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Beyond Paranormal Romance In YA Speculative Fiction

Liz Barr, Sue Bursztynski, Kelly Link, Michael Pryor, Tor Roxburgh
Venue: Argyle Room
Tags: Fantasy, Literature, Sci-Fi, YA
Starts: 15:00 Ends: 16:00

The Twilight bandwagon introduced a new audience to YA spec fic, but there’s more out there than vampires and romance. Let’s take a look at some of the new YA spec fic that can excite and engross young readers.

Closing Ceremony


Venues: Lincoln Room, Lincoln Room
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Starts: 16:00 Ends: 16:30

Continuum Feedback Panel

Emilly McLeay, Julia Svaganovic
Venue: Drummond Room
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Starts: 15:00 Ends: 16:00

Come by & let us know what you thought – what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d like to see next year.

Crossing The Divide: Writing In Different Genres

Jenny Blackford, Alison Goodman, Narrelle Harris, George Ivanoff, Jane Routley, Tor Roxburgh
Venue: Argyle Room
Tag: Writing
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Once you’ve written in one genre are you pigeonholed there for the rest of your career? Our panellists discuss how they’ve been able to write across borders.

Independent Publishing And Speculative Fiction

Jack Dann, Steven O'Connor, Patrick O'Duffy, Tor Roxburgh
Venue: Argyle Room
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Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

The e-book phenomenon is changing the very nature of books and how we publish them. How does this paradigm shift affect independent publishers? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Will it make distributing books easier? Will it make the idea of ‘hard copy’ a thing of the past? Or will it make little difference at all? Join us and participate in this brainstorming panel with Tor Roxburgh, Patrick O’Duffy, and the confused but intrepid moderator Jack Dann.

Kelly Link Hosts "Mafia"

Kelly Link
Venue: Pelham Room
Tag: Gaming
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

The classic game of paranoia, second-guessing and murder. Join Guest of Honour Kelly Link and try to survive the night.

Let’s Traumatize The Kiddies

Deborah Green, George Ivanoff, Melissa Walter
Venue: Lincoln Room
Tags: Media, YA
Starts: 15:00 Ends: 16:00

Kids are often more resilient than adults give them credit for – not to mention more bloodthirsty – but how much is too much? Have attitudes changed over time, and in what directions? Join us for a discussion of shocking moments in children’s television past and present.

Lunch

Starts: 13:00 Ends: 14:00

Natcon Business Meeting


Venue: Drummond Room
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Starts: 10:00 Ends: 12:00

Readings

George Ivanoff, Sarah Lee Parker, Gillian Polack, Michael Pryor
Venue: Faraday Room
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Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

10.00 Sarah Lee Parker
10.15 George Ivanoff
10.30 Michael Pryor
10.45 Gillian Polack

Readings

Russell Blackford, Lyn McConchie, Travis McKenzie, Ian Nichols
Venue: Faraday Room
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Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

11.00 Travis McKenzie
11.15 Lyn McConchie
11.30 Russell Blackford
11.45 Ian Nichols

Sue Ann Barber: In Conversation

Sue Ann Barber, Emilly McLeay
Venue: Argyle Room
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Starts: 12:00 Ends: 13:00

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Suffragettes In The Citadel, Amazons In The Engine Bay

Jane Routley, Jane Routley, Jo Spurrier, Jo Spurrier, Lucy Sussex
Venue: Lincoln Room
Tag: Multi
Starts: 11:00 Ends: 12:00

Sparkly vampires, wicked queens and helpless princesses with bad taste in men. How equal are women in sci-fi and fantasy really? Who’s doing it well, how can it be done better and what does it mean to us?

The Awards Debacle

Dave Cake, Kirstyn McDermott, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung
Venues: Lincoln Room, Lincoln Room
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Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

What is the role of awards in the Australian SF community? Do we have too many? Do we need more (or different) awards? Discuss.

The Caravan Of Comics In 3D

Sarah Howell
Venue: Pelham Room
Tag: Comics
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Over 3 weeks in April and May this year, 11 Australians traveled to the USA and Canada to promote Australian comics and graphic novels. What were the triumphs? The lessons learnt? Don your red and blue 3D glasses to find out.

The Intergalactic Atlas: British SFTV From 1970 To 1989

Grant Watson
Venue: Pelham Room
Tags: Fantasy, History, Media, Sci-Fi
Starts: 15:00 Ends: 16:00

In 2011 Grant Watson, with the aid of a Powerpoint presentation, tracked the history of British science fiction and fantasy television from 1938 to 1969. In this second instalment, he continues the journey from Jon Pertwee and Doomwatch, through Tom Baker, Blake’s 7 and Survivors, to the end of an era with Sylvester McCoy, Red Dwarf and Star Cops.

Under ConStruction: Fundraising

Emilly McLeay, Samara Morgan
Venue: Pelham Room
Tag: Under ConStruction
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Has anyone seen a convention have too much money? TELL US HOW THEY DID IT.

Use Your Power For Good: Fandom For A Cause

Leanne Girdwood, Peter Jordan, Mark Marcus, Zac Mennen
Venue: Faraday Room
Tag: Fandom
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

When fandom gets organised it can be a powerful force for good. Find out some of the ways people are getting causes into their fandom and fandom into their causes!

Vampires: From Horror To Heart-Throb

Sue Bursztynski, Felicity Dowker, Narrelle Harris, Jason Nahrung, Amanda Pillar
Venue: Argyle Room
Tags: Fantasy, Horror
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

In the age of vampires as heart throbs with tortured souls, can they ever return to the frightening evil parasites of yore? Are we forever stuck with the vampire as sympathetic hero or can they return to their former glory and find the monster within? Is anyone out there not writing sparkly vampires? And what does it say about us that this is what we desire most in a lover?

What The NAFF Is A Fan Fund?

Sue Ann Barber, Sarah Lee Parker, Alan Stewart
Venue: Faraday Room
Tag: Fandom
Starts: 15:00 Ends: 16:00

Fan Funds are here to encourage fans to meet and get to know each other, exchange fandom ideas and see other conventions in action. Come and hear how they work – and how you could get involved.

Why We FanCraft

Allan Carey, Rachel Holkner, Emma Wearmouth
Venue: Lincoln Room
Tags: Craft, Fandom
Starts: 10:00 Ends: 11:00

Jayne hats, TARDIS tea cosies, Portal cakes, Jabba the Hutt body pillows – is no one keeping the world of fancraft in check? From screen accurate prop and costume replicas to the application of fictional logos to our cars, from recycled floppy disk X-Wings to 300 acre Ewok villages. Why do we do this? Why WOULDN’T you do this? How far can it go? Will nobody think of the memes!

Workshop: Juggling & Making Juggling Balls

David Cook
Venue: Drummond Room
Tag: Workshop
Starts: 14:00 Ends: 15:00

Learn how to make your own juggling balls – and how to juggle them too!