Air New Zealand made a cheeky offer to George R R Martin to fly him free to NZ to finish The Winds of Winter. You can see that video here.
Of course, it is just a piece of advertising, but GRRM took the time to reply, saying that he has been to New Zealand a number of times and listed some of the places he has been – you can read his reply here. He also plugged his toastmaster role at CoNZealand. Thanks for the shout-out George!
In case you were wondering, George first came to New Zealand to be a guest at Construction, the 1998 New Zealand national convention. He shared the bill with, among others, Neil Gaiman. Can you imagine what a big deal getting those two together to headline a convention would be like today – it would be massive.
Yes, it’s Kaaron Warren getting nominated again. This time it is her novel Tide of Stone being on the shortlist for a Locus award. The Locus awards are a big deal – ranking right up there as one of the major international awards, so huge congratulations to Kaaron.
It hardly bears repeating but we will anyway – Kaaron is an International Guest of Honour at Geysercon, the NZ Natcon over QB weekend (31 May – 2 Jun) in Rotorua.
The Aurealis Awards for the 2018 year were announced on Saturday Night. GeyserCon International Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren picked up two awards – for Novella Crisis Apparition and novel Tide of Stone.
If you were on the fence about attending GeyserC0n and weren’t sure about the quality of the guests, why don’t you check out some of the other awards Kaaron has won. Its a pretty impressive list.
In addition, Aussie based Kiwi, Juliet Marillier won the Sara Douglass Book Series Award for the Blackthorn & Grim series.
Congratulations to Kaaron, Juliet and all the Aurealis winners.
The 2018 Aurealis Awards finalists have been announced. While these awards are for Australians, it isn’t uncommon to see Aussie based Kiwis on the ballot and it is no different this year. Look for Juliet Marillier and Simon Petrie in the finalists. We have probably missed one or two others – let us know in the comments who else qualifies for us to claim.
The Sara Douglass Book Series Award is also part of the Aurealis package. Juliet Marillier is also in the 2018 finalists for that award.
But while checking out the Aurealis award, keep an eye out for the names Kaaron Warren and Alan Baxter – they both appear more than once. Why is this significant? Because both are guests of honour at Geysercon at QB weekend this year in Rotorua.
Another kiwi in a major awards shortlist. This time it is the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards and the author in question is Lee Murray. And not just one shortlisting, but two! Lee has made the finals in the short fiction and the anthology categories.
Congratulations to Lee and all the Bram Stoker finalists.
Here at SFFANZ News, we like to keep an eye out for locals who make the finals for major awards, and there aren’t many more major than the Nebulas. If you look down the finalist list for the just announced 2018 awards, you will see the name M. Darusha Wehm in the Game Writing category. Darusha is originally from Canada but now lives in Wellington and takes part in local writing and fan activities – so properly local then!
Congratulations to Darusha and all the Nebula finalists.
We are saddened to note the passing of Mervyn Barrett who died on 16 January 2019, at Te Hopai Home, Wellington. Merv, also a celebrated film and jazz fan, was active in New Zealand SF fandom from the 1960s all the way through to the 1990s. He was also active in Australian and London fandom in the ’60s and ’70s. Along with all his other activity, Merv goes down in local fannish history as co-organizer of the first NZ national convention (Wellcon, 1979).
We are sorry for the belated notice, we only just heard the news, but would like to take this opportunity to pass our condolences on to Janet and the rest of Merv’s loved ones.