Confirmed Time for SFFANZ Business Meeting

Anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ business meeting must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of annual membership is still $10. Because the meeting will be virtual, it will not be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash at the start of the meeting (obviously), so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking – preferably well before CoNZealand starts. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions. Pretty much all this money goes to running the Sir Julius Vogel awards, so by joining, you are supporting those awards.

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held at 2pm – 4pm Thursday 30 July (NZT) during CoNZealand.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to paid-up members very soon, so make sure SFFANZ has your correct email contact information (and your membership fee of course).

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Ceremony Details

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting the Sir Julius Vogel awards physically on Sunday, July 26th at a ceremony at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington. The venue will be open from 6pm, with the awards to begin at 7pm. The ceremony is open to SJV finalists and their guests and any members of SFFANZ or CoNZealand who are able to attend.

Some light catering will be provided for everyone, but we suggest eating beforehand. For catering purposes, we need you to RSVP – please do so via this form no later than Sunday, July 18. Space is limited, and will be allotted on a first in, first served basis. Our sincere apologies for the late notice.

As you know, normally the Sir Julius Vogel Awards would be presented at the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention. CoNZealand was voted by the New Zealand fans to have the honour of being the natcon for 2020. Of course, events have overtaken us, and with the shift to a Virtual Worldcon, we have had to make some changes to how we do these ceremonies. Much as we want to have a live SJV ceremony during CoNZealand, we don’t have the resources or crew to run virtual and live ceremonies at the same time. Both would suffer in quality and significance. As we worked, it became clear that the best way to showcase the SJVs was to pre-record the ceremony and results, and then stream it during CoNZealand for maximum impact. This ceremony will be recorded for the purposes of broadcast with the Retro-Hugo Awards during CoNZealand.

By attending the SJV ceremony you agree that you may be filmed and broadcast on the internet during CoNZealand and afterwards as the recording is made available more widely.

The Retro-Hugos and Sir Julius Vogel awards are being shown during the CoNZealand programme at 11am on Thursday, July 30th. The ceremony will be available for viewing at later times too. Key parts of this information are repeated in the google form linked above.

As you will have realised, you will know the results of the awards four days before everyone else. We ask that you keep the secret until Thursday, when we broadcast to the whole world.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz

SFFANZ Business Meeting Information

The following message has come from the SFFANZ Treasurer:

The SFFANZ business meeting this year will be held on Thursday 30 July during CoNZealand. The time is TBC, but is likely to be either 2pm or 8pm – if you strongly prefer either, you have a short window in which to indicate your preference on our Facebook page.

The business meeting will comprise the AGM and site selection for the NZ national convention in 2021 and 2022. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, not in person. The final date and time of the meeting will be confirmed via this page; instructions on how to access the meeting, as well as the AGM notice and related materials, will be sent directly to members.

Although the meeting will be open to members of CoNZealand who wish to observe it, anyone wishing to participate must be a paid-up member of SFFANZ. The cost of a year’s membership is still $10. Because the meeting (and CoNZealand) will be virtual, it won’t be possible for you to pay the treasurer in cash this year, so we ask that you pay in advance by online banking. Please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz if you need the account details or have any questions.

Finally, if you wish to enter a bid for the 2021 or 2022 NZ natcon, or if you know someone who does, please contact enquiries@sffanz.org.nz before the start of CoNZealand.

2020 Writers Festival – Neil Gaiman on 12 July

We have written before about the 2020 Auckland Writes festival going virtual and turning into a Winter Series of live streamed panels. This week noted SF & Fantasy author Neil Gaiman is joined by Leanne Shapton and Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai for episode 11 streaming at 9am on Sunday 12th July.

You can find all the links at their web page devoted to the series. This includes a link for catch-up watching later if you can’t get to it live. It is possible to submit email questions for the panel in advance.

Incheon City Concept Design Competition – NZ Division

Weta Workshop are calling for New Zealand tertiary students to turn their imaginations into pieces of art for the second Incheon City Concept Design Competition. Now, as even we at SFFANZ News know, Incheon is a city in north-west South Korea, but this competition has Weta involvement, so there is a New Zealand division local students can enter. Since travel to Incheon isn’t really on right now, the competition has cash prizes this year.

This year there are offering two alternate design briefs for you to choose from:

Option 1. Imagine a time traveller from 1900AD (could be English, Korean, Chinese etc) that arrives in Incheon 2077.

Option 2. A time traveller from the year 2077 travels back to London or Wellington, New Zealand or even Incheon Circa 1900.

For reasons we don’t really understand, Weta only told us about this today and entries close on the 23rd May, so you might have to get busy.

Free SF Books – A Fan giveaway

We got this message which we are sharing with you all …
I am getting rid of my collection of sci-fi books- hundreds of books collected over the last 50 years. I don’t want any money for them. Just happy to pass them on to fans. They would need to be collected from Auckland’s North Shore. Could you post an item telling people to get in contact with
Steve at 021 078 0491 or
Kathy on 021 024 38140
And they can come and chose how much or how little they want to take away
“.

We are very happy to help find a good home for these books. Steve has sent through some pictures and there is lots of good stuff there from big name SF & Fantasy authors. So if your to be read pile is getting a bit low and you are in the Auckland region, why not make the call. It would be a crime for these books to just be dumped.

Awardwatch : Tamsyn Muir wins Locus Award

At the end of last month, we reported that Kiwi Tamsyn Muir had been shortlisted for the very prestigious Locus awards. Well now, the news is even better, the Locus Award winners have been announced and Tamsyn has won the Best First Novel category for her novel Gideon the Ninth. Congratulations to Tamsyn and all the winners. The award ceremony video is available online if you are interested.

So, What’s Happening?

So all you sf/f/h fans out there, what genre events are happening in our post-lockdown environment? Our intrepid reporter has been scouring the events listings on the likes of Evenfinda looking for items that are specific to our corner of the world. But there really isn’t much out there. She did find a few things which have a (very tenuous) connection to SF which are listed below, but there must be more out there. So, a little help please, if you know of any genre events/exhibitions/items then drop us a line at sffanz.news@gmail.com or press@sffanz.org.nz. Better yet if it is you who are running that event.

This is the list so far…
Motat Drive-in Moviews – including Labyrinth.
The Space Maze in Aotea Square.
Words in Winter – including Elizabeth Knox.
Spookers

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Voting Now Open

The voting form for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available for download.

To vote in these New Zealand national SF/F/H awards, you must be a member of SFFANZ or the current NZ natcon – CoNZealand. Any member of either of these organisations may vote in the awards, you don’t need to be a local.

In order to evaluate works, a pack of examples and samples of nominated works may be downloaded by SFFANZ and CoNZealand members. Here are instructions for the Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet.

Auckland 2020 Writers Festival – Winter Series

Recent QB Honours recipient Elizabeth Knox is scheduled to appear in this week’s episode of the Auckland 2020 Writers Festival – Winter Series. The episode is scheduled to debut live at 9-10am Sunday 7th June.

For context, as you, by now, are aware the 2020 Auckland Writers festival was cancelled. So now they are running a series of talks with authors – at least 2 of the scheduled festival authors in each weeks programme. This week will be the 6th of the series but the first to feature somebody with an sf/f/h connection. Have a look at the info page to see if you can spot any more – we noticed one really big name there.

Elizabeth Knox & Taika Waititi – Queen’s Birthday honours

Elizabeth Knox has been named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced today. We note that she describes her books as “literary non-realism”, but if you read them you will recognise science fiction and fantasy when you see it.

Taika Waititi picked up an ONZM in the same awards for services to film. He has been involved in many projects which fit in our genre description, although we note that the Stuff article about the awards fails to mention his role in the creation of what we here at SFFANZ news think is the best of them – Wellington Paranormal.

Awardwatch : 2020 Locus Awards

Tamsyn Muir has been shortlisted for the 2020 Locus Awards in the First Novel category for Gideon the Ninth. The locus awards are a big deal, so congratulations to Tamsyn and all the nominees.

So since Tamsyn lives in the UK, why are we highlighting her we don’t hear you asking. Well from her press kit, we see the following “She has spent the majority of her life in Howick, New Zealand, with time spent living in Waiuku and central Wellington.” That makes her properly Kiwi in our opinion.

Awardwatch : Australian Shadows Awards

This is an interesting little quirk. The Australasian Horror Writers Association have announced the finalists in the 2019 Australian Shadows Awards. You can read the list of finalists on their web site.

The interesting thing is that the association announces themselves as “Australasian” – that means they consider themselves open to at least Australian and New Zealand members. And possibly other countries (e.g. PNG) depending which of the many differing definitions of Australasia you care to use (we found 6 such definitions – no two of which had the same country membership).

However these are their “Australian” Shadows Awards. Interesting huh? Anyway you can amuse yourself spotting the Kiwi authors among the Aussies in the award shortlist.

Awardwatch : 2020 Australian Fairy Tale Society Award Nominees

The 2020 nominees for the “Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Award for Inspiration and Contribution to Australian Fairy Tale Culture” have been released. As usual, we have looked through the list of nominees for this exclusively Australian award for New Zealanders.  Congratulations to Juliet Marillier for nabbing another Aussie nomination – I guess living there for a long time helps.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2020

The Finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2020 have been announced – you can read the full list of finalists on the main SFFANZ web site. The finalists are for the 2019 calendar year.

Please note that you must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of CoNZealand to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards. Ballot counting takes place before CoNZealand. Email or post your votes to SFFANZ. If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 8pm, July 4th, 2020.

A postal/email voting form will be available shortly which will have the relevant email and postal addresses. In order to evaluate works, nominated works may be downloaded by SFFANZ and CoNZealand members. We will be gathering the works as fast as possible. In the mean time here are instructions for the Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet.

SFFANZ congratulates all the finalists and thanks everybody who made nominations.

The Virtual GUFF Tour

Alison Scott is the recently elected European GUFF delegate. The plan was for the winning delegate to travel down under to meet local fans and attend the 2020 Worldcon – CoNZealand. Of course because of you-know-what the borders are closed and CoNZealand has gone virtual. But Alison appears undaunted – she now plans to take a virtual tour of Australasia visiting Australian and New Zealand places and fans before attending the virtual worldcon. There will be a proper itinerary mimicking a physical journey and Alison even plans to adhere to the local timezones (yay jetlag!). You can read more about her plans and follow her progress over on the facebook group dedicated to the trip.

Awardwatch : The Hugo Finalists

The final ballot for The Hugo Awards was announced by CoNZealand this morning. This includes the 1945 Retro Hugos and the two “Not A Hugo” awards also on the ballot. You can view a replay of the live announcement over on YouTube or you can read the full list on the web site.

Of course we heartily congratulate everybody who has been nominated for what is probably our genre’s most prestigious award. However we wouldn’t be us without looking through the list to give a big shout out to any Kiwis there.

Tamsyn Muir has been nominated for Best Novel for her novel Gideon the Ninth. Although these days Tamsyn lives in the UK she identifies as a Kiwi having lived most of her life here.

Taika Waititi has been nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for The Mandalorian: “Redemption”. We don’t need to tell anybody who Taika Waititi is right?

Congratulations again and the very best of luck to these two and everybody in the running. The awards themselves are due to be presented at the virtual Worldcon ConZealand 29 May – 2 Aug.

CoNZealand – The Hugo Finalists

If you have been following the CoNZealand feed at all, you will have seen that they have been loudly counting down to the announcement of the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retro Hugo Awards. For those who haven’t been following the feeds, we thought we should share a last minute reminder here – see the times below and beware the effects of timezones on which date this is occurring for you. The awards themselves are due to be presented at the virtual Worlcon ConZealand 29 May – 2 Aug.

To watch the Hugo Awards finalists announcement live stream look at CoNZealand’s YouTube Channel or Facebook Page soon, at 8am Wednesday the 8th April NZT (9:00pm BST / 4:00pm EST / 1:00pm PST on 7th April).

Awardwatch : Lee Murray is HWA Mentor of the Year

Wow, this is the third time we have mentioned Lee Murray in the Awardwatch section so far this year. That isn’t bias on our part, but a genuine reflection of just how much Lee has been contributing to our genre community. This time, she has been honoured by the Horror Writers Association with their Mentor of the Year Award as part of their 2019 service awards. I’m sure you agree with us that this is a richly deserved award and congratulate her for her achievement.

Tim Jones – Cli-Fi

A couple of weeks ago we posted about the now-cancelled Auckland Writers Festival. In that post we drew your attention towards a reading by New Zealand fan and writer Tim Jones. You won’t get a chance to hear that reading now, but Stuff have published another of Tim’s stories written around the same climate fiction themes as the festival story. Why don’t you have a (free) read.