Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominations - 2010
Following are the nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2010. The nominees
are for the 2009 calendar year.
Professional Award Nominees
Fan Award Nominees
||Weather Child - Podcast
|Coals To Newcastle - Short
John & Lynelle Howell
|Time Space Visualiser
Debbie Cowans, Matt Cowens, Stephanie Pegg, Jenni Dowsett, Chris Gilman
The Event can be read here
and you can download the pdf here.
Cook - The Wordsmith And The Warrior
|Convention Reviews & SFFANZ Press Releases
Phoenixine - The Magazine Of The Phoenix Science Fiction Society Inc
|SJV Watch & SFFANZ
Phoenixine - The Magazine Of The Phoenix Science Fiction Society Inc
Special Award Nominees
|Best New Talent
(Nominations are numbered because otherwise the
text of the descriptions of each nominee may make it
hard to determine where each entry begins and
ends -- the number has no other significance).
|1. Nicholas Chrustowski
A young, rising writer trained
in film with some scripts turned into short films.
He recently produced his exciting first book titled Dreams and Nightmares: Vol 1
It is a collection of ten short stories of the fantasy nature with high-moral themes
and rich imagination. Each spellbinding story tackles human concerns in settings out of
this world, ranging from the lonely surface of the moon, to the terrifying deep ocean
Current projects underway are the anticipated Dreams and Nightmares: Volume 2,
and also, a thrilling, adventure-paced, young adults novel.
|2. Simon Petrie
The justification is simple, over a period of 3 years, he has had a huge list of work
published. The sheer volume of quality work speaks for itself:
Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables, Peggy
Bright Books (forthcoming)
The Ballad of P'toresk, Belong, Ticonderoga Publications (forthcoming) Storm in a
T-Suit, Aurealis 45 (forthcoming) Must've Been While You Were Kissing Me, ASIM 46
(forthcoming) Dark Rendezvous, Destination: Future, Hadley Rille Books (forthcoming) The
Speed of Heavy, Kaleidotrope 8 (forthcoming) Jack Makes a Sale, FlashShot (forthcoming)
Latency, Aurealis 43 (forthcoming)
The Fridge Whisperer, Semaphore Magazine, (2010) Day of the Carrot, Ticon4 (2010)
Negotiation, Antipodean SF 137 (2009) Dream(TM), ASIM 42 (2009) Postosuchus
kirkpatrickii..., Murky Depths 9 (2009) Talking with Taniwha, Borderlands 11 (2009)
Scuttle, BBT Magazine 4 (2009) Downdraft, Sybil's Garage 6 (2009) Yarn, FlashShot (2009)
Bodysurfing, Antipodean SF 131 (2009) Irritant, Beyond Centauri 24 (2009) Single Handed,
Kaleidotrope 6 (2009) Bard Tempered, FlashShot (2009) Sixes, Sevens, Escape Velocity 4
(2009) The Fall Guy, Masques (CSFG publishing, ed. Polack & Hopkins, 2009) Ancient
Chinese Proverb #44 (poem), The Battered Suitcase (2009) Podcast, Hope 1 (2009) Feedback,
The Nautilus Engine 2:3 (2009) Writeoff, Eclecticism 7 (2009) Guy Walks Into A Bar...,
Antipodean SF 127 (2008) Hope Anew, Antipodean SF 127 (2008) MRE, Jupiter 22 (2008) Tall
Poppies, Antipodean SF 125 (2008) Fahrenheit 41, Antipodean SF 123 (2008) Tsiligup,
Antipodean SF 121 (2008) Alnilam's Planet, Alienskin (2008) Florence, 1504, Late Winter,
Eclecticism 4 (2008) Open and Shut, Antipodean SF 119 (2008) DragonBlog, ASIM 33 (2008)
Six Subliminals, ASIM 33 (2008) Lacerta pynbawii, Antipodean SF 118 (2008) Stranger
Than..., Antipodean SF 118 (2008) Dragonsick, Big Pulp 1 (2008) Field Dynamics, Antipodean
SF 117 (2008) 21st Century Nursery Rhymes #126 (poem), ASIM 32 (2008) Fomalhaut 451,
Antipodean SF 116 (2008) Airlock, Antipodean SF 115 (2007) Afar, 365 Tomorrows (2007)
Division of Labour, 365 Tomorrows (2007) Hare Redux, ASIM 30 (2007) Three-Horned Dilemma,
Yog's Notebook 2 (2007) Bookseller, Antipodean SF 110 (2007) Carbon Sequestration, Ripples
9 (2007) Chrysalis, Flash Spec vol. 2 (Equilibrium Books, ed. Cladingboel) Critical,
Worlds of Wonder (2007) The Elder, Antipodean SF 109 (2007) Murder on the Zenith Express,
ASIM 29 (2007) Greengrocer, Antipodean SF 108 (2007)
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 40 (2009), featuring stories by Felicity
Dowker, Ruskin Drake, Darren Goossens, Dan McCormick, Ian McHugh, KT McRae, KC Shaw, Jason
Stoddard, Douglas A Van Belle, and Melissa White Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
issue 35 (2008), featuring stories by Stuart Barrow, Lawrence Buentello, Aliette de
Bodard, Geoffrey Maloney, John Plunket, Lettie Prell, Emma-Jean Stewart, Douglas A Van
Belle and Katherine Woodbury
Since his first fiction sale in November 2006 (Murder on the Zenith
Express, published May 2007 in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 29),
Simon has had many stories published. Excluding items shorter than 1000 words (of which
there are several), his published short stories to December 2009 are:
Murder On The Zenith Express, ASIM 29 (2007) (Aus)
Hare Redux, ASIM 30 (2007) (Aus)
Carbon Sequestration, Ripples Magazine 9 (2007) (Aus)
Three-Horned Dilemma, Yogs Notebook 2 (2007) (USA)
DragonBlog, ASIM 33 (2008) (Aus)
M.R.E., Jupiter 22 (2008) (UK)
Writeoff, Eclecticism 7 (2009) (Aus)
Podcast, Hope fanzine 1 (2009) (Aus)
The Fall Guy, Masques anthology (CSFG Publishing: eds Polack & Hopkins,
Sixes, Sevens, Escape Velocity 4 (2009) (USA)
Single Handed, Kaleidotrope 6 (2009) (USA)
Irritant, Beyond Centauri 24 (2009) (USA)
Downdraft, Sybils Garage 6 (2009) (USA)
Scuttle, BBT Magazine 4 (2009) (USA)
Talking With Taniwha, Borderlands 11 (2009) (Aus)
How Postosuchus kirkpatricki, Arguably The Most Brutal, Vicious, And Ruthless
Ambush Predator To Have Ever Walked The Earth (I Mean, Check Out Those Teeth!) Was
Inadvertently Reincarnated As The Hindbrain Of Mr. Gregory Q. Whimple, A Mild-Mannered
Complaints Officer With The Small Croydon-Based Electronics And Household Appliance Firm
Of Bettavolt Industries, Ltd., Murky Depths 9 (2009) (UK)
Stories accepted, but not yet published as of December 2009, are due to appear in
Aurealis, ASIM, the Belong and Destination:Future anthologies, Semaphore Magazine and
Simon has also contributed upwards of 70 genre book reviews to the review sections of
the Australian Specfic in Focus! (ASif!), ASIM, and Specusphere websites. Also appearing
on the latter two websites, or in ASIMs print edition, are interviews with Iain M.
Banks, Richard Morgan, Alistair Reynolds, Douglas A. Van Belle, Greg Bear, and Greg Egan.
Simon has served on the Aurealis Award judging panels for two successive years, in 2008
in the SF Novel category and in 2009 in the Anthology/Collection category.
Simon is also an active member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG), the
core collective of the fledgling SpecFicNZ body, and the Andromeda Spaceways Publishing
Co-operative. His involvement with the latter group has included slushreading,
proofreading, magazine layout, subediting, and editing. The two ASIM issues edited by
Simon (ASIM 35, 2008; ASIM 40, 2009) have featured 19 stories by such authors as Aliette
de Bodard, Geoffrey Maloney and Jason Stoddard, and the awards finalists The
Jackals Waltz by Douglas A. Van Belle (#35, shortlisted in the SJV
Novella/Novelette category), Jesses Gift by Felicity Dowker (#40,
shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards Horror Short Story category), and Once a Month,
on a Sunday by Ian McHugh (#40, shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards Young Adult Short
Story category, and joint winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story).
Simons first SF sale, ASIM 29s Murder on the Zenith Express, was
itself a finalist in the SJV short story category in 2008.
Simons debut short fiction collection, Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry,
Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables (Peggy Bright Books), was accepted for publication
in late 2009 and was released in March 2010.
|3. David Hair
David Hair is the author of The
Bone Tiki (HarperCollins NZ), a YA/adult fantasy novel which draws on NZ
myth and history. It was released in April 2009, and was awarded a Storylines Notables
Books YA Fiction certificate, and listed in the Listener magazine top 50 childrens books
of 2009 (a list that included international authors). It has also been given the Best
First Book award in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2010. It's sequel The
Taniwha's Tear was released in April 2010 and a further novel in the series
will follow in 2011. David currently lives in India, where he has another fantasy series
pending release - a quartet of YA/adult fantasy novels set in India with the overall
series title The Return Of Ravana. The first volume, Pyre
of Queens (Penguin India), is due for release in India in August 2010.
|Services To Fandom
David Lee Smith is the founder of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction club. Website here with meeting location and dates.
The Upper Hutt Science Fiction and Fantasy Club first meet in April 1980, and has been
going ever since. It is generally believed that it is the oldest SF club in NZ still in
When the club first started it meet at the Upper Hutt Public Library where David Lee Smith
worked as the Head Librarian. David's job at the library enabled him to provide a suitable
public venue for the club to meet on a regular basis. This was an excellent location for a
club in that it was in an established centrally located public building with a public
source of science fiction and fantasy attached to it. When David retired a few years ago,
the meeting place of the club shifted around until its current location on the website,
but until recently it did meet at the Upper Hutt Public Library on a monthly basis.
David Lee Smith kept the club going for many years, and is still active in the club. He
has extensive knowledge about literary and media science fiction and fantasy, and the
history of SF fandom locally and overseas. His name is well-known in fan circles around
New Zealand, especially amongst local fans of long-standing around the lower half of the
North Island, and even in the South Island.
The importance of local clubs cannot be under-estimated. It enables fans to meet other
fans, and go on to form the basis of local fan activity and fan social events. Local SF
clubs are the backbone of the wider fan community in New Zealand.
This nomination honours David Lee Smith for starting up the club in 1980, and for the many
years he kept the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club running, principally as the Club
Secretary. David has for many years acted as an organiser, science fiction fan and is a
great source of inspiration to the many fans both old and young he meets. His long
standing association with the Upper Hutt Science Fiction club both in its efficient
practical running and enthusiastic participation has made him a valued member of the
greater Wellington science fiction community.
There is a lot of routine work involved in running a club; this nomination recognises the
work that David did on behalf of all local Upper Hutt fans who have enjoyed attending club
meetings over the many years of the club's existence. I take great pleasure in
nominating David Lee Smith for Services to Fandom.
|Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy
(Nominations are numbered because otherwise the
text of the descriptions of each nominee may make it
hard to determine where each entry begins and
ends -- the number has no other significance).
|1. Masters Of Horror Web
Community - Creator Lee Pletzers
Masters of Horror is a web based community that started life in 2003 as a small email
group that wanted to help promote and support indie writers of dark fiction in New Zealand
and abroad. The community is powered by members from UK, NZ, Aust, and US. The group has
helped assist new writers find inspiration and support to battle their way to publication.
Many of our members are now published. Masters of Horror really took off in 2009 where
membership jumped 200%.
The E-mail group that started it all was called Embark to
Madness located on Yahoo Groups. E2M started with seven members, friends the founder had
made online who also liked horror and SF. In 2004 the group was 50 strong and this group
released a horror anthology via the small press. Nicholas Grabowsky (writer of Halloween 4
and member) wrote our introduction.
In 2007, the founder Lee Pletzers moved the group to a Ning site called horror writers,
where the group and marketing efforts attracted more members all lovers of horror whether
it be writing, reading, poetry, film production, publishing and editing. There is also a
critique group (closed to the public) called Masterful Writer that has assisted many
writers stuck on scenes. We do not operate like Critters, all advise is voluntary. There
is also a group called, called Dark Musings, where writers can "showcase" their
The site is constantly moderated by its founder to ensure fake accounts are not created
and participation is encouraged. In 2008, around August, the site name "horror
writers" changed to "Masters of Horror" as the site had evolved from just
horror writers to all lovers of the Spec Fic genre. Several groups have been formed within
MoH: book reviews, author interviews, publishers, submission call outs, currently reading,
etc. We also highlight new books by our community on the front page.
It is encouraged at Masters of Horror that any work an artist releases, gets published,
or creates is made known to the community. Book trailers are added to the video section of
the community and blogs and forums are open to all.
The community was created as a place for lovers of genre fiction, mainly horror (but SF
and Fantasy get look in as well) to get together, learn what's around and out there and to
improve and advertise their work. Coming out in 2010 is an anthology of horror from
members of this community and will be released by Triskaideka Books, a small press that
opened in 2010, which is also founded by Lee Pletzers.
I am delighted to do this. The reasons are personal. I joined Masters of Horror Ning
last January having had writers block for six months. Due to the encouragement I
received and the invitations by Lee Pletzer to writing groups on the site, I started to
write again. In May I had a story selected by Mythica Publishing for their Sci Fi
Anthology, MAYBE TOMORROW which is being published shortly.
I then wrote two other sci-fi stories after that. One has just been published in a
collection and the other is being published next week.
I also wrote a sci fi novel that I am in the process of editing.
And I have a current work in progress, a horror novel that I am working on and hope to
have ready for submission by the spring.
Recently Lee has started a group seeking horror stories for a horror anthology and my
story has just been selected.
Okay, thats about me. Now looking at my reasons for nominating more
broadlyLee is a hands on creator. He fully participates and encourages all members
on his network to write and keep writing.
What better recommendation can I possibly make then that?
Masters of Horror is run by a master! It is a site fully committed to the supernatural
genre. It is superb and is superbly run.
The Masters of Horror site is a great place for writers and fans of horror to
congregate. The site is well run (by Lee Pletzers) and has an active membership. In just
the short time I have been a member I have gotten many great recommendations for books and
short stories. I've also discovered lots of new authors I want to read. The more time I
spend on the site the more I realize what a valuable networking and marketing tool it is
for writers. Masters of Horror is a asset to the Horror community and deserving of the
Horror Special Award.
Nomination of the Masters of Horror Website is something that has been long
Masters of Horror came into being by a small group of likeminded writers who wanted to
share their experiences of writing about Horror. When the group outgrew their yahoo
service, they set up the Horror Writers Ning. This was subsequently altered last
year to Masters of Horror because it encompasses Artists as well as writers.
It was set up and established by Lee Pletzers from Wellington, who has spent hours
dedicated to the cause. If there is a problem at the site he is the first one working on
it to get it back up and running again. It is frequented by people from all over the
Horror is something that is kept in the dark, especially in New Zealand, as is
Speculative Fiction. To get something like the Masters of Horror Website
acknowledged as a great source of information for Horror writers and artists alike would
really give Speculative Fiction a boost in New Zealand.
The Masters of Horror ning site is a community where people get together. There
is information on writing, a critiquing service, a place where people can share their
triumphs and tragedies. It is supportive of people with similar tastes and interests
and encourages writers and artists alike.
To get a service like the Masters of Horror recognised would really make readers aware
that Speculative Fiction is alive and well and thriving in New Zealand.
The Masters of Horror community was created as a place for lovers of genre fiction,
mainly horror (but also SF and Fantasy) to get together, learn what's around and out there
and to improve and advertise their work. It offers editing, critiques, reviews, and
marketing tips to New Zealand writers, and was set up by New Zealand writer Lee Pletzers.
There is also a critique group (closed to the public) called Masterful Writer giving
writing assistance and advice; and a group called Dark Musings, where writers can showcase
their latest work.
In 2008, around August, the site name "horror writers" changed to
"Masters of Horror" as the site had evolved from just horror writers to all
lovers of the Spec Fic genre. Several groups have been formed within MoH: book reviews,
author interviews, publishers, submission call outs, currently reading, etc. Masters of
Horror also highlight new books by members of its community on the front page.
||2. Hugh Cook (1956 - 2008)
We are writing to nominate New Zealand Fantasy author Hugh Cook (1956-2008) for a Julius
Vogel Award, in the Special Awards Category of Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and
Hugh Cook was one of New Zealand's most successful yet least recognised authors,
publishing seventeen books in 25 years, from Plague Summer in 1980 to Cancer
Patient in 2005.
Hugh's epic 10-Volume saga The Chronicles of an Age of Darkness sold over 450,000
copies, including 160,000 copies of the first in the series, The Wizards and the
Warriors. This achievement alone is worthy of recognition, but Hugh did not stop
writing when the Chronicles came to an end.
Cook went on to champion many forms of electronic publishing and was an early adopter of
Print-On-Demand technology and free PDF releases as a means of growing his audience. He
was well ahead of the curve on many new technologies well before the mainstream even knew
they existed. He was possibly one of the first authors in the world to write and publish a
blog, building each page in code, long before the ease of Wordpress or Blogger.
Cook's work was often brutal and always challenging, at turns elegiac and tortured. China
Mieville describes Hugh Cook as "one of the most inventive, witty, unflinching,
serious, humane and criminally underrated writers in imaginative fiction. Or
Cook was one of New Zealand's most prolific and successful writers of Science
Fiction/Fantasy, but that is not the only reason that he is deserving of this award. His
success as a Kiwi writer in the mainstream market has inspired many New Zealand writers of
SFF to embrace the genre where they otherwise may have been convinced that the road to
publication was too hard. Julius Vogel Award-winning author Phillipa Ballantine is among them:
'I grew up with a dream of being a writer, but being from New Zealand as well I always
assumed that I could never write in the genre I loved: science fiction and fantasy. I
remember finding Hugh Cook among the books my Dad was reading, and loving the worlds he so
effortlessly carried me away to. And then I found out that he was from New Zealand too.
From that moment on I knew my dream was possible. For both his talent and being a
trailblazer I'll always be grateful to Hugh Cook.'
Phillipa has recently signed a publishing deal with Ace Books in New York for her
fantasy work, a testament to Cook's inspiration and his real impact on a whole new
generation of New Zealand Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers.
Cook also celebrated New Zealand and its lore in his work. His prose drew heavily on the
landscape, places and mythology of Aotearoa, from the legendary Taniwha of Quilth, to the
Ngati Moana, to a prison called Maremoremo. Our native flora and fauna often made cameo
appearances in wild locales, including weka, kauri and rimu, to name but a few all
of this well over a decade before Peter Jackson delivered our country up to the world as
Middle Earth. Cook refused to suffer from cultural cringe; he embraced our countrys
uniqueness and used it to flavour his own inimitable world and style, however far removed
his worlds may have been from our own.
Cook was always ready to engage with his fanbase, and treated those who contacted him with
respect and candour. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar.
Hugh Cook was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2005. He was treated and the disease
went into remission, during which time he wrote a memoir entitled Cancer Patient,
which is available
as a free ebook. He was on the road to recovery when the cancer returned. He passed
away peacefully in November 2008, and is survived by his wife and daughter, who live in
Ultimately, Cook was both Wordsmith and Warrior. Poems, stories and characters were his
tools and his weapons. He wrote with a passion, producing fiction at a prolific rate, and
the English language would be greatly enriched if all the words and terms he had coined in
his oeuvre were to be introduced into common parlance. He fought to find new ways forward
in the publishing world, exploiting technologies that are only now starting to establish
their true place in the electronic market. He maintained his integrity as an author to the
very end, determined to always share the stories he had to tell, and not those that others
wanted him to tell. At the end, he fought an unseen enemy fought it and beat it, if
only for a short time. Even in this he had a story to tell, and while the telling of that
story may not have been able to completely defeat his insidious foe, it may yet bring
comfort to others who face those same demons at some stage.
To quote Mieville again, To honour the memory of this wonderful and
generous-spirited writer and man, those - too bloody few - of us who know his work should
do all we can to bring it to the world's attention.
An article about Hugh Cook written by Dan Rabarts was published last year by World SF News
Blog, and covers his life and work in more detail. It can be found here. Also, his obituary, published in
the New Zealand Herald, can be found here.
As Hugh has passed away, please forward any correspondence to Dan Rabarts (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to arrange
contact with Hugh's family.
Hugh Walter Gilbert Cook (1956-2008): Wordsmith; Warrior; New Zealander.
Article on Cook's life and work:
Another of Cook's websites, now maintained by his family:
Wikipedia page on the Chronicles Series:
Wikipedia page on Hugh Cook:
3. NZ Speculative Fiction Blogging Week - Anna
Caro Potts and SpecFicNZ
New Zealand Speculative Fiction Blogging Week was organised by Core members of SpecFicNZ,
who are working towards the launch of a national SpecFic Writers organisation in 2010, and
administered by Anna Caro. It took place from 14 to 20 September 2009.
It was organised
to allow New Zealanders and those with links to New Zealand to publicise
their own involvement in the field or share knowledge about its history, present state or
Bloggers posted about New Zealand speculative fiction on their own blogs, and let Anna
know the links, which were collected at http://pterodaustrodreams.org/drupal-6.8/node/100
There were 52 posts, covering topics as diverse as new fiction, events being held
during the week, significant and neglected New Zealand speculative fiction writers, and
the distinctly New Zealand influences on speculative fiction. The week gave both readers
and blog visitors a strong sense of a vital and growing field.
|4. Phillip Mann
Phillip Mann was born and educated in England. He migrated to New Zealand in 1969, via
California, and sometime after that began writing science fiction and fantasy novels.
Mann is one of New Zealand's earlier authors of science fiction and fantasy. He has
written 9 novels, 1st published between the years of 1984 to 1996, all of which were
enjoyed by the fans who have copies of his novels and/or who have read them.
The Eye Of The Queen (1984)
Wulfsyarn - A Mosaic (1990)
Pawl Paxwax, The Gardener:
Master Of Paxwax (1986)
The Fall Of The Families (1987)
A Land Fit For Heroes:
Escape To The Wild Wood (1993)
Stand Alone Stan (1994)
The Dragon Wakes (1995)
The Burning Forest (1996)
The novels were published in hardback by Gollancz, and in paperback by Panther and
The 2 novels about Pawl Paxwax were adapted to radio plays by Radio NZ, and have
recently been replayed by Radio New Zealand. The series was also available for purchase at
Replay Radio in a boxed audio CD set (please check for current availability by email here ).
"A Land Fit for Heroes" is a series consisting of 4 books featuring an
alternate history & fantasy set in Britain. His other works can be described as
science fiction, with the "The Fall of the Families" also containing science
fiction poetry. Works of science fiction, fantasy, poetry and alternate history reflect
the diverse talent of this author.
Phillip Mann has been a lecturer in Drama at Victoria University, a journalist in
China, taught mime in various places, worked in theatre in various capacities and has
written plays. He is semi-retired now but still teaches writing at Whitireia College and
helps out with new writers at Huia, a Wellington-based publisher. This reflects a diverse
artistic and academic career in the arts in general.
As the Patron of the Phoenix Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (a Wellington-based
science fiction club), and which he has been since its founding in 1989, Phillip Mann has
strong ties to science fiction and fantasy fandom. He attends Phoenix meetings every year
or so to give a talk, reading and/or presentation to the members of the club. His last
visit was the November 2009 meeting, where his talk and reading was warmly received by the
attending members of the club. In another earlier, but note-worthy visit he spoke of his
time in China as a journalist, and how he developed ideas from that time to incorporate
into his science fiction novels.
To read more about Phillip Mann and his Pawl Paxwax novels, please go here.
Phillip Mann's novels are available at various libraries nationwide. They are available
at Wellington City Library and can be found via their on-line catalogue.
Note: Nominees are presented in randomised order.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
By New Zealanders.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given for work By fans and professionals that was
undertaken, completed or released in the year previous to voting. This year the works
being voted on are from 2009. 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.
This year the National Science Fiction Convention is Au Contraire, taking place 27th to
29th August 2010 in Wellington..
Au Contraire can be contacted at http://www.aucontraire.org.nz
SFFANZ supports Science Fiction and Fantasy in New Zealand and can be contacted at email@example.com or http://www.sffanz.org.nz