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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.