Just spreading the word... The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) has a news notification service. The service is designed as a notice board of all sorts of information relating to the local SF/F scene - book launches, competitions, conventions or just notification of cool stuff happening.Importantly, not only is it a place to read about what is going on, but it is also somewhere that you can publicise stuff for yourself. If you have an SF/F item to share or just something you have learned about, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it posted.You can find the home of this news service here. Right here on LJ, there is a feed at sffanz. There are also feeds to Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word.
Greetings,I am travelling around New Zealand before Au Contraire/Aussiecon 4 and would love to meet some Kiwi fans, especially artists. I am heading down North Island to South Island and then looping back up to Wellington. Please drop me a line if you would like to meet up.
... featuring contributions from our GoHs, and an infamous Village People filk some of you might have heard at Conscription.
Ever heard of Russell Kirkpatrick? Lyn McConchie? Phillipa Ballantine? Helen Lowe? Do you know which of these New Zealand spec fic authors has coauthored three books with Andre Norton?Which of these New Zealand authors can claim 2008's bestselling debut fantasy/scifi novel in the US (according to Bookscan)?Which one of these spec fic writers was New Zealand's first podiobook author? Which author is launching a four book epic fantasy series in September 2010?Don't know? Never heard of them?Well, that is why the Core of SpecFicNZ is instituting NEW ZEALAND SPEC FIC BLOGGING WEEK this September 14-20th. Afterall, New Zealand is the landscape of Lord of the Rings, of Narnia, of King Kong and Seeker. It is a place where beautiful fantasy is not only filmed, but written. However, New Zealand Spec Fic doesn't get much press. YET! We at SpecFicNZ are hoping to change that. We invite you to join us in that effort for one week in September. Here's how:1) If you are a New Zealand author of Spec Fic, showcase your work, pimp yourself, link to your work and the work of other New Zealand author's you admire.2) If you are a New Zealand Spec Fic fan, talk about the New Zealand authors you love. Link to their websites and work. Write a review. Express your appreciation.3) If you are not from New Zealand do some research. Seek out a New Zealand Spec Fic author to read and review. Link to someone's work you appreciate. And if you need more information, please go to pterodaustrodreams.org/drupal-6.8/node/100#comment-19479. You can also link your Spec Fic treasure finds there. I will be challenging myself to showcase something Spec Fic New Zealandy every day that week. Can't wait to see what others do.Cheers
So how many of you are aware that the National Science Fiction Convention is going to be in Wellington next year? It's the weekend before the WorldCon, so why not start your holiday a few days early? Or it's a far more affordable alternative if you can't make it across the ditch.So why tell you now? The first progress report for the convention has just been released with lots of good stuff in it (ok, perhaps not as much as the WorldCon, but a couple of pretty nifty competitions). You can also get more info from the web site or the lj community.For further information, you could also come along to Conscription at QB weekend in Auckland. Most of the Au Contraire concom will be there and can answer your questions.8)
So how many of you are aware that the World Science Fiction Convention is going to be in Melbourne next year? Yes, I know Melbourne is in Australia and this is an NZ group, but this is as close as the Worldcon ever gets to us, so we should be considering it a local event. Start planning now.So why tell you now? The first progress report for the convention has just been released with lots of good stuff in it. You can also get more info from the web site or the lj community.For further information, you could also come along to Conscription at QB weekend in Auckland. The Aussiecon 4 head of communications (Donna Hanson) will be there and can answer your questions.Or you can ask me. Because if you want to know my motivation in posting this, have a look at the staff list on page 2 and right near the bottom of the list you can find my name.
Yip! Squeee! And all manner of joyous expletives! I can now officially announce that my sci-fi story, The Derby, has made it to the short-list for a Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story published by a New Zealand author in 2008. And it is thanks, primarily, to all of you! Thank you for your nominations and wonderful comments to the SJV committee. The short-list will now be voting on by SFFANZ members and attendees of the 2009 Conscription in Auckland and the awards presented there at the end of May. You bet your willy, I'll be there. The full list of nominees can be found here http://sffanz.sf.org.nz/sjv/sjvNominations-2009.shtmlI would also like to point out that fellow Core members of SpecFicNZ (the newly conceived national org for spec fic writers of New Zealand), Pat Whitaker, and Grant Stone have also received nominations in multiple categories. Good on them, as they say here in NZ.
Happy Valentines Day! My roses are words and my box of chocolates is a new speculative fiction Website created by the Wily Writers Group (mainly angelmcc who is a one-person wonder).There are three free stories up and two for purchase as audio or print downloads. Don't miss The Death of Captain Bloodcake and the Fall of the Horrid Whore by joelasutherland and Creating Belle by angelmcc . My science fiction story, The Derby, which is up for a Sir Julius Vogel Award, is free to read with a wonderful easy on-line nom form so you can add your vote to the nominations. If you're one of the many who have already read The Derby and voted, I still encourage you to visit http://www.wilywriters.com/blog/ and check out all the other wonderful offerings. If you haven't yet read The Derby or voted, I hope you will. And please feel free to let me know what you thought of your Valentines gift, by leaving a comment here or at my LJ. Love,Ripley