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News about SFFANZ itself

Sir Julius Vogel Award 2014 Results

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

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.

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 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.

SFFANZ AGM Minutes

The minutes of the SFFANZ 2013 AGM are available here.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Results – 2013

The results of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2013 are now available. Please click on this link.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013

The final nomination list for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2013 is now available.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013 are now closed. A final nomination list will be published shortly.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013 – REMINDER

Just a reminder that nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2013 will close at 8.00pm on March 31st 2013.

An explanation of the procedures involved in processing nominations and administering the awards can be found here.

A detailed nomination FAQ can be found here.

The award rules and criteria can be found here.

Please send your nominations by email to sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz or by post to:
SJV Awards
P.O. Box 13-574,
Johnsonville,
Wellington

Voting for the awards will take place at the 2013 National SF Convention Au Contraire

National Convention in 2014

SFFANZ has received an expression of interest in running the national convention for 2014. However the project is still in a very early stage. We will make a more formal announcement about the convention when the plans are more firmly cemented in place. Once there is a firm commitment, we will follow the same administrative procedure that we have used in previous years — we will ask the membership to vote on the proposal and we will ratify the decision at the AGM in 2013.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2012

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2012 are now closed. The final nomination list will be published shortly.

How To Train Your Dragon stage show

SFFANZ have organized discounted tickets to the How To Train Your Dragon stage show.

Tickets are $54.90 for adults, children up to 12 $44.90.

How To Train Your Dragon is at Vector Arena 18th – 22nd April.

This offer is only for weekday performances – Wednesday 18th April or Thursday 9th April.

To take advantage of this price we need a minimum of 20 people.

To take advantage of the offer please email me by this Monday 4pm at secretary@sffanz.sf.org.nz.  State which day(s) you can attend.

Jan Butterworth

Secretary/Press Officer SFFANZ

secretary@sffanz.sf.org.nz

Fantasy and Paranormal author Maria V. Snyder to present workshop in Auckland: Discount for SFFANZ members

Maria V. Snyder, a New York Times best-selling author of fantasy and paranormal fiction for teens and adults, will teach a half-day workshop in Auckland on Friday August 19, with a focus on writing fantasy and paranormal fiction. The workshop is hosted by Romance Writers of New Zealand, but is open to writers from all genres. Editors from local publishers will also be presenting and/or taking pitches from writers, and the afternoon will include a workshop on sword-fighting (an essential element of much paranormal, fantasy and historical fiction!). New Zealand Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand and other writing organisations will receive a discount on the workshop registration fee. Earlybird registration closes July 11.

Maria V. Snyder will also be on the podium over the course of RWNZ’s weekend conference, including a much-anticipated talk on dystopian fiction, arguably the hottest genre of the moment. Other speakers include thriller supremo Tess Gerritsen, and Bob Mayer, an ex special forces agent (Green Beret A-team commander) and now a bestselling suspense author and digital publishing expert. Mayer will also present a one-day novel writing seminar in Friday August 19, open to writers from all genres, designed to take a writer from first page to last.

The RWNZ Conference runs August 19-21 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland. Earlybird registration closes July 11. For full details and online registration, visit www.romancewriters.co.nz/conference

SFFANZ AGM Minutes 2011

The minutes of the Annual General meeting of SFFANZ held at Quality Hotel Barrycourt, Gladstone Road on June 6, 2011 are now available.

Submit items to our lists of local work

SFFANZ is interested in keeping track of of works of sf/f/h which have been produced by New Zealanders. We keep track of this information in various lists for the benefit of our members and other interested parties. List items cover work made by New Zealand residents or citizens.

Do you know of novels, collections, anthologies, films, TV series etc which we do not have in our lists? If you know of such an item, we would be very grateful if you could let us know in the new “Submit Listing” form that we have added to the site.

Please note that the “Submit Listing” form is separate to the “Send Us News” form that we added to the site yesterday. These two new forms are all part of our ongoing attempts to keep everybody informed about sf/f/h news in New Zealand.

Send Us News

Hello to readers of SFFANZ News. Thank you for following our news service through your channel of choice. We would like to take a moment to remind you that we are always on the lookout for any news item which relates to the broader Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror genre and which pertains to New Zealand in some way. If you know of an event, news article or the like which we haven’t posted here, then almost certainly that is because we do not know about it. So please drop us a line and clue us in.

To that end, we have added a news submission form to the site. If you have anything newsworthy, please give it a go. Just go to the news site and click the “Send Us News” link. We are most grateful for your help in making this site as informative as it can be.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners – 2011

The list of winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2011 has now been published.

SFFANZ AGM – June 6th 2011

The Annual General Meeting of SFFANZ will be held at 10.00am on Monday 6th June 2011. Full details of the venue and agenda can be downloaded as a PDF file.

2012 Nat Con

This is a reminder to let fans know that bids to run the New Zealand Natcon for 2012 remain open. Bids are happily accepted. To send in a bid, please contact us at president@sffanz.sf.org.nz.

As most New Zealand fans know by now, there was no convention bid put forward at the 2010 Au Contraire National Convention for 2012.

If bids are received by SFFANZ by 31st March 2011, then voting will take place by email.  Any bids received after 31st March 2011 will be voted on at ConText in June 2011.

To avoid mishap, if anyone is considering putting on a bid for 2012, please let SFFANZ know soon.  It is important for you to drop us a line even if you would like to keep it out of the public domain at this point.

So far, SFFANZ has received no bids. However some con suggestions have been received by SFFANZ. These include having a mini-con, or a 2-day con over a non-statutory weekend or having it on Labour Weekend. Bids from South Island fans for a 2012 NatCon to be held in the South Island also welcomed. SFFANZ itself does not run such events, but we would welcome offers to run such a convention as an alternative to the traditional National Convention.

Auckland SF Concert – Discount For SFFANZ Members

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will lead concertgoers across new frontiers with its homage to Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey in Auckland next month.

Co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival, A Symphonic Odyssey is a one-off performance of orchestral greats from the film, including epic works by György Ligeti and Richard Strauss.

NZSO Music Director Emeritus James Judd returns to New Zealand from the US to conduct the concert. He says the blockbuster music is a giant in scale and will thrill the audience.

The programme includes Luciano Berio’s rarely-performed 1968 masterpiece Sinfonia, considered to be the most revolutionary avant-garde symphony of the twentieth century.

The NZSO would like to offer SFFANZ members a discount to this concert – NZSO 15 – $15 off the adult priced ticket in all reserves. Book at The Edge 0800 289 842 and ask for NZSO 15. (Service fee will apply).

SFFANZ Reviews January 2011

As part of its ongoing service to SF fans, SFFANZ runs a book review section on its web site. All books are reviewed by SFFANZ members from publisher or author supplied review copies.

The following are the reviews for Jan 2011:
Rachel Aaron – The Spirit Rebellion
Rachel Aaron – The Spirit Eater
Melissa de la Cruz – Misguided Angel
Philip Palmer – Version 43
Karen Traviss – Gears of War: Anvil Gate
Mary Victoria – Samiha’s Song
J R Ward – Lover Awakened

A full list of all books reviewed is available on the SFFANZ web site. For more information about the SFFANZ reviews or its other activities, email enquiries@sffanz.sf.org.nz.