Co-chairs Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler have announced that CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, will present Retro Hugo Awards for 1945, acknowledging notable works published in 1944.
The Hugos are the most prestigious award in the science fiction and fantasy genres. First presented in 1953, they honor literature, media and fan activities, and have become the key event held during the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Since 1996, Worldcon committees also have had the option of presenting Retrospective (Retro) awards to honor works published in the earlier years of Worldcon when no Hugos were awarded. No Hugo Awards were given out in 1945, when Worldcon was on hiatus due to World War II, and CoNZealand will take place 75 years after the awards would have occurred.
The 2019 Irish Worldcon, held in Dublin last month, presented the 1944 Retro Hugos for the 1943 calendar year; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Ray Bradbury were amongst the winners.
“Some of the works created during the World War II years have become classics and it is a great opportunity to be able to formally celebrate them,” said Cates and Buehler.
Nominations for the 1945 Retro Hugos will open at the same time as the 2020 Hugo Award nominations.
In addition to the Hugos and Retro Hugos, CoNZealand will host the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents.
CoNZealand Norman Cates said, “By hosting the natcon alongside CoNZealand, we
can showcase work by New Zealanders not just to our local members, but also to
the wider international fannish community.”
The Sir Julius Vogel
Awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works
created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. All SJV finalists will be
admitted to the SJV Award Ceremony (and at no cost if they are not members of
The main difference
for the SJV Awards is that voting will take place before CoNZealand, due to
practicalities of administration.
The Science Fiction
and Fantasy Association of New Zealand’s (SFFANZ) annual general meeting, the
SFFANZ business session and the bidding session for future national NZ
conventions will also be held at CoNZealand. All SFFANZ members will be able to
attend these SFFANZ events at no cost.
Mr. Cates said, “We
acknowledge that attending CoNZealand is more expensive than attending a
regular natcon. We are therefore committed to ensuring the important natcon
events are accessible to all those who wish to attend.”
“We’re happy to be
able to offer SFFANZ members and the New Zealand fan community an opportunity
to attend events that are regular fixtures at our natcons,” said Mr Cates.
The vote for hosting
rights occurred at Geysercon, the 40th NZ natcon, recently held over Queen’s
Birthday Weekend in Rotorua. CoNZealand was the only bidder. Before the vote, a
number of sessions were held over the weekend to discuss how CoNZealand might
meet its responsibilities should it be selected.
The winners of the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced Sunday night at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, in Rotorua. The Vogels, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders, were nominated and voted on by members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc.) and Geysercon.
PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS Best Novel
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)
Best Youth Novel
Lutapolii – White Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)
Best Novella / Novelette
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)
Best Short Story
“Girls Who do not Drown” by A.C. Buchanan (Apex Magazine, December 2018)
Best Collected Work
Te Korero Ahi Ka, edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)
Best Professional Artwork
Cover for The Baker Thief by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)
Best Professional Production / Publication
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)
Best Dramatic Presentation
Wellington Paranormal, directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New Zealand Documentary Board)
FAN AWARD WINNERS
Best Fan Artwork
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose
Best Fan Production / Publication
Star Trek in the Park – The Trouble with Tribbles (Enterprise Entertainment)
The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.
The winners will be
decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Association of New Zealand Inc., and of the national convention, GeyserCon, to be held May 31-June 2.
PROFESSIONAL AWARD NOMINEES
The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura
Carpenter (IFWG Publishing)
Restoration Dayby Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi)
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)
Teeth of the Wolf by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
The Voyage of the
White Cloud by M. Darusha Wehm (In Portentia Press)
When Gina Pressed
by Elise De Silva (EDS Publishing)
Ezaara, Riders of
Fire, Book 1 by Eileen Mueller (Phantom Feather Press)
Lutapolii – White
Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)
Quest by A.J. Ponder (Phantom Feather Press)
The Suburban Book of
the Dead by Jamie Sands
Best Novella / Novelette
Where the Sun Does Not
Shine by Paul Mannering (Adrenaline Press)
Skin Deep by Violet Penrose (Griffon Press)
Peace by James Rowland (Published in Aurealis #114, September 2018)
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)
“On the Run” by Kevin Berry in Te Korero Ahi K? (SpecFicNZ)
“Girls Who do not
by A.C. Buchanan (Apex
Magazine, December 2018)
“We Feed the Bears of
Fire and Ice”
by Octavia Cade (Strange
“A Devoted Husband” by Melanie Harding-Shaw (Breach Zine)
“Dead End Town” by Lee Murray in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)
Best Collected Work
The Fairies of Down
Under and other P?keha Fairy Tales by Geoff Allen (Makaro Press)
Te Korero Ahi K?Edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)
80,000 Totally Secure
Passwords that no Hacker Would Ever Guess by Simon Petrie
Cthulu: Land of the
Long White CloudEdited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera and Bryce Stevens. (IFWG
Cover for Te Korero Ahi
K?, Created by Evelyn Doyle (SpecFicNZ)
Cover for Quest, Created by Craig Phillips (Phantom Feather Press)
Cover for Capricious 9,
Created by Laya Rose (Capricious)
Cover for The Baker
Thief, Created by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)
Best Professional Production/Publication
Breach Magazine, volumes 5-9 Edited by Peter Kirk
New Orbit Magazine Edited by Naomi Moore (New Orbit Productions)
Writing from a Dark
Place by Lee Murray (Victoria University Press)
Overgrown by Laya Rose
Info Text subtitles
on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 Blu-ray Box Set (BBC,
Paul Scoones (BBC)
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)
Directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New
Zealand Documentary Board)
Mortal Engines, Directed by Christian Rivers (Universal Pictures)
FAN AWARD NOMINEES
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose
Best Fan Production/ Publication
The Future According
to Mikey(Curdled Milk
Star Trek in the Park
– The Trouble with Tribbles(Enterprise Entertainment)
Phoenixine Edited by John and Lynelle Howell (Phoenix Science Fiction
Special Award Nominees
Best New Talent
are numbered to aid clarity — the number has no other significance).
Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an
Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective)
Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and
executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing
process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a
book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong
her unique and empathetic perspectives on disability, sexuality, and the human
condition, Saf Davidson has quickly cemented herself as one of the foremost
upcoming New Zealand SFF writers. Her work on serials “Tourist” and
“Mountain Sound” has garnered broad praise, and as an award-winning
comics writer and editor of games, it’s clear that she refuses to be put in a
box—whether creatively or professionally.
Concealment’s publisher, I nominate and highly recommend this fast paced, action
packed and gripping Sci-Fi novel. The below precis speaks for itself.
genes: will they be our hope or our undoing?
centuries from now humanity has made its last stand – a city high in the Swiss
Alps, a place of safety and security from a deadly past. This is the reality of
Nathanial Paquette’s life and it has been this way for the whole of his
sheltered twenty-three years. But with a knock at the family’s apartment door
everything changes. Now he must face an uncertain future and unexpected truth –
he is genetically altered, and what really matters is what lies hidden within
with eleven others, Nathanial discovers not only does he have to navigate the
competing agendas of the city’s ruling council and a man of science but survive
the rigorous training he and his fellow recruits are faced with.
a world where friendships are forged, enemies are made, and death awaits – ever
wanting to become everyone’s new best friend.
is the first book of a six-book saga, I promise you, you will be on the edge of
your seat from the beginning to the end. The author quickly draws you into the
characters’ lives and their world and moves the story along at pace. Using
compelling language, this new author reels you into the narrative and leaves
you wanting for more.
Makarios has produced a beautifully presented novel that is warm,
laugh-out-loud funny, full of twists, and well-drawn characters. The fantasy
has not only believable characters, but the land itself is a key character,
possessing a magic of its own. She sticks to her genre, but the surprises are
many along the way, and the ending is satisfyingly positive. Effortlessly woven
into the fast-moving story, there are many current themes – the environment,
justice, corporate greed and racism – even though the setting is old. I can’t
wait to see what Makarios produces next.
back-cover description of the novel is as follows:
Lily was born to be queen, but she leads a pawn’s existence in the shadow of
her guardians’ control. She dreams of the day when she will take her rightful
place in the world.
last her chance arrives, with a quest for the three Requisites of Restoration
Day, the royal rite which renews the life of the land. But she’s been hidden
away too long, and Arcelia has changed.
of everything but the identity which has become a life-threatening liability,
Lily will need to do more than cross the board if she is to emerge triumphant
as the queen she knows she must be. The land she thought was hers becomes the
field for a gripping game–and this time she’s playing for her life.”
writing and publishing her first novel (The Lady in the Coat) in 2017, Anna’s
confidence of writing horror stories has been continually improving. She is a
real enigma in the world of horror writing.
astounds more than anything, is that Anna understands how the brain works; how
we, as human beings cope/deal with fear, terror and paranoia.
reading Deceptive Cadence, Anna’s collection of short stories, you will
question the noises you hear as you drift off to sleep at night. Could there
really be someone lurking outside you window, waiting?
let’s not forget the monsters living in The Room at the End of the Hall. They
cannot be real, can they?
will seriously second guess yourself after you have read Deceptive Cadence. You
will jump at every noise you hear.
Ryan is an up and coming writer with imagination and writing skill to be a
hugely successful horror writer
There were a lot of memorable moments in pop culture in 2018, including many highs, as well as a few lows. But in addition to that, there were a few events that were just weird or shocking, to the point that some folks are still reeling months later. Yes, there were many deaths. There were also a large number of sexual misconduct accusations. But omitting those, here are a few other moments that you may recall.
Their list begins with —
12. Netflix Dropped A Surprise Movie, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ After The Super Bowl
This was a hard year. For many of us, 2018 was surreal, and for many more, it was deeply painful. But in the face of adversity, as always, it is the women who made us feel we can survive, thrive, and make a difference.
In 2018, women like Christine Blasey Ford stood firm against a wave of screams attempting to silence, dismiss and discredit her. But firm she stood. For better or worse, and still experiencing attacks and threats, she and so many other women reminded us that we are strong. Often because the world has given us no choice. But it’s what these women do with that strength that is empowering, inspiring, and life-changing for those of us their lives touch.
The genre world is no different. This year, we were still told, constantly and from people who should know better, that there is simply not room at the table for us, or, possibly worse, gaslit into believing there aren’t enough of us capable or even willing to do the work men are handed with far less experience.
These women inspired us to say “f*ck that” and be everything the world says we can’t be. And we are eternally grateful.
are in the article for about each selectee. The list (along with an attempt to
distill the roles for which each woman was selected) is:
* Eve Ewing (academic, author, visual artist)—selected by Sara Century
* Jody Houser (comic book author)—selected by Riley Silverman
* N.K. Jemisin (author, activist)—selected by S.E. Fleenor
* Jodie Whittaker (actor)—selected by Jenna Busch
* Laila Shabir (founder/CEO of Girls Make Games)—selected by Courtney Enlow
* Margot Robbie (actor, producer)—selected by Jenna Busch
* Janelle Monáe (musician)—selected by Clare McBride
* Ava DuVernay (director)—selected by Tricia Ennis
* Natalie Portman (actor, activist)—selected by Emma Fraser
* Tessa Thompson (actor, singer, songwriter)—selected by S.E. Fleenor
* Christina Hodson (screenwriter)—selected by Jenna Busch
* Brie Larson (actor, activist)—selected by Carly Lane
We never would’ve guessed this, but it turns out that developing an interactive movie with tons of branching paths and alternate endings is kind of difficult. Perhaps that’s why most movies only have the one narrative and end the same way no matter how many times you watch it?
…The movie has so many different variations based on what choices you make that Brooker (the creator of Black Mirror) says he has “forgotten” how many different endings there are, going so far as to reject producer Annabel Jones’ claim in a Hollywood Reporter interview that there are five “definitive” conclusions.
That Hollywood Reporter piece goes deep into how Bandersnatch was made and some of the behind-the-scenes magic that allows it to work, but the biggest reveal is that Bandersnatch required such an “enormous” amount of time and work that the fifth season of the oppressively dark sci-fi horror series has been delayed….
In Caroline Eriksson’s family, it has always been a tradition to build gingerbread houses.
But over the years, Caroline began to get tired of “just” building houses.
This year she has built a 130×90 centimeter replica of Alien – made in gingerbread.
For three and a half weeks, Caroline Eriksson, 31, has worked with the gingerbread during evenings and weekends.
Building gingerbread houses always used to be a tradition in Caroline’s family during her childhood in Tyresö. But in recent years, the gingerbread cookies have become increasingly advanced.
– After a few years I got tired of doing houses and started to do more special things like boats and some movie creations, says Caroline.
For several years, Caroline has lived in Oslo. In 2013, she participated in a gingerbread competition in Norway and since then the gingerbread cookies have become more extreme.
– Then I built Optimus Prime, the transformer robot, in gingerbread. I won the competition which was super cool and after that, the tradition of making a gingerbread figure every year continued. I try to challenge myself and make more crazy creations every year, says Caroline.
(7) SIR JULIUS VOGEL
AWARDS YEAR KICKS OFF. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019
Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and will be taken until the window closes on March 30, 2019.
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 2018 calendar year.
(8) AMONG THE RUINS. Harvard Gazette’s ‘Stepping inside a dead star” offers “A virtual
reality experience of being inside an exploded star.” You’ll need the VR
hardware to try this out.
Cassiopeia A, the youngest known supernova remnant in the Milky Way, is the remains of a star that exploded almost 400 years ago. The star was approximately 15 to 20 times the mass of our sun and sat in the Cassiopeia constellation, almost 11,000 light-years from earth.
Though stunningly distant, it’s now possible to step inside a virtual-reality (VR) depiction of what followed that explosion.
A team led by Kimberly Kowal Arcand from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University has made it possible for astronomers, astrophysicists, space enthusiasts, and the simply curious to experience what it’s like inside a dead star. Their efforts are described in a recent paper in Communicating Astronomy with the Public.
The VR project — believed to be the first of its kind, using X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory mission (which is headquartered at CfA), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and optical data from other telescopes — adds new layers of understanding to one of the most famous and widely studied objects in the sky.
When Nancy Grace Roman was a child, her favorite object to draw was the moon.
Her mother used to take her on walks under the nighttime sky and show her constellations, or point out the colorful swirls of the aurora. Roman loved to look up at the stars and imagine.
Eventually, her passion for stargazing blossomed into a career as a renowned astronomer. Roman was one of the first female executives at NASA, where she served as the agency’s first chief of astronomy.
Known as the “Mother of Hubble,” for her role in making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality, Roman worked at NASA for nearly two decades. She died on Dec. 25 at the age of 93.
Don Lusk, longtime Disney animator and Hanna-Barbera director, has died. The multi-hyphenate artist behind dozens of iconic characters roaming throughout animation was 105. His longevity was only matched by his output, as Lusk’s six decade career saw him make the faces of Alice in Wonderland, Charlie Brown, Babar, Papa Smurf, and Goofy familiar to an entire culture.
(11) TODAY IN HISTORY
December 31, 1958 — The Crawling Eye showed up at the drive-in.
December 31, 1958 — The Strange World Of Planet X made for a good double bill at the drive-in.
December 31,1961 — The Phantom Planet appeared in theaters.
(12) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
by Cat Eldridge.]
Born December 31, 1937 — Anthony Hopkins, 80. I never know what I’ve going to find when I look these Birthday possibilities so imagine my surprise when I discover his first genre role was Ian McCandless in Freejack followed soon by playing Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula! He went to have a number of genre roles including being C. S. Lewis in Shadowlands, the lead in The Mask of Zorro, the narrator of that stink, stank, stunk How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Odin in three Thor MCU films.
Born December 31, 1943 – Ben Kingsley, 75. First SF character he played was Avatar in Slipstream, later roles included Dr. John Watson in Without a Clue, Minister Templeton in Photographing Fairies, The Great Zamboni In Spooky House, Specialist in A.I., Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting, Merenkahre in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and that’s just a partial listing. God he’s had an impressive genre history!
Born December 31, 1945 – Connie Willis, 73. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards for her work, a feat that impresses even I who isn’t generally impressed as you know by Awards! Of her works, I’m most pleased by To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book and Bellwether, an offbeat novel look at chaos theory. I’ve not read enough of her shorter work to give an informed opinion of it, so do tell me what’s good there.
Born December 31, 1949 – Ellen Datlow, 69. Let’s get start this Birthday note by saying I own a complete set of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror which, yes , I know, it was titled The Year’s Best Fantasy for the first year. And I still read stories for them from time to time. If that was all she had done, she’d have been one of our all-time anthologists but she also, again with Terri Windling, did the Fairy Tale and Mythic Fiction series, both of which I highly recommend. On her own, she has the ongoing Best Horror of Year, now a decade old, and the Tor.com anthologies which I’ve not read but I assume collect the fiction from the site. Speaking of Tor.com, she’s an editor, something she’s also done at Nightmare Magazine, Omni, the hard copy magazine and online, Sci Fiction webzine and Subterranean Magazine.
Born December 31, 1958 – Bebe Neuwirth, 60. Ok she’s had but one television SF credit to her name which is playing a character named Lanel in the “First Contact” episode of the Next Gen series during season four but I found a delightful genre credential for her. From April 2010 to December 2011, she was Morticia Addams in the Broadway production of The Addams Family musical! The show itself is apparently still ongoing.
Born December 31, 1959 – Val Kilmer, 59. Lead role in Batman Forever where I fought he did a decent job, Madmartigan in Willow, Montgomery in The Island of Dr. Moreau, voiced both Moses and God in The Prince of Egypt, uncredited role as El Cabillo in George and the Dragon and voiced KITT in the reboot of Knight Rider.
(13) COMICS SECTION.
In this Brewster Rockit, Cliff Clewless may have the right idea—retroactive New Year resolutions.
(14) ON TONIGHT’S JEOPARDY! Andrew Porter, Jeopardy! game show genre reference correspondent, spotted another:
Double Jeopardy Answer, for $3,000: He wrote 1899’s “Father Goose”; he came up with a “Wonderful” adventure the following year.
Wrong question: “Who is [Upton] Sinclair?” [which cost the contestant $3 grand]
Correct question: Who is L. Frank Baum?
(15) POOP QUIZ. Meanwhile, Daniel Dern is proposing his own game show – “Today’s SF and SF-adjacent Pop Quiz.”
What (a) SF story, and (b) folk song (story, more precisely) do these articles make you think of:
[Note: the review contains spoilers regarding the novel.]
Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, Red Moon, is set in 2047. China has become the dominant player on the Moon with large-scale operations at the South Pole. The US and other players have facilities at the North Pole. China achieved this position using the experience of massive infrastructure projects to mount an operation possibly larger and more intensive in scope than the U.S. Apollo project. According to the novel, President Xi Jinping secured the commitment of the Chinese Communist Party at the 20th People’s Congress in 2022 to the goal “… that the moon should be a place for Chinese development, as one part of the Chinese Dream.” Insofar as 2022 is still more than three years into the future, Robinson may be advocating for such a future. Xi Jinping is highly praised in the book for his Moon declaration as well as for the environmental cleanup that takes place on Earth. The hills surrounding Beijing in 2047 are green and the air is fresh and breathable as a result of the environmental policies of Xi.
(18) YOUNG JUSTICE. The
final trailer of Young Justice Season 3:
Outsiders has been released. The TV series will premiere January 4.
John King Tarpinian, JJ, Rich Lynch, Hampus Eckerman, Cat Eldridge, Mike
Kennedy, Chip Hitchcock, Martin Morse Wooster, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew
Porter for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing
editor of the day OGH.]
The finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.
The winners will be decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc., and of the national convention, Conclave 3, to be held March 30-April 2.
In the Earth’s Embrace, by J.C. Hart (Etherhart Press)
Bastet’s Daughters, by Lyn McConchie (Wildside Press)
Tyche’s Flight, by Richard Parry (Independent)
Hounds of the Underworld, by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Starlight’s Children, by Darian Smith (Wooden Tiger Press)
Best Youth Novel
Earthcore, Book 1: RotoVegas, by Grace Bridges (Splashdown Books)
The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe (IFWG Publishing)
A Dash of Belladonna, by J. Rackham (Lemon Ink)
The Kahutahuta, by Douglas A. Van Belle (Intergalactic Media Group)
The Traitor and the Thief, by Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)
The Meiosis of Cells and Exile, by Octavia Cade, published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017 edition
Standard Hollywood Depravity, by Adam Christopher (Tor)
Beautiful Abomination, by Frances Duncan
Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, by Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)