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PR2 Released

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is just months away. We’ve got a huge range of updates for you, and there’s something for everyone this year.
To get you in the mood, we are hosting a series of guest posts about our themes of retro-futurism and fandom. You can find the first few at already, [...]

Romancing the West: Romance writing including paranormal romance

Swancon Thirty Six welcomes Romancing the West to WriterStream.
Romancing the West will run a second stream of our WriterStream, focussing on romance writing, including paranormal romance. This will include workshops by Juliet Marillier, Kaaron Warren and Nicole R Murphy and a presentation on novel structure by JD Cregan.
All Swancon members are welcome to [...]

EduStream: Teaching with Science Fiction

Friday 22 April
The EduStream at Swancon Thirty Six offers much to teachers of Science and English, as well as teacher librarians and other educators.
With an introduction by New York Times best selling author Sean Williams, workshops with expert teachers examining ways to use science fiction in the classroom, and panels considering the popularity of SF [...]

Swancon WriterStream

Saturday 23 April
The Swancon Thirty Six WriterStream is aimed at writers who are seeking to take the next step in the business of writing, with advice on how to become a writing professional and providing support in the writing process.
Featuring many of the Swancon guests including internationally acclaimed editors Ellen Datlow and Jonathan Strahan, British [...]

Swancon Comedy Fundraiser

Join us for a night of geeky, SF-themed LOLs with MC Werzel Montague, Brent ! Sunili and Sabian Wilde
Swancon Comedy Fundraiser
The Velvet Lounge, 639 Beaufort St Mt Lawley
7:30pm Thursday 31 March
$20 per head
RSVP to: or at Facebook, and download a pdf flyer to tell your friends.
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Pop culture meets ancient icon

A very cute bit of retro-futurism from Rachael T E Sparks at the UCL Museums & Collections Blog.

There it was. A rather charming hand applied to the vessel wall. Well, I’m a fan of pop culture myself, so my immediate thought was that there had been a bit of jiggery-pokery by a Star Trek fan [...]

It’s NAFF time!

The call for nominations for the 2011 National Australia Fan Fund (NAFF) has opened.
NAFF sends one fan each year to the current National Science Fiction Convention, which this year will be held in Perth at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Any active fan living outside Western Australia is eligible to nominate.
For further [...]

oooh… fashion!

Taking a little break from the words today, in favour of pictures. Lots of beautiful pictures of how designers thought we would dress, and what science-fiction inspired fashion looks like today.

Show notes from the Ohne Title RTW Fall 2011 Collection said their fall line was influenced by “the shape, volume and details in early Apollo [...]

Forward and back, back and forward…

Richard Harland has been a spec fic author for 13 years, ever since he overcame the previous 25 years of writer’s block. At the moment, he’s totally into steampunk. Could it be because he got his big breakthrough success with the steampunk fantasy, Worldshaker? Or because the sequel, Liberator, comes out internationally round Swancon time? [...]

Other people’s retro-futures

Keira McKenzie has been writing & drawing stuff for positively ages & is now engaged in her PhD, the creative work concerning, quite coincidentally, futures of all stripes and worlds and times, and non-fictionally, H.P.Lovecraft and philosophical theories – which also involve the nature of futures in the past from the perspective of the present.

Future [...]