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CoNZealand : Hotel Bookings Now Open

Booking for rooms and apartments for all CoNZealand members is now open.

This page on the CoNZealand site provides the booking links and codes for each hotel location and repeats the accessible information about each hotel / apartment block. Please note, there is a lot of information on the page – the convention encourages you to read it carefully.

Of course you do not need to use any of these venues – if none suit your needs there are also a range of AirBnB and other short-term rental options in Wellington, as well as backpackers/hostels, and other serviced apartments.

CoNZealand Competition to Design Hugo Award Bases

CoNZealand is now soliciting proposals for the 2020 Hugo Award and the 1945 Retro Hugo Award base designs in a competition open to artists living and working in New Zealand. This competition gives New Zealand-based artists the chance to create a lasting piece of the most prestigious and popular award in the science fiction community.

The Worldcon has presented the Hugo Award for achievement in science fiction and fantasy, named after author and editor Hugo Gernsback, annually since 1955. Each award features a standardized metal rocket as the central element, with a base design that changes every year, often reflecting the location in which the Worldcon takes place.

Entry in the competition is open to artists living or working in New Zealand. Design proposals must be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2020. For all the specifics go to https://conzealand.nz/blog/2019/11/27/conzealand-competition-to-design-2020-hugo-and-1945-retro-hugo-bases

A reminder that if you want to catch ALL the CoNZealand announcements, you should follow them at their web site.

Margaret Atwood Event – Ticket Presale

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood is an event happening in Wellinton and Auckland on 10 & 11 Feb 2020 respectively. The promoters describe it as an “unmissable evening of conversation, discussion and Q & A with one of the most vital authors of her generation, as Margaret Atwood shares her signature insight, humour and intellect.”

The Ticketmaster Presale for this event starts at 12:00pm noon Monday 25 November, and ends at 10:59am Friday 29 November 2019, strictly subject to availability. The bookings link is https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/margaret-atwood-tickets/artist/757852

A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas

Basement Theatre returns with its annual Christmas Show and this year it has an SF theme.

It’s day one hundred and something of orbiting the earth and things are pretty dull aboard the International Space Station. All there is to do is eat freeze-dried space pav, hook up with each other and squabble over who deserves the highly coveted role of Captain of the ship. But, when the crew discover the hidden agenda of one of their fellow space colleagues, chaos ensues. Will this ragtag bunch of dysfunctional cosmonauts be able to perform a Christmas miracle and save humankind?

A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas invites you aboard for a space adventure starring a killer cast alongside some of Aotearoa’s most beloved household names and local celebs. It’s going to be out of this world!

The season begins its Auckland run on 21st Nov and runs through to 20th Dec. You can find all the details here – https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2019/nov/a-fricken-dangerous-space-mas

NZ Made SF Feature Film Screenings

The Synopsis:
In a harsh futuristic reality, a young teenage girl sets out on an isolated journey to test if her memories and dreams can be trusted.

The Project:
Made by Julia Reynolds, the project was developed with community involvement in mind. Along the way it has utilised a number of first timers as extras. ‘Shepherd’ called on friends, family, colleagues; any and all community and industry networks that the production team could muster. Alongside the project, Julia’s doctoral thesis was based around the film, examining the relationship between a community based approach to filmmaking and industry based model.

The Screenings:
Auckland Academy Cinema,12 Nov 6pm
Wellington Lighthouse Cuba, 14 Nov 6pm
Christchurch Lumière Cinema, 27 Nov, 6.30pm

The Contact details:
http://shepherdfilm.nz/

Talk : “Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction”

A public talk on Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction is being hosted by Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and National Library of New Zealand. The following is the info from their FB page.

“When Eirlys Hunter finished her first Junior fiction manuscript in 1997, a publisher rejected it on the grounds that ‘children don’t want fantasy, there’s no demand for it.’ JK Rowling soon proved that publisher wrong, and since then there’s been an explosion in fiction for children that is set in worlds that diverge from the reality of their lived experience. Why is this?

In this informal talk Eirlys Hunter will discuss what fantasy is, and speculate on what fantasy can offer readers (and writers) that realism cannot.

About the speaker:
Eirlys Hunter has published seven books for children, and her most recent book The Mapmaker’s Race was a finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She teaches Writing for Children at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington

Where: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
5:30pm for drinks and nibbles, 6:00pm talk
A gold coin donation from non-members is appreciated.”

2020 GUFF Call for Nominations Europe to Australasia

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

Nominations in the race to send a European fan to Worldcon in Wellington, New Zealand (29 July-2 August) are open to anyone who was active in fandom prior to January 2018.

Depending on the length of trip they’re able to make, the winner could also consider visiting other parts of New Zealand and Australia to visit fans. The winner will also be required to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.

Lots more information is available on the Oz Fan Funds GUFF page. Even if you don’t wish to run for this yourself, give some thought to who might be a suitable candidate – perhaps you could offer to nominate them.