Featured Work 


Crucible by Dan Rabarts in Wily Writers, June 25, 2011

Once, we trod upon the stars, fleeing the gods. Now, we are the gods. Parsing the heavens on wings of steel and light, we sank into eternal sleep, light years unwinding around us, morphing the constellations into new mythologies. With technology already ancient we seeded new worlds, wrought civilizations on the bitter anvils of new suns. Then, again, to sleep, our cruciform vessels voyaging across lifetimes and voids of endless dead space, bearing us where no god could follow. | Read More...

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The Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2012 will open on January 1st 2012 and close at 8.00pm on March 31st 2012.

The Sir Julius Vogel awards are fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields. Professional nominations can be for novels, short stories, art and others. Fan nominations can be for fanzine, writing, art, Services to Fandom, Services to Science Fiction and more.

Nominations can be made by anyone from anywhere, and placement on the final ballot is based on the number of nominations received. | Read More...

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aqua (n) – water, used in compound names, or substances in water.

synthesis (n) – The combining of elements into a unified entity.

aquasynthesis (n) – a combining of worlds within a pool of water; an anthology of short stories from Splashdown authors.

Splashdown Books, founded by SpecFicNZ member Grace Bridges in 2009, is a small independent publisher of Christian and inspirational science fiction and fantasy operating out of New Zealand for the world.

In Splashdown’s new anthology, Aquasynthesis, Gizile follows her mysterious teacher, Tok, as they look into the ice of an ocean pool to contemplate a series of strange and mystical visions: astonishing tales of technology and transcendence, aliens and elves, space and time, dragons and demons, prophecies and scriptures, humor and horror, the gifted and the enslaved, virtual and supernatural reality, insanity and inspiration. | Read More...

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Good Read, Great Price

Phoenix Rising, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, selected as one of Goodreads Top Ten Best Science Fiction Reads of 2011, is now available in Kindle version for a mere 99 cents.

Now would be the time to grab a copy of the book, especially if you are a steampunk fan or are considering entering the Tales of the Archives Steampunk Short Story Contest in conjunction with SpecFicNZ and The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Dash off and purchase your copy quick smart at these fine online establishments.  AmazonNook | Read More...

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Kindle Goodness

SpecFicNZ is planning a Kindle Promotion and Give-Away for January, and we need your help.

We would like to give away a Kindle loaded with all the fine e-fiction our members have published in 2011. SpecFicNZ will be buying and downloading the fiction onto the Kindle and giving it all away to one lucky member.

So, if you are a member of SpecFicNZ with speculative fiction available in Kindle format that was published in 2011, please send us an e-mail with the subject line Kindle Fiction to specficnz@gmail.com and include: | Read More...

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James White Award

The James White Award is an annual short story competition
open to non-professional writers with the winner chosen by
a panel of judges made up of professional authors and

The prize for winning this year’s James White
Award 2011 is £200 plus publication in Interzone, the
leading UK science fiction magazine.

The winner will be presented with their award at BSFA Awards ceremony at Eastercon 2012.

Deadline January 31, 2012.  Limit 6,000 words. Open to writers of any age and nationality. | Read More...

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Tolkien Moot at Weta Cave

TheOneRing.net is excited to announce an official Moot at the Weta Cave in Wellington this Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m.

TORn founder Erica Challis, known as Tehanu, will be on hand to talk with Tolkien enthusiasts; Also in town and at the event will be Larry D. Curtis (MrCere), traveling writer who is canvasing New Zealand as the one-year countdown for The Hobbit begins.

Challis is an author and her unique story and relationship with the makers of The Lord of the Rings films has been told in newspapers and books around the globe. Curtis is a journalist and speaks about LOTR and The Hobbit at popular-culture conventions around the U.S. | Read More...

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Give the Gift of SpecFicNZ Membership

It is that time of year to give the gift of SpecFicNZ Membership.

Give it to yourself.

If you are a current member of SpecFicN and have not already renewed your membership for 2012, please be sure to do so before December 31st, 2011. Cost is only $30NZ for the year and if you need bank or post details for payment, simply e-mail specficnz@gmail.com with a request and we will send you the needed information.

If you haven’t joined SpecFicNZ yet, now’s the time to do it. With our new, vibrant, nine-person committee, SpecFicNZ has many projects in the works for the coming year, including more no-fee contests with prizes of publication and cash, a new revamped newsletter featuring valuable articles about writing, a series of online novel-writing workshops, and much, much more. To sign up now, please fill out our online application form HERE. | Read More...

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The Selkie’s Diamond

Book Two of SpecFicNZ member Morag Gray’s Realm Series, The Selkie’s Diamond, is now available as a free e-book on Smashwords.

When Rebekah is given a pair of diamond earrings for her soon-to-be wed cousin Emma, she has no idea that the earrings will draw her into a world she had believed imaginary, and that the responibility for saving Emma’s life will fall on her.

The first book in the series, More Than a Game, is also available on Smashwords.

Go give them a read and enjoy!
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An Interview with Brandon Sanderson–Plus Giveaway

Brandon Sanderson has been one of the exciting new names of international Fantasy-Science Fiction over the past eight years, most notably—as a relative newcomer—being asked to complete Robert Jordan’s hugely popular Wheel of Time series in 2007, following the author’s death. And he won this year’s Gemmell “Legend” Award for Best Fantasy Novel of the Year with his own epic fantasy, The Way of Kings (Gollancz, 2010.) Fellow author, Helen Lowe, caught up with him between book tours to ask about completing seven major novels in six years and discuss his latest book, The Alloy of Law, which has just been released in New Zealand—and you can read the interview here. | Read More...

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High Praise for Tankbread

Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival against a spreading
plague that brought the dead back to life as flesh eating monsters.
Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead a steady
diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a
dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic
wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the
apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans
and destroy the undead threat. |

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