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Register for GeyserCon and go in to Win!

Rotorua is ready for us! Our presenters and panellists are locked in, the costumes are being primped and the geysers are bubbling.
With only 29 days until GeyserCon kick-off, we’d like to remind you to register for the conference here before the late registration fee kicks in. Everyone who registers and pays for their tickets before midnight 12 May, goes in the draw to win a refund on their membership or a fantasy book pack.
The fantasy book pack includes the two award-winning books from the Riders of Fire series by Eileen Mueller, two books in the Quest series by SJV-winning author A.J. Ponder, both sponsored by Phantom Feather Press, and At the Edge, a compilation of Australasian dark fiction edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, sponsored by Paper Road Press.  
Feel free to share GeyserCon by bringing along a friend. You never know, they may win their registration fee back or end up owning and loving these top kiwi books. We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend


The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.

When:                       Saturday 31 March @ 9pm

Where:                      The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)

Cover charge:          $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III

RSVP:                         president@stella-nova.sf.org.nz  by Monday 26 March

Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!

** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue.  We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler

There will be two rooms

Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop

Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..

Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;

How to Write

Script Writing

How to Create the Perfect Pitch

Vehicle design

Model making

Friday 30 March 10am-3pm

The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch

Registered Conclave 3 members – free

Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s

Register at conclave3writingworkshop@gmail.com

Registration essential as places limited

Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops

Lexicon Update

Lexicon is the New Zealand national Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Taupo over Queens Birthday Weekend, (2–4 June, 2017). They have published a “Three Months to Go” update – you can read it here. There is a lot of good stuff to read in it.

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the “Accommodation and Transport” section. The convention venue has booked out. The good news is that Taupo is a tourist town with lots of alternative places to stay. Lexicon has documented some nearby recommended options. The convention is over a holiday weekend, so if you have not already done so, it may be a good idea to start investigating your accommodation options soon.

LexiCon 2017 Guest of Honour announced

Seanan McGuire, renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk composer and cartoonist, has been confirmed as the Guest of Honour at LexiCon 2017.

The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is being held over Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Seanan is also Guest of Honour at the 2017 Continuum convention in Australia and both conventions are looking forward to her visit to the Southern Hemisphere.

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasies and the Newsflesh novels (under the pseudonym Mira Grant). She also records CDs of her original filk music and is creator of the autobiographical web comic “With Friends Like These…”.

Winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

Convention committee co-chair Cassie Hart says she’s excited to welcome Seanan to LexiCon.

“There are a lot of fans in our membership who are very much looking forward to hearing her speak, and sing,” says Cassie. “Plus, we’ve just finished finalising our Fan Guest of Honour as well, so you can expect another announcement very soon!’

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

Membership sign up is open now. Head to the event website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

 You can also check out www.facebook.com/lexiCONvention or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Armageddon Expo Wellington 2015 ticketing costs – ON SALE MAY 1ST


VIP event tickets

SILVER Pass – $369.00
Limited to only 80 passes ONLY, includes the following:
A ticket to all days of one of the events
Limited edition SILVER PASS card
One 8×10 or personal item autograph from each guest (up to 3)
One standard guest photo with each guest (up to 3)
Priority access to the event
Priority access to autograph queues
Opening Party Ticket – A social event on the Friday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm, with the guests from the event attending and light snacks provided (drinks additional)

SILVER PARTNER pass – $199.00
Planning on getting a VIP pass, but want a second one for your partner? These are available as follows, but MUST be purchased at the same time as the primary pass.
This includes everything that you get from the primary pass, but not the Autographs and Photo’s with the guests

Want to chill with the guests of Armageddon expo, this is your chance, get your ticket to a great casual evening at the Courtenay Establishment
Friday night, July 17th 2015, 7pm to 8.30pm
Includes nibbles. Drinks additional. Feel free to bring your camera, no autographs though.
$59.00 per ticket

Due to expected popular demand, we are offering the Autograph and Photo tokens for Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who guest Karen Gillan early for pre-sale.
The cost of these does not include entry into the expo and they are fully refunded if Karen cancels due to changes in her filming schedule.
Autographs $30.00 each
Photos $40.00 each

General Admission Tickets (One day entry Only)

Adults (13 and above) – $23.00 ($20.00 for Presale tickets)
Student (with ID) – $20.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)
Children (5-12) – $11.00 ($10.00 for presale tickets)
Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children) $50.00 ($45.00 for presale tickets)

Two day passes
Adult – $40.00 ($35.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $19.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)

Three day passes
Adult – $55.00 ($50.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $28.00 ($24.00 for presale tickets)


2014 FFANZ delegate is Dan Rabarts

Voting for the 2014 FFANZ race has closed and the delegate is Dan Rabarts.

Congratulations Dan!

Thank you to all that voted.

National Convention 2014

We recently polled all SFFANZ members and Conscription members to determine their views on Conclave II, the proposed national convention for 2014.

All the votes have now been received and the opinions expressed were unanimous; so Conclave II will now officially be the National New Zealand SF Convention in 2014.

This vote will be presented for ratification at Au Contraire and Jacqui Smith (the organiser of Conclave II) will also give a presentation on the con.

Contact details etc. will be published as they come to hand. Meanwhile, congratulations to Jacqui. We are sure that Conclave II will be a magnificent event.

National Convention in 2014

SFFANZ has received an expression of interest in running the national convention for 2014. However the project is still in a very early stage. We will make a more formal announcement about the convention when the plans are more firmly cemented in place. Once there is a firm commitment, we will follow the same administrative procedure that we have used in previous years — we will ask the membership to vote on the proposal and we will ratify the decision at the AGM in 2013.

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.

UnCONventional 2012 Organisation

UnCONventional will be held in Auckland during Queen’s Birthday weekend 2012.

Some firm decisions must be made in the next few days.  If you have any strong opinions about UnCONventional, now is the time to make yourself heard.

1/  The hotel?
2/  Potential GOH (do you want to pay extra for an Aussie GOH?)
3/  Banquet or alternatives?
4/  Hard-science topics vs the movie-style stuff?
5/  Registration – how do you think we should keep the cost down (without making a massive loss)?

Yes, I know there will be as many opinions as there are replies, but the concom will read them all before making a decision.

Please email your opinions to metric_squid@hotmail.com

Final decisions will be made on Friday 20th May 2011.

The initial progress report will – hopefully – be out before ConText.

Workshop on musical improvisation at ConText

What is improvisation in music?  Donald Wolcott will give a short performance that emphasizes improvisation. Then he will explain some principal concepts and techniques, and open the talk up for questions.

If you may attend this workshop, can you email enquiries@context.sf.org.nz your instrument, musical experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and current focus/interests/questions. That way Donald can make sure the discussion is relevant to you and their music.

Just what is ConText?

There have been a few posts recently about ConText and we thought it might be useful to actually let you know what it is and how it relates to SFFANZ.

ConText is the 32nd New Zealand National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention. It will be held in Auckland from 3rd to 6th June 2011 – that is to say over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. You can find the ConText web site here which contains location, cost, guests and other information. Although for draft programme info, you need to look here.

The national convention is an annual event. The convention is a not-for-profit event which is run by fans for fans. The administration of the bidding process for who runs the event is handled by SFFANZ, but each convention is run by an independent organising committee.

The Sir Julius Vogel awards (the New Zealand SF&F awards) are voted for and presented at the national convention. Members of the convention as well as SFFANZ members are eligible to vote for the awards.

If you have any questions, drop the organisers a line at enquiries@context.sf.org.nz.

ConText Registration is $80 till 31st March

Register online and pay:

  • Internet banking – 38-9011-0370470-00, CONTEXT, Kiwibank Wellington
  • Credit card – contact enquiries@context.sf.org.nz for details
  • Cheque – payable to CONTEXT
  • Over the counter – Bookwormz, 24 St George St, Papatoetoe – cash, EFTPOS or VISA/Mastercard
Full $80
Friday $20
Saturday $40
Sunday $40
Monday $20
Banquet $40


In April prices will rise:


Full $110
Friday $20
Saturday $50
Sunday $50
Monday $20
Banquet $45



ConText programme

The programme can be found here.

This is only a preliminary programme.

Things will be changed/added.

ConText short story and artwork contests


All SF, fantasy, or horror stories of up to 5,000 words in length will be eligible.

To enter, please e-mail your story, as an attachment in .rtf (Rich Text Format), to the convention e-mail address enquiries@context.sf.org.nz.

Include a cover sheet with:

  • your name
  • contact details
  • story title
  • number of pages

Pages must be numbered.

DO NOT include your name or other identifying information on the manuscript itself.

Final judging by Catherine Asaro


All SF, fantasy or horror themed art – 2D, 3D, painting, sculpture, modelling or other forms – is eligible.

Please bring your artwork along to the convention, and present it in person to the registration desk to enter.

Final judging by Frank Victoria

2012 Nat Con

This is a reminder to let fans know that bids to run the New Zealand Natcon for 2012 remain open. Bids are happily accepted. To send in a bid, please contact us at president@sffanz.sf.org.nz.

As most New Zealand fans know by now, there was no convention bid put forward at the 2010 Au Contraire National Convention for 2012.

If bids are received by SFFANZ by 31st March 2011, then voting will take place by email.  Any bids received after 31st March 2011 will be voted on at ConText in June 2011.

To avoid mishap, if anyone is considering putting on a bid for 2012, please let SFFANZ know soon.  It is important for you to drop us a line even if you would like to keep it out of the public domain at this point.

So far, SFFANZ has received no bids. However some con suggestions have been received by SFFANZ. These include having a mini-con, or a 2-day con over a non-statutory weekend or having it on Labour Weekend. Bids from South Island fans for a 2012 NatCon to be held in the South Island also welcomed. SFFANZ itself does not run such events, but we would welcome offers to run such a convention as an alternative to the traditional National Convention.

New Zealand Fan Awarded SMOF Scholarship

Norman Cates has been awarded a scholarship to attend SMOFCon28 in San Jose, December 3rd to 5th 2010. Congratulations, Norman!

Further information can be found at the SMOFCon web site.

Aussiecon Wrap Up – links galore

Whether you were at Aussiecon 4 or not you may be interested in seeing what others experienced. This page from Gary Kemble has a vast number of links to convention reports from a wide range of attendees as well as a few outsider views.