New National Science Fiction and Fantasy awards
Monday 3rd June 2002 - At the national science
fiction convention held in Wellington over Queen's Birthday weekend
2002, 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
community, 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)
will have standardised trophies for both amateur and professional
work within the field of science fiction. They will be presented
annually through the auspices of the Science Fiction and Fandom
Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ), a new national umbrella
organisation for fandom.
Most importantly, professionals are recognised for the first time
with these awards. It is hoped that in years to come the title of
"Vogel award winner" will be as important and recognised
within New Zealand science fiction as "Ditmar award
winner" is in Australia, or "Nebula award winner" is
in the United Kingdom.
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 new awards.
A total of nine awards were presented at the 2002 national
convention. The winners were as follows:
- Best Novel: "First Hunter" by Dale Elvy
- Best Short Story: "The Good Earth" by Peter Friend
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): "Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring"
- Best New Talent: Dale Elvy
- Best Fan Writing: Alan Robson
- Best Fan Art: Nick Kim
- Best Fanzine: "Phoenixine"
- Services to Fandom: Norman Cates and the discussion group, for the
organisation and establishment of SFFANZ
- Services to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Peter Jackson, Fran
Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, for "Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring"
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 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