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50 Years Of Mankind In Space (Pavelitch)

A summary of the Anniversaries of Yuri Gagarin's First manned flight, the 30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program, and what the next decades may bring fro space exploration.

Panel is being held 3pm Sunday in the Victoria room


Auction

Selling SFF items to raise $$ for ConText and FFANZ. Dig deep.

Auction is being held from 11am Sunday in the Victoria room


Banquet

Food, friends, wine, talk!

We relax before the SJVs and enjoy a buffet.

Banquet is being held from 7pm Sunday in the Endeavour room


The Best Job You Never Had - Filling those blanks in your CV (Litten, Litten)

By his own admission L Ron Hubbard achieved more work experience than he had lifetime. Well so too can you. Practical demonstrations from followed by suggestions from the floor.

Caution: audience participation expected

Panel is being held 4pm Saturday in the Victoria room


Board gaming

Friendly games of Dominion, Battlestar Galatica and others. Newbies welcome.

Games will be held at various times throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Gladstone One room

Board gaming contest

A round-robin of Dominion games will be held, with prizes for the winner.

Battlestar Galatica will be held 2pm-5pm Saturday in the Gladstone One room

New player Dominion will be held 7pm-10pm Saturday in the Gladstone One room

Experienced player Dominion will be held 7pm-10pm Sunday in the Gladstone One room


Board Games Show & Tell

Whether you are a complete newbie or have been playing board games for years this is the talk for you. A show and tell of games currently available and info on how to track them down.

You are welcome to bring along a game you think everyone should know about. #Warning# My collection tends to have a lot of SF&F themed games.

Panel is being held 12pm Sunday in the Gladstone One room


The Business of Short Story Writing (Grant Stone)

Grant gives some writing advice - covering what editors are looking for, how to make submissions, all that sort of thing. He also talks about the specific problems people experience being so far away from the US and Europe - difficulty in getting to (many) cons, cultural differences that can make a story fall flat in other countries.

Panel is being held 12pm on Saturday in the Victoria room


The Business of Writing (Lyn McConchie)

Writing a story is about telling a story. Selling it is another matter entirely. Lyn will talk about how important it is to act professionally and to have knowledge of writing aspects such as copyrights and contract clauses. She’ll answer questions about these things, which will direct the direction the talk takes.

Panel is being held 4pm on Sunday in the Endeavour room


Concept artist/Illustrator (Frank Victoria)

Panel is being held 12pm on Sunday in the Endeavour room


Dramatic presentation for SJV awards

Episodes being screened from 9pm on Sunday in the Endeavour room


FGoH speech (Lynelle Howell)

Panel is being held 2pm on Saturday in the Endeavour room

Fannish production for SJV awards

Podcasts being played from 9pm on Sunday in the Endeavour room


Faster than light travel: Will the myth ever become the next marvel? (Asaro)

Science fiction writers have long used ideas of faster than light travel in their stories even though science as we know it predicts that it is impossible to travel at the speed of light. It can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to space adventure stories. Come hear scientists talk about current ideas in physics and how we might extrapolate them to exotic space drives or other exciting scenarios for fictional space travel.

Panel is being held 10am Saturday in the Endeavour room


Filkers

Musically minded fen forms groups to sing sf songs

No one can schedule filking – it just happens.


GM of Weta (Launder)

The boss of the WetaCave gives a talk about the running of the business.

Panel is being held from 4pm Sunday in the Victoria room


The Grand Symbiosis: History & Fantasy (Lowe, Robins, Litten)

From A Game of Thrones & The War of the Roses, to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan & World War 1, history and fantasy are clearly enmeshed, not just in terms of the backdrop and the characters who take the stage, but also weapons and armour, battles and military tactics. Hear the panelists discuss some of their favourite historically-influenced works and whether history can be called the dominant influence on the genre.

Panel is being held 3pm Saturday in the Endeavour room


Hands-on Critique: Whipping a Short Story into Shape (Ripley Patton)

Participants will need to come with a finished short story in hand (or on laptop) to use in the various exercises. There is a limit of 10 people for the workshop, so first in first served.

Workshop is being held Saturday 10-11.30am in the Gladstone One room


The Idea: Word & the Image (Lowe, Victoria, Wolcott, Asaro)

A discussion between authors and artists on the creative relationship between writer and artist in speculative fiction, how the idea of the story is given effect through world and image---as well as how word and image spark off each other to generate new creations.

Panel is being held 2pm Sunday in the Endeavour room


Interview with Catherine Asaro (Kirkpatrick)

Russell poses thoughtful question to Catherine about her life, work, anything really.

Panel is being held 5pm on Sunday in the Endeavour room


Kaffeeklatsch Q&A (Lowe)

Increasingly New Zealand-based SFF writers are looking to overseas publication for their work. As a New Zealand author publishing overseas, Helen will be hosting a kaffeeklatsch for up to 10 participants where she is happy to answer questions around overseas publication, getting an agent, and working with publishers by remote---as well as discussing some of the pitfalls that may arise.

Kaffeeklatsch is being held 3pm Saturday in the cafe


Kaffeeklatsch Q&A (McConchie)

Join Lyn as she talks about her work, how she gets ideas and things a writer needs to know. Up to 10 people can have a one on one chat about writing while enjoying a coffee or tea.

Kaffeeklatsch is being held 4pm Saturday in the cafe


Kaffeeklatsch Q&A (Stone)

Join Lyn as she talks about her work, how she gets ideas and things a writer needs to know. Up to 10 people can have a one on one chat about writing while enjoying a coffee or tea.

Kaffeeklatsch is being held 5pm Saturday in the cafe


Keeping It Real (Asaro, Lowe, Kirkpatrick)

SFF abounds with exotic and fabulous worlds, peopled by aliens and demons, magicians and jedi knights, all dealing with powers and sorceries that take readers to the farthest bounds of the imagination—so how do writers keep their characters and societies believable in the vortex of so much wonder?

Panel is being held 12pm Saturday in the Endeavour room


Love, hook-ups and beyond in science fiction (Asaro)

So you've come to the point in the tale where the characters are ready to take their relationship to the next level. What will you write for their intimate scenes: love, friendship, hook ups, wild sex, affection? Reader reactions to such scenes varies dramatically. How you write them depends on your audience and what you're trying to achieve with the story. Listen to writers talk about how they make such decisions -- and what innovations they predict for relationships in the future.

Panel is being held 3pm Sunday in the Endeavour room


The Making of Art Books (Paul Tobin)

A discussion around the process of putting an art book together from conception through to design and marketing looking at The World of Kong, Crafting Narnia and White Cloud Worlds.

Panel is being held 2pm Saturday in the Victoria room


Mapping Out Terrain: The Wild Wild World of the Writing Blog (Lowe, Patton)

When XKCD last mapped the internet, blogging was a small area of rising ground beside the great plains of Facebook—and identified as the primary territory of bookish types … So why do writers and readers blog? How do they go about it? What blogs do the bloggers read? And are there any great taboos?

Come hear from enthusiastic bloggers Helen Lowe and Ripley Patton about the ins and outs of their blogging habit.

Panel is being held pm Friday in the Endeavour room


Reading with Q & A Concert (Asaro, Wolcott)

Catherine reads parts of her books and then will sing a song that goes with it.

Concert is being held 7pm Saturday in the Endeavour room


Reading Q & A (Lowe, McConchie)

Helen reads parts of Heir and other work by her. she will then read from Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria. Lyn will read from both her SJV nominated novels.

Readings are being held 4pm Sunday in the Victoria room


SF Quiz (Smith)

The Battle of the SF Brains - join a team or just sit around and see who will triumph in our annual test of your knowledge of SF&F. We'll try to cover the field... maths, language, literature, astronomy, chemistry and biology.... Presented by Jacqui.

Panel is being held 12pm on Saturday in the Gladstone One room


SJV Awards 2010

Glamour! Excitement! Join us as the winners for 2010 are revealed!

Award ceremony starts after the banquet at 8.30-9pmish Sunday in the Endeavour room


SJVs – Practical Stuff Explained (Simon Litten, Alan Robson, Kevin Maclean)

How and where to find NZ SF. How to nominate a work for the SJVs. The mechanics of the SJV voting system - how to make your vote count. The panel will be taking questions on these topics or any related topic that the audience wishes to get answered.

This is an audience driven panel, so attendees will be asked if there is anything they would like covered to kick off this panel discussion.

Panel is being held 11am Saturday in the Victoria room


Science in science fiction: TV & movies Asaro, Kirkpatrick)

Ever wonder how accurate your favourite sf show is when it comes to science? Would a stargate really work? Was Mr. Spock right in his predictions for Tribble reproduction? Come listen to a panel of experts talk about how science and fiction intersect in our favourite shows, either movies or TV.

Panel is being held 8pm Friday in the Endeavour room


Sequels and Prequels: How hard can they be? (Asaro)

So you want to do Part 2...or 3...or 4...and with the first book done, it's just a matter of moving forward. Right? You have the universe built, your characters developed, and your cultures cultured. So, what's holding you up? As we have seen in both sequels and prequels, sometimes the formula you have worked so hard to succeed the first go-round can miss a step on the second. What are the challenges in a series? Are prequels really needed? And when do you decide to "shake things up" and set your sequel with a new set of characters? Listen to the pros on how they work through the challenges in the universes they create.

Panel is being held 9am Sunday in the Endeavour room


SFFANZ AGM & Bids for 2012 and 2013 National Convention

The Annual General Meeting. Come along to make your views heard and raise issues. Board members wanted.

Meeting is being held 10am Monday in the Endeavour room. At 11.30am the AGM will be closed and the bids will be heard and decided.


SpecFicNZ Grand Meet-Up

A gathering of SpecFicNZ, the national association for writers of Speculative Fiction in or from New Zealand. All writers welcome. Membership not required.

Meet-up is being held 5pm Saturday.


Storytelling with a Twist! (Lewis Morgan)

New Zealand's strangest professional storyteller shares his darkly humorous tales and secrets of the art of speaking. If you want ghost stories, tattooing and why you shouldn't climb power poles, or just to learn how to turn your written word into a maniacal rant, this is for you!!

Panel is being held 2pm on Sunday in the Victoria room


Tech for writers (Asaro)

One of the pleasures of writing science fiction is coming up with fun or exotic ideas for future tech. With imagined gadgets, software, and hardware at their disposal, authors are embracing technology that is not only surpassing what the legends were writing about, but helping to predict our future. Join our panel to discover what tech authors have predicted well (like Star Trek communicators, aka cell phones), what we've yet to see (nanotech and hover cars), and what entertaining extrapolations the authors on the panel come up with. Panel is being held 11am Sunday in the Endeavour room


Traders Market

People have stalls to sell SFF items. Random Static will be there selling Tales for Canterbury, a collection of short stories written to raise $$ for Christchurch. Every con goer is expected to buy a copy and show support for red and black kiwis.

The markets are being held from 9am Sunday in the Victoria room


What's happening at Weta (Cates)

Norman explains new stuff, completed projects and what it is like to work at Weta.

Workshop is being held 4pm Saturday in the Victoria room

Workshop on musical improvisation (Wolcott)

What is improvisation in music? Donald will give a short performance that emphasizes improvisation. Then he will explain some principal concepts and techniques, and open the talk up for questions.

Workshop is being held 11am Saturday in the Endeavour room

World Cons in NZ (Cates) Vision - holding the World Con in 2020. Reality – what needs to happen to pull it off. Come along to learn how you can help! Panels being held 3 pm Saturday and 9am Monday in the Victoria room

Writing from both sides of the brain (Asaro, Kirkpatrick) Writers who write both non-fiction and fiction describe how the two disciplines interact and interfere with each other. How do you carve time for writing fiction from a schedule filled with non-fiction projects? Why do authors float between reality and fantasy, and what are the challenges between the two? Panel is being held 6pm Friday in the Endeavour room

Special Events

SFFANZ AGM

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Ceremony

Banquet

Banquet

Auction

An opportunity to sell or buy any sf and fantasy treasures; let us know if you wish to sell anything...

Masquerade

Masquerade

Ongoing Activities

KAOS

Killing As an Organized Sport

Writers' Workshop

with Catherine Asaro

Limited to 10 participants

Workshop details

When
3 days, Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 3 June, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Where
Barrycourt Quality Motel, 10 – 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell 1052
Cost
$150.00 pp for the course (free parking onsite)
Bring
pen & paper, or laptop

Lunch not included

Catherine Asaro is the author of more than 20 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and many novellas and short stories. When not writing and making appearances at conventions and signings, Catherine teaches math, physics, and chemistry. She is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the US government as to future trends affecting national security. A former ballerina, Catherine Asaro has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. She founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard. For more information about Catherine go to: http://www.catherineasaro.net/

Please contact enquiries@context.sf.org.nz for a registration form, or use the printable version of the Registrations page at this site.

Note for Administrators: to change the timetable, visit the linking schedule page.

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