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Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 28th February 2016. 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 2015 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz.

We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here. The rules, criteria and categories for the Awards can be found by clicking this link. Guidelines for nominations can be found by clicking this link.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Results for 2015

The results of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2015 are available here.

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

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.

Nominations closing soon for Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Just a reminder that the nomination period for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2015 closes at 8.00pm on January 31st.

Book Launch – The Sovereign Hand

Steam Press is supremely excited to launch its first fantasy novel, The Sovereign Hand, by Paul Gilbert.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 August.

“In my experience, the difference between hope and despair turns on the tiniest thing…”

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person – human, gobelin, or drake – can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror…

Jacqui Smith of SFFANZ Review wrote that The Sovereign Hand has “clever and carefully measured prose… a meticulous setting, and memorable characters…” and noted that it is “quite possibly one of the best works of fantasy ever published in New Zealand,” while Bernard Beckett has called this “a truly ambitious novel, both in scope and subject matter…  A wonderfully energetic debut, a celebration of form and expression.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

Sir Julius Vogel Award 2014 Results

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

2014 Campbell Award Nominees

Almost all the stories nominated for this year’s Campbell Award are available for download as a free ebook. The book contains more than 800,000 words of fiction by 111 authors.

The Campbell award is presented every year at the World Science Fiction Convention. It is an award for the best new writers. The award celebrates potential: Nominees are often young (though not always), and the Campbell award tends to serve as a signpost for fans, pointing the way to the next great read.

Download this ebook and treat yourself to a lot of wonderful stories. And see if you can identify the people who will go on to be the great names of science fiction in the future…

 

Wellington based author shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award

Hachette New Zealand is absolutely thrilled to announce that Wellington based author Phillip Mann has made the shortlist of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his book The Disestablishment of Paradise.An epic ecological science fiction thriller, The Disestablishment of Paradise is a tale of Love and Destruction on a strange planet called Paradise. 

The full Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist includes God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit), Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot), The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz), The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) and of course The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz). The winner of the UK’s top science fiction prize will receive a cheque for £2014, will be announced on 1 May and will join a list of former winners including Margaret Atwood, M. John Harrison and China Miéville.

Phillip Mann was born in Yorkshire. A theatre lover, he studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years and there wrote his first novel. He has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a professional theatre director and writer. He founded the Dept of Drama at Victoria University in 1970 and retired as Professor of Drama in 1997. To date he has published 10 novels, in addition to which he has written plays for the theatre and many stories for Radio New Zealand. A volume of his short stories, Maestro and Other Stories is due for publication in May this year.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

The nomination list for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 has been published and is available here.

The long list of all nominated works is also available here.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 are now closed. A list of nominated works will be published shortly.

Book lovers to have a new online home

A pair of book lovers have teamed up with the aim of creating NZBooklovers.co.nz, which they believe will be New Zealand’s biggest website dedicated solely to books and reading.

Between them, J. J. McConnachie and Emma Codd read over 200 books a year, and both have a keen interest in the online book world. Both have reviewed books for a number of websites, and Mrs McConnachie has worked on a number of online book-related projects.

The project came about after they discovered a mutual frustration at the lack of a New Zealand online book community. Mrs McConnachie, a website content manager by trade, says, “There are a number of book blogs, but there is no decent website that represents New Zealand book lovers, and their interest in the world of literature.

“We want to create a website for other New Zealand book lovers, not only to showcase both New Zealand and international titles, but also to share author interviews, reviews, competitions, reading and writing advice.

“The book publishing industry is changing fast overseas, with e-books taking off, and we want to be there online, as New Zealand begins to follow the digital book revolution that is happening right now.”

Mrs McConnachie and Ms Codd have the ability to create the website, but need a little help to fund the basics of the build, and the two have started a crowdfunding project to finance their effort.

The two are passionate about NZ authors as well as readers, and authors with a published or soon-to-be published book can receive a months worth of advertising on the site once it is built for one of the pledge prizes. Authors and fellow book lovers can help bring NZ Booklovers to life by making a pledge at https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1534.

Book Launch — The Wind City

Steam Press is thrilled to launch its latest novel – The Wind City, by Summer Wigmore.

Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua – the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend – have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood.

A war is coming, and few can stand in their way. Saint (lovably fearless, temporarily destitute, currently unable to find a shirt) may be our only hope. Tony, suddenly unemployed and potentially a taniwha herself, has little choice but to accept the role her bloodline dictates. And Hinewai, who fell with the rain? If she can’t find her one true love, there’s a good chance that none will live to see the morning.

Wellington will never be the same again.

James Guthrie from Wellingtonista said “The Wind City is a startling debut novel for a nineteen-year-old writer. More to the point, this is a startling novel for a writer of any age, at any stage of their career: first book or tenth.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 November.

Wine! Beer! Disemboweling by taniwha!

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.

Stella 459 — A Steampunk Film

Jonathon Rayner-Burt is the director of a Steampunk/sci-fi short film project called Stella 459 (www.stella459.com).
The teaser trailer for this this is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOxv4-eJ1cY
With casting well underway, Stella 459 plans to shoot this in November of this year.  As the project did not qualify for public funding, they are hitting the fundraising trail hard in order to raise the capital required for props, wardrobe and set construction.
In Auckland on September 1st Stella 459 are running a Steampunk themed High Tea event at the historic Ferndale House to help with this.
Please visit their website for more information and for contribution details.

Dan McCarthy

We regret to report the death of long-time Dunedin fan Dan McCarthy. He had a nicely twisted sense of humour and an odd way of looking at the world. He was always good company, lots of fun to be with. He was a great supporter of the creation of SFFANZ and of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. In 1997 he was the Fan Guest of Honour at the national convention, Conspiracy, which was held in Wellington.

He will be greatly missed.

Edit (2003-08-09 14:45): For those that wish to remember him there will be a celebration of his life on Monday 12th August at Hope and Sons chapel in Dunedin at 3.30 pm

SFFANZ AGM Minutes

The minutes of the SFFANZ 2013 AGM are available here.