Mexicanx Initiative Update

John Picacio has announced several recipients of Worldcon 76 Memberships of his Mexicanx Initiative, sponsored by numerous science fiction artists, authors, and fans. So far, memberships have been provided to Mario Acevedo, Marcela Davison Avilés, David Bowles, Libia Brenda Castro, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Felix, Bernardo “Bef” Fernández, Héctor Gonzalez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Angela Lujan, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Gerardo Horacio Porcayo, Smok, Tanya Leal Soto, Robbie Trevino, Gary Villarreal, and Gabriela Frias Villegas. Picacio has said that additional recipients will be announced next week.
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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

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Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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TAFF Race Underway

Johan Anglemark of Sweden, Fia Karlsson of Sweden, and Helena McCallum of the UK have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to San Jose for Worldcon 76 in 2018. The voting deadline is April 3.
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DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net or Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com.
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Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants of $500 were awarded to Erin Roberts. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room to Open

The Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room is opened at San Diego State University’s Malcolm A. Love Library on September 28. The room includes displays from Marsh’s collection, which he donated to the library. In addition, the library will be hosting lectures and further exhibits based on the collection, which was worth $2.25 million when donated in 2013.
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Lezli Robyn Eye Surgery

Author Lezli Robyn, who also works as co-publisher for Arc Manor, is suffering from Keratoconus, a rare progressive eye disease. She is condidered legally blind without correction and sees multiple images. Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud is running a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money o cover corrective surgery for Robyn.
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SFWA Grants Available

SFWA has issued a call for grant requests. They are looking for non=profit project that support SFWA’s mission to promote and support fantasy and science fiction writing and writers. Applicants should include the Recipient’s tax status, information about the project or work proposed, how the project promotes science fiction and fantasy, the intended audience for the project, and how the grant will be managed.
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Auction for Grenfell Tower Victims

Several authors have joined forces to hold an auction with the proceeds to benefit the victims of the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire in London. Some lots include an editorial critique from John Jerrold, a signed copy of the Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen, various tuckerizations, including one by Philip Pullman, signed books and a launch party invitation from Julie Mayhew, and more.

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