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

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Obituary: Dan McCarthy

New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.

GUFF Seeks Nominees

The Going Under/Get Up and Over Fan Fund is seeking European fans who would like to stand for the privilege of traveling to Swancon in Perth, Australia, to be held from March 29-April 1, or to Au Contraire in Wellington from July 12-14, 2013. Nominees will need three European and two Australasian nominators and should inform the GUFF administrators of their intentions, provide a 100 word statement and put up a bond. Deadline for nominations is October 11, with the candidates announced on October 13.

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Obituary: Jonathan Hardy

New Zealand actor Jonathan Hardy (b.1940) died on July 30. Hardy provided the voice of Dominar Rygel XVI on Farscape and appeared in the film Death Warmed Over. Hardy appeared in episodes of the television shows Twisted Tales, Under the Mountain, and Mandog. He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for Breaker Morant.

Obituary: Margaret Mahy

New Zealand author Margaret Mahy (b.1949) died on July 23 in Christchurch. Mahy’s novel The Tricksters was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and in 2006, she received the Sir Julius Vogel Award for service to science fiction and fantasy. Mahy has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal in Literature.

Obituary: Grant Tilly

New Zealand actor Grant Tilly (b.1937) died on April 11. Tilly appeared in episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Mirror, Mirror as well as the films 30 Days of Night and The Returning.

Obituary: Paul Haines

New Zealand author Paul Haines (b.1970) died on March 5 after a battle with cancer. Haines announced that he would no longer be writing in November of 2011. Haines was part of the inaugural Clarion South class of 2004 and his works have won him the Aurealis, Ditmar, Chronos, and Sir Julius Vogel Awards. His fiction has been collected in Doorways For The Dispossessed, Slice of Life, and The Last Days Of Kali Yuga.

Obituary: Russell Garcia

Jazz musician Russell Garcia (b.1916) died on November 20 in Kerikeri, New Zealand. Garcia scored numerous films including Atlantis, the Lost Continent and George Pal’s The Time Machine. In 2009, Garcia, who was born in Oakland, California but lived for many years in New Zealand, received the Queen’s Service Medal for his musical work.