44th Australian National
Science Fiction Convention

Hobart, Tasmania
June 10-13th, 2005



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Thylacon SECOND DRAFT Programme

You can download pdf versions of the draft Thylacon 2005 Programme by clicking on the following links:
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th June. A preliminary list of panellists and their bios is available here.
In addition to Derwent Rooms 1 & 2, Thylacon will also have a dealers' room open from 9am-6pm on the Saturday and Sunday, and 9-4pm on the Monday. The Board Room will host a gaming programme on Saturday and Sunday, and the Natcon Business Meeting on Monday morning. The Green Room will host the Art Show, which will be open for viewing and sales from 10am Sunday, and continue throughout Monday. Please send all feedback on this draft to programme @ tansyrr.com. Any volunteers to be on panels can send their details to the same address.


2004 Shortlist for the Peter McNamara Achievement Award

The nominees are:
  • Bill Congreve
  • Kate Eltham
  • Russell B. Farr
  • Robert N. Stephenson
  • Jonathan Strahan

Details are available at www.altair-australia.com/altair/mac.html. The winner will be announced at Thylacon 2005.

Parrish Fan Fic Competition

A Parrish Plessis fan fiction competition will be held to celebrate the release of Crash Deluxe, the final chapter of Parrish's exploits, and in honour of Thylacon 2005. The competition is open to both Thylacon members and non-members and will be judged by Marianne de Pierres and her editor at Orbit, Darren Nash.

Your task is to write a fiction of no more than 600 words, taking Parrish out of her world, and placing her in a contemporary setting where conflict arises - e.g. the hairdresser turns her hair the wrong colour, she gets short-changed at the supermarket, working as a secretary she gets harassed by her boss, etc. It may be as humorous or serious as you like.

Winners of the Con-members section will be published on Marianne's website and in the Thylacon Souvenir Book and will receive autographed copies of Nylon Angel, Code Noir and Crash Deluxe.

Winners of the open section (non-members) will also be published on Marianne's website and in the Orbit e-zine and received autographed copies of Nylon Angel.

All entries should be submitted to mail @ mariannedepierres.com by 1 May 2005. The winners will be announced during Marianne's Guest of Honour speech at Thylacon 2005.


Ditmar Voting Now Open!

The Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Australians.

Thank you for all your nominations for the 2005 Ditmar awards. The nominations are now closed.

There has been an excellent response and voting across all eligible categories is now open. Only members (including supporting members) of Thylacon 2005 will be able to vote, using either the PDF or DOC versions of the Ditmar Voting Form. See Awards Page for details.

ANNE BISHOP COMING TO THYLACON

Thylacon is delighted that our International Guest of Honour is bestselling US fantasy author Anne Bishop. Anne joins Australian Guest of Honour Marianne de Pierres and Fan Guest of Honour Merv Binns.


THYLACON MOVED TO WREST POINT 

Thylacon 2005 has moved hotels. Our new site, Wrest Point, is a fabulous convention centre right on the waterfront of Hobart. The complex is self-contained with various cafes, bars and restaurants on site to suit a variety of budgets. The Busy Bee buses run every 30 minutes from outside the hotel into Sandy Bay & the city centre, which enables quick trips back and forth for shopping, etc.

The change was necessary because the new owner of our previous venue decided to remodel the convention space during June next year. We apologise for any inconvenience this move may have on our members.

COME TO THYLACON!

We look forward to seeing you in Hobart next year. Thylacon memberships are still available at $120 attending, and $35 supporting. Family rates also available on request.