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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.

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.

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.

New Zealand Festival – Spot the genre writers events

The Festival of New Zealand Writers week runs from Friday 7th to Wednesday 12th March this year.   That means that it is again time to play “Spot the SF/F/H Genre event”.

Take a look at the web site and see if you can find a link to fandom activities.  We have left comments open, so add them here, complete with a link to the event.  One event per comment please.  See if you can spot the most.

To get you started, here are a few of the more obvious ones:

Phoenix SF Society – February 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 Feb, 7.30pm -”Make/Remake”. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

(Apologies for the too-late notice on the main meeting)

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 15th Feb, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Brooklyn
  • Biblio – 17th Feb, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 22nd Feb, 6.30pm – Tawa
  • PIG – 1st Mar, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands
  • Video – 7th Mar, 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.

REMINDER: Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

A reminder that nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards are currently being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 15th February 2014. The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2013 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Nomination FAQs can be found here.

If you would like to advise us of a work we have not listed, please contact listings@sffanz.org.nz.

Angels and Automatons

Angels and Automatons is a steampunk anthology that chronicles the rise and fiery destruction of a town on New Zealand’s West Coast.

This is a kiskstarter project being run by Stephen Minchin of Wellington based Steampress. If you are interested, why not drop by his Kickstarter page and have a look.

Summer Star Trek

Enterprise Entertainment presents Summer Star Trek: Space Seed (The one with Khan).   Beaming into Frank Kitts Park Amphitheater January 10-12 & 17-19.

Yes folks, live action Trek for you. Keep an eye on their facebook page as there is an alternate venue if the weather is bad.

 

Phoenix SF Society – January 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 – 8th Jan, 7.30pm -Phoenix goes to the Pub. Venue: Thistle Inn, Mulgrave st.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Board Gaming – 18th Jan, 6.30pm – Upper Hutt
  • Biblio – 13th Jan, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • PIG – 25th Jan – social gathering – Kelson
  • Video – 7th Feb, 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.

Phoenix SF Society – December 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 – 11th Dec, 7.30pm -The Annual Phoenix Quiz. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Board Gaming – 14th Dec, 6.30pm – Kelson
  • Biblio – 16th Dec, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Writers – 21st Dec, Noon – Writers support group – Ngaio
  • PIG – as always in December, the monthly social event follows the Quiz
  • Video – 3rd Jan, 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.

Phoenix SF Society – November 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 – 13th Nov, 7.30pm -”Writers Group presentation”. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 16th Nov, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Miramar
  • Board Gaming – 16th Nov, 6.30pm – Linden
  • Biblio – 18th Nov, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • PIG – 30th Sep, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands

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.

GUFF Nominations for Loncon trip open

Nominations are now open for the GUFF trip to Loncon – the 2014 world SF convention to be held in London.

GUFF like other fan funds is a way of funding trips to major events for long serving fans. GUFF trips to European events are open to both Australian and New Zealand fans. The announcement can be found here. If you download the “ballot” form, it has more details about what the trip entails – benefits and responsibilities etc.

Unfortunately, SFFANZ has only just received this info and the nominations close soon. If you are interested but not sure if you can find suitable nominators in time, there are people within SFFANZ and elsewhere who would be more than willing to help. Drop us a line or leave a comment if you wish to get in touch.

Phoenix SF Society – October 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 Oct, 7.30pm -”LARPing”. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups: – a presentation by Mel Duncan

  • Biblio – 14th Oct, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Writers – 19th Oct, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Ngaio
  • Board Gaming – 19th Oct, 6.30pm – Tawa
  • PIG – 2nd Nov, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands
  • Video – 1sr Nov, 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.

Retrospace has moved

A heads up for Aucklanders that Retrospace sci-fi collectibles has moved.

The new store is at 22 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, right next door to Paper Plus. The shop is open 10am-5pm, 7 days.

To celebrate its re-opening this weekend, “treats” will be handed out to any one who comes along dressed in a sci-fi / gaming / horror costume.