The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented on Sunday (June 11) at Continuum 13 in Melbourne. You can read the results over on File 770.
SFFANZ News usually publishes these results in order to highlight the Kiwis who have been winning awards on the other side of the Tasman. This year however, there isn’t really anything to report in that area. So instead, here are a couple of highlights from these awards that may interest NZ readers…
Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole won the best novel Ditmar. Kaaron was a high profile attendee at the recently completed NZ Natcon Lexicon in Taupo. Kaaron has already been shoulder tapped to be a guest at the 2019 NZ Natcon (GeyserCon) in Rotorua. Of particular note here is that The Grief Hole has now won an Australian Shadows award, an Aurealis award and now a Ditmar award. Possibly a unique treble.
Rose Mitchell was presented the Peter McNamara Achievement Award. Rose is a former FFANZ delegate known to many NZ fans. She was most recently a guest at SmofCon South held in Wellington last year.
During the “Australia” panel at Lexicon, it was noted that it can be hard for folk in NZ to find out what is happening in Australian spec fiction. It is therefore worth noting that the 2016 Australian SF Snapshot picked up an award. Further to that information, if you really are interested in what is happening in Aussie SF, have a look at the ASFF SF Resources page. Or for a writing oriented list of event’s have a look at Jason Nahrung’s Australian Literary Festival Calendar.
The full official list of Sir Julius Vogel Award winners for 2017 is available on the SFFANZ web site. These awards were presented at Lexicon last night. Congratulations to the winners and to everybody involved,
SFFANZ is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Membership dues for SFFANZ are now due by the AGM – set down to happen on 4 Jun during Lexicon. Amongst other benefits, current members of SFFANZ are able to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards even if they are not members of Lexicon (but be quick, you only have until 8pm Tuesday for email votes).
Memberships will be taken at Lexicon, however if you are not attending and wish to (re)join SFFANZ, the details for joining are to be found here.
The World SF convention this year is in Finland. Over on their FB page, they are asking for people to write about fandom in their own countries. Is there anybody out there who is interested in representing the kiwi expression of fandom to the rest of the world? This is what they say…
Call for article writers! Want to write a very small article (300 words max) about fandom in your country? We also need help collecting the names of regional groups or national groups, and regional and national conventions from 14 Augusti 2017 – 15 August 2018.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 15 June!
It is only three weeks until Lexicon – the 2017 New Zealand national SF/F convention. If you have been putting off making a decision about making a trip to Taupo to attend, now is the time to get organised. The convention will be closing their membership signup process on 23rd May, so you don’t have much time.
As previously reported, the convention hotel is full up, but Taupo is a tourist town and a simple search will provide dozens of options. The convention has compiled a set of recommendations you should check out.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist was announced earlier this month. LexiCon members, are all eligible to vote for these awards, and voting forms will be available at the convention. If you’d like to take a look at the nominated works in advance, many of them are available in a downloadable package – there is an authentication process before you can view the package. There will also be a display table at LexiCon with many of the shortlisted works for you to take a look at.
For more convention news, check out the con news feed.
If you are in Porirua, you should know that one of New Zealand’s top fantasy talents Gus Hunter (Weta Workshop) has a solo show on now at Pataka Art + Museum. The exhibition runs until 7th May and entry is free.
Arty Bees Books and the Southern Cross Hotel have started up a book club. You can read about the event here on its FB page. As many of you know, Arty bees have been a big supporter of local SF/F/H over the years. The following is the blurb about the club.
“Read any good books lately? Itching to talk about them? Go on then! In this book club there’s no specific book you have to pretend to have read; we’re thinking more relaxed, informal discussion with like-minded readers about book… related… stuff. (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Sound good? Good! The Southern Cross Book Club exists with a little help from our friends at Arty Bees Books. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Lounge, first on the right as you arrive. If you can read this, you may as well join us.”
The next meeting is Monday, May 8 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM – the theme is “War! What is it good for?”