At the end of May 2009 I was in Auckland, New Zealand for their national science fiction convention – this year known as Conscription. While I was there I met a bunch of very interesting writers. More about them later, but first I want to talk about next year. The 2010 New Zealand Natcon, Au Contraire, will be held in Wellington the weekend before the Melbourne Worldcon. If you are planning on going to Melbourne, why not stop off in New Zealand along the way? These ladies have some excellent plans.