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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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Events for SF Fans at the Auckland Writers Festival

Are you planning on attending the Auckland Writers Festival – 15-20 May? For SF fans, perhaps the following items may help you make up your mind. If you see anybody else of genre interest, please let us know in the comments.

EVENT 86: THE BIG IDEAS OF NEAL STEPHENSON
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 8.45-10.00PM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA SQUARE
(See also Event 135 with Neal Stephenson)
New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is renowned for works seething with big ideas, both innovative and complex in their genius, including Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Anathem, and his latest Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O co-written with Nicole Galland. Stephenson is also one of the world’s leading designers of augmented reality in his role as “Chief Futurist” at Magic Leap, a company that is transforming the way humans interact with story.

EVENT 47: COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES: KAREN JOY FOWLER
SATURDAY MAY 19 – 10.00-11.00AM, ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE
(See also Event 113 with Joy Fowler)
Best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler is a maverick, with novels and short stories spanning science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction, including the Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The New York Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, and the PEN/Faulkner fiction finalist Sister Noon. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree Jr. Award – given to works which increase understanding of gender – and is the president of the Clarion Foundation which supports the teaching of sci-fi and fantasy writing. She speaks with Kate De Goldi.

EVENT 106: ODE TO URSULA
SUNDAY MAY 20 – 1.30-2.30PM HEARTLAND FESTIVAL ROOM, AOTEA SQUARE
In memory of the extraordinary Ursula Le Guin, writers and fans Karen Joy Fowler and Elizabeth Knox join David Larsen to share stories of their first encounters with her work and explore the legacy of the writer David Mitchell describes as a “crafter of fierce, focused, fertile dreams”.

EVENT 58: WRITERS ON FILM – MARGARET ATWOOD
Saturday MAY, 19 11:45am – 12:35pm Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
On the eve of her 70th birthday in 2010 Canadian star Margaret Atwood travelled to North America and the UK to publicise her dystopian novel The Year of the Flood, with a theatrical version of the novel which combined performance, music and readings. On route, Atwood’s primary concern was to ensure the survival of song birds. The documentary In The Wake of the Flood, directed by Ron Mann, captures Atwood’s unusual book tour, a kind of travelling medicine show.

GUFF ballot 2018 — Europe to Australasia

GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from  Europe to Australasia (and vice versa).

This year, a delegate is to be selected to travel from Europe to Australia and/or New Zealand.  Voting is open to anybody who is active in fandom.  There is a competition this year, so take the time to see which of the worthy candidates you would like to bring down under.

All you need to know about the candidates and voting can be found over at the ozfanfunds site.

 

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.

The Tripods – a 6 episode series

A prequel to the tripods BBC TV series explaining what happened when the tripods arrived.
The first three episodes of The Tripods are out with 3 more to follow.
Watch the first episode here.

Made by a Palmerston North 14 year old and his friends, the series has taken a year of filming, endured braces on and off, different hairstyles, and growth spurts.

It’s an all-kid affair with adult involvement minimal and closely supervised. Special effects are old school, with 3D printed Tripods, material/cardboard green screens and clay feet.

2017 Hugo Winners Announced

The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. You can find all the award announcements over at File 770.

Looking for a New Zealand connection. Well Seanan McGuire was the guest of honour at the NZ Natcon this year and she won the best Novella Hugo.

The NZ in 2020 team were active at Helsinki promoting the bid for the Worldcon to be held in Aotearoa in 2020.

Ditmar Awards 2017 Winners

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.