Sir Julius Vogel Award Results - 2011
The list of nominations on the ballot can be found here.
Professional Award Winners:
||The Heir Of Night
|The Questing Road
|Best Young Adult
||Summer Of Dreaming
|Best Novella / Novelette
||A Tale Of The Interferers - Hunger For Forbidden Flesh
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46
|Best Short Story
||High Tide At Hot Water Beach
A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction
|Best Collected Work
||A Foreign Country - New Zealand Speculative Fiction
Anna Caro and Juliet Buchanan (Eds)
||Tymon's Flight Cover
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Best Dramatic Presentation
Although only one episode from each
programme has been listed as nominated,
each series is a continuous story. The nominator
suggested that the vote be considered as a vote
for the series as a whole.
|This Is Not My Life - Pilot Episode
Producer: Tim Sanders
Associate Producer: Polly Fryer
|Kaitangata Twitch - Pilot Episode
Production Shed TV
|Best Production /
||White Cloud Worlds Anthology
Paul Tobin (Ed)
Fan Award Winners:
||Doctor Who - Podcast
||Musings From Under The Mountain
And Novazine Contributions
Novazine - The Magazine Of Stella Nova
||Cover For: StarshipSofa 150
Special Award Winners:
|Best New Talent
I am nominating Karen Healey, the author
of the Young Adult urban dark fantasy "Guardian of the Dead" for the Sir Julius
Vogel award in the category of Best New Talent (Professional).
"Guardian of the Dead" was first published by Allen and Unwin (Australia) and
Little Brown (anywhere else) in 2010.
Miss Healey's debut YA novel "Guardian of the Dead" is a very good read. Set
in an alternate history current-day New Zealand, it is wonderful to see one's home country
used as a setting to an urban dark fantasy. Local Maori mythology and well as mythology
from various immigrant groups to New Zealand have been successfully incorporated into the
story without going overboard. Just enough to give readers the general flavour but also
enough to encourage some readers to do their own detailed research. Miss Healey has
clearly done a lot of research to give her novel a well-rounded feel of the real history
and multi-cultural aspects of New Zealand but at the same time making it an alternate
history New Zealand.
The main characters (Ellie, Mark, Iris and Kevin) are realistic older teenagers. It was
so well done it was like going back to school or university for me. It does not contain
the typical aesthetic dressing-up that is found in most books, but what it does do is give
the story the all-important "I can relate to this fictional reality as a reader, I
can relate to this character, I like the characters". It could be considered a bold
move for a debut novel, but it works in the context of this quite original story.
I saw Karen Healey at Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction convention that was
held in Melbourne, Australia. She was on two of the panels that I was able to attend -
"Capes and Skirts : the Plight of Female Superheroes" and "Writing Strange
Lands : Other Cultures in YA Speculative Fiction". From what I saw at Aussiecon 4,
she is a good speaker, panelist and presenter, and would make a worthwhile guest at a
science fiction or comics' convention.
Her next book "The Shattering" is set in the West Coast of New Zealand and
will be available in September 2011. Published by Allen and Unwin (Australia/New Zealand)
and Little, Brown (USA).
Karen Healey's website - http://www.karenhealey.com/
|Services To Fandom
Ross Temple has
consistently assisted fans in both Australia and New Zealand for a very long time. He has
been there on committees, providing help, providing advice and in a thousand other ways.
He's never obtrusive about it. When I need to know something about NZ writing or fandom
and I know Ross is at a convention, I gently wend my way to the bar and have a drink with
him. I always know if he's at a convention because he brings me chocolate fish, to share
with other fans from Canberra. He's charming and easy to get on with, but he's one of the
biggest reasons that NZ fandom is on the map in Australia. Additionally, Ross has a deep
and abiding love of SF and a very deep knowledge of the genre and his sharing of this love
has contributed significantly to fandom.
|Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy
Simon Litten has provided consistent and
good information about new books over a significant period of time to fans through his
reviews on the sffanz site. He has also been generous in supporting both NZ and Australian
writers through talking about their work, sharing his love of the genre in blogland and at
conventions, and ensuring that new writers (Mary Victoria is a recent example) are seen.
His contribution at AussieCon 4 was particularly notable, if a trifle alcoholic. He was
an outstanding representative for New Zealand and won many readers over, luring them with
mead and chocolate into reading New Zealand writers. Until then, I'm not sure how many
Australian fans and writers knew Simon Litten as anything except a reliable reviewer, but
many of us knew and appreciated littenz for his contributions on Live Journal and his
Taken separately, none of these things is extraordinary, but added together and looking
at his work over time, his contribution to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror is more
than significant - he has helped to shape fan understanding and to improve levels of
knowledge of local writers. He does quiet work and this kind of gentle support (although
essential) seldom gets the recognition it deserves, which is why this nomination is being
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 2010. 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 Context, taking place 3rd to 6th
June 2011 in Auckland..
ConText can be contacted at http://context.sf.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