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Tommy Ferguson, Born Thomas Ferguson (no
middle initial) 23 June 1967 in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland and
brought up in a Catholic, nationalist household and consider myself
Irish. Graduated from Queen's University, Belfast with an honours
degree in Political Science which served me very well for six
and a half years with the Inland Revenue. Spent some time doing
the usual dust jacket jobs (selling insurance, researching a local
history book, waiter, barman, accounts clerk... you know) before
thinking it was all a waste of time.
I left Northern Ireland in September 1996
and moved to Toronto in Canada where I whiled away a few months
ravelling around (Vancouver and Seattle, a brief stint in Chicago,
some time in and around the great lakes in Canada; Niagara Falls
an awful lot - not nearly enough - and farting about Toronto)
before I finally got a job working in an Irish bar in Toronto.
Allen's bar and restaurant employed me from St. Patrick's day
1997 (see issue 7 of TommyWorld) until my return to Belfast and
Northern Ireland in October of 1997 (some other articles about
my time in Allen's will be appearing on the web site.)
Upon my return I worked for the Belfast
Telegraph as a Database co-ordinator for year, whilst sharing
a house with Belfast fan Mark McCann. Frequent visits to Seattle
later, I realised that it wasn't for me - for many varied reasons,
most of them personal. Becoming disenchanted with the Belfast
Telegraph, for many work and varied work reasons mostly, I took
up an opportunity in Nottingham in March of 1999 with a software
company called Science Systems (Commercial) Ltd as an Analyst/Programmer.
A whole move to England, including laughable attempts to transport
my belongs in, then ensued. I tried to settle into the work, which
was all new to me, and I tried to settle into Nottingham, which
was also all new to me.
After just over three months I realised
this failure to settle in was a real bad idea and, again for many
and varied reasons, both work and personal I left Science Systems
and returned home. This statement probably says a lot more than
it should but Northern Ireland is 'home' and I have been staying
with my parents for a few months until I secure employment in
Belfast again. and there you have it, to August 1999.
As a fan I've been involved in way too
much shit over my eleven years in fandom. I started the Queen's
University SF Society, helped organise and run four Belfast conventions
(the last one being a very successful Unicon in 1989 - the new
breed of Belfast cons can be seem here), was briefly a columnist
for the BSFA, Apa Hack with a number of APAs and administrator
for The Organisation APA (publishing over 40 issues of my apazine
Thingy.) I written and produced a number of fanzines: TASH (The
Amazing Sentient House) lasted 14 issues, some of them pretty
dire and one or two I'm still proud off. Design For Life my new
perzine which has reached issue two and that was about it, though
I may restart it at some stage. I'm an editor of Götterdämmerung
which has reached issue 11 (although there have already been eleven
issues published. It's a Götter thing) and am quite proud
of a lot more of those than any other thing I have been involved
with. Whilst in Toronto I published a weekly E-zine (egotistically
entitled TommyWorld) to try and keep in touch with people back
in the UK which, after a small hiatus, has now returned.
My first convention was Albacon III the
1986 British Eastercon in Glasgow (where I met Ian Sorenson. It's
all been down hill from there.) I liked it so much I decided to
run one of my own - and the fateful NICon series was born. Since
then I have been to too many conventions, been on too many con
committees and am currently involved in the Toronto bid for the
2003 WorldCon, as its British agent, which I urge you to support.
I am now working for the Northern Ireland
Film Commission and if you really want to know what my mother
means when she tells people that I 'work with computers' you can
check my resume here. I'm still living in Belfast, still involved
in fandom (I just came a poor second to Sue Mason in the 2000
TAFF race) and my next convention will be NovaCon 30 in Birmingham.
This biog will be updated periodically.