Programme

GEYSERCON Programme


Please scroll down beyond the timetable for a description of each session

FRIDAY 31 May

GeyserCon Youth Day Out

(Friday workshops for students and teachers, see Young NZ Writers for details)

 

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

 

With International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren

 

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

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

 

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

 

GeyserCon Book Expo Open Friday 12-8 in Lobby

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION from 4pm

Geysercon General Admission

8pm-9:30pm TŌTARA & KAURI Rooms

OPENING CEREMONY

Welcome

Introducing the Guests of Honour

Star Wreck Auditions Announcement

 

Room 1 -TŌTARA 150

Room 2 – KAURI 70

Room 3 – CASCADE 30

Room 4 – FIRESIDE 50

Room 5 – LOBBY NICHE 15

9.30pm-10:30

Mythology in SFF

Moderator: Grace Bridges

History of SFF in NZ

Moderator: Stephen Litten

Campfire Stories

Moderator: Chad Dick

 

Star Wreck Auditions

Paul Mannering Director

 

 

SATURDAY 1 June

Room 1 -TŌTARA 150

Room 2 – KAURI 70

Room 3 – CASCADE 30

Room 4 – FIRESIDE 50

Gaming and Crafters

Room 5 – LOBBY NICHE 15

Pre-breakfast Redwoods Ramble ‒ Meet in the lobby 6:30am

REGISTRATION

GeyserCon Book Expo Open Saturday & Sunday 12-8 in Lobby

9am-10am

Making Monsters

Moderator: Lee Murray

High Fantasy

Moderator: Eileen Mueller:

Found Objects Kaaron Warren

2 hours cont’d offsite ($10pp)

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

 

10am-11am

SFF on Podcast

Moderator: Matthew Danaher

Costuming in SFF

Laura /Alena Van Arendonk

OMG YA

Moderator: Jamie Sands

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

KaffeeKlatsch on Craft

Moderator: Mark Johnson

11am-12pm

Geothermal Apocalypse

James Revell interviews 
Peter Brownbridge

Scripts to Screen

Moderator: Jean Gilbert

SFFANZ AGM

Zines!

Zee Southcombe

Kaffeeklatsch with Laura

LUNCH

1pm-2pm

GoH Alan Baxter

w Paul Mannering

Writing Unstuck

With Grace Bridges

GeyserCon Role Playing Game

Part I

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

 

2pm-3pm

Handmaids & Other Tales

Moderator: Piper Mejia

Stepping through the Aether: Intro to Steampunk

Aeon Eversong

Mapping Fantasy Worlds

Presenter: Ava Fairhall

Limerick Workshop

Chad Dick

KaffeeKlatsch Publication Strategies

Moderator Claire McKenna

3pm-4pm

GoH Kaaron Warren

with Lee Murray

Cosplay Makeup Demo

Presenter: AJ Josephs

GeyserCon Role Playing Game

Part II

 

 

4pm-5pm

Crime & SSF

Moderator: Dan Rabarts

Book Craft

Presenter: Zee Southcombe

Poetry Slam

Moderator: Piper Mejia

 

 

5pm-6pm

To Boldly Go: Ships in SFF

Moderator: Sean Monaghan

Op Shop Victoriana

Aeon Eversong 

Radio-play Rehearsal

Director: Paul Mannering

 

 

DINNER

8pm-9:30pm

Masquerade Show and Limerick Awards (with Photobooth!)

Interview with a Psychic

James Revell

 

 

9.30pm-late

Nice evening for an Interactive Role-Playing Game

Facilitator: Lewis Morgan with Jon Baugh and others

Filking

Facilitator: Gary Freedman

 

 

 

SUNDAY 2 June

GeyserCon Book Expo Open Saturday & Sunday 12-8 in Lobby

 

Room 1 -TŌTARA 150

Room 2 – KAURI 70

Room 3 – CASCADE 30

Fireside ‘til 5pm

Gaming and Crafters

Lobby Niche (15)

9am-10am

Zombies: Life After Romero

Moderator: Paul Mannering

Faceblindness &Character

Presenter Jean Gilbert

Putting the Science in SFF

Moderator: Robinne Weiss

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

Kaffeeklatsch with Kaaron

10am-11am

Fight Scenes

Presenter: Alan Baxter

*Hot and steamy in Rotorua

Moderator: Darian Smith

Gaming with Kids: A Primer

Presentation: Lewis Morgan

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

Editor’s pen with Eileen

11am-12pm

GOH Van Arendonk Sisters

in conversation w Grace Bridges

The Great Horror vs Thriller Debate

Adjudicator: Chad Dick

What the Publisher Wishes You Knew

Gerry Huntman

Zines (reprise)

Zee Southcombe

 

Pokemon-Go Walkers – meet in the lobby (Guide: Jamie Sands)                                          LUNCH

1pm-2pm

What’s up at WETA?

Presenter: Norman Cates

RPGs in Literature &
RPGs AS Literature

Moderator: Grant Stone

Radio-play Rehearsal

Director Paul Mannering

Boardgaming / Colour Me Calm

Kaffeeklatsch with Alan

2pm-3pm

CoNZealand 2020

Moderator: Norman Cates

If You Build It, They Will Come

Presenter: Eileen Mueller

Adventures in Middle Grade

Moderator: AJ Ponder

 

Kaffeeklatsch: Finding Your Tribe
Moderator: Silvia Brown

3pm-4pm

*Mary Sue thru the Ages

Moderator: AJ Fitzwater

Ink in SFF Panel / Demo

Moderator: Lewis Morgan

Covers that Kill

Leigh K Hunt

 

Back cover blurbs with Lee

4pm-5pm

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Moderator: Jean Gilbert

Short Fiction

Moderator: Dan Rabarts

SFFANZ Auction

 

 

5pm-6pm

Author Signings &

SpecFicNZ Meet-up

Fandoms: What’s trending?

Moderator: Lorain Clark

GeyserCon Role Playing Game

Part III

 

 

DINNER

8pm-10pm PŌHUTU BALLROOM

Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations

Star Wreck Radio Play Performance (Director Paul Mannering)

Closing Ceremony

10pm-late

 

Filking

Facilitator: Gary Freedman

 

 

MONDAY 3 June

GeyserCon Book Expo Open Monday 10-4 in Lobby

 


Room 3 – CASCADE 30


10am-12noon



After-Party

(Room open until 4pm)




PROGRAMME DETAILS


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, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren


Facilitators:AJ Ponder, Eileen Mueller, Deryn Pittar, 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, Ross Temple, and Peter Hassall provide 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, 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 Lee Murray leads Guest of Honour Alan Baxter, Paul Mannering, Adrian Smith and Peter Hassall 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.

GeyserCon Book Expo - LOBBY

FRIDAY 31 MAY, 12:00Pm – 8PM 

Saturday 1 June, 12:00pm – 8:00pm

sunday 2 JUNE, 12:00PM – 8:00PM 

MONDAY 3 JUNE, 10:00PM – 4:00PM 

The GeyserCon Book Expo will be open on all four days for purchasing books and merchandise. Atlantis Books is our official convention bookseller (consignment details coming soon). 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 Dan Rabarts, AJ Fitzwater and Darusha Wehm, 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, Sharon Manssen, Sally McLennan, and David Hair 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

Expert Peter Brownbridge, the Rotorua Lakes Council Geothermal Inspector, in conversation with James Revell, 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 Jean Gilbert, and panellists Claire McKenna, Sean Monaghan 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.

Kaffeeklatsch: 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 Alan Baxter

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

Join Guest of Honour Alan Baxter 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 works for both plotters and pantsers and will help you rediscover your muse. 

GeyserCon RPG - Part One

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

Lewis Morgan with Jon Baugh and James Revell 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, Peter Hassall, and Youth Laureate Editor’s Choice winner Xiaole Zhan 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. 

Stepping through the Aether: An introduction to Steampunk

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 2:00-3:00PM IN KAURI 

This workshop by Auckland steampunk ambassador Aeon Eversong will provide guests with a historical and literary introduction to the genre, as well as connect participants with current steampunk enthusiast groups and help them to develop their own steampunk persona from a parallel universe! This workshop is a fantastic mix of fun, creativity, and imagination and is appropriate for every time-traveller, young of old.

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. Moderated by Chad Dick, who once came third in a limerick competition.

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.

Cosplay Make-up

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 3:00-4:00PM IN KAURI

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

GeyserCon RPG - Part Two

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

Lewis Morgan, Jon Baugh and James Revell 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, Darusha Wehm and Darian Smith.

Book Craft

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 4:00-5:00PM IN KAURI

In this one-hour presentation, book technologist Zee Southcombe will take a look at book craft, including the history of bookbinding and book art.

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, Carleton Chinner, and Alena Van Arendonk as they discuss the Millennium Falcon, Serenity, the Enterprise and more.

Op Shop Victoriana

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

Auckland steampunk specialist Aeon Eversong presents Op-Shop Victoriana, showing participants how to create fantastic steampunk costumes from affordable everyday materials. Great fun for all the family.

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.

Interview with a Psychic

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

Sit down with real psychic James Revell and ask all the questions you’ve always wondered about the art of soothsaying. Find out which movies have realistic paranormal aspects, and discuss how the spiritual elements of storytelling are best achieved. Includes a Q&A, but strictly no personal consultations.

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 Lewis Morgan, with Jamie Sands, Grant Stone, Jon Baugh 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 Alan Baxter, Sally McLennan and Peter Hassall 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, JD Voyek and AJ Ponder.

Kaffeeklatsch: 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 Alan Baxter

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

Martial arts expert Alan Baxter 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 novelists Mary Brock Jones, J.C. Hart, Deryn Pittar 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.

GeyserCon Book Expo - LOBBY

FRIDAY 31 MAY, 12:00PM – 8PM 

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

SUNDAY 2 JUNE, 12:00PM – 8:00PM 

MONDAY 3 JUNE, 10:00PM – 4:00PM 

The GeyserCon Book Expo will be open on all four days for purchasing books and merchandise. Atlantis Books is our official convention bookseller (consignment details coming soon). 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.

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 ‘convention’ team of erudite debaters including Steve McCleary, Carleton Chinner and Silvia Brown will debate whether SFF Horror stories are superior to SFF Thrillers. And they’re up against the keen intellects and sharp wits of Tauranga Girls’ College debate team. 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. With adjudicator Chad Dick.

What the Publisher Wishes You Knew

SUNDAY 2 JUNE, 11:00-12:00AM IN CASCADE

Publisher Gerry Huntman of Australia’s IFWG gives us the skinny on all the things publishers wish the rest of us knew. A not-to-be missed presentation for anyone with a book project or an interest in the publishing industry.

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.

RPGs in Literature; RPGs as Literature

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

What's the link between literature and role-playing games? How has literature influenced gaming? What about the other way round? And do people really read the Dungeon Master's Guide for fun? Moderator Grant Stone leads a panel discussion on the many ways readers and writers have mixed literature and gaming and how both have influenced our wider culture. From Dungeons and Dragons to World of Warcraft, from Quag Keep to LitRpg - and beyond! Featuring Jamie Sands and Lewis Morgan.

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.

Kaffeeklatsch: Alan Baxter

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

Grab a coffee and join Guest of Honour Alan Baxter 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.

If You Build It, They Will Come

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

Indie and traditionally-published author Eileen Mueller provides tips and tricks for building readership, including book magnets, ad campaigns, newsletters and more.

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, Kevin Berry and Karen Cossey who explain why middle grade fiction is not the baby version of YA.

Kaffeeklatsch – Finding Your Tribe


SUNDAY 2 JUNE, 2:00-3:00 IN LOBBY NICHE
Australian writer Silvia Brown leads an informal discussion on finding your tribe talking about networking, community building, conventions, societies and more. Grab a coffee and join in the conversation.

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 Denika Mead and Faith O'Hagan 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, Famous Dave Mouatt, Adrian Smith, and JC Hart lead a panel discussion around the perception of ink / tattoos / kiri tuhi and tā moko in SFF&H. 

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 Patten, JD Voyek 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, Silvia Brown and Darusha Wehm 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

Lorain Clark chats with young fans Dylan Howell and Denika Mead about 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, Jon Baugh and James Revell 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

GeyserCon Book Expo - LOBBY

FRIDAY 31 MAY, 12:00PM – 8PM 

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

SUNDAY 2 JUNE, 12:00PM – 8:00PM 

MONDAY 3 JUNE, 10:00PM – 4:00PM 

The GeyserCon Book Expo will be open on all four days for purchasing books and merchandise. Atlantis Books is our official convention bookseller (consignment details coming soon). 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. 

After-Party

Monday 3 June, 10:00-12:00Pm in the cascades room (Room open until 4pm) 

Come and celebrate the close of GeyserCon over a cuppa.