So with all the CoNZealand buzz in the last few days, it seems like a good idea to remind everybody about GeyserCon – The 2019 New Zealand National SF Convention. It is being held in Rotorua at Queen’s Birthday weekend – less than a year away. Or if you want to look at it another way – about half way between now and CoNZealand.
If you haven’t been to an SF convention before, why not start gently at a small welcoming event? It will give you a chance to meet local fans including many of the folk involved in the Worldcon. Plus it will be a lot of fun – all fandoms welcome. And if that isn’t enough, it is being held in Rotorua – a great place to take a few extra days holiday.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. You can find the official list of all winners here: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvResults-2018.html
Below is a short form summary:
Best Novel – Hounds of the Underworld – Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
Best Youth Novel – The Traitor and the Thief – Gareth Ward
Best Novella / Novelette – Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body – Simon Petrie
Best Short Story – “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” – Sean Monaghan
Best Collected Work – Mariah’s Prologues – Grace Bridges
Best Professional Artwork – Cover for “Teleport” – Kate Strawbridge
Best Professional Production/Publication – Mistlands – Laya Rose
Best Dramatic Presentation – The Changeover – Stuart McKenzie, Miranda Harcourt, Emma Slade
Best Fan Artwork – John Toon
Best Fan Production/ Publication – Lexicon convention booklet – Darusha Wehm
Best Fan Writing – Jo Toon
Best New Talent – Gareth Ward
Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror – Darian Smith
Services To Fandom – Jan Butterworth
The voting form the for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available. The SJVs are the New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy awards. They are presented at the national convention.
To be eligible to vote, you must either be a member of SFFANZ and/or a member of Conclave 3.
You can find the voting form and instructions on the SFFANZ web site.
Votes must be received by Tuesday 27 March, 2018.
The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.
When: Saturday 31 March @ 9pm
Where: The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)
Cover charge: $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26 March
Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!
** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue. We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!
The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) …
Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at Conclave 3, the 2018 NZ convention, which takes place over the weekend of 30th March to 2nd April in Auckland.
(* Paying attendees at Conclave 3 are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)
Renewal for anyone who isn’t concerned about the SFFANZ AGM or the SJVs is less urgent, but please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of the beautiful SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.
The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is currently $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:
- by post
- by direct bank transfer
- by cash at Conclave
For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact email@example.com
Conclave 3 Writing Workshop
with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler
There will be two rooms
Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop
Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..
Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;
How to Write
How to Create the Perfect Pitch
Friday 30 March 10am-3pm
The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch
Registered Conclave 3 members – free
Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration essential as places limited
Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops
See the review by Lee Murray, Darian Smith, and Dan Rabarts here.