Category Archives: Shout Outs

Times when our activities have been reported by others

2020 GUFF Call for Nominations Europe to Australasia

GUFF is the Going Under (or Get Up-and-over) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Europe to Australasia (and vice versa).

Nominations in the race to send a European fan to Worldcon in Wellington, New Zealand (29 July-2 August) are open to anyone who was active in fandom prior to January 2018.

Depending on the length of trip they’re able to make, the winner could also consider visiting other parts of New Zealand and Australia to visit fans. The winner will also be required to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.

Lots more information is available on the Oz Fan Funds GUFF page. Even if you don’t wish to run for this yourself, give some thought to who might be a suitable candidate – perhaps you could offer to nominate them.

Awardwatch : Australian Shadows 2018

The Australian Shadows awards are horror awards for Australasian writers. That means Kiwis are eligible. The 2018 awards were made over the weekend. Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts represented this side of the Tasman to both win awards (Edited Work and Short Fiction respectively).

Yet another shout out to Kaaron Warren, Geysercon Guest of Honour, for picking up another prize for Tide of Stones as well as being the subject for another award.

While we are talking about Kaaron, she also picked up the Peter McNamara Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution towards Australian Speculative Fiction at the Ditmar awards also held over the weekend. No Kiwis featuring in the Ditmars however this year.

GRRM and Air NZ – The Followup

In case you missed it, Air New Zealand has replied to George R R Martin’s reply to their advertising which invited George to take a free trip to New Zealand. George suggested that Air NZ give a bunch of American fans a free trip instead. Well Air NZ has now come back offering 20 fans that free ride.

Did you follow that? There will be a test later.

And no, we don’t know how you can apply for the free trip.

George R R Martin and that Air New Zealand offer

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.

Awardwatch : Locus Awards

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.

Awardwatch : Geysercon GoH wins Aurealis Awards

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.

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.

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.

Mandy Hager wins Margaret Mahy Medal

Our congratulations to Mandy Hager, just named the 2019 winner of the Storylines Childrens Literature Charitable Trust of NZ Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people!

Read more about Mandy’s richly deserved honour on the Storylines site.

GeyserCon 2019 – The New Zealand National SF Convention

So with all the CoNZealand buzz in the last few days, it seems like a good idea to remind everybody about GeyserCon – The 2019 New Zealand National SF Convention. It is being held in Rotorua at Queen’s Birthday weekend – less than a year away. Or if you want to look at it another way – about half way between now and CoNZealand.

If you haven’t been to an SF convention before, why not start gently at a small welcoming event? It will give you a chance to meet local fans including many of the folk involved in the Worldcon. Plus it will be a lot of fun – all fandoms welcome. And if that isn’t enough, it is being held in Rotorua – a great place to take a few extra days holiday.

Links for CoNZealand

Following on from the announcement of CoNZealand being awarded the 2020 Worldcon, here are a few links you may have missed.

This is the reveal video shown at the announcement.

That video showed a small snippet of congratulations from the Prime Minister – here is the full version.

The CoNZealand twitter feed reveals that the New Zealand bid party won Best Food as voted on by #Worldcon76 party attendees.

The 2018 convention added their congratulations.

Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news site had their own slant on the announcement. As a complete aside, it is now just a few weeks more than 20 years since George R R Martin was a guest of honour at a NZ natcon in Wellington.

The NZ Herald also reported the news.

NZ writer makes award history

Congraulations to Bren MacDibble -a New Zealand author who has lived in Australia for two decades – for winning two categories with two different books in the same year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

MacDibble’s How to Bee, which won the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, describes a dystopian future without bees where children perform the essential task of pollination. Judges said it was a tale to fire young readers with awareness and courage for the future.

They also heaped praise on In the Dark Spaces, written under the pseudonym Cally Black, which saw MacDibble claim the Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction. Judges said it was a high-concept science fiction novel and an impressive tale of world class calibre.

Story here.

Ditmar Awards 2017 Winners

The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented on Sunday (June 11) at Continuum 13 in Melbourne. You can read the results over on File 770.

SFFANZ News usually publishes these results in order to highlight the Kiwis who have been winning awards on the other side of the Tasman. This year however, there isn’t really anything to report in that area. So instead, here are a couple of highlights from these awards that may interest NZ readers…

Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole won the best novel Ditmar. Kaaron was a high profile attendee at the recently completed NZ Natcon Lexicon in Taupo. Kaaron has already been shoulder tapped to be a guest at the 2019 NZ Natcon (GeyserCon) in Rotorua. Of particular note here is that The Grief Hole has now won an Australian Shadows award, an Aurealis award and now a Ditmar award. Possibly a unique treble.

Rose Mitchell was presented the Peter McNamara Achievement Award. Rose is a former FFANZ delegate known to many NZ fans. She was most recently a guest at SmofCon South held in Wellington last year.

During the “Australia” panel at Lexicon, it was noted that it can be hard for folk in NZ to find out what is happening in Australian spec fiction. It is therefore worth noting that the 2016 Australian SF Snapshot picked up an award. Further to that information, if you really are interested in what is happening in Aussie SF, have a look at the ASFF SF Resources page. Or for a writing oriented list of event’s have a look at Jason Nahrung’s Australian Literary Festival Calendar.

New Zealand Author Wins World Fantasy Award

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.

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.

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

New Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore in Oamaru

A specialty Science Fiction & Fantasy bookstore is coming to Oamaru.   Check them out on facebook.

The shop also has a blog which reviews Science Fiction and Fantasy books every week and sometimes interviews authors.

Drop in on yor next visit to the Steampunk capital city!

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.

Kiwi Winners of the Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and  judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance – of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

The awards for works published in the 2013 calendar year have been announced – you can see the full results over at Dark Wolf Reviews.

Of particular interest are the following two awards which have been won by New Zealand writers:

“Caterpillars” by Debbie Cowens (Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Paper Road Press)

“Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales of Terror” edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press)

Congratulations to Debbie, Dan and Lee for becoming so good that the Aussies are trying to claim you.