CONFLUX 12 CONVENTION

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SCIENCE FICTION – FANTASY- HORROR – AND MORE

Special Guest Alan Baxter

Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016

At Novotel Canberra, Civic Centre ACT

Presentations, workshops, drama, pitching sessions, banquet, panel discussions, social and other great activities.

To register: WWW.TRYBOOKING.COM

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Conflux 12 Draft Program is up!

WHOOHOO!! Our draft program is up! Check it out. See anything you like? Why not volunteer to be on a panel? (You will need to be a member of Conflux 12 to be on a panel.)
Can’t see something you’d like on the program? There are still a few spots left to be filled – let us know if you have a suggestion.

Program

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Progress Report 1

At last, having overcome ordeals as indescribable as they are lamentable, the first Conflux 12 Progress Report is now available.

Past and current Conflux members should already have received a copy via email. If you think you should have and didn’t, please let us know at confluxchair@gmail.com

These and future reports are available from the Progress Reports page.

The next PR is due out on 15 June 2016.

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The CSFG/Conflux 12 short story competition is open!

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We are excited to announce that the CSFG/Conflux 12 short story competition is open!

We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which is: red fire monkey.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 12.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 12 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!

Prizes

First prize is $200 and a 2017 Conflux 13 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 13 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 13 membership.

Guidelines

Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.

Please submit them in the following format: RTF, double spaced, courier font, with the story title in the top right header.

Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we’ll remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.

Get it to us at csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com before midnight on 31 July 2016.

Fees

Fees can be paid by direct deposit (BSB: 805022 Acct: 03421621) or Paypal to canberra.specfic@gmail.com (For other options or any more information contact us directly at the csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com address)

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Novotel Canberra Accommodation 2016

Novotel Canberra offers premium 4.5 star hotel accommodation in the heart of the city. Its central location in the heart of the city offers access to Canberra’s retail, entertainment and restaurant district.

Conflux 12 runs from September 30 to October 3 2016.

Novotel are offering discounted pre-booked accommodation to Conflux 12 members until
30 September 2016. But you’d better get in early, as Floriade is on again this year so good accommodation is at a premium in Canberra at this time.

Novotel are offering for a minimum of 2 night stay:

Standard King Room  $199 – with breakfast $219
Executive King Room $229 – with breakfast $249

To take advantage please call the reservation team on 02 6245 5100 and quote CON011016 when booking. Note this number cannot be used for other bookings.

 

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Cabinet of Oddities

Attention, friends, colleagues, and all who love cool projects: the fundraising campaign for The Cabinet of Oddities is now LIVE! We need your help to make sure all the fabulous artists who are contributing to this unique performance receive compensation.

This is your chance to shout out to the universe that ARTISTS DESERVE TO BE PAID FOR THEIR ART.

Even if you’re not in a position yourself to contribute, please help by sharing the link and talking us up to your friends. This is going to be a truly wonderful performance, and we want you to be a part of it: by donating, by sharing, by attending, by sending us your good wishes.

There are also some cool rewards for donors….

http://www.pozible.com/project/199042

Dr. Laura E. Goodin
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Pitching at Conflux

There’s a new page on the Conflux website with details about pitching your novel at this year’s Conflux.  If you’d like more information check out http://conflux.org.au/pitching-at-conflux/

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Special Event: The Cabinet of Oddities

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What a fantastic event on Sunday night!  Conflux 11 is really pleased to be hosting “Cabinet of Oddities” in conjunction with the Australian Flute Festival – NEW Speculative Fiction and NEW Australian music from a very impressive line-up of Authors. Artist and Composers.  (Thank you to Dr Laura E. Goodin for organising this event.)

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Conflux 11

Conflux 11

Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention 2015

Friday 2 October to Monday 5 October 2015

At Novotel Canberra, Civic Centre ACT

In the International Year of Light

IY Light

www.conflux.org.au

www.facebook.com/confluxcanberra

Registration: www.trybooking.com/HAXD

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About Graham Joyce

Last week, the terrible news came through that Graham, so full of life, such a funny funny guy, had died of cancer.

Graham was the international guest of honour at Conflux 4, the first convention I chaired in 2007, and inviting him was the idea of Deb Biancotti and Kaaron Warren. I didn’t really have a guest I was dying to have, and after I read up on him I decided he’d be a perfect fit with the lineup of guests I had (which included Kaaron, Garth Nix, Simon Brown and Jonathan Strahan – the addition of Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta came later in the piece).

Graham graciously accepted the invitation, and arrangements were made. I remembered almost too late he’d need a visa, but that was organised and he arrived. I picked Graham up at the airport and took him to the hotel (Rydges Lakeside – I know some of you are shuddering right now – terrible venue). Graham instantly charmed me and set me at ease. He did that for everyone throughout the weekend.

One of the first things Graham said to me – “Trudi Canavan will be here, right?” His daughter was a massive Trudi fan and he’d been tasked with getting her autograph. It was the only thing that he HAD to do at Conflux. Otherwise, he was going to be all about the fun.

And he was. He made Canberra reviewer Colin Steele’s day by having lunch with him (Colin was a massive fan). He had lunch with a group of us Canberra folk at Gillian Polack’s house the day before the con, and that was a hoot! And at the con itself, he was open and available and funny.

I remember one time, I finally had a few minutes to sit (doesn’t happen often when you’re chairing a con). I went to bar and there was Graham, and Garth Nix, and there were some other folks but I can’t remember who. Anyway, the conversation turned to the fact after Conflux, Graham was going to stay with a family member who lived on a property between the Snowy Mountains and the South Coast. What followed was the typical Aussie ribbing about all the horrid creatures he was going to meet out there (I don’t think we resorted to a drop bear – we were writers, we can make the real horrific enough – hell, who needs a drop bear when there’s huntsman to scare the bejeezus out of you?) and Graham was having a rip-roaring time. We were laughing so much we were crying.

At the con, I bought one of Graham’s books and finally read him and realised not only was he and amazing human being, he was one of the most stunning writers I’ve ever come across.

So I can’t decide what I’m more devastated about – that we’ll never have another Graham Joyce book, or that Graham’s laughter will never be heard again.

My thoughts, and the thoughts of the extended Conflux family, go to Graham’s wife and children, his family and friends.

Nicole Murphy
President, Conflux Inc

Here are Graham’s answers to the questions posed to all our guests that year as part of our Progress Reports (our theme for the con was heroes):

Who are your real-life heroes?
The trouble with real-life heroes is they all turn out to have feet of clay, like the rest of us. Many years ago I paid a fat little barefoot Indian guru a week’s wages for a mantra. He had this beautiful and transcendent smile. The idea was that you paid for this mantra and you would end up with a similar smile. Later I found out that he was barefoot because he lived in deep-pile carpet in a luxury fortress in Switzerland, where he kept a dozen Rolls Royces and ate chikken tikka even though he was supposed to be a vegan. Well, you would smile, wouldn’t you? But if I have to name one it would be Oliver
Cromwell. Another would be Nelson Mandella. Then there’s Grace O’Malley, the Elizabethan pirate queen. But no-one can transcend their own humanity, and heroes are really about mythology, not humanity.

Who is more fun to write – villains or heroes? 
Well, I like the idea of heroes who turn out to be villains and villains who turn out to be heroes.

Heroes or heroines?
Heroines. They photograph better in the leather kilt.

Do you have a favorite fictional hero?
Yes. Dr Strange. Much more interesting than Spiderman and the rest.

What makes a hero come alive on the page?
Their frailties. If they are invulnerable or untouchable the outcome is secure. The bigger the heroic flaw or weakness, the more the outcome hangs in the balance.

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