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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)


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:



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

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.

2014 FFANZ delegate is Dan Rabarts

Voting for the 2014 FFANZ race has closed and the delegate is Dan Rabarts.

Congratulations Dan!

Thank you to all that voted.

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; for New Zealand fans for Australian fans

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at or

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Richard O’Brien – The Tran in Black

Rocky Horror Show author and the ‘Tran in Black’, RICHARD O’BRIEN returns to Christchurch for the first time since December 2010 when he performed on the Isaac Theatre Royal’s stage for the last time anywhere in the world, in his own creation ‘The Rocky Horror Show’! This one-off, Halloween-themed Christchurch-only show will help raise funds for the rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal, badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the ITR.

Richard will be “nattering away, picking up a guitar and hopefully entertaining everybody, telling stories and singing some songs. It would be perverse if I were not to sing The Time Warp, again. People would feel slightly cheated, wouldn’t they?”

Friday 1 November at 8.00pm

See here for tickets.

Running times:

Box Office Opens: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Event Starts: 8:00pm
Interval: 9:00pm (approx. 20 minutes)
Event Finishes: 10.30pm

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror launch

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, an anthology of short horror fiction edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray and published by Paper Road Press is due for release this Wednesday.

The launch is at Quality Hotel on Cuba, from 5.30pm – All welcome!

TOC for Baby Teeth is as follows:

1 – Caterpillars by Debbie Cowens

2 – White by Grant Stone

3 – Burying Baby by Paul Mannering

4 – People Pleaser by Darusha Wehm

5 – Con Somma Passione  by Lee Murray

6 – Giant by Jack Newhouse

7 – Winter Feast by Elizabeth Gatens

8 – What’s the Story, Mother? by Lewis Morgan

9 – Blond Obsession by Jean Gilbert

10 – Simon Says by Matthew Sanborn Smith

11 – Tarantella Moon by Dan Rabarts

12 – Backyard Gardening by Jake Bible

13 – Because I Could… by Celine Murray

14 – End of the Rainbow by Jenni Sands

15 – Kiss your Mother by Alan Lindsay

16 – Practice makes Perfect by Sally McLennan

17 – Blood Sisters by Matt Cowens

18 – Windows by M. Darusha Wehm

19 – Dad’s Wisdom by Eileen Mueller

20 – Recession by Darian Smith

21 – Paper Butterfly  by Alan Lindsay

22 – The Skulkybunking Wurld Champyon Of The Hole Woorld by Paul Mannering

23 – Teach Your Children Well by Lee Murray

24 – The Character of 82 James St by Anna Caro

25 – Love Hurts by Jan Goldie

26 – Dark Night by Jenni Sands

27 – Friends by Alicia Ponder

28 – Shadowed Halls  by Michael J Parry

29 – If They Hadn’t Landed So Close by Matt Cowens

30 – All the Ghosts by Dan Rabarts

31 – The Boy with Anime Eyes by Kevin G. Maclean

32 – The Oracle of Karawa by Paul Mannering

33 – Lockdown by Piper Mejia

34 – The Birthday Present by Sally McLennan

35 – Peter and the Wolf by Lee Murray

36 – How They See You by Morgan Davie

37 – The Dead Way by JC Hart

All authors except Jake Bible and Matthew Sanborn Smith are New Zealand authors.

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

Nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 November, 2013.  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 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

George R.R. Martin author signing!

George R R Martin will be in-store in person at Whitcoulls in Wellington (226-256 Lambton Quay) between 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Friday 22 November.

A new science fiction adventure comedy TV series needs you!

A new science fiction adventure comedy TV series needs your help to shoot the pilot episode.

Find the Kickstartercampaign here.

It’s 90% of the way there with the vast majority of the budget is covered, but this kickstarter campaign is still critical.  In addition to covering some of the expenses of the people who have been extraordinarily generous with their time and resources, the success of the kickstarter is a critical part of getting it properly distributed outside of New Zealand.

So please, have a look at the first of the promotional videos, share the link to the page as widely as you can and if it tickles your fancy, join the campaign.


Interview with David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel nominee Helen Lowe

NZ SFF author and SFFANZ member, Helen Lowe, is a finalist for this years’s David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel. As part of this year’s official programme, the Gemmell Awards’ administrators are featuring interviews with each of the shortlisted authors. Helen’s interview is up this week and you can read it here.
She was also interviewed on Hugo Award-winning fanzine SF Signal last week, by fellow NZ author Tim Jones here.

David Gemmell Award correction

We have been advised that Helen Lowe is not the only Australasian Legend Semi-Finalist.

Jay Kristoff is also nominated and lives in Melbourne, Australia,

The error is regretted, and once again congratulations to you both for making the short list


New Zealand author shortlisted for David Gemmell Legend Award!

Christchurch based author Helen Lowe has made the shortlist of the David Gemmell Legend Award for her book The Gathering of the Lost. The prestigious international Legend Award crowns the Best Novel and is the highlight of the awards ceremony.

Many congratulations to Helen, who is the only author from the Southern hemisphere and the only woman to have made the Legend shortlist. Voting is still open for the David Gemmell Legend Award and you can place your vote here (closes 30 September 2013).

Helen Lowe lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and writes fantasy and science fiction novels, poetry and short fiction. Helen has previously won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award in 2012 (Best Fantasy Newcomer/debut) and the Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2011 (Best Novel) for The Heir of Night. Her books are published in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand and translated editions are published in France and The Netherlands. a

Dinner with Jay Lake

Jay Lake is visiting New Zealand in August and you are invited to come to his open dinners. Jay is a Hugo and Nebula nominated author who has not been to New Zealand since 2010 and will not likely return, so please join him for an evening of fun. Bring books to sign, cameras to record, etc.

 Wellington  at 6pm on 8 August in The Gallery at The Southern  Cross in Te Aro.

Auckland at 6pm on 13 August at Gilbraith’s Alehouse in Grafton.

These events are pay your own way, but the menus offer a diverse range.

For more information about Jay, see his website.

Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe

Thousands of years in the future, the crew of the Time-ship Mayflower, need a hero yesterday!Enter Keanu Reeves – less cool-breeze-over-the-mountains / more solar-wind-between-the-ears.

Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe is a twisted, bawdy, silly, romp through your favorite science fiction tales where time isn’t the only thing that’s warped! This raucous, irreverent satire illegally marries The Matrix with Star Trek, Star Wars and all things Keanu. What happens next is… well… lots of stuff.

Direct (via Borg storage) from New York’s off-off Broadway P.I.T theatre, Keanu Reeves Saves The Universe boldly goes where it’s never been before – New Zealand.

  • Venue:

    Basement Theatre

    Lower Greys Ave
    Auckland CBD

  • Prices*:


    * Booking fees may apply

Info here.

A Writing Workshop with Fleur Beale for Writers of Y.A. Fiction – Wtg

Following the success of our first workshop in March, (where we had a waiting list of 10), we are pleased to announce a repeat workshop on Sunday June 9th from 10.30am to 12.30pm. $25 each. Limited to 20 participants. (11 places left).To book, be quick, by emailing us at

Note this workshop is for adult writers.

To inquire about Term 2 holiday workshops for intermediate and secondary aged writers we recommend you contact Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, where Eirlys Hunter and Philippa Werry are both teaching classes in July.

Sun Jun 9, 2013 10:30am – 12:30pm
To be advised at time of booking

WHO, ME. in Auckland for NZ Comedy Fest…just this week!

Update on comedy gig:  tickets for Friday and Saturday are on offer.

WHO, ME. in Auckland for NZ Comedy Fest…just this week!

‘WHO, ME.’ Is on at the NZ Comedy Festival (Auckland) this week at The Basement on Greys Ave at 8:30pm from Tuesday 7th to Saturday the 11th.

WHO, ME is about Rob Lloyd’s obsession with the TV show Dr Who and The Doctor is put on trial to see whether he has enhanced or ruined his life.

The link to the NZ Comedy Festival page is here.

Rob has offered 7 FREE doubles passes for Opening Night on Tuesday May 7th and 5 FREE double passes for Wednesday May 8th.   Email me at with the day you are interested in.

Please circulate round your networks.

The Ideas Clinic

Think you don’t have a fresh project idea for 2013?  Think again.

This short, sharp creative workout uses dynamic brainstorming techniques to help you generate new ideas, test them out and start expanding the ONE that excites you the most. Participants generate ideas, explore which ideas engage other people and decide which idea to pursue further.

Who’s it for? Creatives, planners, writers. Anyone who needs
a creative boost or new project ideas for 2013.

What do I bring? Pen and paper.
Do I have to share my work? No, but you’ll get more out of it if you do.
Is there a coffee break? Yes!

When: Saturday, 23 February 2013, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: General Registration $80 (incl. GST)

For more information contact:

Book here.


Keen to get your 2013 writing project started?
This stimulating one day workshop gets your next writing project on the page. Using brainstorming and writing techniques this workshop helps you get your project out of your head and onto the page.

Participants will explore their story, create plot, get down a basic structure and develop characters. Come armed with your idea and prepare to start writing. Be warned – this isn’t about writing theory – there will be brain sweat!

Who’s it for? Any writer (new or advanced) who is serious about getting their project up and running. But if you’re after a “basics of writing” class this probably isn’t for you.

What should I bring? Pen and paper.
Is there morning tea? Yes! Morning and afternoon tea are provided.
Plus: This workshop offers a two for one discount. Book this
workshop AND The Ideas Clinic workshop on the previous
day and get $20.00 cash back.

When: Sunday, 24th February 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: General Registration $175 (incl. GST).  Student/Industry Guild Discounted tickets $155 (incl. GST).

Book here.

Interview with Elspeth Cooper, plus giveaway

On Helen Lowe’s blog there is an interview with Elspeth Cooper, author of Songs of the Earth and Trinity Rising and finalist in the 2012 Gemmell Morningstar Award.  There is a giveaway of Elspeth’s books.

The interview is here.