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Lexicon Memberships on Con or Bust

LexiCon has announced that they have donated two memberships to Con or Bust. If you meet their criteria, you can attend for free!

Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions

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).

New FFANZ Web Site

The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand has a new web site.  It contains news, history and delegate resources.  You can find it here.  You can sign up for email alerts if you wish.

Alternatively, FFANZ maintains a facebook page.  You can find it here.

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
(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:

Any enquiries about nomination or other DUFF matters can be addressed to:
For Australia/New Zealand:
For North America: