The Sir Julius Vogel Award
Another exciting aspect of the weekend is that The Heir of Night is up for a Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given annually to recognise achievement in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders or New Zealand residents. The Award is named for a nineteenth century NZ prime minister—who is also held to be NZ’s first speculative fiction author, publishing a novel called Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman's Destiny in 1889. The premise of the book is one where women have achieved suffrage (which NZ actually enacted in 1893, just four years later) and gone on to hold major positions of authority in politics, law and industry. Given that shortly after 2000, NZ’s prime minister, as well as our governor general, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the chief executive of NZ’s largest private company, were all women, Sir Julius’s speculation is now held to be uncommonly prescient …
I always think the Sir Julius Vogel backstory is fun to tell—and just goes to show the power of speculative fiction. I am also both honored and very excited to be shortlisted for the award this year. The Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday night—so send the good vibes my way and wish me luck!
(Oh yes, and the award itself [shown above] was designed by Weta Workshops, which has been involved with the making of a large number of major films, most famously The Lord of the Rings trilogy.)
On top of all of this, this week I’ve celebrated my first birthday as a blogger (and I think it’ll be my Supernatural Underground birthday next month.) To celebrate the birthday of the blog there is a grand birthday giveaway going down, but you do have to visit my “ … on Anything, Really” blog to enter. Here’s the direct link to the birthday blog post itself, and you will find the giveaway details at the bottom of the page. But just so you know what’s up for grabs, I’ve included the details right here.
[Drum Roll:] The “…on Anything, Really” Blog’s Grand Birthday Giveaway:
1. The period of the competition will be from 31 May to 30 June 2010 inclusive;
2. Entries in the competition will be drawn from comments on distinct blog posts during that period. So each time you comment on a new post your name will be entered in the draw again—but only once for each distinct post. (For example: if you post one comment each on 10 distinct blog posts, your name will be entered in the draw 10 times; if you post 10 comments on 1 distinct blog post, your name will only be entered in the draw once.)
3. Three separate book sets are available to be won, each one to be drawn separately:
The Grand Epic Fantasy Giveaway Set, comprising:
- a signed UK, trade format first edition of The Heir of Night
- a hardback, anniversary edition of Sara Douglas’s Battle Axe
- Trudi Canavan’s The Ambassador’s Mission
- Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia
- Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
The Grand YA Fantasy Giveaway Set Comprising:
- a signed hardback copy of Thornspell
- Cassandra Clare’s complete Mortal Instruments trilogy: C and ity of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass
- Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief
- Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan
- AUP New Poets: Harry Jones, Erin Scudder & Chris Tse
- Ingrid Horrocks’ Mapping the Distance
- Anna Livesey’s the moonmen
- Kerry Popplewell’s Leaving the Tableland
The draw will be made on Saturday 2 July 2011 using Random Number Integer.
So please drop by, celebrate the birthday of the blog and leave a comment—on as many posts as you like between 31 May to 30 June 2010 inclusive.
And now I’m putting those bag-packing skates on! Have fun, team—I intend to!
Supernatural Underground author Helen Lowe is a novelist, poet and interviewer. Her latest novel, The Heir of Night, the first of THE WALL OF NIGHT quartet, is recently published in the USA, UK, Australia & NZ. Her first novel, Thornspell, (Knopf, 2008) won the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award for “Best Novel, Young Adult.” Helen blogs every day on her Helen Lowe on Anything, Really site and on the 1st of every month right here on the Supernatural Underground.