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New Zealand Natcon

Lexicon Update

Lexicon is the New Zealand national Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Taupo over Queens Birthday Weekend, (2–4 June, 2017). They have published a “Three Months to Go” update – you can read it here. There is a lot of good stuff to read in it.

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the “Accommodation and Transport” section. The convention venue has booked out. The good news is that Taupo is a tourist town with lots of alternative places to stay. Lexicon has documented some nearby recommended options. The convention is over a holiday weekend, so if you have not already done so, it may be a good idea to start investigating your accommodation options soon.

Lexicon Draft Programme Available

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).

DUFF race now on

The ballot for DUFF for a North American candidate to come down under is now underway. You can find the ballot here.

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).

LexiCon 2017 Guest of Honour announced

Seanan McGuire, renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk composer and cartoonist, has been confirmed as the Guest of Honour at LexiCon 2017.

The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is being held over Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Seanan is also Guest of Honour at the 2017 Continuum convention in Australia and both conventions are looking forward to her visit to the Southern Hemisphere.

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasies and the Newsflesh novels (under the pseudonym Mira Grant). She also records CDs of her original filk music and is creator of the autobiographical web comic “With Friends Like These…”.

Winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

Convention committee co-chair Cassie Hart says she’s excited to welcome Seanan to LexiCon.

“There are a lot of fans in our membership who are very much looking forward to hearing her speak, and sing,” says Cassie. “Plus, we’ve just finished finalising our Fan Guest of Honour as well, so you can expect another announcement very soon!’

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

Membership sign up is open now. Head to the event website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

 You can also check out www.facebook.com/lexiCONvention or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

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.