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The Perfect New Year's Gift for Writers and Fans

posted Jan 13, 2019, 7:27 PM by Grace Bridges
Happy 2019! It's GEYSERCON Year!

Oh, wait - it's not 2019 yet? The time machine must be malfunctioning! But hey, why not get a sneak peek at the new year's news?

Are you thinking about a gift for a writer or fan you know (maybe yourself)? 

How about GeyserCon membership?

You'll be providing an opportunity to attend sessions on topics all around genre writing and fandom. Take yourself or a friend to a new level, meet people who love what you love, and perhaps get a book signed by one of our Guests of Honour! 

Your recipient will know that you put plenty of personal thought into selecting the gift of GeyserCon because this convention is coming together to be one of the best.

GeyserCon is the 40th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, and unlike the massive commercial events, it's a place for grassroots fandoms and the writing community to enjoy each other's company while having meaningful discussions on the state of the art in New Zealand and around the world. We have an amazing line-up of guests and presenters, awesome panels, the chance to put your questions to professional writers, along with events like interactive role-playing games, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, arts and crafts sessions, the Young Writers' Day Out, the costume competition, and so much more.

Also, Rotorua offers the very best in off-site activities for you to enjoy around GeyserCon events.


Guests of Honour (L-R)
Laura Van Arendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, Kaaron Warren, Alena Van Arendonk

Here are just a few of the programme items you can look forward to:

High Fantasy Futures

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

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.

GeyserCon Book Expo - LOBBY

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.

Radio-play STAR WRECK

STAR WRECK is 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 the 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.

Check out the full programme at www.geysercon.nz/programme!