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Sir Julius Vogel Award Results - 2012

The list of nominations on the ballot can be found here.

Professional Award Results

Best Novel Samiha's Song
Mary Victoria
Voyager (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Best Youth Novel Battle Of The Birds
Lee Murray
Taramea Publishing

Best Novella / Novelette Steam Girl
Dylan Horrocks
Available In:
Steampunk! - An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Candlewick Press
Best Short Story Frankie And The Netball Clone
Alicia Ponder
Available In:
Challenge, Issue 2, 2011
Best Collected Work Tales For Canterbury
edited by Cassie Hart and Anna Caro
Random Static
Best Professional Artwork Frank Victoria
Cover for:
Oracle's Fire by Mary Victoria
Voyager (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

                         Best Dramatic Presentation

The Almighty Johnsons
Producer: Simon Bennett
Writers: Rachal Lang and James Griffin
South Pacific Pictures

Fan Award Results

Fan Publication Phoenixine
Fan Writing


Simon Litten

For the following 3 articles published in Phoenixine 2011 editions:
   2020 and Counting - Issue 262
   To Ban a Fan - Issue 263*
   An Evening with Nalini Singh - Issue 262
All were also published in Novazine 2011 editions.

*This was published in Novazine under the title "Why Would a Convention Declare a Fan Persona Non Grata?"

Fan Artwork Nick Kim
For artwork in 2011 editions of Phoenixine

Special Award Results

Best New Talent


K. D. Berry

K. D. Berry is the pen name of Kevin and Diane Berry. They graduated with science and arts degrees respectively from Canterbury University, New Zealand. They spent a lengthy stint in London, England, where Kevin worked in IT and Diane worked in travel, but occasionally they escaped the office to hone their creative imaginations in the remoter regions of the UK, Italy and mountain walking in Switzerland. In 2005 they returned to Christchurch, New Zealand. Kevin and Diane used to be married, but aren't any longer. Still friends, they co-parent their two fantastic boys, and each continue to write and edit fiction. The website highlighting their humorous fantasy novels can be found at

Their first novel, Dragons Away!, was published by Bluewood Publishing in November 2011 and has gained several four and five star reviews on Amazon and on other review sites. It is one of the shortlisted nominations for 'Best Novel' in this year's Sir Julius Vogel awards.

Their second and third novels, set in the same fantasy world, will be published later this year. These are Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever.

Services To Fandom


Jacqui and Keith Smith

I am nominating Jacqui and Keith Smith for Services to Fandom.

I first met Keith Smith and Jacqui Dunford at ConVerge, a regional science fiction convention held in Wanganui over Labour Weekend in 1988. Keith by then was already a seasoned convention attendee, but it was Jacqui's first convention. I have photographs from ConVerge, courtesy of Keith being the nearest thing to an official convention photographer, both then and now. This service provided by Keith is wonderful if you want photos. Over the years, there have been a few occasions where I have needed to contact Keith to supplement my own photographs of a convention.

Keith has been taking photographs at New Zealand conventions for a very long time now, since WellCon B in 1980 (his first convention), providing a service to fans who want photographs.

In one of my ConVerge photographs taken by Keith is Jacqui in a Star Trek uniform. Jacqui has always been into costuming, right from the start, and usually manages to wear a costume of some sort to a convention. Jacqui and Keith have kept costuming alive at New Zealand conventions just by being one of the few fans who have often come in costume.

Jacqui was chair of the convention committee of AbbeyCon, a regional convention held up in Auckland in 1991. I've heard AbbeyCon mentioned numerous times by the fans who attended, so it must have been good!

Discontinuity or DiscCon for short was an Auckland regional convention held in 1992. Jacqui was on the convention committee, working hard behind the scenes. This was a convention that was a lot of fun.

Keith was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conquest 1995. This was the national convention held in Auckland. Jacqui was by then Jacqui Smith, and was on the convention committee of Conquest doing the Publicity and Help. Conquest was again quite a lot of fun. Their Con Book also has a handy bio on Keith which includes "While living in Wellington, in those early years he had had a hand in helping to run a couple of local minicons". Keith moved to Auckland in 1990, and became the Treasurer of the Science Fiction Modellers Club for four years. Keith was also a founding member of Aotearapa (an early New Zealand fanzine).

Keith was on the convention committee of OdysseyCon 2001, a hugely successful Auckland national convention where he is listed as the Photographer of SF conventions.

Then there was ConClave in 2006. This was the national convention and Jacqui was the Con Chair, with Keith as the Secretary. ConClave was enjoyable, fun and one of the more memorable conventions in recent years for the right reasons.

In between their convention activities, they have also been very active as local fans. Jacqui has been both Chair and Secretary to the Science Fiction Modellers Club, now known as Stella Nova. Keith has been Treasurer to Stella Nova. Jacqui is currently the Editor of Novazine, the fanzine of Stella Nova. Keith is the current serving President of Stella Nova and is Novazine's chief photographer. Jacqui has also been President of Stella Nova. When you have been active in fandom for as long as they have, roles get repeated every few years.

Outside of New Zealand, Jacqui and Keith have attended World Cons - LA Con IV, Denvention and AussieCon IV. Both are serious fans and enjoy between them - reading, film and TV media, photography, costuming, role-playing and computer games.


Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror


Ripley Patton

When she discovered there wasn't a New Zealand speculative fiction writers' association, Ripley rolled up her sleeves and set one up, embarking on a quest to find all those writers working in isolation and bring them together. Thanks to the hard work put in by Ripley and all the other members of the core committee, SpecFicNZ has grown into a thriving organisation with one hundred members, regular meet-ups around the country. The SpecFicNZ website and newsletter are a great resource for publishing news and when a SpecFicNZ member has a new publication they make a big noise about it! And it's just getting started. SpecFicNZ has big plans for 2012 and beyond.

Ripley is currently president of the SpecFicNZ core committee but she will be stepping down next year. I believe now is the perfect time for Ripley's contribution to the New Zealand writing community to be recognised.


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 prior to voting. This year the works being voted on are from 2011. 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 unCONventional taking place 1st to 4th June 2012 in Auckland..

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