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SJV voter packet

REMINDER!

The SJV voter packet is available for members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire 2016.

For full information on the finalists, and how to access the SJV voter packet, go to the SFFANZ website

Marie Williams Legacy

Marie Williams has continued caring for others by gifting her Otaki bookshop to the hospice that cared for her during her battle with cancer.

It will be renamed Arohanui Hospice Marie’s Main Street Books, in memory of Williams, and will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1pm.

If you’re in Otaki drop in

LexiCon now open for registrations!

It’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.

“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie.

Student/unwaged, general and solidarity memberships are available.

“We have membership options available to suit a range of situations,” says Cassie “but we ask that attendees remember this is a fan run convention and every dollar they invest will go towards making it the best it can be.”

Further details and Guest of Honour will be announced in June.

“We have an exciting International Guest of Honour booked to come to New Zealand and all will be revealed very soon,” says Cassie. “Keep checking the website and Facebook page for details.”

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend), and we hope to see you there!

Visit www.lexicon.cons.nz to register and sign up for updates. You can also check out www.facebook.com/lexiCONvention or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

 

Press Contact:

Jan Goldie  – media@lexicon.cons.nz or 027 5759881

 

Award-Winning Sci-fi Web Series “MISSION BACKUP EARTH”

The new episode kicks-off with guest starring
DAVID PROWSE
(Best known for playing DARTH VADER in STAR WARS)
Berlin, Germany: Writer-producer-director Alexander Pfander has just launched the new episode of his award-winning sci-fi web series, MISSION BACKUP EARTH.
The series has gained rave reviews and numerous accolades over the last few years, including Best Sci-fi and Grand Jury Prize at Melbourne Webfest, along with Awards at the LA Webfest for Outstanding Directing, Visual Effects, Editing & Cinematography in a sci-fi series. Plus other additional nominations and has been also awarded for best visual effects in a web-series by the Web Series Mag.
The series follows the struggle of humanity to colonize a habitable exoplanet.
In the near future, a cosmic catastrophe hits the Earth without warning. Unforeseen by any scientist, the Sun transits rapidly into a red giant. Having no choice, mankind must escape the solar system. The survivors become space nomads, seeking a viable replacement for Earth.

David Prowse has given a guest appearance in the new Episode and plays the scientist who develops the mission to save human kind from extinction. Mr. Prowse joined the ensemble for a number of guest appearances that will be further shown in future episodes.
Along with the new episode we have created:
The making of:
A special interview with Mr. Prowse:
For further information or to watch more
Mission Backup Earth

RIP Marie Williams

With deep sadness the board of SFFANZ regret to advise the death of board member Marie Williams.

Marie passed away after a long, courageous fight with cancer

She was a valued member and we will miss her thoughtful insights and interesting comments.

http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=karen-marie-williams-marie&pid=177896587&fhid=12637

Sir Terry Pratchett’s classic WYRD SISTERS onstage

Titirangi Theatre, Auckland
8 – 19th March 2016

Tickets  from  $10.00

“Alle Thee Dysk’s a Stage”

Sir Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there—a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril.

And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, selfopinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

Check out the website to buy tickets

Submissions now open for 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Judge:

Phillip Mann

Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.

Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.

Prize:

NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3

Details:

  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
  7. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
  8. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.

 

**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).