2014 A. Bertram Chandler Award

Bruce Gillespie asks me to add to the Australian SF awards given out at Continuum X, in Melbourne, last weekend the award given by the Australian SF Foundation, of which he is President:

A. Bertram Chandler Award for Lifetime Service to Australian SF

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And Gillespie sent along some background information about the winner:

Danny will not be known much outside of Australia, because his major achievements have been in club and convention organising, both in Western Australia and Victoria, particularly his work for the Melbourne SF Club over the last 30 years, and his establishment of Continuum to be the annual convention in Melbourne.

SF Commentary 86 Online

Unlike Outer Limits, Bruce Gillespie allows you to control the vertical and horizontal when you choose which version of SF Commentary #86 to download from eFanzines.

One version is designed for ordinary printouts (76 pages) (the ‘portrait’ edition), the other is designed for computer and device screens (the ‘landscape’ edition) (120 pages). Both are PDF files and the text in each is the same.

SFC 86 includes eulogies to two well-known Australian fans who died in 2013, Peter Darling and Graham Stone; three sets of articles about “Science Fiction’s People” — Robert Bloch’s visit to Australia in 1981, an interview with John Cute, and memories of Jay Kay Klein — and nine articles about well-known SF writers, such as Joanna Russ, Arthur C. Clarke, C. M. Kornbluth, A. Belyanin, Phyllis Gotlieb, Audrey Niffeneger, Olaf Stapledon, Ray Bradbury, and J. G. Ballard.

Contributors include Daniel King, Peter Gerrand, Miranda Foyster, Elizabeth Darling, Chris Nelson, James Doig, Robert Bloch, John Foyster, Graeme Flanagan, John Clute, Darrell Schweitzer, Bruce Gillespie, Mike Glyer, Pamela Sargent, George Zebrowski (3 articles), John Litchen (3 articles), Patrick McGuire, Taral Wayne, and Fred Lerner.

The front cover is by Ditmar (Dick Jenssen), and the back cover, a DJFractal, is by Elaine Cochrane.

Gillespie Releases SF Commentary 85

Another issue of SF Commentary, one of the world’s great fanzines, is available for download from eFanzines.

The highlights of Issue #85 [PDF file] are editor Bruce Gillespie’s roundup of “Favourites from 2012” including books, short stories, films, CDs, and “even some Television (!).” His choices are complemented by Jennifer Bryce’s “Favourites from 2012” covering books, films, theatre, concerts, and opera.

Elaine Cochrane and Dick Jenssen write about “The Real Gosh! Wow!” — the “recent books about cutting-edge cosmic physics that blow your mind in a way no science fiction can.”

The 90,000-word issue also contains a large number of letters about the last two issues of SFC including “Feature Letters” from Ray Wood, Mark Plummer, Steve Jeffery, and Patrick McGuire.

Cover artwork is by Ditmar (Dick Jenssen) and Steve Stiles, illos by Taral Wayne, Steve Stiles, and Brad Foster.

The History of Bruce Gillespie

There’s a fascinating interview of Bruce Gillespie, one of Australia’s most admired fans, on Rowena Cory Daniells’ site. Gillespie opens up about himself and also offers a lot of insights into fannish culture and history:

Q: Your work had received three Hugo Nominations before you were 30. You have received total of 45 Ditmar Nominations and 19 wins, and The A Bertram Chandler Award in 2007, plus you were fan guest of honour at AussieCon 3, the World SF Convention in 1999, is there anything left that you would like to achieve?

A: Like any other fanzine editor or writer, I would actually like to win the Hugo Award for either Best Fanzine or Best Fan Writer! …However, in 2009 I was awarded the Best Fan Writer in the annual FAAN Awards, given by my peers, the fanzine writers and editors who attend the Corflu convention in America. I count that as a great honour…

The post is richly  illustrated with many rare fannish photos.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

Bruce Gillespie and Brian Aldiss at Stonehenge in 1974.

“30” Is Not the End of This Story

While rereading DNQ #16 I came across the announcement of Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s marriage on March 23, 1979. Being a whiz at basic arithmetic, I promptly realized they recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Needless to say, they marked the date. Congratulations! And the same to those other March 1979 newlyweds, Bruce Gillespie and Elaine Cochrane. Many more joyous years to you all.

An Idea Whose Time
Has Come Again

Bruce Gillespie touts Steam Engine Time #9, the latest issue of the fanzine he co-edits with Janine Stinson:

This magazine of longer essays about SF and fantasy includes my convention report on Conflux 5 (Canberra 2008), a tribute to Tom Disch and a long article about Michael Chabon; George Zebrowski’s tributes to Stanislaw Lem and Daniel Galouye; Rob Latham’s and my articles about the links between fanzines and the New Wave; Frank Weissenborn’s article about Michael Moorcock; Gillian Polack on Geoff Ryman, an article about short stories by Cy Chauvin; and a long letter column. 100 pages.

Steam Engine Time #8

Bruce Gillespie announces: “In a fannish resurgence, Jan Stinson sends issue 8 of Steam Engine Time, the fanzine she co-edits with Bruce Gillespie. Layout design this issue is by Jan, and as SET is now primarily an ezine it’s arranged for easy screen viewing. The 66-page issue is now available at eFanzines.”
 
A list of contents is behind the cut.

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File 770 30th Anniversary Issue

File 770’s 30th Anniversary issue is now available at eFanzines.com. Thanks to the indefatigable Bill Burns for taking time out from his Eastercon trip to post it.

Here you can read John Hertz chronicling the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. There’s a classic photo of John Pomeranz in Japanese formal clothing next to George Takei at the Hugo ceremony. And Bruce Gillespie adds his salute to Big Heart Award winner Robin Johnson.

Chris Garcia, Taral Wayne, Mark Leeper, Marie Rengstorff, James Bacon and Francis Hamit celebrate the anniversary with their own special features.

Tim Marion tells about the massive project to organize his old fanzines and his nostalgic rediscovery of apas populated by New York City fans of the 1970s, in “Fannish Archiving Blues.”

Brad Foster’s cover on this issue is also his 71st contribution to File 770, going back to 1984.

The PDF file contains information about how to subscribe to the paper edition, too.