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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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Book Launch – The Sovereign Hand

Steam Press is supremely excited to launch its first fantasy novel, The Sovereign Hand, by Paul Gilbert.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 August.

“In my experience, the difference between hope and despair turns on the tiniest thing…”

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person – human, gobelin, or drake – can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror…

Jacqui Smith of SFFANZ Review wrote that The Sovereign Hand has “clever and carefully measured prose… a meticulous setting, and memorable characters…” and noted that it is “quite possibly one of the best works of fantasy ever published in New Zealand,” while Bernard Beckett has called this “a truly ambitious novel, both in scope and subject matter…  A wonderfully energetic debut, a celebration of form and expression.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

Sir Julius Vogel Award 2014 Results

The results of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2014 can be found here.

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 Campbell Award Nominees

Almost all the stories nominated for this year’s Campbell Award are available for download as a free ebook. The book contains more than 800,000 words of fiction by 111 authors.

The Campbell award is presented every year at the World Science Fiction Convention. It is an award for the best new writers. The award celebrates potential: Nominees are often young (though not always), and the Campbell award tends to serve as a signpost for fans, pointing the way to the next great read.

Download this ebook and treat yourself to a lot of wonderful stories. And see if you can identify the people who will go on to be the great names of science fiction in the future…


Wellington based author shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award

Hachette New Zealand is absolutely thrilled to announce that Wellington based author Phillip Mann has made the shortlist of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his book The Disestablishment of Paradise.An epic ecological science fiction thriller, The Disestablishment of Paradise is a tale of Love and Destruction on a strange planet called Paradise. 

The full Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist includes God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit), Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot), The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz), The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) and of course The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz). The winner of the UK’s top science fiction prize will receive a cheque for £2014, will be announced on 1 May and will join a list of former winners including Margaret Atwood, M. John Harrison and China Miéville.

Phillip Mann was born in Yorkshire. A theatre lover, he studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years and there wrote his first novel. He has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a professional theatre director and writer. He founded the Dept of Drama at Victoria University in 1970 and retired as Professor of Drama in 1997. To date he has published 10 novels, in addition to which he has written plays for the theatre and many stories for Radio New Zealand. A volume of his short stories, Maestro and Other Stories is due for publication in May this year.

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 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

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.

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.

Book lovers to have a new online home

A pair of book lovers have teamed up with the aim of creating, which they believe will be New Zealand’s biggest website dedicated solely to books and reading.

Between them, J. J. McConnachie and Emma Codd read over 200 books a year, and both have a keen interest in the online book world. Both have reviewed books for a number of websites, and Mrs McConnachie has worked on a number of online book-related projects.

The project came about after they discovered a mutual frustration at the lack of a New Zealand online book community. Mrs McConnachie, a website content manager by trade, says, “There are a number of book blogs, but there is no decent website that represents New Zealand book lovers, and their interest in the world of literature.

“We want to create a website for other New Zealand book lovers, not only to showcase both New Zealand and international titles, but also to share author interviews, reviews, competitions, reading and writing advice.

“The book publishing industry is changing fast overseas, with e-books taking off, and we want to be there online, as New Zealand begins to follow the digital book revolution that is happening right now.”

Mrs McConnachie and Ms Codd have the ability to create the website, but need a little help to fund the basics of the build, and the two have started a crowdfunding project to finance their effort.

The two are passionate about NZ authors as well as readers, and authors with a published or soon-to-be published book can receive a months worth of advertising on the site once it is built for one of the pledge prizes. Authors and fellow book lovers can help bring NZ Booklovers to life by making a pledge at

Book Launch — The Wind City

Steam Press is thrilled to launch its latest novel – The Wind City, by Summer Wigmore.

Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua – the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend – have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood.

A war is coming, and few can stand in their way. Saint (lovably fearless, temporarily destitute, currently unable to find a shirt) may be our only hope. Tony, suddenly unemployed and potentially a taniwha herself, has little choice but to accept the role her bloodline dictates. And Hinewai, who fell with the rain? If she can’t find her one true love, there’s a good chance that none will live to see the morning.

Wellington will never be the same again.

James Guthrie from Wellingtonista said “The Wind City is a startling debut novel for a nineteen-year-old writer. More to the point, this is a startling novel for a writer of any age, at any stage of their career: first book or tenth.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 November.

Wine! Beer! Disemboweling by taniwha!

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

Nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now 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 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.

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.

Stella 459 — A Steampunk Film

Jonathon Rayner-Burt is the director of a Steampunk/sci-fi short film project called Stella 459 (
The teaser trailer for this this is here:
With casting well underway, Stella 459 plans to shoot this in November of this year.  As the project did not qualify for public funding, they are hitting the fundraising trail hard in order to raise the capital required for props, wardrobe and set construction.
In Auckland on September 1st Stella 459 are running a Steampunk themed High Tea event at the historic Ferndale House to help with this.
Please visit their website for more information and for contribution details.

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.

DUFF Race voting is now open

The DUFF race is now on. There are two candidates for the Down Under Fan Fund this year, so please download the PDF form and vote.

Founded in 1972, and supported by contributions from all over the world, DUFF sends a delegate from North America to Australia/New Zealand, or the other way in alternating years, attending the World Science Fiction Convention if it is on the receiving side or otherwise at least one national convention.   This year, the winning down-under delegate will travel to the 71st World Science Fiction convention which will be LoneStarCon 3, to be held in San Antonio, Texas.

Note that there is a cost to vote. This money is a donation to the fund to help cover the cost of the travel.

Phillip Mann

Radio New Zealand has interviewed Phillip Mann about his writing life, science fiction, and his new novel The Disestablishment Of Paradise. You can download the interview as a podcast from:

You can also read a review of the novel at:

ARA – An SF Movie – Crowdfunding request

SFFANZ received the following info about a crowdfunded project. We don’t know anything more about the project other than what is on the web site links below. But it is worth having a look to at least check out the pictures of what they are up to.

“ARA, a sci-fi thriller set in Auckland New Zealand, locally made for international audiences is currently in production. This is an independent film and the ARA team are fundraising via indiegogo to support their film. Have a look at their fundraiser page, please contribute if you can, all contributors get perks.
Check out their fundraiser page:
Check out their Facebook page: