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The Music of ComicCon

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Comic Con in Auckland on 27 July. A celebration of the popular pop culture gathering Comic Con, the concert will include Ramin Djawadi’s unforgettable theme to worldwide TV hit Game of Thrones, John William’s iconic Imperial March from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Alexander Courage’s classic theme to Star Trek: The Original Series, and more.

See and hear the national orchestra perform video game classics, including Super Mario Bros Theme, The Legend of Zelda and Sonic Hedgehog, along with music from some of the today’s biggest-selling video games – Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed and Uncharted. The concert will also feature music from Titanfall 2, which the NZSO recorded for the hit game.

Other great movie music will include James Horner’s Aliens Suite No. 1, Danny Elfman’s Music from Spider-Man, David Arnold’s Stargate: Suite 1994 and Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Theme.

This is the largest selection of film, television and video game music the NZSO has ever performed in one concert, live on stage at Auckland Town Hall.

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Site Selection Voting for the 2020 Worldcon

Y’know that there is a New Zealand bid to host the World SF Convention in 2020 right? The vote to decide the hosting for the 2020 Worldcon is now open, so it is crunch time for the NZ bid.

If you want to know what is happening, the NZ in 2020 has all the information you need to know. Share and enjoy.

Wellington Get-together on Wednesday to Meet GUFF Delegate

Polish fan and GUFF delegate Marcin Klak is in Wellington this week as part of his GUFF trip. He is very keen to meet fellow SF fans from this part of the world. To that end, there will be a get-together for fans on Wednesday 30th May (i.e. the day after tomorrow) at 7pm at The Big Thumb Restaurant, Allen St – come along, have a meal and a chat with Marcin.

Marcin will be out and about in central Wellington over then next couple of days. If you want to catch up over lunch or help out as a tour guide during the day, feel free to leave a comment and we will contact you with details.

Wellycon – not long now

Wellycon is New Zealand’s largest board game convention and is on soon. June 2-3 2018 to be precise.

We here at SFFANZ know that board gaming isn’t a strictly SF/F/H event. But we also know that many of the games will have genre themes and we also know that many fans are also board gamers. So if you are interested, head to the web site for more details.

Neal Stephenson : Prize Giveaway

To celebrate Neal Stephenson’s upcoming appearance at the Auckland Writer’s Festival, the festival has kindly donated a prize pack containing a stack of Stephenson’s books to give away to readers of the SFFANZ news service.

To be in with a chance to win, just correctly answer the three questions below. You can find details of Neal’s appearances at the festival here, here and here.

Q1: In Neal’s novel Snow Crash, what does the Deliverator deliver?

Q2: In The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., what does the acronym D.O.D.O. stand for?

Q3: Who will be chairing Neal’s session (“The Big Ideas of Neal Stephenson”) at the Writer’s Festival on 19 May at 8.45pm?

To enter, simply email your answers to enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. The first email received which contains all three correct answers will win the prize pack.

New Zealand entrants only please. A condition of entry is that the winner must provide their name and a valid New Zealand postal address.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners – 2018

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. You can find the official list of all winners here: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvResults-2018.html

Below is a short form summary:
Best Novel – Hounds of the Underworld – Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
Best Youth Novel – The Traitor and the Thief – Gareth Ward
Best Novella / Novelette – Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body – Simon Petrie
Best Short Story – “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” – Sean Monaghan
Best Collected Work – Mariah’s Prologues – Grace Bridges
Best Professional Artwork – Cover for “Teleport” – Kate Strawbridge
Best Professional Production/Publication – Mistlands – Laya Rose
Best Dramatic Presentation – The Changeover – Stuart McKenzie, Miranda Harcourt, Emma Slade
Best Fan Artwork – John Toon
Best Fan Production/ Publication – Lexicon convention booklet – Darusha Wehm
Best Fan Writing – Jo Toon
Best New Talent – Gareth Ward
Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror – Darian Smith
Services To Fandom – Jan Butterworth

Events for SF Fans at the Auckland Writers Festival

Are you planning on attending the Auckland Writers Festival – 15-20 May? For SF fans, perhaps the following items may help you make up your mind. If you see anybody else of genre interest, please let us know in the comments.

EVENT 86: THE BIG IDEAS OF NEAL STEPHENSON
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 8.45-10.00PM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA SQUARE
(See also Event 135 with Neal Stephenson)
New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is renowned for works seething with big ideas, both innovative and complex in their genius, including Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Anathem, and his latest Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O co-written with Nicole Galland. Stephenson is also one of the world’s leading designers of augmented reality in his role as “Chief Futurist” at Magic Leap, a company that is transforming the way humans interact with story.

EVENT 47: COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES: KAREN JOY FOWLER
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 10.00-11.00AM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE
(See also Event 113 with Joy Fowler)
Best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler is a maverick, with novels and short stories spanning science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction, including the Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The New York Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, and the PEN/Faulkner fiction finalist Sister Noon. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree Jr. Award – given to works which increase understanding of gender – and is the president of the Clarion Foundation which supports the teaching of sci-fi and fantasy writing. She speaks with Kate De Goldi.

EVENT 106: ODE TO URSULA
SUNDAY MAY 20 – 1.30-2.30PM HEARTLAND FESTIVAL ROOM, AOTEA SQUARE
In memory of the extraordinary Ursula Le Guin, writers and fans Karen Joy Fowler and Elizabeth Knox join David Larsen to share stories of their first encounters with her work and explore the legacy of the writer David Mitchell describes as a “crafter of fierce, focused, fertile dreams”.

EVENT 58: WRITERS ON FILM – MARGARET ATWOOD
Saturday MAY, 19 11:45am – 12:35pm Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
On the eve of her 70th birthday in 2010 Canadian star Margaret Atwood travelled to North America and the UK to publicise her dystopian novel The Year of the Flood, with a theatrical version of the novel which combined performance, music and readings. On route, Atwood’s primary concern was to ensure the survival of song birds. The documentary In The Wake of the Flood, directed by Ron Mann, captures Atwood’s unusual book tour, a kind of travelling medicine show.