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For anyone like me who was a bit shocked to look online and see the con hotel apparently booked solid for the con Fri and Sat - it's not true. Their system really is borked , innit. There is a note saying this but as it's dated November I thougt they might have fixed it by now!! Anyway I got a single room no probs, and at con rate for Fri-Sun.
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The Future of the Novas

The Future of the Novas panel was a dark and stormy one, but, in complete defiance of fannish traditions, did actually manage to agree a way forward. Rog Peyton, on behalf of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group (who are, after all, the 'custodians' of the Novas in the same way that the WSFS Business Meeting is the 'custodian' of the Hugos), announced the setting up of a small group to spend the next year looking at the options for change. Based on feedback from the panellists, the audience, and anyone else who cares to give any.

Possible options already suggested range from minor tweaks (adding a new electronic fanac award) through more major surgery (replace existing categories with a "Best Fan Activity" Award) to the nuclear option (scrapping the awards altogether after 2010, which would be their 40th year and a nice round number). It also looks as if there was pretty strong support for (a) extending the electorate beyond Novacon attendees in some way, and/or (b) reducing the number of fanzines a voter needs to see in order to be eligible to vote (currently 6).

What was interesting, for a set of awards that are meant to be 'dying on their feet' was the size of the audience for this panel - I counted over 30, which is not bad for what was, essentially, a fanzine fandom panel on a Saturday evening. Maybe there's life in the old girl yet...

In the meantime, the 2010 Nova Awards will continue under the existing rules, and Martin Tudor will take over from Steve Green as the Awards Administrator, on behalf of the Novacon committee. Best wishes to Martin in his new role, and a happy 'retirement' to Steve Green after (mumble, mumble) years in the role.

GUFF nomination deadline.

If you are planning to stand for GUFF then nominations are due to close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 13th November. The candidates are due to be announced at some point during Sunday 15th November.

If you have been thinking about standing and have been umming and ahhing about it then you really do need to contact me before Friday. It is a wonderful opportunity and I would hate for you to miss it because you thought you had lots more time. Also: I can delay the announcement if I have good reason (i.e someone did want to stand but hadn't heard back from a nominator in time) BUT ONLY IF YOU TELL ME.

lister@liv.ac.uk for GUFF race communication, please. More details on the website:



As some of you may know (if you read Facebook status updates), I haven't been able to make it to London for the last few months due to extreme poverty. Was just wondering if anyone had booked the Melton Mowbray for the first Thursday meetings in 2010?

GUFF Nominations open

GUFF is the Going Under (or Get Up and Over) Fan Fund and transports Fans from Europe to Australasia (and vice versa). Nominations are now open for the Southbound race to transport an European fan (or fans) to Aussiecon 4 the 68th World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia.

If you wish to stand please contact me at the postal or email address below. You will need three European and two Australasian nominators, a 100 word platform as well as a bond of £15 (25 AUD). 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 then feel free to contact me in confidence at the email address below.

Nominations are open until the Friday before Novacon 39 (13th November) and candidates will be announced on the Sunday (15th November). Voting will then run until the Monday of Eastercon 2010.

Please disseminate widely.

Ang Rosin
email: lister@liv.ac.uk
post: 26 Hermitage Grove, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 6DR, UK.
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TAFF 2010 Launched

2010 TAFF Race: Nominations Open

The 2010 TAFF race (eastward: North America to Europe) is now open for nominations. The winning delegate will attend the 2010 Eastercon, Odyssey, in London over the Easter weekend, 2-5 April, 2010. (Odyssey’s website is http://www.odyssey2010.org/.)

To stand as a candidate, you must provide:
Five nominations from known fans, three of whom must be resident in North America and two resident in Europe. All of these should send a signed nomination via postal mail – or, if sending the nomination by e-mail, include a phone number for verification

~ A written platform, not exceeding 101 words
~ A $20 bond (US or Canadian dollars)
~ A pledge you will take the trip if you win

All nominations, platforms, pledges and / or bonds must arrive with either the North American or European administrator (see below) by midnight GMT on Sunday, 4 October, 2009. Provided at least two candidates meet these requirements, the distribution of ballots will begin immediately thereafter. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the administrators. If you plan to run, please alert them as soon as possible.

Chris Garcia (johnnyeponymous, TAFF Administrator, North America)
garcia [at] computerhistory [dot] org
962 West Weddell Dr. #15
CA 94089

Steve Green (stevegreen, TAFF Administrator, Europe)
stevegreen [at] livejournal [dot] com
33 Scott Road
B92 7LQ

WHAT IS TAFF? The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 to underwrite cultural exchanges for well-known and popular fans familiar to those on both sides of the Big Pond. Since then, TAFF has sent North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. It exists solely through the support of fandom. Delegates are selected by interested fans from all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of at least US $3 or UK £2. These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, make TAFF possible.

More information about TAFF's history, customs, and practices may be found at the unofficial site maintained by Dave Langford at http://taff.org.uk/.



Aylett live: next Monday

Steve Aylett is performing/reading/doingsomething on June 8 at Dick's Bar, The Green Fingernail (downstairs), 23 Romilly St, Soho, London - part of Salena Godden's Book Club Boutique - 7.00 till late.
Launch of Tim Clare's book "We Can't All Be Astronauts". Also appearing Tim Clare, Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland -
- books etc on sale, live music etc .


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