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Lexicon Update

Lexicon is the New Zealand national Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Taupo over Queens Birthday Weekend, (2–4 June, 2017). They have published a “Three Months to Go” update – you can read it here. There is a lot of good stuff to read in it.

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the “Accommodation and Transport” section. The convention venue has booked out. The good news is that Taupo is a tourist town with lots of alternative places to stay. Lexicon has documented some nearby recommended options. The convention is over a holiday weekend, so if you have not already done so, it may be a good idea to start investigating your accommodation options soon.

Lexicon Draft Programme Available

LexiCon has announced that a draft programme for the event is available.

As with all such programmes, it is a work in progress. There is still room for additional items. If you are interested in participating, please contact the convention. Even if you are new to conventions and not sure what you can offer, please get in touch. Volunteering to help is the best way to get up to speed with what happens at a con.

In case you didn’t know, 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).

DUFF race now on

The ballot for DUFF for a North American candidate to come down under is now underway. You can find the ballot here.

Nominations for DUFF race

No sooner does one fan fund race finish, than another one comes along. The following message has just came in…

“NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2017 DUFF RACE!
The Down Under Fan Fund will send one lucky fan from North America to Australia to attend Continuum 13, the Australian National Convention, being held in Melbourne 9-12 June, 2017. We are looking for fun, outgoing fans to participate in this 44 year old fannish cultural exchange by visiting Australia and New Zealand, meeting lots of people, attending cons, and returning home to run the fan fund for the next two years. Are you that fan? Know of anyone who is? Send your nomination to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com by January 22nd, 2017.”

So if you know anybody in North America you think should come down under next year them give them a prod.

GUFF Ballot now available

On behalf of Gillian Polack and Mihaela Marija Perković (for Jukka Halme), the finalised GUFF 2017 ballot is now available on the OzFanFunds website.

This race is to transport a Australasian fan to Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 August, 2017. As previously announced, candidates are Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (shared).

Candidates’ platforms and general information about voting is here.
Online ballot is here.
PDF version for printing is here.

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.