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GUFF – 2 weeks to go to nominate for Helsinki

GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa).

Nominations are now open for the northbound race, to transport a Australasian fan to Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 August, 2017.

If you wish to stand and are unsure about how to go about getting any of these things, what the fund pays for or the duties of a GUFF delegate and administrator, then get in touch with one of the current GUFF administrators. You can find contact details and other information here.

Nominations are open until 17th November 2016, and candidates will be announced soon after. Voting will then run until Saturday 1st April 2017, with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.

As an editorial aside to the above, the NZ in 2020 Worldcon bid plans to have a presence in Helsinki and they need assistance with that. There is obvious opportunity for a happy overlap of interests here. Also, although kiwis are eligible, there has never been a New Zealand GUFF delegate. Isn’t it about time that was rectified.

New Zealand Author Wins World Fantasy Award

The results of the 2016 World Fantasy Awards are out and Wellington based author Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes has won best novel.

The awards were given at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, which took place from October 27-30 in Columbus, Ohio.

And just to prove its no fluke, Smaill’s novel is also on the long list for the Man Booker prize.

Lexicon Memberships on Con or Bust

LexiCon has announced that they have donated two memberships to Con or Bust. If you meet their criteria, you can attend for free!

Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions

LexiCon is the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (NatCon). It will be held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

New FFANZ Web Site

The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand has a new web site.  It contains news, history and delegate resources.  You can find it here.  You can sign up for email alerts if you wish.

Alternatively, FFANZ maintains a facebook page.  You can find it here.

Voting for FFANZ 2017 Now Open

The FFANZ (Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand) administrators have announced the ballot for the race for a Kiwi to attend the Australian National Convention 2017.

All the candidate and voting details can be found here.

This year’s FFANZ race is a westward bound one, facilitating travel by a New Zealand fan to the 56th Australian Speculative Fiction National Convention, Continuum XIII – Triskaidekaphilia, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.

 

Sir Julius Vogel

The ODT has an article about Sir Julius Vogel as a “visionary writer of science fiction”.  You should have a read – here is the link to the article.

Signed copy of Anno Domini 2000

Have you ever wondered why the NZ national sf/f awards are named to honour former premier Sir Julius Vogel?  It is because he is regarded as the first New Zealander to write an SF novel: Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, published in 1889.

This book is easy enough to obtain and we don’t usually promote books for sale* here.  However, this one for sale at Arty Bees is a bit special – it is actually signed by the man himself.

(* – we don’t promote books for sale as such, but we will post news of events – launch events, signing/reading tours etc by local authors.  Drop us a line if you know of such an event)