Swancon36 » Program http://2011.swancon.com.au Get ready to party like it's Easter 2011 Thu, 05 May 2011 07:14:06 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.6 en hourly 1 Not long now! http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/not-long-now/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/not-long-now/#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2011 04:56:01 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1075 It was almost thirteen months ago that we launched Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty, and now we have less than a week to go! Here are a few last minute announcements, reminders and links!

Firstly, we are very sad to announce that Lyn McConchie and Mary Victoria are no longer able to attend due to unforseen events. We were so pleased when they said yes to being invited guests of the convention and they will be missed.

However (look away, Lyn and Mary!), we have so much for you to do and see that you should really start sleeping all day and night to prepare. If you haven’t already, take a look at our mintox program, and see more details of the Academic Stream and the WriterStream.

Thursday night is free, and you’ll be able to bring your friends to sample the Swancon experience. The hilariously geeky BRENT! will launch the convention with some end-of-week LOLs, followed by a debate over the assertion that “We are Living in a Computer Simulation”. Then join Eric Ripper, SF fan and Leader of the Opposition, who will be launching the Future Imperfect Art Show. There will also be gaming and various panels, plus the Hyatt bar will be open for business if you just want to catch up with everyone.

Before the convention opens, you are invited to Meet Our Guests over lunch at Mai’s Vietnamese Restaurant East Perth. Places are limited, but there’s still some seats available if you get in quick!

If there’s one thing that fans love most of all, it’s Having Opinions. If that describes you, make sure you get your votes in for the Tin Duck and Ditmar Awards. There will be printed ballots available at the door so you can vote once you arrive. Check the links for eligibility criteria. Then join us for cocktails at the Orbit | Gollancz Natcon Fifty Awards Ceremony, for the presentation of these awards and more!

Saturday night is Masquerade night! Airbrush Tattoos WA are trading in the Dealer Room all weekend. They specialise in full colour and glow in the dark, waterproof airbrush tattoos small and large! They are also available for full costume tattooing – if you want something a little special for the Masquerade or any other program item, you are welcome to book ahead by email to make your appointment.

Lastly: Swancon only survives on the kindness of volunteers. If you have a strong attention to detail and a few hours to spare over the convention weekend we would love to hear from you.

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Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Membership http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-membership/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-membership/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 07:37:38 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1041 Get ready to party like it’s Easter 2011

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty: it’s quite a mouthful and a lot of history. We’re so glad that we have the opportunity to host the fiftieth Australian Natcon at this year’s Swancon. Perth has hosted nine of them already, and we’re ready to make this one the best so far.

Take a look at our program, and I think you’ll agree it’s pretty awesome! There will be lots to do, see, hear and say. Whether you’re in the mood to listen to presentations from writers, editors, artists and academics; debate ideas with other fans of speculative fiction; network and socialise with guests and members in one of the Hyatt’s many bars and cafes; or just spend time in our fabulous dealers room and fan lounge; there will always be something for you to do.

Remember that Thursday night is free! So bring a friend or two and see what Swancon has to offer.

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is all about fandom, and the fans. We’re holding a party in your honour – all you have to do is show up and have fun. We’ve compiled a short summary of what’s on offer. There will be more announcements as we go, so be sure to keep an eye on our rss feed, or our Twitter feed (@natcon50) for more exciting updates and news throughout the year.

But first, the basics:

21-25 April 2011
Hyatt Hotel, Adelaide Tce, Perth

From the moment you receive your membership card, the kind folks at Planet Books and Fantastic Planet have offered to give you 10% off all the books you buy – valid until 25 April 2011. You really can’t afford not to sign up!

Until 20 April 2011, membership of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty will be $210, or $155 for students and concession card holders. On Thursday 21 April prices will be $250 / $185. You can buy day memberships for $70 per day, or $50 student/concession. Supporting memberships are $20.

You can purchase memberships online, at Planet Books, Fantastic Planet, White Dwarf, Empire Toys, Quality Comics, Tactics and Tokyo Underground, or in person from Swancon Thirty Six committee members.

Become a member of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty today!

See our program here.

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Convention Book Advertising http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/03/convention-book-advertising/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/03/convention-book-advertising/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:50:06 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=716 If you have a business and you’re looking for a smart, professional audience to reach out to, why not consider advertising in the Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty convention handbook. The booklet will include a section commemorating the Fiftieth Natcon, making it a keepsake for members.

A full colour A5 size glossy booklet with programming timetable and other essential information for con-goers will provide you with a guaranteed audience for your advertisement.

Prices are as follows:
Outside Back Cover (148mm X 210mm plus bleed): $250
Inside Front Cover (148mm X 210mm plus bleed): $150
Full Page (148mm X 210mm plus bleed): $100
Half Page (148mm X 100mm plus bleed): $60

You can provide your own print-ready artwork, or talk to us about a reasonable rate for design. For more information, send us an email.

If you want to sell your product or service at the convention, why not book a table in our dealers room.

Pay with Paypal

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Academic Program Announced http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/11/academic-program-announced/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/11/academic-program-announced/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 07:23:48 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=420 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 be a genre; it is a mode of awareness. It helps us to understand our rapidly changing world. It anticipates the fluidity of the future and the nature of evolution. Sometimes it inspires us to take action and challenge our reality. As the world of tomorrow becomes the world of today, does sf occupy a role of prediction, or does its strength lie in its extrapolative ability? Or the critical, often dystopian lens it offers to our present?

Future Imperfect explores the complex relation of sf futures to our contemporary critical, political and scientific understandings. Are there lessons for our scientists, politicians, policy makers, and activists in these science-fictional visions? What do we, as readers, take away from our readings of these potential futures, perfect or imperfect?

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability
  • Climate change science
  • Gender, Race, and Class politic
  • Evolution
  • Science literacy
  • Forecasting / futures scenarios

Sessions will be 30 minutes in length, with 20 minute papers and 10 minutes for questions.

The Academic Program is part of the 50th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, and the 36th annual Western Australian science fiction and fantasy convention. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://2011.swancon.com.au/

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to the conveners by Friday, 31st December 2010 to : academic_2011@swancon.com.au

Please include the following in the body of your email (no attachments please) :

  • title of paper
  • name / affiliation
  • email address
  • 200 word abstract
  • short biographical statement (50 words)
  • A/V requirements

Andrew Cameron & Helen Merrick
Natcon Fifty | Swancon Thirty Six Academic Program Conveners

Email | Web

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2011 Norma K. Hemming Award http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/10/2011-norma-k-hemming-award/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/10/2011-norma-k-hemming-award/#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:15:23 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=404 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 Australia or by Australian citizens.
  • first published, released or presented in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) launched this major new award at Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne on 2–6 September 2010.

The Award will not necessarily be given annually, and a selection will only be made if there is a work that meets an appropriate standard of excellence.

Dr Toby Burrows (Scholars Centre, University of Western Australia) has published an edition of Norma Hemming’s collected writings called Dwellers in Silence – Stories and Plays by Norma Hemming. It is available for purchase online from Lulu.

Download the rules and entry form here.

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Tell us what you want (what you really really want) http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/10/tell-us-what-you-want/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/10/tell-us-what-you-want/#comments Mon, 04 Oct 2010 06:15:43 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=388 Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is now 7 months away. We’ve been busy preparing the framework for one of the best cons ever at the beautiful and spacious Hyatt. Now we want to hear from you. Share your ideas for presentations, discussions, panels and entertainment events, suggest awesome people who may not volunteer themselves, and tell us what you’d like to see more (or less) of.

To help make it easy for you, there are lots of ways you can contribute:

  • Comment and join the discussion on the programming post
  • Tweet us @natcon50 (use #natcon50 to allow others to follow the discussion).
  • Email our fearless leader at girlie.jones@gmail.com.
  • Come to the first of a series of real-life meetings next Tuesday 12 October, at 7pm at the Mighty Quinn on Wanneroo Rd, Tuart Hill. We’ll be holding a few meetings in different locations over the next few months so don’t worry if that location’s not convenient for you.
  • Register with our online sign-up form.

Need more encouragement? Share your ideas with us by this Friday, you’ll go into the draw to win double passes to the premiere of Let Me In at Event Cinemas Innaloo, Monday 11 October, 6.30pm

Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road).

Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is really a savage vampire.

Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and produced by legendary British horror brand Hammer Films, is based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den RatteKomma(Let The Right One In) by John AjvideLindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

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Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Program http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/09/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-program/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2010/09/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-program/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2010 04:15:34 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=366 Well, Worldcon is over. Already? There was such an awesome Perth contingent at Aussiecon 4 and it was so great to see everyone! Thanks to all the people who came over and said hi and to those who grabbed flyers and/or spread the word about Swancon.

We’re collecting a list of programming and other elements of the con that worked (or didn’t) and suggestions and feedback from people for what would or wouldn’t work for Swancon. If you came and chatted to us or threw an idea or suggestion our way, please follow it up with an email. They were all worth following up on and we don’t want to forget any of them.

Thanks again.

PS A pdf of PR1 is available here if you missed it!

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