Programme

GeyserCon Youth Day Out

FRIDAY 31 May

(Friday workshops for students and teachers, see youngNZwriters for details)

Programme Streams: Years 5-6, 7-9, and 10-13, and Teacher Development

With International Guests:

Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Jonathan Maberry, & Kaaron Warren


Facilitators:AJ Ponder, Eileen Mueller, Deryn Pittar, William Dresden, Darian Smith, & Chad Dick

Convenors: Piper Mejia, Lee Murray, Paul Mannering, Lewis Morgan, & Jean Gilbert


  • Junior Illustrated Story Exhibition (with Janet Keen)

  • Beyond This... Book Launch

  • Write Off Line Book Launch

    Young New Zealand Writers’ Youth Laureate Award


With thanks to our sponsors

The Wright Family Foundation, Creative New Zealand, SpecFicNZ


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GeyserCon 2019

General Admission

Draft Programme of Events


Activities are listed in chronological order.

DISCLAIMER: Please note this is a draft programme only and as such presentations, panels, and panellists are subject to change. Final topics listed may vary according to the presenters’ preferences and expertise.

FRIDAY 31 May 2019

Registration

Open from 4pm

The registration desk is the conference’s information central. See our volunteers at the registration desk to pick up your conference badge and get the updated programme, as well as sign-up sheets for kaffeeklatsches and workshops, and information about SJV voting. You can find out more about our anti-harassment policies and procedures here, and there will be a hotel map to help you find your way about. If you’re new to our community and you have any questions or queries, please drop by, say hello. We’d love to meet you.

Opening Ceremony!

Friday 31 May, 8:00pm in Tōtara and Kauri

Grace Bridges and the conference committee, welcome our guests and attendees to the conference. Includes housekeeping and a preview of what’s to come. Auditions for the STAR WRECK radio-play announced.

Radio-play STAR WRECK

Various venues and times

STAR WRECK a hilarious spoofy radio-play, written and directed by Paul Mannering. One of the best-loved items on our national convention programme. Join in the fun. No experience necessary! Be brave! Auditions on Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Lobby Niche, and also on Saturday (just check with Paul). Rehearsals will be held on Saturday 5:00-6:00pm and Sunday 11:00-12:00pm in Cascade. Final performance in the Pōhutu Lounge at the Closing Ceremony.

Mythology in SFF

Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Tōtara

Moderator Grace Bridges introduces a panel on mythology (homegrown and far flung) in SFF. Join her and our expert panellists, Guest of Honour Laura VanArendonk Baugh, David Hair, and JC Hart.

History of SFF in NZ

Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Kauri

Stephen Litten introduces a panel of New Zealand SFF giants, Ross Temple, Alan Robson and Maree Pavletich with a summary of fandom and conventions in this country, including successes and challenges facing our community.

Campfire Stories

Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Cascade

With introductions by Chad Dick, authors read us their campfire stories. Flash fiction and poetry. Space is limited. Sign-up required. Please contact Lee if you’d like to reserve a reading slot: leekiwi @ gmail.com



SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019

Redwoods Ramble

Saturday 1 June, Offsite. Meet 6:25am in the hotel lobby

Weather permitting, Darcy Perry, Lewis Morgan & Lee Murray host a pre-breakfast run or walk through the Redwoods. Five km approximately. Moderate fitness required. Meet in the lobby. Sensible shoes and warm gear recommended.

Making Monsters

Saturday 1 June, 9-10am in Tōtara

Moderator Matthew Barbeler leads Guest of Honour Jonathan Maberry, Paul Mannering, Adrian Smith and Lee Murray discussing our favourite monsters in SFF and what makes them successful.

High Fantasy Futures

Saturday 1 June, 9:00-10:00am in Kauri

Eileen Mueller (moderator); joins panellists Laura VanArendonk Baugh, David Hair, Mark Johnson, and Dan Rabarts, to discuss the latest trends in high fantasy fiction. Are dragons still the thing? Why are elves so popular? And what’s the deal with the monarchy?

Found Objects - Kaaron Warren

Saturday 1 June, 9:00-11:00am. 2 hours.

Group will meet in Cascade (workshop continues offsite)

This highly original workshop by Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren takes a small group offsite to discover ways into story through found objects. There is a small fee for this workshop.

Boardgaming

Various times in Fireside Lounge

Join our Friendly Fireside Facilitator and other attendees for a boardgame in the Fireside Lounge. Games available at most times up until 5:00pm.

Colour Me Calm

Various times in the Fireside Lounge

Is your brain bursting? Have you had enough? Pull up a chair for some chill-out colouring time, featuring your favourite SFF images.

Dealers’ Room

Saturday 1 June, 10:00am – 5:00pm in Lobby

The dealers’ room will be open on Saturday and Sunday for purchasing books and merchandise. Eftpos will be available, although guests are encouraged to use cash for some items. Please support our Guests of Honour by buying and reading their work. If you haven’t already managed to get your book signed, bring it along to the Totara Room where Author Book Signings will be held in conjunction with the SpecFicNZ Meet-Up.

SFF on Podcast

Saturday 1 June, 10:00-11:00am in Tōtara

Moderator Mathew Danaher, along with panellists Jamie Sands, Dan Rabarts, AJ Fitzwater, and Guest of Honour Jonathan Maberry and discuss the role of podcasting in disseminating SFF pop culture.

Costuming in SFF

Saturday 1 June, 10:00-11:00am in Kauri

Join Guests of Honour Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Alena VanArendonk for a presentation /discussion on cosplay costuming.

OMG YA

Saturday 1 June, 10:00-11:00 in Cascade

Join YA author and moderator Jamie Sands and our expert panel as they talk about writing for YA audiences. What’s hot and what’s not.

Kaffeeklatsch on Craft

Saturday 1 June, 10:00-11:00 in Lobby Niche

Mark Johnson leads an informal discussion on crafting good writing. How do we get the information in without an info-dump, foreshadow without clobbering the reader over the head with obviousness, develop page-turner story arcs and more.

Geothermal Apocalypse

Saturday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 in Tōtara

Our expert presenter (to be announced) explains what a geothermal apocalypse might look like and what we should be preparing for in fiction, and perhaps in real life.

Scripts to Screen

Saturday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 in Kauri

Join screenwriter moderator William Dresden, and panellists Claire McKenna and others as they discuss the challenges in bringing our SFF stories to the screen.

SFFANZ AGM

Saturday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 in Cascade

President Norman Cates welcomes all members to the group’s AGM. New members welcome.

Zines!

Saturday 1 June, 11.00-12:00 in Fireside

Moderator and author-artist Zee Southcombe introduces a session to get everyone started publishing zines. Accessible and fun for everyone.

Kaffeeklatch: Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Saturday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 in Lobby Niche

Grab a coffee and join Guest of Honour Laura VanArendonk Baugh in the Lobby Niche for an informal discussion about topics that matter to you.

GoH Jonathan Maberry

Saturday 1 June, 1:00-2:00pm in Tōtara

Join Guest of Honour Jonathan Maberry in conversation with Paul Mannering.

Writing Unstuck with Grace Bridges

Saturday 1 June, 1:00-2:00pm in Kauri

Author-editor Grace Bridges reveals her technique for avoiding writers’ block. This break-it-down system which works for both plotters and pantsers and will help you rediscover your muse. One-hour presentation.

GeyserCon RPG - Part One

Saturday 1 June, 1:00-2:00pm in Cascade

Lewis Morgan and Darcy Perry welcome everyone to our GeyserCon Interactive Role Playing Game (RPG) Experience. No experience necessary! With three dedicated time-slots over the course of the convention, these gaming sessions are suitable for beginners through to seasoned gamers. Drop in from time to time, or feel free to stay for the entire session. Opportunities to participate a little or a lot.

Handmaids and other Tales…

Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Tōtara

Moderator Piper Mejia joins panellists AJ Fitzwater, Mary Brock Jones and others to discuss recurring socio-political and environmental themes in SFF&H as well as the revival of classic speculative texts and their ongoing relevance today. *May contain adult themes.

Cosplay Panel I

Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Kauri

Join Moderator Kat Oliver as she introduces a panel of local cosplayers. Topic to be announced.

Mapping Fantasy Worlds

Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Cascade

An expert mapmaking presentation from graphic designer and cartographer Ava Fairhall.

Limerick Workshop

Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Fireside

The Masquerade Show (Totara Room from 8:00pm) involves a limerick performance with prizes for Best Costume and Best Limerick. In preparation for the showdown, we’re hosting a limerick writing workshop for anyone short of ideas. Come along and create a limerick to ‘tell the story’ of your costume.

Kaffeeklatsch on Strategies for Getting Published

Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00 in Lobby Niche

Australian writer and screenwriter Claire McKenna leads an informal discussion on strategies for getting published. How to find a literary agents, how to approach publishers, markets and more. Grab a coffee and in in the conversation.

GoH Kaaron Warren

Saturday 1 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Tōtara

Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren in conversation with Lee Murray.

The Graphic Novel in SFF

Saturday 1 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Kauri

In this one-hour presentation, an experienced graphic novelist (to be confirmed) discusses the recent renaissance of the graphic novel, trends, the New Zealand scene, and challenges and opportunities for illustrators.

GeyserCon RPG - Part Two

Saturday 1 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Cascade

Lewis Morgan and Darcy Perry welcome everyone to our GeyserCon Interactive Role Playing Game (RPG) Experience. No experience necessary! With three dedicated time-slots over the course of the convention, these gaming sessions are suitable for beginners through to seasoned gamers. Drop in from time to time, or feel free to stay for the entire session. Opportunities to participate a little or a lot.

Crime and Punishment in SFF

Saturday 1 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Tōtara

Dan Rabarts moderates a panel on crime and punishment in SFF. Panellists include Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren and Darian Smith.

Cosplay Make-up

Saturday 1 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Kauri

Join cosplay make-up expert Adrian Joseph Mua for this demonstration/presentation with tips and tricks to create character through make-up.

Poetry Slam

Saturday 1 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Cascade

SFF&H poets, including Immi Paterson and others, regale us with their spoken word performances. Moderated by Piper Mejia. Poets can sign up in advance or on the day. Time is limited, so don’t miss out.

To Boldly Go: Ships in SFF

Saturday 1 June, 5:00-600pm in Tōtora

Moderator Sean Monaghan hosts a panel of expert guests including Kodi Washere, Dave Hadwin, and Alena Van Arendonk as they discuss the Millennium Falcon, Serenity, the Enterprise and more.

Cosplay Panel 2

Saturday 1 June, 5:00-6:00pm in Kauri

Join Moderator Kat Oliver as she introduces a panel of local cosplayers. Topic to be announced.

Radio-play STAR WRECK

Various venues and times

STAR WRECK a hilarious spoofy radio-play, written and directed by Paul Mannering. One of the best-loved items on our national convention programme. Join in the fun. No experience necessary! Be brave! Auditions on Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Lobby Niche, and also on Saturday (just check with Paul). Rehearsals will be held on Saturday 5:00-6:00pm in Cascade and Sunday 11:00-12:00pm in Cascade. Final performance in the Pōhutu Lounge at the Closing Ceremony.

Masquerade Show with Limerick Performances & Photo Booth!

Saturday 1 June 8.00-9.30pm in Tōtara

Jebraun Clifford hosts an evening of Cosplay and Performance, featuring our Guests of Honour Alena Van Arendonk and Laura VanArendonk Baugh.

Fanfilms

Saturday 1 June, 8:00-9:30pm in Cascade

An opportunity to view clips and short films created by local creatives, or excerpts of films entered in the SJV awards. Moderated by Piper Mejia.

Nice Evening for an Interactive Role-playing Game

Saturday 1 June 9:30 to late in Totara

A live action role playing game in action. Perfect for first-time gamers to observe and for others to join in. Moderated by Darcy Perry with Lewis Morgan, Jamie Sands, Grant Stone and AJ Ponder.

Filking

Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June from 9:30pm until late in Cascade

Facilitated by Gary Freeman, this is a popular convention activity where well-known tunes are given revised SFF lyrics and performed live. It’s great fun and open to all members. Come along and join in.


SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019

Zombies: Life after Romero

Sunday 2 June, 9:00-10:00am in Tōtara

Local zombie expert, Paul Mannering joins a panel which includes Jonathan Maberry to discuss the future of zombies. Is there still life in it, or has the genre been done to death?

Character & Faceblindness

Sunday 2 June, 9:00-10:00am in Kauri

In this unique writing with diversity panel, author and screenwriter Jean Gilbert discusses how she creates characters in her fictional worlds, adapting skills which have helped her to navigate her real life into her fiction.

Putting the Science in SFF

Sunday 2 June, 9:00-10:00am in Cascade

Moderated by author and scientist Robinne Weiss, our panel of experts talk about representing science in SFF: what writers and film-makers get wrong, and what they do well. Featuring Guest of Honour Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Claire McKenna, and AJ Ponder.

Kaffeeklatch: Kaaron Warren

Sunday 2 June, 9:00-10:00am in the Lobby Niche

Grab a coffee and join Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren in the Lobby Niche for an informal discussion about topics that matter to you.

Fight Scenes with Jonathan Maberry

Sunday 2 June, 10:00-11:00am in Tōtara

Martial arts expert Jonathan Maberry explains everything you need to know about coming out on top in a fight scene — both on the page and in real life.

Hot and Steamy in Rotorua

Sunday 2 June, 10:00-11:00am in Kauri

Darian Smith introduces a panel including novelist Mary Brock Jones and others discussing the growth of blended romance-SFF titles. Does this combination make for a happy partnership?

Gaming with Kids: A Primer

Sunday 2 June, 10:00-11:00am in Cascade

Storyteller and gamer Lewis Morgan reveals how games can help children’s social and cognitive development. A great primer for teachers and parents.

Boardgaming

Various times in the Fireside Lounge

Join our Friendly Fireside Facilitator and other attendees for a boardgame in the Fireside Lounge. Games available at most times up until 5:00pm.

Colour Me Calm

Various times in the Fireside Lounge

Is your brain bursting? Have you had enough? Pull up a chair for some chill-out colouring time featuring your favourite SFF images.

Dealers’ Room

Sunday 2 June, 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Lobby Niche

The dealers’ room will be open on Saturday and Sunday for purchasing books and merchandise. Eftpos will be available, although guests are encouraged to use cash for some items. Please support our guests of honour by buying and reading their work. If you haven’t already managed to get your book signed, bring it along to the Tōtara Room where Author Book Signings will be held in conjunction with the SpecFicNZ Meet-Up.

Editor’s Pen with Eileen Mueller

Sunday 2 June, 10:00-11:00am in the Lobby Niche

Sign for a personal writing help from author-editor Eileen Mueller. Four fifteen-minute sessions available. Bring in your editing issue and let Eileen solve it for you. Sign up at registration or drop by and see if there is a free spot.

GoH Alena Van Arendonk and Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Sunday 2 June 11:00-12:00am in Tōtara

Join Grace Bridges in conversation with cosplay-fantasy queens, Alena Van Arendonk and Laura VanArendonk Baugh.

The Great Horror vs Thriller Debate

Sunday 2 June 11:00-12:00am in Kauri

Our teams of erudite debaters will argue both sides of the premise that SFF Horror stories are superior to SFF Thrillers. Which team will you root for? The Affirmatives or the Negatives? Which subgenre will win out and gain our eminent debaters the grand prize of a chocolate fish? Come along to find out. Adjudicator and debaters to be announced.

Sculpting Workshop ($20, 15max)

Sunday 2 June, 11:00-12:00am in Cascade

Join our sculpting expert Darcy Perry (Duck Creek, Star Hat Miniatures) for a one-hour sculpting workshop in the Cascade Room. Small fee applies to cover materials. Numbers strictly limited. (May extend into the lunch hour).

Zines (reprise)

Sunday 2 June, 11.00-12:00am in the Fireside Lounge

Moderator and author-artist Zee Southcombe introduces a session to get everyone started publishing zines. A reprise for those who missed out on Saturday and an opportunity to learn more for repeat attendees.

Pokemon Go Walk

Sunday 2 June, Lunchbreak.

Join Jamie Sands for a Pokemon Go Walk over the lunch hour. Meet in the Lobby weather permitting. Sturdy footwear recommended.

What’s up @ Weta?

Sunday 2 June, 1:00-2:00pm in Tōtara

Norman Cates presents the latest techniques on offer at Weta Workshop.

Lit RPG

Sunday 2 June, 1:00-2:00pm in Kauri

LitRPG is a literary genre where games or game-like challenges form an essential part of the story and where visible RPG statistics are a significant part of this world. Moderator Grant Stone leads a panel discussion on the rise and appeal of this literary form. Featuring Matthew Barbeler and Darcy Perry.

Radio-play STAR WRECK

Various venues and times

STAR WRECK a hilarious spoofy radio-play, written and directed by Paul Mannering. One of the best-loved items on our national convention programme. Join in the fun. No experience necessary! Be brave! Auditions on Friday 31 May, 9:30pm in Lobby Niche, and also on Saturday (just check with Paul). Rehearsals will be held on Saturday 5:00-6:00pm and Sunday 1:00-2:00pm in Cascade. Final performance in the Pōhutu Lounge at the Closing Ceremony.

Kaffeeklatch: Jonathan Maberry

Sunday 2 June, 1:00-2:00pm in the Lobby Niche

Grab a coffee and join Guest of Honour Jonathan Maberry in the Lobby Niche for an informal discussion about topics that matter to you.

CoNZealand 2020

Sunday 2 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Tōtara

Norman Cates and the WorldCon committee report on events in the lead up to CoNZealand 2020.

Pitching with Jonathan Maberry

Sunday 2 June, 2:00-3:00pm in Kauri

Guest of Honour Jonathan Maberry reveals everything you need to know to land that book deal, film contract, or literary agent.

Adventures in Middle Grade

Sunday 2 June, 2;00-3:00pm in Cascade

Moderated by AJ Ponder, and featuring MG authors Robinne Weiss, Linda Dawley and others who explain why middle grade fiction is not the baby version of YA.

Mary Sue Through the Ages

Sunday 2 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Tōtara

AJ Fitzwater and Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren join YoungNZwriters emerging authors winners (to be announced) to discuss feminist themes in SFF texts (classics and contemporary) with our newest creatives offering their views on how they’d like to see women presented in our speculative fiction.

Ink in SFF / Tattoo Demonstration

Sunday 2 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Kauri

Lewis Morgan leads a panel discussion around the perception of ink / tattoos / kiri tuhi and tā moko in SFF&H. Includes a live tattoo demonstration.

Covers that Kill

Sunday 2 June, 3:00-4:00pm in Cascade

Award-winning cover designer, Kate Strawbridge presents the dos and don’ts of cover design.

Back Cover Blurbs with Lee Murray

Sunday 2 June, 3:00-4:00pm in the Lobby Niche

Struggling to make that cover copy zing? Author-editor Lee Murray will help you iron out the kinks and create a blurb that will have people opening their wallets. Four fifteen-minute sessions available. Bring your blurb in progress. Sign up at registration or drop by and see if there is a free spot.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sunday 2 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Tōtara

Moderated by Jean Gilbert this panel discussion will take us inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Chieanne Patton and Dave Hadwin.

Short Fiction

Sunday 2 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Kauri

Dan Rabarts moderates a panel that features Gerry Huntman, Claire McKenna and others in a discussion of the short form.

SFFANZ AUCTION

Sunday 2 June, 4:00-5:00pm in Cascade

SFFANZ Committee auctions items in support of its activities. Come along and bag a bargain.

SpecFicNZ Meet-up

Sunday 2 June, 5:00-6:00pm in Tōtara

President Grace Bridges and the SpecFicNZ Core invites members old and new to come along, meet your fellow members, and find out what the organisation has planned for the year.

Author Signing

Sunday 2 June, 5:00-6:00 in Tōtara

Come along and get your new books signed by our writers while they’re all gathered in the Tōtara Room.

Fandoms: What’s Trending

Sunday 2 June, 5:00-6:00 in Kauri

Moderated by Lorain Clark, Dylan Howell and a panel of young fans look at new fandom trends. What does the future of fandom look like? And what do we think of the new Doctor?

GeyserCon RPG - Part Three

Sunday 2 June, 5:00-6:00pm in Cascade

Lewis Morgan and Darcy Perry welcome everyone to our GeyserCon Interactive Role Playing Game (RPG) Experience. No experience necessary! With three dedicated time-slots over the course of the convention, these gaming sessions are suitable for beginners through to seasoned gamers. Drop in from time to time, or feel free to stay for the entire session. Opportunities to participate a little or a lot.

Sir Julius Vogel SJV Awards

Sunday 2 June, 8:00-10:00pm in the Pōhutu Ballroom

Join convenors Norman Cates and Lynelle Howell as they present SFFANZ’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2018. (Part of the Closing Ceremony)

Closing Ceremony!

Sunday 2 June, 8:00-10:00pm in the Pōhutu Ballroom

Blowing kisses to our volunteers, our guests, and conference attendees.

The finale of the evening will be the radio-play STAR WRECK, written and directed by Paul Mannering and performed by conference attendees.

Filking

Sunday 2 June from 9:30pm until late in Cascade

Facilitated by Gary Freeman, this is a popular convention activity where well-known tunes are given revised SFF lyrics and performed live. It’s great fun and open to all members. Come along and join in.



MONDAY 3 JUNE 2019


Dead Dog Party

Monday 3 June, 10:00-12:00am in the Fireside Lounge

Wherein the organisers agree never to put their hands up again.


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