The 2012 TAFF race is on! The candidates are Warren Buff, Kim Kofmel and Jacq Monahan; each has posted a bond and confirmed his/her willingness to attend Olympus over the Easter weekend in 2012. Each candidate has three nominations from North America and two from Europe, and they have all written platforms explaining precisely why fans should vote for them.
The race will run through to 11:59 pm on Friday December 9th. This should allow the final stretch of the race, along with any last minute votes and donations, to occur at SMOFcon 29 (being held in Amsterdam over the first weekend in December). As soon as the result is announced, the winning candidate will have approximately four months to organise their trip to Olympus, the 63rd British National Science Fiction Convention. This Eastercon is to be held between Friday April 6th and Monday April 9th, 2012 in Heathrow, London.
TAFF is also on Facebook (http://facebook.com/TAFFnews
) and Twitter (@TAFFnews
), so information about the race will be cropping up there in future, too!
Warren Buff is nominated by Christopher J. Garcia, Tim Illingworth and Lloyd Penney (in North America), as well as James Bacon and Paul Cornell (in Europe). He says, "I came to fandom from an odd angle, but since I got here, I've been exploring its varieties. I got into conrunning enough to chair the 2010 NASFiC, I edit a clubzine for the Southern Fandom Confederation and write the occasional LoC or article for others, and generally expanded my knowledge of SF by asking older fans for reading suggestions. All of this is a blast, but so far, I've only done it in North America. I plan to come to Olympus, win or lose, but winning would fund a further week traveling around the UK visiting even more fans."
Kim Kofmel is nominated by Brad Foster, Jeanne Gomoll and Pat Virzi/Mueller (in North America), as well as Alice Lawson and Flick (in Europe). She says, "I discovered fandom in Ottawa, Canada in the 1970s. I've pubbed perzines, worked on conventions, costumed, written short stories & poetry, and learned smooothing from Tucker himself. I live now in Houston, Texas but still have strong ties to Ottawa, Toronto, & Detroit fandom. I'm overly active in the Houston Science Fiction Association (ApolloCon! Great con! Come see!!). Since I'm working the North American side of the London in 2014 Worldcon bid I'm excited about this opportunity to experience UK & European fandom at Eastercon. I promise to bring the hat -- AND I PROMISE TO PUBLISH A TRIP REPORT."
Jacqueline Monahan is nominated by Nic Farey, Curt Phillips and John Purcell (in North America), as well as Sandra Bond and Steve Green (in Europe). She says, "This flagrant Vegrant (Chicago native) is intrigued by fanhistory and its documentation. I am rarely at a loss for words, either verbally or in print. I am the co-OE for SNAPS (60th issue just out, 17 JM contributions to date) with articles in Beam, Further Ado, and Small & Far Away, among others. Named Best New Fanzine Fan (2010 FAAN Awards); Editor of Alan White's new e-book, The Zombie Effect. I promise NOT to try to make a Buckingham Palace guard laugh; I WILL produce a fantastic TAFF report, naming names and exposing social gaffes at my own expense. Just wait."
Ballots are available at http://www.taff.org.uk/