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Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards which were announced Sunday night at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, in Rotorua. The SJVs, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders, were nominated and voted on by members of SFFANZ and Geysercon.

PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Best Novel
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)

Best Youth Novel
Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)

Best Novella / Novelette
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

Best Short Story
“Girls Who do not Drown” by A.C. Buchanan (Apex Magazine, December 2018)

Best Collected Work
Te Korero Ahi Ka, edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)

Best Professional Artwork
Cover for The Baker Thief by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)

Best Professional Production / Publication
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)

Best Dramatic Presentation
Wellington Paranormal, directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New Zealand Documentary Board)

FAN AWARD WINNERS

Best Fan Artwork
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose

Best Fan Production / Publication
Star Trek in the Park – The Trouble with Tribbles (Enterprise Entertainment)

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Best New Talent
Kura Carpenter (The Kingfisher’s Debt)

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CoNZealand Pricing Announcement

CoNZealand is the 78th World Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from July 29 – August 2, 2020.

ConZealand have made an announcement regarding changes to membership rates that will take place in mid-June this year.

If you are thinking of attending the Worldcon here in Aotearoa, then have a read and you might be able to save a few dollars. There is a payment plan available.

Also, extra points if you can spot the rather glaring typo on the media release – unless, of course, they have fixed it by the time you read this.

Blockwith – Auckland Live

So we here at SFFANZ News were looking at the programme for Auckland Live and were trying to work out what what would be most relevant for SF/F/H fans. What we came up with was Blockwith. The following description caught our eyes:

Step into the digital playground of Blockwith, where you create your own avatar on your smartphone then watch as it interacts and builds an ever-changing landscape with others on the larger-than-life Digital Stage in Aotea Square.

Blockwith has already started its run, but continues to June 21, so plenty of time for you to check it out. Let us know what you think – an SF activity or not?

GRRM and Air NZ – The Followup

In case you missed it, Air New Zealand has replied to George R R Martin’s reply to their advertising which invited George to take a free trip to New Zealand. George suggested that Air NZ give a bunch of American fans a free trip instead. Well Air NZ has now come back offering 20 fans that free ride.

Did you follow that? There will be a test later.

And no, we don’t know how you can apply for the free trip.

George R R Martin and that Air New Zealand offer

Air New Zealand made a cheeky offer to George R R Martin to fly him free to NZ to finish The Winds of Winter. You can see that video here.

Of course, it is just a piece of advertising, but GRRM took the time to reply, saying that he has been to New Zealand a number of times and listed some of the places he has been – you can read his reply here. He also plugged his toastmaster role at CoNZealand. Thanks for the shout-out George!

In case you were wondering, George first came to New Zealand to be a guest at Construction, the 1998 New Zealand national convention. He shared the bill with, among others, Neil Gaiman. Can you imagine what a big deal getting those two together to headline a convention would be like today – it would be massive.

Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium

The Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium is taking place in Wellington on Saturday 8th June.

It isn’t strictly an SF/F/H event, but this part of the description caught our eye as being of genre interest:

Prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, videogames, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences, present insights, and future plans.

Learn how to create imaginary worlds, engaging narratives, immersive experiences, develop original IP, grow audiences and build sustainable creative practices.

This event is associated with the ChromaCon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival 2019. The ChromaCon event is being held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland 1-2 June. Yes we know it clashes with Geysercon – quite the dilemma for genre artists.

Awardwatch : Locus Awards

Yes, it’s Kaaron Warren getting nominated again. This time it is her novel Tide of Stone being on the shortlist for a Locus award. The Locus awards are a big deal – ranking right up there as one of the major international awards, so huge congratulations to Kaaron.

It hardly bears repeating but we will anyway – Kaaron is an International Guest of Honour at Geysercon, the NZ Natcon over QB weekend (31 May – 2 Jun) in Rotorua.