A month after announcing that the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund is taking nominations for the 2023 race North American TAFF Administrator Michael J. “Orange Mike” Lowrey says “We’ve got no nominees so far and only one whisper of a possible.”
The goal is to send a 2023 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate from Europe to Pemmi-Con, the 2023 NASFIC in Winnipeg, and other stops along the way.
Lowrey adds, “I know there were lots of fine Eurofen I met during my 2022 trip who would make interesting guests here in North America.”
Here again is the information prospective candidates need to know:
With no Worldcon in Europe or North America in 2023, the next delegate will travel to Pemmi-con 2023, the NASFiC (North American Science Fiction Convention) in Winnipeg, Canada. It takes place on July 20–23, 2023 and is bound to be an exciting event!
Who can become a candidate?
Assuming you have the time, the wish to go, and the nominators to back you up, any European science fiction fan can volunteer to become a TAFF candidate.
For this race, you need two North American nominators, and three European nominators, who will then proceed to contact the current TAFF administrators (details below) by December 4, 2022, informing the administrators of whom they nominate for this honor.
You will also need to send an official statement of standing for TAFF to the administrators listing your nominators, plus a 101-word platform statement, and a £10/€12 bond fee sent via PayPal to [email protected].
What do you do as a TAFF delegate?
TAFF sends the chosen delegate across the Atlantic where they get to visit different fannish communities and make friends across the continent. Each trip has a target convention, which is the only pre-set destination for the trip, the rest is up to you. Afterwards, you come home and take over the European administration part of this fan fund. Delegates help raise money for the fund, for example by hosting fan fund auctions and other events, prior to, during, or (usually) after your trip.
Who can become a nominator?
Anyone in North American or European science fiction fandom who is not a current administrator. Meaning, you can’t ask either Fia or Orange Mike to nominate you. Not this time, anyway.
The nomination period will close on December 4. Voting to elect said TAFF delegate will commence five days later on December 9, 2022, and close on April 11, 2023.
Note: When counting the votes, if there are more than three candidates, we will not apply the “20% rule” until the candidates with the fewest votes have been eliminated and there are just three candidates left.
More details about TAFF can be found at David Langford’s excellent website, taff.org.uk. If you are interested in standing for the 2023 TAFF Race or would like to nominate some deserving fan, please contact Fia Karlsson, the European Administrator ([email protected]), or the North American Administrator, Michael Lowrey ([email protected]). Good luck!
- Fia Karlsson, European Administrator. [email protected]. Lönngatan 44 C, 214 49 Malmö, Sweden
- Michael J. Lowrey, North American Administrator. [email protected]. 1847 N 2nd Str., Milwaukee, WI 53212
And that one whispered possible, I am informed, has declined. I guess Winnipeg is a tough sell to some folks. (Sorry, Pemmi-Con folks.)
Nothing wrong with just holding over funds if there’s no real interest.