Vote for Gillian Polack for the 2014 GUFF Race Ballot Australasia to Europe !

    Gillian Polack

    GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa). Voting is open for the northbound race, to transport an Australian fan (or fans) to Loncon 3, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the ExCel, London Docklands in the United Kingdom, August 14-18, 2014 :

    Gillian Polack is the EUROPA SF’s contributor for Australia and New Zealand, her participation to Loncon 3/Eurocon (Shamrokon) is beneficial for the international communication between fandoms and literatures :

    I love conventions and fandom and quiet chats in bars. I also love volunteering and panels and workshops. Mostly, I enjoy meeting new friends. I’ve been (quietly) a fan since joining MUSFA in 1979 and (more noisily) a Canberra fan since 2002. I’m the Australia/NZ correspondent for Europa SF. I was on the Conflux committee for seven years (but only designed five banquets) and am sometimes a writer, sometimes an editor, sometimes an academic, always a fan. Before and after LonCon, Id love to meet fans in Europe.”

    Gillian’s nominators are Ross Temple, Gene Melzack, Bruce Gillespie, Ben Roimola and Petra Bulic.

    Depending on the length of trip they’re able to make, the winner could also consider attending Shamrokon, the 2014 Eurocon in Dublin, Ireland (August 22-24) and Nine Worlds in London (August 8-10). The winner will also be required to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.

    Voting ends Monday 9th June 2014 23:59 GMT.

    So kindly vote for Gillian !

    Thank you !

    Gillian Polack (born April 1961) is an Australian writer and editor working mainly in the field of speculative fiction. She has published two novels, numerous short stories and nonfiction articles, and is the creator of the New Ceres universe.

    Gillian’s short stories and novels are primarily within the genre of speculative fiction. She has published more than a dozen short stories, with the first appearing in 1981. She continued to publish until 1987 but resumed in 2004 and continues in the present. In 1982 she won the Victorian Government Ministry for the Arts Award for her story “The Performance”. She was also recommended reading as part of Datlow’s Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror in 2004 for “Happy Faces for Happy Families” and again in 2005 as part of Link/Grant/Datlow Year’s Best for “Impractical Magic”.


    Her first novel, Illuminations, was published in 2002 by Trivium Publishing. It was followed up in 2009 by Life Through Cellophane, published by Eneit Press. She has a third novel forthcoming, entitled The Art of Effective Dreaming, also to be published by Trivium Publishing. The many delays in publishing this novel, mostly due to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, have prompted questions as to whether it is cursed.

    New Ceres

    Polack created the New Ceres universe for a short story. Alisa Krasnostein, now of Twelfth Planet Press, used this universe as the basis for the New Ceres webzine and for stories set in the New Ceres universe.


    Polack’s nonfiction work covers a broad spectrum. Her scholarly work focuses both on the Middle Ages and on modern writers, with, for instance, a feature article on the Middle Ages in Robin Reid’s Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy. She reviews speculative fiction and has written guests posts on subjects ranging from writing to history.

    Editing career

    Polack is the co-editor of Masques, published by Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, and of the forthcoming Baggage anthology to be published by Eneit Press. The table of contents includes K. J. Bishop, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Jennifer Fallon.


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