Help Me and Amanda Emily Smith Get to Worldcon 76

For: Alex Jennings and Amanda Emily Smith
New Orleans, LA
Organizer: Alex Jennings
Help Me and Amanda Emily Smith Get to Worldcon 76 (Alex Jennings and Amanda Emily Smith)
$1,138
of $2,500 goal
45% Complete
Raised by 35 donors

The Story

Last year, Amanda and I both submitted letters to be published in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. Octavia was a huge influence on both of us, and Amanda and I had met her separately before her death.

Both our letters were accepted for publication, and we were so pleased to be a part of such a wonderful project. This event was even more of a milestone for Amanda as this was her first professional sale in the science fiction field.

On April 2, the official announcement came down that Letters to Octavia has been chosen as a finalist for the Hugo Award in the category of Related Work! We literally jumped for joy. Honoring one of our greatest influences had lifted us up, as well!

The Hugo Awards are basically the Oscars of Science Fiction. Both Amanda and I have dreamed of attending Worldcon and the Hugo Awards all our lives, but we've never been able to before. Now that a book we are both in is a finalist, we feel we must get to Worldcon 76 in San Jose by any means necessary.

Neither of us makes a lot of money--We're both students, and we're already stretching the resources we have. If we're going to make it to Worldcon this August, WE NEED YOUR HELP. We appreciate any contribution, however small, and we will stretch every single dollar until George Washington screams!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 17, 2018

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Posted on April 17, 2018

Rumor has it that this super-intelligent panda (whose name is CLEARLY Dr. Fluffles) will be appearing at Worldcon76. True or not, Amanda and I have to meet him.

All jokes aside, we're deeply moved by the generosity of contributors so far. We're almost halfway to our goal. Thanks so much, and if you can chip in, do!


Posted on April 14, 2018

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Posted on April 14, 2018

Hi, everybody! We are humbled by your support and generosity. Here is a photo of Amanda with our young friend Punchy Bawxer. He is teeny weeny and can barely wiggle his butt. (He can't come to WorldCon 76 with us, but he'll be there in spirit!)


Posted on April 10, 2018

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Posted on April 10, 2018

Amanda's not one to toot her own horn, but she is very active in the local community. She does nonprofit work for a living and routinely orchestrates and attends community events. All that AND she writes her truth. The funds you've contributed so far are a huge help, but PLEASE make Amanda's dream come true.

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