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Maybe I shouldn't post this yet, but what the hell - I want to see how it looks up there. If anyone wants to delete it go ahead, I have a copy. It's just the beginning. Most facts are in print in Cygnetures (of which I seem to have 3 copies) and will be referenced when I find out how. I also have some letters that may yield tidbits. What is Cygnetures - do I hear. Watch this space ;) I hope to get Grant Stone and Cliff Wind to check this over, and others who were there ... And naturally any Wiki-ite (what's the noun then?) can mess with it.
 
 
 
=Swancon 1 - Duckcon 13=
 
=Swancon 1 - Duckcon 13=
  
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==Memberships==
 
==Memberships==
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Membership may have been $5. There seems to have been a supporting membership. In a letter dated 12 September 1976 to Dave Oldman, an sfnal friend in the UK, Anthony Peacey wrote:
  
===Door prices===
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:We are using my address for SWANCON (indeed to Gloria's disgust it will be held here) and I keep geeting[sic] odd little items of mail, mostly from fandom over east. I think they all wonder what might be stirring in hickland. "...if you've got a thriving fandom over there we want to know about it." wrote Allan Bray, president of the South Australian SF Society. If we've got a thriving fandom over here we want to know about it too, Allan. However, he also offered to pay a supporting membership, which offer we shall not decline.
*Full: $x
 
*Day: $some fraction of x
 
  
 
==Guests==
 
==Guests==
  
I think one of the attendees came as a guest
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Maureen Smith was probably a guest rather than a full memeber. She may have been present only on the Saturday afternoon for her talk and the subsequent discussion. She was doing a literature PhD around sf at Murdoch, which she completed in 1978.
  
 
==Members==
 
==Members==
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| align="right" | 4. || Grant Stone      ||  || 24. || Damian Brennan
 
| align="right" | 4. || Grant Stone      ||  || 24. || Damian Brennan
 
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| align="right" | 5. || Cliff Wind        ||  || 25. || Robert Gougr
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| align="right" | 5. || Cliff Wind        ||  || 25. || Robert Goug
 
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| align="right" | 6. || Carl Peacey      ||  || 26. || Geraldine Lockye
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| align="right" | 6. || Carl Peacey      ||  || 26. || Geraldine Lockyer
 
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| align="right" | 7. || S. W. Szymonek    ||  || 27. || L. Martin
 
| align="right" | 7. || S. W. Szymonek    ||  || 27. || L. Martin
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==History==
 
==History==
 
There is history
 
There is history
 
==Launch==
 
This heading may disappear
 
  
 
==Academic and Expert Stream==
 
==Academic and Expert Stream==
Or something like that to cover the Murdoch-UWA standoff
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Or something like that to cover the Murdoch-UWA dissonance
  
 
==Movie Screenings==  
 
==Movie Screenings==  
There were movie screenings.
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In keeping with the elevated and intellectual tone of the proceedings (vide [[Cygnetures|''Cygnetures'']] ''passim'') there were no actual sf movies; instead several documentary movies were shown about the science fiction genre and sf authors. The program lists the titles as:
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:Science Fiction
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:Ideas in Science Fiction
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:Plot in Science Fiction
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:New Directions in Science Fiction
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:Story of a writer : Ray Bradbury
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:Icarus Montgolfier Wright
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:Lunch with John W. Campbell
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:Science Fiction Films
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:Werner von Braun
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:Stranger than Science Fiction
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Who and what did we see in these films? Cliff Wind wrote:'Films of sf figures, Campbell, Ellison, Knight, Anderson, Sturgeon, Harrison, Clarke, Dickson, Clarke, Bradbury, and 4E; NASA films, The Eagle, Skylab' ([[:Image:Cygnetures_0011.jpg|''Cygnetures'' Page 11]]). Using the following scheme ([[:Image:Cygnetures_0008.jpg|''Cygnetures'' Page 8]]) Damian Nite awarded them scores of relative merit(?):
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{|
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| ****** || - || width="150px" | Deleted expletive || *** || - || Let's do something else
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|-
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| ***** || - || Let's have tea || ** || - || Let's do anything else
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|-
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| **** || - || Let's have lunch || * || - || R.S.
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|-
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|}
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The only film to score 6 stars - 'Tarzan' (Simba Productions Ink) - did not appear on the printed [[:Image:Cygnetures_0028.jpg|program]], possibly because it compromised the 'elevated and intellectual tone'. For this little gem Nite obviously found the usual 5 stars insufficient. It would be interesting to know what expletive he deleted. But alas! the mists of time... The characters in 'Tarzan' were played by Anthony Peacey's kids, and the lion by his dog. The tape exists but at the moment is unplayable, requiring as it does an antediluvian reel to reel videotape player. Efforts are being made to have this peerless production converted to DVD; as of now (20 January 2011) it looks as if the tape must go to Sony in Japan, or a lab in the Netherlands. Stay tuned.
  
 
==Cygnetures==
 
==Cygnetures==
The actual record<ref>Cygnetures exists in Anthony Peacey's archives (and possibly other places)</ref>
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[[Cygnetures|''Cygnetures'']] is a strange beast, a cross between a fanzine afire with naiveté and enthusiasm and a con report. It is an omnium gatherum of musings, stories, accounts of the con, personal journeys to the con or to SF - even a poem; typed with a variety of type faces, Gestetnered onto white and yellow paper of varying sizes. In form and content it reflects the nature and mood of the auspicious gathering that gave it birth.
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Most of the texts were written or started at the Fanzine Factory event of the con itself. Some of these were possibly finished later, some apparently never finished. Dave Underwood co-ordinated the editorial effort. This took maybe a year. (Dave was not at the con, but picked up the job afterwards.)
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
<references/>
 
<references/>
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== References ==
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*[[Cygnetures|''Cygnetures'']]
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 02:27, 28 January 2011

Swancon 1 - Duckcon 13

The first West Australian Science Fiction Convention, held on October 9th-11th 1976.

Committee

  • Anthony Peacey (Chairman)
  • Wally Blackburn
  • Grant Stone
  • Cliff Wind

Memberships

Membership may have been $5. There seems to have been a supporting membership. In a letter dated 12 September 1976 to Dave Oldman, an sfnal friend in the UK, Anthony Peacey wrote:

We are using my address for SWANCON (indeed to Gloria's disgust it will be held here) and I keep geeting[sic] odd little items of mail, mostly from fandom over east. I think they all wonder what might be stirring in hickland. "...if you've got a thriving fandom over there we want to know about it." wrote Allan Bray, president of the South Australian SF Society. If we've got a thriving fandom over here we want to know about it too, Allan. However, he also offered to pay a supporting membership, which offer we shall not decline.

Guests

Maureen Smith was probably a guest rather than a full memeber. She may have been present only on the Saturday afternoon for her talk and the subsequent discussion. She was doing a literature PhD around sf at Murdoch, which she completed in 1978.

Members

1. Anthony Peacey   21. Michael Alder
2. Wally Blackburn 22. Maureen Smith
3. Nancy Blackburn 23. Roy Ferguson
4. Grant Stone 24. Damian Brennan
5. Cliff Wind 25. Robert Goug
6. Carl Peacey 26. Geraldine Lockyer
7. S. W. Szymonek 27. L. Martin
8. J. Gartland 28. Larry Dunning
9. Graham Gough 29. S. Gunnell
10. Peter Parkinson 30. K.J. Rieder
11. Adam Jenkins 31. A. F. J. Bray
12. Andrew Harvey 32. Lyn Errington
13. Jim Dick 33. Tony Errington
14. Tony de Groot 34. Paul Lowthorpe
15. Yvonne Coombs 35. Una Gajadhar
16. Judith Hanna 36. Meg Howroyd
17. Ken Youngson 37. Robin Heckler
18. Stuart Burnfield 38. Maureen Gell
19. W. M. Hand 39. David Greely
20. Jean Horner 40. Lincoln Fowler

Venue

Anthony and Gloria Peacey's house in Milne Street, Bayswater.

All efforts to have the house listed as a World Heritage Fannish Shrine having failed it was sold to mundanes in 2002.

History

There is history

Academic and Expert Stream

Or something like that to cover the Murdoch-UWA dissonance

Movie Screenings

In keeping with the elevated and intellectual tone of the proceedings (vide Cygnetures passim) there were no actual sf movies; instead several documentary movies were shown about the science fiction genre and sf authors. The program lists the titles as:

Science Fiction
Ideas in Science Fiction
Plot in Science Fiction
New Directions in Science Fiction
Story of a writer : Ray Bradbury
Icarus Montgolfier Wright
Lunch with John W. Campbell
Science Fiction Films
Werner von Braun
Stranger than Science Fiction

Who and what did we see in these films? Cliff Wind wrote:'Films of sf figures, Campbell, Ellison, Knight, Anderson, Sturgeon, Harrison, Clarke, Dickson, Clarke, Bradbury, and 4E; NASA films, The Eagle, Skylab' (Cygnetures Page 11). Using the following scheme (Cygnetures Page 8) Damian Nite awarded them scores of relative merit(?):

****** - Deleted expletive *** - Let's do something else
***** - Let's have tea ** - Let's do anything else
**** - Let's have lunch * - R.S.

The only film to score 6 stars - 'Tarzan' (Simba Productions Ink) - did not appear on the printed program, possibly because it compromised the 'elevated and intellectual tone'. For this little gem Nite obviously found the usual 5 stars insufficient. It would be interesting to know what expletive he deleted. But alas! the mists of time... The characters in 'Tarzan' were played by Anthony Peacey's kids, and the lion by his dog. The tape exists but at the moment is unplayable, requiring as it does an antediluvian reel to reel videotape player. Efforts are being made to have this peerless production converted to DVD; as of now (20 January 2011) it looks as if the tape must go to Sony in Japan, or a lab in the Netherlands. Stay tuned.

Cygnetures

Cygnetures is a strange beast, a cross between a fanzine afire with naiveté and enthusiasm and a con report. It is an omnium gatherum of musings, stories, accounts of the con, personal journeys to the con or to SF - even a poem; typed with a variety of type faces, Gestetnered onto white and yellow paper of varying sizes. In form and content it reflects the nature and mood of the auspicious gathering that gave it birth.

Most of the texts were written or started at the Fanzine Factory event of the con itself. Some of these were possibly finished later, some apparently never finished. Dave Underwood co-ordinated the editorial effort. This took maybe a year. (Dave was not at the con, but picked up the job afterwards.)

Notes


References

External Links