Peri Charlifu in Hospital

Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.

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Horvath Wins TAFF

Nina Horvath of Austria narrowly defeated Wolf von Wittig of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy in TAFF voting, with one of the candidates polling better in Europe and the other in America, but both easily achieving the 20% threshold to be considered a winner. Horvath will travel to the US to attend Sasquan in August.

Martin Donates Tolkien

George R.R. Martin donated a rare first edition of J.R.R. TOlkien’s The Hobbit to Texas A&M. The volume became the five millionth volume in the library’s collection. The first print run of The Hobbit, in 1937, was only 1,500 copies.
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TAFF Race Heads West

Nina Horvath of Austria and Wolf von Witting of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Spokane for Sasquan in 2015. The voting deadline is April 7.

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Kerr Fundraiser For Ailing Husband

Author Alis Rasmussen is hosting a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money to help author Katharine Kerr care for her husband, Howard, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Kerr’s solo care for her husband currently precludes her from writing and the funds raised by the crowdfunding would go to pay for a “health aide to come to the house or an adult day­care specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients.” THe stated funding goal would cover about five months of care.

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SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of its first Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants were won by Madhvi Ramani, who grew up in London and currently lives in Berlin. 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. Ramani submitted her story “Zafir, the Saudi Superhero” for consideration.
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Baen Offers Joe Buckley Charity E-Book

Baen Books has announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they are releasing an e-book entitled The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Half of the proceeds from the volume will go to Operation Baen Bulk, which provides reading material for US troops. The other half of the proceeds will go to ReadAssist, which provides access to books for disabled readers. Joe Buckley is a character who has appeared in numerous books published by Baen and almost always is either killed or comes close to death. He has appeared in works by David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Sarah Hoyt, Travis Taylor, and others. This charity volume collects a variety of Joe Buckley death scenes.

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John Madigan Medical Fundraiser

Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.

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Wu Creates Legal Fund

Game Designer Brianna Wu, who was forced from her home earlier this month after threats related to GamerGate, has announced that she is forming a legal fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Wu is currently looking for legal advice to ensure that the fund meets all legal and tax requirements.

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.