Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet Download

Items nominated for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award are available for downloading. Full instructions for downloading the voter pack can be found here.

Sir Terry Pratchett has died

Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family, with his cat sleeping on his bed.

More details here.

Email / Postal Voting for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015

The email/postal voting form for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2015 is now available here.

Please note that you must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of Reconnaissance to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards. Ballot counting takes place at Reconnaissance, so you can vote there, or you can email or post your votes directly to SFFANZ. If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 1st April 2015. In all other cases, they must reach us by the close of voting at Reconnaissance at 12 noon, Sunday 5th April 2015

Fat Zombie Not-A-Book-Launch Thingy

Fat Zombie – Edited by Paul Mannering.

“Not a Book Launch – Honest”.

Friday 6th March. Miramar Gasworks.
11 Tauhinu Road, Miramar., Wellington
4:30pm – 8:00pm

“Come have a drink with the editor and some contributors to the anthology Fat Zombie – Stories of Unlikely Survivors from the Apocalypse. There won’t be books to buy, but we’d love to see you anyhoo.

Note: This is a top secret thingy. Not a book launch. Honest. Please don’t tell and invite everyone you know. We haven’t even booked the venue, we’re just gatecrashing. Cos that’s how zombie authors roll.

P.S. Just kidding. Please invite everyone you know. But there still won’t be any books to buy. We just like company.”

NZ National SF/F/H Convention – not long now

A gentle reminder that it will soon be only a month until the New Zealand National Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Convention. Not only is this the event where members get to vote on the SJV awards, but it is also a fully fledged fan run event with a wide range of events and activities.

This year, the national convention is called Reconnaissance which will be held over the Easter long weekend April 3rd – 6th at the Sudima hotel in Rotorua.

Because the event is over a long weekend at the start of the school holidays, there will be pressure on for accommodation. However at the time of writing, there were still a good number of places available at the Hotel by using the booking form on the web site. We do suggest that you don’t leave it until the last minute to book.

The detailed Program of events can be found here, but a few of the highlights are given below:

  • Stroll / Pub crawl Thursday from sundown
  • Friday One day Writer’s workshop – seats available $60 separate to convention attendance cost
  • CosPlay event / Masquerade as part of the opening ceremony Friday evening.
  • Informal group going to Hobbiton on Friday morning.
  • Saturday CosPlay stream
  • Guest of Honour events with Gail Carriger and Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
  • Steampunk themed events
  • Sunday YA – Young Adult stream
  • Written – Print Media Stream Fri, Sat and Sunday inclusive.
  • Three streams Friday, Four and a bit streams Saturday and Sunday
  • Floating market Sunday 9am – Noon.
  • An event at Atlantis Books 4pm to 6pm Saturday
  • A burlesque event off site Saturday evening and a separate Star Gazing car pool to the outskirts of town.
  • SJV’s Sunday evening after banquet/cocktails
  • SFFANZ / NZin2020 (worldcon bid) business sessions Monday
  • Dead Dog party at the Te Runanga Tea rooms from about 1pm Monday.

Final Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2015

The final nomination list together with a voting form for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2015 is available here.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015

The nomination period for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2015 has now closed. A list of nominated works will be published shortly.