Christchurch Earthquake

Tuesday, February 22, at approximately 12:50pm, Christchurch, New Zealand and the surrounding areas were hit by a 6.3 earthquake that destroyed much of the central business district (CBD) resulting in a current death toll of 123, with over 200 people still reported missing. A State of National Emergency has been declared. Many people have lost their homes. Most utilities have suffered outages, and are compromised, including power, water, internet, phone service, and sewer. Those who are still in stable homes and have not fled the city to outlying areas are faced with clean-up of liquefaction (a sand and sewage sludge pushed up through the earth by the earthquake), frequent aftershocks, and a lack of common resources like clean water, food, and fuel. | Read More...

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WRITER’S WORKSHOP with Catherine Asaro!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP with Catherine Asaro!

Limited to 10 participants.

When: 3 days, Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 3 June, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Where: Barrycourt Quality Motel, 10 – 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell 1052

Cost: $150.00 pp for the course (free parking onsite)

Bring: pen & paper or laptop

About the tutor:

Catherine Asaro is the author of more than 20 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and many novella and short stories.  When not writing and making appearances at conventions and signings, Catherine teaches math, physics, and chemistry. She is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the US government as to future trends affecting national security.  A former ballerina, Catherine Asaro has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. She founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard. | Read More...

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An Interview with Mary Victoria, Author of “Samiha’s Song”, with Giveaway

“Tymon’s Flight” author, Mary Victoria, is interviewed on Helen Lowe’s ” … on Anything, Really” blog today, talking about the newly released “Samiha’s Song” (HarperVoyager), the second in her Chronicles of the Tree trilogy—and discusses the characters, the expansion in focus, and the ideas driving both this new book and the series.

To celebrate the release of “Samiha’s Song”, Mary will be giving away a signed book set of both “Tymon’s Flight” and “Samiha’s Song”, to be drawn from those who comment on the interview. | Read More...

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Wellington Meet-Up

Let’s try this again!

The first Wellington area meet-up will be Saturday, February 26th, meeting 1pm at Cafe Reka at the New Dowse in Lower Hutt for lunch/coffee followed by a visit to the White Cloud Worlds exhibition. By bus from Wellington city, the best plan is to get the 83 (Eastbourne) or 91 (Airport Flyer) to Queensgate – the New Dowse is literally two minutes walk from there. Detailed directions are HERE.

RSVPs to anna(at)annacaro(dot)org are appreciated.

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SFFANZ Website Issues

Just got this notice from SFFANZ:

SFFANZ appears to be experiencing problems with our ISP/Domain name provider. This means that our main web site is currently unavailable. It also means that emails addressed to the or domain will not get through. This includes Sir Julius Vogel award nominations.

As an alternative, you may address SJV nominations to This address will be maintained until all the problems are ironed out.

We will keep you updated. |

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Helen Lowe Says Writing Strong Women is “All About Character”

Heir of Night author Helen Lowe  guest posts with fellow Kiwi SFF novelist Mary Victoria today, as part of a series on  “Writing Strong Women in SFF”—and according to Helen it’s “All About Character”:

“For me, the key to writing strong women characters lies in the words “writing” and “character.” As authors, we must focus on writing characters who are credible and real …”

Read the rest of what Helen has to say here.

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New Book Out Next Week

Congratulations to member Darusha Wehm who has a new book coming out next week.  Act of Will will be available on as well as and as an audiobook download from Darusha’s website

Here’s a brief description of the novel:

Act of Will, by M. Darusha Wehm

Andersson Dexter is a new man, still living his old life.

Part vigilante, part private eye, part cop, Dex is muddling his way
through his day job as a faceless customer service rep for a giant
firm, while solving routine cases in his off hours.  But when a
gruesomely mutilated corpse is found, things heat up for Dex and the
underground organization he calls the Cubicle Men. |

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Auckland Area Meet-Up

Mark your calendars for the next Auckland Area Meet-Up- Sunday, February 20th from 12:00-3:00 pm for lunch/coffee at Columbus Coffee Ellerslie, 139 Main Highway, Ellerslie- with free three hour parking in Arthur Street.

Meetings are casual. Newcomers are welcome. SpecFicNZ Membership is not a requirement to attend.

Contact Paul Heinz at paul(at) or Grant at grant(at) to RSVP for table booking purposes.

We hope to see you there.

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Buy A NZ Book Day

Mark your calendars and start saving, because Buy a New Zealand Book Day is coming up on 5 March 2011. In conjunction with NZ Book Month, is encouraging readers and writers all over the country to support our local talent and buy a NZ-written book for NZ Book Month!

Further details can be found HERE.

Not sure what to buy? Check out our Amazon widget in the side bar for recently published books by SpecFicNZ members, or see the SJV 2011 Novel Page for more ideas.

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