We're putting together a diverse and exciting programme including panel discussions, workshops, gaming, filking, book launches, and more. The timetable is still a work in progress, and changes are to be expected, but you can see the current draft below. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Hover over each event to see the event's descriptions, and use the 'Highlight by Tag' option to find the events that best match your interests. If you're a panelist or other participant, make sure you're logged into the site to see your personalised timetable. Remember some events require advanced sign up as places are limited.

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12pmDrop-in Activities and GamesGames and other activities, more details to be confirmed. Drop by when you arrive, play some games, and meet other members.
4pmBook Launch: Beyond the BackyardJoin us for the launch of Beyond the Backyard, a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by intermediate school students from around New Zealand. For many of these brand new authors this will be their first publication, and we’re happy to be celebrating with them as their imaginations let us explore whatever is out there ... Beyond the Backyard.
6pmPANEL101We're taking the mystery out of being a panelist with PANEL101. Whether you'll be participating in your first panel at LexiCon, are an experienced panelist who wants some new tips, or are wondering whether to sign up at a future convention, this is the workshop for you.
7pmCON101Never been to a con before? Learn what it's all about, what those weird words we use mean, and how to get the most out of the weekend. CON101 is also an opportunity to get to know a few of your fellow attendees.
8pmOpening CeremonyThe convention begins!
9pmThis Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy…Three ordinary guys are thrust into the parallel world of an old sci-fi movie. Trapped in a low budget universe they must somehow fight their way home. Join us after the LexiCon opening ceremony to watch Taupō’s first viewing of the world’s biggest low budget space movie ever! (possibly). It’s got action, romance, sets, rickety props and questionable special effects. Luscious locations, lavish homemade costumes. This movie has it all! More details at
10pmFilkingEvery night after the main programming is over, filkers gather to sing into the wee small hours. Filking is SF folk music, often Weird Al Yankovic style parodies. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to sing or perform yourself.


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9amThe State of Genre PublishingDiscussing the various publishing options for authors: traditional publishers, small presses, self publishing and more. With Marie Hodgkinson, Darian Smith, Sean Monaghan, and Leigh K HuntThe Language of Science Fiction and FantasyPanelists Emma Linghagen, Lee Murray, and Mark Johnson discuss the language of science fiction and fantasy, from constructed languages and SFF in translation, to words invented or redefined by science fiction ("robot", for example, or "clone") and how authors approach naming fictional cities, animals, and more.Tabletop GamingDrop in board gaming, with discussion of individual games, game mechanics and other topics about games. Hosted by Steven Ensslen. Feel free to bring a game!
10amBook SetsIf you like this you might like that, but with a difference. The panel has to make a set from books or authors suggested by the audience, but the set can match in any way they like. With Matt Morris, June Young, and Simon Litten.SpecFicNZ AGMThe Annual General Meeting of SpecFicNZ, the national organisation of creators, writers, editors and publishers of speculative fiction in and from New Zealand. For more information on SpecFicNZ, see in SFFSFF imagines strange new worlds and alien life forms, but how does that imaginary ecosystem fit together? Whether it's magical creatures hiding in Fiordland or a whole new planet, living things and their physical environment constantly affect each other. How can we create believable ecosystems in SFF, and what happens when the delicate balance of an ecosystem is disrupted? Botanist and science communicator Octavia Cade, Seanan McGuire, author of the Incryptid series, and Meryl Stenhouse, who has a background in parasitology, discuss the portrayal of ecosystems in SFF.
11amA Conversation with Christian NicolsonFind out what it takes to make a really heavy papier-mâché boulder and a low budget, high action movie in New Zealand then take it to the world. In the spirit of old sci-fi, where special effects were basic, Christian Nicolson’s goal was to expose the simplicity of it all. Using a low budget as a means to be creative rather than a restriction, he and the team had fun with the script and visuals, creating a quirky, fun, dramatic, beautifully shot movie that remains true to its origins. Dan Rabarts talks to Christian about his vision, the challenges and all things papier-mâché.NZ in 20202020 is getting closer and closer... So New Zealand in 2020 (the bid to hold a WorldCon in New Zealand) is heading down towards the vote, to take place in 2018 in San Jose. We would love to show you where we are, and enthuse you about this large but rewarding project. We would love to have your input and help!Stories in our CitiesThe way SFF approaches city based stories is different on the national, local, even community level, and Aotearoa is no exception. Rem Wigmore, AJ Fitzwater, and Andi Buchanan explore how Aotearoa urban landscapes fit (or don’t) into the Fantasy genre, and what our authors do to make them unique.
12pmGoH Speech: Seanan McGuireGuest of Honour speech by renowned Californian urban fantasy and SF horror writer, filk singer, and cartoonist Seanan McGuire. Introduced by Cassie Hart.Costuming/Cosplay for BeginnersWhere to get started with costuming. With John Howell, Terri Doyle, Maddy Thompson, and Connie Takarangi.Star PeaceOur envoys have come to bring peace between the Star Wars and Star Trek fans. Kodi Murray, Grace Bridges (and other panelists tbc) discuss the similarities between the two, and why it really is possible to love them both.Market Setup
1pmLunch Break
2pmWriting Science; Writing Science FictionIn these days of pseudo-science, intelligent design and climate change denialism, just how important is accurate science to science fiction? What responsibilities do writers have, and what are the different tips and tricks we can use to better use science in our stories? Join us as our panelists Octavia Cade, Cat Langford, and Meryl Stenhouse talk about their inspirations, challenges, and the differences they find between writing science and writing science fiction.Introductions to SFFWant to introduce a friend - or a child - to the genres you love, but don't know how to ease them in? Lee Murray, Dylan Howell, Neil Sanson and Barbara Howe share the works that introduced them to SFF, and offer suggestions about where to start.Seanan and Paul Talk ZombiesBy popular demand. Seanan McGuire is the author of the Newsflesh series, which follows bloggers twenty years after a zombie apocalypse. Paul Mannering is the Wellington-based author of the Tankbread series in which intelligent zombies rule the world, living on a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread. Together, they're talking zombies. Like anything else Paul is involved in, this is unlikely to be suitable for the young or the squeamish.Tabletop GamingDrop in board gaming, with discussion of individual games, game mechanics and other topics about games. Hosted by Steven Ensslen. Feel free to bring a game!Market Packup
3pmWhen Your First Draft is a Mess: Editing and YouSelf editing tips with Grace Bridges, Art Protin, and Kaaron Warren.The Big World of Fantasy MiniaturesFantasy and SF Tabletop Miniature Gaming with John Howell, Darcy Perry and Lewis MorganDiverse Families in SFFFamilies aren't just the nuclear variety. Science fiction and fantasy have space for all kinds of families - queer families, step families, chosen families, extended families, polyamorous families, and more. AJ Fitzwater, Daphne Lawless, Emma Lindhagen, Kiran Oliver and Jenni Sands talk about some of their favourite examples, and what they'd like to see more of.
3:30pmBook Covers for Self-PublishersWhat you need to know about book covers, whether you're hiring it out, DIY or in between, with cover designer Leigh K. Hunt.
Publicity for AuthorsJoin experienced publicity wrangler Elizabeth Heritage for a practical introductory class on writing a media release, pitching to journalists (which is a lot less scary than it sounds), and getting coverage of your book in mainstream NZ media. We will cover overarching issues as well as detailed practical guidance, including an up-to-the-minute who’s who of book media in Aotearoa. This class is suitable both for self-published authors and for traditionally published authors who are looking to give their work an extra boost. We welcome complete beginners and those who are wanting a refresher on the ever-changing book publicity landscape in Aotearoa. Places are limited so please sign up in advance, and bring note-making tools (laptop, pen and paper, etc) of your choice.
Science Fantasy and Cross-Fertilising GenreWhere does Science Fiction end and Fantasy begin? If your dragons are aliens, which is it? Talking about work in the grey area between genres with Kaaron Warren, Charlotte Earle, Neil Sanson, and Alex Lindsay.
5pmCorrupting Children to our Genre: YA and SFFHKaren Healey, Belinda Crawford, and Tracy Joyce talk about their favourite science fiction, fantasy, and horror for young adults, and discuss whether YA fiction is a 'gateway drug' to SFFH.Doctor Who Companions: The Adventurers, The Lost, and The PenguinSince kidnapping Ian and Barbara from Shoreditch in 1963, the Doctor has shared his adventures with a wide range of fellow travelers. John Toon, Grace Bridges, Kodi Murray, and Lynelle Howell discuss the changing role of the companion.
6pmDinner Break
7pmDinner Break
8pmMasquerade Entrant Assembly
10pmFilkingEvery night after the main programming is over, filkers gather to sing into the wee small hours. Filking is SF folk music, often Weird Al Yankovic style parodies. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to sing or perform yourself.


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9amGeekCraftWhere the things we love and the things we craft collide. Come along and hear our panelists Cat Langford, Zee Southcombe, and Maddy Thompson talk about some of their crafty interests, including making dolls, zines, and SFF movie scenes in snowglobes.Mars OneWith Terri DoyleSFFANZ AGMThe Annual General Meeting of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Organisation of New Zealand inc. See for more information about SFFANZ.Tabletop GamingDrop in board gaming, with discussion of individual games, game mechanics and other topics about games. Hosted by Steven Ensslen. Feel free to bring a game!
10amRepresentation in Genre FictionWe all strive to be the heroes of our own stories, and seeing people like ourselves represented in our favourite genres is important and affirming. TG Ayer, Jenni Sands, and Rem Wigmore will share some positive representations of different genders, sexualities, disabilities, ethnicities and more.Living the StorytellingLet Zebong, Teller of Tales, teach you the art of storytelling, and how this can improve your writing.
11amGhost of Honour SpeechElizabeth Heritage talks on behalf of Orville: rat, film star, legend, and LexiCon's Ghost of Honour. Introduced by Andi Buchanan.Classic SF Predicts the FutureWe often look back on classic Science Fiction to see if they "got it right." What are some great predictions which came true and why are we so obsessed with it? Moderator Alan Robson with Alex Lindsay, Kaaron Warren, and Paul Weimer.Ad Hoc GamingGrab a game and play!
12pmIFWG Double Book LaunchJoin us for the launch of two books by new Kiwi authors, The Locksmith by Barbara Howe and The Rejects by Ali Foster, both from Australian publisher IFWG Press. Introduced by IFWG publisher Gerry HuntmanCrossing Genres: Fantastical Mysteries and Paranormal RomancesA panel on the intersection of fantasy, detective fiction, and romance. T.G. Ayer, Amber Carter, Marie Hodgkinson, Seanan McGuire, and Darian Smith talk about what happens when the fantasy genre gets out of its box and starts breeding with other genres.
1pmLunch Break
2pmFGoH Speech: John ToonFan Guest of Honour speech by John Toon. John likes Doctor Who, comic books, Japanese monster movies, detective fiction, electronic music, and playing orchestral percussion - so we're sure there'll be something for everyone! Introduced by Darusha Wehm.Future of a SpacewomanTV and movies have imagined women taking many roles in space: from Princess to Communications Officer, President to Mechanic, Captain to Doctor. Our panelists discuss how well current and previous portrayals stand up in 2017, and what they most want to see from future representations of women in space.Tabletop GamingDrop in board gaming, with discussion of individual games, game mechanics and other topics about games. Hosted by Steven Ensslen. Feel free to bring a game!Colouring!Drop in for some relaxing colouring any time on Sunday afternoon. We'll have geeky colouring pages of varying levels of complexity and colouring materials to create your masterpiece (but feel free to bring your own as well!).
3pmThe Second State, They've More Than Snakes: Australia and UsCommunity-building, cross-fertilisation, shared resources, and how NZ and Australia are closer than we think. With Lynelle Howell, Gerry Huntman, Lee Murray, Ross Temple, and Paul Weimer.New Zealand In SpaceAn overview of the New Zealand Space Agency.In Conversation with Seanan McGuireA chance to ask Seanan all your burning questions, from fae and zombies, to Disneyland and her unusually fluffy cats.
4pmThe QuizAre you up to the challenge? Team up and pool your knowledge to answer questions spanning the full breadth of SF and fantasy. Hosted by Katie Boyle.In Need of Heroes?What comics (and related media) most resonate with us in 2017? Are we looking for social commentary or escapism? Panel with John Toon, AJ Fitzwater, Karen Healey, and Daphne Lawless.
5pmHard SF - Where Engineers Go To Die... and how to open it up for the rest of us. With Art Protin, Sean Monaghan and Mark English.The Politics of Misery and Death: Why Are Dystopias So Damn Popular?It seems like every other book, comic or show is about the end of the world. How come? With moderator Jenny Hammond, Charlotte Earle, John Howell, Leigh Hunt and Jenni Sands.
6pmDinner Break
8pmSir Julius Vogel AwardsPresentation of the Sir Julius Vogel awards, New Zealand's fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields.
9pmClosing CeremonyThe final event of the convention. Join us to for performances, presentation of prizes, bids for 2019, and more.
10pmZonked Zombie PartyKnown in some quarters as the Dead Dog Party, the Zonked Zombie party is a final chance to catch up with old and new friends over a drink or two.FilkingEvery night after the main programming is over, filkers gather to sing into the wee small hours. Filking is SF folk music, often Weird Al Yankovic style parodies. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to sing or perform yourself.