TAFF Winner Announced

Jacqueline Monahan has been announced as the winner of this year’s TAFF Race to send a North American to Europe. Monahan will attend Eastercon. Monahan beat Warren Buff and Kim Kofmel in a three way race. Vote tallies have not yet been announced, but the number of ballots received doubled in the final week of voting.

GUFF Race Underway

Kylie Ding and Grant Watson are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Olympus 2012, next year’s Eastercon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote. The voting deadline is January 22, 2012.

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Warren Buff, Kim G. Kofmel, and Jacqueline Monahan have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to the United Kingdom for Eastercon in 2012. The official ballot will be posted in the next few days.

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BSFA Winners

The winners of the BSFA Awards were announced at Illustrious 2011, this year’s Eastercon, in Birmingham. The winners were selected by the con’s membership and announced at a banquet.

  • Best Novel: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Best Short Fiction: “The Shipmaker,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • Best Art: Cover for Zoo City, by Joey Hi-Fi
  • Best Non-Fiction: “Blogging the Hugos,” by Paul Kincaid

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Hugo Nominations Set Record

Renovation has announced that it received 1,006 nominating ballots for the Hugo Award, the first time more than 1,000 ballots have been received for nominations. The ballots represent 21 countries on 6 continents. In 2010, 864 nominating ballots were received. The nominees for the Hugo Awards will be announced on April 24 jointly at Eastercon and Norwescon via streaming video.

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BSFA Nominations

The British Science Fiction Awards nominees have been announced. The awards will be presented at Eastercon in April.

Best Novel

  • The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes
  • The Restoration Game, by Ken Macleod
  • The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Lightborn, by Tricia Sullivan

Best Short Fiction

  • “Flying in the Face of God,” by Nina Allan
  • “The Shipmaker,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Things,” by Peter Watts
  • “Arrhythmia,” by Neil Williamson

Best Non-Fiction

  • Blogging the Hugos: Decline, by Paul Kincaid
  • Review, With Both Feet in the Clouds, by Abigail Nussbaum
  • Review, Wheel of Time, by Adam Roberts
  • Red Plenty, by Francis Spufford
  • The Notes from Coode Street Podcast, by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe

Best Art

  • cover for Conflicts, by Andy Bigwood
  • cover for Fun With Rainbows, by Charlie Harbour
  • cover for The Cat’s Cradle, by Dominic Harman
  • cover for Zoo City, by Joey Hi-Fi
  • A Deafened Plea for Peace, by Ben Greene
  • cover for Finch, by Adam Tredowski

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TAFF Nominee Call

TAFF administrators Steve Green and Chris Garcia have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 TAFF race to bring a fan from North America to Europe for the 2010 Eastercon, Odyssey. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 North Americans, 2 Europeans), a written platform of 101 words, post a $20 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win. At least two candidates are required for the race to happen.

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