#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 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 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’s Kaaron Warren recommended by Locus

Locus Magazine has included Conflux 9 Special Guest Kaaron Warren in its 2012 Recommended Reading List.

Karen’s novella ‘Sky’ (which appeared in her four-story collection Through Splintered Wallsis featured in the list, which reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of speculative fiction.

You can find out more about Kaaron on the Guests page.

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2013 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).

FFANZ in 2013 will send one New Zealand science fiction fan from New Zealand to the 2013 Australian Natcon, Conflux 9, in Canberra from 25-28 April.

Prospective candidates have until 10 February 2013 to file the documents required to have their name placed in nomination and added to the ballot.

The ballots will be published and distributed in late February, with voting to run from 28 February – 12 March 2013.

Candidates should file the following documents:

  1. A brief letter stating one’s intent to run for FFANZ 2013.
  2. A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from New Zealand and a seconder from Australia.
  3. A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2013 FFANZ delegate.

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

  • Travel to Australia and attend Conflux 9, the 52nd Australian Natcon, in Canberra from 25-28 April.
  •  Visit and get to know as many Australian Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
  • Become the New Zealand FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found, normally this happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding Aussie-bound delegate (in 2015 if a race is run every year).
  • Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next NZ delegate(s) in 2015.
  • Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a trip report or other means.

Send required documents to janlb@orcon.net.nz for New Zealand fans or celestialcobbler@hotmail.com for Australian fans.

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at http://ffanz.sf.org.nz/qanda.htm or http://ozfanfunds.com/

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Bookings open for Conflux 9 Market Day

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Bookings are now open for the Conflux 9 Market Day, which will be held on Saturday, 27 April 2013.

See the Market Day page for details and booking form.

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Advertising and dealers opportunities for Conflux 9 closing fast

Have YOU booked your Conflux 9 ad space or dealers table? Better get in quick. The deadline for booking advertising in the con book and the last PR is February 1 (this Friday) – after that, all you can do is book inserts in the con bags.

The dealers room is filling fast – there’s only a couple of tables left and after that, you’re only option to sell at Conflux will be the market day, so if you want to come along, make sure you don’t miss out and get your bookings in now!

Click here for more information or email the President: president dot conflux at gmail dot com

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Pre-orders open for Nalo Hopkinson books

verdigrisThe International Guest of Honour for Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 is Nalo Hopkinson.

As nearly all of Nalo Hopkinson’s titles have no distribution in Australia, Slow Glass Books is offering the below titles for pre-order. All orders will be available for pick up in the Dealers Room at Conflux 9. Orders may be arranged by emailing Justin at slowglass dot com dot au.

SISTER MINE – Hardcover – $34.95**

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/sister-mine/9780446576925/

REPORT FROM PLANET MIDNIGHT – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/NaloHopkinson

THE CHAOS – Hardcover – $24.95 or Trade Paperback – $16.95

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Chaos/Nalo-Hopkinson/9781416954880

THE NEW MOON’S ARMS – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/the-new-moons-arms/9780446581974/

THE SALT ROADS – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/the-salt-roads/9780446677134/

SKIN FOLK – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/skin-folk/9780446678032/

MIDNIGHT ROBBER – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/midnight-robber/9780446675604/

BROWN GIRL IN THE RING – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/brown-girl-in-the-ring/9780446674331/

Edited by NALO HOPKINSON:

MOJO: CONJURE STORIES – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/mojo/9780446679299/

SO LONG BEEN DREAMING: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy – Trade Paperback – $34.95

http://www.arsenalpulp.com/bookinfo.php?index=192

PLEASE PLACE ORDERS BY EMAILING: Justin at slowglass dot com dot au

***        Please note that the links for each title list the US prices.

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