Awardwatch : Kiwis on the Bram Stoker Finals Ballot

The Horror Writers Association have released the final ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards.

Looking down the list, what did we see but a couple of New Zealand writers making their presence felt (again) on the world horror stage. Congratulations and good luck in the final ballot to…

Murray, Lee – Into the Ashes (Severed Press) – Superior Achievement in a Novel

Cade, Octavia – Mary Shelley Makes a Monster (Aqueduct Press) – Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

We also spotted the Guest of Honour at last year’s natcon on the list – Kaaron Warren. Did we miss anybody else of note? As with these and any genre awards where New Zealanders feature, please drop us a line so we can share the news here.

Wonderland – Take Alice’s Journey

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books are a proto-fantasy classic. This is just a reminder that the Wonderland Exhibition at Te Papa is currently running. The exhibition finishes on Sunday March 8.

This is from the advertising material…
Curiouser and curiouser! This summer, come with Alice on an adventure in Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories. Where will the Hallway of Doors lead you?

Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 films and 30 television programmes. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry.

You’re bound to get lost on the way. Squeeze into a tiny house, climb a giant chair to peek into Alice’s room, and post your soldier avatar on the Queen’s croquet ground.

The closer you look, the more you’ll discover – not everything is what it seems!

Auckland Fringe Benefits

The Auckland Fringe is happening. And as is our way at SFFANZ News we (well one of us) trawls through all the events looking for things that might appeal to the SF/F/H fans out there. Sometimes that can be a bit of a hopeless task, but for the Fringe we found some stuff that might be of interest. Except, well, we aren’t too sure. Is really genre stuff or does it just hint at it a bit? We aren’t sure.

First up is Can I Get An Underground Location and a Mythical Creature? Its on at several venues so check the main festival page for all the events. This item is certainly geeky and has a fantasy aspect, but is it our genre?

But then there is Carcinus Rex – a crab on an epic quest. And what about The Grin Reaper – is that of relevance?

Seriously, we really want to know. What sort of event should we be highlighting? Have we set the bar too high or too low? And more importantly, have we missed anything?

Awardwatch : Lee Murray

The New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours have been announced and Lee Murray has been selected as one of this year’s Honorary Literary Fellows. She is one of just two fellows – alongside Rachael King. We highlight Lee, because of her huge involvement in SF/F/H in this country as well as her achievements as a writer. As far as we can tell, she is the first genre author to be so honoured.

New Zealand Festival of the Arts – a Game

The programme for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts is up. Every year, we here at SFFANZ News play a little game – we try to spot how many sf/f/h genre related events there are – then we post them here. But this year, we thought we would leave it to you. So have a browse and let us know in the comments which events you think could be considered part of our genre.

We found 2 or 3 which could be considered as being in our genre – at a stretch. But we are sure you can do better. But don’t bother using the “genre” dropdown filter – the festival doesn’t consider us.

A reminder that if you don’t find anything to suit your tastes there, there are still tickets for a Conversation with Margaret Atwood available.

GUFF Ballot now open

Hot on the heels of DUFF, its partner in fannish crime, GUFF has now opened voting on the election of delegates to attend CoNZealand in Wellington, NZ (July 29-August 2).

GUFF, the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and get to know each other’s fandoms better. The winner(s) will take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.

The six candidates are: Cora Buhlert (Germany); Hisham El-Far and Lee Fletcher (UK); Hanna Hakkarainen (Finland); Elizabeth Jones and Claire Rousseau (UK); Dave Lally (UK); Alison Scott (UK). The full candidate platform statements and the voting form are available on the ozfanfunds site. Voting ends on 13th April 2020.

DUFF Race is now on…

The Down Under Fan Fund, are pleased to announce that there are four candidates for the 2020 Down Under Fan Fund race, which will send a fan from North America to ConZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction convention in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Four Candidates are:

Richard Auffrey
(nominators: Dan Rabarts, Ed Tisdale, Gillian Polack, Fred Kiesche, Paul Moore)

Shaun Duke
(nominators David Annadale, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Jen Zink, Beverly Bambury, Octavia Cade, Joyce Chng)

James Davis Nicoll
(nominators Sean Fagan,Mike Glyer, Elaine Walker, David Goldfarb, Azure Lunatic, Jo Van Ekeren)

Erin Underwood
(nominators: David MacDonald, Jim Kelly, Brenda Noiseux,Tim Szczesuil, Garth Nix, Nancy Holder, Janice Gelb, Stephen Boucher)

The official ballot along with the candidate platforms is here.