Lavie Tidhar, Cheryl Morgan and a bunch of other international SF personalities have done a fabulous thing by setting up a World SF travel fund to help one person a year travel from a remote corner of the world to a major SF event. The inaugural recipient will be Charles A Tan, who was recently nominated for a World Fantasy Award – hopefully this fund will enable him to attend the convention. Please consider donating: there are some great booky rewards up for grabs, and it’s a wonderful cause.
Charles is one of those tireless people who throws bucketfuls of energy into our community – while he has edited small press projects, he is mostly visible for the work he does to promote the work of others. He blogs all over the place, but his own particular corner of the internet is Bibliophile Stalker, an essential daily source for links about what people are saying about our field on the internet. His passion is World SF, and helping to bring awareness to science fiction from countries (such as his own Philippines) which don’t have the huge SF communities and publishing infrastructures of the US or UK.
I know that I have personally really appreciated not only Charles’ promotion of my books (indie press and mainstream-published titles alike) in the last year, but also the perspective he brings to issues such as ebook piracy and copyright. He’s a cheery presence on Twitter every day as well as the many blogs he frequents, and I look forward to hearing him tweet from World Fantasy Convention!