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Voting for FFANZ 2017 Now Open

The FFANZ (Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand) administrators have announced the ballot for the race for a Kiwi to attend the Australian National Convention 2017.

All the candidate and voting details can be found here.

This year’s FFANZ race is a westward bound one, facilitating travel by a New Zealand fan to the 56th Australian Speculative Fiction National Convention, Continuum XIII – Triskaidekaphilia, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.

 

YA SF writing competition

Eunoia Publishing Ltd is a New Zealand publisher that have just acquired Steam Press Limited, NZ’s best publisher of speculative fiction.

To celebrate, Steam Press is running a SF writing competition.

The details and entry form can be found at 

 

DUFF Ballot – one week left to vote

There is less than one week left to vote in the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) ballot to send an Australasian delegate to attend the Kansas City Worldcon later this year.  You can find all the voting details here on the ozfanfunds site.

If you want to find out more about the function, history and mechanics of the various fan funds like DUFF which affect New Zealand, then please take note that there will be a panel on this subject at Au Contraire.

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

Down Under Fan Fund nominations open

From Julian Warner, acting DUFF Administrator:

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to Kansas City, Missouri, USA for the 74th World Science Fiction Convention – MidAmericon II – August 17-21, 2016.

The nominee may also undertake to attend other conventions and associated fannish travel in North America. This is not essential but will enhance the overall experience.

DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, sends a delegate from Australia – New Zealand to North America, or the other way, in alternating years.

The successful nominee, after voting has taken place will then become the DUFF delegate.

Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the visited side would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the Administrator in turn until the next cycle. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.

The current administrators of the fund are Lucy Huntzinger in North America and Julian Warner and Justin Ackroyd in Australia. All the current administrators are past fan-fund winners who were asked to step in and assist when the former administrator suffered some illness.

Three Australian/New Zealand nominators and two North American nominators are required for each nominee. A written platform of about 100 words should be submitted by the nominee providing some information about themselves in a fannish context. Nominees are also asked to make a small donation to the fund as a bond of 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting occurs via a secret ballot and is determined using the instant runoff method.

The period for nominations will close on 1 March 2016 at midnight, Western Australian time (UTC +8.00).

Further details about DUFF can be found at: https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/

Any enquiries about nomination or other DUFF matters can be addressed to:
For Australia/New Zealand: Julian.warner@people.net.au
For North America: downunderfanfund@gmail.com

New Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore in Oamaru

A specialty Science Fiction & Fantasy bookstore is coming to Oamaru.   Check them out on facebook.

The shop also has a blog which reviews Science Fiction and Fantasy books every week and sometimes interviews authors.

Drop in on yor next visit to the Steampunk capital city!

GUFF Nominations for downunder trip close Tuesday

Nominations for the 2016 South-bound GUFF delegate close on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. This is for nominations for a European fan to make the trip to Australia/New Zealand in 2016.

So if you know somebody in Europe who would like to make the trip down here next year, then you should get moving quickly.

It is worth pointing out that last time we heard, there were no nominees from the UK.