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AJs take a bow

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand’s (SFFANZ) annual bash ran last weekend, culminating in the presentation of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

The final season of SPP’s The Almighty Johnsons took the gong for Best Dramatic Presentation.

The Almighty Johnsons

Five of us. Check. Woods. Check. So where’s the bloody cabin?

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders, and recognise both professional work and the efforts of genre fans.

For young players, Vogel was a Prime Minister of New Zealand in the 19th century. In 1887, he introduced the first women’s suffrage Bill to Parliament. In 1889 he wrote what’s generally acknowledged as the first NZ SF novel, Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman’s Destiny, in which he anticipated “a utopian world where women held many positions of authority”.

NZ got its first female PM in 1997 and its second in 1999, so Vogel’s sense of timing wasn’t far off.

The National Science Fiction Convention, ConClave 2, ran 24 – 27 April in Auckland.

The 2014 Julis Vogel award winners were:

Professional Awards
Best Novel

Heartwood, Freya Robertson

Best Youth Novel
Raven Flight, Juliet Marillier

Best Novella
Cave Fever, Lee Murray

Best Short Story
By Bone-Light, Juliet Marillier

Best Collected Work
Baby Teeth, edited by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray

Best Professional Artwork
Cover of Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2, Emma Weakley

Best Professional Production/Publication
WearableArt, Craig Potton Publishing

Best Dramatic Presentation
The Almighty Johnsons (Season 3)
South Pacific Pictures

Fan Award Nominees
Best Fan Production / Publication

Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Writing
Alan Parker, Presidential Address
Lynelle Howell, Presidental Sweet/DuhVice

Best New Talent
Dan Rabarts

Services To Fandom
The League of Victorian Imagineers

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Helen Lowe

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