disney, matte paintings and cycloramas for a variety of films, TV commercials and video clips, and has a mural in the Space Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. An incessant doodler, Nick has recently taken to drawing on his walls, and is presently discovering the multitudinous joys of independent film making.

Here and in the gallery later in the book are lists of things that have touched me in some way. By no means complete, they may be of interest because these things all contribute in incomprehensible ways to my psyche, my psychological make-up. Terry would have a great way of putting all this without it sounding like a wank but … I’ve excluded books because there is no way I can distil favourites. I like so many for various reasons – some irrational – that I’m just not going to worry about them.   Nick S.

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SwanCon 16 – Souvenir book – Chairman’s Report

From the Chair of SwanCon 16, Greg Turkich, comes an effusive welcome to yet another con.

Well, it’s finally arrived. After a year of planning we are proud to present Swancon 16, the latest in the long line of Swancons.

In this Report I’m supposed to outline the whole Con to all of you. You know, all the stuff about what a fun time we had working on the Con, what an exciting time that you are about to have, all the great panels and shows that will be on; all the normal hype. Well bad luck – I’m not going to. Swancon has developed a name over the last 15 years for all that and a lot more, so there’s simply no need.

I have chaired the ConCom and, due to DUFF and work commitments, have not been as involved as I would have liked. I realise that there are many other people who go to making up a Swancon committee, and even more people who help to organise the many different aspects of any Swancon. However, there has to be a strong hand at the helm, and in this case that guidance came from Tara Smith and Stephen Dedman. If, at the end of it all, any credit for this Con is due, then it should be given to these two tireless workers. If not for them, Swancon 16 would not have happened.

I will ask one thing of the people attending this convention. If you see any area that can be improved upon, or if you have suggestions as to how something can be done, please let any handy member of the Committee know. We appreciate constructive criticism, and it helps make Swancons even better.

So, enjoy yourselves. Relax, sit back and have a good long weekend.

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Swancon 17: Waiting for the Cappuccino Muse: Terry Dowling

Here’s page 7 of the Festival of the Imagination 1992 souvenir book.

Waiting for the Cappuccino Muse

Terry Dowling

Born in Sydney in 1947, Terry Dowling is the only writer to have won eight [count ’em folks, eight!] Australian Science Fiction “Ditmar” Awards for fiction. A musician, songwriter and communications instructor, he is science fiction and fantasy reviewer for The Australian, was senior editor of The Essential Ellison and, with Harlan Ellison, is presently co-editing Down Deep, an anthology dealing with the mythical nature of the Australian landscape.

His stories have appeared in Omega Science Digest, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Men’s Journal Quarterly, Aphelion Science Fiction, Aurealis, Australian Short Stories, Eidolon, and Strange Plasma, and in the anthologies Urban Fantasies, Matilda at the Speed of Light, and Glass Reptile Breakout.

His first collection, Rynosseros, received both local and international acclaim. According to Faren Miller of Locus it is “a marvellous book … Rynosseros places Dowling among the masters of the field.” His second collection of linked stories, Wormwood, was published in March 1991 by Aphelion Publications to even greater acclaim than its predecessor. Blue Tyson, a second collection of Tom Rynosseros stories, is due from Aphelion in May 1992.

Dowling has a Master of Arts (1st Class Honours) in English Literature from the University of Sydney; has won the William Atheling Award for Criticism; and as a musician and songwriter appeared for more than six years on ABC-TV’s Mr Squiggle and Friends.

However, Terry’s first love remains his writing, which he practices religiously at a secret coffee located somewhere in Sydney. Terry is perpetually seated where he can hear the dulcet tones of the cappuccino machine, without which we may never have heard his tales told.

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SwanCon 17 – Progress Report January 1992 – Orion advert

Page 14 of the SwanCon 17 January 1992 progress report was a full page advert for ‘Orion’. The top three-quarters of the page are the text reproduced below; the bottom quarter contains a graphic element consisting of the word ‘Orion’ in a large, bold font, above a faux-perspective grid (makes the editors think of TRON). Below that are contact details for JJ Adamson/Editor, of South Australia.

Your transcriber would like to reiterate a general policy against ALL CAPS; examples of such have not been reproduced.

A new venture from a desktop publisher, realising a life-long interest in science fiction and fantasy…

Published quarterly, or as material permits, ORION is planned as a high-quality illustrated book of around of around 150pp: large format, with computer graphics, half tone art, compacted type, book-bound in astonishing covers. A lot of reading for your dollar!

The first volume is complete but we are very interested in seeing your work for future issues. Naturally, submissions should be previously unpublished. Send a SASE for submission guidelines. ORION is semi-pro, with a combination of cash-reimbursement for one-time rights for brief material, and payment in one or more copies for longer pieces.

In the premier issue is a fine collection of fiction:

The City in the Storm, a novel by Robert Moore. Set in the Twenty Fifth Century in a region of space which has been taboo for over a decade after the implosion of a neutron star. The colony world of Emeraldia ceased to transmit…the warship Bellona, sent to investigate, vanished… Years later a space-faring rogue braves the forbidden zone to learn the fate of both and finds himself in the midst of a ‘Gothic horror’ in the ruins of the colony. (SF)

Fall of the Dark God by James Treece. A false god is born out of the sky and under the grinding tyranny of fear one man alone defies the wrath of the Great God Sho’tan (SF&F)

The Titan by Ron Lind. Lemurian ‘new spears’ ravage the Arctic land of Conalore. The chalice containing the sacred waters of Falmane has been returned from a distant isle, but the magical promise that should have saved Conalore turns to horror. (F)

Runes from the Ice by Kathy Williams. Chris Ryan is caught between the distant past and a forbidding future. It is feared that he is a victim of a strange hereditary condition, but Carmody, the psychic, is convinced the boy is the key to survival. (F)

Turn down an Empty Glass by Michelle Goddard. Many centuries in our own future, archaeologists search for the remains of the first intelligence to rise in our galaxy, a race which vanished without trace, leaving behind an intriguing secret. (SF)

Dark Encounter by Geoff Conrad. Extra-terrestrial contact in the jungles of Vietnam. An ‘Australian war story’ with a tremendous difference! (SF)

The pricetag of ORION will be in the region of $17.95, but please send no money now. A SASE will enter you to the mailing list. We hope to publish in June 1992, and in April/May will be seeking firm reservations or subscriptions before we go to press. To begin with, ORION is for subscription only; bookstore participation is not being sought at this time. This and all other collections under the ORION label are recommended for mature readers aged 16 years and over. Material is now being solicited for future issues, but please SASE for submission guidelines first. We would like to publish regularly, so top quality fiction and art submissions are very welcome. Ever effort will be made to respond personally, and quickly.

A bit of follow up indicated that this particular endeavour didn’t actually get published.

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Swancon 17 – November report – The Perth SF&F Writers’ Workshop

Page 13 of the PR starts with “New stuff in the Non-Anime Video Stream”, and then goes on to:

The Perth SF&F Writers’ Workshop

The Perth SF&F Writers’ Workshop will be held on the weekend of 18th and 19th of January 1992 at St. Columba’s College, Stirling Highway, Crawley. The workshop will be a “sleep-over” event, and as such a fee of $20 to $30 will be charged for accommodation and hire of the venue (meals will be taken away from the venue and will be paid for by the individual attendees).

The Workshop Convener will be Dr. Philippa Maddern assisted by Lucy Sussex. Terry Dowling (a Principal Guest at the SwanCon 17 Convention) will participate in some of the Workshop. Philippa and Lucy will also appear as guests at SwanCon.

Applicants must submit an example of written work to the Workshop Convener. This piece may be used at the workshop, so be prepared to have it discussed, dissected and critically evaluated. It’s important to remember that the Writers’ Workshop is not the same as the very successful “mini-workshop”/writers’ discussion group which has taken place at SwanCon over the past two years and which will feature as part of the Conference at SwanCon 17. Workshop results may be discussed at that session, but otherwise the events are quite separate and distinct.

Please remember that attendance at the Workshop will be based on submission of a recent manuscript to the Workshop Convenor (Dr. Maddern) for appraisal, and that numbers will be strictly limited. Interested persons should submit a manuscript to Dr. Philippa Maddern c/o the History Department, University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009. Any enquiries, including questions about payment, should be directed to The Festival of the Imagination, PO Box XXX, North Perth 6006.

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Swancon 17 – Westrek and JAFWA

The SwanCon 17 July 1991 progress report has two unnumbered pages between pages 8 and 9. The first of these is a full page advert for the WA Star Trek Fan Club – Westrek (probably not going any more), while the second is a full page advert for JAFWA (Japanese Anime Fans of Western Australia – still going somewhere last I heard)

While as ever, we the transcribers are committed to faithfully transcribing all the typos we can bring ourselves to duplicate, there is no such dedication to replicating idiosyncratic layouts from before the dawn of HTML formatting. Ditto replicating out of date phone numbers and opening hours.

The first page is in a box, with a logo of the TOS enterprise above the outline of a map of Western Australia in the top left.

P.O. Box XXX, Bentley 6102, W.A.



In its various forms then Westrek is the club for you.

We meet at the Lapidary and Rock Hunting Hall, 31-25 Gladstone Road Riverdale on the last Friday of every month. The Meeting starts at 8:00pm.

A $2.00 door fee for non-members is charged, to help cover refreshment and hall costs. Door prizes can be won every month.


For more Information
Call Ray Raspa on XXX XXXX
or write to us at PO Box XXX, Bentley WA 6102

The other page had no box around it but a large picture from the Dirty Pair Anime left centre, and bottom right several characters from Ranma 1/2 (Gemma, P-chan and Shampoo in their animal forms)

JAFWA Presents




Saturdays X:XXpm to X:XXpm
XX Brampton Road, Wembly Downs
Phone Tom on XXX-XXXX*

*This is not where JAFWA is now. A google is likely to give you current location better than a post that may go out of date. So if that link doesn’t work please google.

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