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Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Program

The draft Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty program is now online. While we are making every effort to make sure all details are correct, we cannot guarantee that items won’t change. We also have plenty of space for last minute program ideas, so if the mood strikes and you want to organise something, we’ll [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Future Imperfect Art Show

We’ll be announcing the artists participating in the Future Imperfect art show over the coming weeks. Take a look at the wonderfully creative people that we’ve announced so far:
Participating artists
Sandy Gaskett

Gas Bomb Girl | Facebook page

Evil Genius in Residence
Kathleen Jennings

Christopher Phillips


Future Imperfect Art Show

Future Imperfect Art Show
Natcon Fifty will host 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.
ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ will explore the way people have historically imagined our present, bringing the past and the future [...]

The perils of conventions

“Cross Section” was a publication produced for the 3rd Australian Natcon in 1954, which contained messages from international fans to members of the Natcon.
Donald A. Ford from the Cincinnati Fantasy Group wrote a piece in which he describes, amongst other things, the beginnings of the Indian Lake Convention:
This regional con is for the more hardened [...]

Natcon50 Project

The Natcon50 Project
Australia will celebrate its 50th Natcon – more officially known as the Australian National Science Fiction Convention – at Easter 2011. First held in Sydney in 1952 as an event run by fans for fans, today it attracts hundreds of fans, writers, editors, booksellers, publishers, movie-makers and other science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts [...]