Pixel Scroll 12/31/16 We All Know That The Pixel Never Scrolls Twice

(1) ON ITS WAY TO BEING DEADJOURNAL? LiveJournal was purchased by a Russian company in 2007 but continued to operate on U.S.-based servers until this month. According to Metafilter

As of a few days ago, the IP addresses for blogging service LiveJournal have moved to 81.19.74.*, a block that lookup services locate in Moscow, Russia. Now users — especially those who do not trust the Russian government — are leaving the platform and advising others to leave.

For years, the online blogging community LiveJournal — popular in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine — has served as a key communications platform for Russian dissidents (the Committee to Protect Journalists earlier this month called on Russian authorities to release a LiveJournal user who has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for a critical blog post). Even after Russian company SUP bought it from California-based Six Apart in 2007 (previously), the fact that SUP continued to run the servers in the US meant that users felt relatively safe; a 2009 press release specifically said that LiveJournal, Inc.* would continue to run technical operations and servers in the United States (and claimed that 5.7 million LiveJournal users were Russia-based).

(2) REANIMATION NOW A HOLLYWOOD ISSUE. “Actors seek posthumous protections after big-screen resurrections” – Reuters has the story.

California law already gives heirs control over actors’ posthumous profits by requiring their permission for any of use of their likeness. As technology has improved, many living actors there are more focused on steering their legacy with stipulations on how their images are used – or by forbidding their use.

Robin Williams, who committed suicide in 2014, banned any use of his image for commercial means until 2039, according to court documents. He also blocked anyone from digitally inserting him into a movie or TV scene or using a hologram, as was done with rapper Tupac Shakur at Southern California’s Coachella music festival in 2012 – 16 years after his murder.

Virtual characters have been used when an actor dies in the middle of a film production, as when Universal Pictures combined CGI and previous footage for Paul Walker’s role in 2015’s “Furious 7” after Walker’s 2013 death in a car crash.

But “Rogue One” broke new ground by giving a significant supporting role to a dead star. A digital embodiment of British actor Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, reprised his role from the original 1997 “Star Wars” film as Tarkin.

Walt Disney Co recreated Tarkin with a mix of visual effects and a different actor.

A Disney spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Princess Leia would appear in films beyond “Episode VIII,” set for release in 2017. Fisher had wrapped filming for the next “Star Wars” episode before she died. She suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

(3) ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS CLOSES. Quoting from JJ in a comment on yesterday’s Scroll:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has made a public posting on Patreon: “All Romance Ebooks and its sister website Omnilit did something incredibly awful on December 28, 2016. It sent out a handful of emails, letting writers, publishers, readers, and others know that it was shutting its doors four days later.”

This is a really well-thought-out and helpful piece. The TL;DR is: 1) if you’re an author who was using them as a distributor, get your rights reverted immediately; 2) if you’re a reader who bought books through them, get them copied to your computer immediately.

There’s a lot more helpful advice for affected authors in there. I really hope that no Filers are affected by this, and I feel bad for all authors who were involved with that business; they are almost certainly not going to get any money they are owed.

Part of what Rusch explained:

ARe is a distributor, mostly, and so it is dealing with its writers as suppliers and unsecured creditors. I’ve been through a bunch of distributor closings, many in the late 1990s, with paper books, and they all happen like this.

One day, everything works, and the next, the distributor is closed for good. In some ways, ARe is unusual in that it gave its suppliers and creditors four days notice. Most places just close their doors, period.

I’m not defending ARe. I’m saying they’re no different than any other company that has gone out of business like this. Traditional publishers have had to deal with this kind of crap for decades. Some comic book companies went out of business as comic book distributors collapsed over the past 25 years. Such closures have incredible (bad) ripple effects. In the past, writers have lost entire careers because of these closures, but haven’t known why, because the publishing house had to cope with the direct losses when the distributor went down.

The difference here is that ARe wasn’t dealing with a dozen other companies. It was dealing with hundreds, maybe thousands, of writers individually, as well as publishers. So, writers are seeing this distribution collapse firsthand instead of secondhand.

To further complicate matters, ARe acted as a publisher for some authors, and is offering them no compensation whatsoever, not even that horrid 10 cents on the dollar (which, I have to say, I’ll be surprised if they pay even that).

(4) NZ ORDER OF MERIT. Professor Anthony Phillip Mann,  a Sir Julius Vogel winner whose novel The Disestablishment of Paradise was a finalist for the Clarke and Campbell Awards, has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature and drama.

(5) NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SIR JULIUS VOGEL. Nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel awards are being accepted until 8.00 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

The awards recognise excellence and achhievement 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.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml  and fill out the web-based nomination form.

Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

(6) CAMPBELL AWARD. Mark-kitteh reports, “Writertopia have set their Campbell Award eligibility page to 2017 mode. It’s obviously very sparse on 1st year eligibility at the moment, but there are a few new entries already.”

The John W. Campbell Award uses the same nomination and voting mechanism as the Hugo, even though the Campbell Award is not a Hugo.

Like the Hugo Awards, the Campbell Award voting takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous, current, or following year’s Worldcon as of January 31. For Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, this means members of MidAmeriCon II, Worldcon 75 itself, and Worldcon 76 can nominate any eligible author. This web page helps identify eligible authors for the Campbell Award.

The official nomination page will be posted when it is available on the Worldcon 75 website. Nominations will likely close on March 31, 2017.

To be able to vote for the award, you must be a member of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. If you are not a member of Worldcon 75 and wish to vote, you must purchase a supporting membership or an attending membership before January 31.

(7) COVERS REVEALED. Greg Ruth’s cover art for Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch  and Akata Warrior has debuted online. Ruth wrote —

We often in art mistake race for color, and what this taught me was a way to skip past those initial assumptions and get right to the heart of her structure rather than her tone. This meant a lot of research into what physical features are distinctively Nigerian, and bringing those to bear on this young woman. She had to, without leaning on skin color, be authentically Nigerian and herself as a true native of her culture in every bit as much the same way in which I might need to address and accomplish the same for a Cambodian scientist, or an Icelandic luthier. We all within our tribes carry specific physical marks that stem from our localized familial genetics. Folks of a Rwandan Tutsi heritage have different physical features even from Rwandan Hutu people due to the way we as people form our tribes via family and region. Whether or not my own self-aware whiteness drove me to paying especial attention to these subtle but significant differences, or whether it was just about cleaving close to that aforementioned ethic of art making to be its best and truly objective self, I can’t say. But I do confess to feeling as someone coming from a  different cultural experience, I owe a lot to research as a means to be the best scribe for the cultural truths and realities of one that is not mine. That means, int he case of INDEH, years of research, tracking tribal origins, genetic traits and societal issues so that the Apaches look like Apaches, especially to actual real Apaches. If I had done this first as part of this ongoing series, I am not sure I would have been able to if I were being honest. I think I needed to do the other three to fully grok what it was this pair of images needed to have done. It was entirely essential to this potential hubris that Nnedi had been so excited about the previous three- and particularly to have been so spot on with them both culturally and inherent in her mind to the characters as she see saw them. Her words brought great comfort to me in times of doubt- (Thanks Nnedi!).

(8) HINES AUCTION RESULTS. Jim C. Hines’ fundraiser for Transgender Michigan brought in $1,655.55.

We know transgender youth are at a higher risk of depression and suicide, and these coming months and years could be very difficult. So I’m proud and grateful to announce that with the help of some SF/F friends and the generosity of everyone who bid and donated, we raised a total of $1,655.55 to help Transgender Michigan continue their important work.

I wanted to pass along this thank you from Susan Crocker of Transgender Michigan:

Transgender Michigan would like to thank everyone involved with the fundraiser auctions run by Jim C. Hines. All of you are helping us provide services to the transgender communities of Michigan and beyond. This will help our help line, chapters, referral system, community building, and advocacy.

(9) RULES VARIATION. Cheryl Morgan has “Arabian Nights Questions”:

Something else I did over Christmas, as a bit of a break from the Wagnerthon, was remind myself of the rules for Arabian Nights, just in case I should end up in a game at Chance & Counters. There are solo play rules, and it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things (not to mention crippled, enslaved, and ensorcelled). However, a couple of questions occurred to me along the way and I was wondering if anyone out there could enlighten me.

First up, I remember from playing the original version that you were not allowed to win if you were gender-swapped. Indeed, I wrote a whole blog post about that a couple of years ago. Checking the rules of the new edition it appears that rule has been dropped. The card for Geas still says you can’t win while you have that status, but no other statuses seem to have that effect. Can anyone confirm this, or have I missed something?

(10) WONG OBIT. Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) who worked on Disney’s Bambi, died December 30 according to the New York Times.

When Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before. But what they did not know was that the film’s striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. The extent of his contribution to “Bambi,” which remains a high-water mark for film animation, would not be widely known for decades


  • December 31, 1931 — A doctor faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild in Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, seen for the first time on this day. This was the first horror movie ever to win an Academy Award, it was for Best Actor. The movie was also nominated for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.


  • December 31, 1935 — C. B. Darrow received a patent for his Monopoly game.
  • December 31, 1958Cosmic Monsters, aka The Strange World of Planet X, opens.


  • Born December 31, 1955  — Michigan J. Frog, pictured with his dad, Chuck Jones.


(13) PROGRAM BREAKERS. The BBC discusses examples of names that break computer systems.

Some individuals only have a single name, not a forename and surname. Others have surnames that are just one letter. Problems with such names have been reported before. Consider also the experiences of Janice Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele, a Hawaiian woman who complained that state ID cards should allow citizens to display surnames even as long as hers – which is 36 characters in total. In the end, government computer systems were updated to have greater flexibility in this area.

Incidents like this are known, in computing terminology, as “edge cases” – that is, unexpected and problematic cases for which the system was not designed.

I remember cracking up when I read an Ann Landers column about the soldier who didn’t have a regular name, just two initials, and once the military had processed him he was legally stuck with the name “Bonly Nonly.”

(14) PRESTIDIGITIZATION. Rich Lynch announces, “From out of the mists of nearly 30 years past, the third issue of the fanzine Mimosa is now online.  You can view it here: Mimosa #3.”

“Like everything else on the Mimosa website, the issue has been put online in eye-friendly HTML format.  This will make it easier to view, as it was originally published in two-column format and you do not need to turn pages to read an article in its entirety.”

Rich has also launched the 17th issue of his personal fanthology My Back Pages at eFanzines.com.

Issue #17 is a year-end collection that starts with a long and at times strange journey, and includes essays involving teetering glass display cases, sweaty dinner expeditions, accusations of spying, protected sanctuaries, icy traverses, well-attired mountain climbs, earthquake epicenters, frigid hitchhikes, altitude-challenged terrain, river confluences, photography challenges, clear skies, city park pow-wows, employment outsourcing, focal-point fanzines, woodland views from on high, Viennese composers, good and bad winter weather, entertaining musicals, minimalist paintings, subway mosaics, and the New York City street grid.  This issue also, for the first time in the run, includes a previously unpublished essay.”

(15) LEGENDS OF THE FALL. Jo Lindsay Walton’s blog has an impressive origin story, but he may be throttling back in 2017.

Superadded to this general siege of opinion, I had started to feel that those closest to me would sometimes, in a real casual way, slip into conversation a chance remark, not obviously aimed at me, which intimated that to hide one’s l33t under a bushel might itself be construed as vanity, and that in a way wouldn’t you say that, like, the most ostentatious blog you can have as a white middle class western cis man is no blog at all — the eyes flick anxiously to mine, linger an unsettling instant, flick away. I caved. My caving is all around you. In the end it was probably the dramatis personae itself that did it: what was reiterated strategum by strategum, however laughable the local strategic design, was this bald provocation: if so many millions of entities, living, dead, exotic, imaginary, could draw together under this one bloggenic banner, if Alex Dally MacFarlane, Alice Tarbuck, and Aliette de Bodard, if Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Sterling Casil, and Ann Leckie, if Anna MacFarlane, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Brad R. Torgersen?, if Carol Emshwiller, Catherynne M. Valente, and China Miéville, if Christina Scholz, Chuck Tingle, and Connie Willis, if Elizabeth Jones, George O. Smith, and George RR Martin, if Gillian Anderson, Harlan Ellison, and Jack Vance, if Jim Butcher, John C. Wright, and John Scalzi, if Jonah Sutton-Morse, Joseph Tomaras, and Kate Paulk, if Kathy Acker, Kevin J. Anderson, and Kim Stanley Robinson, if Kir Bulychev, Lois McMaster Bujold, and L. Ron Hubbard, if Larry Correia, Laura J. Mixon, and Lavie Tidhar, if Margaret Cavendish, N.K. Jemisin, and Nalo Hopkinson, if Naomi Novik, Nick Mamatas, and Paul Weimer, if R.A. Lafferty, Renay, and Robert Heinlein, if Robert Jordan, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and Saladin Ahmed, if Sarah Hoyt, Sofia Samatar, and Sophie Mayer, if Steven Gould, Tricia Sullivan, and Vox Day, if countless others, could all make cause together to beg this one blog of me, if even Alice Bradley Sheldon and James Tiptree Jnr. could set aside their differences to ask this one thing, why then could I not set my false modesty aside, look into my historically-determined and socially-constructed heart, and blog? But now the PhD is kinda done, so … well, this will probably go a bit dormant now.

A volcano puffing out the odd mothball.

(16) PAGES TURNED. Abigail Nussbaum closes out with “2016,  Year in Reading: Best Reads of the Year” at Asking the Wrong Questions.

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar (review) I wrote several thousand words about Samatar’s second novel, the companion piece to her equally wonderful A Stranger in Olondria, earlier this year, and yet I still don’t feel that I’ve fully grappled with how special and revolutionary this book is.  This despite the fact that Histories initially feels a great deal more conventional, and much easier to sum up, than Olondria.  Its use of familiar epic fantasy tropes and styles is more pronounced than the previous novel, and whereas Olondria circled around the edges of a fantasyland civil war, Histories sets its story almost in the middle of it.  What ultimately becomes clear, however, is that just like the hero of A Stranger in Olondria, the four women who tell the story of The Winged Histories are trying to give shape to their lives by casting them into literary forms–in this case, the forms of epic fantasy, even if none of them are aware of that genre or would call it that.  And, one by one, they discover the limitations of those forms, especially where women and colonized people are concerned.  Not unlike Olondria, The Winged Histories is ultimately forced to ask whether it is even possible for people to tell their own stories using the tropes and tools left to them by their oppressors.  If the entire purpose of your existence is to be the Other, or the object, in someone else’s story, can you ever take their words, their forms, and make it a story about yourself?  For most of the novel’s characters, the solution is ultimately to fall silent, and yet The Winged Histories itself rings loudly.  As much as it is a rebuke of the fantasy genre, it is also a major work within it, and one that deserves more discussion and attention than it has received.

(17) KYRA LOOKS BACK AT 2016. In comments, Kyra sketched some mini-reviews of what she read this past year.

(18) SOME GOOD IN 2016 AFTER ALL. Creature Features, the Burbank collectibles store, put together a tribute to 2016 sff.

[Thanks to JJ, Andrew Porter, Kip W, Joe Rico, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Ken Richards.]

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The winners of the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given for achievements by New Zealanders in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

Voting was conducted at Au Contraire 2016, the 37th National Science Fiction convention held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend. A record number of votes was cast this year.

Professional Awards Category Winners

Best Novel

  • Ardus by Jean Gilbert, Rogue House Publishing

Best Youth Novel

  • Dragons Realm by Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factoy)

Best Novella

  • The Ghost of Matter by Octavia Cade, published in Shortcuts: Track 1 (Paper Road Press)

Best Short Story

  • “The Thief’s Tale” by Lee Murray

Best Collected Work

  • Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, Jean Gilbert/Chad Dick (eds)

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover for Shortcuts: Track 1, by Casey Bailey

Best Professional Production/Publication

  • White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, Paul Tobin (ed), published by Weta Workshop

Best New Talent

  • Jean Gilbert

Fan Award Category Winners

Best Fan Production/publication

  • Phoenixine, by John and Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Artwork

  • Keith Smith – for contributions to Novazine

Best Fan Writing

  • John Toon

Special Award Category Winners

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror     

  • Marie Hodgkinson

Services to Fandom

  • Glenn Young

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

SFFANZ logoThe 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist has been announced. These 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, AuContraire 2016.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Ardus by Jean Gilbert (Rogue House Publishing)
  • Mariah’s Dream by Grace Bridges (Splashdown Books)
  • Vestiges of Flames by Lyn McConchie (Lethe Press USA)
  • Currents of Change by Darian Smith (Wooden Tiger Press)
  • Shards of Ice by Catherine Mede (Flying Kiwi Press)
  • Sun Touched by J.C. Hart (Etherhart Press)

Best Youth Novel

  • The Caretaker of Imagination by Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
  • Dragons Realm (You Say Which Way) by Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factory)
  • Brave’s Journey by Jan Goldie (IFWG Publishing Australia )
  • Lucy’s Story: The End of the World by Z. R. Southcombe (Self Published)
  • Deadline Delivery by Peter Friend (Fairytale Factory)

Best Novella / Novelette

  • Pocket Wife by I. K. Paterson-Harkness (in Shortcuts – Track 1, Paper Road Press)
  • The Way the Sky Curves by J. C. Hart (Etherhart Press)
  • The Molenstraat Music Festival by Sean Monaghan (Asimov’s, September 2015 issue)
  • The Last by Grant Stone (in Shortcuts – Track 1, Paper Road Press)
  • The Ghost of Matter by Octavia Cade (in Shortcuts – Track 1, Paper Road Press)
  • Burn (Maiden, Mother, Crone, bk 1) by J. C. Hart (Etherhart Press)
  • Bree’s Dinosaur by A. C. Buchanan (in Shortcuts – Track 1, Paper Road Press)

Best Short Story

  • “The Thief’s Tale” by Lee Murray (Volume 1 of The Refuge Collection, Steve Dillon, ed.)
  • “Pride” by Jean Gilbert (In Contact Light, Timothy Zahn (ed.), Silence in the Library LLC)
  • “Floodgate” by Dan Rabarts (In Mammoth book of Dieselpunk, Burning Press)
  • “The Shelver” by Piper Mejia (In SpecFicNZ Shorts)
  • “The Harpsicord Elf” by Sean Monoghan (In Capricious Issue 2)
  • “Drag Marks” by Darian Smith (In Shifting Worlds, Wooden Tiger Press)

Best Collected Work

  • Shifting Worlds: a collection of short stories by Darian Smith (Wooden Tiger Press)
  • Shortcuts: Track 1, edited by Marie Hodgkinson (Paper Road Press)
  • The Survivors: Heroic Edition by V. L. Dreyer (Cheeky Kea Creations)
  • Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, Jean Gilbert (author)/Chad Dick (ed) (Rogue House Publishing)
  • SpecFicNZ Shorts (SpecFicNZ)
  • 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 (In Letters to Tiptree, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • The Face of Oblivion, A LARP written by Catherine Pegg
  • White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, Paul Tobin (ed), published by Weta Workshop

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Writing

  • John Toon (Available in Phoenixine)
  • June Young (Available in Phoenixine)
  • Terri Doyle (Available in Novazine)

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

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

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Marie Hodgkinson

While a student at the University of Otago Marie set up Semaphore Publications and for three years produced a quarterly magazine of genre short fiction and an annual year’s best compilation. These magazines were an interesting and exciting source of previously unknown genre authors living within New Zealand, some of which are now well established in the local consciousness.

Since graduating, Marie has established Paper Road Press and continued to publish and promote NZ speculative fiction. In its turn Paper Road Press has promoted new, unknown authorial talent with collections of shorter length fiction as well as novels.

Through these publishing efforts Marie has expanded the breadth and depth of New Zealand’s science fiction and fantasy landscape and for that that Marie should be honoured.

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The winners of the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced during Reconnaissance, the 36th New Zealand National Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Convention, held in Rotorua from April 3-6.



  • Engines of Empathy by Paul Mannering (Paper Road Press)


  • The Caller: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan)


  • “Peach and Araxi” by Celine Murray (Published in Conclave: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Leapy Sheep)


  • “Inside Ferndale” by Lee Murray (SQ Mag, Issue 12, January 2014)


  • Lost In The Museum by Phoenix Writers Group (Makaro Press)


  • Cover for Lost In The Museum – Geoff Popham


  • Weta Digital: 20 Years of Imagination On Screen – Clare Burgess with Brian Sibley with the support of Weta Digital


  • “What We Do In The Shadows” directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, produced by Chelsea Winstanley and Taika Waititi / (c) Shadow Pictures 2014



  • Phoenixine – John & Lynelle Howell


  • Keith Smith, for contributions in Novazine


  • Rebecca Fisher


  • A.J. Fitzwater


  • Hugh Cook

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognize excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror By New Zealanders. They are voted on By New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered By SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

2015 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Sir Julius Vogel AwardThe 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist has been released. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Dreamer’s Pool, Juliet Marillier – Pan MacMillan
  • The Sovereign Hand, Paul Gilbert – Steam Press
  • Engines of Empathy, Paul Mannering – Paper Road Press
  • The Caves of Kirym, Derrin Attwood – Worldly Books
  • The Seventh Friend, Tim Stead
  • Onyx Javelin, Steve Wheeler – HarperCollins, Australia

Best Youth Novel

  • The Caller: Shadowfell, Juliet Marillier – Pan Macmillan
  • Tantamount, Thomas J. Radford – Tyche Books
  • Wee Mac, Linda Dawley – Little Red Hen Community Press
  • Donnel’s Promise, Anna Mackenzie – Longacre Press
  • Watched, Tihema Baker – Huia Press

Best Novella

  • A Mer-Tale, Jan Goldie – Published in Conclave: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Leapy Sheep
  • Trading Rosemary, Octavia Cade – Masque Books
  • Ranpasatusan, Shelley Chappell
  • Peach and Araxi, Celine Murray – Published in Conclave: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Leapy Sheep
  • The Last Homely Housekeeper, Rolf Luchs
  • In the Spirit, J. C. Hart

Best Short Story

  • “Inside Ferndale” by Lee Murray, SQ Mag, Issue 12, January 2014
  • “The Watch Serpent” by Eileen Mueller, Disquiet, Creativa
  • “Chiaroscuro” by Charlotte Kleft, Disquiet, Creativa
  • “Water” by Lee Pletzers, Disquiet, Creativa
  • “Santa’s Sack” by Simon Fogarty in The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, Phantom Feather Press

Best Collected Work

  • Lost In The Museum, Phoenix Writers Group, Makaro Press
  • Corpus Delecti, William Cook – James Ward Kirk Publishing
  • Dreams of Thanatos, William Cook – King Billy Publications
  • The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, A. J. Ponder, E. Mueller and P. Friend (eds) – Phantom Feather Press
  • Write Off Line 2014: They Came In From The Dark, Lauren Haddock and Jessica Harvey (eds) – Tauranga Writers Publishing
  • Beyond The Briar, Shelley Chappell

Best Professional Artwork

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

Best Professional Production/Publication

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

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • What We Do In The Shadows, Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, Produced by Chelsea Winstanley and Taika Waititi (c) Shadow Pictures 2014
  • 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, Jacqui Smith
  • Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Artwork

  • Keith Smith — for contributions in Novazine
  • Matt Cowens — for “Gorgth Goes Shopping”, Au Contraire 2013 convention book, (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

Dan McCarthy (1934-2013)

Dan McCarthy, the grand old man of New Zealand fandom, died August 7. He was a past Fan Guest of Honour at the New Zealand national convention and a 2009 nominee for the Sir Julius Vogel Award.

McCarthy belonged to Aotearapa for 25 years. He was the apa’s official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. As a member he contributed 77 issues of his fanzine Panopticon for which he did paintings and colour graphics. McCarthy’s skills as a fanartist were widely appreciated. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991.

[Thanks to Bruce Gillespie for the story.]

2013 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees Wanted

SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand, will be taking nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2013 through March 31. Anybody may nominate —

There is no requirement for the nominator to be of age, of sound mind, or even be a New Zealander, however, the nominator does need to be living. SFFANZ may be liberal minded as to who may nominate, but it is not so licentious as to allow zombies to have their halfpennith-worth.

The inspirational Sir Julius Vogel was a 19th-century Prime Minister of New Zealand. His novel Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman’s Destiny, published in 1889, is the earliest known sf novel by a New Zealander.

Professional nominations can be for novels, short stories, art and others. Fan nominations can be for fanzine, writing, art, Services to Fandom, Services to Science Fiction, etc.

Eligible nominees are works by a New Zealander, or a New Zealand resident, created in 2012. The New Zealander may be someone living out of the country. Published works need to have appeared in New Zealand first.

A detailed nomination FAQ can be found here. SFFANZ maintains a list of eligible professional works here. (I never heard of The Almighty Johnsons before!)

Voting for the awards will take place at the 2013 National SF Convention Au Contraire.

[Thanks To David Klaus for the story.]