SFFANZ is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Membership dues for SFFANZ are now due by the AGM – set down to happen on 4 Jun during Lexicon. Amongst other benefits, current members of SFFANZ are able to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards even if they are not members of Lexicon (but be quick, you only have until 8pm Tuesday for email votes).
Memberships will be taken at Lexicon, however if you are not attending and wish to (re)join SFFANZ, the details for joining are to be found here.
The World SF convention this year is in Finland. Over on their FB page, they are asking for people to write about fandom in their own countries. Is there anybody out there who is interested in representing the kiwi expression of fandom to the rest of the world? This is what they say…
Call for article writers! Want to write a very small article (300 words max) about fandom in your country? We also need help collecting the names of regional groups or national groups, and regional and national conventions from 14 Augusti 2017 – 15 August 2018.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 15 June!
It is only three weeks until Lexicon – the 2017 New Zealand national SF/F convention. If you have been putting off making a decision about making a trip to Taupo to attend, now is the time to get organised. The convention will be closing their membership signup process on 23rd May, so you don’t have much time.
As previously reported, the convention hotel is full up, but Taupo is a tourist town and a simple search will provide dozens of options. The convention has compiled a set of recommendations you should check out.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist was announced earlier this month. LexiCon members, are all eligible to vote for these awards, and voting forms will be available at the convention. If you’d like to take a look at the nominated works in advance, many of them are available in a downloadable package – there is an authentication process before you can view the package. There will also be a display table at LexiCon with many of the shortlisted works for you to take a look at.
For more convention news, check out the con news feed.
The finalists for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards have now been announced. You can find full information on Finalists here.
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.
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?”
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.