NZ Book Council – Genre Sales Data Gathering

Book-Council-logo-web-620x350-620x350On Tuesday 21 June, Paul Mannering and Lee Murray visited Stephanie Soper and Catriona Ferguson of the New Zealand Book Council. The meeting was convened to discuss a recent article in Booksellers website (9 June, 2016) which said the Book Council would be sampling New Zealand print book sales on behalf of Creative New Zealand:

“As part of the New Zealand Book Council’s funding contract with Creative New Zealand we are collecting data on the readership and sales of NZ books within New Zealand. It is anticipated that this information will support Creative New Zealand’s decision making processes around where best to prioritise their resources for literature in the future.” | Read More...

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LexiCon 2017 Guest of Honour Announced

Seanan McGuire

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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 Taupo.

Seanan is also Guest of Honour at the 2017 Continuum convention in Australia (Continuum 13: Triskaidekaphilia) and both conventions are looking forward to her visit to the Southern Hemisphere.

She 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…”. | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ Writers Well-Represented at Recent Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

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At the recent National Science Fiction Convention (Au Contraire 3) held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

SFFANZ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) President, Norman Cates, prior to announcing the awards, commented that SFFANZ was “delighted with the level of participation and interest in the awards from an impressively wide variety of people.” | Read More...

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Au Contraire 3: Guest of Honour Speech AJ Fitzwater

Christchurch based author of short fiction and Clarion graduate, AJ Fitzwater was a Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3 over Queen’s Birthday weekend recently. 

AJ has kindly allowed us to publish a transcript of their GoH speech, delivered on 5th June 2016.

Kia ora koutou katoa. Thank you for joining me today, distinguished guests. I hope you’re all enjoying Au Contraire. Thanks to all the volunteers putting in the time and effort to celebrate what we love here this weekend. And thank you to the concom for inviting me as a guest of honour. It’s a privilege to be one of many women representing New Zealand speculative fiction here and overseas.

Trigger Warnings for difficult and sensitive subjects here within.

Not that long ago, in a galaxy not that far away…

An orphan stands on the precipice of reckoning, looking towards the sunset, hoping for a better life out there amongst the stars. This orphan has MAD SKILLZ. They know something about survival and rebellion. The orphan quests with a mysterious stranger who offers a glimpse of a better life, and the possibility of find

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Au Contraire 3 Short Story Winner

The Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award 2016 presentations, sponsored by SpecFicNZ, were held at Au Contraire 3 over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The winner of the Short Story Contest is titled: To the Centre of the Earth, by Canterbury writer Robinne Weiss.

robbineJudge Phil Mann stated: “I couldn’t put it down. This is science fiction at its best: imaginative, well informed, well constructed and with a lesson for the present. I was also pleased to see use made of those stranger than fiction creatures: the Tardigrades.” | Read More...

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SpecFicNZ 2016 AGM

Large Blog ImageThis year’s Annual General Meeting for SpecFicNZ members was held in Wellington on Sunday the 5th at Au Contraire III NatCon. There was much discussed, and a few changes made. Enthusiasm grew as ideas were considered and motions were passed. We encourage you to see what was reviewed. Please look at the minutes included at the bottom of this post.

Some of our wonderful Core members have stepped down from their positions. A BIG thank you goes out to them for all their hard work behind the scenes. They will be missed. The call went out before the AGM for nominations to fill these positions. We are pleased that members have put themselves forward to fill the void. | Read More...

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Featured Work 

Auckland Allies 2: Ghost Bridge

Auckland Allies 2: Ghost Bridge by Mike Reeves-McMillan.

The Auckland Allies discover a mysterious threat in the city’s oldest cemetery, and their first attempt to intervene leaves one of them in hospital – the same hospital the necromancer calling himself “Mr. Smith” is about to attack with four thousand angry Victorian ghosts.

Hundreds of the city’s most vulnerable people are in danger. Will a magical manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton provide the knowledge they need to take Smith down? Or can Steampunk Sally use her deep connection with Auckland to defend its citizens? | Read More...

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