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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.

DUFF Delegate visiting Auckland

The 2014 Down Under Fan Fund delegate is paying Auckland a visit on her way through to attend the Aussie natcon. Juanita Coulson is an American fan who will be in Auckland from the 2nd to the 5th June. Her DUFF statement includes the following lines “Have done fanzines, filksinging, pro writing. Happy to make friends and break stereotypes.” If you would like to catch up with this “treasure” of American fandom, please get in touch with Jan Butterworth who is coordinating local fan activities for Juanita’s visit.

Phoenix SF Society – May 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 -”AGM”  Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

(Apologies for the too-late notice on the main meeting – things got lost in the post)

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 24th May, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Ngaio
  • Biblio – 19th May, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 24th May, 6.30pm – Upper Hutt
  • PIG – 31st May 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands
  • Video – 6th Jun, 7.30pm – Tawa

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.

Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand

The Fan Fund for Australia and New Zealand was created to strengthen the ties between Australia and New Zealand fandom. FFANZ assists fans with travel to the Natcon of the other nation, and assists with as many of the attendant costs of travel as practical, as well as facilitating connections between fans.

This years FFANZ race is a westward bound one, facilitating travel by a New Zealand fan to the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Continuum X, to be held in Melbourne from the 6th – 9th of June 2014. It is expected that after the trip the winner takes over as administrator of the fund, engage in fundraising for the fund, and that they promote links between the two fandom’s via a trip report or other means. Please note that although there is only one candidate this year that the ballot is also a fund raising venture, so please vote.

The ballot form for this race can be found on the FFANZ web site or you can track down Jan & Steve at Conclave 2 to get a printed form.

In case anybody is wondering, despite the similarities of the acronyms, FFANZ and SFFANZ are not affiliated in any way.

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.