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.

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The Music of ComicCon

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Comic Con in Auckland on 27 July. A celebration of the popular pop culture gathering Comic Con, the concert will include Ramin Djawadi’s unforgettable theme to worldwide TV hit Game of Thrones, John William’s iconic Imperial March from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Alexander Courage’s classic theme to Star Trek: The Original Series, and more.

See and hear the national orchestra perform video game classics, including Super Mario Bros Theme, The Legend of Zelda and Sonic Hedgehog, along with music from some of the today’s biggest-selling video games – Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed and Uncharted. The concert will also feature music from Titanfall 2, which the NZSO recorded for the hit game.

Other great movie music will include James Horner’s Aliens Suite No. 1, Danny Elfman’s Music from Spider-Man, David Arnold’s Stargate: Suite 1994 and Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Theme.

This is the largest selection of film, television and video game music the NZSO has ever performed in one concert, live on stage at Auckland Town Hall.

Site Selection Voting for the 2020 Worldcon

Y’know that there is a New Zealand bid to host the World SF Convention in 2020 right? The vote to decide the hosting for the 2020 Worldcon is now open, so it is crunch time for the NZ bid.

If you want to know what is happening, the NZ in 2020 has all the information you need to know. Share and enjoy.

Wellington Get-together on Wednesday to Meet GUFF Delegate

Polish fan and GUFF delegate Marcin Klak is in Wellington this week as part of his GUFF trip. He is very keen to meet fellow SF fans from this part of the world. To that end, there will be a get-together for fans on Wednesday 30th May (i.e. the day after tomorrow) at 7pm at The Big Thumb Restaurant, Allen St – come along, have a meal and a chat with Marcin.

Marcin will be out and about in central Wellington over then next couple of days. If you want to catch up over lunch or help out as a tour guide during the day, feel free to leave a comment and we will contact you with details.

Wellycon – not long now

Wellycon is New Zealand’s largest board game convention and is on soon. June 2-3 2018 to be precise.

We here at SFFANZ know that board gaming isn’t a strictly SF/F/H event. But we also know that many of the games will have genre themes and we also know that many fans are also board gamers. So if you are interested, head to the web site for more details.

Neal Stephenson : Prize Giveaway

To celebrate Neal Stephenson’s upcoming appearance at the Auckland Writer’s Festival, the festival has kindly donated a prize pack containing a stack of Stephenson’s books to give away to readers of the SFFANZ news service.

To be in with a chance to win, just correctly answer the three questions below. You can find details of Neal’s appearances at the festival here, here and here.

Q1: In Neal’s novel Snow Crash, what does the Deliverator deliver?

Q2: In The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., what does the acronym D.O.D.O. stand for?

Q3: Who will be chairing Neal’s session (“The Big Ideas of Neal Stephenson”) at the Writer’s Festival on 19 May at 8.45pm?

To enter, simply email your answers to enquiries@sffanz.org.nz. The first email received which contains all three correct answers will win the prize pack.

New Zealand entrants only please. A condition of entry is that the winner must provide their name and a valid New Zealand postal address.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners – 2018

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. You can find the official list of all winners here: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvResults-2018.html

Below is a short form summary:
Best Novel – Hounds of the Underworld – Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
Best Youth Novel – The Traitor and the Thief – Gareth Ward
Best Novella / Novelette – Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body – Simon Petrie
Best Short Story – “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” – Sean Monaghan
Best Collected Work – Mariah’s Prologues – Grace Bridges
Best Professional Artwork – Cover for “Teleport” – Kate Strawbridge
Best Professional Production/Publication – Mistlands – Laya Rose
Best Dramatic Presentation – The Changeover – Stuart McKenzie, Miranda Harcourt, Emma Slade
Best Fan Artwork – John Toon
Best Fan Production/ Publication – Lexicon convention booklet – Darusha Wehm
Best Fan Writing – Jo Toon
Best New Talent – Gareth Ward
Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror – Darian Smith
Services To Fandom – Jan Butterworth