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From the TAFF ballot form: The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular [science fiction] fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. Since that time TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation [...] These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible. (See past and present ballot forms for more.)

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    Current Administrators
  • Europe: Johan Anglemark, Lingonv. 10, SE-74340 Storvreta, Sweden. Email EUTAFF (at) gmail.com. Incoming: Fia Karlsson.
  • North America: Geri Sullivan, 37 Monson Road, Wales, MA 01081-9743, USA. Email TAFF (at) toad-hall.com. Incoming: Michael Lowrey.
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Announcements & Updates

6 May 2022 After a week's delay owing to a positive COVID test result shortly before his original flight date, Michael Lowrey has now returned safely to the USA. As a small reward for his sufferings in self-isolation, he was able to attend the London First Thursday pub meeting on 5 May.

26 April 2022 The administrators' TAFFish #2 has more about our new winner Fia Karlsson, a full voting breakdown as also added to All the Past TAFF Races on this site, the list of voters, and copious thanks to all who helped.

20 April 2022 Voting in the 2022 race closed at midnight on Tuesday 19 April (Pacific time, or 8am today in the UK) and the online form is no longer accepting votes. Our efficient administrators issued a first announcement today: 237 valid votes were cast and the winner is Fia Karlsson, who will travel from Sweden to Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon. Detailed voting breakdown to follow.

9 April 2022 Michael Lowrey, the 2020 TAFF winner, is at last able to make his trip to Reclamation, the 2022 UK Eastercon; he is also visiting Luxembourg for LuxCon (the 2022 Eurocon) and meeting fans in Denmark, Poland andSweden.

15 December 2021 Voting in the 2022 race opens today: official announcement here. Click the following links for the HTML ballot with platforms and the online voting form.

December 2021 The 2022 westbound TAFF race has been announced, with candidates Anders Holmström (Sweden), Fia Karlsson (Sweden), Mikolaj Kowalewski (Poland) and Julie Faith McMurray (UK) contending to become the European TAFF delegate to Chicon 8, the 2022 ChicagoWorldcon. Voting runs from 15 December 2021 to 18 April 2022.

November 2021 A kind offer from John Hertz as below. It has been confirmed that he will gladly send copies of this report overseas to Europe, Australia etc despite the horrendous postal costs.
Hertz/Moffatt offer

18 October 2021 The TAFF administrators have announced a 2022 westbound race intended to transport a European delegate to the Chicago Worldcon (Chicon 8) in September 2022. Full release here.

October 2021 Anna Raftery's TAFF report: Cuttlefish and Cake is now available for download at a cost of £5.00. All proceeds to TAFF.

September 2021 More thanks for another publication bounty: "Dear FANAC – Many thanks on behalf of TAFF for your generous $500 contribution for the publication of John Coxen's TAFF report, Best. Trip. Ever. Your support of the publication of TAFF trip reports is deeply appreciated. The money itself and how much it helps fund upcoming TAFF trips is immensely useful, and we also value how the bounty helps promote the publication of trip reports, which in turn provide a lasting record and help share the enjoyment and adventures of each trip." (Geri Sullivan, 6 September)

August 2021 "TAFF thanks SCIFI, the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc., for the group's generous $500 donation supporting the publication of Cuttlefish and Cake, Anna Raftery's TAFF report from her 2016 trip. • Anna's multimedia report was initially developed as a series of Zoom interviews with 2011 TAFF Delegate John Coxon, and is now in the final stages of being published as a PDF. A full announcement and links to follow shortly." (Geri Sullivan, 31 August)

June 2021 More free ebooks: Faan Fiction 1930-2020: an exploration compiled and with critical commentary by Rob Hansen, and The Road to Fame by D.R. Smith.

April 2021 The latest addition to the free ebook library is Creative Random Harris, a huge collection of fanwriting by Chuck (alias Chuch) Harris – one of the founders of TAFF.

January 2021 Rob Hansen's researches into fan history revealed that although no candidates' platforms appear in the 1957 TAFF ballot, profiles of all the candidates were published in Yandro #50 (March 1957) edited by Buck and Juanita Coulson, a special TAFF issue that also has an article by Walt Willis on the fund's early years.

November 2020 John Coxon's 2011 TAFF report, Best. Trip. Ever., is now available in paperback and ebook formats.

October 2020 Many, many more conventions have been postponed or cancelled since March, and the TAFF administrators have reluctantly decided that it's not feasible or sensible to run a 2021 race. Here is the official release.

March 2020 Reaction to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic has already shut down one major convention (Fantastika in Sweden) on Michael Lowrey's TAFF trip itinerary; others may well follow. Sadly it looks as though the trip as planned will have to be cancelled and rescheduled for some less difficult time. TAFF can afford more air tickets if no refunds can be had, but it's a cruel blow to Michael's hopes. See File 770 post.

March 2020 Jeanne Gomoll writes: "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. Printed version (with B&W photos) $15; PDF version (with color photos) $8.99. Page count: 96 pages. All proceeds of this publication will be donated to TAFF." See https://tinyurl.com/JGTAFF.

21 January 2020 Now available: press release with full voting details.

13 January 2020 From the Administrators: The 2020 TAFF race is over! • 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 [below], 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!

Orange Mike

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