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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.

Phoenix SF Society – September 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 Sep, 7.30pm -”Won Norm Did on his Hols”. Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Biblio – 16th Sep, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Writers – 21st Sep, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Eastbourne
  • Board Gaming – 21sth Sep, 6.30pm – Kelson
  • PIG – 28th Sep, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands
  • Video – 4th Oct, 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.

Pop Kultcha Market Day

We got this message from the organisers of this SF themed event:
“We are holding a market day Sunday October 13th with a TV and movie spin on Sci-Fi and fantasy content. We will also have an original Prop display of the Planet of the Apes films and both a Dalek and R2-D2 present with more news to come. We also have a Movie theatre attached to the venue on which we should be playing Sci-Fi related programming. The venue where this is held is the Rose Centre in Belmont , on the North Shore in Auckland. As the time approaches we will be making updates and more information on what is happening on the day.”

You can see more at their facebook page.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

The New Zealand Festival has announced that the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be part of their festival lineup. This orchestral rendition of Doctor Who music will play three performances at Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on 21 and 22 February 2014. This is the first time the show has come to New Zealand.

Click here for specific show dates and ticket sale information.

Phoenix SF Society – August 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 Aug, 7.30pm – Post Con Wrap Up. Venue:  Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 17th Aug, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Camborne
  • Biblio – 19th Aug, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 24th Aug, 6.30pm – Newlands
  • PIG – 31st Aug, 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Kelson
  • Video – 6th Sep, 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.

AetherCon Wellington 2013

AetherCon! The Steampunk Convention 2013.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Location: Reilly Hall, Wellington High School
Theme: APOCALYPTICA
You all appear to have survived the end of civilization…show us how…

A big event to celebrate everything Steampunk!

AetherCon, The Steampunk Convention (www.facebook.com/AetherCon) is proud to announce the fourth AetherCon convention!

Phases Exhibition

Richard Simmonds is a Wellington based Artist. He is a graduate Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massey University and has completed diplomas from the Learning Connexions and Natcoll. Richards’s paintings and drawings are reminiscent of phases in his personal life story. Revisiting original characters from Star Trek through his artwork he time travels back to where it all started. As Hollywood reinvents Richard restates the original the beginning of a great idea and concept.

When: Tuesday 23rd July- 4th August 2013
Where: Matchbox – Level One, 166 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
Web: http://matchboxstudios.co.nz/blogs/exhibitions/8213777-phases – also facebook
What: Judging by the posters – paintings of Spock