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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.

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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.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards voting form now available

The voting form the for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available.  The SJVs are the New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy awards.  They are presented at the national convention.

To be eligible to vote, you must either be a member of SFFANZ and/or a member of Conclave 3.

You can find the voting form and instructions on the SFFANZ web site.

Votes must be received by Tuesday 27 March, 2018.

Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at Conclave 3, the 2018 NZ convention, which takes place over the weekend of 30th March to 2nd April in Auckland.

(* Paying attendees at Conclave 3 are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Renewal for anyone who isn’t concerned about the SFFANZ AGM or the SJVs is less urgent, but please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of the beautiful SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is currently $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at Conclave

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz

GUFF ballot 2018 — Europe to Australasia

GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from  Europe to Australasia (and vice versa).

This year, a delegate is to be selected to travel from Europe to Australia and/or New Zealand.  Voting is open to anybody who is active in fandom.  There is a competition this year, so take the time to see which of the worthy candidates you would like to bring down under.

All you need to know about the candidates and voting can be found over at the ozfanfunds site.