193. New Zealander Speculative Fiction w/ Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, & Stephen Minchin

11 Feb

The World SF Tour continues with our discussion of New Zealander speculative fiction with Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, and Stephen Minchkin.  We discuss NZ publishing, the field of NZ specfic, themes and issues, and so much more.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 193 — Download (MP3)

New Zealand Map

Show Notes:

Here are all the lovely authors and things mentioned during this episode (thanks to Julia for compiling it all; you win the Internet for that!):

  • Sir Julius Vogel (Anno Domini 2000)
  • Cherry Wilder
  • Elizabeth Knox — The Vintner’s Luck was her first book–Stephen says this is the first book he’d point people towards. Her dream duology is recommended by Helen. Uses NZ landscape in a really interesting way
  • The Bone People (Keri Hulme magic realism, won the Booker)
  • Erewhon — Samuel Butler
  • Under the Mountain (trilogy YA 1979 Maurice Gee)
  • Juliet Marillier
  • (Norman founded an SF club in Auckland as a teen and made prosthetics, eventually got tapped to work on LotR, chaired 2 SF cons, organized many others)
  • DUFF – Down Under Fan Fund — sends people from Australasia to cons in the US
  • SFNZ SpecFic NZ (focused on writing)
  • A focus on environmental issues — climate and pollution seem to be big issues for authors
  • The Wind City by Summer Wigmore (set in Wellington Urban fantasy using Maori mythology)
  • Maori Authors
    • Huia Publishers:  https://www.huia.co.nz/
    • Keri Hulme (Bone People)
    • Patrica Grace (Mutuwhenua: The Moon Sleeps)
    • Kelly Ana Morey (Bloom)
    • Anna Caro
    • Tina Makereti
    • Cassie Hart
  • Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead (very NZ specfic)
  • Lee Murray
  • Man Alone (1930s — common theme in NZ fiction and film, person out of mainstream, disconnected)
  • Cinema of the unease — what’s happening? (what Norman calls depressing)
  • Peter Jackson
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • The Cure (film– made in NZ through WETA
  • Spartacus (Starz — filmed in Auckland)
  • What we do in darkness (or shadows?) Mockumentary just came out at Sundance
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • Where to look for NZ books:
  • SpecficNZ
  • SFFanz.org.nz for Julius Vogel keeps list of novels each year
  • Margaret Mahey — Children’s author The Changeover may be her most famous title

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