November Christchurch Meet-Up

Hi Everyone,

That time again – the great meeting of minds, the exchange of views, news and artful tutoring by the more experienced writers. Yes, the SpecFicNZ Christchurch monthly meet-up.

If you can attend it would be great to see you, so please RSVP to [email protected] and by return we will send the full address and contact phone number.

Venue:  Mark English’s place, Bishopdale, Christchurch

Date: 5th November

Time: 12:30 to 3pm

The usual arrangements – ‘bring a plate’ for a pot-luck lunch.

Non-members welcome, as always.

From last month…

Here are the Nuggets from last month’s meet-up to whet your appetite:

Amanda Fitzwater – new sale to Expanded Horizons (very friendly helpful staff)

Mark English – Flash Fiction sale to Everyday Fiction (very helpful reviewers)

Movies discussed:

Something About Kevin (forthcoming movie)

Highlander (a favourite of some, felt to be dated by others)

Knights of Badassdom (forthcoming movie about LARPers)

Hanna (stylish thriller)

Books discussed:

Iain M Banks – Surface Detail (8th Culture Novel) – excellent

Iain M Banks – Use of Weapons – strong example of non-linear narrative

Jim C. Hines – Stepsister Scheme – Sleeping Beauty is an assassin …

Scott Westerfeld – Goliath – good read, quick for adult, ideas great

Stephen Saylor – fiction set in actual historical location (Roman-era private investigator)

Dan Simmons – Drood – textbook example of unreliable narrator

Comets and Criminals – newly launched online paying magazine.

What makes a pro-sale? US5c / word – see SFWA for details.

SF Writers of the Future – no pro sale needed to enter!

Sites for Flash Fiction –,


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