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


Voting open for the NAFF race to Conflux

cropped-9512-header2.jpgVoting for the National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) race for 2013 is open. The solo candidate is Emma Kate from Tasmania. Emma was nominated by Tansy Rayner Roberts (TAS), Tehani Wessley (TAS), and Sarah Parker (WA).

If successful, Emma will travel to Conflux 2013, which is also the 52nd National Convention – votes cost $5, with all proceeds going to the fund.

For further details and to cast your vote, please click on the link: NAFF Ballot 2013


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.


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 for New Zealand fans or for Australian fans.

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at or


Bookings open for Conflux 9 Market Day


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.


Full house – Conflux 9 dealers room

The Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 Dealers Room is now FULL!

The Market Day on Saturday, 27 April remains an option for those who missed out. If there’s enough call for it, we’ll consider moving the dealers to a bigger room, but you need to email president [dot] conflux [at] gmail [dot] com as soon as possible.

Full details are available on the Dealers page.


Conflux 9 art show – entries open

Entries are open for the Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 art show. Details on the Art Show page.


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


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**

REPORT FROM PLANET MIDNIGHT – Trade Paperback – $19.95

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

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

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

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

MIDNIGHT ROBBER – Trade Paperback – $19.95

BROWN GIRL IN THE RING – Trade Paperback – $19.95


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

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

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

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


Jane Austen Festival in Canberra week before Conflux 9

jafabannerFor our Regency Period enthusiasts, the Jane Austen Festival is being held the weekend before Conflux 9. For those with leave and $$, you have the opportunity to both events. While there are no special deals between Conflux and Earthly Delights their event provides another opportunity for you to wear your Regency frocks, jackets and trousers – you may even spot yourself on the telly or in the news, as the Jane Austin Festival receives Australia-wide media coverage.

JAFA2013-smallFor more information, visit the festival website.

Some of the festival musicians and dancers will also participate in the Conflux 9 Regency Banquet on the Friday night to add to the flavour and fun of the evening.

We are also lucky enough to have a Regency Dancing and Manners workshop available on the Friday morning of the convention, presented by John from Earthly Delights ($45 for members). He needs 16 people to make the workshop work, something about quadrilles.

After that Aylwen Gardener-Garden (also from Earthly Delights) will be doing an hour-long show and tell workshop on costume design ($10 for Conflux 9 members).

See the Events and Program pages for more details.