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Kiwis in the Running for GUFF – You Can Vote

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.

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GeyserCon Draft Programme

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.

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.

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.