Workshop and panellist callout!

We are very close to putting up our draft program for Conflux 13.

We’ve got a few gaps left, though, so this is your chance.

Is there a panel topic you really want to see on the program?

Do you want to volunteer to be on a panel or five?

Do you have a great idea for a guest presentation or a workshop you want to pitch to us?*

Now is the time to let us know. Please email the Conflux 13 Committee on confluxchair[at]gmail.com.

*You might get away with suggesting panel topics in the comments, but if you want to pitch a workshop or prezzo, you really need to email us.

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Time to get your creepy creativity on…

This year Conflux is offering an extra creative outlet for those of you so inclined…

Riffing off the theme of  Guest of Honour Ellen Datlow’s 2015 anthology, The Doll Collection, we would like you to try and creep us right out by creating something horrible for our Conflux 13 Scary Doll competition.

Entry will be by gold coin donation. You’ll be able to drop your creepy creations off in the art show room for display throughout the con. We’ll reveal the winner (who will get a tacky trophy and maybe some chocolate) at the closing ceremony.

Looking forward to seeing the depths of nightmarishness you will plumb for this one.

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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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Regency Banquet a highlight of #Conflux9

The Conflux 9 Regency Banquet was held on Saturday night in the ballroom of the Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra.

With entertainment from Earthly Delights, the nearly 70 ball-goers minueted and reeled their way through a delightful evening.

While the dancing and costumes were charming, the undoubted highlight of the evening was the sumptuous Regency feast* prepared by the hotel’s chefs according to recipes created by Conflux’s own Gillian Polack.

Ball guests feasted on three incredible courses:

First Course

  • A pretty dish of eggs
  • Chicken forced with caper sauce
  • White mushroom fricassee
  • Mashed parsnips
  • Tomatoes
  • French beans
  • Almond cheesecakes
  • Brentford rolls

Second Course

  • Roast sirloin with mustard sauce
  • Salad with salad cream
  • Green peas soup
  • Savoury vegetables
  • Broccoli

Third Course

  • Burnt almonds
  • Ginger drops
  • Rice cake with raspberry cream
  • Almond jumbles
  • Moonshine pudding
  • Royal cake
  • Apricot ice cream

The recipes can be found in Five Historical Feasts by Gillian Polack, available from CSFG Publishing.

* Your correspondent, dear readers, is still feeling fabulously full from feasting. If you should hear no more from me, it is because I have expired. Do not be sad, dear readers, for I shall have died quite content.

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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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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 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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Coming to the Steampunk High Tea? Nothing to wear?

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So, you’ve signed up for the Steampunk High Tea at 3pm on Thursday, 25 April 2013. It’s just over three months away (gasp!) and you haven’t got your costume sorted. The Con’s interview with Richard Harland (in PR #4) might have given you some thoughts, but now it’s time to get serious and start work on your masterpiece. You can re-use all or parts of your costume for the Junkyard Cathedral party on Saturday, 27 April, so this is a great investment of your time (not to mention productive procrastination from that WIP that’s causing so much writerly angst).

If you’re like me and need a little more stimulation to get the costume ideas flowing, here are some links worth investigating (and I’ve included text, imagery and videos to ensure those of you who like visual stimulation best!):

Explore the Wikipedia ‘Steampunk’ entry

Feast your eyes upon the Google Images for ‘Steampunk’

Visit Kinetic Steam Works (US organisation making steam-powered kinetic art)

Marvel at the US Edwardian Ball photo gallery

Check out the SF Station steampunk photo gallery

Like the Steampunk Australia Facebook page

Go on the Steampunk Cruise the week before Conflux!

Check out Threadbanger’s steampunk outfit tutorials for men and for women on their YouTube channel

Pin everything from this steampunk outfits board on Pinterest

Read Steampunk Magazine

Join the crafty cats at Steam Fashion on LiveJournal

Geek out at Brass Goggles

That should be plenty of inspiration to get you started. Please feel free to add relevant links in the comments section below. You can never have too many prompts (or opportunities for productive procrastination)!

Photo credit: Alexander Schlesier (www.steampunker.de) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Five book launches at Smiths Alternative Bookshop

On Saturday night,  29 September from 7 pm,  Conflux presents:

 

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Join Conflux MC, mulitiple award winning author and editor Jack Dann at the launch of five new books by writers of fantasy, science fiction and horror:

 

Wild Chrome – collected stories by Greg Mellor

From Stage Door Shadows – edited by Jodi Cleghorn

Ms Cellophane –  ebook by Gillian Polack

The Light Heart of Stone – by Tor Roxburgh

Time Vandals – by Craig Cormick.

 

Wild Chrome – collected stories by Greg Mellor

Damien Broderick says:

“This is a tour de force, and by itself is proof that Gregory Mellor is a writer to watch in the way we kept an eye on Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian W. Aldiss and Roger Zelazny when they were setting out, learning to pilot their burning imaginations into the realm of words shaped to ignite the dreams of their readers.”

Greg Mellor is a Canberra-based author published in Cosmos Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Antipodean SF and Aurealis, as well as small press anthologies in Australia and the United States. Greg holds degrees in astrophysics and technology management. He was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG). Wild Chrome is his first collection.

 

From Stage Door Shadows – edited by Jodi Cleghorn

Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.  The stories re-introduce the women Benny Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.  From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heart- beat.

Featuring stories from Sam Adamson, Joanne Anderton, Cath Barton, Alan Baxter, Jessica Bell, Jodi Cleghorn, Janette Dalgliesh, Rebecca L. Dobbie, J.M. Donellan, Tom Dullemond, Laura Eno, Emma Kerry, Lisamarie Lamb, Len Lambert, S.G. Larner, Clive Martyn, Monica Marier, Andrew J. McKiernan, Laura Meyer, Theresa Milstein, Jennifer Muirhead, Melanie Saward, Graham Storrs, Rus VanWestervelt, Devin Watson and Daniel Wynne.

Jodi Cleghorn is a writer, editor and publisher mining the dark vein of humanity. She is the cofounder of eMergent Publishing and 2010 recipient of the Kris Hembury Encouragement Award for Emerging Artist. http://emergent-publishing.com

 

Ms Cellophane – e-book by Gillian Polack,

“Life was standing still, waiting for Liz to fall into its trap.”

Elizabeth Smith, recently made redundant, thinks that her life is deadly dull. She feels like cellophane – like people look right through her, like she’s not even there. A simple redecoration job involving a mirror turns her life upside down.  Through ominous horror and an unexpected romance Liz learns to become a whole person – someone who takes up space in the world, and demands to be herself.

Part gentle love story, part bizarre horror tale, but never, ever boring, Ms Cellophane is a revealing look at one woman’s nightmare transforming her reality in unexpectedly amusing ways.

Ms Cellophane, Gillian Polack, Momentum Books  http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/ms-cellophane/

Dr Gillian Polack is a writer, editor, critic and historian. Her latest publication is a novel Ms Cellophane (Momentum, 2012). She edited the Ditmar-finalist anthology Baggage (Eneit Press, 2010) and was awarded the 2010 Best Achievement Ditmar. She is currently completing her second doctorate.

 

The Light Heart of Stone – by Tor Roxburgh

11-year-old Fox lives in Kelp province where her father is the Indidjiny keeper of the land and sea. When the 84-year-old Oak Companion arrives to test the camp’s children for talent, Fox finds herself wrenched from her family, forcibly adopted into the famous Oak clan, and thrust into the slow culture of the city of Komey. Fox’s adoption should signal a life of bound motherhood, aimed at returning her talent to its rightful owners, but nothing is as it seems. The Companionaris’ ability to grow plants and breed animals is failing, a murderous ambition has been sparked, and there is a stirring of old magic in the air.

Tor Roxburgh is the author of 15 books. She has written non-fiction on family violence, pregnancy and youth homelessness and is the author of 12 teen romances. Her latest book, The Light Heart of Stone, is an epic fantasy novel that explores many contemporary themes. The Australian Broadcasting Commission’s, Prue Bentley, calls it “very Australian”.

 

Time Vandals – by Craig Cormick

A story of time travel, alternative realities and zombies!!

Imagine that you had a unique set of GENES that allowed you to travel to ALTERNATIVE WORLDS safely – when nobody else could. And imagine that somebody had opened a hole between our world and a very similar world, causing time to have changed. You would be recruited to join a SECRET AGENCY to travel to different world and repair the changes. But would you be prepared for all the things that could cause EVEN BIGGER CHANGES to our world? And who exactly are the TIME VANDALS who are changing time???

Dr Craig Cormick works as a professional science communicator and has published or edited over twenty books in non-fiction, fiction and short-stories. His writing awards include the ACT Book of the Year Award and a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your Conflux membership before 29 August

Get your Conflux 8 membership in now to save money –  rates up by $20 from 29 August.  Prices include three course buffet lunch on Saturday.

 

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