Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to San Jose, California, and represent Australasian fandom at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018.
To find out more, head on over to the DUFF news site or to the DUFF Facebook page.
Unity Books is hosting an author signing with Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer and author of ‘Middle Earth: From Script to Screen – Building the World of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit’.
Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tells the complete story of how J. R. R. Tolkien’s magical world was brought to life on the big screen in the record-breaking film trilogies The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy. Drawing on resources, stories, and content from the archives of the companies and individuals behind the films, the book reveals: how the worlds were built, brick by brick and pixel by pixel, how environments were extended digitally or imagined entirely as computer generated spaces, how the multiple shooting units functioned, how cast members and characters interacted with their environments.
Where: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington.
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 1 – 2 pm
It appears that Summer Star Trek is coming back to the capital. The following announcement came through subspace…
“Auditions for the final mission of the Award Winning Summer Star Trek will be held on the 28th & 29th October at Toi Poneke. This years show is titled The Trouble with Tribles and we’re looking for a full crew to man the USS Enterprise as well as singers for our ‘Spacebabes’ (babes of all genders required!), a full team of Red Shirt ‘Engineers’ (back stage crew) and of course, DOORS!”
Check them out on their facebook page.
LitCrawl is a literary event held in Wellington with the aim of taking literature to the streets. The fourth edition of Litcrawl is to take place 10-12 November at venues all around the capital.
Of particular interest to speculative fiction fans may be event 12 – “My Mythology- Five writers offer up fragments of their own myth making. Gather around for readings that overlay the universe with fresh openings to new worlds. Featuring Lee Posna, Valerie Arvidson, Emily Perkins, Dan Rabarts, and Lee Murray.” This event is being held at Arty Bees from 7.15-8.00pm on the 10th.
You can find the full programme of events over at the event web site.
The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. You can find all the award announcements over at File 770.
Looking for a New Zealand connection. Well Seanan McGuire was the guest of honour at the NZ Natcon this year and she won the best Novella Hugo.
The NZ in 2020 team were active at Helsinki promoting the bid for the Worldcon to be held in Aotearoa in 2020.
City Gallery Wellington is holding an exhibition called “Occulture: The Dark Arts exhibition”. It promises as show that “explores contemporary art’s role in the process of occultation. It brings together New Zealand and international artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of esoteric or occult traditions into new forms.”
More information about the exhibition, can be found on the City Gallery Wellington web site. The exhibition runs 12 August to 19 November 2017.
Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31. It looks as if a “a group of witches and wizards dedicated to interacting, socialising and partying with Muggles” is planning an event the following weekend in Auckland. If you are interested in dressing up and joining the fin, then check out Wizard Fest 2017. There is a form where you can register your interest.