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Bookings for the Conflux 6 Banquet close in 2 days! And there won’t be another banquet til 2011. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles will be set in 1945 – the first Mardi Gras after the war. Cocktails and Jazz set the scene! Then for the dinner we move back in time to the culinary delights of the 1880s.

The setting is the private home by the great hostess Severine Sallier in northern Louisiana. The Conflux theme for this year is Secrets – and there are plenty of secrets buried in the Bayou.

Come in costume – as a the creature from the black lagoon, a vampire, a pirate, a ghost, or as a southern belle out of Gone with the Wind. Come in the year’s hottest new fashion – a bustle. Or drag out your scandalous corset.

Come in your Dad or Mum’s 1945 suit.

Or just come as yourself. Just don’t miss out on the fun.

The Banquet will be held on Saturday evening on 3 October, at the Marque Hotel Canberra, commencing 7pm with pre-dinner drinks.

Tickets are $52 per person. Let us know if you want vegetarian, gluten free or other food. You’ll find the booking form and contact details on the Conflux Website at http://www.conflux.org.au.

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This year’s Conflux Virtual Mini-Con will be held on Sunday 3oth August 2009.  The program (like most programs it is a moving feast – so note that things might change) is:

9am to 9.30am – Welcome, introduction and Conflux generally.

9.30 to 10.30am Liz Argall

10.30 to 11.30am Gillian Polack

11.30 to 12.30pm Richard Harland

12.30 to 1.30pm Jim Minz (10.30pm Saturday US time)

1.30 to 2.30pm Maxine McArthur

2.30 to 3.30pm Bruce R Gillespie

3.30 to 4.30pm Cat Sparks

4.30 to 5pm – Closure Gillian Polack and Stuart Herring

Of course, there will be other interesting forum.  Join us online at http://conflux.org.au.

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Time is running out to enter this year’s short story competition.

Stories must be on the theme of the convention – “Secrets”.  They must be a maximum of 2000 words and contain a speculative element. Otherwise, the sky is the limit. Stories that fail in any of these elements will be judged ineligible.

Entries will only be accepted April 1 to July 31, 2009. Stories may be emailed to storycomp@conflux.org.au

You must be a Conflux 6 member to enter, entry after membership is free. The winner will be chosen by a panel of three authors.

The winning story will be edited by Conflux GoH Jim Minz for publication in the Convention Magazine. So here is your opportunity to work with an experienced editor!

Two runners-up will also appear in the Convention magazine. All winners will receive a surprise package of books and a certificate.

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Shh!  TOP Secrets!

The Conflux 6 Website is up and running.

Information will be added as our intrepid spies relay their findings from deep and dangerous undercover.

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Canberra – October 2009 – Conflux is on again for lovers of horror, fantasy and sf.

Conflux 6 is digging up Secrets from many times and places, with a particular fondness for secrets of the Louisiana bayous.

There is a flavoursome bridging of three time periods in thee centuries. How did this happen? Did someone leave the tardis on, or is it just ghosts dancing the timewarp again in their tatty fishnet stockings

The 1940s jazz almost covers the blood curdling howls, while you sip your excellent vintage cocktail.  Gorgeous costumes and good conversation distract you from those misty glimpses of mercifully forgotten  … secret things.

At the stately dinner, where you’ll be served fine 1880s French Louisianna cuisine, you’ll hear whispers of scandals.

Shh! We know there are pirates lurking in the Contraband Bayou – but what other secrets does the bayou hold? What was that thing that went bump in the night? And who was that body someone found last week, the one draped in Spanish moss? Looks like someone must have bled it right out though the neck.

Gillian Polack can tell you more at Food History – http://www.foodpast.com/.

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