Marlee Jane Ward won the Down Under Fan Fund and will travel from Australia to Worldcon 76 this summer. DUFF co-administrator Paul Weimer has released the voting figures:
The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund administrators have released the vote counts from this year’s race which saw Swedish fan Johan Anglemark selected as the TAFF delegate to Worldcon 76.
TAFF’s voting system requires each candidate to get at least 20% of the total first preference votes from both North America and the UK/Europe to advance. Here is the breakdown of the voting results by first preference:
Polish fan Marcin Klak is the 2018 GUFF delegate. GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa).
Klak will attend Continuum in Melbourne, Australia over the June 8-11 weekend.
Voting figures were not released, but GUFF co-administrator Donna Maree Hanson says, “It was a strong race with high number of votes being cast at Eastercon in the UK.”
The other candidates were and Steve and Alice Lawson.
TAFF co-administrator John Purcell described it as “a very close, highly contested race.” Complete voting result breakdowns will follow in an official TAFF Press Release within the next 24 hours which Purcell and Anna Raftery, the outgoing European TAFF Administrator, are preparing. “Anna and I congratulate Johan for this exciting win, and also thank candidates Fia Karlsson and Helena McCallum for making this campaign so much fun and a great success.”
The Going Under Fan Fund ballot for the 2018 race is now available on the OzFanFunds website.
Voters will choose an Australasian delegate to Continuum in Melbourne, Australia over the June 8-11, 2018 weekend. The candidates are Marcin Klak, and Steve and Alice Lawson.
GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa).
The winner will take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.
Here are the candidates’ platforms:
I am a Polish fan and conrunner who is truly passionate about fandom and conventions. I run a blog about my con journeys at www.FandomRover.com. Mihaela Marija Perkovi? inspired me to run for GUFF in 2018 and here I am trying to meet the fans from Australia (and hopefully New Zealand). I would like to travel 10,000 miles from Poland to Australia and become a European “fannish ambassador“. I frequently attend various conventions and I would like to exchange experiences with fans from the other side of the globe.
One small step for the fandom, one giant leap for the Fandom Rover!
Nominators: Australasia – Gillian Polack, Julia Svaganovic and David Cake
Europe – Vanessa May and Carolina Gomez Lagerlöf
Steve and Alice Lawson
We have been fans since 1974 (Steve) and 1987 (Alice). We both enjoy attending conventions and meeting new people; we even had our honeymoon at an Eastercon. We have served as committee members for over 30 conventions including Eastercons and Worldcons; Alice was co-chair of Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon. We have also each been honoured to receive the Doc Weir Award for our work behind the scenes. We would love the chance to meet more fans from Australasia and see fandom in action down under, and then be able to tell other fans in Europe all about it.
Nominators: Australasia – Norman Cates and Sue Ann Barber
Europe – Dave Langford, Claire Brialey and Ang Rosin
Down Under Fan Fund co-administrator Paul Weimer has announced the 2018 DUFF ballot is live. There is one candidate, Marlee Jane Ward, who will attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose.
Although it is a one-person race, the voting process is DUFF’s fundraiser, as votes need to be accompanied by a minimum contribution of at least $5 in US, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand currency.
Get a PDF ballot or vote online at the OZ Fan Funds page. The voting deadline is March 31, 2018 at 23:59 AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).
Ward’s platform is:
Marlee Jane Ward
I’m a writer, blogger and amateur photographer from Melbourne, Australia. I’m passionate about writing, but every writer begins as a fan – and I’m mad about Science Fiction. I attended Worldcon in 2016 in Kansas City and I’d love to have the opportunity to build connections with world-wide fans of Science Fiction again in San Jose this year. I look to document fan culture and my personal experience at the biggest con in the world, both through blogs and photos. I’m warm, outgoing and absolutely sure that I won’t just make networks, I’ll make friends.
Nominators: Australasia: Jane Rawson, Cat Sparks and Corey White; North America: Neile Graham and Kij Johnson.
Ward attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014. Since then, ISFDB shows Ward has published six short stories and a novel (Welcome to Orphancorp). In 2017 she won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and also attended Kij Johnson’s novel writing workshop in Kansas.
The third issue of TAFF News [PDF file] is available on the TAFF Website with the candidates’ answers to a questionnaire. Find out what Johan Anglemark, Fia Karlsson, and Helena McCallum had to say when they were asked these probative fannish questions —
1) Tell us something about yourself and fandom: where did it begin for you and when.
2) Are there any specific subgenres of Science Fiction & Fantasy you prefer? e.g., hard science, alternative history, steampunk, etc.
3) Describe your fannish activity: clubs you’ve been in, official roles (club president, or whatever), cons you’ve attended/worked on, and fanzines you’ve produced, and so forth.
4) What was the craziest or most fun thing you have ever done or experienced in fandom?
TAFF voting to pick a European delegate to the San Jose Worldcon is open until midnight EST of April 3, 2018. Get the ballot and voting information on the TAFF website.
GUFF administrators are calling for nominations for the Southbound Race 2018 to send a European fan to Continuum in Melbourne, Australia over the June 8-11, 2018 weekend.
GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Australasia to Europe (and vice versa).
The winner will also be required to take over the administration of the fund for the next northbound and southbound races.
The administrators tell how to become a GUFF candidate:
If you wish to stand, please contact us at the postal or email address below. You will need three Australasian and two European nominators (who will each need to confirm their nominations), a platform of no more than 100 words to appear on the ballot, a bond of £15/€20/AU$25 and a guarantee to attend the 2018 Continuum convention in June if you win.
If you wish to stand and are unsure about how to go about getting any of these things, what the fund pays for or the duties of a GUFF delegate and administrator, then feel free to contact us in confidence.
Nominations are open until 15 February 2018, and candidates will be announced soon after. Voting will then run until 3 April 2018, with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.
Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to PO Box 6445, Conder, ACT, 2906 or email@example.com or Mihaela-Marija Perkovic, Maksimirska 100d, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. The bond can be sent by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact her for bank deposit details. Cash can be given directly to Donna Hanson or through Paypal email@example.com or contact her for Australian direct bank deposit details.
Full information at the link.
The reason for bringing the next GUFF winner to Continuum rather than the Australian Natcon (Swancon at the end of March) was not specified, however, the Natcon would be only three months away at this point.
[Thanks to JJ for the story.]
The Down Under Fan Fund is taking nominations for the 2018 race that will send a delegate from Australia or New Zealand to San Jose for Worldcon 76 (August 16-20, 2018) or another major convention in North America in 2018.
DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, brings a delegate from Australia/New Zealand to North America, or vice versa, in alternating years.
Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the other side of the Pacific would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the administrator until replaced by the next delegate. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.
The current administrators of the fund are Paul Weimer in North America and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia.
Five nominators (3 Australian/New Zealand nominators and 2 North American nominators) are required for each nominee. A written platform of about 100 words should be submitted by the nominee providing some information about themselves in a fannish context. Nominees are also asked to provide a bond of at least 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.
DUFF voting is done by secret ballot, and is determined using the instant runoff method.
Nominations will be accepted through January 31. Send your nominations to Clare McDonald-Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details about DUFF can be found at: https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/
Address DUFF inquiries to:
- For Australia/New Zealand: email@example.com
- For North America: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Thanks to Paul Weimer for the story.]
Voters can now register their choice for the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate from among candidates Johan Anglemark, Fia Karlsson, and Helena McCallum (Adela Terrell). The winner will travel from Europe to North America to attend next year’s Worldcon in San Jose.
Voting in the 2018 race is open to anyone active in fandom before April 2016 who donates at least £3.00 (GBP) or $4.00 (USD) to TAFF.
Eligible fans may vote by mail (download the ballot from http://taff.org.uk/ and follow the instructions) or online at http://taff.org.uk/vote.php. Voting continues until Midnight (Eastern US time) Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Here are the contenders’ platforms:
- Johan Anglemark
I met fandom in 1983. Soon I was involved in con-running and I’ve never stopped; I’m on two concoms currently. I’ve attended all European Worldcons since 1990, but never one in America; I would love to do that through TAFF, and write a trip report. I’m co-administrator of the Swedish branch of the Nordic Fan Fund and the chair of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation, a fannish charity. When not on staff, I flog used books at cons. I live with Linnéa in a house full of cats, games, vinyl records, and books, and earn my living as a tech writer.
Nominated by: (Europe) Caroline Mullan, Ron Gemmell, Eemeli Aro. (NA) Ulrika O’Brien, Diane Lacey
- Fia Karlsson
You can’t spell FIAWOL without Fia! This wildling born north of the Arctic Circle came south bringing her friendly manners and passion for organizing with her. She lures you in with dill chips, but you stay for her genuineness.
She went from book-blogging to hosting a book circle, which grew into the fandom society in Malm?, Sweden. Fia has chaired two cons, worked as the Social Media Area Head for Worldcon 75, been adopted into the Finnish fandom, and was the 2017 Nordic Fan Fund delegate at Octocon in Dublin. She’s now ready to Take on San Jose! Fia for TAFF!
Nominated by: (Europe) Jukka Halme, John-Henri Holmberg, Gareth Kavanagh. (NA) Lucy Huntzinger, Michael Lee.
- Helena McCallum (Adela Terrell)
My name is Helena McCallum, originally from Scotland. In 2002 my partner left me at home to attend the San Jose Worldcon with his friend. Now, 16 years and 2 children later, I seek your assistance for revenge. It will also be just before my 40th birthday, which may come as a surprise to some who remember my first forays into fandom in the mid- 90s.
I was told people like me don’t get to run for TAFF, so here I am. I’m friendly, out-going, and a fun person to have at a party, I’ll bring a nice Whisky.
Nominated by: (Europe) Douglas Spencer, James Shields,
Tammy Coxen, David O’Neill. (NA) Pablo Vasquez, Tracy Benton.
More information is available in TAFF News #2.
For comprehensive Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund information, visit Dave Langford’s TAFF website here.
Update 12/05/17: TAFF co-administrator John Purcell has issued a ballot correction:
There was an error in placing one of Helena McCallum’s nominators on the wrong continent: Tammy Coxen is an American, not a European, fan. Oops! Fortunately, David O’Neill had also nominated Helena since he is a European fan (David spends part of each year living in his home in the UK, and attends European events), so Tammy’s name was replaced on the European side of the ballot with David’s name as a nominator.I apologize for the error: neither Anna Raftery (the European TAFF Administrator) nor I caught this initial mistake, so mea culpa. However, this was caught over the weekend, then everyone was notified of the slip-up and agreed to the fix, so now Helena has Tammy Coxen as a backup North American nominator.
[Thanks to Dave Langford and John Purcell for the story.]