Au Contraire News http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/ News from Au Contraire - New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions en http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/images/ac.jpg http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/ LexiCon’s writing competitions are now open! Submissions are now open for our short story and drabble competitions. Tell us a ratty tale, or invent a new word for our lexicons...

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28 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000
Spring Newsletter Our spring newsletter includes updates on programming, merchandise, and more.

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26 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Ghost of Honour announced Orville the rat will be our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. He is best known for appearing in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

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25 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000
Fan GoH announced John Toon, a dedicated contributor to the New Zealand fan community and a familiar face at local conventions, is confirmed as the Fan Guest of Honour at LexiCon.

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24 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:00:00 +0000
Guest of Honour announced Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant), renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk singer, and cartoonist, has been confirmed as our Guest of Honour.

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23 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000
Cosplay! AU CONTRAIRE 3 presents COSPLAY

 

2 hrs of costuming: 7.00pm-9.00pm Saturday 4th June

 

Come join us and show off your creations

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22 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000
GUEST OF HONOUR: Juliet Marillier Au Contraire 2016 is proud to announce that Juliet Marillier has graciously agreed to fill the vacancy for our Guest of Honour.

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21 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000
Publisher's Panel: Updated information I'VE WRITTEN A BOOK – NO, YOU'VE WRITTEN A MANUSCRIPT

 

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20 Wed, 11 May 2016 07:00:00 +0000
Sir Julius Vogel Awards voting packet The SJV voter packet is now available for members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire 2016.
 
For full information on the finalists, and how to access the SJV voter packet, go to:
 
http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvNominations-2016.html

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18 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:00:00 +0000
Stephanie Paul Regrettably, we have been informed today that Stephanie Paul is now no longer able to make the convention, as she will no longer be in the country during June. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this, and are looking for a suitable Guest of Honour to replace her. We hope to bring you more positive news shortly. We will have 2 copies of the Iron Sky DVD signed by Stephanie Paul for sale in the Auction.

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19 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:00:00 +0000
LexiCon now open for registrations! It’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

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17 Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:00:00 +0000
Young Adult stream We regret to announce that registrations for the YA Stream are now closed. To get on a waitlist in case a space becomes free later, please email info@aucontraire.cons.nz.

 
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16 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:00:00 +0000
Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award Results Announced! Given the short submission window, Dan and I were delighted with the response to this speculative writing competition, receiving 37 entries of an extremely high quality. The stories were wide-ranging in theme and style, although there was a definite nod to science fiction, world-building, and stories with darker aspects. Exactly the kinds of stories we like! While it made for a weekend of excellent reading, it also made it especially hard for us to whittle the list down to just six finalists. Those shortlisted stories were forwarded to Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted writer, Phillip Mann, who had the difficult task of making the final decision.

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14 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:00:00 +0000
Short Story Contest Update Thank you to everyone who submitted their work. We received 37 eligible stories of an extremely high quality - they were a pleasure to read...

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13 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000
Grace Bridges: One-Page Workups On Saturday 4 June, from 10-12 Grace Bridges of Splashdown Books will be offering One page Work-ups in the lobby/bar.

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12 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:00:00 +0000
Au Contraire Update We're just over a couple of months out from Au Contraire 2016, and the full schedule is up on our website here: http://ac2016.cons.nz/timetable.php. As with all NatCons, things can change at the last minute, and we'll notify people with as much warning as possible if things do change.

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11 Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Taupō to host science fiction and fantasy event in 2017 Organisers of LexiCon, the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, have just announced that the 2017 event will be held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

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That's it for 2013 10 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Timetable & Competitions 9 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Last Chance to Book Accommodation 8 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Provisional Timetable 7 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Raymond Feist in Wellington 6 Mon, 13 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 More Competitions! 5 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Short Story Competition Update 4 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Website Update - Membership Editing 3 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0000 GoH: Jennifer Fallon! 2 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Website is live! 1 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 03:00:00 +0000