The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS)
is a special fund created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan, elected by popular vote of other European science fiction fans, to travel to and attend Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention which will be held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama.
Who may vote?
Voting is open to any science fiction fan who is based in Europe and who
- has been active in fandom since before 1 January 2005; and/or
- who was a member of Interaction,
and who contributes at least £3 or 5 euros to the fund alongside their vote (see below for PayPal voting fees.)
If you choose to pay using Paypal we ask you to contribute at least £4 or 6 euros instead of the fee above, as we will incur administration charges. Payments should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Votes in this race must reach the administrators by midnight (British Summer Time), Friday 13 April 2007.
JETS uses a preferential ballot system (similar to TAFF and GUFF) which guarantees automatic run-offs until a winner with an overall majority is obtained. Voters should rank the candidates in the exact order of preference for them (1 for first choice, 2 for second choice etc.), but do not have to rank every candidate. ‘No preference’ is an option for voters who don’t wish to choose between candidates at some stage in their voting. Copy the ballot below in its entirety, fill it in, and email it to Alison@kittywompus.com
together with details of your voting fee (at least £4 or 6 euros if you are using Paypal).
I vote for (rank the candidates in order with 1 being your first choice):
[ ___ ] Abi Brown
[ ___ ] Jim de Liscard
[ ___ ] Jukka Halme
[ ___ ] Tom Nanson (‘FanTom’) and Teddy
[ ___ ] Chris O’Shea (‘The Magician’)
[ ___ ] Liam Proven
[ ___ ] Robert ‘nojay’ Sneddon
[ ___ ] No preference
Phone number or email address:
(We need your full contact details. The LFF may need to contact you regarding your ballot or to send out newsletters. We do not publish this data or pass it to any other organisation.)
I have contributed _________ to JETS.
If you think your name may not be known to the administrators, in order to qualify your vote, please provide the name and contact details of another fan who is eligible to vote (not a fan group, a candidate, or anyone who has nominated a candidate) who is known to the administrators and who knows you.
Active fan known to the administrators:
Reproduction of this ballot is encouraged. It is the official voting vehicle and must be reproduced in full. Anyone doing so should substitute their name here: Johan Anglemark. URL of this electronic ballot: http://fandom.se/forum/viewtopic.php?t=506
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JETS candidates – Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship
I am a second-generation fan, and arrived in fandom in my own right at the last Glasgow Worldcon. Since then I’ve attended as many conventions as I can afford and am also a regular at the Ton. I’m currently working on a fanzine (due next month), and I keep a LiveJournal (eyeliner297). Due largely to lack of money I have never flown and have barely left the country, and I would love to attend the Japan Worldcon to meet new people and explore a different facet of fandom. My report is likely to contain tales of busy days and debauched parties.
: Lilian Edwards, Sue Mason, Max (hawkida), Douglas Spencer.
Jim de Liscard
I’ve run odd conventions (Year Of The Wombat, DamnFineCon, etc) and at other cons I’m often found in the dealers’ room, bar, on panels (Alan Moore, pornography), and I organised the film programme for the Manchester Eastercon. I’m a regular at Octocon and have been to Swedish conventions; JETS would be a chance to go further and visit the country that I’ve always wanted to go to. My fanzine, Gerald, has been described as ‘bloody funny and considerably intelligent’. Vote for me for a long trip report noting the anthropological differences between UK and Japanese fandoms. With knob gags.
: James Bacon, Alison Freebairn, Anders Holmström, Tobes Valois.
I’m a fan. Sometimes I write stuff. I’ve been known to pub fanzines and drink beer. And malt. Recently I’ve been organising cons. I also read books, even the ones I haven’t edited. I'm a goshwowoboysensawunda-fan at heart, Iron Chef Finnish and love to meet new fen. Some people think I'd make a good candidate, someone who cares about fandom. Then again, I understand they also think this comes with a one-way ticket to Japan attached to it. Personally, I’d just love to eat all that sushi. And have a cup of sake as well. Kampai!
: Johan Anglemark, Olav M J Christiansen, Toni Jerrman, Tero Ykspetäjä.
Tom Nanson (‘FanTom’) and Teddy
We have been active in Fandom since 1987 but, so far, the only Worldcons we have attended have been European (Brighton, The Hague, Glasgow and Glasgow). Over the years we have attended UniCons, MediaCons, WorldCons, EasterCons, FilkCons, Gaming Cons and Costume Cons – which goes some way to illustrate the spread of our Fannish interests and activities. In addition to which, we have been involved in running conventions, running and entering Masquerades, exhibiting artworks, contributed to and helped run fanzines and groups and (though this is stretching it a bit) helped with Tech. Please choose us!
: Lissa Allcock, Fran Dowd, Nicole Kipar, Barbara Stewart.
Chris O’Shea (‘The Magician’)
Why vote for me? Because I've been active in fandom for longer than I care to remember, I've been committee on four Eastercons, I've worked for ten Worldcons, and helped run countless other conventions. Because I really want to go to Nippon 2007 but can't afford it. Because I'll blog my trip report live, as well as producing a traditional paper fanzine afterwards. Because I'll send you a postcard from Japan, and if I pick your name from a hat I'll also send you back a cheap item of inexplicable Japanese ephemera. And I'll pay the carbon offset for the flights!
: Nigel Furlong, Marcus Streets, Peter Weston, Nik Whitehead.
Why? Never been, always longed to, can't afford it. Love Worldcons, love travel, love talking and meeting people. Love languages. (Watashi wa nihongo no gakusei desu. Wakarimasu sukoshi.) Want to explore town and country, the fandom and the goth/rock/biker/nightclub/subculture scenes. Who? Outgoing, sociable, active fan for twenty years. Want to get to know people and promote Eurofandom, especially online communities. Fanzine distributor for hire! And then? Professional writer with regularly-updated Livejournal; avid travel-writer. Competent photographer and public speaker, too. Written reviews, conreps and articles for multiple 'zines. Will blog as I go and publish an expanded print version shortly afterwards.
: Erik Arthur, Dave Langford, Alice Lawson, Caroline Mullan.
Robert ‘nojay’ Sneddon
The Kilt goes Nihon: I've always had an interest in Japan as a place and a culture. When the 2007 bid was announced I supported it wholeheartedly and I was very pleased when Yokohama won in 2004 (well, I voted for it...). I'd like to meet Japanese fans on their home ground, and I hope the JETS fan fund will let me do this more easily. While I'm there I'll try to keep in touch with a blog but I'll write up a more coherent trip report on my return. And yes, I'll wear a kilt. Promise.
: Andrew A Adams, Tim Illingworth, Charlie Stross, Dave Tompkins.