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.
On behalf of Gillian Polack and Mihaela Marija Perković (for Jukka Halme), the finalised GUFF 2017 ballot is now available on the OzFanFunds website.
This race is to transport a Australasian fan to Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 August, 2017. As previously announced, candidates are Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (shared).
Candidates’ platforms and general information about voting is here.
Online ballot is here.
PDF version for printing is here.
GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa).
Nominations are now open for the northbound race, to transport a Australasian fan to Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 August, 2017.
If you wish to stand and are unsure about how to go about getting any of these things, what the fund pays for or the duties of a GUFF delegate and administrator, then get in touch with one of the current GUFF administrators. You can find contact details and other information here.
Nominations are open until 17th November 2016, and candidates will be announced soon after. Voting will then run until Saturday 1st April 2017, with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.
As an editorial aside to the above, the NZ in 2020 Worldcon bid plans to have a presence in Helsinki and they need assistance with that. There is obvious opportunity for a happy overlap of interests here. Also, although kiwis are eligible, there has never been a New Zealand GUFF delegate. Isn’t it about time that was rectified.