WSFS Site Selection Set

There were no surprises in the Site Selection filings. The only bid to file to host the 2020 Worldcon was New Zealand and the only bid to file to host the 2019 NASFiC was Utah. Details of site selection voting are being worked out and the ballot will be released once that has been done. Site selection will take place at Worldcon 76 in San Jose.
More information on New Zealand in 2020
More information on Utah in 2019

Dublin Wins Worldcon

Dublin, Ireland has won the right to host the 2019 Worldcon in an uncontested site selection. Dublin 2019 will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin from August 15-19, 2019. Membership will be on sale soon. James Bacon will chair the convention. The announced Guests of Honor are:

  • Bill and Mary Burns
  • Diane Duane
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Ian McDonald
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • Steve Jackson

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Eurocon to Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland has won the right to hold the 2019 Eurocon, to be called TitanCon. The convention is scheduled for August 22-24, 2019, one week after the Worldcon will be held if Dublin manages to win the 2019 Worldcon. Dublin is currently unopposed in their bid which will be decided this year in Helsinki.

BWAWA Bids for 2021

BWAWA, the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, announced plans to bid to host the 2021 Worldcon in Washington, D.C. In their statement, BWAWA expressed sadness that MCFI had closed their bid and noted that BWAWA had already been planning to bid for the Worldcon later in the decade. They have elected to move their bid to the now vacant 2021 year. Bill Lawhorn will be chairing the 2021 Bid. The expect to roll out a website in the near future.

No MCFI in 2021 Worldcon Bid

MCFI, Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc., has announced that they will no longer be running a bid to host the 2021 Worldcon in Boston. According to their statement, the committee was unable to locate affordable, workable space for the convention.

WSFS YA Award Naming Survey

The Worldcon’s YA Award Committee has announced six names selected as potential names for a YA Award to be given out by the World Science fiction Society. These names were selected from 460 unique names and 1,138 responses to the original survey. They are asking fans to fill out a questionnaire indicating level of appropriateness of each name. The final decision will be based on the questionnaire responses, a panel of YA authors, and consultation from a group of cultural sensitivity experts.

  • Anansi
  • Lodestar
  • Ouroboros
  • Spellcaster
  • Tesseract
  • Worldcon

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France Bids Nice

The Worldcon in France committee has announced that their proposed 2023 Worldcon will take place in the city of Nice at The Acropolis convention center Currently, there are three levels of pre-supporting memberships, at $20/15€, $50/40€, and $100/80€. Presupporting membership cost will be deducted from final membership costs.
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Obituary: Dave Kyle

Fan Dave Kyle (b.1919) died on September 18 following complications from an endoscopy. Kyle was one of the original Furturians and wrote and disseminated the famed yellow pamphlet that led to the first Exclusion Act. He chaired Nycon II, the 1956 Worldcon and the following year chartered a plane to the London Worldcon for his honeymoon. He founded the Knight of The Order of Saint Fantony in 1961, was awarded the Big Heart Award in 1973, and was fan guest of honor at Constellation, the 1983 Worldcon. With Martin Greenberg, he founded early science fiction hardcover publishing company Gnome Press in 1948.

Worldcon for 2018 Selected

San Jose, CA has won the right to host the 2018 Worldcon, beating a bid for New Orleans, LA by 675-594 with 24 write-ins. The convention, which will be known as Worldcon 76, will take place the weekend of August 16-20. The guests of honor are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Pierre & Sany Pettinger, and Spider Robinson. In addition, Rob Wilkins and Edgar Pangborn will be Ghosts of Honor.
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NASFIC 2017 Selected

San Juan, Puerto Rico has won the right to host the 2017 NASFIC (North American Science Fiction Convention), beating a bid for Valley Forge, PA by 233-182 with 4 write-ins. The convention, which will be known as NorthAmeriCon ’17, the 12th NASFIC, will take place the weekend of July 6-9. The guests of honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias Buckell, George Perez, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Paul Smith.
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