2014 GUFF Race to Loncon

The ballot for the 2014 GUFF delegate from Australasia to Europe is now available.  You can read all about the race and the candidates here. There is also an online form over here which may be more convenient for New Zealand fans.

The winning candidate will attend Loncon Worldcon and possibly other events such as Shamrokon which is the Eurocon this year. Although GUFF is open to Kiwis, there are no New Zealand candidates this year although you may be able to spot one in the nominators lists.

About GUFF
What is GUFF? GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and to get to know each other’s fandoms better. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.

Phoenix SF Society – April 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 – 9th Apr, 7.30pm -”Rise of the Drones”. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 19th Apr, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Miramar
  • Biblio – 14th Apr, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 19th Apr, 6.30pm – Newlands
  • PIG – 3rd May, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Kelson
  • Video – 2nd May, 7.30pm – Linden

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.

2014 Campbell Award Nominees

Almost all the stories nominated for this year’s Campbell Award are available for download as a free ebook. The book contains more than 800,000 words of fiction by 111 authors.

The Campbell award is presented every year at the World Science Fiction Convention. It is an award for the best new writers. The award celebrates potential: Nominees are often young (though not always), and the Campbell award tends to serve as a signpost for fans, pointing the way to the next great read.

Download this ebook and treat yourself to a lot of wonderful stories. And see if you can identify the people who will go on to be the great names of science fiction in the future…

 

FFANZ race in 2014

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ). FFANZ in 2014 will send one New Zealand science fiction fan from New Zealand to the 2014 Australian Natcon, Continuum X, in Melbourne from 6-9 June.

Prospective candidates have until April 21st 2014 to file the documents required to have their name placed on the ballot.

The ballots will be published and distributed in late March, and voting will run from March 24th – April 21st.

Candidates should file the following documents:

  • A brief letter stating one’s intent to run for FFANZ 2014.
  • A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from New Zealand and a seconder from Australia.
  • A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for  running and qualifications for becoming the 2014 FFANZ delegate.

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

  • Travel to Australia and attend Continuum X,  the 53rd Australian Natcon, in Melbourne from 6-9 June.
  • Visit and get to know as many Australian Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
  • Become the New Zealand FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found, normally this happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding Aussie-bound delegate (in 2016 if a race is run  every year).
  • Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next NZ delegate(s) in 2016.
  • Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a  trip report or other means.

Send required documents to;

janlb@orcon.net.nz 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/

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Wellington based author shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award

Hachette New Zealand is absolutely thrilled to announce that Wellington based author Phillip Mann has made the shortlist of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his book The Disestablishment of Paradise.An epic ecological science fiction thriller, The Disestablishment of Paradise is a tale of Love and Destruction on a strange planet called Paradise. 

The full Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist includes God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit), Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot), The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz), The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) and of course The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz). The winner of the UK’s top science fiction prize will receive a cheque for £2014, will be announced on 1 May and will join a list of former winners including Margaret Atwood, M. John Harrison and China Miéville.

Phillip Mann was born in Yorkshire. A theatre lover, he studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years and there wrote his first novel. He has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a professional theatre director and writer. He founded the Dept of Drama at Victoria University in 1970 and retired as Professor of Drama in 1997. To date he has published 10 novels, in addition to which he has written plays for the theatre and many stories for Radio New Zealand. A volume of his short stories, Maestro and Other Stories is due for publication in May this year.

Phoenix SF Society – March 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 – 12th Mar, 7.30pm -”The future of publishing in New Zealand”  – This will be a panel discussion featuring three well known publishing identities.. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 15th Mar, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Miramar
  • Biblio – 24th Mar, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 22nd Mar, 6.30pm – Kelson
  • PIG – 29th Mar, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Upper Hutt
  • Video – 4th Apr, 7.30pm – Linden

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

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

The nomination list for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 has been published and is available here.

The long list of all nominated works is also available here.