The World Best Fans: Introducing New Zealand fandom.

In this series, we introduce some key players in New Zealand’s fan community, beginning with Lynelle Howell!

Lynelle, when did you get involved in science fiction and fantasy fandom?

I went to my first convention in 1993 – Defcon, with my then-boyfriend (now husband) John Howell. Since then I think I’ve only missed two NZ conventions.

Describe your involvement. In the past. Currently. Does that involvement spill over into your everyday life?

Wow? Where to start? I have chaired two conventions (Cond’Or in 2000 and Icon in 2005) been on the Phoenix Science Fiction club committee since about 2002, and produced the Phoenixine since 2005. I have been involved with SFFANZ since its inception, and administrator of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards since 2003. I guess you could say that with all that, it’s spilled into my everyday life | Read More...

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Awards SFFANZ 

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are open!

Via SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand:

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 31 March 2017.  The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.

We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here. | Read More...

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