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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.

FFANZ Voting has started

Voting for the 2015 FFANZ delegate has started. All the details can be found here.

For 2015, the race is to find an Australian delegate to attend the NZ Natcon at Easter in Rotorua.

Remember that voting is a fundraising activity for FFANZ. Even if you know who will be the delegate it is important to vote to help fund the trip.

Robin Hobb at Arty Bees, Wellington

Well known fantasy author Robin Hobb is reporting on her web site that she is visiting New Zealand and will be “making a special stop at Arty Bees Books on Thursday, June 26th at5:30 PM to do a signing there.”

Further information from Arty bees site:
Robin Hobb at Arty Bees Books

Thursday 5:30pm 26th June

Robin Hobb will be in store after work so you can:
• Buy books by Robin Hobb
• Get your books signed by Robin
• Order the new book Fool’s Assassin, due out in September

If there is anything you want to ask Robin, email your questions to news@artybees.co.nz by 23rd June.

There is a Facebook event
if you want to confirm your attendance or just turn up.

It will take place on the first floor at
Arty Bees Books,
The Oaks,
106 Manners St,
Wellington

Thursday 5:30pm 26th June

Kiwi Winners of the Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and  judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance - of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

The awards for works published in the 2013 calendar year have been announced – you can see the full results over at Dark Wolf Reviews.

Of particular interest are the following two awards which have been won by New Zealand writers:

“Caterpillars” by Debbie Cowens (Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Paper Road Press)

“Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror” edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press)

Congratulations to Debbie, Dan and Lee for becoming so good that the Aussies are trying to claim you.

Phoenix SF Society – June Calendar

Phoenix is a Wellington based SF/F/H club catering to fans of all fandom persuasions. The main meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. Other regular events also happen during the month.

Main Meeting – 14th May 7.30pm -“Machines Taking Over”  Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 21st June, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Miramar
  • Biblio – 16th June, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 21st June, 6.30pm – Waterloo
  • PIG – 28th June 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Lindenvale
  • Video – 6th July, 7.30pm – Lindenvale

Note that some events are held at the homes of Phoenix members. For privacy reasons, these are not shown in full here. If you wish to attend these events or simply find out more about Phoenix, please email enquiries@phoenix.sf.org.nz.

DUFF Delegate visiting Auckland

The 2014 Down Under Fan Fund delegate is paying Auckland a visit on her way through to attend the Aussie natcon. Juanita Coulson is an American fan who will be in Auckland from the 2nd to the 5th June. Her DUFF statement includes the following lines “Have done fanzines, filksinging, pro writing. Happy to make friends and break stereotypes.” If you would like to catch up with this “treasure” of American fandom, please get in touch with Jan Butterworth who is coordinating local fan activities for Juanita’s visit.

Phoenix SF Society – May Calendar

Phoenix is a Wellington based SF/F/H club catering to fans of all fandom persuasions. The main meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. Other regular events also happen during the month.

Main Meeting – 14th May 7.30pm -“AGM”  Venue: Brian Davis Room, Cathedral of St Pauls, Hill Street.

(Apologies for the too-late notice on the main meeting – things got lost in the post)

Special Interest Groups:

  • Writers – 24th May, 1.30pm – Writers support group – Ngaio
  • Biblio – 19th May, 5.30pm – Discussion group for readers – D4, Featherston St
  • Board Gaming – 24th May, 6.30pm – Upper Hutt
  • PIG – 31st May 7.30pm – Regular monthly social gathering – Newlands
  • Video – 6th Jun, 7.30pm – Tawa

Note that some events are held at the homes of Phoenix members. For privacy reasons, these are not shown in full here. If you wish to attend these events or simply find out more about Phoenix, please email enquiries@phoenix.sf.org.nz.