The Australian Shadows awards are horror awards for Australasian writers. That means Kiwis are eligible. The 2018 awards were made over the weekend. Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts represented this side of the Tasman to both win awards (Edited Work and Short Fiction respectively).
Yet another shout out to Kaaron Warren, Geysercon Guest of Honour, for picking up another prize for Tide of Stones as well as being the subject for another award.
While we are talking about Kaaron, she also picked up the Peter McNamara Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution towards Australian Speculative Fiction at the Ditmar awards also held over the weekend. No Kiwis featuring in the Ditmars however this year.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Comic Con in Auckland on 27 July. A celebration of the popular pop culture gathering Comic Con, the concert will include Ramin Djawadi’s unforgettable theme to worldwide TV hit Game of Thrones, John William’s iconic Imperial March from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Alexander Courage’s classic theme to Star Trek: The Original Series, and more.
See and hear the national orchestra perform video game classics, including Super Mario Bros Theme, The Legend of Zelda and Sonic Hedgehog, along with music from some of the today’s biggest-selling video games – Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed and Uncharted. The concert will also feature music from Titanfall 2, which the NZSO recorded for the hit game.
Other great movie music will include James Horner’s Aliens Suite No. 1, Danny Elfman’s Music from Spider-Man, David Arnold’s Stargate: Suite 1994 and Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Theme.
This is the largest selection of film, television and video game music the NZSO has ever performed in one concert, live on stage at Auckland Town Hall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.