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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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Conflux Poster and Cover Art: Brian Smith

Last night I discovered  Keri Arthur’s Aussie speak dictionary for the podcast on the Urban fantasy versus paranormal she did with Jane Routley and myself at Conflux 4 in 2007. (There’s also a link to the podcast on Marta Acosta’s vampire wire ).

That panel was a lot of fun, and thinking about it reminded me of the other great panels that were produced as podcasts.

I chaired a panel on The dead body – How to kill someone heroically, where Keri, Richard Harland and I were treated to a brilliant display of sword fighting by Chris Barnes (unfortunately the visuals don’t show in the podcast 🙂 ) and participated in Telling the future – how divination really works, with Kylie Seluka (Chair) and Margi Curtis.

There were panels and inerviews with Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Garth Nix, Trudi Canavan, Graham Joyce, Jonathan Strahan, Simon Brown, Rob Hood, Maxine McArthur, Sean Williams, Terry Dowling, Karen Miller, Sharyn Lilley, Donna Hanson, Gillian Polack, Kaaron Warren, Leigh Blackmore, Cat Sparks, Jack Dann, Liz Argall among other talented writers.

All the Conflux4 podcasts produced by Joffre Street Productions are still available online at the Conflux website  here.

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“There was an awful lot of blood splashed around Joey’s office and it was upsetting me.  It wasn’t making me sick – that I could cope with.  It was making me hungry and that was frankly disturbing.

I bet Phillip Marlowe never had the problems I have – like salivating over the body.”

from The Aldrin Vial, Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files

I went to the launch of  Robbie Matthew’s Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files on 10 December last year.

I’m so glad this book has come out. I have been in love with Johnny Phillips for years, ever since I first heard Robbie read one of the stories.

Johnnie is a local were-boy.  He works in Sydney, so that’s special to me because I recognise so many of the landmarks.

Robbie swears the stories are not meant to be funny, but I don’t believe him at all.

johnny_fullThe awesome cover is by Nick Stathopoulos, who is a finalist in the 2008 Archibald Art Prize and the 2008 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.  Nick is also nominated twice in the same category for a 2008 Ditmar Award for his book covers, Rynemonn, the final installment of Terry Dowling’s epic Tom Rynosseros saga, and Daikaiju 3  –  Giant Monsters Vs The World!

Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files is published by Aust Speculative Fiction and can be ordered from the website.


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