Clare McDonald-Sims and Bill Wright have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3 and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2013 may vote. The voting deadline is June 10.
Denver fan Nick Vanover, who had been missing since Friday, April 19, when he was last seen at the Starfest convention in Denver, has been found. Nick was instrumental in working on Denver Comic Con in 2012.
Denver fan Nick Vanover has been missing since Friday, April 19, when he was last seen at the Starfest convention in Denver. Nick was instrumental in working on Denver Comic Con in 2012.
The Southern Fandom Confederation announced the winners of its elections for 2014, with Warren Buff having announced his retirement, most of the rest of the board stood for reelection.
- President: Jennifer Liang
- Vice-President: Mike Rogers
- Secretary: Tom Feller
- Treasurer: Pat Molloy
Two awards were presented at DeepSouthCon 51 (combined with JordanCon) on April 20. The Rebel Award is presented to a fan who has done things for Southern fandom and the Phoenix Award is for an SF professional who has done things for Southern fandom.
- Rebel Award: Mike Rogers and Regina Kirby
- Phoenix Award: Robert Jordan
The Rubble Award, for the person doing to most to Southern Fandom, was bestowed upon Atlanta fan Pat Gibbs, who frequently manages DeepSouthCon’s Hearts competition.
Jim Mowatt has been declared the winner of the Westbound TAFF Race this year and will attend LoneStarCon 3 as the European delegate. He defeated Theresa Derwin.
Release of tallies is pending
ETA Vote tallies
58 votes were cast from North America and 60 votes from Europe with 3 votes from the rest of the world.
Jim Mowatt received 47 NA, 44 Eur for a total of 91
Theresa Derwin received 5 NA, 11 Eur for a total of 16
Hold Over received 1 NA for a total of 1
No Preference received 8 NA, 5 Eur for a total of 13
(rest of world tallies included in NA numbers).
Fan Donna Amos (b.1946) died on March 25. Amos was active in convention fandom, attending Midwestcon, Rivercon, and some other Southern conventions. In addition to fandom, she worked in Afghan dog rescue, serving as the President of the New Orleans Afghan Hound Club and was on the Afghan Hound Club of America’s Board of Directors. She is survived by her husband, fan Ken Amos.
Fan Allyn Cadogan died on April 16 of liver cancer. Cadogan helped found Corflu, the fanzine fans’ convention, in 1983 with Lucy Huntzinger and Shay Barsabe. Cadogan entered fandom in Vancouver, Canada, editing BCFSAzine for a year in the mid 70s and working as treasurer for Westercon 30. She also published Genre Plat with Susan Wood, William Gibson, and John Park before continuing to publish it solo. She published other fanzines and, along with Huntziger and Barsabe, was responsible for the public access show Emperor Norton Science Fiction Hour.
The European Science Fiction Society has announced its board of directors for the 2013-14 year. ESFS was founded at the first Eurocon in 1972 and holds the event. In addition, the ESFS administers the European SF Awards. The 2013 Eurocon took place this past weekend. The 2014 Eurocon will be held in Dublin a week before Worldcon.
- Chair: Carolina Gomez Lagerlof (Sweden)
- Vice-chair: Saija Kyllonen (Finland)
- Treasurer: Vanja Kranjcevic (Croatia)
- Secretary: Garreth Kavanaugh (Ireland)
- Award Administrator: Bridget Wilkinson (UK)
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, has been found guilty of first degree murder of John Sohus in 1985. Sohus and his wife Linda were active in LASFS until their disappearance. Gerhartsreiter, who has used the aliases Christopher Chichester and Clark Rockefeller, is believed to have murdered both of the Sohuses, although Linda’s body has never been found. Gerhartsreiter originally claimed the couple had left on vacation, but John’s remains were discovered by a construction crew in 1994.
Indianapolis fan Donna Stump (b.1944) died on April 8. Stump was active in Chicago and Indianapolis fandom for several years, beginning in Star Trek fandom and attending the first InConJunction in 1981. The following year, she attended her first Worldcon in Chicago and went on to become a regular Worldcon attendee, attending a total of 20 Worldcons, her last one being in Chicago in 2013.