#Conflux9 Art Show opens

The Conflux 9 Art Show is open. With a range of speculative fiction-related works, there’s something for everyone, from wearable art to mixed media to digital art to oil and brush masterpieces. Most pieces are available for purchase – auction forms are available in the Art Show room and at Registration.

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#Conflux9 Steampunk High Tea

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The Conflux 9 Steampunk High Tea was held yesterday in the gorgeous Atrium of the Rydges Capital Hill. Gorgeous frocks and sumptuous delights vied for attention of Conflux members. Another scone? Or find out who is beneath that fabulous cyber-samurai costume? Oh, the dilemmas!

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#Conflux9 art show sets up

art show setupPreparations are underway for the Conflux 9 art show, which kicks off at 9am tomorrow (26 April).

Many of the items on display are up for auction. Con members can place a bid or purchase prints at the Art Show desk.

For more information, visit the Art Show room (Executive Boardroom 3).

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#Conflux9 Dealers Room opens for business

dealers3 Dealers1 Dealers2The Conflux 9 Dealers Room is open for business.

As you can see from the pictures, spec fiction fans of all ages are keen to snap up a new read.

Dealers are: Storm Glass Books (Conflux 9 Bookseller), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Australian Romance Readers Association, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, Celestial Cobbler, Creative Corsetry, Fablecroft Publishing and Twelfth Planet Press.

Join them at the Con. Opening hours are:

Thursday (today): 1-5.30pm

Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 9am-3.30pm

The Market Day will be held on Saturday. Check your Con program for details.

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Conflux 9 is underway!

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We are underway with Conflux 9, Australia’s national speculative fiction convention for 2013.

Registrations are streaming in, being managed with aplomb, as always, by Karen Herkes and her crew (Tara and Maddi).

Workshops are underway on Level 1 at Rydges Capital Hill and we are gearing up for the Con’s first social event, the Steampunk High Tea, at 3pm in the Atrium.

See you there?

 

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Conflux in the Chronicle

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Conflux is so close we can taste it! And now we’re in the news: http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/?index=index.djvu

Go to page 9 for the story, interviews with the co-chairs and a very fetching picture of co-chair, Donna Maree Hanson, in her steampunk costume.

 

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Conflux media release – National science fiction writing festival set to blast off in Canberra

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The 52nd Australian National Science Fiction Convention (NATCON) will be held in Canberra from 25-28 April 2013 at the Rydges Capital Hill hotel. As well as being the 2013 NATCON, the convention is the 9th Conflux, the annual Canberra speculative fiction convention.

Set to be the biggest sci-fi writing festival held this year, the event will feature workshops, panel sessions with Australian and international guests, a Regency-themed banquet, a masquerade disco and a steampunk high tea.

Conference co-chairs Donna Hanson and Nicole Murphy said the NATCON was coming to Canberra in 2013 to help the national capital celebrate its centenary. We pitched for NATCON to come to Canberra back in 2011. We are so excited it is almost here – some of the guests of honour have never appeared in Australia before and we can’t wait to hear what they have to say about the future of speculative fiction.

While the main focus of the conference is on writing, we welcome any fan of science fiction or fantasy. We’re thrilled that many of the participants are readers and fans. We’ve worked hard to make the program as inclusive as possible and we hope that we’ll see a lot of new faces at this year’s convention.

Not only will the panels and workshops be interesting, diverse and fun, but convention members also have the chance to express their creative side with a steampunk-themed high tea and a masquerade disco with the theme of “angels, junk, steam”.

The social events are a fabulous opportunity to get out your Edwardian or Regency costume (we just know you’ve got one in the back of your cupboard) and have a little fun as we celebrate the diversity of the Australian science and speculative fiction community.

We are also having a Regency Gothic banquet on the Friday night of the convention, which will feature authentic Regency-era food. The menu was prepared by local historian, Dr Gillian Polack.

For more information about the conference, to view the program and to register to attend, visit the website: www.conflux.org.au

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Conflux membership FAQs

Events

Q. How do I pay for two tickets to the banquet?

A. Rather than click the button twice to pay for two people, just open up PayPal and use the address paypal@conflux.org.au. Then note on the form what you’ve done.

And if the two people both have special dietary requirements, it’s probably best to use a form each so it doesn’t get confusing.

 

Q. Help! I can’t find the steampunk high tea registration form.

A. The sign-up sheet for the high tea and the Regency banquet are both on the events page on the website. You have to click on the link, which takes you to a downloads page. Then click on the link on the downloads page and the word document will open.

 

Q. Where do I send the completed form?

A. Email the completed form/s to conflux9@gmail.com

 

Q. I am bringing a friend. Do I need to complete two forms?

A. Yes, we need a completed form for each person

 

Q. I have paid for the banquet by PayPal. Do I need to enter my credit card details on the sign-up sheet?

A. No, just note on the sign-up sheet that you’ve paid by PayPal (please include the email you used to login to PayPal so we can match your payment with your sign-up sheet).

 

Day memberships

Q. I can only come for one day. Do you have day memberships?

A. Yes, day memberships will be available from early April. However, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible for any workshops you wish to attend, as they are filling up fast. Then you can pay for your day membership later.

 

Upgrading supporting memberships

Q. I have a supporting membership and need to upgrade. How do I pay?

A. You can pay by PayPal, using conflux9@gmail.com as the payment address. The below chart shows how much you need to pay depending on when you took out your supporting membership.

If you purchased a Conflux supporting membership, it’s now time to upgrade if you’re planning on attending the conference.  The below chart will tell you how much you owe us for the upgrade. Simply use your credit card to pay via PayPal (log in to PayPal and use the Conflux PayPal email address is paypal@conflux.org.au) or mail a cheque or money order to P.O. Box 903, Belconnen ACT 2616.

Purchased at: Conflux 7 (Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2011) 

Upgrade cost full – $110 Upgrade cost concession – $70

Purchased from: October 4 2011 – April 9 2012

Upgrade cost full – $120 Upgrade cost concession – $80

Purchased from: April 10 2012 – June 13 2012

Upgrade cost full – $150 Upgrade cost concession – $110

Purchased from: June 14 2012 – October 18 2012

Upgrade cost full – $170 Upgrade cost concession – $130

Purchased from: October 19 2012 – January 6 2013

Upgrade cost full – $195 Upgrade cost concession – $140

Purchased from: January 7 2013 – March 31 2013

Upgrade cost full – $220 Upgrade cost concession – $150

 

 

Workshops

Q. Will I be able to attend workshops on the day even if I haven’t pre-booked?

A. Tickets will be sold on the day pending availability. Credit card or cash payments will be taken on the day.

 

Child minding facilities

Q. Are there any child minding facilities?

A. No child minding facilities are available, however there are some activities specifically designed for children. Please see the Program pages.

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It’s time to upgrade those supporting memberships

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If you purchased a Conflux supporting membership, it’s now time to upgrade if you’re planning on attending the conference.  The below chart will tell you how much you owe us for the upgrade. Simply use your credit card to pay via PayPal (log in to PayPal and use the Conflux PayPal email address is paypal@conflux.org.au) or mail a cheque or money order to P.O. Box 903, Belconnen ACT 2616.

Purchased at: Conflux 7 (Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2011) 

Upgrade cost full – $110
Upgrade cost concession – $70

Purchased from: October 4 2011 – April 9 2012

Upgrade cost full – $120
Upgrade cost concession – $80

Purchased from: April 10 2012 – June 13 2012

Upgrade cost full – $150
Upgrade cost concession – $110

Purchased from: June 14 2012 – October 18 2012

Upgrade cost full – $170
Upgrade cost concession – $130

Purchased from: October 19 2012 – January 6 2013

Upgrade cost full – $195
Upgrade cost concession – $140

Purchased from: January 7 2013 – March 31 2013

Upgrade cost full – $220
Upgrade cost concession – $150

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Guest of Honour shortlisted for Aurealis Awards

kaaron1Conflux 9 Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards with her science fiction short story “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing) and her horror short story “Sky” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press). Through Splintered Walls was also shortlisted in the Collection category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and other Conflux 9 panellists and members shortlisted for the awards, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on 18 May 2013. For more information about the Aurealis Awards and for a full list of finalists, visit www.aurealisawards.org

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