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Awardwatch:Aurealis Awards

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.

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Awardwatch : Bram Stoker Awards

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.

Awardwatch : The Nebulas

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.

RIP Mervyn Barrett

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.

Update from Geysercon – Alan Baxter added to Guests

The following update comes from Geysercon – the 2019 NZ National SF Convention.
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Due to circumstances outside everyone’s control, Jonathan Maberry is now unable to attend GeyserCon. We hope to see at him at a future New Zealand convention.

We’re very pleased to announce that award-winning Australian author and martial arts expert Alan Baxter has graciously agreed to be our Guest of Honour, alongside Kaaron Warren, Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Alena Van Arendonk.

Please note that early registration discounts still apply – details can be found at here. Don’t forget that when you register, you are eligible to enter fiction, poetry or art in the GeyserCon competitions. Also, all members completing their registration before January 30th will go into the draw for one FULL REFUND of the membership fee!

SpecFic Event at the Dunedin Public Library

Spend an evening in the company of 8 Dunedin SpecFic Authors. Each writer discusses aspects of their particular sub-genre, and gives a reading from their own work, with a chance for the audience to ask questions. There will also be the added excitement of spot prize book giveaways! Whether you’re a reader or a writer of fiction, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the many facets of speculative writing.

The authors who will be reading from their work are:

Details: Genre 8: Flights of Fantasy is being held at the Dunningham Suite of the Dunedin City Library on 11 October 2018 5:30pm — 7:00pm. This is a free event, but the event page does say bookings advised. There is a email address or phone number for booking here.

Worldcon 2020 officially confirmed for Wellington

Straight from the Worldcons news feed

Wellington, New Zealand, has been selected as the site for the 2020 Worldcon. The New Zealand bid received 643 votes of the 726 votes cast. There were no other official candidates.

The convention will be called CoNZealand. The dates will be July 29 to August 2. George R.R. Martin has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. Further information is available from the convention website. More news on Facebook – check out the new logo. Twitter also worth checking out.