The following update comes from Geysercon – the 2019 NZ National SF Convention.
Due to circumstances outside everyone’s control, Jonathan Maberry is now unable to attend GeyserCon. We hope to see at him at a future New Zealand convention.
We’re very pleased to announce that award-winning Australian author and martial arts expert Alan Baxter has graciously agreed to be our Guest of Honour, alongside Kaaron Warren, Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Alena Van Arendonk.
Please note that early registration discounts still apply – details can be found at here. Don’t forget that when you register, you are eligible to enter fiction, poetry or art in the GeyserCon competitions. Also, all members completing their registration before January 30th will go into the draw for one FULL REFUND of the membership fee!
Voting is open for the 2019 GUFF race to send an Australian or New Zealand fan to Worldcon in Dublin. This year the race is between three candidates – two of them Kiwis. Be excited, there has never been even one Kiwi nominee before. The candidates are:
Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
Simon Litten (New Zealand)
Nicole Murphy (Australia).
Anybody in SF fandom can vote, That means you – just subscribing to this news feed should pretty much make you an eligible fan.
The link to the voting page is http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=127
Voting closes on 22nd April, 2019. Get your votes in early (y’know – before you forget).
Just what is GUFF anyway?
GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and get to know each other’s fandoms better. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.
So by now, most of you know about GeyserCon. If you don’t, you need to know that GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! It is being held in Rotorua over Queens Birthday weekend 2019.
If you aren’t sure what is happening at this event, the draft programme of events has just been released. As with most events of this type, there is much more that goes on at a convention than is on the programme, but it is a really good place to start. You really should give it a read.
It should be noted that there are still places for participants on some of the panels. If you have something to contribute on one of the topics, why not drop the committee a line and see if they can fit you in. Even better, if you have an event you want to run, please let them know.
Spend an evening in the company of 8 Dunedin SpecFic Authors. Each writer discusses aspects of their particular sub-genre, and gives a reading from their own work, with a chance for the audience to ask questions. There will also be the added excitement of spot prize book giveaways! Whether you’re a reader or a writer of fiction, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the many facets of speculative writing.
The authors who will be reading from their work are:
Details: Genre 8: Flights of Fantasy is being held at the Dunningham Suite of the Dunedin City Library on 11 October 2018 5:30pm — 7:00pm. This is a free event, but the event page does say bookings advised. There is a email address or phone number for booking here.
This is what the Quest event page says:
“If you love fantasy, come along to PhotonFlux to celebrate the launch of Quest with swordfighting, cosplay and more…
Quest has everything – heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love. It’s a celebration of fantasy adventure, and the author, A.J. Ponder (best known for Wizard’s Guide to Wellington) wanted this event to be a celebration, too.
* Swordfighting Demonstration with Tara Macintyre from the Company of the Dragons.
* Cosplay competition run by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid: with prizes for the best dressed heroes, heroines and monsters!
* Fantasy Quiz for all ages
* and more!”
When : Saturday, September 22 at 3-5pm
Where: PhotonFlux – 176 Victoria Street, Wellington
So with all the CoNZealand buzz in the last few days, it seems like a good idea to remind everybody about GeyserCon – The 2019 New Zealand National SF Convention. It is being held in Rotorua at Queen’s Birthday weekend – less than a year away. Or if you want to look at it another way – about half way between now and CoNZealand.
If you haven’t been to an SF convention before, why not start gently at a small welcoming event? It will give you a chance to meet local fans including many of the folk involved in the Worldcon. Plus it will be a lot of fun – all fandoms welcome. And if that isn’t enough, it is being held in Rotorua – a great place to take a few extra days holiday.
Looking for something genre related to do in Wellington right now? How about Te Papa’s Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters exhibit.
The line which caught our attention was: “At Te Papa, we have collections filled with the wonderful things found in the real world – but artists can take you into the extraordinary world of the imaginary, to create creatures weirder and more magical than what we already know”.
Stuff again have their take on it.