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The New Zealand National SF Convention for 2020 is…

ConZealand. With the prospect of New Zealand hosting the World SF Convention (Worldcon) in 2020, nobody has been prepared to put their hand up to organise a separate NZ national convention (natcon) in 2020. CoNZealand (the Worldcon in question) has generously stepped in and offered to host the key elements which are needed to constitute a natcon. This offer and the alternatives were discussed extensively at Geysercon and CoNZealand’s offer was accepted and ratified at the SFFANZ official bid session at Geysercon.

There are quite a number of consequences to this. We will try to spell out the key ones below:

  • If you are a member of CoNZealand, you are a member of the 78th worldcon and a member of the 41st NZ natcon. I.e. you are a member of both. There are no separate “natcon” memberships – no separate “worldcon” memberships either for that matter.
  • CoNZealand will host the three events which are required of a NZ natcon. I.e. The Sir Julius Vogel award ceremony, the SFFANZ AGM, the SFFANZ Bid session for the 2022 (and possibly 2021) natcons. All CoNZealand members will be able to attend these three events, but as is always the case only SFFANZ members will be able to vote at the AGM.
  • The Sir Julius Vogel award (SJV) nomination and voting process will all take place well before the commencement of CoNZealand. Only the announcement and presentation of the awards will take place at the ceremony. In other words, no voting at the convention – voting will be managed electronically.
  • This means that anybody who is a CoNZealand member at the time voting takes place is eligible to vote in the SJVs. SFFANZ members will, as always, be able to vote as well regardless of whether they are members of CoNZealand or not. This also means the voter packet will be available to all CoNZealand members – a great way to showcase local talent.
  • The three events (and only those three events) mentioned above will be able to be attended by eligible non-CoNZealand members. In practice this means SFFANZ members who are not members of CoNZealand can attend their events. SJV nominees may be able to attend the award ceremony as well – this hasn’t been confirmed yet. The final details of eligibility and mechanism are yet to be confirmed.

One final point. Nobody came forward at GeyserCon to run the 2021 NZ natcon either. If you are interested in putting together a bid, get on to it now and put your team together. Then get in touch with SFFANZ as soon as possible. They can organise an online bid session to get you accepted as the official natcon – that would be ratified at CoNZealand.

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Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards which were announced Sunday night at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, in Rotorua. The SJVs, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders, were nominated and voted on by members of SFFANZ and Geysercon.

PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Best Novel
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)

Best Youth Novel
Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)

Best Novella / Novelette
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

Best Short Story
“Girls Who do not Drown” by A.C. Buchanan (Apex Magazine, December 2018)

Best Collected Work
Te Korero Ahi Ka, edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)

Best Professional Artwork
Cover for The Baker Thief by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)

Best Professional Production / Publication
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)

Best Dramatic Presentation
Wellington Paranormal, directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New Zealand Documentary Board)

FAN AWARD WINNERS

Best Fan Artwork
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose

Best Fan Production / Publication
Star Trek in the Park – The Trouble with Tribbles (Enterprise Entertainment)

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Best New Talent
Kura Carpenter (The Kingfisher’s Debt)

Voting now open for Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Members of GeyserCon and SFFANZ members are eligible to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards. You can, of course, vote at the convention or alternatively you can vote right away by submitting the electronic voting form. Instructions for using the electronic voting form can be found here on the SFFANZ web site.

At this point, you may be thinking “but how do I know who to vote for?”. The answer is simple – have a look at the SJV Packet – it contains examples and samples of the award nominated work. This material is kindly provided by the nominees and only available to eligible voters. The instructions for accessing this packet can be found here.

A reminder that if you wish to join SFFANZ in order to vote, the instructions may be found here.

It’s Time to Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) – those same people who bring you the Sir Julius Vogel awards and this news service …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at GeyserCon, the 2019 NZ national SF/F convention, which takes place over the weekend of 31st May to 2nd June in Rotorua.

(* Paying members of Geysercon are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of those lovely, pointy SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is still only $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at GeyserCon

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists Announcement

SFFANZ would like to congratulate all the finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

  • The Finalists are for the 2018 calendar year.
  • You must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of GeyserCon to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards.
  • Ballot counting takes place at GeyserCon, so you can vote there. Alternatively, email or post your votes to SFFANZ.
  • If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 29th May, 2019. Close of voting at GeyserCon is at 12 noon, Sunday 2nd May 2019.
  • The awards will be presented at GeyserCon – check the programme for the time of the award ceremony.

Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at Conclave 3, the 2018 NZ convention, which takes place over the weekend of 30th March to 2nd April in Auckland.

(* Paying attendees at Conclave 3 are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Renewal for anyone who isn’t concerned about the SFFANZ AGM or the SJVs is less urgent, but please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of the beautiful SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is currently $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at Conclave

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz

Special offer for SFFANZ members

New Orbit Magazine is a speculative fiction periodical being published in New Zealand.
Based around the theme of “uncomfortable little futures”, it contains short stories and non-fiction commentary on science fiction, dystopia, and the rest.  It discusses the way the content within them relates to our present day world.
Launching in October, members of SFFANZ are offered a further discount to the presale price, and an ongoing $5NZD off every subscription.
Visit the website or  facebook.