FFANZ 2020 Race Nominations Open

Via Edwina Harvey:


Nominations are now open for the 2020 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).

FFANZ was created to strengthen ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. This fan fund financially assists the winning FFANZ delegate with travel and associated costs to attend the Natcon of the other nation.

In 2020 FFANZ will send an Australian science fiction fan to the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, being held July 29-August 2 in Wellington, NZ.

Prospective candidates have until 25th March, 2020 to file the documents required to nominate to run for the FFANZ ballot. Voting will run from 27 March, 2020 to 27 April, 2020.

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Swancon 2020 Cancelled

March 10 2020

A report from the Swancon committee:

In light of information from the Department of Health, the Western Australian Department of Health, and the advice of medical professionals in our community such as Dr Karen McKenna, the Convention Committee, Convention Steering Committee and WASFF Board have voted to cancel Swancon 2020.

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Nebula Finalists Announced

2019 Nebula Award Finalists

February 20, 2020

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) announced the finalists for the 55th Annual Nebula Awards, including the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards will be presented in Woodland Hills, CA at the Warner Center Marriott during a ceremony on the evening of May 30th.

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NAFF Nominations Open

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) assists fans to travel across Australia to attend the Australian National Convention (Natcon) by covering the costs of airfare, accommodation and convention membership. Swancon 2020: Dark Visions (Natcon 59) is the 2020 Natcon! Do you have a friend in the Eastern States who would be a great convention attendee?

Nominations are being collected by Stephen Dedman (WA) at <naff2020@gmail.com>. Nominations are open now until February 13th. Voting will open on February 14th and conclude at midnight (AWST) March 16th, 2020. It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.

All Australian fans are eligible to vote. The voting process contributes to the fundraising so each vote costs $5. (You are more than welcome to donate more than this amount!)

From Swancon “Dark Visions”

Ditmar Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2020 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) awards are now open and will remain open until one minute before midnight Perth time on Sunday, 1st of March, 2020 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+8). Postal nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, 28th of February, 2020.

The current rules, including Award categories can be found at: <https://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules>

You must include your name with any nomination. Nominations will be accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or supporting members of Swancon 2020, the 2020 Australian National SF Convention <https://www.swancon.com.au/>.

Where a nominator may not be known to the Ditmar subcommittee, the nominator should provide the name of someone known to
the subcommittee who can vouch for the nominator’s eligibility. Convention attendance or membership of an SF club are among the criteria which qualify a person as “active in fandom”, but are not the only qualifying criteria. If in doubt, nominate and mention your qualifying criteria. If you received this email directly, you almost certainly qualify.

You may nominate as many times in as many Award categories as you like, although you may only nominate a particular person, work or achievement once. The Ditmar subcommittee, which is organised under the auspices the Standing Committee of the Natcon Business Meeting, will rule on situations where eligibility is unclear. A partial and unofficial eligibility list, to which everyone is encouraged to add, can be found here:


While online nominations are preferred, nominations can be made in a number of ways:

1. online, via this form: <https://ditmars.sf.org.au/2020/nominations.html>

2. via email to <ditmars@sf.org.au>; or

3. by post to:

PO Box 338
Bull Creek
Western Australia 6149

AHWA Shadows Awards Submissions Open

The Australian Shadows Awards, awarded by the Australasian Horror Writers Association, are now open to submissions until March 31 2020.

Open to authors from Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, works can be submitted to: <australianshadowsawards@gmail.com>

Further details on the awards entry rules, categories, and eligibility can be found here: <https://australasianhorror.com/australian-shadows-awards/award-entry-rules/>

News from:
Greg Chapman and Lynette Watters
Australian Shadows Awards Coordinators

Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin – DVD Documentary

The Foundation received in the mail last week (for its efforts in providing a copy of the 1975 Aussiecon Guest of Honour Speech) a DVD copy of WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN, a very fine 88-minute documentary by Arwen Curry of the life and work of Ursula.

As if we didn’t know it already from reading her blogs, Ursula remained as feisty as ever (more so, even) until her death in 2018. Penetrating interviews and speech snippets are accompanied by stunning animations (particularly of some of the Earthsea books) and interview grabs from people we know well.

The extras, including the entire 1975 speech, are important add-ons. Indeed, I cannot see why the all-important section about THE LATHE OF HEAVEN was missing from the main film, since it’s the only section that deals with Ursula’s advocacy of Taoism.

You can order a copy at your favourite local DVD shop/outlet, or online via Amazon.

(From Bruce Gillespie)

Continuum 16 (2020) “All Possible Futures” News

Melbourne’s annual SF Convention, Continuum for 2020 is set to run over the extended weekend of June 5 to June 8. “All Possible Futures” will be held at Rydges on Swanston.

There’s an accessible tram stop right outside the venue, and the space of Lincoln Square next door, and the location is a mere 500m from Lygon St and the shops and restaurants there. The hotel itself has a bar and grill for all our BarCon needs.

If you don’t want to stay on-site, Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, Arrow on Swanston, and The Eminence on Queensberry are all within 500m to the south of the venue.

The continuum team will have more information about transport, accessible restaurants, and nearby entertainment closer to the convention.

Memberships and more information at <http://www.continuum.org.au/>

DUFF Candidates 2020 Announced

The Down Under Fan Fund, administrated by Paul Weimer and Marlee Jane Ward, has announced four candidates for the 2020 Down Under Fan Fund race, which will send a fan from North America to ConZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction convention in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Four Candidates are:

Richard Auffrey

(nominators include: Dan Rabarts, Ed Tisdale, Gillian Polack, Fred Kiesche, Paul Moore)

Shaun Duke

(nominators include David Annadale, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Jen Zink, Beverly Bambury, Joyce Chng)

James Davis Nicoll

(nominators include Sean Fagan, Mike Glyer, Elaine Walker, David Goldfarb, Jo Van Ekeren)

Erin Underwood

(nominators include: David McDonald, Jim Kelly, Garth Nix, Nancy Holder, Janice Gelb)

The revised and improved official ballot along with the candidate platforms is here:

2020 DUFF Ballotrevised12020

Note that the DUFF ballot is fillable and savable.

Voting will take place until March 27th, 2020.

ASFF Annual General Meeting

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 19th of January 2020, commencing at 2 pm. As the meeting is held in the private home of a committee member, the address will not be published here.

The meeting is open to all members of the Foundation. Those who plan to attend are asked to contact ASFF Administrator to obtain details.

The purpose of the AGM is to:

  • Confirm Subscription Fee for the 2020 Membership year
  • ELECT General Committee & Office Bearers for 2020 (All positions become vacant at the Annual General Meeting) Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Secretary by close of business on Friday 17th January 2020

GENERAL BUSINESS Items of business for inclusion on the agenda should be provided to the Secretary by 17 January 2020.

Nomination for Committee Forms and Proxies should be emailed to <admin@asff.org.au>, posted to
P.O. Box 215, Forest Hill Vic 3131 or handed to a current Executive Member of the ASFF.