The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented on Sunday (June 11) at Continuum 13 in Melbourne. You can read the results over on File 770.
SFFANZ News usually publishes these results in order to highlight the Kiwis who have been winning awards on the other side of the Tasman. This year however, there isn’t really anything to report in that area. So instead, here are a couple of highlights from these awards that may interest NZ readers…
Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole won the best novel Ditmar. Kaaron was a high profile attendee at the recently completed NZ Natcon Lexicon in Taupo. Kaaron has already been shoulder tapped to be a guest at the 2019 NZ Natcon (GeyserCon) in Rotorua. Of particular note here is that The Grief Hole has now won an Australian Shadows award, an Aurealis award and now a Ditmar award. Possibly a unique treble.
Rose Mitchell was presented the Peter McNamara Achievement Award. Rose is a former FFANZ delegate known to many NZ fans. She was most recently a guest at SmofCon South held in Wellington last year.
During the “Australia” panel at Lexicon, it was noted that it can be hard for folk in NZ to find out what is happening in Australian spec fiction. It is therefore worth noting that the 2016 Australian SF Snapshot picked up an award. Further to that information, if you really are interested in what is happening in Aussie SF, have a look at the ASFF SF Resources page. Or for a writing oriented list of event’s have a look at Jason Nahrung’s Australian Literary Festival Calendar.
SFFANZ is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Membership dues for SFFANZ are now due by the AGM – set down to happen on 4 Jun during Lexicon. Amongst other benefits, current members of SFFANZ are able to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards even if they are not members of Lexicon (but be quick, you only have until 8pm Tuesday for email votes).
Memberships will be taken at Lexicon, however if you are not attending and wish to (re)join SFFANZ, the details for joining are to be found here.
If you are in Porirua, you should know that one of New Zealand’s top fantasy talents Gus Hunter (Weta Workshop) has a solo show on now at Pataka Art + Museum. The exhibition runs until 7th May and entry is free.
Arty Bees Books and the Southern Cross Hotel have started up a book club. You can read about the event here on its FB page. As many of you know, Arty bees have been a big supporter of local SF/F/H over the years. The following is the blurb about the club.
“Read any good books lately? Itching to talk about them? Go on then! In this book club there’s no specific book you have to pretend to have read; we’re thinking more relaxed, informal discussion with like-minded readers about book… related… stuff. (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Sound good? Good! The Southern Cross Book Club exists with a little help from our friends at Arty Bees Books. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Lounge, first on the right as you arrive. If you can read this, you may as well join us.”
The next meeting is Monday, May 8 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM – the theme is “War! What is it good for?”
The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list here. For those looking for an NZ connection, Seanan McGuire’s name appears twice – she is of course the Guest of Honour at Lexicon, the 2017 NZ National SF&F Convention.
LexiCon has announced that a draft programme for the event is available.
As with all such programmes, it is a work in progress. There is still room for additional items. If you are interested in participating, please contact the convention. Even if you are new to conventions and not sure what you can offer, please get in touch. Volunteering to help is the best way to get up to speed with what happens at a con.
In case you didn’t know, LexiCon is the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (NatCon). It will be held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).
No sooner does one fan fund race finish, than another one comes along. The following message has just came in…
“NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2017 DUFF RACE!
The Down Under Fan Fund will send one lucky fan from North America to Australia to attend Continuum 13, the Australian National Convention, being held in Melbourne 9-12 June, 2017. We are looking for fun, outgoing fans to participate in this 44 year old fannish cultural exchange by visiting Australia and New Zealand, meeting lots of people, attending cons, and returning home to run the fan fund for the next two years. Are you that fan? Know of anyone who is? Send your nomination to Lucy Huntzinger at email@example.com by January 22nd, 2017.”
So if you know anybody in North America you think should come down under next year them give them a prod.