The TAFF Trip 2015 Has Begun!

    May I happily announce that I just got on my TAFF-trip yesterday!

    In case you have not came across this project so far, here are the basics in advance:

    The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular science fiction fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic.

    Since that time TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation.



    I am Nina Horvath and this year´s winner. Thank you so much all who supported my race!

    If you want to know more about me, please click HERE.

    Nina Horvath at the airport in Linz, Austria in front of the first plane she took.
    Nina Horvath at the airport in Linz, Austria in front of the first plane she took.


    I have arrived in Seattle yesterday. I have already met some nice US fans and will attend Prolog(ue), a kind of pre-con of the Sasquan Worldcon in Spokane. Although it is declared as a relaxacon, there will also be some sort of a program. I have been asked to join a panel on women in fandom and join a moderated discussion.


    At the Worldcon itself, I am going to have a tight program:


    Opening Ceremonies

    Wednesday 15:00 – 16:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)

    This is a celebration of the Great Northwest and how history, science fiction, and fantasy overlap. Meet our wonderful guests and get a taste of things to come. We are thrilled to have local a Native American storyteller to welcome us all to a great convention. Want to be surprised and delighted? Don’t miss our Opening Ceremonies!

    Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Nina Horvath, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, Leslie Turek, Sally Woehrle


    Reading – Nina Horvath

    Thursday 14:00 – 14:30, 301 (CC)

    Time Reading for 20 minutes


    Cabaret: Fan Fund Auction

    Friday 13:00 – 15:00, Hall C – Guinan’s Place (CC)

    Help raise money for Fan Funds like TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) and DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund).


    Meet the Fan Fund Delegate

    Friday 20:00 – 00:00, Suite 819 (Davenport)

    Meet Nina Horvath from Austria, the 2015 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund delegate; discover why fans around the world contributed to bring her here; and learn about the fan funds.


    Autographing – Susan A Bolich, Sarina Dorie, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Steven Gould, Randy Henderson, Nina Horvath

    Saturday 11:00 – 11:45, Hall B (CC)


    Literary Beer – Nina Horvath

    Saturday 16:00 – 16:45, Hall C – Literary Beer (CC)

    Limited to 10, requires advance sign-up (online signup enabled until 6am on Fri 8/21). Beer available for sale at the bar, snacks available in the snack bar in Hall D.


    Closing Ceremonies

    Sunday 15:00 – 16:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)

    Say farewell to Spokane and hello to Kansas City by reflecting on this Worldcon and looking forward to next year. Our closing ceremony will cap off a great convention in a great city in a great year of SF and Fantasy. Parting is such sweet sorrow.


    After Worldcon the insane trip is going to continue! Finally, I will be in America for over a month. I am also going to go to San Francisco Bay, Las Vegas and Toronto to explore North America´s fandom. Let´s the adventure begin!


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