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Sir Julius Vogel

The ODT has an article about Sir Julius Vogel as a “visionary writer of science fiction”.  You should have a read – here is the link to the article.

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FFANZ RACE 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).

The Fan Fund for Australian and New Zealand (FFANZ) was created to strengthen ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. This fan fund financially assists the winning FFANZ delegate with travel and associated costs to attend the Natcon of the other nation.

In 2017 FFANZ will send one New Zealand science fiction fan to the 2017 Australian SF & Fantasy Natcon, Continuum XIII, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.

Prospective candidates have until 8th May 2016 to file the documents required to nominate to run for the FFANZ ballot. Voting will run from 16th May 2016 to 12th June 2016.

Candidates should file the following documents:

  • A brief letter stating their intent to run for FFANZ 2017.
  • A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from New Zealand and a seconder from Australia.
  • A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2017 FFANZ delegate.

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

  • Travel to Australia to attend Continuum XIII, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.
  • Visit and get to know as many Australian Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
  • Become the New Zealand FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found. This normally happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding NZ-bound delegate (in 2018 if a race is run every year).
  • Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next Australian delegate(s) in 2018.
  • Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a trip report or other means.

Send required documents to:
rabarts@gmail.com for New Zealand fans
david.mcdonald@davidmcdonaldspage.com for Australian fans

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at ffanz.sf.org.nz/qanda.htm or ozfanfunds.com or www.facebook.com/FanFundANZ

Marie Williams Legacy

Marie Williams has continued caring for others by gifting her Otaki bookshop to the hospice that cared for her during her battle with cancer.

It will be renamed Arohanui Hospice Marie’s Main Street Books, in memory of Williams, and will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1pm.

If you’re in Otaki drop in

RIP Marie Williams

With deep sadness the board of SFFANZ regret to advise the death of board member Marie Williams.

Marie passed away after a long, courageous fight with cancer

She was a valued member and we will miss her thoughtful insights and interesting comments.

http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=karen-marie-williams-marie&pid=177896587&fhid=12637

Call For Fan Recipes

Gillian Polack is the current GUFF delegate and she is collecting recipes for a fannish cookbook.  She says the following:

Foodie fandom: The all new e-cookbook

I collect good recipes from friends. I’ve discovered over the years that even fans who claim to be non-cooks often have one recipe, one mouth-wateringly wonderful dish that they make when asked to bring a plate. And fandom needs another cookbook. And I need to raise money for GUFF.

Send me your recipes! Ask your friends to send me their recipes! As many recipes as you like! Spread the word across world fandom!

You can find all the details here.

Sir Terry Pratchett has died

Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family, with his cat sleeping on his bed.

More details here.

Laini Taylor touring NZ in late August

She will be doing events in Auckland and in
Christchurch 27 August – 31 August, and will be appearing multiple times
at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014
http://wordchristchurch.co.nz/.

Laini is the bestselling pink-haired author of the Daughter of Smoke and
Bone Trilogy. The YA fantasy series (also devoured by adults) includes
the books /Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight
/and//the highly anticipated conclusion, /Dreams of Gods and Monsters/
which was released earlier this year. The series follows Karou, a
blue-haired art student and monster’s apprentice, caught between this
world and the underworld.