Gillian Polack is the current GUFF delegate and she is collecting recipes for a fannish cookbook. She says the following:
Foodie fandom: The all new e-cookbook
I collect good recipes from friends. I’ve discovered over the years that even fans who claim to be non-cooks often have one recipe, one mouth-wateringly wonderful dish that they make when asked to bring a plate. And fandom needs another cookbook. And I need to raise money for GUFF.
Send me your recipes! Ask your friends to send me their recipes! As many recipes as you like! Spread the word across world fandom!
You can find all the details here.
The New Zealand National SF & F Convention for 2017 will be LexiCon. The vote to award the national convention to LexiCon was taken at the 2015 National Convention.
Note that the 2016 National SF & F Convention is Au Contraire 2016 which will be held at Queens Birthday weekend 3-5 June, 2016, at the CQ Hotel in Cuba Street, Wellington.
You may receive updates for both these conventions by registering at their web sites. If you have a registration from a previous Au Contraire convention, you may use that to register for updates.
There is a significant overlap between sf/f/h fans and boardgaming. With this in mind, some of you may be interested in Wellycon which is in the planning stages for a two day event this year. Planned dates are 30-31 May 2015.
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.”
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.
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.