Australia

Conventions

National Convention

Main Regional Conventions

New South Wales has a series of small-scale conventions called Sydney Freecons, and hosted the third Australian Discworld Convention, Nullus Anxietas 3 in 2011. (The previous two conventions in that series were held in Victoria.) A related Unseen University Convivium has been held in South Australia.
Tasmania has had at least four Thylacon conventions.

Main Fan-Voted Awards

Australian Doctor Who fandom has the Double Gammas.
Australian Star Wars fandom has, or had, the Obies.
Australian media fandom had the Australian Science Fiction Media Awards.


Tag Cloud: See also the Fancyclopedia 3 tag cloud for Australia, and/or the following lists generated from it:


Some History

Date Event
1935, Aug 15 First official meeting of the Sydney Science Fiction League
ca. 1937 Spacehounds (fan publication) first published
1939, Feb 1 John Gregor's Science Fiction Review (fanzine) published (as by John Devern)
1939, Nov 5 First official meeting of the Futurian Society of Sydney
1942 Futurian Society of Sydney officially disbanded
1947 Futurian Society of Sydney revived
1951 Australian Science Fiction Society announced in first issue of Woomera
1952, Mar 22 First Australian Science Fiction Convention (i.e., first Australian Natcon)
1952, May 9 First official meeting of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club (as the Melbourne Science Fiction Group)
1953, Aug 8-9 Riverina Conference
1954 A Handbook of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Donald H. Tuck published
1966 Australian Science Fiction Review first published
1968, Oct ANZAPA started (as APA-A)
1969, Apr Ditmar Awards first presented
1969, Aug Vision of Tomorrow first published (in UK)
1970, Sep Vision of Tomorrow last published
by 1971 Space Age Books opened (as The Space Age Bookshop)
1972 First DUFF race won
1975, Aug 14-17 Aussiecon
1976 Australian Science Fiction Foundation established
1976, Oct 9-11 First Swancon convention
1979 First FFANZ race won
1979 Australian Science Fiction Review revived
1980, Aug 31 Peter Nicholls wins 1980 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo
1981, Jan/Feb First issue of Omega Science Digest
1982 First Conquest convention
1983 First GUFF race won
1983, Sep 24-25 First Media Natcon, Conquest '83
1984, Sep 4 Donald Tuck won 1984 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo
1985, Aug 22-36 Aussiecon 2
1985/86, Summer First issue of Aphelion
1986/87, Summer Last issue of Aphelion
1987, Jan/Feb Last issue of Omega Science Digest
1990, May Eidolon magazine first published
1990, Sep Aurealis magazine first published
1994, Jan 21 The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet first published
1994, Sep 4 Peter Nicholls won 1994 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo (with John Clute)
1996, Mar 22 First Aurealis Award winners announced
1998 The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy published
1999, Sep 2-6 Aussiecon 3
1999, Sep 5 Greg Egan won 1999 Best Novella Hugo and Ian Gunn won 1999 Best Fan Artist Hugo
2000, Apr Eidolon magazine last published
2001 First NAFF delegate appointed
2002, Jun/Jul First issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
2003, July 11-13 First Continuum convention
2004, Apr, 23-26 First Conflux convention
2007, Feb 9-11 First Nullus Anxietas convention
2007, Aug Meteor Incorporated founded
2008, Dec 12-15 First MiDFur convention
2010, Sep 2-6 Aussiecon 4
2010, Sep 5 Shaun Tan won 2010 Best Professional Artist Hugo
2011, Apr First UnderCONstruction held at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon 50
2011, Aug 20 Shaun Tan wins 2011 Best Professional Artist Hugo
2012, Jul Last issue of The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet (third series)
2012, Sep 12 Peter Nicholls won 2012 Best Related Work Hugo (with John Clute, David Langford and Graham Sleight)
2013, Sep 1 Tansy Rayner Roberts won 2013 Best Fan Writer Hugo
2014, May 25 N. A. Sulway won 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

For more information, see the Australian SF Information wiki, http://wiki.sf.org.au, and the Australian SF Distributed Archive Project at http://history.sf.org.au.


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