Home Community The TAFF Trip 2015 Has Begun!

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!

Previous article“BE ASTOUNDED!” – The Magazine That Created Swedish Science Fiction – Ahrvid Engholm (Sweden)
Next articleNew release: “Cat’s Whirld” (Sonrisa del gato) by Rodolfo Martínez – Ricardo Manzanaro (Spain)
Nina Horvath has studied at the University of Vienna. Her mother tongue is German. She is a keen author of short stories and published over two dozens in zines and anthologies. Her favourite genre is science-fiction. She had also been editor of the short story collections "Die Schattenuhr", "Metamorphosen - Auf den Spuren H.P. Lovecrafts" and "Darwins Schildkröte". In 2012 she won the awards "Vincent Preis" for the best horror anthology and the "Deutscher Phantastik Preis" for the best fantastic short story. (This one was also 3rd at the "DSFP" for the best science-fiction story.)



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.