The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented on Sunday (June 11) at Continuum 13 in Melbourne. You can read the results over on File 770.
SFFANZ News usually publishes these results in order to highlight the Kiwis who have been winning awards on the other side of the Tasman. This year however, there isn’t really anything to report in that area. So instead, here are a couple of highlights from these awards that may interest NZ readers…
Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole won the best novel Ditmar. Kaaron was a high profile attendee at the recently completed NZ Natcon Lexicon in Taupo. Kaaron has already been shoulder tapped to be a guest at the 2019 NZ Natcon (GeyserCon) in Rotorua. Of particular note here is that The Grief Hole has now won an Australian Shadows award, an Aurealis award and now a Ditmar award. Possibly a unique treble.
Rose Mitchell was presented the Peter McNamara Achievement Award. Rose is a former FFANZ delegate known to many NZ fans. She was most recently a guest at SmofCon South held in Wellington last year.
During the “Australia” panel at Lexicon, it was noted that it can be hard for folk in NZ to find out what is happening in Australian spec fiction. It is therefore worth noting that the 2016 Australian SF Snapshot picked up an award. Further to that information, if you really are interested in what is happening in Aussie SF, have a look at the ASFF SF Resources page. Or for a writing oriented list of event’s have a look at Jason Nahrung’s Australian Literary Festival Calendar.
The World SF convention this year is in Finland. Over on their FB page, they are asking for people to write about fandom in their own countries. Is there anybody out there who is interested in representing the kiwi expression of fandom to the rest of the world? This is what they say…
Call for article writers! Want to write a very small article (300 words max) about fandom in your country? We also need help collecting the names of regional groups or national groups, and regional and national conventions from 14 Augusti 2017 – 15 August 2018.
Contact email@example.com. Deadline is 15 June!
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.
The ballot for DUFF for a North American candidate to come down under is now underway. You can find the ballot here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.