Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2017 Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards have now been announced. You can find full information on Finalists here.

Gus Hunter Fantasy Artist Exhibition

If you are in Porirua, you should know that one of New Zealand’s top fantasy talents Gus Hunter (Weta Workshop) has a solo show on now at Pataka Art + Museum. The exhibition runs until 7th May and entry is free.

Southern Cross Book Club

Arty Bees Books and the Southern Cross Hotel have started up a book club. You can read about the event here on its FB page. As many of you know, Arty bees have been a big supporter of local SF/F/H over the years. The following is the blurb about the club.

“Read any good books lately? Itching to talk about them? Go on then! In this book club there’s no specific book you have to pretend to have read; we’re thinking more relaxed, informal discussion with like-minded readers about book… related… stuff. (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Sound good? Good! The Southern Cross Book Club exists with a little help from our friends at Arty Bees Books. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Lounge, first on the right as you arrive. If you can read this, you may as well join us.”

The next meeting is Monday, May 8 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM – the theme is “War! What is it good for?”

DUFF Delegate Coming to Lexicon

Paul Weimer, the DUFF Delegate for 2017, is planning to attend Lexicon in Taupo, NZ (2-4 June) before heading on to Continuum in Melbourne the following weekend. Is there anyone out there willing to show a bit of kiwi hospitality and host or transport Paul on part of his trip? Hosting a fan fund delegate is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the international side of the fan movement.

Paul, notes the following details about his trip
“I arrive in Auckland early morning the 29th
I am booked in the hotel in Taupo for NZ Natcon Thursday the 1st and leave on Monday the 5th
The evening of Wednesday the 7th, I fly out of Wellington and arrive in Melbourne!”

Drop him a line on FB if you can help.

Hugo Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list here. For those looking for an NZ connection, Seanan McGuire’s name appears twice – she is of course the Guest of Honour at Lexicon, the 2017 NZ National SF&F Convention.

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards closing soon!

Get busy and make a nomination before it is too late!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards will close in twol weeks – at 8.00 pm on 31 March 2017. 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 2016 calendar year.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Remember; all nominations from SFFANZ members count as two nominations, while those from non-members count as one.  Join SFFANZ here.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a non-exhaustive list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

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Lexicon Update

Lexicon is the New Zealand national Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Taupo over Queens Birthday Weekend, (2–4 June, 2017). They have published a “Three Months to Go” update – you can read it here. There is a lot of good stuff to read in it.

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the “Accommodation and Transport” section. The convention venue has booked out. The good news is that Taupo is a tourist town with lots of alternative places to stay. Lexicon has documented some nearby recommended options. The convention is over a holiday weekend, so if you have not already done so, it may be a good idea to start investigating your accommodation options soon.