Spaced Out (fan club)

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Fan Club
Name: Spaced Out
Dates: 1999 - 2007
Founder(s): Geoff Allshorn
Leadership: Geoff Allshorn, Miriam English, Cathy Larsen
Country based in: Australia
Focus: LGBT+ science fiction group (general SF)
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Spaced Out was an LGBT+ science fiction club based in Melbourne, Australia.

It was founded in 1999 by Geoff Allshorn who became President for its early years, and he was replaced by Cathy Larsen in its latter years.

Kate Doolan (1962 - 2019) offered early assistance as a publicity contact, and as a writer for the newsletter.

Allshorn and Miriam English worked as co-editors of the website, and were joint recipients of a Ditmar Award for this work in 2002. They were also co-editors of the first 17 issues of the newsletter, Diverse Universe (which was published four times a year) and of two issues of the fanzine, Solar Spectrum.

Allshorn and English also oversaw a number of club workshops and author readings at Aussiecon 3, the third Australian World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne in 1999.

Spaced Out operated as a public club until approximately 2007, at which time it officially closed but it remains as a Facebook group today.