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FFANZ delegate for 2017 announced

The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.

Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who have otherwise supported or signal-boosted the fan funds. It is much appreciated.

If you would like to help in our mission to promote New Zealand and Australian fandom and writing and continue to strengthen the bonds between our communities, please contact the fund administrators, Dan Rabarts in New Zealand or David McDonald in Australia, to see how you can help.

We’re always open to donations which can be auctioned at cons, or any other creative means of raising funds and raising awareness and keeping good things happening. We can both be found on Facebook or Twitter.

YA SF writing competition

Eunoia Publishing Ltd is a New Zealand publisher that have just acquired Steam Press Limited, NZ’s best publisher of speculative fiction.

To celebrate, Steam Press is running a SF writing competition.

The details and entry form can be found at 


Brick Man Experience – New Zealand’s largest exhibition of LEGO® works

Make these school holidays one to remember with the unique Brick Man Experience – New Zealand’s largest exhibition of LEGO® works for all ages!

The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.

Auckland – 1-24 July and Hamilton – 29 July–14 August

Get your tickets


2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards announced

The 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented.

The Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

This year voting took place at Au Contraire 2016, the 37th National Science Fiction convention held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Voting was open to members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) and the convention.

The numberof votes cast this year was the highest recorded in the awards’ 15-year history, and saw a number of youth members of the convention taking an active interest in New Zealand genre literature.

SFFANZ president Norman Cates said “We were delighted with the level of participation and interest in the awards from an impressively wide variety of people. We strive to keep improving the significance of the awards. Going into the future, we hope to continue building the awards with the help of SFFANZ members and future conventions.”

A full list of winners is appended.

Professional Awards Category Winners

Best Novel Ardus by Jean Gilbert, Rogue House Publishing
Best Youth Novel Dragons Realm by Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factoy)
Best Novella The Ghost of Matter by Octavia Cade, published in Shortcuts: Track 1 (Paper Road Press)
Best Short Story “The Thief’s Tale” by Lee Murray
Best Collected Work Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, Jean Gilbert/Chad Dick (eds)
Best Professional Artwork Cover for Shortcuts: Track 1, by Casey Bailey
Best Professional Production/Publication White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, Paul Tobin (ed), published by Weta Worksho
Best New Talent Jean Gilbert


Fan Award Category Winners

Best Fan Production/publication Phoenixine, by John and Lynelle Howell
Best Fan Artwork Keith Smith – for contributions to Novazine
Best Fan Writing John Toon

Special Award Category Winners

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror      Marie Hodgkinson

Servies to Fandom                                                         Glenn Young

LexiCon 2017 Guest of Honour announced

Seanan McGuire, renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk composer and cartoonist, has been confirmed as the Guest of Honour at LexiCon 2017.

The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is being held over Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Seanan is also Guest of Honour at the 2017 Continuum convention in Australia and both conventions are looking forward to her visit to the Southern Hemisphere.

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasies and the Newsflesh novels (under the pseudonym Mira Grant). She also records CDs of her original filk music and is creator of the autobiographical web comic “With Friends Like These…”.

Winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

Convention committee co-chair Cassie Hart says she’s excited to welcome Seanan to LexiCon.

“There are a lot of fans in our membership who are very much looking forward to hearing her speak, and sing,” says Cassie. “Plus, we’ve just finished finalising our Fan Guest of Honour as well, so you can expect another announcement very soon!’

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

Membership sign up is open now. Head to the event website where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

 You can also check out or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

An Intergalactic History of Pairs with Orchestra of Spheres

Venture outer space these school holidays

What happens when you cross a psychedelic band, video art, and a theatre show? An innovative and interactive musical experience for the whole family.

The theme is pairs so be prepared to move through space with myriad objects including dancing lips, giant eyeballs and aliens that all come in pairs.

Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna

19 – 23 July 2016

Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.