Horvath TAFF Itinerary

TAFF logo westBy Jim Mowatt: Nina Horvath will be traveling as TAFF delegate to North America on August 12 to start her revels in Seattle before moving on to Spokane, California, Las Vegas and Toronto. Many of you will meet her at Worldcon and hopefully a few of you will get to see her during the post Worldcon travels. Here’s the trip:

August 12 Fly from Linz – Lufthansa 1257 at 0600 via Frankfurt – Arrive SEA 12:00 Condor 3048 – stay at Jane’s house
August 13 Stay with Jane – Randy Byers taking Nina to Prologue
August 14 Prologue Hotel
August 15 Prologue Hotel
August 16 Prologue Hotel
August 17 Prologue Hotel
August 18 Worldcon
August 19 Worldcon
August 20 Worldcon
August 21 Worldcon
August 22 Worldcon
August 23 Worldcon
August 24 Roadtrip to the Bay with Kathy Mar
August 25 Roadtrip to the Bay
August 26 In California with Kathy Mar in San Leandro
August 27 In California with Kathy Mar in San Leandro
August 28 In California with Kathy Mar in San Leandro
August 29 In California transfer to Lucy Huntzinger
August 30 In California with Lucy
August 31 In California with Lucy
September 1 In California with Lucy
September 2 Fly to Vegas from SFO terminal 2 Virgin America 910 arrive Las Vegas 1300 terminal 3 – staying with Nic Farey
September 3 Vegas – Nic Farey
September 4 Vegas – Alan and Dedee
September 5 Vegas – Alan and Dedee
September 6 Vegas – hotel – Jacq and John
September 7 Vegas – hotel – Jacq and John
September 8 Fly to Toronto to meet Catherine Crockett – depart Las Vegas, Mccarran Int’l (LAS) at 1150 terminal 3 – Arrive Toronto Pearson 1855 terminal 1 – AC 1852
September 9 Toronto
September 10 Toronto
September 11 Toronto
September 12 Toronto
September 13 Toronto
September 14 Fly home to Linz – Toronto Pearson 16:40 terminal 1 AC872 via Frankfurt – arrive Linz on ac9008 15th September 1000

Final 2015 TAFF Voting Detail

Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund co-administrators Jim Mowatt and Curt Phillips have published the final voting statistics (one vote different that reported here earlier) plus the traditional geographic breakdown in TAFFworld #3. The newsletter also lists all the voters.

Voting Europe NA Other Total
Nina Horvath 30 14 2 46
Wolf von Witting 12 22 1 35
Hold Over Funds 0 1 0 1
No Preference 11 6 1 18
Totals 53 43 4 100

Nina Horvath Wins TAFF

The 2015 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund winner is Nina Horvath of Austria. She outpolled Wolf von Witting in a tight race. According to TAFF co-administrator Jim Mowatt:

One featured more strongly in Europe and the other was the  North American favourite. Both easily passed the twenty per cent test and both were impeccably behaved throughout.

The final count was so incredibly close that I had absolutely no idea who was going to win until the last few votes were counted….

Many commiserations go to Wolf von Witting. He came within a gnat’s whisker of victory. I do hope he runs again and I wish him all the best in a future race.

2015 TAFF Voting Deadline Imminent

The deadline to vote on the winner of the 2015 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund is Tuesday, April 7 at Midnight EDT. (Click here for complete details.)

This year TAFF will select either Nina Horvath or Wolf Von Witting, two European fans, as a delegate to Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane. Which one will it be?  You will decide that with your vote and your contribution.

In the UK and Europe send your votes to Jim Mowatt, the European administrator in Cambridge, and in North America and other parts of the planet, please send your votes and contributions to Curt Phillips in Abingdon, Virginia. It only takes a few moments and a few dollars to vote (though more is certainly appreciated…) Please consider joining one of Fandom’s oldest and most noble traditions and SUPPORT TAFF!

Vote by e-mailing your pick of these choices:  Nina Horvath, Wolf Von Witting, Hold Over Funds, or No Preference. And you can send in your TAFF donations either by PayPal or by sending a check or cash in the mail.

For full details on TAFF including downloadable ballot, the candidates platforms, and the addresses of both administrators, please visit David Langford’s wonderful TAFF website.

Curt Phillips says, “Thank you very much for supporting TAFF. My TAFF trip in 2014 was one of the highlights of my life. Let’s keep the tradition going by giving another fan the chance for world travel as the 2015 TAFF delegate!”

  • Curt Phillips – US Administrator: 19310 Pleasant View Drive, Abingdon, VA  24211. Paypal address: Absarka_prime (at) comcast.net
  • Jim Mowatt – UK Administrator: 273 The Rowans, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6ZA. Paypal address: jim (at) umor.co.uk


2015 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Shortlist

The nominees for the 2015 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis have been announced.

Best German-language Short Story

  • Der Klang der Posaunen by Arno Behrend, from Schuldig in 16 Fällen
  • Terradeforming by Arno Behrend, from Schuldig in 16 Fällen
  • Revenge by Diane Dirt, from Bullet, edited by Sven Klöpping
  • Der Mechaniker by Thorsten Küper, from Bullet, edited by Sven Klöpping
  • Extremophile Morphologie by Jakob Schmidt, from Tiefraumphasen, edited by André Skora, Armin Rößler and Frank Hebben, (Begedia Verlag)
  • Knox by Eva Strasser, from Tiefraumphasen, edited by André Skora, Armin Rößler and Frank Hebben, (Begedia Verlag)

Best German-language Novel

  • Das Kosmotop by Andreas Brandhorst, (Heyne Verlag)
  • Feldeváye: Roman der letzten Künste by Dietmar Dath, (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch)
  • Drohnenland by Tom Hillenbrand, (KiWi-Taschenbuch)
  • MUC by Anna Mocikat, (Knaur Taschenbuch)
  • Alpha & Omega: Apokalypse für Anfänger by Markus Orths, (Schöffling)
  • Kernschatten by Nils Westerboer, (Leander Wissenschaft)

Deutscher Science Fiction preis DSFP-Medaille-logo-300x278The juried award for the best short story and best novel written in German language is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club. Each winner will receive €1000. The awards ceremony will take place at WetzKon in July.

Nina Horvath provides unofficial traslations of the titles in her coverage at Europa SF.

2015 TAFF Voting Begins

Nina Horvath of Austria, or Wolf Von Witting of most everywhere else in Europe (born in Finland, worked in Sweden for 25 years, and now lives in Italy)? It’s time for you to decide which one the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund will send to the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane.

Horvath’s nominators are David Hartwell, David Lally, Gloria McMillan, Mihaela Marija Perkovi?, and Cristian Tamas.

Von Witting’s seconds are Arnie Katz, Ronald M Hahn, John-Henri Holmberg, Lloyd Penney, Chris O’ Shea.

The text of the ballot is here.

Instructions for voting via PayPal are here.

Votes in this race must reach the administrators by 23:59 on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (British Summer Time aka UTC+1).

Nina Horvath To Be TAFF Candidate

Nina Horvath of Vienna will be in the next Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race. TAFF co-administrator Jim Mowatt made the announcement on Facebook.

She is the second person to join the field, Wolf von Witting having declared in September.

Horvath is a frequent contributor to Europa SF, the English-language European sf news site. Her mother tongue is German. She has over two dozen published short stories, and Horvath’s“Die Duftorgel” won the 2012 Deutscher Phantastik Preis for the best fantastic short story.

She also has edited several short story collections: Metamorphosen – Auf den Spuren H.P. Lovecrafts, Darwins Schildkröte, and Die Schattenuhr which won the 2012 Vincent Preis for the best horror anthology.

(Isn’t “Vincent Preis” the perfect name for a horror genre award? Jack Harness’ name for fannish bilingual puns was “Berlitzkrieg.”)