DUFF co-administrator Paul Weimer reports 60 ballots were cast. One of the ballots did not contain any voting information and the donation was just counted as a donation to the fund. Erin won an outright majority on the first round, with 37 first place votes.
However, with ConZealand being a virtual Worldcon this year and Corvid-19, Erin will not be traveling to New Zealand this year, but hopes to travel to Australasia in the DUFF tradition in 2021, health and world events permitting.
By Michael J. “Orange Mike” Lowrey: As the 2020 TAFF delegate, I was booked to begin next week with Fantastika 2020, the Swecon (Swedish national SF/F convention), then going on to Turku and Helsinki in Finland; Warsaw, Katowice and Krakow in Poland, and Madrid and Barcelona, before carrying on to London, parts unknown in the UK, and eventually Birmingham for Eastercon (the British national con). Less than 24 hours ago, I posted a defiant determination to be fandom’s delegate across the Great Water.
Now Fantastika has been cancelled/postponed, and Eastercon may follow. All the meetings and stayovers and gatherings in between? They may be banned, or fans may simply consider it prudent to avoid such assemblies for now.
I am sorry if anybody perceived my previous attitude as one of irresponsibility; I thought of it rather as steadfast determination to fulfill the obligation I had undertaken to serve as fandom’s ambassador. I had all these invites from eager fans (they FELT like they were younger and more enthusiastic than the Old Fans and Tired I usually hang with) in places like Helsinki and Katowice and Barcelona, boldly seizing a chance to connect with the broader fannish world. I was looking forward to crashing on sofas in Krakow and Madrid and Turku. And now….
My heart is breaking as I face the probability that all this planning, all this enthusiasm, will prove to have been for naught. I am hoping that something can be salvaged from the wreckage, and in the meantime I thank all of fandom for their input, even those who criticized me most harshly.
The Fan Fund of
Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) is accepting nominations for the 2020 race. This
time around FFANZ will send an Australian fan to the 2020
World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, being held July 29-August 2 in
As winner of the 1987 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) Race, I traveled for 3 weeks in England, Scotland and Ireland, visiting with UK science fiction fans and attending the 45th world science fiction convention, Conspiracy 87, in Brighton. This is my much-belated trip report — written and published 33 years after I returned home, reconstructed from audio tapes and photographs. Highlights include tales of my convention experiences, visits with Chuck Harris, Vincent Clarke, Walt Willis, James White, David Langford and Greg and Linda Pickersgill.
The report can be ordered through
Lulu. Page count: 96 pages. All proceeds of this publication will be donated to
Printed version (with B&W photos) $15; Order paperback here.
PDF version (with color photos) $8.99. Order PDF here.
Homefront – Fandom in the UK (1939-1945),
a massive fanhistorical compilation by Rob Hansen focusing on British fandom
during World War Two, is available as a free download from the TAFF website.
(Donations to the fund appreciated.)
Hansen brings together first-hand accounts of wartime
experience through fannish eyes, showing how the lines of communication between
fans continued during that huge national disruption – and so, somehow, did the
fannish sense of humor.
It chronicles how against all the odds a handful of dedicated individuals kept that community together in circumstances inconceivable to any who didn’t live through them. Despite being bombed out of their homes, called up to serve in the armed forces, or facing the hostility of tribunals in order to register as Conscientious Objectors, they somehow succeeded in keeping our eventually far-flung fandom together when it could all so easily have just faded away. Many of those who feature most prominently in Homefront went on to be the first post-war generation of British SF writers and there is much here that should be of interest to scholars of their work.
Hansen says “I’ve also included as a prologue Chuck
Harris’s funny and evocative account of his 1930s childhood amid poverty and
the British Union of Fascists in London’s long-gone Jewish East End.”
To accompany Homefront, he has set up an online photo
of fans in uniform during World War Two.
The Ansible Editions ebook is available in several formats.
By Geri Sullivan
and Johan Anglemark: We, the
administrators of the 2020 TAFF race, are pleased to announce that Michael
Lowrey will be the 2020 TAFF Delegate. He will attend Concentric: Eastercon
2020 to be held in Birmingham, UK on April 10–13, 2020 (see their website at www.concentric2020.uk), and he plans to
travel to Swecon (the Swedish national convention), continental Europe, and
maybe Ireland before arriving in the UK.
From TAFFish #1, here is some biographical
information about “Orange Mike”:
“I stumbled onto the early-1970s version of the U. of Chicago SF club (there have been several over the eons) through the SCA in 1971, and thus learned about fandom. When I returned to Tennessee, I joined the good ol’, much-maligned N3F, which for this country boy was a lifeline to the broader world of fandom, including my first exposure to fanzines. When I got to Nashville, I discovered the local SCA and through them the Nashville SF club. Through the SCA I discovered D&D (thanx, Daishi-san!) and through the Nashville club I learned that there were SF cons I could go to! That first con (it was a Midwestcon) was a glorious revelation: this was my tribe, these were my people! I’ve been to well over a couple of hundred cons since then, and my opinion has not changed. It was in those Nashville years that I fell into the habit of wearing head-to-toe orange.”
Following his return home, Mike will become the next North American administrator of TAFF, and will conduct the 2021 TAFF race in association with Johan Anglemark, who has to suffer through yet another year of adminship.
Fans throughout Europe who may be interested in standing for TAFF in 2021 should make a point of talking with Mike and Johan at Swecon, Eastercon, or elsewhere on Mike’s trip, if at all possible, to begin the process of becoming involved in one of the best experiences a fan can have. The 2021 TAFF race will be westbound, going to Discon III, the 79th Worldcon.
And do not forget to attend the Fan Fund auction at Eastercon where you will find a wealth of fannish and sf-ish loot from across time and space. All proceeds benefit the fan funds. For more information about the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund – past, present, and future – please visit David Langford’s excellent TAFF website at www.taff.org.uk.
is the breakdown of the voting results by first preference. As you can see, Mike
won by simple majority in the first round of counting.
Candidate NA+RoW Europe Total
Hold Over Funds
We wish to thank Mike and Ann for a fun TAFF campaign, and hope that Ann stands again
in the future. Our most sincere thanks to all who voted in, contributed to, or
otherwise supported the 2020 TAFF campaign. See you in Birmingham!
The fund received
$866.55, £232.05, and €176.14 in donations (before deducting Paypal fees).
Down Under Fan Fund
co-administrator Paul Weimer has announced the 2020 DUFF ballot is live.
There are four candidates to become the fund’s delegate to CoNZealand, the 78th
Worldcon, 2020, in Wellington, New Zealand – Richard Auffrey, Shaun Duke, James
Davis Nicoll, and Erin Underwood.
The voting process is DUFF’s fundraiser, and votes need to be accompanied by a minimum contribution of at least $5 in US, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand currency.
Vote by emailing a copy of the ballot to both the Administrators. Pay using PayPal or by Credit Card to Paul. Full voting instructions and payment options are in the PDF ballot which is online here.
The voting deadline
is March 27, 20202 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.).
The candidates’ platforms
and nominators are:
Send the Passionate Foodie to New Zealand!
I’ve attended SFF conventions for 40 years, including 2 World Cons. Each year, I read 250+ books, including many genre novels, highlighting my favorites each year in my blog. In addition, I’ve previously interviewed numberous SFF authors for my Alcohol, Authors and Accolades series. I’m also the author of the Tipsy Sensei series, supernatural thrillers about a Sake expert encountering creatures from Japanese folklore. In addition, I’ve been a role-player for 40 years, usually as a Game Master, covering a diverse blend of games. It would be an honor to represent U.S. fandom.
(Nominators: North America: Fred Kiesche, Paul Moore, Ed Tisdale; Australasia: Gillian Polack, Dan Rabarts)
I’m a host for the two-time Hugo Finalist podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, and a global SF enthusiast. In 2014, I created the World SF Tour to celebrate non-US SF/F through interviews and discussions; at each of the three international Worldcons I have attended (London, Helsinki, and Dublin), I have recorded podcasts to highlight SF/F from around the world. If selected as the DUFF delegate, I will continue that mission by more deeply exploring fandom and SF/F in New Zealand and Australia at ConZealand. I’ve got a handheld recorder, a geeky mind, and a hankering for ocean crossings!
(Nominators: North America: David Annadale, Beverly Bambury, Jen Zink; Australasia: Joyce Chng, Elizabeth Fitzgerald)
James Davis Nicoll
I would like to stand as a candidate for the 2020 DUFF. I have been an avid reader of speculative fiction for almost sixty years. I have attended cons, written thousands of reviews, served on diverse award juries, and provided the world with valuable safety hints . If I am selected, I vow to embrace tradition and attempt to produce a humorous journal in the tradition of Walt Willis’ The Harp Stateside.
1: Persons concerned about sending me to a geologically active nation like New Zealand can rest assured that the Hawaii incident was probably a fluke.
2: With footnotes.
(Nominators: North America: Sean Fagan, Mike Glyer, David Goldfarb; AU/NZ: Jo Van Ekeren, Elaine Walker)
I’m a con runner and fan editor/writer from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose passion for science, fandom, and SF/F drives me to bring new voices to publications and convention programs. While I’ve worked pre-con for many Worldcons, I could only afford attending a few conventions that I helped to create. I’d love to attend ConZealand, sharing my passion for SF/F with New Zealand and Australian fans, while also learning from those communities. I’m editing a special edition of the fanzine, Journey Planet, highlighting New Zealand and ConZealand, and will promote fandom and DUFF through blogging, social media, and a summary report.
(Nominators: North America: Janice Gelb, Nancy Holder, Jim Kelly, Australasia: David McDonald, Garth Nix)
[Update 01/20/2020: Made changes to correspond with revised ballot.]
Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund administrators
Johan Anglemark and Geri Sullivan announced today:
These are the preliminary results. A final announcement with full voting results with be made shortly, but given the magnitude of the win, we’re able to confidently announce the 2020 TAFF delegate today.
103 votes were cast: 67 in North America, 34 in Europe, and 2 in the rest of the world.
Of the votes cast, 11 were for No Preference. Of the remaining 92, 83 votes were cast for Michael “Orange Mike” Lowrey, who won this race with a simple majority in the first round of voting. We, the administrators, wish to congratulate Mike on his win!
We would also like to thank everyone who voted, everyone who donated money to TAFF, everyone who shared our announcements, and most of all, Ann Totusek who ran against Mike. Thank you all!
Paul Weimer and Marlee Jane Ward, Administrators of DUFF, the
Down Under Fan Fund, are seeking
candidates for the 2020 race. The winner will travel from North America to
ConZealand, the Worldcon in Wellington New Zealand and become the North
American Administrator of the Fund.
Nominations are open until January 17. The candidates
will be announced soon after.
To get on the ballot a fan needs three North American and two
Australasian nominators (who will each need to independently confirm their
nominations to the administrators via email), a platform of no more than 100
words, a bond of US$20/CAN$25 [The bond can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com
] and a guarantee to attend the 2020 Worldcon in New Zealand if you
From the moment you read this until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 12, you can help decide which North American fan is going to attend Concentric: Eastercon 2020, in Birmingham, UK as the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate.
candidates are Michael Lowrey and Ann Totusek, and you can read their platforms
on David Langford’s TAFF site. This is also the place to go to learn
more about TAFF, to read the rules for voting, to make the necessary monetary
donation needed for voting, and to cast your vote.
Anglemark, European TAFF Administrator, and Geri Sullivan, North American TAFF
Administrator, say “Even if you think that both these fine fans would be an
equally worthy winner, we ask you to still consider supporting TAFF by voting.
TAFF is kept alive by the support it gets from fandom. And if you truly have no
preference, you can express that by voting No Preference.”
you need a paper ballot to print out and mail to us, a PDF is available at taff.org.uk.
Totusek’s platform is especially interesting….
The 2020 TAFF Candidates
My first convention (1975) was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have loved, married and parented within the tribe. I’ve been active: fanzines and apas, the N3F, mailing lists, Usenet, social media. I’ve pubbed my ish, and been officer of a local SF club.
I am a Fan, free citizen of the ImagiNation. Whatever else I may be – husband, daddy, union leader, Esperantist, wearer of orange garments, Quaker, feminist, Irishman, Mac user, Wobbly, Hordesman, Wikipedian – this is my Way of Life. My cunning plan remains: to meet fans all over Over There, as many places as possible. FIAWOL!
Nominated by: (NA) James Nicoll, Steven H Silver, Curt Phillips; (Europe) Rob Hansen, John-Henri Holmberg
Michael Lowrey is a Midwestern fan most easily recognizable as “Orange Mike” for wearing all orange at conventions. TAFF is intended to strengthen ties between Atlantic and European fandom, and I can think of no-one better for this than Mike. His dedication working towards the well-being of others is unmatched, and his grasp of the importance of freedom of speech, the press, and maintaining an informed populace make him a fascinating panelist. I am honored to be nominated for the TAFF award and, as I have previously attended Eastercon while he has not, the platform for my campaign is “Send Mike!”
Nominated by: (NA) Carol Kennedy, Joyce Scrivner, Michael Siladi; (Europe) DC, Pat McMurray