SwanCon XV Program Book – Pages 8-9 – The XV Committee: A Field Guide

Transcribed by Elaine Walker who has endeavoured to maintain all typographical errors and bad latin.

WHAT THE WILD THINGS ARE

DON GRIFFITHS, CO-ORDINATOR
(Lecturous tenurious)

Easily identified by his devilish looking glasses, his habit of lapsing into cyberspace without notice, and the trail of business cards left in his wake. An excellent co-ordinator, and a man of long standing in WA fandom. Don’t believe any story about Don that’s more than ten years old, especially if it’s true.

ANN GRIFFITHS, VICE CO-ORDINATOR
(Vicis mylifis)

Anne is notable for her ability to smile whatever the provocation and her ailurophilia above and beyond the call of fannishness. Her inventiveness in the supply of vices (in her capacity of Vice Coordinator) to the attendees at Committee meetings has produced much welcome relief on otherwise tedious evenings.

STEPHEN DEDMAN, SECRETARY AND GOH LIASON
(Mephistophelus amicus)

One of the few people who actually looks like a Games Master, Stephen has a beard because he knows how to grow one. He knows other things as well, all sorts of things, and especially what he likes. He likes movies and books (not necessarily in that order) but his true love is writing. Stephen is a writer and a fan, thus his puns are literary as well as painful\l. This is a man of opinion, but if you’re nice to him he’ll be nice to you: don’t let the black cape and the stare fool you. Scribe, Sage and Punster – Do Not Push Food Between the Bars.

TARA SMITH, TREASURER
(Tyrannus veridangerus)

A superb organiser, a financial wizard, and a fabulously incompetent ninja, Tara always has the answers to the questions we haven’t dared to ask. Imagine Genghis Khan with a telephone, and you’ll have the wrong idea altogether: Tara is one of the kindest people I know, always ready to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. Just make sure you give them back afterwards.

JEREMY BYRNE, PROGRAMMER AND PUBLICATIONS EDITOR
(Gothicus cyberneticus)

The man who tried to bring Athenian democracy to UniSFA, Jeremy brings new meaning to the word ‘innovative’: he regards next week as passé. Like most visionaries, he’s a stickler for detail. Ask him about his plan for the future, and he’ll tell you what font it’s printed in.

MIKE DAVIS, VENUE LIASON
(Eddingses nemesis)

Mike is heavily into machines: he carries his memory in his briefcase and his body in a thinly disguised APC, and knows more about computers than they know about themselves (and yes, he’s IBM compatible). His human half likes The Far Side and Groo, and hates David Eddings and Star Trek V, and wants to be Father Christmas when he grows up. Ask him to look menacingly at you if you need a good laugh.

ROBIN PEN, VIDEO PROGRAMMER
(Cinematicus fanaticus)

The only Australian praying for a Japanese takeover of our TV stations (and he doesn’t even speak Japanese), Robin sees most SF movies before the reviews have been written (and often before the scripts are finished). Drop into A Touch of Strange sometime and ask him about the Angelika Jagger Appreciation Society. And, despite all rumours to the contrary, he can read too!

CHRIST STRONACH, SECURITY AND GAMING COORDINATOR
(Chivalrous montypythonoides/Homo sapiens ursus)

Some men are built like Greek Gods: Chris looks more like a Trojan Horse. But don’t be put off be the Army Surplus haircut and the short-range nicotine blasters; Chris is a scholar and a gentleman, an historian and a Pythonist, a carouser and a connoisseur of pretty girls, and, of course, a gamer (he rolls dice every time he looks for his car keys). A good man to have in your party, in more ways than one.

Illustration of alien looking creature with big ears, nubs of antennae and numbered parts.
ANGRY FANDERSON: FUTURE FAN

About australian sf-history

ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.
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