New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy
Monday 12th April 2004 - At the national science
fiction convention held in Rotorua over Easter weekend 2004, the
first annual Sir Julius Vogel awards were presented.
These awards - for excellence in science fiction, fantasy and
horror within New Zealand - recognise both the professional and fan
communities, and aim to replace the previous national fan awards.
The previous fan awards were the brainchild of a now-defunct
national organisation, and in recent years had been organised on an
ad hoc basis by each year's national convention.
The Sir Julius Vogel awards ("The Vogels", for short)
have standardised awards for both amateur and professional work
within the field of science fiction, fantasy or horror. They are
presented annually through the auspices of the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ), a national umbrella
organisation for fandom.
A total of 6 awards were presented at the 2004 national
convention. The winners were as follows:
- Best Novel: "Dark Shinto" by Dale Elvy
- Best Short Story: (There was a tie in this category.)
"The Alchemist" by Peter Friend
"A Plea for Help" by Kevin G. Maclean
- Best New Talent: Glynne Maclean for "Roivan" Book
1 of the An'zarian Chronicle
- Best Fanzine: "Phoenixine"
- Services to Fandom: Laurie Fleming
- Special Award: Peter Jackson et al for the amazing
accomplishment of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy
Photo by Grant Preston
At the presentation ceremony: (L to R) Brian Howell (presenter),
Kevin Maclean (Short Story winner), Maree Sole (presenter), Laurie
Fleming (Fanzine and Services to Fandom winner), Norman Cates
(presenter). The presenters are holding the trophies for the other
For further information on the Sir Julius Vogel awards and
SFFANZ, please visit: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/ or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The name of the awards recognises the publication of one of the
world's earliest science fiction novels, Anno Domini 2000, written
by Sir Julius Vogel (1835-99), businessman, newspaper editor, and
most notably New Zealand Premier from 1873 to 1876. His contribution
to early science fiction and publishing in New Zealand merits his
commemoration with these awards.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand
(SFFANZ) is a national organisation providing continuity for fans of
the fantastic within New Zealand. It encourages the formation of
clubs and the running of conventions by providing practical advice
and help. SFFANZ also runs the annual Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which
recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New
SFFANZ can be contacted at:
SFFANZ, PO Box 13-574, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand