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Neal Stephenson : Prize Giveaway

To celebrate Neal Stephenson’s upcoming appearance at the Auckland Writer’s Festival, the festival has kindly donated a prize pack containing a stack of Stephenson’s books to give away to readers of the SFFANZ news service.

To be in with a chance to win, just correctly answer the three questions below. You can find details of Neal’s appearances at the festival here, here and here.

Q1: In Neal’s novel Snow Crash, what does the Deliverator deliver?

Q2: In The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., what does the acronym D.O.D.O. stand for?

Q3: Who will be chairing Neal’s session (“The Big Ideas of Neal Stephenson”) at the Writer’s Festival on 19 May at 8.45pm?

To enter, simply email your answers to enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. The first email received which contains all three correct answers will win the prize pack.

New Zealand entrants only please. A condition of entry is that the winner must provide their name and a valid New Zealand postal address.

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Aurealis Awards Finalists

The finalist shortlist for the Aurealis Awards has been announced and can be found on their website.

Since this is a news service for New Zealand SF/F/H news and the Aurealis Awards are Australian, we wouldn’t normally report this.  But we did spot a couple of Kiwis in the list.  See if you can spot them.

We may have missed one or two, so comments are left open so you can report your findings.

Author Signing – Middle Earth: From Script To Screen

Unity Books is hosting an author signing with Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer and author of ‘Middle Earth: From Script to Screen – Building the World of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit’.

Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tells the complete story of how J. R. R. Tolkien’s magical world was brought to life on the big screen in the record-breaking film trilogies The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy. Drawing on resources, stories, and content from the archives of the companies and individuals behind the films, the book reveals: how the worlds were built, brick by brick and pixel by pixel, how environments were extended digitally or imagined entirely as computer generated spaces, how the multiple shooting units functioned, how cast members and characters interacted with their environments.

Where: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington.

When: Saturday, December 2nd from 1 – 2 pm

Summer Star Trek is back

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.

Gus Hunter Fantasy Artist Exhibition

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.

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.

Signed copy of Anno Domini 2000

Have you ever wondered why the NZ national sf/f awards are named to honour former premier Sir Julius Vogel?  It is because he is regarded as the first New Zealander to write an SF novel: Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, published in 1889.

This book is easy enough to obtain and we don’t usually promote books for sale* here.  However, this one for sale at Arty Bees is a bit special – it is actually signed by the man himself.

(* – we don’t promote books for sale as such, but we will post news of events – launch events, signing/reading tours etc by local authors.  Drop us a line if you know of such an event)