School Holiday Horror

We occasionally have to remind ourselves that we cover news for Science Fiction, Fantasy *AND* Horror. So, in that spirit and with the school holidays just over a week away, lets look at Spookers. It is a haunted house experience in Karaka, Auckland. They have a special offer running over the holidays.

While on the subject of holidays – have a look at Stardome. And yes, we know it is Science not Science Fiction – but it’s close enough…right?

SJV Voter Packet Reissue

If you missed out on the Sir Julius Vogel Award voting packet the first time, SFFANZ and CoNZealand are pleased to announce that it is now available again to eligible voters (i.e. members of CoNZealand). This time you can access it from the CoNZealand Members’ website. It is available until mid September. Access it here: https://members.conzealand.nz. Once you have logged in, look for a link to the Sir Julius Vogel Packet on the left side of the screen.

This download of materials from Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists is supplied free of charge as a courtesy by the creators and publishers of works that were nominated for the awards. We are deeply appreciative of the artists, authors, editors, publishers, and other creators who have generously provided their works to this year’s packet. We ask that you honour their request that you reserve these copies for your personal use only, and that you do not share these works with non-members of CoNZealand.

Not all of the finalists have provided work for this packet, and some work that was in the original Sir Julius Vogel Award packet does not appear here. Only work that the finalist or their publisher has agreed to make available is included. SFFANZ and CoNZealand completely supports creators being paid for their work, and encourages everyone to support creators financially. If you enjoy a work you find here, please consider purchasing it or another work by the same creator.

If you have any problems with the packet, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. Happy reading everyone.

SJV Award Statement

The following is a statement from John Toon, President of SFFANZ….

As President of SFFANZ, I would like to thank all those who worked on and attended the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ceremony in Wellington on Sunday 26 July. The credit for organising this event belongs to Lynelle Howell, Kelly Buehler, Mel Duncan and many others. Thanks also to Lynelle and Jan Butterworth for all their work administering the SJVs.

However, I acknowledge that the editing of the footage of the ceremony as broadcast during CoNZealand could have been better. Most egregiously, Sascha Stronach’s acceptance speech for the award for Best Novel was cut off mid-sentence, and this was not acceptable. I personally apologise to Sascha.

In addition, five of this year’s winners – Gareth Ward, Matthew Willis, David Bishop, Alex Lindsay and Grace Bridges – were unable to attend the ceremony in person or remotely, and did not nominate anyone to collect the trophy on their behalf. The co-presenters acknowledged this during the ceremony and promised to send the trophies to the winners. This information was edited out of the broadcast programme, which could have led viewers to believe that some of the winners had been snubbed. I personally apologise to these five winners.

I also note that many have objected to the juxtaposition of the SJV Awards with the Retro Hugo Awards in CoNZealand’s schedule. SFFANZ understood and accepted the reasoning behind this decision but I accept that, in hindsight, the outcome was not the showcase for and celebration of contemporary New Zealand SFF and fandom that we had hoped it would be.

Lastly, I note that some members of CoNZealand were unaware of the availability of the SJV voter packet during the voting period, and that some nominees and members have asked for it to be made available again to promote awareness of contemporary New Zealand SFF. SFFANZ has contacted all finalists to ask their permission to make their nominated material available again to CoNZealand members, where material was provided. The contents of the reissued SJV packet will, of course, be subject to the agreement of those finalists who consent to participate. CoNZealand has kindly agreed to host the reissued SJV packet via the Hugo Awards voter packet system, and will be contacting CoNZealand members with the relevant details.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards – 2020 Result Announcement

Official SFFANZ press release follows…

Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror 2020 Results Announced

The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented.

The Awards recognise excellence and achievement by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

Voting was open to members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) and members of CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention voting was open to members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) and the convention.

The ceremony was held in person in Wellington on July 26, and streamed as part of CoNZealand’s programme.

SFFANZ president John Toon said “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to showcase some of the best contemporary New Zealand science fiction and fantasy, and especially so this year, with the eyes of international fandom on us. On behalf of SFFANZ, hearty congratulations to all this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award winners and nominees.”

SFFANZ would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees and look forward to honouring more of New Zealand’s talent in 2021.

For further information, please contact press@sffanz.org.nz

A full list of winners is appended.

Professional Awards Section

Best Novel – Adult
The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach (Little Hook Press)

Best Novel – Young Adult
The Clockill and the Thief by Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)

Best Short Story
“A Shriek Across The Sky” by Casey Lucas
(Sponge Magazine)

Best Novella/Novelette
From A Shadow Grave by Andi C Buchanan
(Paper Road Press)

Best Collected Work
Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol 1
Edited by Marie Hodgkinson
(Paper Road Press)

Best Professional Artwork
Vivienne To – Cover of Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee
(Rick Riordan Presents)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form
Dr Who: The Elysian Blade
David Bishop

Best Professional Publication
Swords: The Webcomic
Matthew Wills

Fan Awards Section

Best Fan Production /Publication
Plant Life
Laya Rose

Best Fan Writing
“Sitrep”
Alex Lindsay

Best Fan Artwork
Deet
Laya Rose

Special Awards

Best New Talent
Sascha Stronach

Services to Fandom
Grace Bridges

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Melanie Harding-Shaw

Congratulations to all our finalists for being nominated and all our winners!

Awardwatch : World Fantasy Awards

Tamsyn Muir with her novel Gideon the Ninth is at it yet again – this time she has made it onto the final ballot for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards. Congratulations to all the finalists but especially to Tamsyn. Getting onto the ballot in the Locus awards, the Hugos and now the World Fantasy awards is one heck of a triple crown achievement

Awardwatch : Aurealis Awards

The Aurealis awards were presented in an online ceremony last night. Congratulations to all the winners. But as is our way, there has to be a Kiwi connection before we post, so special mention to Bren MacDibble for winning Best Childrens Fiction for The Dog Runner.

(If you really want to stretch a point, we also note that J.S. Breukelaar admits to a New Zealand component to her education – does that count?)

Confirmed Time for SFFANZ Business Meeting

Anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ business meeting must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of annual membership is still $10. Because the meeting will be virtual, it will not be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash at the start of the meeting (obviously), so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking – preferably well before CoNZealand starts. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions. Pretty much all this money goes to running the Sir Julius Vogel awards, so by joining, you are supporting those awards.

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held at 2pm – 4pm Thursday 30 July (NZT) during CoNZealand.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to paid-up members very soon, so make sure SFFANZ has your correct email contact information (and your membership fee of course).

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Ceremony Details

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting the Sir Julius Vogel awards physically on Sunday, July 26th at a ceremony at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington. The venue will be open from 6pm, with the awards to begin at 7pm. The ceremony is open to SJV finalists and their guests and any members of SFFANZ or CoNZealand who are able to attend.

Some light catering will be provided for everyone, but we suggest eating beforehand. For catering purposes, we need you to RSVP – please do so via this form no later than Sunday, July 18. Space is limited, and will be allotted on a first in, first served basis. Our sincere apologies for the late notice.

As you know, normally the Sir Julius Vogel Awards would be presented at the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention. CoNZealand was voted by the New Zealand fans to have the honour of being the natcon for 2020. Of course, events have overtaken us, and with the shift to a Virtual Worldcon, we have had to make some changes to how we do these ceremonies. Much as we want to have a live SJV ceremony during CoNZealand, we don’t have the resources or crew to run virtual and live ceremonies at the same time. Both would suffer in quality and significance. As we worked, it became clear that the best way to showcase the SJVs was to pre-record the ceremony and results, and then stream it during CoNZealand for maximum impact. This ceremony will be recorded for the purposes of broadcast with the Retro-Hugo Awards during CoNZealand.

By attending the SJV ceremony you agree that you may be filmed and broadcast on the internet during CoNZealand and afterwards as the recording is made available more widely.

The Retro-Hugos and Sir Julius Vogel awards are being shown during the CoNZealand programme at 11am on Thursday, July 30th. The ceremony will be available for viewing at later times too. Key parts of this information are repeated in the google form linked above.

As you will have realised, you will know the results of the awards four days before everyone else. We ask that you keep the secret until Thursday, when we broadcast to the whole world.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz

SFFANZ Business Meeting Information

The following message has come from the SFFANZ Treasurer:

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held on Thursday 30 July during CoNZealand. The time is TBC, but is likely to be either 2pm or 8pm – if you strongly prefer either, you have a short window in which to indicate your preference on our Facebook page.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, not in person. The final date and time of the meeting will be confirmed via this page; instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to members.

Although the meeting will be open to members of CoNZealand who wish to observe it, anyone wishing to participate must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of a year’s membership is still $10. Because the meeting (and CoNZealand) will be virtual, it won’t be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash this year, so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions.

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

2020 Writers Festival – Neil Gaiman on 12 July

We have written before about the 2020 Auckland Writes festival going virtual and turning into a Winter Series of live streamed panels. This week noted SF & Fantasy author Neil Gaiman is joined by Leanne Shapton and Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai for episode 11 streaming at 9am on Sunday 12th July.

You can find all the links at their web page devoted to the series. This includes a link for catch-up watching later if you can’t get to it live. It is possible to submit email questions for the panel in advance.

Incheon City Concept Design Competition – NZ Division

Weta Workshop are calling for New Zealand tertiary students to turn their imaginations into pieces of art for the second Incheon City Concept Design Competition. Now, as even we at SFFANZ News know, Incheon is a city in north-west South Korea, but this competition has Weta involvement, so there is a New Zealand division local students can enter. Since travel to Incheon isn’t really on right now, the competition has cash prizes this year.

This year there are offering two alternate design briefs for you to choose from:

Option 1. Imagine a time traveller from 1900AD (could be English, Korean, Chinese etc) that arrives in Incheon 2077.

Option 2. A time traveller from the year 2077 travels back to London or Wellington, New Zealand or even Incheon Circa 1900.

For reasons we don’t really understand, Weta only told us about this today and entries close on the 23rd May, so you might have to get busy.

Free SF Books – A Fan giveaway

We got this message which we are sharing with you all …
I am getting rid of my collection of sci-fi books- hundreds of books collected over the last 50 years. I don’t want any money for them. Just happy to pass them on to fans. They would need to be collected from Auckland’s North Shore. Could you post an item telling people to get in contact with
Steve at 021 078 0491 or
Kathy on 021 024 38140
And they can come and chose how much or how little they want to take away
“.

We are very happy to help find a good home for these books. Steve has sent through some pictures and there is lots of good stuff there from big name SF & Fantasy authors. So if your to be read pile is getting a bit low and you are in the Auckland region, why not make the call. It would be a crime for these books to just be dumped.

Awardwatch : Tamsyn Muir wins Locus Award

At the end of last month, we reported that Kiwi Tamsyn Muir had been shortlisted for the very prestigious Locus awards. Well now, the news is even better, the Locus Award winners have been announced and Tamsyn has won the Best First Novel category for her novel Gideon the Ninth. Congratulations to Tamsyn and all the winners. The award ceremony video is available online if you are interested.

So, What’s Happening?

So all you sf/f/h fans out there, what genre events are happening in our post-lockdown environment? Our intrepid reporter has been scouring the events listings on the likes of Evenfinda looking for items that are specific to our corner of the world. But there really isn’t much out there. She did find a few things which have a (very tenuous) connection to SF which are listed below, but there must be more out there. So, a little help please, if you know of any genre events/exhibitions/items then drop us a line at sffanz.news@gmail.com or press@sffanz.org.nz. Better yet if it is you who are running that event.

This is the list so far…
Motat Drive-in Moviews – including Labyrinth.
The Space Maze in Aotea Square.
Words in Winter – including Elizabeth Knox.
Spookers

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Voting Now Open

The voting form for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available for download.

To vote in these New Zealand national SF/F/H awards, you must be a member of SFFANZ or the current NZ natcon – CoNZealand. Any member of either of these organisations may vote in the awards, you don’t need to be a local.

In order to evaluate works, a pack of examples and samples of nominated works may be downloaded by SFFANZ and CoNZealand members. Here are instructions for the Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet.

Auckland 2020 Writers Festival – Winter Series

Recent QB Honours recipient Elizabeth Knox is scheduled to appear in this week’s episode of the Auckland 2020 Writers Festival – Winter Series. The episode is scheduled to debut live at 9-10am Sunday 7th June.

For context, as you, by now, are aware the 2020 Auckland Writers festival was cancelled. So now they are running a series of talks with authors – at least 2 of the scheduled festival authors in each weeks programme. This week will be the 6th of the series but the first to feature somebody with an sf/f/h connection. Have a look at the info page to see if you can spot any more – we noticed one really big name there.

Elizabeth Knox & Taika Waititi – Queen’s Birthday honours

Elizabeth Knox has been named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced today. We note that she describes her books as “literary non-realism”, but if you read them you will recognise science fiction and fantasy when you see it.

Taika Waititi picked up an ONZM in the same awards for services to film. He has been involved in many projects which fit in our genre description, although we note that the Stuff article about the awards fails to mention his role in the creation of what we here at SFFANZ news think is the best of them – Wellington Paranormal.

Awardwatch : 2020 Locus Awards

Tamsyn Muir has been shortlisted for the 2020 Locus Awards in the First Novel category for Gideon the Ninth. The locus awards are a big deal, so congratulations to Tamsyn and all the nominees.

So since Tamsyn lives in the UK, why are we highlighting her we don’t hear you asking. Well from her press kit, we see the following “She has spent the majority of her life in Howick, New Zealand, with time spent living in Waiuku and central Wellington.” That makes her properly Kiwi in our opinion.

Awardwatch : Australian Shadows Awards

This is an interesting little quirk. The Australasian Horror Writers Association have announced the finalists in the 2019 Australian Shadows Awards. You can read the list of finalists on their web site.

The interesting thing is that the association announces themselves as “Australasian” – that means they consider themselves open to at least Australian and New Zealand members. And possibly other countries (e.g. PNG) depending which of the many differing definitions of Australasia you care to use (we found 6 such definitions – no two of which had the same country membership).

However these are their “Australian” Shadows Awards. Interesting huh? Anyway you can amuse yourself spotting the Kiwi authors among the Aussies in the award shortlist.

Awardwatch : 2020 Australian Fairy Tale Society Award Nominees

The 2020 nominees for the “Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Award for Inspiration and Contribution to Australian Fairy Tale Culture” have been released. As usual, we have looked through the list of nominees for this exclusively Australian award for New Zealanders.  Congratulations to Juliet Marillier for nabbing another Aussie nomination – I guess living there for a long time helps.