SJV Awards Ceremony and One-Day Event

SFFANZ is pleased to announce it will hold a one-day event on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at West Plaza Hotel, 110 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

While planning is still preliminary, it’s expected the day will start with meet and greet, followed by panels. The SFFANZ AGM will be held at 2pm, followed by a planning session for the next New Zealand national convention.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2022 will be presented in the evening.

Registration for the day is free and open to all fans, but only members of SFFANZ may vote at the AGM. Click join SFFANZ for details on joining the organisation. Any donations to SFFANZ on the day will be gratefully received.

Although its free, we do need to know numbers – you can register your attendance using this form

There are more details on the main announcement page. Expect it to be updated over time.

One Week to Go – Voting in the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

A reminder that voting in the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards closes in a week!!.

Voting will close at 8pm on May 31 (New Zealand time).

Here are the links for things you need to know…

How to Join SFFANZ. You need to be a member to vote.

How to Vote.

You will need to download the voting form.

If you need more info about the nominees, there is a voting pack available.

There will be an awards ceremony – stay tuned for updates…

Voting in the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards now Open

SFFANZ is pleased to announce that voting in the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now open.

Here are the links for things you need to know…

How to Join SFFANZ. You need to be a member to vote.

How to Vote.

You will need to download the voting form.

If you need more info about the nominees, there is a voting pack available.

Voting will close at 8pm on May 31 (New Zealand time).

There will be an awards ceremony – stay tuned…

More May the 4th plus Werewolf

Another may the 4th event (sigh), this time in Wellington. Plus if you look further down there is info about a Horror event/game in Nelson.

May the Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Stand-Up Spectacular
The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, Wellington, Wednesday 4 May 2022 7:30pm – 9:15pm.
Here is a link and the following is a bit of the blurb.

Join us for International Star Wars Day with “May the Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Stand-Up Spectacular!” as comedians and variety performers come together to celebrate (or denigrate, in one case) the beloved franchise. We make a solemn promise to George Lucas that no intellectual property will be used (especially nothing from the pretentious prequels. Yeah, I said it!)

Werewolf – Nelson
Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson
Friday 6 May 2022 7:30pm and Saturday 7 May 2022 7:30pm
Again, here is a link and some blurb.

A thrilling new live experience from Binge Culture, Werewolf feels almost like a game by daylight – but takes on a whole new life when plunged into the night. Are you paying attention?

Inspired by the classic game of deception, Werewolf features a chilling sound design and a unique immersive performance format – where the audience can participate as much or as little as they want. However you decide to play it, everyone becomes part of a makeshift community coming together to make it through the night. What is hiding in the darkness that is making everyone so nervous? You must pay attention.

May the 4th (and the 13th)

Star Wars fans (well some of them*) think that May 4th is a good date to celebrate their fandom. Stardome agree and are putting on three special planetarium shows to mark International Star Wars Day.

The info says:
Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion will be in attendance to patrol the event on the lookout for Rebel scum – but if you use your Jedi mind tricks you may able to get them to pose for photos. You’ll then be treated to a special show exploring the planets of Star Wars inside the planetarium, voyaging across a galaxy far, far away. Everyone is welcome, even if you’ve gone to The Dark Side. Plus, dress up as your favourite Star Wars character and you’ll be in to win some epic prizes!

Horror fans tend to prefer Friday the 13th to celebrate their fandom – May also has one of those. Spookers is also planning an event.

It’s hard to wake up from a nightmare if you aren’t even asleep. On Friday 13th of May, Spookers will bring your nightmares to LIFE! Think Slenderman, The Babadook, fast moving shadow figures, paralysis demons, chainsaw rearing cannibals and The Bent Neck Lady. What do you see in your nightmares? To really get into the theme, come dressed up in your pajamas!

*Not all Star Wars fans think its a good idea basing a celebration on a bad pun. Just remember that George Lucas’ birthday is on the 14th of May. Please remember to wish him a happy birthday – may the force…

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

The finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2022, recognising works from the 2021 year are now available. You can find the list of finalists on the main SFFANZ site. Congratulations to everybody.

As there is no national convention this year, voting for SFFANZ members will be conducted via email and post. Voting will open on May 1 and close on May 31.

The SJV Voter Packet will be available in a few weeks.

Hugo Awards – Local Interest

We goofed! As is our way, we looked at the 2022 Hugo Award Finalists list trying to spot Kiwis, and didn’t spot any. But we missed somebody – Lore Olympus, vol. 1, by Rachel Smythe has made the ballot under Best Graphic Story or Comic.

Rachel is described as “a comic artist and folklorist based out of Wellington, New Zealand.” Lore Olympus is described as “a modern-day deconstruction of the classic Greek myth, The Abduction of Persephone.”

So please, belatedly, join us in congratulating Rachel as well as all the other finalists.

Australian Shadows Awards Winners

An update to our previous post about the Australian Shadows Awards. The winners have now been announced. Congratulations everybody.

If you are still playing “spot the Kiwi” – check out the Poetry award.
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PS – Congratulations Lee!!!!

Fantasy Music in Auckland

Kick off June in Auckland with a pair of concerts associated with major fantasy film franchises.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter
1 Jun 2022 – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
A one-of-a-kind film and music experience: The Magical Music of Harry Potter is a unique and enchanting evening where original actors, star soloists, a choir and an orchestra bring the boy wizard’s world to life! The programme includes soundtracks by four-time Academy Award winner John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Golden Globe winner Alexander Desplat. The evening becomes truly spellbinding with illusions from Rob Lake, one of the world’s leading magicians, featured on America’s Got Talent and Disney’s Cruise Line.

The Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit – The Concert
June 2nd – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
The hobbits are coming! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s magnificent films and bring to life the legendary world of hobbits, elves and orcs in a unique concert experience with a symphonic orchestra, choir and star guests. From the ominous sounds of Mordor and the shrill attack of the black riders, to the beautiful lyrical melodies of the Elves – almost 100 performers will take you on a fantastic journey with the most popular tunes from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. Featuring The Orchestra & Choir of the Shire, plus guests from the films.

Space Race

From time to time we post Space related events here. We know that Space isn’t strictly SF related but there is crossover interest. In fact space travel stopped being purely fiction and started becoming reality in 1961 when Yuri Gagarin went into orbit. Stardome are celebrating the anniversary of that occasion with an event:

Yuri’s Night: Celebrating the Exploration of the Cosmos
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland
Tuesday 12 April 2022 (four time slots available)

While we are here in Space, the active folks in the Wairarapa are holding an Easter Space event

Under the Stars Easter Space Race
Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre, Texas St, Martinborough
Sunday 17 April 2022 10:00am – 11:30am

Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announcement

Its that time again. Every year when the major Aussie awards shortlists come out, we link to them and invite you to play “spot the kiwis”. This time its the Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announcement – knock yourselves out!

Sir Julius Vogel Awards – One More Week!!!

Nominations for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards close in just one week. They will close on March 31, 2022.

Works must have been published or released in 2021 and have been created by a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand resident.

Nominations can be made by anyone and are free.

You can find more information about the awards, and the form for submitting a nomination can be found on the main SFFANZ web site.

Kiwi RPG – RPG Week

Kiwi RPG is a new site who are offering a new space to show off Kiwi creativity in the tabletop roleplaying game industry. They are so new they still have that new website smell. Why not check them out…

As part of the launch, they are announcing the first ever “#KiwiRPG week”! From Sunday 1 to Sunday 8 May 2022 they will be celebrating and showcasing Tabletop Role-Playing Games design and play from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

At the risk of repeating ourselves, the Australian Shadows Awards are an Australasian award meaning it includes New Zealand writers. The 2021 awards finalists have been announced. Yes, there are Aussies on the list, but there are also Kiwis. And Kiwis living in Australia. And Aussies living in Aotearoa. Have a look and see if you can figure out which is which.

Congratulations to all the finalists (but especially to the Kiwis).

Rocky Horror Dinosaur Star

A couple of activities in the provinces for you…

This upcoming weekend and the one following (Mar 20-21 and 26-27), The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery is in Masterton. There are a bunch of various activities including Robotic Raptors!!!!

If that isn’t your thing then the Wairarapa is also offering, for the more astral-minded, Autumn Equinox, Music & Telescope as well as Star Safari.

Or if that isn’t your thing, across the other side of the island in New Plymouth in early April (8th & 9th) there is a The Rocky Horror Picture Show event. Not just a screening but an interactive experience with a shadow cast and a props package. This is part of OUTfest Taranaki 2022.

Middle-Earth Costume Trail

If you are in Wellington during the summer you can get a close look at a bunch of props and costumes from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. This exhibition “Journey to Middle-Earth” is part of Weta’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the films.

You can read more on Stuff and the Wellington NZ site has a list of locations. You can get a physical map at any of the locations. The exhibition runs until the end of March.

Nominations for the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel awards Open

Sir Julius Vogel Award nominations for the 2021 calendar year are now open. The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on 31st March 2022. The SJV awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2021 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

You may need these links…

Nomination Form

The Rules

More guidelines and help

Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts

As you probably know, we like scan through festival progamme listings looking for things relevant to our SF/F/H genre community. It can be dispiriting at times. But then we have something like this. The Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, in Feb/Mar next year in Wellington, has a bunch of genre related items for you to check out. Following are a list we found after a quick look through, but it almost certainly isn’t all. So check out the full list of items to see what else is on. Note we have mentioned a few of these before in a standalone context, but all these are festival item versions.

Horizons - with Prof Brian Cox
Destination Mars – From the makers of APOLLO 13: Mission Control
N.K. Jemisin – in conversation with Elizabeth Knox
Another Universe – alternate history as spoken word art
Whiti Hereaka with Cassie Hart – talking about Cassie’s new book
Nalini Singh and Steff Green – in discussion with Cassie Hart
Books in the Time of the Pandemic – including Octavia Cade
Life on Mars – more Octavia Cade, Cassie Hart and Nalini Singh
Life on Mars – Australian Edition
Tania Roxborogh – 2021 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year author

Awardwatch : The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

This award might bend your mind a bit. The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest invites entries for the worst opening line to a novel. You can read the 2021 winners list on their site.

Why did we post this? Well firstly they have Science Fiction and Fantasy awards. But more importantly, Auckland artist and author Stu Duval won the top award. He also picked up a “Dishonorable Mention”.

Go ahead and have a read but beware your sanity.

Terror-Fi Film Festival

Seriously, how did we not hear about this before today?!!! The Terror-Fi Film Festival kicks off in Wellington tonight (Wednesday), before heading to Christchurch next week. It is billed as New Zealand’s annual celebration of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cult cinema.

Wellington – The Roxy: 27-31 October
Christchurch – Alice Cinemas: 4-7 November
Auckland – The Capitol: 1-5 December (subject to Covid status)

We apologise for not telling you sooner – we only just spotted the Stuff article about it. If we haven’t posted about about things like this, chances are we don’t know about it – you can let us know on the main news site.