WSFS Site Selection Set

There were no surprises in the Site Selection filings. The only bid to file to host the 2020 Worldcon was New Zealand and the only bid to file to host the 2019 NASFiC was Utah. Details of site selection voting are being worked out and the ballot will be released once that has been done. Site selection will take place at Worldcon 76 in San Jose.
More information on New Zealand in 2020
More information on Utah in 2019

Sir Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at Conclave 3.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • In the Earth’s Embrace, by J.C. Hart
  • Bastet’s daughters, by Lyn McConchie
  • Tyche’s Flight, by Richard Parry
  • Hounds of the Underworld, by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray
  • Starlight’s Children, by Darian Smith

Best Youth Novel

  • Earthcore: RotoVegas, by Grace Bridges
  • The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe
  • A Dash of Belladonna, by J. rackham
  • The Kahutahuta, by Douglas A. Van Belle
  • The Traitor and the Thief, by Gareth Ward

Best Novella / Novelette

  • “The Meiosis of Cells and Exile,” by Octavia Cade
  • Standard Hollywood Depravity, by Adam Christopher
  • Beautiful Abomination, by Frances Duncan
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, by Simon Petrie
  • Blood Money, by Chris Underwood

Best Short Story

  • “Earthcore: Initiation,” by Grace Bridges
  • “SyrenSong,” by A.C. Buchanan
  • “The Stone Weta,” by Octavia Cade
  • “From the Womb of the Land, Our Bones Entwined,” by A.J. Fitzwater
  • “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles,” by Sean Monaghan

Best Collected Work

  • Mariah’s Prologues, by Grace Bridges
  • Once Upon a Southern Star: A Collection of Retold Fairy Tales, edited by Shelley Chappell

Best Professional Artwork

  • Story posterfor Earthcore: Initiation, by Grace Bridges
  • Cover artwork for Teleport, by Kate Strawbridge
  • Cover artwork for Beneath Broken Waves, by Kate Strawbridge
  • Cover artwork for The Madman’s Bridge, Patrick McDonald
  • Cover artwork for In the Earth’s Embrace, by Kate Strawbridge

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • Mistlands, by Laya Rose
  • Breach

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • The Changeover, directed by Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt, produced by Emma Slade
  • The Cul de Sac, Season 2
  • One Thousand Ropes, directed by Tusi Tamasese

Best New Talent

  • Barbara Howe
  • Mark Johnson
  • J. Rackham
  • Gareth Ward

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Lexicon Convention Booklet, produced by Darusha Wehm
  • Phoenixine, edited by John and Lynelle Howell
  • Summer Star Trek: Journey to Babel

Best Fan Writing

  • Alex Lindsay for “SITREP,” Published in Phoenxine
  • Jo Toon, For “Pass the Rules,” Published in Phoenixzine

Best Fan Artwork

  • John Toon, Contributions to Phoenixzine and the 2017 Lexicon Convention Booklet

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Andi Buchanan
  • Darian Smith

Services To Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth

For more information…

DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net or Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com.
For more information…

Sir Julius Vogel Winners

The winners of the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced at Lexicon 2017.

Professional Award Nominees

  • Best Novel: Into the Mist, by Lee Murray
  • Best Youth Novel: Light in My Dark, by Jean Gilbert and William Dresden
  • Best Novella / Novelette: The Convergence of Fairy Tales, by Octavia Cade
  • Best Short Story: “Splintr,” by A.J. Fitzwater
  • Best Collected Work: At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
  • Best Professional Artwork: Cover artwork for At the Edge, by Emma Weakley
  • Best Professional Production / Publication: That Kind of Planet, by Emma Weakley
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, by Andrew

Fan Award Nominees

  • Best Fan Production/ Publication: Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror
  • Best Fan Writing: Octavia Cade, For “Food and Horror” Column Series
  • Best Fan Artist: Keith Smith, Contributions to Novazine

Special Award Nominees

  • Best New Talent: Eileen Mueller
  • Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror: Lee Murray
  • Services To Fandom: Lynelle Howell

For more information…

Sir Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at Lexicon 2017.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Innocents, by Sarah Fayermann
  • Den of Wolves, by Juliet Marillier
  • Into the Mist, by Lee Murray
  • Daybreak Rising, by Kiran Oliver
  • Night’s Fall, by Richard Parry

Best Youth Novel

  • Stranded Starship (You Say Which Way), by Kevin Berry
  • The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek, by Sue Copsey
  • Battlesaurus: Clash of Empires, by Brian Falkner
  • Light in My Dark, by Jean Gilbert and William Dresden

Best Novella / Novelette

  • The Convergence of Fairy Tales, by Octavia Cade
  • “Babylon’s Song,” by Woelf Dietrich
  • The Sleeper’s Dance – A Novella, by Mouse Diver-Dudfield
  • “Spindle,” by Dan Rabarts
  • Tipuna Tapu, by Dan Rabarts

Best Short Story

  • “Narco,” by Michelle Child
  • “Splintr,” by A.J. Fitzwater
  • “Wakers,” by Sean Monaghan
  • “Call of the Sea,” by Eileen Mueller
  • “BlindSight,” by A.J. Ponder
  • “London’s Crawling,” by Emma Pullar

Best Collected Work

  • At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
  • Everything is Fine, by Grant Stone

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover artwork for Write Off Line 2016: Everyone’s a Winner, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover artwork for Beyond the Stars, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover artwork for Chameleon Moon, by Laya Rose
  • Midnight Star, Laya Rose
  • Cover artwork for That Kind of Planet, by Emma Weakley
  • Cover artwork for At the Edge, by Emma Weakley

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • That Kind of Planet, by Emma Weakley

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, by Andrew Beszant and Christian Nicholson
  • Chronesthesia, directed by Hayden J. Weal, collaborator Simeon Duncombe
  • AFK: the webseries, episode 12, “ZERG,” directed by Peter Haynes

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Novazine, edited by Jacqui Smith
  • Phoenixine, edited by John and Lynelle Howell
  • Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Best Fan Writing

  • Alex Lindsay for “SITREP,” Published in Phoenxine
  • Jacqui Smith, For contributions to Novazine
  • Octavia Cade, For “Food and Horror” Column Series

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith, Contributions to Novazine

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Richard Parry
  • Laya Rose
  • Darian Smith

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Lee Murray

Services To Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth
  • Lynelle Howell

For more information…

Julius Vogel Awards

The winners of the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards were presented at Au Contraire 2016.

  • Best Novel:
  • Ardus, by Jean Gilbert
  • Best Youth Novel: Dragons Realm, by Eileen Mueller
  • Best Novella / Novelette: The Ghost of Matter, by Octavia Cade
  • Best Short Story: “The Thief’s Tale,” by Lee Murray
  • Best Collected Work: Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, by Jean Gilbert, edited by Chad Dick
  • Best Professional Artwork: Cover for Shortcuts – Track 1, by K.C. Bailey
  • Best Professional Production/Publication: White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, edited by Paul Tobin
  • Best Fan Production/ Publication: Phoenixine, edited by John & Lynelle Howell
  • Best Fan Writing: John Toon
  • Best Fan Artwork: Keith Smith, for contributions to Novazine
  • Best New Talent: Jean Gilbert
  • Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror: Marie Hodgkinson
  • Services to Fandom: Glenn Young

For more information…

Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at AuContraire 2016.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Ardus, by Jean Gilbert
  • Mariah’s Dream, by Grace Bridges
  • Vestiges of Flames, by Lyn McConchie
  • Currents of Change, by Darian Smith
  • Shards of Ice, by Catherine Mede
  • Sun Touched, by J.C. Hart

Best Youth Novel

  • The Caretaker of Imagination, by Z. R. Southcombe
  • Dragons Realm, by Eileen Mueller
  • Brave’s Journey, by Jan Goldie
  • Lucy’s Story: The End of the World, by Z. R. Southcombe
  • Deadline Delivery, by Peter Friend

Best Novella / Novelette

  • Pocket Wife, by I. K. Paterson-Harkness
  • The Way the Sky Curves, by J. C. Hart
  • The Molenstraat Music Festival, by Sean Monaghan
  • The Last, by Grant Stone
  • The Ghost of Matter, by Octavia Cade
  • Burn, by J. C. Hart
  • Bree’s Dinosaur, by A. C. Buchanan

Best Short Story

  • “The Thief’s Tale,” by Lee Murray
  • “Pride,” by Jean Gilbert
  • “Floodgate,” by Dan Rabarts
  • “The Shelver,” by Piper Mejia
  • “The Harpsicord Elf,” by Sean Monoghan
  • “Drag Marks,” by Darian Smith

Best Collected Work

  • Shifting Worlds: a collection of short stories, by Darian Smith
  • Shortcuts: Track 1, edited by Marie Hodgkinson
  • The Survivors: Heroic Edition, by V. L. Dreyer
  • Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, by Jean Gilbert, edited by Chad Dick
  • SpecFicNZ Shorts
  • Beyond the Veil: A collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Lauren Haddock/Jessica Harvey

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover of The Earth We Knew: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover for Shortcuts – Track 1, by K.C. Bailey
  • Cover for Pisces of Fate, by Henry Christian-Sloane
  • Cover for Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, by Imojen Faith Hancock

Best Professional Production/Publication

  • “Ahead of her time and lost in time: on feminism, gender, and bisexuality,” by AJ Fitzwater
  • The Face of Oblivion, A LARP, written by Catherine Pegg
  • White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, edited by Paul Tobin

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Phoenixine, edited by John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Writing

  • John Toon
  • June Young
  • Terri Doyle

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

  • Jean Gilbert
  • Octavia Cade
  • Y. K. Willemse
  • Eileen Mueller

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Marie Hodgkinson

For more information…

Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at Reconnaissance.

Professional Award Nominees
Best Novel

  • Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier
  • The Sovereign Hand, by Paul Gilbert
  • Engines of Empathy, by Paul Mannering
  • The Caves of Kirym, by Derrin Attwood
  • The Seventh Friend, by Tim Stead
  • Onyx Javelin, by Steve Wheeler

Best Youth Novel

  • The Caller: Shadowfell, by Juliet Marillier
  • Tantamount, by Thomas J. Radford
  • Wee Mac, by Linda Dawley
  • Donnel’s Promise, by Anna Mackenzie
  • Watched, by Tihema Baker

Best Novella

  • “A Mer-Tale,” by Jan Goldie
  • Trading Rosemary, by Octavia Cade
  • Ranpasatusan, by Shelley Chappell
  • “Peach and Araxi,” by Celine Murray
  • The Last Homely Housekeeper, by Rolf Luchs
  • In the Spirit, by J. C. Hart

Best Short Story

  • “Inside Ferndale,” by Lee Murray
  • “The Watch Serpent,” by Eileen Mueller
  • “Chiaroscuro,” by Charlotte Kleft
  • “Water,” by Lee Pletzers
  • “Santa’s Sack,” by Simon Fogarty

Best Collected Work

  • Lost In The Museum, by Phoenix Writers Group
  • Corpus Delecti, by William Cook
  • Dreams of Thanatos, by William Cook
  • The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, edited by A. J. Ponder, E. Mueller and P. Friend
  • Write Off Line 2014: They Came In From The Dark, edited by Lauren Haddock and Jessica Harvey
  • Beyond The Briar, by Shelley Chappell

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover for Lost In The Museum, by Geoff Popham
  • Cover for The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, by Geoff Popham

Best Professional Production/Publication

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Cloaks and Daggers, by Daniel Falconer
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Unleashing the Dragon, by Daniel Falconer
  • Cosplay New Zealand, by Sylvie Kirkman
  • Weta Digital: 20 Years of Imagination On Screen, by Clare Burgess with Brian Sibley with the support of Weta Workshop
  • Weta Workshop: Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity, by Luke Hawker with the support of Weta Workshop

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • What We Do In The Shadows, Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Directed by Sir Peter Jackson
  • Housebound, Directed by Gerald Johnstone

Fan Award Nominees
Best Fan Production / Publication

  • Novazine, by Jacqui Smith
  • Phoenixine, by John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Artwork

  • Keith Smith — for contributions in Novazine
  • Matt Cowens — for “Gorgth Goes Shopping” (carried over from 2014)

Best Fan Writing

  • Rebecca Fisher
  • Jacqui Smith

Best New Talent

  • Tihema Baker
  • Tim Stead
  • A.J. Fitzwater
  • Shelley Chappell
  • William Cook
  • Paul Gilbert

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Hugh Cook

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Obituary: Rocky Wood

New Zealand author Rocky Wood (b.1959) died on December 1. Wood was one of the world’s foremost experts on the writings of Stephen King, publishing at least five volumes on King’s works and collecting. Wood worked as a researcher for King on King’s novel Doctor Sleep. Wood was currently serving as the President of the Horror Writers Association and had been diagnosed with ALS in 2010.

Julius Vogel Winners

The winners of the Julius Vogel Awards were announce at ConClave 2 in Wellington on April 26. The award is given to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and voted on by members of the New Zealand National Convention.

  • Best Novel: Heartwood, by Freya Robertson
  • Best YA Novel: Raven Flight, by Juliet Marillier
  • Best Novella / Novellete: Cave Fever, by Lee Murray
  • Best Short Story: “By bone-Light,” by Juliet Marillier
  • Best Collected Work: Baby Teeth, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
  • Best Professional Artwork: Cover of Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2, by Emma Weakley
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: The Almighty Johnsons, Season 3
  • Best Professional Production/Publication: WearableArt
  • Best Fan Writing (tie): Alan Parker for “Presidential Address” in Novazine and Lynelle Howell for “Presidential Sweet” and “DuhVice” in Phoenixzines
  • Best Fan Artwork: Held Over to 2015
  • Best Fan Production/Publication: Phoenixine edited by John & Lynelle Howell
  • Best New Talent: Dan Rabarts
  • Services to Fandom: The League of Victorian Imagineers
  • Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Helen Lowe

For more information…