Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back showing with NZSO – Auckland – 5 May 2019

What

Film with live Orchestra
Presented by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert comes to New Zealand in 2019! This classic film will be accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, bringing John Williams’ Oscar®-winning score to life. Don’t miss this exciting combination of a cinematic classic performed with live orchestra.

“You must feel the Force around you…”

The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force.

Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation– and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader– await.

After the phenomenal success of Star Wars: A New Hope, director Irvin Kershner took over from George Lucas and delivered what many believe is the best of the Star Wars films. John Williams again composed the score, creating a soundtrack that built on the music from Star Wars: A New Hope and expanded it to fit the universe around it.

When and Where

Sunday, 5 May 2019
4pm – ~6:30pm (run time approx 149 minutes)

Spark Arena
Parnell
Aucklan

How Much

$95 each + $8 handling fee

More

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert on the NZSO website
Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster


Auckland Science Fiction Book Club: Neuromancer by William Gibson – Auckland – 9 April 2019

What

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer is a science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future.

Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century’s most potent visions of the future.

About the Book Club

This is for all lovers of books – in particular science fiction and fantasy. We’ll meet once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month at a pub so you can have a drink and food if you want to.
We’ll read a variety of books by both male and female authors and try to vary them across different sub-genres eg Dystopian Fiction, Feminist SF, Literary SF, Post-Apocalyptic SF, Short Story Collections, Space Opera, etc.

When and Where

The Culpeper
143-147 Princess Wharf
Auckland CBD

6:30pm – 9pm
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

How Much

Free

More

Neuromancer by William Gibson meetup night
Auckland Science Fiction Book Club

GeyserCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Rotorua – 31 May – 3 June 2019

What

GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! We hope you’ll join us in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 31st to June 3rd 2019) for awesome fandom discussions, panels and presentations, a huge bookstore open every day including Monday, a raffle with amazing prizes, the Young Writers’ Workshop, the Costume Masquerade competition, the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and so much more!

Young Writers’ Day out – Friday

The Young NZ Writers’ Day Out (on Friday 31st May 2019) will have a full day of writing workshops aimed at intermediate and secondary school students. To warm up to the day we invite young NZ writers to enter into our 2019 annual writing competitions for intermediate and secondary students (opens 1st of February and closes midnight on 15th March – check our website out for more details). Finalists will be awarded prizes at the book launch at the end of the day.
For the first time there will even be a special writing event for our youngest writers in years 5 and 6 (only open to local Rotorua Primary schools) and PD opportunities for teachers who attend.

Main Program

3-5 Streams From Friday evening to Monday Morning.

Sample Events:

  • Radio-play STAR WRECK
  • International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations
  • Talks: History of SFF in NZ
  • Panel: High Fantasy Futures
  • GeyserCon Book Expo

When and Where

Holiday Inn
10 Tryon St
Whakarewarewa
Rotorua

Main Event
4pm Friday 31 May 2019
Noon Monday 3 June 2019

Young Writers’ Day Out
All Day Friday 31 May 2019

How Much

EarlyBird 3 until 28 February $60
Standard (Friday evening till Monday) $65
Friday Youth Workshop (under 18s) $20

Various other tickets options available.

More

Geysercon Website with Full programme and Registration
Young NZ Writers Website

Auckland Star Trek fan group, dinner and film evening – Devonport – 6 October 2018

What

Auckland Star Trek Fan group is a place where fans of the Star Trek universe can meet other Trekkies for conversation, food and video nights Whether you are a fan of TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, DIS, or the fan films all are welcome!

Wow exciting things are happening with our group, with a brand new beautiful venue situated in the picturesque Devonport area. We will be getting together for fun, food and uniformed frivolity in the gorgeous Devonport library. You can have a snack and a Trek chat in the dinning area or put your feet up by the gas fire and watch some on the TV. Nothing compares to watching Star Trek together with a diverse group of Trekkers who love Trek just as much as you.

While we have and still do communicate with our members via email we are now opening it up on Meetup! This means that we are open to new members joining and also that the number attending on our Meetup is not accurate as it does not include our current members who RSVP by email.

This is what will be happening
We will be meeting at the library for our dinner and film evening. From there some of us may decide to buy some takeaways just over the road from one of the nearby shops. We will have dinner in the library. If you want to bring something to eat please bear in mind there are no food heating facilities, sink or utensils so please bring your own plates etc.

When and Where

Saturday 6 October 2018
4pm – 10pm

Devonport Library
2 Victoria Rd
Devonport
Auckland

How Much

A gold coin donation to cover meetup costs is appreciated but not expected

More

Meetup Page for the October 6th event
Auckland Star Trek Meetup

Auckland Science Fiction Book Club: Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar – Auckland – 10 July 2018

What

What we’re about

This is for all lovers of books – in particular science fiction and fantasy. We’ll meet once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month at a pub so you can have a drink and food if you want to.

We’ll read a variety of books by both male and female authors and try to vary them across different sub-genres eg Dystopian Fiction, Feminist SF, Literary SF, Post-Apocalyptic SF, Short Story Collections, Space Opera, etc.

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clark award 2018

An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country’s first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he’s dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father’s sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.

When and Where

The Brew on Quay
Corner of Quay Street and Britomart Place
CBD, Auckland

6:30pm to 9pm
Tuesday, July 10 2018

How Much

Free

More

Event page on meetup.com
Auckland Science Fiction Book Club