Update on comedy gig: tickets for Friday and Saturday are on offer.
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Update on comedy gig: tickets for Friday and Saturday are on offer.
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the day you are interested in.
Please circulate round your networks.
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.
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: www.indiegogo.com/projects/ara-sci-fi-movie
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ARAMOVIE“
Hot on the heels of the FFANZ nomination announcement comes news that DUFF Nominations are also open!
DUFF is the Down Under Fan Fund which transports science fiction fans from North America to Australasia, and vice versa. Nominations are now open for the 2013 race, which will be a northbound race, to transport a fan (or fans) from Australian or New Zealand to LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in the USA, from August 29th to September 2, 2013.
The winner may also wish to attend other conventions, and meet other fans, from North America, as they are able. The winner will also be required to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.
If you wish to stand, please contact us at the postal or email address below. You will then need three Australasian nominators, and two North American nominators (who will each need to confirm their nominations), a 100-word platform to appear on the ballot, and a bond of £15/€20/AU$25 guaranteeing to attend the 2013 Worldcon if you win. If you are interested in running for DUFF, but either need help with some aspect of your nomination, or simply wish to learn more about DUFF and what is required of delegates and administrators, please feel free to contact the current Australasian DUFF administrator, David Cake, with any questions.
Nominations are open until March 31. The winner will be announced as soon as practical after that.
Nominations should be sent to David Cake, via email at email@example.com or by post at David Cake, 6 Florence Road, Nedlands, Western Australia 6009.
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ). FFANZ in 2013 will send one New Zealand science fiction fan from New Zealand to the 2013 Australian Natcon, Conflux 9 in Canberra from 25-28 April.
Prospective candidates will have until February 10th 2013 to file the documents required to have one’s name placed in nomination and added to the ballot.
The ballots will be published and distributed in late February, and voting will run from February 28th – March 12.
Candidates should file the following documents:
The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:
Send required documents to;
firstname.lastname@example.org for New Zealand fans
email@example.com for Australian fans
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 January, 6.30pm – “Mayan Culture, Predictive Behaviour and Dinner”. Or alternatively, it is time for the annual Phoenix “pub meeting”. Come along the the Thistle Inn (3 Mulgrave st) and have join in the social chit chat over a meal or a drink.
Special Interest Groups:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are seven spokes on the wheel of time. The winners of the competition to receive a copy of A Memory Of Light (the last volume of the Wheel of Time series) are:
Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your new book.
Courtesy of Hachette NZ, Helen Lowe has three copies of A Memory of Light, the fourteenth and final novel in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, to give away to NZ & Australian readers. Click on A Memory of Light Giveaway to enter.
A Memory Of Light, the final volume in the Wheel Of Time series will be published on January 8th 2013. We have three copies to give away. To enter the competition to win a copy, just answer the question:
How many spokes does the wheel of time have?
Send your answers to: email@example.com. All correct answers will go into a hat and the winners will be drawn and announced on January 8th 2013. All entries must be received on or before midnight on January 7th 2013.
Busting to write for the big screen? Beginner’s Guide is an intensive two day workshop that demystifies the basics of screenwriting and gets your idea up and running.
Tutor Kathryn Burnett takes participants through the how and why of writing for film including premise, plot, story structure, formatting, dialogue, character and the visual grammar of screenplays. NB: This is the last workshop of the year!
Kathryn is a screenwriter, playwright, lecturer and script consultant who has worked in the film and television industry for over 17 years. She has designed this course specifically for beginners and industry professionals looking to up skill.
When: November 3 & 4th 2012
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: $245.00 (gst incl) – bookings absolutely essential. Numbers limited.
Bookings or further info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SciFi N Synths is described as Science Fiction and Synthesized Music from Wellington NZ; The perfect equation for fantastic fantasies. They have broadcast another show, this time featuring a Retrospectives on THE WALKING DEAD and the slightly more cute RATCHET AND CLANK.
You can download this show as a podcast from their facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Scifinsynths/280941558617842.
The results of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2012 are now available. Please click on this link.
A science fiction film called Iron Sky which is based on the novel by Charles Stross, is coming to New Zealand.
You can find more information about the film at www.ironsky.net
For more information about screening times in New Zealand, contact:
Hoyts Distribution NZ Ltd
c/o Hoyts Sylvia Park,
286 Mt Wellington Highway
P.O Box 132011,
Ph: 09 573 9068
Fax: 09 573 9070
SciFi N Synths is described as Science Fiction with synthesized music from Wellington; the perfect equation for fantastic fantasies. Join Craig to explore Sci Fi; anything of the lasers, little green men, magic wand and spookernatural ilk.
Helen Lowe has been out and about taking a tour to promote the launch of her latest book “The Gathering of the Lost”. The tour in question is an electronic one, going around the blog world. Check out the following destinations:
On the Harper Voyager Site announcing the launch.
Chatting on Plains FM – this is an audio download.
On Trent Jamiesons Blog – Helen Lowe on Romance vs Reality: War & Conflict in Epic Fantasy and “The Gathering of the Lost”.
On the Orbit site – Celebrating “The Gathering of the Lost” & The Power of Environment.
On John Scalzi’s Whatever – The Big Idea & “The Gathering of the Lost”.
And finally on SF Signal – Celebrating Epic Fantasy (PLUS: Giveaway for “The Gathering of the Lost”!)
In early December 2010, Fred Fastier, inaugural Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Otago, donated a 1200 strong collection of Science Fiction titles (magazines and books) to the Special Collections, University of Otago. This collection forms the basis of the exhibition ‘Ray Guns & Rocket Ships. The Fred Fastier Science Fiction Collection’, which begins in the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago, on 23 March 2012 and runs through to 15th June 2012. Hours: 8.30 to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday