Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to San Jose, California, and represent Australasian fandom at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018.
To find out more, head on over to the DUFF news site or to the DUFF Facebook page.
It appears that Summer Star Trek is coming back to the capital. The following announcement came through subspace…
“Auditions for the final mission of the Award Winning Summer Star Trek will be held on the 28th & 29th October at Toi Poneke. This years show is titled The Trouble with Tribles and we’re looking for a full crew to man the USS Enterprise as well as singers for our ‘Spacebabes’ (babes of all genders required!), a full team of Red Shirt ‘Engineers’ (back stage crew) and of course, DOORS!”
Check them out on their facebook page.
New Orbit Magazine is a speculative fiction periodical being published in New Zealand.
Based around the theme of “uncomfortable little futures”, it contains short stories and non-fiction commentary on science fiction, dystopia, and the rest. It discusses the way the content within them relates to our present day world.
Launching in October, members of SFFANZ are offered a further discount to the presale price, and an ongoing $5NZD off every subscription.
The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. You can find all the award announcements over at File 770.
Looking for a New Zealand connection. Well Seanan McGuire was the guest of honour at the NZ Natcon this year and she won the best Novella Hugo.
The NZ in 2020 team were active at Helsinki promoting the bid for the Worldcon to be held in Aotearoa in 2020.
City Gallery Wellington is holding an exhibition called “Occulture: The Dark Arts exhibition”. It promises as show that “explores contemporary art’s role in the process of occultation. It brings together New Zealand and international artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of esoteric or occult traditions into new forms.”
More information about the exhibition, can be found on the City Gallery Wellington web site. The exhibition runs 12 August to 19 November 2017.
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.