ASFF Vice-President Geoff Allshorn Steps Down

Updated: Nov 6



The Vice President of the ASFF Geoff Allshorn


“One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of the mind.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke.


I would like to congratulate ASFF President, Juliette Cavendish, for taking up international photographic opportunities, and I wish her all the best in these new directions. In noting her resignation from the ASFF committee, I thank her for all the hard work she has put in over the last twelve months.

I feel that this is the appropriate time for me to also regretfully resign from the ASFF committee. My life situation also reflects change: existing and emerging employment opportunities in academia/research, educational consultancy and welfare provision, which leave me with decreasing time for hobby interests. I step down from the ASFF committee now in order to allow sufficient time for replacement committee members to be found and gainfully involved in ASFF business before the next AGM.


My years with the Australian Science Fiction Foundation have been those of aspiration and innovation, negotiation and remediation. I wish the Foundation every success in the time ahead. I thank Juliette for leading us during a time of challenge and change, and I extend my warmest thanks also to the remaining committee of Carey, Cath and Jocko for the work that each of them has respectively undertaken (over many years) and I trust that the ASFF will continue on an exciting journey towards the undiscovered country – the future.


Frederik Pohl stated that: “Science fiction is the very literature of change.” I hope the ASFF can meet this challenge and set the standard for ethical behaviour in a world of social media, fake news and cyber bullying.


In closing, I would also like to thank the many people who were willing to contribute to the development of this year’s major ASFF project – a new website. Such good will and consideration speak well of the finer elements of humanity and of those who look ahead while embracing change.


With best wishes,


Geoff Allshorn.






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