Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sci Fi Fans Input Wanted

Passing on a post from here:

"I'm working on a project with an outside organisation, and I need some feedback from devoted SciFi readers.

If a SciFi author were to be brought here to Wellington, who would you most like to hear speak or talk to?

It can be an emerging author (with, say, two or three successful books published), or an established author. It also needs to be someone who has been reviewed well in either general reviewing sources, or in specialist magazines like Locus.

Please give me your suggestions and the reason why they appeal to you, or might appeal to others. I have a few suggestions of my own, but I'd really love to hear yours."

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Radio New Zealand: SciFi Author Julie Czerneda Interview

Julie Czerneda

An interview with Canadian SF author Julie Czerneda's on Radio NZ's Nights programme will air Monday 13 July 2009 at 7.20pm. The audio will then be available for seven days to be listened to and/or downloaded from

Ms.Czerneda was the Literary Guest of Honour at Conscription 2009 held over Queen's Birthday weekend. This interview is likely to be of interest not only to avid science fiction readers, but also teachers and educators working with science curriculums. Ms Cserneda has a strong interest in the links between SciFi and science education.

For more about Julie Czerneda, visit her website:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Anno Domini 2000; or, Woman's Destiny

Cover, Anno Domini 2000 - A Woman's Destiny.
Image courtesy of New Zealand Electronic Text Centre of Victoria University.

In 1889, Sir Julius Vogel wrote what was probably New Zealand's first full-length science fiction novel, Anno Domini 2000 - A Woman's Destiny. The book describes a New Zealand in the year 2000 where most positions of authority are held by women - at the time of writing, a radical proposition. In 2000, New Zealand's Head of State, Governor General, Prime Minister, Chief Justice and Attorney General were all women, as was the CEO of one of the country's largest companies, Telecom. Vogel was a prominent New Zealand journalist and politician, and he himself served as Prime Minister of New Zealand in the 1870s.

For those of you who have not read it yet, and who are tolerant of the idea (and the practical challenges) of reading an "eBook", you can download Sir Julius Vogel's futuristic novel from the webpage of the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

Portrait of Sir Julius Vogel
Image courtesy of New Zealand Electronic Text Centre of Victoria University.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which are administered by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand, were created in 2001 to honour New Zealand writers and artists. You can see a list of the award winners for 2009 by clicking here.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I thought this video was really funny, though I do suspect there are some serious Star Wars fans somewhere in the world who would be offended and/or upset by this :) Star Wars: Retold by someone who hasn't any of the movies!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

GUFF Nominations Now Open

Announcement from Damien Warman
"The next Get-Up-and-over Fan Fund is now open for nominations. If you know what this means, are an Australasian fan, and have a desire to attend the sixtieth British Eastercon, LX, then you need to contact me. You'll need to find three nominators in Australasia, two nominators in Europe, and send me a 100 word platform and an AUD25 bond.

Nominations will close on or around 8 September, and ballots will be immediately distributed. Voting will run until shortly after Novacon (14-16th Nov).

Please disseminate widely."


Notes from Ross.
GUFF is the fan fund which sends fan delegates between Australasia and Europe. Many of you will have met the current European delegate Ang Rosin when she attended Conspiracy 2 last year. The current Australasian delegates are Damien Warman and Juliette Woods from Adelaide.

I’m helping Damien out with the logistics this side of the Tasman, so if you want to run or just have any questions about GUFF or fan funds in general let me know.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


It is possible to bookmark a link to and completle with my refferal code in it. I'd deeply appreate it if anyone who buys anything from either site would bookmark these links - link and link. I know they work as Ross is already using them. Thanks :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Just a quick note to make sure that everyone has my current email address, given that Lynelle has already been forced to ask for it! Anyway, it's rather than my old elrond address.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Call for Writers: Fairy Tales for real girls/women

(Reposted from:

I’ve been toying with the idea of organising and editing a collection of short stories. The overall concept is to write fairy tales that feature interesting, whether admirable or flawed, female characters who are the heroes of their own stories. I want to include stories that fit into the broadest possible interpretation of the fairy tale genre: dark, humorous, modern, traditional etc. I prefer the idea of original stories with original characters as there are many revisionist fairy tales out there already but if someone has a great idea for a spin on a traditional tale or character, than that’s great.
My ideal timeline would be to have a writers meeting in the middle of the year (around June) for everyone to meet and read the stories as a group (whether first drafts or polished versions) in a spirit of mutual praise, support and constructive criticism/suggestions. Anyone who wanted to be included in the project but couldn’t attend the meeting could email me their stories.

A deadline for finished versions of the stories would be set for two months after that meeting.

1. Absolutely NO naïve waifs or victimised princesses as main characters. Protagonists can be any age or species but any happy endings must be the result of the protagonist’s actions not merely being rescued by a Prince Charming type or any Fairy Godmother cheesiness (although the latter would be fine in a tale told from the point of view of a Fairy Godmother.)

2. Editorial preference would be given to tales with female protagonists although I can see how stories could have male protagonists and still be in keeping with the tone of the collection. For example a tale about Prince Charming being fed up with rescuing Princesses and finding true love with the strong and financially independent Blacksmith, Gertrude Strapping, would be entirely in keeping with the project. Obviously it is open to authors of either gender.

Comment if you are keen to be involved in the project or have further questions or thoughts.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

In honour of January's poll question theme, I share this link to another quiz designed to determine just how evil you really are...Are you a science fiction villain?

Upcoming Conventions

Kapcon XVII is right around the corner (19-20 January, 2008--over Wellington Anniversary Weekend). As usual, they've got an awesome programme that no gamer will want to miss. If you're interested in trying out different games, this is a terrific way to do it. With nine streams on offer, you can sample a little bit of everything. It's a great way to meet other players, too.

Also, wanted to plug the upcoming 2008 NZ Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Conjunction. The event will be held 21-24 March (Easter weekend) at the Copthorne Plimmer Towers in central Wellington. If you are a science fiction fan and have never been to a convention before, this is a great opportunity to get out there and meet the community!

The guest list includes Peter F Hamilton, author of the "Night's Dawn" trilogy and other popular SF novels, along with Elizabeth Moon who brought us the Nebula and Heinlein award-winning author of "Speed of Dark", among others. From New Zealand will be Philippa Ballantine, author of "Chasing the Bard". Doctor Who fans take note--we have Kate Orman and Jon Blum, writers of many of the most popular original Doctor Who novels.

Activities at the convention are being finalised now, and the convention committee (of which I am affiliated) want to hear from you! Please send us an e-mail if you would be interested in running a programme event or participating in some manner. We need volunteers to help with all aspects of the convention.

Conventions like Kapcon and Conjunction are run byfans, for the fans. The more people participate, the more successful the event will be. So, if you haven't signed up yet, I hope you will do so soon and I look forward to seeing you at the Con!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Book Launch in Wellington - Newtons Sleep

SF genre book launches don't happen in Wellington very often, so you really should know about this - some release info quoted below:

"Newtons Sleep will be officially launched at 1pm on Saturday 12 January, at the Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street (near Real Groovy), Wellington, New Zealand. The author will be attending the launch via video linkup, and works by cover artist Emma Weakley will be displayed.

Also, a short Prelude for Newtons Sleep is now online in pdf format. This serves as a teaser for the story, and will not be part of the actual book.

Faction Paradox started off in the Doctor Who novel line, but subsequently split off into a separate continuity and its own book series. The Faction-related DW books were amongst the most interesting, most controversial, and best written books in the series, and the separate Faction universe stuff has been uniformly excellent"

Three Monkeys note - I don't know anything about this specific work so don't hassle me aboth the apostrophe, but it is a genre publication and it is being published by a well known Wellington SF identity who you will probably know. For this reason, I think it is worth supporting.

Friday, November 16, 2007

End of year quiz

I am doing the end of year quiz again and have finished my first cut at it. Reviewing it, it looks fairly challenging (i.e. hard). Not impossible by any means but it will stretch you a bit in places. Now I can dumb it down if you like, but I'd like feedback please.

So the question is: do you want a quiz that pushes you or do you want a fun style end of year deal that everybody can get most of the answers?


Monday, October 15, 2007

"Doctor Who" calendar?

Has anyone seen the new "Dr Who" Calendar anywhere in Wellington yet? That's assuming it turns up here at all of course :) Mind you I am assuming we will be able to get it here at all :P (I don't want to go all the extra expense of getting it from Amazon, given that it's just a calendar...)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Kiwi Conventions Article on SF Dimensions

Hello everyone. I wanted to share this link to an article about New Zealand conventions, written by our very own June Young, SFFANZ Publicist & Press Officer.

Sci-Fi Dimensions is an online science fiction magazine, created by editor John Snider in 2000 as a creative outlet for SF fans and enthusiasts both in the Southeastern U.S. (where he's based) and abroad. I met John through the Atlanta Science Fiction Society when I lived there. SF Dimensions features articles, reviews and commentary on a number of subjects relating to genre fandom. Well worth a visit.


Saturday, September 01, 2007

stencil art

war of the worlds

seen at the band rotunda, Oriental bay while on a Flickr walk

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Old and Spiteful, but still the Greatest

Vermithrax, the vicious fire-breathing wyrm from the film Dragonslayer (1981), was the winner of the last poll ("Vote for your favourite movie dragon"). The full name of this dragon was Vermithrax Pejorative, which roughly translates from latin to "The worm of Thrace who make things worse". Indeed, this dragon is the meanest of all the ones in our lineup, rivaled perhaps only by Smaug of Lonely Mountain.

"In fact, if it weren't for sorcerers, there wouldn't be any dragons. Once, the skies were dotted with them. Magnificent horned backs, leathern wings... soaring... and their hot-breathed wind. Oh, I know this creature of yours... Vermithrax Pejorative. Look at these scales, these ridges. When a dragon gets this old, it knows nothing but pain, constant pain. It grows decrepit... crippled... pitiful. Spiteful!" - Sorcerer Ulrich of Cragganmore.

Thus begins the story of Dragonslayer, as a delegation of villagers from Urland seeks the help of the last known sorcerer to rid their village of the reptilian pest. Dragonslayer is notable for being one of the few fantasy films to present a reasonably accurate portrayal of life in the middle ages (with the exception of magic and dragons, of course!). The clothing, weapons, villages and landscapes are gritty and realistic. Carefully intermixed are plot threads that remind us that we are at the heart of Britain as it shifted from paganism to Christianity. This could have actually been a real place, making the threat of the dragon that much more real. With the possible exception of Peter McNicol, who does not quite seem right for the role of the sorcerer's apprentice, the cast is excellent. Both heroes and villains (especially) are multi-dimensional, complex and conflicted. Ralph Richardson is quite convincing as Ulrich, while King Casiodorus Rex (played by Peter Eyre) is exactly the sort of purple-slippered monarch you would expect to be making deals with dragons.

Vermithrax prepares to breath fire

The special effects for Dragonslayer featured a mixture of animation and live action puppetry (on a very large scale). The conceptual design for Vermithrax was done by artist David Bunnett. Industrial Light & Magic's Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston and Phil Tippett oversaw the miniature SFX, while Disney's special effects shop, with Danny Lee and Brian Johnson, produced the life-size dragon props. Dragonslayer is notable for being the first film to utilise go-motion, a variation on stop-motion animation which was developed by ILM. The technique improved upon traditional stop-motion because it enabled the puppet to be filmed in real time, creating blur and making it appear more lifelike.

For those of you who are really into modeling and really into dragons, this might be the model kit for you...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Magical morning coffee

As the tsunami that is Harry Potter starts to recede, and we survey the aftermath around us, there is still time for a few more segments on the morning news! Fortunately, it seems that Harry Potter loves to cook breakfast. Who knew?

Today's TVNZ's Breakfast show yet again featured another look at the franchise, this time from an academic point of view. Guest Claudia Marquis, of the University of Auckland's English Department, joined the show to talk about her thoughts on the book, the long-term impact on children and reading, and its status as a piece of legitimate literature. Generally she was complimentary of the Potter tales and felt that the characters offered good role models. As to the lasting effects of readership as a result of all this, she was more a little more dubious.

When asked about the popularity of the series, she suggested that it was 'in the right place at the right time." To paraphrase: 'At the time the first Harry Potter book came out, the divorce rate in stories for children had actually exceeded the real world divorce rate. Kids were looking for something fun and wanted a break from reality.' On the question of the academic merits of Rowling's work, she was diplomatic and acknowledged that Rowling has grown as a writer with each book. As so many others have suggested, Claudia felt that Rowling could occasionally benefit from a stronger Editor (Order of the Phoenix needed to shed about 200 pages).

Claudia did take the opportunity to highlight some writers she liked more when it came to junior fiction. Philip Pullman was mentioned for his 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, as well as some Kiwi authors including Vicky Jones and Margaret Mahy.

And, on that note, I'll end this post with a link that may be of interest to you aspiring writers in our ranks. I Should Be Writing is a podcast/weblog site by writer Mur Lafferty who's spent the last few years navigating towards getting her works published. Admittedly, the publishing landscape in the United States is different than in New Zealand, but may still be worth a listen.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Blogosphere Fluxations

Hi everyone,

I'm having trouble getting the customised layout for the Phoenix log to show up properly in every browser. I use Firefox, and it shows up fine there, but in MS Explorer there are layout problems (missing background, text errors, things out of alignment). I did not notice this until I loaded it at work the other day.

At any rate, sorry about that and I'll keep working on it. I would like to get the page looking at least acceptable in every browser. If anyone out there has experience with XML and would be willing to assist me in this, it would be hugely appreciated.

Otherwise, I have managed to add a few widgets and content features to the sidebar, and am going to work on keeping a Google Calendar as well. Please let me know if you have anything to add to the calendar, any suggestions for content in general, or thoughts about ways to make the blog more engaging and useful to our membership.

Along these lines, I encourage you guys to post some things! Even if it's a link to an interesting article or book review you saw on the web, or a neat piece of SF/Fantasy artwork. Longer articles and stories are best saved for Phoenixine, but it would be good to have some activity on the site as well. Besides, if I am the only one posting it looks rather silly and I am starting to feel a bit self-conscious...

OK there's my combined lecture/plea. Hope you guys are enjoying the polls. Ideas very welcome for those as well!



Thursday, July 19, 2007

Robby, King of Robots

The official winner of the last poll, with a rousing 2 votes, was Robby the Robot! It’s a wise choice, considering the extensive CV offered by this former resident of Altair IV.

Robby the Robot was constructed by Dr. Morbius, utilising technology left behind by an ancient civilisation called the Krell. Robby can synthesize artificial gems of large size and analyse or duplicate any food or chemical mixture, all within the space of his body. One scene from Forbidden Planet features Robby making fifty gallons of liquor for the chief chef of the United Planets Cruiser C-57D. The man's excitement can hardly be contained. Robby is also capable of defending himself, and those around him, so long as it does not conflict with his primary programming to not harm humans.

Robby’s sterling reputation, flashing dome lights and valiant efforts in the fight against alcoholism have not gone unappreciated by robot fans. In 2004, Robby was officially inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame. You can view his honoured place in the lineup by clicking here.


If you were stranded on an alien world, which of these artificial lifeforms would you want with you? R2-D2, Robbie the Robot, Data, Model B9 or Number Six?

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Someone asked for a keyring for Phoenix...
I thought this might be what a hypothetical key ring would look like...


Friday, July 13, 2007

The Martians are Coming

Dead London, by Geoff Taylor from the album
"Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds"
Ollie Record Productions, 1978

The friendly rivalry between Wellington and her northern sister city continues! In addition to slightly higher temperatures, Aucklanders can soon lay claim to one other thing that Wellington does not have: a live performance version of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds is coming to Auckland's Vector Arena on Friday, 28 September.

The ironclad HMS Thunderchild is destroyed by a martian
war machine in this original artwork by Mike Trim from the 1978 album

The show, which apparently features a giant martian war machine, sold out to huge crowds in the UK and has also been touring Australia. Even if you can't go see it, I encourage you to check out the official website for live show production, especially if you haven't heard or seen the original album before.

In addition to information about the live tour, it features heaps of information about the original production, including artwork from the album. Some of the artwork by Peter Goodfellow, Geoff Taylor and Michael Trim was quite spectacular. Perhaps best of all, the site features a stream of the music (classified as 'progressive rock' by Wikipedia) from the original album, complete with narration by Richard Burton.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

Babylon 5 will soon return to the small screen with a direct-to-DVD film! This is the first in a proposed series of anthology format direct-to-DVD releases. The DVD contains two interwoven stories featuring three B5 universe regulars (Sheridan, Lockley and techno-mage Galen) and some new characters, including a Centauri Prince. Below is the short description from the official site:

Times change. Dangers remain. 10 years after he became President of the Interstellar Alliance, Sheridan prepares for a fateful Babylon 5 reunion that could prevent Earth’s impending doom…if he will also compromise his core principles. Meanwhile, commander Lochley confronts an unexpected interloper on the way station – a being whose presence makes the B5 freeport the crossroads between heaven and hell.

In Voices in the Dark, Series creator J. Michael Straczynski reunites with stars Bruce Boxleitner and Tracy Scoggins in two richly imagined stories set after the events of the original series. Richly imagined, too, is Straczynski’s vision of the 23rd century (including a dazzling New York City) – a vision made more spectacular via filmmaking technology unavailable during the original series.

You can visit the Babylon 5 Official Website to view the official trailer, get information about the production, and view the Great Maker's video logs. The Lost Tales can be pre-orderedat a discounded rate on Amazon, as well as from the official site.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2007

Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2007
(representing works for the 2006 calendar year)
For a complete listing of nominations, visit SFFANZ web site


The Assassin of Gleam
by James Norcliffe (Hazard Press, 2006).
ISBN: 1-877270-99-7


“Western Front, 1914"

By Peter Friend
(Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, March/April 2006)

Maddigan’s Quest
Produced by South Pacific Films Ltd

Alan Robson
For his column “Wot I Red On My Hols” published in Phoenixine.
Alan’s work can also be viewed by clicking here.


Douglas A. Van Belle

Doug has had “Small Blue Planet for the Pleasantly Insane” published in issue 16 of
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (2004/2005) – this story will be reprinted in the inaugural ASIM Best of SF anthology in 2007. Doug also had “Slag Fairmont: Psychic Zone Ranger published in issue 27 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (2007). Additionally, Doug had a story “Aliens don't poop” in Antipodean, and a serialized novel that used to be on Quantum Muse


John and Lynelle Howell

For their sterling work editing Phoenixine

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Alien Conspiracy Exposed!

The convention gets underway at the
Opening Ceremonies on Friday night

Wellington was the site of this year's national SF convention. The guests of honour included sci-fi and fantasy writer Eric Flint, comics author and artist Dylan Horrocks, cyber punk author Marianne de Pierres, fantasy writer Isobelle Carmody and web comic author Fred Gallagher (aka Piro). Fan GoH was Barbara Clendon of Barbara's Books.

It started out friendly enough...but then things went sour

In what was a major revelation that threatened to destabilise our society, the Convention Conspirators announced to a stunned audience that aliens were in fact real and that they had been invited to the Con. Moments later, each con-goer was joined in the seat next to them by a bubble-eye creature. Although startled, SF/Fantasy fans tend to be open-minded sorts and they extended their hands in friendship. Unfortunately the aliens consider it a major insult to perform this physical act, and some of them responded by vaporising the offending parties. While this put a slight damper on the Con, all was forgiven when the aliens promised to put on a sparkly light show that was guaranteed to dazzle the con-goers. Hmmm...sparklies.

Programming at the con was full of interesting subject matter, ranging from writer's workshops to radio-controlled battle tanks. It offered a good mix from several sub-genres that would appeal to a broad fan base.

Unfortunately, you cannot attend everything, but the events I did attend were very enjoyable. I particularly liked Dylan's mini-workshop on drawing, as it has since gotten me off my arse and I have taken up artistic endeavors again after a long pause. Also of mention were two panels that took me by surprise: Alan Robson's Handle on Heinlein and Geographies of the Imagination presented by Russell Kirkpatrick. I have a renewed interest in picking up some Heinlein after Alan's talk, and I was simply fascinated by the darker side of maps as revealed by Russell. Ross's Across the Tasman was an excellent bridge to learning more about SF/Fantasy fandom goings-on in Oz, and his quiz was (as usual) a good opportunity for all of us finally have a use for all that carefully-accumulated useless knowledge about all things fantastic.

Great costumes--well done!

Special events included a costume contest, where the audience members were also required to wear masks (or be forced to wear a government-provided 'silly mask'...I brought my own). The costumes, though perhaps few in number, were all of very high quality and imaginative. It was also nice to see so many young people in the contest, and at the Con in general. The future generation of Fans...

Some people improvised with newspaper when it came to the masks.
Others killed cows and took their heads, which seemed rather drastic at the time.

Lastly, of most special note was the announcement of the winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. There were many great nominees and the suspense was huge. Unfortunately, I don't have all the information in front of me about who won! But, look for that to be added as an edit to this post very soon.

Happy Birthday Ray

Happy 87th Birthday to Ray Harryhausen!

For those of you who don't know much about Ray's work, you might like to heck out his new website! - William

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hi there. Does anyone have any recommendations for buying a telescope? Want to look at the moon and planets mainly. thanks

Friday, June 01, 2007

Bull in an HTML China Shop

Hi everyone -

I'm switching the Phoenix (B)log to the new Blogger templates, and will be doing some work on restoring the appearance of the site to what you are used to. This will likely take me a couple days of blundering about with HTML specialisations, so I wanted to warn you. Speaking of this, if you have any suggestions for widgets or other improvements to the site that you would like to see added, now is a good time!



Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Birthday Party

Hi all,

I am turning 30 soon, and am having a party so that people can help me celebrate or commiserate as takes their fancy. All Phoenixers are, of course, invited.

Saturday, 26 May
7pm until whenever
My house. Or Norman's house if you prefer. Email me at if you don't already know where that is. ;-)

See you there!


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pics from Armageddon

A few snaps from last weekend's pulp expo event...

Left: The cue is entertained by some swashbuckling. Right: Just inside the door, giant stacks of cheesy mac greeted hungry fans...I saw several people walk out with armloads of this stuff!

Interesting mix of hucksters at Armageddon, which included Universities, Tech Schools, NZArmy, book dealers, RPG gaming (paper and computer) suppliers, WETA workshop, reproduction weapons, anime, comics and poster dealers, and wrestling memorabilia (or, as we Yanks call it...wrastling. No matter how you pronounce it, it's still disturbing)

Young dark Jedis and their role models put on a show

Friday, April 06, 2007

April Meeting - CHANGE OF PLAN

There is a change to the originally scheduled event for the meeting on the 11th April. Our guest speaker is now unable to attend. He was going to talk about new developments in nanotechnology. We intend to follow along from that ourselves and talk about new stuff in nanotech and science generally that is hitting the news at the moment. If you have recently read something cool on the scientific front, bring it along to share with the group. The more people bring, the more we have to talk about.

Monday, April 02, 2007

April Meeting - nanotechnology

The Main meeting for April will feature a talk by Dr Andreas Markwitz from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear sciences. His subject is "What's new in Nanotechnology." There was an international conference on Nanotech held recently in New Zealand. Dr Markwitz was there and so will be able to share the very latest in new developments in the field.

As usual, the meeting will be held at Turnbull House, Bowen st - Wednesday 11th April, 7.30pm.

Please pass this information on.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sir Julius Vogel Award nominations

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel awards close on the 31st of March. That is less than a week away.

For more information including details of the categories, have a look at the SJV info on the SFFANZ site. Voting and presentation of these awards will occur at Conspiracy 2 in June.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Dalek Chocolate cake

For your interest, here is a design for a Dalek chocolate cake. I know there are people in Phoenix who can improve on this. Think of it as a challenge for the next PIG.

Friday, March 02, 2007

March Meeting

The main meeting for March is on Wednesday 14th March at 7.30pm, Turnbull House, Bowen St.

This month we have a panel discussion "Just how big is our genre?" Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Alternate history, slipstream - the whole shebang. Just what is the scope of what we profess to be fans of?