Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters

Looking for something genre related to do in Wellington right now? How about Te Papa’s Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters exhibit.

The line which caught our attention was: “At Te Papa, we have collections filled with the wonderful things found in the real world – but artists can take you into the extraordinary world of the imaginary, to create creatures weirder and more magical than what we already know”.

Stuff again have their take on it.

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Links for CoNZealand

Following on from the announcement of CoNZealand being awarded the 2020 Worldcon, here are a few links you may have missed.

This is the reveal video shown at the announcement.

That video showed a small snippet of congratulations from the Prime Minister – here is the full version.

The CoNZealand twitter feed reveals that the New Zealand bid party won Best Food as voted on by #Worldcon76 party attendees.

The 2018 convention added their congratulations.

Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news site had their own slant on the announcement. As a complete aside, it is now just a few weeks more than 20 years since George R R Martin was a guest of honour at a NZ natcon in Wellington.

The NZ Herald also reported the news.

Worldcon 2020 officially confirmed for Wellington

Straight from the Worldcons news feed

Wellington, New Zealand, has been selected as the site for the 2020 Worldcon. The New Zealand bid received 643 votes of the 726 votes cast. There were no other official candidates.

The convention will be called CoNZealand. The dates will be July 29 to August 2. George R.R. Martin has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. Further information is available from the convention website. More news on Facebook – check out the new logo. Twitter also worth checking out.

SF Writer at the Manawatu Writers Festival + 500th Post

A heads up for SF fans about the Manawatu Writers’ Festival (Sept 7 – 11, 2018). This year they have a session with one of NZ’s longest running successful writers, Lyn Mc Conchie.

Lyn McConchie is an internationally successful author, who has had 44 books published, 300+ short stories, and 150+ articles. Her work has appeared in English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and from publishers there as well as in America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Irish Republic. Lyn isn’t in any ruts, she writes mysteries, SF/F, animal tales, post-apocalypse, YA, picture books, and humorous and scholarly non-fiction and she has no plans to stop any time soon. Lyn’s latest book, Coal & Ashes, is is one of her apocalyptic stories, set in Australia, one of a series.

Lyn Mc Conchie will be speaking on Saturday, Sept 8, at 4:00 – 5:30pm – Fielding Little Theatre.

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500th Post

As an aside, the above is the 500th post on the SFFANZ News service. It is a nice milestone, but we would like to post lots more. If it relates to SF or Fantasy in New Zealand even peripherally then we would like to hear about it. Don’t assume that we already know. If it isn’t posted here, then we need to know about it. Convention news, book launch events, readings, meetings, talks, awards, workshops – you get the idea. Contact us at press@sffanz.org.nz or sffanz.news@gmail.com – you don’t need to write the article (unless you want to) – just send us a link and we will take it from there.

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.

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.