David and Perry discuss:

Taking a break/Next Year | The perils of Alternate History | Alternate histories in general | The Plot Against America | Lord Darcy Books by Randall Garrett | Recent Reading | Witchmark | The Sudden Appearance of Hope | Hugo Time Machine 1959 | A Case of Conscience by James Blish | Who? by Algis Budrys | The Big Front Yard by Clifford Simak | That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch | The Man Who Murdered Mohammed by Alfred Bester | Blade Runners | Blade Runner - Original | Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick | Tears in the Rain | Fiery the angels fell | Versions of the film | Blade Runner 2049 | Arrival (the movie) | Sicario | Ryan Gosling | First Man 

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Perry and David discuss:

Intro | The NBN | Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman | Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch | Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | Borderline by Mishell Baker | Experimental Film by Gemma Files | The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine | Possession by A. S. Byatt | The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North | The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North | The Boys (Amazon Prime) | Watchmen (HBO/Foxtel) | His Dark Materials (BBC/HBO) | For All Mankind (Apple TV+) | Hugo Time Machine (1958) | The Big Time by Fritz Leiber | Other books in the genre in 1958 | Big Planet by Jack Vance | Cosmic Puppets and Eye in the Sky by P.K.Dick | Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury | The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke | Door Into Summer and Citizen of the Galaxy by Heinlein | The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle | Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham | On the Beach by Neville Shute | Wasp by Eric Frank Russell | Or All the Seas With Oysters | The Incredible Shrinking Man 

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Intro | Follow-up | Making of the Hugo rocketships | Naming of the Hugos | Don't use us as a reference! | Hugo Time Machine | Best Fan Magazine | Why no fiction awards? | What were the magazines publishing? | Alien (1979) | Aliens (1986) | The Ridley Scott Alien Trilogy | Blade Runner | The Duelists | Fire and Blood | Are the Hugos a good guide to best SF? | The Power by Naomi Alderman | The Wanderers by Meg Howrey | Station Eleven by Evelyn St.John Mandel | 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami | Life After Life by Kate Atkinson | The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North | Self-Published works | Interview with Daniel Scott White | Unfit Magazine, Unreal Magazine | Platform Revolution

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Perry and David talk about:

Follow-up | Listening to our own episodes | Getting our facts wrong | Perry's views on diversity in the SF field | Do the awards truly indicate quality? | Other awards in the field

They also interview researcher Dr. Lucy Sussex about:

Discovering Mary Fortune | Ellen Davitt | 'Force and Fraud' - Australia's first murder mystery | Mary Fortune's reputation | Anticipates the police procedural | Police looked down on | French writer Émile Gaboriau | Australian interest in true crime | Wilkie Collins and 'The Moonstone' | Fascination with Australian settings | Mary Braddon | Ellen Wood | Marcus Clarke and 'His Natural Life' | 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab' | 'Blockbuster' | Fergus Hume | Melbourne the centre of theatre | Nailed colonial Victoria | Unusual structure of the novel | Victoria's Chinese detective | Concept of The Great Detective | Crime novels as commentary on society | Marvellous Melbourne - only for some | 'Blockbuster' story of a publishing phenomenon | Frederick Trischler | Print run of 5,000 | Hume sells copyright for £50 | Kicks off interest in crime fiction | Interest in Australia | Pirated in the United States | Literature a dicey business | Theatrical versions | Hume goes to England | Was Hume gay? | Oscar Wilde | Blackmail? | Theosophy | Spiritualism - Doyle, Houdini | Hume's connections in England | Haddon Chambers | Lucy's further research | Anne Perry | Further research

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Image: section of the cover of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume.

David and Perry discuss:

Recent reading | Fire and Blood | Ian Tregillis | The Milkweed Triptych | The Alchemy Wars | Something More Than Night | Binge reading | The Hugo Time Machine 1956 | Double Star by Robert Heinlein | Heinlein's sexual attitudes | Other nominees | Three to Conquer | End of Eternity | The Long Tomorrow | First woman to be nominated | Exploration Team | The Star | End As A World | Game of Rat and Dragon | Astounding SF Magazine | John W. Campbell Jnr | Controversy over Award Naming | Criticism by Jeanette Ng | JWC Memorial Award | World Fantasy Award | James Tiptree Jnr Award | Arthur C. Clarke Award | Hugo Gernsback | Perils of naming awards after people | The Oscars | 2019 Hugos | The Calculating Stars | For All Mankind | Artificial Condition | If At First You Don't Succeed | A Witch's Guide to Escape | Wayfarers Series | Archive of Our Own | Into the Spider-Verse | The Good Place | Hugo Awards Website

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Perry and David talk about:

Perry's Return | Hiking in Iceland | Thanks to David and Carey | Dublin Worldcon | Worldcon Business Meeting | Choice of next Worldcon site | New Zealand Worldcon 2020 | Future Worldcon sites | Convention experience | Membership numbers | Becoming a convention member | Too many members | Summing up the convention | Connie Willis | Oxford Time Travel Novels | Doomsday Book | To Say Nothing of the Dog | Blackout/All Clear | Lincoln's Dreams | Passage | The Choke by Sophie Laguna | All the Light We Cannot See | The Chain by Adrian McKinty | Embers of War by Gareth Powell | The Lost Man by Jane Harper

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David and Carey remember Aussiecon 1975:
Organising the Hugos | The Entire Awards Committee | Who created the rocketships? | Getting the bases made | Paranoid about security | Panel with Ursula Le Guin | Videotaping the convention | Australian Science Fiction Foundation | Interview with Carey Handfield | Role of Sheep in Science Fiction | Ursula's GoH speech

Perry Middlemiss remembers Aussiecon:
Hearing about the convention | Travelling from Adelaide | Experience of the convention | Life-changing event | Legacy of Aussiecon | Subsequent Australian Worldcons

Leigh Edmonds remembers Aussiecon:
First DUFF winner | DUFF as promotion for '75 | What actually happened at Aussiecon? | The notorious Wang Girls | Before and after the con | Hugo presentation interrupted by cricket scores | Producing daily newsletter | Room parties | Talking to individuals | An opportunity for fans in Australia | Audio-visual trend in SF | Changes nature of SF and fandom | Aussiecon this little jewel

Bruce Gillespie remembers Aussiecon:
Suggestion by Andy Porter | Foyster forms committee | Main effort went into fanzines | First female fans | Merv Binns and MSFC | Space Age Books | Bidding at Torcon | Travel to the US and UK | Arrives in US in 1973 | Arrives in UK | Meeting Bob Tucker | Choice of Le Guin | The Writer's Workshop | Impact of Aussiecon

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David Grigg and stand-in host Carey Handfield discuss:

Carey and David's long association | Getting into SF fandom | David's fiction writing | ASFR and John Bangsund | Discovering a new world | 1970 Australian National SF Convention | Launch of the Australia in '75 bid | Victoria Hotel venue | The Nova Mob | Carey as an organiser | Monash University SF Association | David as fanzine editor | John Bangsund | University of Melbourne SF Association | 1975 Writer's Workshop | Choice of Ursula Le Guin as GoH | Idea of a Writer's Workshop | Choosing the venue | Getting the photocopier | Publishing the Altered I | 'Stabbed Alive' by Randall Flynn | Ursula's challenges | Two-word challenge | Love Story challenge | The Grongs | Highlight of 1975 | Legacy | Pip Maddern | Altered I book | The Fives | Intro to Ursula's speech | Ursula Le Guin's GoH speech

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Image: the cover of "The Altered I" book about the Writer's Workshop, designed by Irene Pagram.

 

David and Perry talk to Robin Johnson about Aussiecon 1975, and discuss:

Attending Conventions | RJ's career of going to SF cons | Aussiecon | How did Robin get involved? | Coming to Australia | Meeting Merv Binns | Sydney Fandom | Murumbeena convention 1969 | Syncon '70 | Starting the muttering about '75 | Attending Worldcon 1970 in Germany | Garry Hoff | Heidelberg | Big push | Help from the UK | Becoming chairman | Anti-fan movie | Promotional matchboxes | Moving through '72 | Winning the bid in '73 | A problem with Ursula | Jerry Pournelle's demand | Charter of Americans arrives | Art Show crisis | Slide Presentation panic | Convention starts | Don Tuck MIA | Continuous state of panic | Movie Program | Amount of programming | Costume Parade | Evaluation | Schools program re artwork | Art Show | Legacy | Wrap-up | Club houses for SF clubs

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Perry and David discuss:

Introduction | Perry's overseas trip | Hugo Time Machine - 1955 | They'd Rather Be Right | The Darfsteller | Allamagoosa | Kate Atkinson | Case Histories | One Good Turn | When Will There Be Good News? | Started Early, Took My Dog | Life After Life | John Le Carre's Karla trilogy | The Spy Who Came In From the Cold | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | The Honourable Schoolboy | Smiley's People

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