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.
The results of the 2016 World Fantasy Awards are out and Wellington based author Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes has won best novel.
The awards were given at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, which took place from October 27-30 in Columbus, Ohio.
And just to prove its no fluke, Smaill’s novel is also on the long list for the Man Booker prize.
The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.
Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who have otherwise supported or signal-boosted the fan funds. It is much appreciated.
If you would like to help in our mission to promote New Zealand and Australian fandom and writing and continue to strengthen the bonds between our communities, please contact the fund administrators, Dan Rabarts in New Zealand or David McDonald in Australia, to see how you can help.
We’re always open to donations which can be auctioned at cons, or any other creative means of raising funds and raising awareness and keeping good things happening. We can both be found on Facebook or Twitter.
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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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org for New Zealand fans
email@example.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 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
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.
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