Helsinki in 2017 Crafts

Robot bank advertises Helsinki in 2017 bid.

Robot bank advertises Helsinki in 2017 bid.

The Helsinki in 2017 is promoting itself with a wide variety of crafts using the bid logo, the items given as prizes when people support and friend the bid.

Crystal Huff says, “There are a lot of people who can’t afford to support Helsinki with money, but who want to help. So they’ve found really clever ways of infusing the bid with their enthusiasm by making all sorts of awesome things. One person is even brewing mead made with tar syrup from Finland, to be used for our Sasquan parties!”

Items people have made for Helsinki include:

  • knit polar bear hats
  • tie-dyed t-shirts
  • magnets
  • bubble wands
  • chocolate in the shape of the bid logo
  • Moomin-shaped cookies
  • Xmas ornaments
  • lavender and rosemary sachets
  • wooden keychains
  • necklace pendants
  • a robot bank
  • several different kinds of earrings
  • bracelets
  • a crown (which Mur Lafferty decided she had to own)
  • a superhero-style cape
  • temporary tattoos (purchased, but the three designs were created by the bid)

Several Finns made the earrings and keychains, and all the felted crafts were by Eppu Jensen who is a professional crafter. Cat Valente is working on a dress made of bid t-shirts. The robot bank was produced by a group of fans at a paint-your-own-pottery place in Boston. They also produced a cheese plate and picture frame, but I don’t have photos of those at the moment.

Dublin in 2019 Will Adjust Presupporter Rates On 3/31

The Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid, which broke through the 500 supporter level this month at Boskone, has announced it will adjust the cost of its various types of presupports on March 31 in response to fluctuating international exchange rates.

They are also adding a new level of Young Adult (YA) supporter. Eligible for this rate is anyone who will be under under 26 as of the first day of the 2019 Worldcon.

They’re announcing the change now because they don’t object at all if you want to support them immediately at the current prices.

Categories and Rates will be as follows:

Supporter Type $ £
Pre Supporting / Réamh tacadóir 20 15 12
Backer/ Ard tacadóir 45 35 28
YA Friend / Cara Óg 65 55 45
Friend / Cara 130 105 85
Super Friend / Cara Iontach 270 220 175

The full press release follows the jump

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Helsinki Translates Worldcon Voting Directions Into Many Languages

Helsinki worldcon-only-you COMPHelsinki in 2017 has people representing 26 different countries participating in their Worldcon bid. Symbolic of that international involvement is a project to translate the site selection voting information into other languages.

Crystal Huff says, “All of us also speak English, but we’re really trying to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ in coordinating an international effort that would produce a really international Worldcon. That, for us, includes making information available in languages other than English, for those who don’t natively speak English but are excited about Worldcon.”

This is a campaign, so the post they’ve been translating unabashedly supports Helsinki. The original English text has already been translated into Finnish, Swedish, Chinese, German, Spanish and Irish/Gaelic. There are French, Japanese, and Dutch versions on the way.

Here are the links.

(Original English version ) So You Want to Vote on Worldcon Location? Yay!

Chinese version

(Finnish) Näin äänestät Worldconin Helsinkiin

(Irish/Gaelic) Ba mhaith leat vótáil ar suíomh Worldcon? Go hiontach!

(German) So, Du möchtest also über den Ort der Worldcon abstimmen? Hurrah!

(Spanish) ¿Quieres votar por la sede de la Worldcon? ¡Genial! (¡En Español!)

Swedish version

Helsinki is in a hotly contested race with bids for Montreal, Nippon and Washington DC. This kind of creativity might have more than just symbolic value, it could add needed support at the site selection ballot box.

Sasquan Gets Big Membership
Influx in January

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, had a tremendous membership spike in January, an increase in total members of more than 30%. Why? A rate hike was going into effect February 1. Worldcon bids for 2017 are begging supporters to join. We’re now in the calendar year that the con will take place. And January 31 was the deadline for joining Sasquan if you wanted to nominate for the Hugos (if you weren’t already eligible as a member of LonCon 3 or MidAmeriCon II.)

I’ll leave as an exercise for the readers which reason is responsible for the most membership purchases….

Sasquan Total Members
12/21/2014 3,737
1/31/2015 4,952
Increase 1,215


Adult Attending Members
12/21/2014 2,508
1/31/2015 2,950
Increase 442


Supporting Members
12/21/2014 1,047
1/31/2015 1,765
Increase 718

I requested these numbers from the committee, so although they’re a little different than what’s posted on the Sasquan site they’re good for drawing this comparison.


Night Vale Bids For Worldcon

cpb-wtnv-logo-pillowWhat kind of bid is the Night Vale Worldcon bid?


That kind.

The bid takes its inspiration from “Welcome to Night Vale”, the most popular podcast on the internet, which is formatted as community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

They launched with a party at Arisia in Boston last night. Don’t you wish you’d been there?

Keep in touch with the Night Vale In Eternity Worldcon Bid via Facebook.

The members of the committee are —

Amber Aquini, Adam Bayer, Adam Beaton, The Blob who lives in the housing development out back of the elementary school, Susan Bertan Braviak, Aurora Celeste, Erika, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, Aaron Feldman, Tamika Flynn, Meg Frank, Will Frank, Sarah Frost, Earl Harlan, Kristina K. Hiner, Crystal Huff, Madeline LeFleur, Hiram McDaniels, Keri O’Brien, Jennifer Old-d’Entremont, Old Woman Josie, Jesi Pershing, Jon Peters (you know, the farmer?), Suzanne Thurgood, Andrew Trembley, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez, David Weingart, Pamela Winchell, and you.

2015 Hugo Nominations Open

The Sasquan Hugo nominations webpage is now live. Eligible to nominate for the 2015 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are —

  • Attending or supporting members of Sasquan (the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention),
  • Attending or supporting members of Loncon 3 (the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention).
  • Attending or supporting members of MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention), and

A PIN is required. Please read the instructions at the website for resesrching your PIN (LonCon 3 PINs are not valid there, another has been assigned).

Nominations close March 10 at 11:59PM (2359 hours) Pacific Daylight Time.

Update: The Hugo Administrator has now added a printable nominating ballot for anyone who wants to vote by post.

Update 01/17/2015: The committee issued a press release today. It follows the jump.

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O Sasquan, My Sasquan

The social media strategy of this year’s Worldcon, Sasquan, is far from seamless.

We’re halfway through January and fans have been questioning the committee about when Hugo nominations will be accepted.

Tonight Sasquan tweeted

Hugo nominations will open on JANUARY 16, 2015. The nominations page is… 

So naturally I click that link. It sends me to a Facebook page with this message:

Hugo nominations will open on JANUARY 16, 2015. The nominations page is

General information about the Hugo awards is available at


And true to their word, those links deliver a 404 error message. (Why did I click? “Trust but verify” as the saying goes.)

Sasquan would present a more competent image if its tweet went to a working information page on its own website, rather than another social media platform which has the same info, and if it would refrain from posting URLs anywhere until they are live.

Did Sad Puppies Save Worldcon?

A comment by Daniel on Vox Day’s blog put this amusing spin on yesterday’s story about the 2014 Worldcon financial report:

Semi-on topic: thanks to record memberships, LonCon finished with a cash surplus of…

…about £1,000.

Without Larry and Vox last year, they would have been deep in the red.

There you have it: all the people who joined to stuff the ballot box for Larry Correia’s “Sad Puppies” slate kept the Worldcon afloat.

Now I know how that English schoolboy felt in Hope and Glory when he discovered his school had been bombed by the Luftwaffe — “Thank you Adolf!”