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Name: Time-Warped
Dates: 1986
Frequency: once
Location: Sydney, Australia
Type: for-profit
Focus: science fiction and media
Organization: Educational Film Services
Founder: Bob Johnson
Founding Date: 1986
URL: none
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1986 flyer

Held at the Hyde Park Plaza Hotel, in the Sydney CBD, with filmed entertainment screened next door in the ANZAC House theatrette, Time-Warped convention was a one-off weekend science fiction media event. The Saturday night banquet, featuring a live Tribble Lotto game show, was held at the nearby Koala Motor Inn, Darlinghurst. Fan Guest of Honor was Rachel Shave.

In 1988 [sic, actually 1986], entrepreneur Bob Johnson mounted a professional convention, Time-Warped, with Star Trek actor, Walter Koenig as Guest of Honour. It was staffed by non-paid Star Trek fans, but did not make enough money for Mr Johnson to consider financing another one. [1]

The opening ceremony of Time-Warped featured a Harpic Productions' skit with Doug and Tony, of television's The Time Tunnel. They arrive in 1986 Sydney, Australia, just in time to interrupt a science fiction convention. Meanwhile, colleague Ann twiddles some knobs on her console but is unable to assist them.

Bob Johnson also ran monthly Star Trek Marathons in Sydney and Melbourne. In 1986, as a fundraiser for "Time-Warped" Convention, a "Great Stream Train Adventure", with science fiction media fans in cosplay, travelled from Central Station, Sydney, to the Thirlmere Train Museum. [2]


  1. ^ Effect of commercialisation and direct intervention by the owners of intellectual copyright : a case study : the Australian Star Trek fan community by Susan Batho (2009) (an academic paper which studies the effect of the Viacom Crackdown and Australian fan clubs)
  2. ^ Have Phaser, Will Travel: The Perils of Batgirl by Ian McLean & Karen Irving, Data #73, July 1986.