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 ...
At SpecFicNZ it is our mission to promote speculative fiction. To this end, we would love to showcase reader reviews on our website. If you are an author who would like to have your work reviewed, or a reader who enjoys speculative fiction, then we would love to hear from you. General guidelines for the programme are as follows:
While we are happy to promote all speculative fiction, preference will be given to books/ebooks by our members. If you are not a member and would like to ...
SpecFicNZ – NatCon Travel Grant
SpecFicNZ is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for grants from the Travel Fund for SpecFicNZ members to attend LexiCon, the 38th SFFANZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, being held at Suncourt Hotel, Taupo Queens Birthday Weekend, 2 – 4 June 2017.
The Travel Grant is intended to assist SpecFicNZ members who are attendees of the NatCon with financial assistance to cover costs associated with travel and/or accommodation ...
Kalanon’s Rising, by Darian Smith
Book One in the Agents of Kalanon Series
Ever since Darian Smith won the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press Manuscript Award, many of us have been waiting less than patiently for the release of Kalanon’s Rising, the first book in his Agents of Kalanon fantasy mystery series. Let me just say, it’s been worth the wait.
Simply put the story goes like this: when the body of the king’s cousin is found mutilated in a local inn, the king calls in his friend, ...
The end of the world as we know it. Edited by Amanda J Spedding and Geoff Brown.
What we want: Invading space aliens, demonic invasion as in Doom, DNA-grafted dinosaurs taking over the planet, manmade viral infections that nearly wipe out humanity, or artificial intelligence like in Terminator… anything you can think of that would bring about the end of the world. And SOLDIERS!
Tell us about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards.
No zombies. That’s already ...