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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:



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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