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SpecFic Event at the Dunedin Public Library

Spend an evening in the company of 8 Dunedin SpecFic Authors. Each writer discusses aspects of their particular sub-genre, and gives a reading from their own work, with a chance for the audience to ask questions. There will also be the added excitement of spot prize book giveaways! Whether you’re a reader or a writer of fiction, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the many facets of speculative writing.

The authors who will be reading from their work are:

Details: Genre 8: Flights of Fantasy is being held at the Dunningham Suite of the Dunedin City Library on 11 October 2018 5:30pm — 7:00pm. This is a free event, but the event page does say bookings advised. There is a email address or phone number for booking here.

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Launch Event for Quest

This is what the Quest event page says:
“If you love fantasy, come along to PhotonFlux to celebrate the launch of Quest with swordfighting, cosplay and more…

Quest has everything – heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love. It’s a celebration of fantasy adventure, and the author, A.J. Ponder (best known for Wizard’s Guide to Wellington) wanted this event to be a celebration, too.

* Swordfighting Demonstration with Tara Macintyre from the Company of the Dragons.
* Cosplay competition run by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid: with prizes for the best dressed heroes, heroines and monsters!
* Fantasy Quiz for all ages
* and more!”

When : Saturday, September 22 at 3-5pm
Where: PhotonFlux – 176 Victoria Street, Wellington

GeyserCon 2019 – The New Zealand National SF Convention

So with all the CoNZealand buzz in the last few days, it seems like a good idea to remind everybody about GeyserCon – The 2019 New Zealand National SF Convention. It is being held in Rotorua at Queen’s Birthday weekend – less than a year away. Or if you want to look at it another way – about half way between now and CoNZealand.

If you haven’t been to an SF convention before, why not start gently at a small welcoming event? It will give you a chance to meet local fans including many of the folk involved in the Worldcon. Plus it will be a lot of fun – all fandoms welcome. And if that isn’t enough, it is being held in Rotorua – a great place to take a few extra days holiday.

Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters

Looking for something genre related to do in Wellington right now? How about Te Papa’s Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters exhibit.

The line which caught our attention was: “At Te Papa, we have collections filled with the wonderful things found in the real world – but artists can take you into the extraordinary world of the imaginary, to create creatures weirder and more magical than what we already know”.

Stuff again have their take on it.

Links for CoNZealand

Following on from the announcement of CoNZealand being awarded the 2020 Worldcon, here are a few links you may have missed.

This is the reveal video shown at the announcement.

That video showed a small snippet of congratulations from the Prime Minister – here is the full version.

The CoNZealand twitter feed reveals that the New Zealand bid party won Best Food as voted on by #Worldcon76 party attendees.

The 2018 convention added their congratulations.

Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news site had their own slant on the announcement. As a complete aside, it is now just a few weeks more than 20 years since George R R Martin was a guest of honour at a NZ natcon in Wellington.

The NZ Herald also reported the news.

Worldcon 2020 officially confirmed for Wellington

Straight from the Worldcons news feed

Wellington, New Zealand, has been selected as the site for the 2020 Worldcon. The New Zealand bid received 643 votes of the 726 votes cast. There were no other official candidates.

The convention will be called CoNZealand. The dates will be July 29 to August 2. George R.R. Martin has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. Further information is available from the convention website. More news on Facebook – check out the new logo. Twitter also worth checking out.

SF Writer at the Manawatu Writers Festival + 500th Post

A heads up for SF fans about the Manawatu Writers’ Festival (Sept 7 – 11, 2018). This year they have a session with one of NZ’s longest running successful writers, Lyn Mc Conchie.

Lyn McConchie is an internationally successful author, who has had 44 books published, 300+ short stories, and 150+ articles. Her work has appeared in English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and from publishers there as well as in America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Irish Republic. Lyn isn’t in any ruts, she writes mysteries, SF/F, animal tales, post-apocalypse, YA, picture books, and humorous and scholarly non-fiction and she has no plans to stop any time soon. Lyn’s latest book, Coal & Ashes, is is one of her apocalyptic stories, set in Australia, one of a series.

Lyn Mc Conchie will be speaking on Saturday, Sept 8, at 4:00 – 5:30pm – Fielding Little Theatre.

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500th Post

As an aside, the above is the 500th post on the SFFANZ News service. It is a nice milestone, but we would like to post lots more. If it relates to SF or Fantasy in New Zealand even peripherally then we would like to hear about it. Don’t assume that we already know. If it isn’t posted here, then we need to know about it. Convention news, book launch events, readings, meetings, talks, awards, workshops – you get the idea. Contact us at press@sffanz.org.nz or sffanz.news@gmail.com – you don’t need to write the article (unless you want to) – just send us a link and we will take it from there.