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The fund raiser was a success – thank you so much to everyone who contributed, and to the publishers who donated their books!

The 2013 recipients are Rochita Loenen-Ruiz from the Philippines and Csilla Kleinheincz from Hungary, who will both be travelling to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in November.

The 2014 recipient(s) have not yet been selected, but we have the funding in place to bring at least one person to World Fantasy Con in Washington, D.C.

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We apologise for the delay in sending out rewards for levels 1 and up. Reward e-mails will be going out today and over the weekend!

Many thanks to Angry Robot Books for sponsoring the fund and providing us with books!

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Rewards update

Level 0 rewards have already gone out.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 are awaiting the download codes from our gracious sponsor, Angry Robot Books, who are busy setting them up! We will send these out as soon as possible.

We apologise for the wait! We hope to send these out by next week.

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2013/2014 Funding Achieved!

I’m delighted to say we’ve exceeded our goals for the World SF Travel Fund, thanks to so much generosity. We’ve raised an amazing $5082 which, after peerbackers and paypal fees, comes to $4675.

We will be using some of that money for this year’s recipients, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Csilla Kleinheincz, to travel to World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, UK in November. The board will consider carefully how best to utilise the money for next year’s grant, which will look at bringing one or more people to WFC in the United States.

Thank you!

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In 2011 a combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States gathered together to create the World SF Travel Fund. The fund was set up to enable one or two international persons involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. This year’s recipients are:

Csilla Kleinheincz is a Hungarian-Vietnamese writer living in Kistarcsa, Hungary with her husband and daughter. She is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her stories can be read in English in the anthologies Interfictions, Heiresses of Russ 2011, and The Apex Book of World SF 2. Some of her stories were translated into Portuguese, Finnish, Czech and Estonian. Csilla is also a translator of works by Peter S. Beagle, Kelly Link, Ursula K. Le Guin and Catherynne M. Valente. She currently works as the editor of the SF/F publishing house Ad Astra, and in her free time edits the Hungarian online SF magazine SFmag.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipino writer of science fiction and fantasy. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, Rochita was the recipient of the 2009 Octavia Butler Scholarship, and the first Filipina writer to attend Clarion West. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Interzone, Fantasy Magazine, Apex Magazine, Weird Tales, and the anthologies Robots: The Recent A.I., and The Apex Book of World SF 2. In the Philippines, her short fiction has been published in Philippine Panorama, Philippine Speculative Fiction 2, and Philippine Speculative Fiction 4. Rochita currently resides in the Netherlands with her husband and her two children.

The Fund has set up a Peerbackers Project with the hope of raising $3000, enabling two years of running. The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, reflecting the truly international nature of the SF world today. For inquiries and further information please contact co-administrators Lavie Tidhar or Sean Wallace at worldsftravelfund@gmail.com.

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Press Release

Set up last year to enable one or more international people involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event, this year’s two recipients of the World SF Travel Fund are Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes. Both will be attending World Fantasy Con 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, also helped by the kind assistance of Cheeky Frawg Books (Ann & Jeff VanderMeer) and SF in SF, a San Francisco-based organization.

Karin Tidbeck has published one story collection, won a prestigious literary grant, and just sold her first novel to Sweden’s largest publisher. A graduateof the iconic Clarion Writer’s Workshop at the University of California, San Diego, in 2010, her English-language publication history includes Weird Tales, Shimmer Magazine, Unstuck Annualand the anthology Odd. Her first English-language collection, Jagannath, will be published by Cheeky Frawg books in November 2012, and has already been blurbed by the likes of China Mieville and Ursula K.  Le Guin. Tidbeck blogs at karintidbeck.com and has an author page at www.facebook.com/ktidbeck

Nene Ormes has been dubbed Sweden’s first urban fantasy author. She debuted in 2010 with the critically acclaimed novel Udda Verklighet (“Odd Reality”), a tale that draws on folklore and local legend to create a unique vision of her native Malmö. The sequel, Särskild (“Special”), is out in August 2012. Ormes was awarded a prestigious working grant from the Swedish Authors’ Fund this spring. Originally a trained archaeologist, Ormes writes part-time and works in SF-Bokhandeln, Sweden’s oldest and most popular science fiction and fantasy bookstore. Ormes blogs at neneormes.wordpress.com and has an author page on FB: www.facebook.com/pages/Nene-Ormes/163512086998912

The World SF Travel Fund Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, with Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace acting as administrators for the fund, reflecting the truly international nature of the SF world today. For inquiries and further information please contact worldsftravelfund@gmail.com.

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Status Update

Well, we made it!

Thanks to all your contributions we raised a gross sum of $6269, and a net sum of just under our $6000 goal. I would like to thank everyone who donated, the participating publishers, our board and advisers.

I would also like to thank Cheryl Morgan for all her help during the fund-raising stage – Cheryl has now decided to leave the board, but she has been a tremendous help throughout. We’ll announce a new board member after the World Fantasy convention.

Now – rewards!

109 people donated to the fund. That’s a lot of rewards to sort through – so please bear with me as I slowly go about arranging it for everyone.

Charles Tan will be going to the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California this year. And we have the funding for at least one more year!

Many thanks once again to everyone who helped and contributed. If you have any questions, please e-mail worldsftravelfund@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Extra Rewards from the Book View Cafe!

The authors of the Book View Cafe have generously joined us to offer a last-two-days-of-the-fund-raise bonus – donate anything from $10 and choose a free title from the list below!

Visit our Peerbackers Project to donate!


While we have reached our goal of $6000, we are still short of the total due to paypal and peerbackers costs, and furthermore, any additional donations would go towards a third year of operations for the fund.

And the next four people to donate will also receive a free paper book from Twelfth Planet Press! (for which just e-mail us with your name at worldsftravelfund@gmail.com, so we don’t forget).

Here’s a list of titles from Book View Cafe for you to choose from:

BVC Anthologies (various authors)
Rocket Boy & the Geek Girls (Science Fiction short stories)
Dragon Lords & Warrior Women (Fantasy short stories)
The Shadow Conspiracy I (Shared world steampunk)
The Shadow Conspiracy II (Shared world steampunk)
Brewing Fine Fiction (Advice for writers)
Ways to Trash Your Writing Career (humorous)
Author efiction donations
Chris Dolley
       What Ho, Automaton!
       An Unsafe Pair of Hands
       International Kittens of Mystery
Nancy Jane Moore
       Flashes of Illumination
Vonda N. McIntyre
       The Adventure of the Field Theorems, a Sherlock Holmes Scientific Romance
       The Exile Waiting
       Little Faces, Nebula-nominated novelet
       The Moon and the Sun
       The Starfarers Quartet Omnibus
       Starfarers (Starfarers, Book 1)
       Transition (Starfarers, Book 2)
       Metaphase (Starfarers, Book 3)
       Nautilus (Starfarers, Book 4)
Jennifer Stevenson
       Fool’s Paradise
       King of Hearts
Deborah J. Ross
       Casket of Brass (short story)
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
       Taco Del & the Fabled Tree of Destiny
       Princess of Passyunk
Madeleine E. Robins
       My Dear Jenny
Pati Nagle


SANTA FE FANDANGO (written as Elinor Groves)
Greg Frost

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We have teamed up with Australian publishers Twelfth Planet Press to offer the next five people who donate $50 or more a signed copy of Marianne de Pierres’s Glitter Rose! This is in addition to the regular reward. De Pierres is the very successful author of the Parrish Plessis books from Orbit and the SF series Sentients of Orion.

We are also offering copies of Twelfth Planet Press books Nightsiders and Love and Romanpunk to anyone donating just $25 or more!

Please help us raise more money for the fund, towards a third year of operations! Many thanks to Alisa Krasnostein from Twelfth Planet Press (herself a current World Fantasy Award nominee!) for the very generous offer.

To claim the offer, make a donation through our peerbackers project, then e-mail worldsftravelfund@gmail.com with your name, the amount of your donation and your choice of reward. Remember these rewards are in addition to the regular ones you’ll receive!

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Nnedi Okorafor Joins World SF Travel Fund Board

Award winning Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor joins the board of the World SF Travel Fund. Lavie Tidhar will step down from the board but will remain in his capacity as administrator.

Okorafor joins Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Ekaterina Sedia and Cheryl Morgan. The board is tasked with selecting and approving future candidates to be granted assistance from the fund.

The World SF Travel Fund has been set up to enable one international person involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. The first recipient of the grant is Charles A. Tan, from the Philippines, who will travel to the World Fantasy Convention 2011 in San Diego.

The Fund has set up a Peerbackers Project with the hope of raising $6000, enabling two years of running. Over $4000 have already been raised.

For inquiries and further information please contact worldsftravelfund@gmail.com

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