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Wellington based author shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award

Hachette New Zealand is absolutely thrilled to announce that Wellington based author Phillip Mann has made the shortlist of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his book The Disestablishment of Paradise.An epic ecological science fiction thriller, The Disestablishment of Paradise is a tale of Love and Destruction on a strange planet called Paradise. 

The full Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist includes God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit), Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot), The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz), The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) and of course The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz). The winner of the UK’s top science fiction prize will receive a cheque for £2014, will be announced on 1 May and will join a list of former winners including Margaret Atwood, M. John Harrison and China Miéville.

Phillip Mann was born in Yorkshire. A theatre lover, he studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years and there wrote his first novel. He has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a professional theatre director and writer. He founded the Dept of Drama at Victoria University in 1970 and retired as Professor of Drama in 1997. To date he has published 10 novels, in addition to which he has written plays for the theatre and many stories for Radio New Zealand. A volume of his short stories, Maestro and Other Stories is due for publication in May this year.

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Book lovers to have a new online home

A pair of book lovers have teamed up with the aim of creating NZBooklovers.co.nz, which they believe will be New Zealand’s biggest website dedicated solely to books and reading.

Between them, J. J. McConnachie and Emma Codd read over 200 books a year, and both have a keen interest in the online book world. Both have reviewed books for a number of websites, and Mrs McConnachie has worked on a number of online book-related projects.

The project came about after they discovered a mutual frustration at the lack of a New Zealand online book community. Mrs McConnachie, a website content manager by trade, says, “There are a number of book blogs, but there is no decent website that represents New Zealand book lovers, and their interest in the world of literature.

“We want to create a website for other New Zealand book lovers, not only to showcase both New Zealand and international titles, but also to share author interviews, reviews, competitions, reading and writing advice.

“The book publishing industry is changing fast overseas, with e-books taking off, and we want to be there online, as New Zealand begins to follow the digital book revolution that is happening right now.”

Mrs McConnachie and Ms Codd have the ability to create the website, but need a little help to fund the basics of the build, and the two have started a crowdfunding project to finance their effort.

The two are passionate about NZ authors as well as readers, and authors with a published or soon-to-be published book can receive a months worth of advertising on the site once it is built for one of the pledge prizes. Authors and fellow book lovers can help bring NZ Booklovers to life by making a pledge at https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1534.

Book Launch — The Wind City

Steam Press is thrilled to launch its latest novel – The Wind City, by Summer Wigmore.

Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua – the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend – have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood.

A war is coming, and few can stand in their way. Saint (lovably fearless, temporarily destitute, currently unable to find a shirt) may be our only hope. Tony, suddenly unemployed and potentially a taniwha herself, has little choice but to accept the role her bloodline dictates. And Hinewai, who fell with the rain? If she can’t find her one true love, there’s a good chance that none will live to see the morning.

Wellington will never be the same again.

James Guthrie from Wellingtonista said “The Wind City is a startling debut novel for a nineteen-year-old writer. More to the point, this is a startling novel for a writer of any age, at any stage of their career: first book or tenth.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 November.

Wine! Beer! Disemboweling by taniwha!

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

Nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1 November, 2013.  The 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 2013 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies.  We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Nomination FAQs can be found here.

If you would like to advise us of a work we have not listed, please contact listings@sffanz.org.nz.

Interview with David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel nominee Helen Lowe

NZ SFF author and SFFANZ member, Helen Lowe, is a finalist for this years’s David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel. As part of this year’s official programme, the Gemmell Awards’ administrators are featuring interviews with each of the shortlisted authors. Helen’s interview is up this week and you can read it here.
She was also interviewed on Hugo Award-winning fanzine SF Signal last week, by fellow NZ author Tim Jones here.

Phillip Mann

Radio New Zealand has interviewed Phillip Mann about his writing life, science fiction, and his new novel The Disestablishment Of Paradise. You can download the interview as a podcast from:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/20130324

You can also read a review of the novel at:

http://www.sffanz.org.nz/reviews/reviewdocs/disestablishment.shtml

Concatenation now available

The autumnal edition of the ‘Science Fact and Fiction Concatenation‘ is now up with news of SF across the world and especially Europe.  See here.

There are a few odds and ends of interest to NZ SF/Fantasy book readers, not least that many of the forthcoming season’s books from British publishers will also soon be distributed in NZ.

Of particular likely interest to NZ fans is one from an NZ author, David Hair, here.  Also up in the autumnal edition is a stand-alone conrep of NZ’s natcon, unCNventional.