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Free to a good home

A large collection of science fiction magazines from the 1950s – 1970’s needs a new home

Some of the collections are entire, with Astounding and Fantasy just two of the titles.

They belonged to the owner’s father who was an avid science fiction collector for all of his life.  She has held the collection for 30 years but can longer house them and would love to donate the collection to someone or some ones who would cherish them. She is reluctant to sell them because she is hoping to find someone would want them for their own pleasure.

If intereted contact


Finalists for 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced

The final nomination list for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2016 is available here.

Fat Zombie Not-A-Book-Launch Thingy

Fat Zombie – Edited by Paul Mannering.

“Not a Book Launch – Honest”.

Friday 6th March. Miramar Gasworks.
11 Tauhinu Road, Miramar., Wellington
4:30pm – 8:00pm

“Come have a drink with the editor and some contributors to the anthology Fat Zombie – Stories of Unlikely Survivors from the Apocalypse. There won’t be books to buy, but we’d love to see you anyhoo.

Note: This is a top secret thingy. Not a book launch. Honest. Please don’t tell and invite everyone you know. We haven’t even booked the venue, we’re just gatecrashing. Cos that’s how zombie authors roll.

P.S. Just kidding. Please invite everyone you know. But there still won’t be any books to buy. We just like company.”

FFANZ Voting has started

Voting for the 2015 FFANZ delegate has started. All the details can be found here.

For 2015, the race is to find an Australian delegate to attend the NZ Natcon at Easter in Rotorua.

Remember that voting is a fundraising activity for FFANZ. Even if you know who will be the delegate it is important to vote to help fund the trip.

2014 GUFF Race to Loncon

The ballot for the 2014 GUFF delegate from Australasia to Europe is now available.  You can read all about the race and the candidates here. There is also an online form over here which may be more convenient for New Zealand fans.

The winning candidate will attend Loncon Worldcon and possibly other events such as Shamrokon which is the Eurocon this year. Although GUFF is open to Kiwis, there are no New Zealand candidates this year although you may be able to spot one in the nominators lists.

About GUFF
What is GUFF? GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and to get to know each other’s fandoms better. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.

Kath Bergner

Many fans in the Wellington area will know Kath Bergner from various fannish and other events over the years. We are sad to note her passing and are sure you wish to join us in passing on our condolences to Annette, Laurie and the rest of her loved ones. Following is the funeral notice from the Dominion Post.

BERGNER, Kathleen Jones (nee Duffield).

Kathleen died peacefully aged 80 at Mary Potter Hospice in the early hours of Sunday, 25th November 2012, following a long illness. She will be sorely missed by her loving children Annette and Christopher, her brother Geoffrey and sister in-laws Marjorie and Audrey, her son-in law Laurie, her grand-children Sarah and Milo and extended family and friends in New Zealand, the UK and Australia.

Special thanks to Kathleen’s personal carers Sharon, Lorraine and Sian and the Mary Potter Hospice staff for their kind and thoughtful support.

Rather than flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Potter Hospice , PO Box 7442, Wellington South or to a charity of choice.

Messages to the Bergner family may be left in Kathleen’s tribute book at or posted c/o 4 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville.

A funeral service will be held at the Guardian Funeral Home Chapel, 4 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville on Friday 30th November 2012 at 11:30am and will be followed by a private cremation.

Competition To Win Autographed Art Work For Book Cover

Whether you’re a fan of NZ’s top comics artist Dylan Horrocks, or whether you’ve enjoyed Gareth Renowden’s new science-fiction satire The Aviator, a large A3 collector’s edition of the cover would look good on your wall, wouldn’t it? So here’s how you get one…

Try this little quiz: a challenge for lovers of good books. The first paragraph of Chapter Three of The Aviator – where the airship’s AI pilot wakes up after a forced shutdown – is a mash-up of lines from ten literary works. Nearly all of them have something in common, and three are linked by way of pun.

The first person to name all ten works and the links between them wins an exclusive A3 poster of The Aviator cover, signed by its creator, the brilliant comics artist Dylan Horrocks (and signed by the author of the book as well).

TO ENTER: either buy a copy of the book from:

or download the free text samples available from Amazon, Apple iBooks, Smashwords and Diesel, or the publisher’s web site:

Read the paragraph mentioned above and post your entries as a comment to either the blog post at The Burning World introducing the competition:

or on the announcement on The Aviator’s Facebook page:

Note: If you don’t have an ebook reader, or ebook reader software on your computer, tablet or phone, download Amazon’s Kindle reader software, which is free and available for Mac/PC/Android/iOS. Or you can read the free sample text online at Smashwords:

The competition will CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 30TH (NZ time). In the event that no-one has successfully named all ten works, the poster will go to the person who gets most correct. There won’t be any other clues…

Anyone who shares this post on Facebook or Twitter will go in to win a free signed copy of the paperback version of the book!

Good luck!

Click here to see an image of the cover.