PR 1

We’ve been preparing the groundwork for a fantastic program with some exciting new features – including writers workshops and teacher development. Until 6 September you can purchase a full membership of Natcon Fifty for just $180, or $140 for students and concession card holders.

Don’t forget that Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty membership gives you 10% off all the books you buy at Planet Books and Fantastic Planet until 25 April 2011. You really can’t afford not to sign up!

You may purchase memberships online, at Planet Books, Fantastic Planet, or in person from committee members – keep an eye out for us in the dealers room at Aussiecon 4.

Download a pdf of PR1 here for all the details, including:

Writers Workshops
Hosted by Ellen Datlow, Sean Williams and Justina Robson

  • 3 hour critique workshops will be offered as part of a writing stream.
  • Positions will be limited and require reservation.
  • Critiques will be on work submitted prior to the convention.
  • Optional audience positions will be offered.

Email us to reserve your position or for more info.

Using Science Fiction to teach English and Science

Thursday 21 April, 2011
9:00am – 1:30pm Scitech, West Perth

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty will be holding a WACOT accredited professional development day for teachers and teacher/librarians of upper primary and lower secondary school outlining ways in which science fiction literature and media can be used to teach concepts and inspire students.

The day includes:

  • Keynote speech from multi award-winning Australian author Sean Williams, author of science fiction and fantasy for both adult and young-adult readers, including several novels set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe
  • Spectacular Planetarium show
  • English curriculum stream
  • Science curriculum stream
  • Scitech tour. Scitech is in a central location in West Perth. Similar to Scienceworks in Melbourne, Scitech contains a wide variety of interactive exhibits illustrating dozens of aspects of science and technology as well as a number of lecture theatres and workshops suited to professional learning


  • Free for full Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty members
  • Non-Swancon member price is $70, and includes a day pass to attend Swancon on Friday 22 April

Registration includes morning tea, resource pack and certificate of attendance. To register, fill in the registration form, or send your details by email to

Hurry, places are limited.

ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ
A semi-professional art show to be held over the Easter weekend in 2011 in Perth, Western Australia. It will explore the way people have historically imagined our present, bringing the past and the future together in new and interesting ways. Here are our participating artists:

Sandy Gaskett
Jenna Downing
Kathleen Jennings
Christopher Phillips
Lisa Rye
Pia Van Ravestein
Gaston Locanto
Kathryn Linge
Christina Lorenz
Nancy Lorenz