All you wanted to do was go to GeyserCon: the 40th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Rotorua. But when you get there, you find that strange things are afoot. Some tall guy in the gaming room insists that he really is an elven prince; a famous redshirt impersonator has mysteriously vanished, and some of the kids are gone too. Meanwhile, local police are called to explain to a fabulously-dressed Space Marine that he can’t carry guns on a public street, even if they’re fake – but they do look ultra-realistic. Hmm!
We’re delighted to present the full text of the speech of Conclave III Fan GoH Daphne Lawless, who talks about filking as a form of community building and the role of youth in maintaining our science fiction and fantasy community.
My name is Daphne Lawless and I AM NOT INSANE. Thought I’d better get that out there.
Warning: I use big words, abstract concepts, adult language, and have a habit of jumping from one subject to another like Catherine the Great. My apologies if it leaves you behind. Feel free to ask for clarification later.
I’m here to talk about 4 things in no particular order:
- Generational Change in Fandom.
- How I shouldn’t even be here.
- Filking and fan creativity.
- The politics of rrrrevolution.
- Cycle lanes
- Why science fiction at all?
To start, I don’t think I deserve to be FgoH.
Not that I’m ungrateful – I love having an audience to talk at. I’d talk at the opening of an envelope.
The weekend began early on Friday for some of us as we taught writing workshops for almost 100 students aged 11+. Both students and teachers enjoyed the day and participated with enthusiasm in the tasks and exercises. This was topped off with the book launch for Beyond the Backyard, where many of the winners read out their stories to a packed room.
That night heralded the beginning of LexiCon proper, with an amusing opening ceremony followed by a well-attended screening of local film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy. Director and star Christian Nicholson was there and stuck around to enjoy the con.
SpecFicNZ needs you! Our AGM is coming up, and we are looking at a changing of the guard with some opportunities for our valued members to step up and take part in running our exciting little organisation. Some of the existing committee are standing down, and some are staying on, so now is your chance to jump in and see how we keep the wheels moving behind the scenes.
Right now, the following people have been nominated to continue as part of the current committee:
President: Grace Bridges
Treasurer: Paul Mannering
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 that might otherwise prevent them from attending the convention.
LexiCon, the 38th New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, are pleased to announce details of two competitions being run as part of the convention: the Short Story and Drabble contests. There will also be competitions for Art, filking, and costuming, with details to come.
SpecFicNZ are proud to support these competitions, and hope that many of you will enter.
Short Story Competition
In association with SpecFicNZ.
The winners will be selected from the shortlist by our Guest of Honour, Seanan McGuire. Pre-judging will be carried out by Andi Buchanan and Cassie Hart, the LexiCon co-chairs and editors of the Sir Julius Vogel Award winning anthology Tales for Canterbury.
The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.
Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who have otherwise supported or signal-boosted the fan funds. It is much appreciated.
LexiCon is excited to announce our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. A prodigious film star in his day, his contribution to fantasy is unquestioned, as is his much renowned fondness for cheese. Yes, our third Guest (or Ghost) of Honour is none other than the legendary Orville.
“We’re delighted to commemorate Orville’s life and achievements,” says LexiCon co-chair Cassie Hart. “We believe we’re the first Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to have the pleasure of honouring a rat in this way, and we hope this is just the beginning of a worldwide trend.”
The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand was created to strengthen the ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. FFANZ assists fans with travel to the Natcon of the other nation, and assists with as many of the attendant costs of travel as practical, as well as facilitating connections between fans.
This year’s FFANZ race is a westward bound one, facilitating travel by a New Zealand fan to the 56th Australian Speculative Fiction National Convention, Continuum XIII – Triskaidekaphilia, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017. It is expected that after the trip the winner takes over as administrator of the fund, engages in fundraising for the fund, and that they promote links between the two fandoms via a trip report or other means.
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…”.
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
Au Contraire III is approaching fast, and so is SpecFicNZ’s 2016 AGM, which will be held at the convention.
The AGM is a chance for members to discuss what direction you’d like to see SpecFicNZ take – and to become involved yourself. This year we’ll be holding an election for new Core members, so if you’re keen to have a say in SpecFicNZ’s activities for the next year, let us know – email us at email@example.com.
More info, and a list of current nominees, can be found at http://specfic.nz/2016/02/14/specficnz-needs-you/.
Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.
Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.
“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie.
Au Contraire 3 in association with SpecFicNZ present:
The 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award
as part New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Judge: Phillip Mann
Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.
Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.
- First Prize: $250, and publication in the Au Contraire 3 Convention Programme
- Second Prize: NZ$100, and a selection of print books to be awarded at Au Contraire 3
- Third Prize: NZ$50, and a selection of print books to be awarded at Au Contraire 3
All cash prizes kindly donated by SpecFicNZ, New Zealand’s national organisation for writers of speculative fiction
- Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here. Entrants need not be members of SpecFicNZ. A link to SpecFicNZ’s homepage can be found here.
- Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
- Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
- Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
- Standard formatting: Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
- Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
- Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
- Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.
**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).
Au Contraire III, the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand, is coming up quickly. If you don’t know already, it will be in Wellington over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, 3-5 June 2016. Each year, the convention hosts a Floating Market where authors and others can showcase their wares. If you have not taken advantage of this opportunity in the past, now is the year.
Since we love promoting our members’ work, SpecFicNZ has organized with Au Contraire III a table for you to sell your books. If you are planning to attend the convention, and this interests you, please email Jean at email@example.com for more details.