Sir Julius Vogel Award

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For the Australian award also known as the Vogel Award, see Australian/Vogel Literary Award.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are awarded each year at the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention to recognise achievement in New Zealand science fiction, fantasy, horror, and science fiction fandom. They are commonly referred to as the Vogels.

Name[edit]

The awards are named for Sir Julius Vogel, a prominent New Zealand journalist and politician, who became Prime Minister of New Zealand in the 1870s. He also, in 1889, wrote what is widely (though erroneously) regarded as New Zealand's first science fiction novel, Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny.[1] The book — written and published in Great Britain after Vogel had moved from New Zealand — pictured a New Zealand in the year 2000 where most positions of authority were held by women - at the time of writing, a radical proposition. In 2000, New Zealand's Head of State, Governor General, Prime Minister, Chief Justice and Attorney General were all women, as was the CEO of one of the country's largest companies, Telecom.

History[edit]

National awards have been presented annually since 1989, but were initially simply known as the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards, and were originally aimed primarily at fandom rather than at professional science fiction. In these early years the awards were organised on an ad-hoc basis by the organising committees of the national conventions, though with the support of the former national fan organisation, the National Association for Science Fiction which nominally ran the awards from 1993. In the early 1990s the awards were briefly known as the Edmund Bayne Awards, after a well-known Wellington fan who had been killed in a road accident, but this name was never formalised.

In 2002 the awards were revamped and reorganised, and since that time have been aimed more at the professional science fiction and fantasy community. The current name also dates to 2002. These changes accompanied a change in the organisation of the awards, which are now formally run by national organisation SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand).

Categories change to some extent on an annual basis, but generally include professional awards for best novel, short story, dramatic presentation, and services to science fiction, as well as equivalent fan awards. Due to the size of New Zealand's science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction communities, the awards cover all three of these frequently intertwined genres and attempt to treat each equally.

New Zealand science fiction fan award winners 1989-2001[edit]

1989
Numerous other one-off awards were made in these debut awards
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997-2000 (details unknown)
2001

Professional award winners since 2002[edit]

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
  • Best novel - adult (tie): The Heir Of Night by Helen Lowe and The Questing Road by Lyn McConchie
  • Best novel - young adult: Summer Of Dreaming by Lyn McConchie
  • Best novella/novelette: "A Tale Of The Interferers - Hunger For Forbidden Flesh" by Paul Haines
  • Best short story: High Tide At Hot Water Beach by Paul Haines
  • Best collected work: "A Foreign Country - New Zealand Speculative Fiction" by Anna Caro and Juliet Buchanan (editors)
  • Best artwork: Tymon's Flight cover by Frank Victoria
  • Best dramatic presentation (tie): "This Is Not My Life" - Pilot Episode (Executive Producers: Gavin Strawhan, Rachel Lang, Steven O'Meagher, Tim White. Producer: Tim Sanders. Directors: Robert Sarkies, Peter Salmon. Associate Producer: Polly Fryer) and "Kaitangata Twitch" - Pilot Episode by Yvonne Mackay
  • Best new talent: Karen Healey
  • Best production/publication: "White Cloud Worlds Anthology" by Paul Tobin (editor)
  • Services to science fiction, fantasy and horror: Simon Litten
2012
2013

Fan award winners since 2002[edit]

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
  • Best fan writing: "Musings From Under The Mountain" and Novazine contributions by Jacqui Smith
  • Best fan production: Doctor Who (podcast by Paul Mannering)
  • Best fan publication: Novazine by Jacqui Smith (editor)
  • Best fan artwork: StarshipSofa 150 cover by Gino Moretto
  • Services to fandom: Ross Temple
2012
  • Best fan writing: Various articles for Phoenixine and Novazine by Simon Litten
  • Best fan publication: Phoenixine
  • Best fan artwork: Various artwork in Phoenixine by Nick Kim
  • Services to fandom: Jacqui and Keith Smith
2013
  • Best fan publication: Phoenixine
  • Best fan production: AetherCon
  • Best fan artwork: Contributions to Novazine by Keith Smith
  • Best fan writing: "Strange Matter" and occasional essays within Phoenixine by John Toon
  • Best new talent: Matt and Debbie Cowens
  • Services to fandom: Annette Bergner
  • Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror: Stephen Minchin

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Curiosities: Anno Domini 2000; or Woman's Destiny by Julius Vogel" by Lucy Sussex, Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 2008, page 162.

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