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Nominations for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) is pleased to announce nominations for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open and nominations are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 11.59 pm NZT on 31st March 2020. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2019 calendar year.

The voting will occur in May, with votes only being accepted if they are sent in electronically or physically.  The awards will be presented at CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Wellington 29th July-02 August 2020.

A nomination made by a SFFANZ member carries a weight of two nominations, where non-members’ nominations carry a weight of one.

Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, fill out the web-based nomination form here.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

Register for GeyserCon and go in to Win!

Rotorua is ready for us! Our presenters and panellists are locked in, the costumes are being primped and the geysers are bubbling.
 
With only 29 days until GeyserCon kick-off, we’d like to remind you to register for the conference here before the late registration fee kicks in. Everyone who registers and pays for their tickets before midnight 12 May, goes in the draw to win a refund on their membership or a fantasy book pack.
 
The fantasy book pack includes the two award-winning books from the Riders of Fire series by Eileen Mueller, two books in the Quest series by SJV-winning author A.J. Ponder, both sponsored by Phantom Feather Press, and At the Edge, a compilation of Australasian dark fiction edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, sponsored by Paper Road Press.  
 
Feel free to share GeyserCon by bringing along a friend. You never know, they may win their registration fee back or end up owning and loving these top kiwi books. We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend

NZ writer makes award history

Congraulations to Bren MacDibble -a New Zealand author who has lived in Australia for two decades – for winning two categories with two different books in the same year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

MacDibble’s How to Bee, which won the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, describes a dystopian future without bees where children perform the essential task of pollination. Judges said it was a tale to fire young readers with awareness and courage for the future.

They also heaped praise on In the Dark Spaces, written under the pseudonym Cally Black, which saw MacDibble claim the Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction. Judges said it was a high-concept science fiction novel and an impressive tale of world class calibre.

Story here.

STELLA NOVA and SFMC REUNION

The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.

When:                       Saturday 31 March @ 9pm

Where:                      The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)

Cover charge:          $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III

RSVP:                         president@stella-nova.sf.org.nz  by Monday 26 March

Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!

** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue.  We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!

Final Ballot nominees for 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The Sir Julius Vogel Award sub-committee is pleased to announce finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The awards will be presented at Conclave3, to be held over Easter weekend this year.

A full list of nominated works will be available on our website shortly.

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler

There will be two rooms

Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop

Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..

Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;

How to Write

Script Writing

How to Create the Perfect Pitch

Vehicle design

Model making

Friday 30 March 10am-3pm

The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch

Registered Conclave 3 members – free

Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s

Register at conclave3writingworkshop@gmail.com

Registration essential as places limited

Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops

The Tripods – a 6 episode series

A prequel to the tripods BBC TV series explaining what happened when the tripods arrived.
The first three episodes of The Tripods are out with 3 more to follow.
Watch the first episode here.

Made by a Palmerston North 14 year old and his friends, the series has taken a year of filming, endured braces on and off, different hairstyles, and growth spurts.

It’s an all-kid affair with adult involvement minimal and closely supervised. Special effects are old school, with 3D printed Tripods, material/cardboard green screens and clay feet.

Nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open!

Nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 2 February 2018.  The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2017 calendar year.

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

Nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards opening soon!

Nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 December 2017. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2017 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Julie Czerneda discusses Clan Chronicles plus there’s a Giveaway(s)!

Behind the Scenes of the “Clan Chronicles”, Take 2: The Process — A Guest Post By Julie Czerneda, with Giveaway(s)!

In a fabulous guest post, multi-award winning Canadian author and former Natcon GoH, Julie E Czerneda, discusses the writing process for her nine-book speculative fiction series, the CLAN CHRONICLES. Topics include research, character development, and managing continuity across so extensive a series. For lovers of SF and/or Julie’s writing, there are also not one, but two giveaways: the first (which is fully international), is for Ms Czerneda’s new-out title, To Guard Against The Dark (in hardcover, with a companion mass-market paperback, This Gulf of Time and Stars). The second is for the entire nine-book series but is US/Canada only. For both the piece on writing process and the giveaway, click here.

Special offer for SFFANZ members

New Orbit Magazine is a speculative fiction periodical being published in New Zealand.
Based around the theme of “uncomfortable little futures”, it contains short stories and non-fiction commentary on science fiction, dystopia, and the rest.  It discusses the way the content within them relates to our present day world.
Launching in October, members of SFFANZ are offered a further discount to the presale price, and an ongoing $5NZD off every subscription.
Visit the website or  facebook.

Lexicon convention review in Europe’s Concatenation

See the review by Lee Murray, Darian Smith, and Dan Rabarts here.

The Mad Science Book Launch with Frankie and Miss Lionheart

Come join the party as Frankie and Miss Lionheart launch their books with science games, and fun. With prizes for the best dressed scientist and monster costume – but never fear, most scientists and some monsters look just like ordinary people!

50% from A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery will go to Te Omanga Hospice as part of the “Ponder This” exhibition. 3-20 August
.
When:  Thursday 17th August 6pm – 8pm
Where:  Ron Gallery, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne

Worldcon 75 announces 2017 Hugo and Campbell Award Winners

Worldcon 75 is pleased to announce the Hugo winners for 2017.

The Hugo Award, first presented in 1953, celebrates the best in the field of science fiction and fantasy. 3,319 voters made their selection from the final ballot, the third-highest number in the history of the award.

This year’s Hugo base was designed by Eeva Jokinen, a Finnish ceramics artist.

Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette

The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Best Short Story

Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

Best Related Work

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)


Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Best Editor – Short Form

Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form

Liz Gorinsky

Best Professional Artist

Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

Best Fancast

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

Abigail Nussbaum

Best Fan Artist

Elizabeth Leggett

Best Series

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

Sci Fi Bar opens in Wellington

PhotonFlux

World UFO Day

 Sunday 2nd July every year

PhotonFlux

176 Victoria Street

Te Aro

Wellington

3pm

 

Years in the making Anton and Nina imaged what the future would be like. Will it be a post-apocalyptic survival or, a future where everybody wears the same thing and live in peace with robots in a bubble city.

Either way we want to take photos of it, gather evidence and travel there.

Photonflux is the place where possible future will be planned, discussed and changed.

The headquarters offers the revolutionary fluxbun, a fried dough filled with various flavours in a casual setting. For World UFO Day your filling will be in the hands of our creative chef.

However if you do not wish to be pleasantly surprised you can pick from our menu.

The bar host craft beer, single barrel whiskies, Kombucha and organic wines and six barrel soda.

The objective is to attract like-minded people who support creativity, the idea of Scifi and appreciate the art of making art.

Anton Sounes (a Sounes Photo) has his photography studio on the second floor and are planning to capture all those who wish to be captured. Be creative and join in.

Dress up or come as you are.

Limited parking available for space ships.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2017 Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards have now been announced. You can find full information on Finalists here.

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards closing soon!

Get busy and make a nomination before it is too late!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards will close in twol weeks – at 8.00 pm on 31 March 2017. The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Remember; all nominations from SFFANZ members count as two nominations, while those from non-members count as one.  Join SFFANZ here.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a non-exhaustive list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

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Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 31 March 2017.  The awards recognise excellence and achhievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

Horror at Auckland Arts Festival next March

The Auckland Arts Festival are delighted to be presenting an amazing spine-chilling theatre work called Horror at the next Festival next March.

Horror pays homage to the classic horror movies like The Exorcist and Evil Dead, and uses mime, illusion and amazing special effects (lots of blood splatter and crawling dismembered hands etc) in a show that is both gruesome and scary, but also a bit funny.

The event listing in the Festival programme can be found here and includes a video trailer which gives you a good idea of the show.

The Facebook event page is here.

And both places give exact dates, ticket prices, booking info etc.  Group bookings start at only 6 people, so it would make a great outing for a bunch of horror fans, or Christmas presents for any hard-to-buy-for teens or anything….

 

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards opening soon!

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 January 2017. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.