The World SF Travel Fund

Funding for: travel expenses

about my venture

A combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States have gathered together to create the World SF Travel Fund. The 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 fund is genre blogger and activist Charles Tan, from the Philippines. Charles is a tireless promoter of speculative fiction. Besides his own Bibliophile Stalker blog, he contributes to the Nebula Awards blog, the Shirley Jackson Award blog, SF Signal and The World SF Blog. He also edited two online anthologies of speculative fiction from the Philippines. Charles is highly regarded in the SF scene both in the USA and internationally. The Fund’s intention is to facilitate Charles’ travel to World Fantasy Con 2011 in San Diego, California.  Multiple award winning editor Ellen Datlow said: “Charles Tan has in a very short time, become a major force in science fiction and fantasy. Bringing Charles over to the United States for the World Fantasy Convention would be a boon the convention by adding a truly international voice to the mix and selfishly, it would allow many of Charles’s fans in the field to meet him personally.” Living in the Philippines, where wages are far lower than in the West, Charles would be otherwise unable to ever attend a major convention. The Fund’s purpose is to make such a trip possible, for the benefit not only of the recipient but for creating and extending dialogue in the wider world of speculative fiction. Author and editor Jeff VanderMeer said: “Charles Tan is tireless, talented, indefatigable, a great guy, and someone who has become indispensible to our sense of the genre community. He’s a wonderful choice for this initial effort.” The Fund has set up a Peerbackers Project with the hope of raising $6000, enabling two years of running BUT if we reach our goal we will add a 3rd year of funding to try to reach $9,000. The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Ekaterina Sedia, Cheryl Morgan and Lavie Tidhar and reflects the truly international nature of the SF world today. For inquiries and further information please contact [email protected]

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  • elevator pitch

    To bring over genre blogger and activist Charles Tan, from the Philippines, to the 2011 World Fantasy Convention.

  • backer rewards

  • Level 0

    2 e-book bundle from participating publishers (Angry Robot, Chizine, Apex, Small Beer, Tachyon or PS Publishing)

    27 backers

    $10.00+ pledge
  • Level 1

    5 e-book bundle from participating publishers

    31 backers

    $25.00+ pledge
  • Level 2

    11 e-book bundle from participating publishers

    22 backers

    $50.00+ pledge
  • level 3

    25 assorted e-book bundle

    9 backers

    $100.00+ pledge
  • level 4

    50 assorted e-book bundle or other reward to be determined

    2 backers

    $250.00+ pledge
  • Level 5

    Ltd. Ed novella bundle from PS Publishing, OR bundle of Postscripts anthologies, OR a slipcased Joe Hill 20th Century Ghosts, OR a slipcased China Mieville Kraken, OR a PS author collections bundle

    1 backers

    $500.00+ pledge
  • Level 6

    win either an original Un Lun Dun illustration by China Mieville, OR a special Neil Gaiman item, OR a Stephen King ONE FOR THE ROAD/COLORADO KID bundle

    1 backers

    $1,000.00+ pledge
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about entrepreneur

Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama, of The Bookman Histories trilogy and many other works. He also won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, for Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and was nominated variously for a BSFA, Campbell, Sturgeon and Sidewise awards.