Lifetime membership – we need your help

At the last SpecFicNZ AGM, our new lifetime membership policy was ratified. Fortunately no rats were injured, and some seemed to enjoy the experience.

Lifetime memberships are our way of honouring people who have made a huge contribution to speculative fiction in new Zealand (or internationally). These might be people who have created an exceptional body of work, or who have played a major part in nurturing our little corner of the SpecFic universe.

Anyone can be nominated for lifetime membership and nominees don’t need to be current or past members. Only a small number of lifetime memberships will be awarded every year. The SpecFicNZ committee will assess all nominations and announce any new lifetime memberships awarded at the next AGM. | Read More...

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Kiwi Writers Publication News Resources 

Putting the Science in Fiction

A great new resource for writers will be published next month by Writers Digest. Putting the Science in Fiction is a fabulous collection of articles about scientific topics of interest to authors. Topics are wide-ranging and include biology, medicine, computer science, geology, and space travel, among others. Each article is written by an expert in the field, many of whom also happen to be writers. The collection is edited by Dan Koboldt, and is based on his popular Science in Science in Sci Fi, Fact in Fantasy Blog. While many of the articles in the book are similar to the blog posts, they’ve all been expanded and updated for the book, plus there are some new articles as well. Best of all, New Zealand makes a great showing in Putting the Science in Fiction;four of the 59 articles were written by Kiwis! Christchurch-based authors Judy Mohr and Robinne Weiss each contributed two articles to the book. Way to go NZ! Putting the Science in Fiction is available for pre-order now, and will be released on 16 October.
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Podcast. Does that sound interesting?

Kia ora, in the SpecFicNZ Core we have been talking about creating a podcast about speculative fiction and related interests with a New Zealand focus.

There are loads of podcasts out there, but not one that specifically promotes our members and their interests.

If you would like to:

  • Help create the podcast, either behind or in front of the mic.
  • Be interviewed on the podcast.
  • Support the podcast in some other way.

Then flick an email to web@specfic.nz

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Genre-8: Flights of Fantasy (Dunedin)

Dunedin Public Libraries poster for Genre-8 event
Genre-8: Flights of Fantasy

As the poster says: come along to the Dunedin Public Library’s fourth floor at 5pm on Thursday the 11th October for a chance to hear eight local Fantasy fiction writers read from and discuss their works, and ask questions. There will even be free books!

Featured writers are:

Andy Evans

Carolyn McCurdie

Daniel Stride

Deb E Howell

Jayne Castel

Kura Carpenter

RL Stedman

Sean P Martin

Each writer will read/speak for around eight minutes, plus time for some questions.

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In the News Reviews 

The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter (a review)

Of course Dunedin is the home of Fair Folk and Elementals in the middle of a never ending feud. Where else could they hide in plain sight among the lesser humans? Of course they are casting spells and causing trouble. Like any other notorious crim’ on the East Coast they have a reputation to uphold. Of course they expect the worst but hope for the best. With power comes responsibility. Debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter, is an escape into the life of Tamsin Kingfisher as she helps to untangle a culture crossing crime while dealing with the issue of solstice messing up her magic. Woven throughout the novel is the heartache of her own Romeo and Juliet love story as well as her search for her missing beloved older brother. Tamsin adds nuance to the meaning of a busy working woman fulfilling family responsibility, hiding family secrets and getting the job done. With clever reimagining of witches as gang members, magic as the drug for sale, and poetic touches of what lives look like on the line between good and evil, Kura brings us a touch of ‘if only’ in Aotearoa. I can’t wait to read what happens next. | Read More...

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Into the Sounds In the News Kiwi Writers Reviews 

Into the Sounds by Lee Murray

Into the Sounds 

Into the SoundsNZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna is back again. This time, it’s not a military assignment, but a bit of R&R that draws him deep into the bush in New Zealand’s remote Fiordland. His girlfriend Jules Asher, always keen to save an endangered species, is on a conservation trip again – this time, culling deer. They helicopter in, rappel down into the bush and make a series of strange discoveries… a survivor from an ancient helicopter crash; poachers stealing rare New Zealand birds; an ex-US-military submarine lurking in the depths of a fiord; and a long-lost New Zealand race — the Tūrehu tribe. But there’s a primordial monster lurking beneath the depths, protecting the entrance to the Tūrehu hideout. | Read More...

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