Bud Webster Medical Fund

Author Bud Webster, who entered hospice care in December, has established a medical fund to help cover the mounting costs of his treatment. Marscon has established the fund to help Webster, who non-fiction has helped chronicle science fiction. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction, Webster has built the Author Estate project to help publishers and editors find the rights holders for various works.
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VanderMeer to be Author-in-Residence

Science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer will serve as author-in-residence at the Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges for the 2016-7 academic year. In his role there, VanderMeer will teach a Fall semester class and work with selected students during the Spring smemester. In addition, VanderMeer will reading and lecture, participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community and curate a reading series featuring Dexter Palmer, Ottessa Moshfegh and a third writer to-be-announced. The Residency is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing.
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Don Perlin Health Fundraiser

Comic artist Don Perlin has undergone several surgeries recently. Clifford Meth has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help Perlin cover costs. Perlin has worked on Werewolf by Night, The Defenders, and Ghost Rider for Marvel and has also worked for Valiant Comics.
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TAFF Voting

Anna Raftery of the UK and Wolf von Witting of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Kansas City for MidAmeriCon II in 2016. The voting deadline is April 7.
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Totusek Housing GoFundMe

Through a change in circumstances, Minneapolis fan Ann Totusek has found herself in a situation where she either needs to buy her house or find herself homeless. Ann is currently the caregiver for her mother, suffering dementia, and her teenage son, who suffers SPD. Ann, who helps run conventions throughout the upper Midwest in Iowa, Minneapolis, and Chicago, is running a GoFundMe to raise money for the down payment on their home.

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SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants were won by Carmen Maria Machado. Each grant is for $500. 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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Beaton Bike Stolen

Con runner Adam Beaton has had a run of bad luck in the transportation department. After his car broke down, he purchased a bike for transportation. Unfortunately, when he came out of work last week, he discovered that someone had cut his bike lock and stolen his bike. Beaton is running a gofundme campaign to raise money to purchase a new bike. Beaton ran the Orlando in 2016 Worldcon bid and has worked on various Worldcons and NASFiCs over the past several years.

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SFWA Releases Accessibility Guidelines

In 2014, SFWA developed an accessibility checklist for its internal events, such as the Nebula Award Weekend or the New York Reception. SFWA has now elected to make the checklist public and available to other events which may desire to have some guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Matthew Johnson, Teresa Frohock, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Bill Thomasson, and Tanya Washburn, and have been used at multiple SFWA events.

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Obituary: Daniel Fleetwood

Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.

Westercon Pass-alongs

The chairs of Westercons 67, 68, and 69 have announced plans to start pass-along funds for Westercons modeled after the system in use by Worldcons since 1987. Since each Westercon is a stand-alone event, pass-along funds will help each Westercon achieve financial viability. Westercons 67 and 68 will start the fund by passing along funds to the 2016 Westercon, to be held in Portland, OR.
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