SpecFicNZ needs you! Our AGM is coming up, and we are looking at a changing of the guard with some opportunities for our valued members to step up and take part in running our exciting little organisation. Some of the existing committee are standing down, and some are staying on, so now is your chance to jump in and see how we keep the wheels moving behind the scenes.
Right now, the following people have been nominated to continue as part of the current committee:
President: Grace ...
In this series, we introduce some key players in New Zealand’s fan community, beginning with Lynelle Howell!
Lynelle, when did you get involved in science fiction and fantasy fandom?
I went to my first convention in 1993 – Defcon, with my then-boyfriend (now husband) John Howell. Since then I think I’ve only missed two NZ conventions.
Describe your involvement. In the past. Currently. Does that involvement spill over into your everyday life?
Wow? Where to start? I have chaired ...
Breach is an online magazine for SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction, and is currently open for submissions. Our focus is on new and emerging Australian and New Zealand writers and artists, and helping them get their work out into the world.
Issue number 1 is now available through iTunes and Smashwords. Travel to the mesosphere to catch a glimpse of Hannah C. van Didden’s The Unknown, while in Matey, Peter Kirk wonders what happens when robots get old. With Hurk + Dav, Arthur ...
Steff Green, New York TImes and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen dark dystopian fantasy and paranormal romance novels and regular speaker at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conferences, is offering an eight-week training course on the topic of Making Your First Indie $1000.
The course will cover plotting, finishing what you start, indie publishing options, managing outsourcing, identifying and reaching readers, and more. Registation is open now, and the course starts on May 15th, ...
In recognition of the support of our fan community in encouraging and promoting New Zealand creatives ‒ writers, screenwriters and artists ‒ SpecFicNZ is pleased to announce that it will provide a grant of NZ$300 to the DUFF fund to support delegate Paul Weimer’s attendance at LexiCon New Zealand’s 38th science fiction and fantasy conference which will be held in Taupo from 2-4 June, 2017.
A further NZ$300 grant will go to the FFANZ fund to support New Zealand delegate Lynelle ...
Black Amber: A New Fate & Red Bullets
By Nathan Simpson
(Reviewed by Emma Hart)
For those of us who live in New Zealand, there’s both comfort and surprised delight in spec-fic set in our own country. Nathan Simpson’s Black Amber books start in a world of Vegemite and duvets that will be familiar to many.
Very quickly, however, we’re taken from that world to another, one of magic and medieval weaponry. The books’ central characters, brothers Ricky and Tylor, have come into possession of ...
Auckland Allies, by Mike Reeves-McMillan
Reviewed by Nix Whittaker.
I’m a big fan of stories that represent who we are. I hadn’t realised how important it was to also have stories set in places familiar to us as well. Auckland Allies is set in Auckland where I went to Uni just like Steampunk Sally. The places the Auckland Allies run around is a wallow in nostalgia that was glorious.
Auckland Allies is set in modern times but with people with magic, called practitioners, Tara is ...
Hand of the Trickster by Mike McMillan-Reeves
Reviewed by Nix Whittaker
This is a novella about a band of thieves that have come together to steal a book of questionable safety. Mostly we follow the character Now you see it. He is a a priest of the trickster cult that allows him to conjure up items. They have been commissioned to steal the book by a demon and things get tricky from there.
It took me a while to read this even though it isn’t very long mainly because I’m not a ...
The Dragon Slayer’s Son, by Robinne Weiss
Review by Mike Reeves-McMillan
found this YA/MG story fresh and well executed. The New Zealand setting was well conveyed – not only the landscape, but cultural references, and the generally cooperative and helpful vibe among the characters. Not that there weren’t antagonists – there definitely were, and there was conflict and tension, and conflict even within the team at times – but the general feeling was that ...
Voting is now open for the 2017 David Gemmell Legend Awards for fantasy, including our very own Helen Lowe, and her third instalment in the Wall of Night series, Daughter of the Blood.
Voting is free and open to everyone, so head on over to the link and get a look at the entries, and cast your vote.
Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, is currently looking for reprints for a new science fiction anthology.
More Human Than Human is a reprint anthology focused on the theme of androids, replicants, and other artificial humanoids that will be published by Night Shade Books in trade paperback, ebook, and (maybe) audio editions in late 2017.
Neil is looking for:
Previously published science fiction stories between 3000 and 25000 words in length.
Stories must include androids, ...
The good folks at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine are looking for a cover for their Best of 2016 issue!
From their website:
“Get ready for the best of 2016!
That’s right, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine will be bringing you the most fantastic stories from our 2016 editions in our “Best of 2016” magazine – but we need your help. The best stories deserve the best cover and that’s where you come in. We’re sending out a universe-wide broadcast for artists to submit their impression of ...
Choice of Games LLC are looking for writers to develop interactive fiction.
From their website:
At Choice of Games LLC, we’re looking for authors to write interactive novels, that is, multiple-choice games, in the style of Choice of the Dragon and Choice of Broadsides. Our games are like “choose a path” gamebooks, but longer, deeper, and richer. They are written according to a distinctive set of game design principles.
Our games are written in a simple programming language called ...
Take the bus. Read a book.
The Commuting Book is a Christchurch based initiative that leaves tagged books at bus stops around the city. People can read them during their daily commute, then return the book to a bus stop for the next person to discover.
There’s a great opportunity for SpecFicNZ members to support this initiative by donating books and/or helping promote the concept.
If you would like to establish a Commuting Book library in your city, contact the team at the above ...
At SpecFicNZ we’re committed to helping our emerging creatives develop their craft, so we are offering up to ten (10) free manuscript assessments to members on a first-come basis (as funds allow). If you are not a member and would like to become one, information for joining up can be found here. Submissions for this programme must be speculative and can be prose (short story, novella, novel, non-fiction), poetry, or screenplay. In a single attachment (Word, rtf) include up to 6000 words (or ...