At the Business Session of Thylacon II, the 1998 Australian National Convention in Hobart, it was decided that all business normally dealt with by the Australian National Convention should be passed on to Aussiecon Three. This business consists of administering the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards and running the business session that will determine the site of the 2001 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. (At the Thylacon 2 Business session, Perth won the right to host the 2000 NatCon.)
On behalf of Aussiecon Three, it gives me great pleasure in announcing that the 1999 Australian National Convention, SpawnCon Two, will be run, as part of Aussiecon Three, at the Melbourne Congress Centre from September 2nd to September 6.
All members of Aussiecon Three will be eligible to attend any
program item run by SpawnCon Two. All Australian members of SpawnCon
Two will be allowed voting rights in the Australian Science Fiction
Achievement Awards, to be presented in an awards ceremony separate
from the Hugo Awards. All Australian members of Aussiecon Three will
be permitted to vote at the Business Session, which will be held
separate from the World Science Fiction Society Business Session.
Voting Membership in SpawnCon Two will be available. It entitles you to
Voting membership in SpawnCon Two does not include the right to attend Aussiecon Three.
Voting membership will cost $10 and is open to everyone. Membership forms should be sent to Spawncon Two. Cheques should be made out to Aussiecon Three.
Currently it is envisaged that here will be a business session, a panel on Australian National Science Fiction Conventions, and the Other Awards Ceremony, at which the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards, The William Atheling Jr Award, and other non-Hugo awards, including the Australian Science Fiction Foundation's Chandler Award will be presented.
At the Syncon 83 business session in 1983, when faced by possible lack of interest in an Australian NatCon, given that the WorldCon was to be held in Melbourne, two Seattle fans, Jerry Kaufman (the 1983 DUFF winner) and Cliff Wind, mounted a joke bid for Seattle to run the 1985 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. Much to their consternation, they won the bid. They named their convention SpawnCon and passed the rights to run the Ditmars and the 1985 Business Session to Advention 85, to be held in Adelaide. At a subsequent business session, a retrospective motion was passed, declaring the Seattle bid out of order and awarding the 1985 NatCon to Adelaide.
In a spirit of reconciliation, the 1999 Australian NatCon will be SpawnCon Two, and we will be negotiating for a Seattle Guest of Honour.
1999 Ditmar Voting Form
Following the merging of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention and the Australian Media National Science Fiction Convention, at Basicon 2 in 1997, there has been a degree of confusion over the Awards. The minutes of the 1997 business session read
The constitution of the Australian Science Fiction National
Convention allows for up to six awards (Ditmars) in various
categories. This foreshadowed a motion to be presented a Thylacon II
to increase that number to include a traditionally media award that
of Best Audio/Visual presentation. Although Ditmars of that nature
have been presented in the
That motion was not put, leaving us with the constitutionally
bound six awards, plus the Atheling Constitution of the Australian
Science Fiction Convention
There will be an annual Australian Science Fiction Convention, organised by a Convention Committee selected from amongst Bids submitted to the Business Meeting at the Australian Science Fiction Convention, two calendar years before the Convention to be selected.
The Convention Committee for each Australian SF Convention will, by a vote of the Convention members, after a nominating process involving Australian fandom generally, award up to six Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards (of which, at least, one must be for fannish endeavours) and the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review.
The Convention Committee will ensure that any surplus accrued by an Australian SF Convention will be applied to the benefit of Australian fandom generally, and shall not be used to reward individuals or groups connected with the Convention Committee.
This Constitution may be changed by this method only: Notice of intention to amend, including the exact text, must be submitted to the Convention Committee in sufficient time to be published in the Convention Handbook (where this Constitution and any proposed amendment MUST be published and then the amendment must be approved by a majority at the Business Meeting.
No amendment will be in order if it has the effect of increasing the number of words in the Constitution.
Given that the constitution specifies six Ditmars, and the Atheling, the categories in which there are the smallest number of nominations have been dropped from the final ballot.
I foreshadow a motion to change the number of awards specified in
2001 Site Selection
As noted in the constitution, it is the task of the SpawnCon Two Business Session to select the site for the 2001 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. We are looking to run a panel on the future of Australian National Science Fiction Conventions at Aussiecon Three, before the SpawnCon Two Business Session. Feel free to send details of any proposed bids to SpawnCon Two at the above address.
Spawncon Two wishes to thank Aussiecon Three for hosting this year's Australian National Science Fiction Convention, and urges all Australian fans to join Aussiecon Three. It's your cheapest opportunity to get to a WorldCon. Go for it!
Joining Aussiecon Three
If you are interested in joining Aussiecon Three, send a s.s.a.e. to GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne, Vic 3001, log onto the Aussiecon Three Web Site http://www.aussiecon3.worldcon.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Current attending membership rate is $250 attending and $45 supporting.
You may be a member already
If you are Australian and an attending or a supporting member of Aussiecon Three, then you are already a member of SpawnCon Two. Welcome. (Don't worry, we have no intention of using your name in any publicity for SpawnCon Two. We'll leave that sort of thing to the filthy pros.)
_______ I am not now, and do not intend to become a member of Aussiecon Three. Please sign me up as a voting member of SpawnCon Two.
______ I am not an Australian or an Australian resident,
but I would love to donate $10 to Aussiecon Three in order to vote in
the 1999 Ditmars. Sign me up.
Enclosed is my $10 for membership __
Membership forms should be sent to the Spawncon Two address above. Cheques should be made out to Aussiecon Three.
Please remember, Voting membership in SpawnCon Two does not entitle you to attend Aussiecon Three. Nor does it entitle you to vote in either the Hugos or the 2002 WorldCon Site selection.
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