The FFANZ race for 2015 is now open!

We are inviting delegates who would like to attend the NZ Natcon, Reconnaissance to be held in Rororua in NZ’s north island over Easter (3-6 April, 2015.) to apply now. (Applications close on 2nd November!)

If you are thinking of being the FFANZ delegate, here are the details:

Candidates should file
-a brief letter stating their intent to run for FFANZ 2015

- A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from Australia and a seconder from New Zealand.

·- A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2014 FFANZ delegate.

with rabarts@gmail.com for New Zealand fans and celestialcobbler@hotmail.com for Australian fans BY 2nd NOVEMBER, 2014
The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

· Travel to New Zealand to attend Reconnaissance, to be held in Rotorua, NZ over Easter, 3rd – 6th April, 2015.

Visit and get to know as many New Zealand Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
Become the Australian FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found, normally this happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding NZ-bound delegate (in 2017 if a race is run every year).

Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next Aus delegate(s) in 2016.
Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a trip report or other means.

Send required documents to;
rabarts@gmail.com for New Zealand fans
celestialcobbler@hotmail.com for Australian fans

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at http://ffanz.sf.org.nz/qanda.htm or http://ozfanfunds.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FanFundANZ

Time travel course at Victoria University

The Victoria University Continuing Education Department is running the short course Persons in Time.  The course examines a selection of philosophical issues surrounding the nature of persons and time.

Course Details:

6pm – 8pm, Thursdays 4 September to 9 October (6 sessions)

Presenter:

Dan Burkett is a PhD student and philosophy tutor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His current area of research is the ethics of punishment, though he previously completed his MA thesis at Victoria University on the possibility of time travel. Dan has published several book chapters on the topics of time travel and free will and their presentation in popular culture.

If you would like more information or to register, visit the website: http://cce.victoria.ac.nz/courses/275-persons-in-time

 

 

Kind regards

 

Laini Taylor touring NZ in late August

She will be doing events in Auckland and in
Christchurch 27 August – 31 August, and will be appearing multiple times
at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014
http://wordchristchurch.co.nz/.

Laini is the bestselling pink-haired author of the Daughter of Smoke and
Bone Trilogy. The YA fantasy series (also devoured by adults) includes
the books /Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight
/and//the highly anticipated conclusion, /Dreams of Gods and Monsters/
which was released earlier this year. The series follows Karou, a
blue-haired art student and monster’s apprentice, caught between this
world and the underworld.

Book Launch – The Sovereign Hand

Steam Press is supremely excited to launch its first fantasy novel, The Sovereign Hand, by Paul Gilbert.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 August.

“In my experience, the difference between hope and despair turns on the tiniest thing…”

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person – human, gobelin, or drake – can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror…

Jacqui Smith of SFFANZ Review wrote that The Sovereign Hand has “clever and carefully measured prose… a meticulous setting, and memorable characters…” and noted that it is “quite possibly one of the best works of fantasy ever published in New Zealand,” while Bernard Beckett has called this “a truly ambitious novel, both in scope and subject matter…  A wonderfully energetic debut, a celebration of form and expression.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

Robin Hobb at Arty Bees, Wellington

Well known fantasy author Robin Hobb is reporting on her web site that she is visiting New Zealand and will be “making a special stop at Arty Bees Books on Thursday, June 26th at5:30 PM to do a signing there.”

Further information from Arty bees site:
Robin Hobb at Arty Bees Books

Thursday 5:30pm 26th June

Robin Hobb will be in store after work so you can:
• Buy books by Robin Hobb
• Get your books signed by Robin
• Order the new book Fool’s Assassin, due out in September

If there is anything you want to ask Robin, email your questions to news@artybees.co.nz by 23rd June.

There is a Facebook event
if you want to confirm your attendance or just turn up.

It will take place on the first floor at
Arty Bees Books,
The Oaks,
106 Manners St,
Wellington

Thursday 5:30pm 26th June

Kiwi Winners of the Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and  judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance - of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

The awards for works published in the 2013 calendar year have been announced – you can see the full results over at Dark Wolf Reviews.

Of particular interest are the following two awards which have been won by New Zealand writers:

“Caterpillars” by Debbie Cowens (Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Paper Road Press)

“Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror” edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press)

Congratulations to Debbie, Dan and Lee for becoming so good that the Aussies are trying to claim you.

Phoenix SF Society – June Calendar

Phoenix is a Wellington based SF/F/H club catering to fans of all fandom persuasions. The main meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. Other regular events also happen during the month.

Main Meeting – 14th May 7.30pm -“Machines Taking Over”  Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 21st June, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Miramar
  • Biblio – 16th June, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 21st June, 6.30pm – Waterloo
  • PIG – 28th June 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Lindenvale
  • Video – 6th July, 7.30pm – Lindenvale

Note that some events are held at the homes of Phoenix members. For privacy reasons, these are not shown in full here. If you wish to attend these events or simply find out more about Phoenix, please email enquiries@phoenix.sf.org.nz.