Category Archives: Thirty Six | Fifty

Natcon Fifty Short Story competition

Sponsored by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation
Entries are now open for the Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Short Story competition, proudly sponsored in 2011 by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation.
OPEN: 1st prize $250 | 2nd prize $100
JUNIOR: (18 and under): 1st prize $100 | 2nd prize $50
Stories must be submitted as an RTF [...]

Swancon Fan Art Show

The Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Fan Art Show will run from Friday 22 April to Sunday 24 April, 2011. Reserve space for your pieces by sending through a registration form or email. Payment for registrations must accompany registration.
Works registered after 13 April might not find room at the show. Multiple entries are allowed, [...]

Tin Duck Awards: nominations open

Tin Duck Nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Tin Duck Awards, the annual Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) Achievement Awards for WA writers and artists. The awards will be presented at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty to be held in Perth from 21- 25 April.
Works are eligible if they have been “published” [...]

Dealers Room prices

The dealers room will be one of the main gathering areas of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. You bring the exciting goods and services, we’ll provide the curious fans and geeks. Additionally we are offering SemiPro and Pro Dealers a 20% discount off the door price of up to two full Swancon memberships. Email [...]

What is retro-futurism?

Wikipedia gives a pretty good explanation of retro-futurism if you’re not really sure what it is.
Characterized by a blend of old-fashioned “retro” styles with futuristic technology, retro-futurism explores the themes of tension between past and future, and between the alienating and empowering effects of technology. Primarily reflected in artistic creations and modified technologies that realize [...]

Special announcement

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is pleased to announce some new committee members, all of whom are very excited about making Perth over Easter 2011 the most exciting place to be.
Firstly, we’re happy to have Tehani Wessely back. She’s re-joined our committee and we couldn’t be happier.
We are also pleased to have Stefen Brazil [...]

Academic Program Announced

Future Imperfect Call for Papers
The 50th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Academic Program
21-25 April 2011, Hyatt Hotel, Adelaide Tce, Perth
What, if anything, can sf teach us about the future? It has become commonplace to argue that we are living in science-fictional times. If sf is our present, what comes next?
For many, sf has ceased to [...]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It’s only one week until the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” part one of the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series.
Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty movie screening fundraiser will be on Thursday 18 November at 6:30pm at Reading Cinemas Belmont.

Ordinary tickets are $16. Members of Swancon [...]

2011 Norma K. Hemming Award

Entries are now open for the 2011 Norma K. Hemming Award, which will be presented at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty.
The Norma K. Hemming Award marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability:

in the form of science fiction and fantasy or related artwork or media.
produced either in [...]

Read, Watch, Talk, Listen.

The SF Book Club is coming back for Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty!
With just over six months to go, there’s plenty of time to read Paolo Bagicalupi’s Hugo and Nebulla winning novel The Windup Girl and participate in the SF Book Club discussion panel at Swancon.
Present your Swancon member’s card at Planet [...]