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GUFF Nominations Opening – Send a Fan to Dublin

GUFF is a fan fund that sends a fan delegate bewtween Australasia and Europe to attend conventions and foster the linkages between the branches of international fandom.

Nominations are opening to send an Australasian (Ozzie or Kiwi) fan to Europe in 2019. The winner will attend the Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland (15-19 Augus) with the option to also attend the Eurocon (Titancon, in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 22 to 25 August).

Nominations are open from 8 October until 5 December 2018 and candidates will be announced soon after. Voting will then run until 23:59 BST 22 April 2018, with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.

For more info including the contact addresses, check out the GUFF page on OzFanFunds.

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RIP Sue Martin-Smith

It is with much sadness that we note the passing of Sue Martin-Smith. Sue died just before midnight on Sunday 23rd September. The funeral was Thursday 27th, attended by a number of fans who knew her. There was a retrospective slideshow followed by the communal singing of that much loved hymn ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

Sue was a central figure in NZ fandom over a couple of decades starting in the late ’70s. She made very major contributions to conventions, the club scene, fanzines and other fannish activities. She founded the Phoenix SF Society in Wellington which is still running today (and was first editor of its magazine). She was also one of the founders of FFANZ which also continues to operate promoting fannish cooperation.

We extend our deepest condolences to Sue’s family and all her loved ones.

SpecFic Event at the Dunedin Public Library

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.

Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters

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.

Site Selection Voting for the 2020 Worldcon

Y’know that there is a New Zealand bid to host the World SF Convention in 2020 right? The vote to decide the hosting for the 2020 Worldcon is now open, so it is crunch time for the NZ bid.

If you want to know what is happening, the NZ in 2020 has all the information you need to know. Share and enjoy.

Events for SF Fans at the Auckland Writers Festival

Are you planning on attending the Auckland Writers Festival – 15-20 May? For SF fans, perhaps the following items may help you make up your mind. If you see anybody else of genre interest, please let us know in the comments.

EVENT 86: THE BIG IDEAS OF NEAL STEPHENSON
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 8.45-10.00PM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA SQUARE
(See also Event 135 with Neal Stephenson)
New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is renowned for works seething with big ideas, both innovative and complex in their genius, including Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Anathem, and his latest Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O co-written with Nicole Galland. Stephenson is also one of the world’s leading designers of augmented reality in his role as “Chief Futurist” at Magic Leap, a company that is transforming the way humans interact with story.

EVENT 47: COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES: KAREN JOY FOWLER
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 10.00-11.00AM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE
(See also Event 113 with Joy Fowler)
Best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler is a maverick, with novels and short stories spanning science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction, including the Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The New York Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, and the PEN/Faulkner fiction finalist Sister Noon. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree Jr. Award – given to works which increase understanding of gender – and is the president of the Clarion Foundation which supports the teaching of sci-fi and fantasy writing. She speaks with Kate De Goldi.

EVENT 106: ODE TO URSULA
SUNDAY MAY 20 – 1.30-2.30PM HEARTLAND FESTIVAL ROOM, AOTEA SQUARE
In memory of the extraordinary Ursula Le Guin, writers and fans Karen Joy Fowler and Elizabeth Knox join David Larsen to share stories of their first encounters with her work and explore the legacy of the writer David Mitchell describes as a “crafter of fierce, focused, fertile dreams”.

EVENT 58: WRITERS ON FILM – MARGARET ATWOOD
Saturday MAY, 19 11:45am – 12:35pm Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
On the eve of her 70th birthday in 2010 Canadian star Margaret Atwood travelled to North America and the UK to publicise her dystopian novel The Year of the Flood, with a theatrical version of the novel which combined performance, music and readings. On route, Atwood’s primary concern was to ensure the survival of song birds. The documentary In The Wake of the Flood, directed by Ron Mann, captures Atwood’s unusual book tour, a kind of travelling medicine show.

GUFF ballot 2018 — Europe to Australasia

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

This year, a delegate is to be selected to travel from Europe to Australia and/or New Zealand.  Voting is open to anybody who is active in fandom.  There is a competition this year, so take the time to see which of the worthy candidates you would like to bring down under.

All you need to know about the candidates and voting can be found over at the ozfanfunds site.