[The Glasgow 2024 team had their initial team meetings and social gatherings in Glasgow this past weekend, and James Bacon has sent us a thorough write-up.]
By James Bacon: It was lovely to be back in
Glasgow, amongst fans, looking at the Scottish Exhibition Campus (formerly the
SECC) and being welcomed and to the city which held two Worldcons
such a wonderful city and I was impressed to find that there are now tours of
Glasgow Central Station going underground, overground and so forth in proper
hard hats (glasgowcentraltours.co.uk).
I paused to look around the Central Hotel which has changed so much since the
Moscow 2017 bid with their incredible amount of vodkas tempting fans to support
their efforts in 1995. The view from the bar in the hotel which has hosted
Eastercons, Albacon of course, and those parties in 1995 looking out over the
busy station is lovely.
made my way to the new Forbidden Planet, in its new premises on Sauchiehall St,
it is very large, and I was stunned by how many new comics they stocked. It was
a vast amount. The shop is spread over two floors, and I was pleasantly engaged
by some staff, which was helpful. Also on my list to get to were Thistle Books,
Caledonia Books, the Voltaire & Rousseau Bookshop and City Comics.
All four not far north from the area of the SEC.
The walk from the city to the SEC has changed, The Anderston
‘bridge to nowhere’ Footbridge which I spent a lot of time contemplating
in 1995, in its unexpected glory leading to the sky, and of course the Iain
Banks Espedair Street reference. The area around the SEC has developed mightily
also, The Radison
Red hotel, now one of six hotels in the immediate area (and two more are being
built.) has a fabulous interior. All of the 174
rooms and public spaces have wallpaper designed by legendary Glasgow comic
artist Frank Quitely, depicting scenes in a beautiful style.
MacCallum-Stewart had announced at Novacon in 2015 that a team were
investigating Worldcon venues in the UK, concurrently with the practical visits
and analysis, presentations at Eastercon Smofcons and Novacons, fans were asked
— Where would they like to go? — and Glasgow was overwhelmingly the most
popular choice of city. The selection process came to fruition in 2019 when it
was announced at Eastercon that the SEC was the venue that the team would look
to bid for the 2024 Worldcon. At Dublin 2019 Lewis Hou and the Science Ceilidh
had stolen the show, and it was a bold move to bring over the band from
Scotland, which along with their parties and continual table work, saw over 600
people pre-supporting the Glasgow 2024 bid.
was nice to walk into the SEC, to contemplate the venue. Mike, it’s a fecking
lifetime ago since I was an Area Head here in Glasgow, at a Worldcon, but it is
a great venue and it feels so nice to be here. The SEC welcomed the bid and
hosted these meetings. Signage throughout the venue was adorned with the 2024
Logo and Space Field, both by Sara Felix.
were joined by Jennifer Roddie of the SEC and Aileen Crawford of the Glasgow
Convention Bureau. Aileen has worked with us on the previous Worldcons at
Glasgow and as there have been several changes to the venue since it was last
used it was a good opportunity for everyone to see it for the first time
or with fresh eyes.
tour was lovely but there have been many changes, technology is now much more
prevalent, the area on the mezzanine has been developed into a meeting academy,
with what was a restaurant now a very nice 400-seater room and soft furnishings
in the common area. Space is of course a fair question. Worldcons are popular.
London, Helsinki, and Dublin have demonstrated that there is more interest from
too early to make assumptions of what exactly space will be used for, but what
is interesting is that Mark Meenan had already spent considerable time on the
matter, thinking about new programme space, and shared the concept of having a
1,500-seater Second Stage in Hall 2, a 400-seater programme space in Hall
1 and the addition of M1 with its 400 seats and taking ideas that worked well,
such as the giant Gaming Marquee that held the successful gaming at Loncon 3.
With eight hotels now in the immediate vicinity, there are also so many more
options on smaller workshop type spaces, and of course the Armadillo, which has
had a refresh since I was last in it, will be used the full five days. I admit
I found all this very exciting… and we even found a throne for Esther.
vision for the convention was then worked through, teams using word association
and short tasks to come up with ideas and thoughts, which were presented back.
Marguerite Smith did a very good job of getting everyone thinking and
contemplating what they want and hope for and with a quick and energised
approach we were soon vectoring in on tangible elements and tasks. Timeline,
budget, and recruitment were all important items on the agenda for the weekend,
and Marguerite took the lead and managed the 20+ people present.
MacDonald and Matt Calvert were announced as the leads for the Bid Promotions
team, beautifully choreographed just in time to question the task-based ideas
that came from the Promotions Brainstorming sessions, again managed by
Marguerite, but here the new leads got to engage directly and explore new ideas
and established strategies.
new fans was something that was recognised as being very important, and it was
not lost on me that in 2013, some seven years ago, Esther walked in to a Loncon
3 staff meeting a new volunteer herself, and was in charge of multiple areas by
the time the convention occurred, went on to be a successful Division Head for
Dublin and is now Bid Chair. Although Esther did go to Conspiracy in 1987,
possibly by accident. Marguerite was part of the Valley Forge NASFiC bid, and
in early 2016 joined the Dublin team as a volunteer, was soon promoted to
Deputy Division head and then onto DH for promotions. Other fans in the room,
who had only volunteered for Dublin were now looking at more senior roles. It
was amazing to think that one of the participants in the room, had been a
youngster at YAFA* in 2005 and was now making a very important contribution.
The doors are open, and fans are coming in. There were also Albacon, Eastercon,
Satellite, Worldcon staff and chairs all adding experience as well as those
bringing skills from outside fandom to the conversations.
was good fun there was a dynamism and energy to the weekend that was really
nice. Esther has sought out and found fans who are so excited with the prospect
of a Glasgow Worldcon and keen to help and it was good to be brought together
to chat and catch up.
evenings, drinking and chatting took place. The bar was rammed on Saturday, and
Bowmore 12 year old proved very popular. A cracking good weekend. I’ll be
back up for a comic book swap meet event in March and then Satellite 7 in May.
Adult Fun Activities at Interaction the 2005 Glasgow Worldcon.
Smofcon 37, the convention for conrunners, taking place December
6-8 in Albuquerque, NM, asked Worldcon, and Smofcon bidders, and seated
Worldcon and Westercon committees to answer a questionnaire. The responses have
been posted at Smofcon’s website under Fannish Inquisition.
will also be a Q&A
the con on December 7 – publishing these questionnaires in advance helps keep
that time from being taken up with basic information. If you want to submit a
question, see the information at the end of this post.
following FAQs have been received from Bids and seated conventions:
Seven Worldcon committees and bidders (all except Nice in 2023) cosigned a statement (which many inserted at the beginning of their questionnaires) criticizing the Smofcon 37 committee for the short response deadline, the dramatic increase in number of questions asked from last year’s form, and use of Google Docs to communicate, which cannot be accessed in China. Smofcon 37’s chair Ron Oakes responded with a lengthy justification of what happened, while the FAQ coordinator apologized.
Submitting Questions to the Fannish
Inquisition: Here are the
This event is our traditional time for bids for future SMOFCon, Worldcons and NASFiCs. Our usual highlight event, and will mostly be run as it has been in the recent past with written questions through our able moderators. Those wishing to submit questions in advance may do so by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org, up to 6:30pm MST December 7, 2019 to ensure that we receive it prior to the convention.
[Update 12/07/2019: After this post was drafted last night, several more questionnaires were added to the website. The new links have been added here.]
(1) LE GUIN FELLOWSHIP. Shelley Streeby is the 2019 winner of the Le
Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship sponsored by UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University
Archives at the University of Oregon. [Via Locus Online.]
The intention of the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. The UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the papers of authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sally Miller Gearhart, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Salmonson, along with Damon Knight…
This award supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in SCUA. These short-term research fellowships are open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in feminist science fiction. In 2019, $2,000 will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.
Just in case you missed it, all of Trader Joe’s Halloween and pumpkin products have officially hit shelves for 2019, so autumn is finally in full delicious swing. Joining all of our spooky favorites in this year’s lineup is the Trader Joe’s Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit, a crowd-pleaser and returner from last year that will tide you over until gingerbread house season finally arrives. (Although this is arguably much better — what gingerbread house can also boast that it’s haunted?)
As usual, Joe is nothing if not prepared — the kit comes ready with everything your spooky little HGTV-loving heart desires. It contains six different chocolate cookie pieces to make up the house, plus an extra cookie ghost for spooky ambiance.
…Just as he did with Aron [Eisenberg] and Bob [O’Reilly], at the conclusion of the convention, Mr. Silber looked me straight in the eye and handed me a bad check that he not only failed to write a number that agreed with the alphabetical amount but he post dated it for nearly a week in the future. He knew what he was doing! I didn’t notice because I trusted him. Bob trusted him. Aron trusted him. Mike Friedman trusted him. Garrett Wang, Max Grodenchik, Chris Abbott trusted him. All were handed bad checks. All were stiffed at the end of the weekend during which we all gave 110% of our ability to entertain and inspire the fans of Star Trek. Aron gave perhaps a little more…like 150%…but he always did. It’s not the money….it’s the betrayal of trust and then the dishonesty. Because I live in New York state, it was fairly simple for me to sue Mr. Silber in small claims court to make good on his check. The judge listened to both sides of the issue and found in my favor in approximately 5 minutes. A judgement was made against Mr. Silber that would follow him about for 20 years or until paid. In two days, it was paid. Somehow he found the money! That was great for me but there were my friends and colleagues who were still left with nothing….
(4) SUPERSTINKERS. James Davis Nicoll makes it sound like
you want to be careful not to create any gaps in your urban ecology, because
who knows what will move into it: “The
Care and Feeding of Supervillains” at Tor.com.
…After all, it’s a lot easier to track down people in bright, garish costumes whose mental quirks compel them to leave riddles, jokes, maps, and large billboards hinting at crimes to come. This is the moment where our roof-runner should stop and think.
Mishandling these eccentrics means the difference between living somewhere like the Silver Age Central City, where rogues were willing to follow rules of engagement, or living somewhere more like the Punisher’s New York, where every encounter is going to end with a corpse….
(5) TODAY IN HISTORY.
September 24, 1956 — The world’s first transatlantic telephone cable, from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to Oban, Scotland, began operation.
September 24, 1995 — Space: Above and Beyond with debut the first two episodes, “Pilot” and “Omega Squadron” airing as a single film. It would last a single season.
September 24, 2007 — The Journeyman seriesdebuted. Marketed as a “time travel science fiction romance” series, NBC didn’t renew it after the run of its first thirteen episodes was done.
Septembr 24, 2009 — FlashForward first aired. Adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, it was based on the novel Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer. It lasted for one season.
September 24, 2013 — Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. first aired on the ABC Network. Six seasons later, it’s still going strong.
(6) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born September 24, 1922 — Bert Gordon, 97. Film director most famous for such science fiction and horror films as The Amazing Colossal Man, Village of the Giants and The Food of the Gods (based of course on the H.G. Wells’ novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth). His nickname “Mister B.I.G.” was a reference both to his initials and to his preference for directing movies featuring super-sized creatures.
Born September 24, 1930 — Jack Gaughan. Artist and illustrator who won the Hugo several times including once for Best Professional Artist and Best Fan Artist in the same year. Most of his from 1970 onward was for Ace and DAW. He illustrated the covers and hand-lettered title pages for the unauthorized first paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings which Ace released in 1965. (Died 1985.)
Born September 24, 1934 — John Brunner. Favorite works? The Shockwave Rider, the Hugo Award winning Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up. That was easy. What’s your favorite works by him? (Died 1995.)
Born September 24, 1936 — Jim Henson. As much as I love The Muppet Show, I think The Storyteller is his best work. That’s not to overlook Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal which are also excellent. (Died 1990.)
Born September 24, 1945 — Ian Stewart, 74. Mathematician and writer. He makes the Birthday Honors for the four volumes in The Science of Discworld series he wrote with Jack Cohen and Terry Pratchett. Each segment of the book alternates between the usually absurd Discworld story and serious scientific exposition. He did write two novels with Jack Cohen, Wheelers and Heaven
Born September 24, 1951 — David Banks, 68. During the Eighties, he was the Cyberleader on Doctor Who in all stories featuring the Cybermen — Earthshock, The Five Doctors, Attack of the Cybermen and Silver Nemesis. In 1989, he played the part of Karl the Mercenary in the Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure stage play. There were two performances where he appeared as The Doctor as he replaced Jon Pertwee who had fallen ill.
Born September 24, 1957 — Brad Bird, 62. Animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and occasionally even a voice actor whom I’m going praise directing for The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Incredibles 2 and Tomorrowland. He’s the voice of Edna Mode in both the Incredibles films.
Born September 24, 1965 — Richard K. Morgan, 54. The Takeshi Kovacs novels are an awesome series which is why I haven’t watch the video series. His fantasy series, A Land Fit For Heroes, is on my TBR, well, my To Be Listened To pile now.
Born September 24, 1979 — Justin Bruening, 40. Seriously who really thought did we needed a reboot of the Knight Rider series? I know it was one where he played Mike Traceur, the son of character Michael Knight, but still… it lasted a pilot film plus eighteen episodes. He went one to to cast as Benjamin Price in Ravenswood, a supernatural drama that got cancelled after one season. And intriguingly he was cast as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, a never-broadcast television pilot.
The Flying McCoys matches up Bigfoot with another well-known reference and winds up with a pretty funny cartoon.
(8) SCI-FI STANDBY. Titan Comics is reissuing the first two years of adventures from the iconic, British classic Dan Dare written and drawn by David Motton and Keith Watson — reprinted for the first time ever.
(9) HARD-WORKING BIDDER. Hampus Eckerman was amazed at what
he received from the Glasgow in 2024 bid chair: “They’re sending out handwritten letters and pins!!”
… An autistic “Sesame Street” Muppet is caught in a conflict between the most prominent autism organization in the United States advocating for early intervention, and autistic adults who see the condition as a difference, not a disease needing to be cured….
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), an organization run by and for autistic people, announced it had cut ties with “Sesame Street” after the children’s program partnered with Autism Speaks to make the Muppet the face of a public service campaign encouraging early screening and diagnosis of autism. ASAN has accused Autism Speaks of using “language of acceptance and understanding to push resources that further stigmatize and treat autistic people as burdens on our families.” It contends that resource materials from Autism Speaks encourage parents “to view autism as a terrible disease from which their child can ‘get better.’ ”
Russia has said it knows what caused the air leak on board the International Space Station in 2018 but intends to keep it a secret, with its space agency head Dmitry Rogozin stating: “We won’t tell you anything.”
The leak, which caused a drop in pressure, took place on 29 August, 2018. After investigating the cause, the crew found a small hole—0.07 inches in diameter—and fixed it using heat-resistant tape. It was in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the ISS and it posed no threat to any of the astronauts on board.
Scientists say one of the US space agency’s (Nasa) new Earth observers is going to have a transformative impact in an unexpected area.
The IceSat-2 laser mission was launched a year ago to measure the shape of Antarctica and Greenland, and to track the thickness of Arctic sea-ice.
But early results show a remarkable capability also to sense water depths.
IceSat’s laser light penetrates up to 40m in the clearest conditions, opening up a raft of new applications.
“As much as people think all areas on Earth have been reasonably well mapped, it’s really not true when you start looking at shallow water areas,” said Dr Christopher Parrish from Oregon State University.
“We’ve got huge data voids from the shoreline out to about 5m water depth.
“This hinders our ability to study things like inundation, the effects of major storms, and the changes to coral reef habitat.”
A project has already started to map the seafloor around low-lying Pacific islands and atolls, which will assist tsunami preparedness for example.
The capability should also enable scientists to work out the volumes of inland water bodies to help quantify Earth’s global freshwater reserves.
…Snopes began as a forum for sharing and investigating urban legends and cool folklore.
But in a world where “fake news” dominates, where disinformation is a part of the political sphere and misinformation touches every single corner of the internet, what is it about this online encyclopaedia which has made it become the go-to bible for many fact-checkers?
And how is it evolving to deal with the current landscape?
…David Mikkelson, the co-founder of Snopes, says: “People come to look up things they’ve encountered on the internet and find out whether they are true or not.
…”The standards we use for fact-checking are about going after what most people are questioning or asking about.
“We don’t make any judgments about what’s too silly or obvious or frivolous or not important enough.”
However he added that sometimes he found it disconcerting what the audience considered to be important and how it was sometimes very different to what his team would consider reporting.
“There may be rumours of a chemical attack against civilians in Syria and all sorts of rumours about whether that happened and who was involved. There are questions around did the government do it; was it an outside force etc and that doesn’t get much interest.
“But then you might have a ridiculous story about something like a woman giving birth in an elevator and it gets millions of views.”
…My neighbors at the parking lot-slash-campsite were a punk band called Foreign Life Form. They weren’t part of the planned music lineup, one Life Form explained as he ate Chef Boyardee room-temperature from a can, but when they heard about Alienstock, it seemed like fate.
My other neighbor, an erudite, joint-smoking history podcaster from Oregon, wore a T-shirt that said “Take me to your dealer”. He and his son had had the shirts custom-made; the Life Forms were disappointed they couldn’t buy some….
One man’s 12-ton, 16-foot-tall fighting robot is another man’s treasure.
Eagle Prime, the crown jewel of MegaBots Inc.’s fleet of sci-fi-inspired piloted robots, is being sold on eBay with bids starting at a single dollar. Founded by Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein and Andrew Stroup, the company is shuttering operations amid money trouble. Their latest high jinks, a futuristic bot battle between the US and Canada, drew thin crowds online.
“It was meant to be monster trucks meets UFC with a hint of WWE,” Oehrlein tells The Post. “The goal was to build a multibillion-dollar sports league of robots fighting in stadiums.”
(17) GETTING IN THE MOOD FOR HALLOWEEN. The Valley Relic
Museum in Los Angeles has lined up a scary panel event.
“For the last twenty years, I have been fascinated with the ghost stories of Los Angeles. One of my favorite pastimes is to explore historical and haunted locations in the area. This past year I’ve turned my hobby into a podcast and I have been interviewing people about their personal ghost stories as well as exploring haunted locations in Los Angeles and beyond for my podcast Ghost Magnet, from the Playboy Mansion to the house on Cielo Drive (associated with the Sharon Tate Murder) there is no shortage of ghost stories or paranormal activity,” says Bridget Marquardt.
[Thanks to Hampus Eckerman, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster,
John King Tarpinian, JJ, bill, James Davis Nicoll, Cat Eldridge, Chip
Hitchcock, mlex, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes
to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]
Next year fans will choose the site
of the 2022 Worldcon for which Chicago is currently running unopposed. Beyond that?
Dublin 2019’s Fannish Inquisition session witnessed a changing of the guard. A Memphis in 2023 bid was revealed, and the Chengdu in 2023 bid declared it was official. The New Orleans bid for 2023 fell off the radar. Spokane in 2023 and Perth in 2025 took themselves out of the running, the latter temporarily — there’s more about them at the end of the post.
Proposed Site: Chengdu, China
Proposed Dates: In August
We are a non-profit organization called Galaxy Science Fiction Alliance, which mainly consists of Sichuan Science Fiction Association and Chinese Sci-fi fans. Sichuan Science Fiction Association focuses on academic researches on Science fiction and fantasy literature,films, computer games and so on
SPOKANE IN 2023 – CLOSED. A bid for Spokane was prepared to step into the gap left by the moribund New Orleans bid to assure there would be a North American option, but it has vacated the field in favor of Memphis.
Mike Willmoth shares the story:
I started the Spokane in 2023 Bid pre-Worldcon since it appeared that New Orleans in 2023 had fizzled. Although I was New Orleans’ Facilities Liaison once they announced, I had to resign this January after taking over the Facilities DIvision for Westercon-NASFiC in Layton, UT, after the original facilities team resigned. I had heard nothing from New Orleans and no one else seemed to as well. I had had several conversations with fans concerned about their absence and the apparent weak positions of both Chengdu and Nice. So Spokane was an Emergency Holographic North American Bid.
After reaching out to Visit Spokane (their CVB) they confirmed that their convention center was wide open for all of August. I resolved one outstanding issue from Sasquan with the Davenport chain (non-standard attrition clause which is now standardized on Marriott’s corporate one). I then reached out to past Sasquan DHs/DDHs/AHs for support for a bid team. I then notified Colette Fozard who was coordinating Dublin’s bid questionnaires. She sent me one to complete. I did so after arriving in Dublin, but learned that she had received one from Memphis which I was unaware of.
During the Dublin Business Meetings I had several chats with the Memphis Bid Co-Chairs and it was apparent to me that they were farther along than we were, had a slightly larger team already, etc. I notified our bid team and the consensus was that we should punt since we were only there because no other NA bid was visible. I made the final decision to pull the Spokane bid on Day 5 of Dublin, notifying Memphis and others as well as Visit Spokane. We may do another one in the future, but for now we are on hiatus. I would have been the official bid chair if elected by the team, but we never got that far. I was just the instigator.
So officially the Spokane in 2023 Worldcon Bid is closed because Memphis stepped up to the plate and appears to have their excretions coagulated 🙂
PERTH IN 2025 – ON HIATUS. PRK confirms, “Yes, at the Fannish Inquisition I announced that the Perth bid was going on hiatus, and no longer bidding for 2025. We may return in the early 20s and announce for a new year.” [Twitter: Perth in 2025]
The Glasgow in 2024 Worldcon Bid
will officially launch at Dublin
2019. They previously announced the Glasgow Scottish Event Campus (SEC) as their
proposed venue, and today they confirmed plans to host the event from August
8-12, 2024 (Thursday to Monday). The
These dates have been chosen to accommodate school holiday dates across the UK, and we look forward to welcoming fans of all ages to this celebration of science fiction and fantasy.
We are excited by the thought that up to 5,000 science fiction fans and professionals will be assembling in Glasgow exactly five years from today. This will be the third time the Worldcon has come to the city, following previous events in 1995 and 2005, and the first time it has been held in the UK since 2014.
The theme of our Bid – and of our Convention, should we be successful, is “A Worldcon for Our Futures”. According to Bid Chair Esther MacCallum-Stewart, “science fiction has always provided insight into current events, by telling stories about where those events may take us. This is more important than ever at a time when the world is facing so much change and uncertainty – not only in science and technology but in economics, politics, culture and all aspects of society. Our aim is to bring people together – from writers and artists to scientists and activists – to debate these issues with energy and optimism.”
Dublin 2019 attendees are invited to join the Glasgow bidders for a Scottish ceilidh on the evening of Friday, August 16, and for their official launch party on the evening of Saturday, August 17.
Music for the ceilidh will be provided by the Science Ceilidh Band. Science Ceilidh have played their high energy take on traditional Scottish music around Europe, incorporating elements from continental balfolk, quebecois and nordic traditions with a cheeky dash of techno and geek culture for good measure.
The official bid website at https://www.glasgow2024.org is live and they will be updating it regularly with news from their campaign and ideas for the convention.
Art for the bid, including our logo, promotional materials, and website, has been provided by Hugo Finalist Sara Felix and UK fan artist Iain Clark. Iain’s art blends science fiction and fantasy themes with mythology, local architecture and history.
It’s now called “Glasgow 2024 – a bid for the 2024 World Science Fiction Convention.” Today the committee announced that the venue they’ve chosen for the 2024 UK Worldcon bid will be the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow.
Previously known as the SECC, the Glasgow SEC has already hosted two Worldcons – Intersection in 1995, and Interaction in 2005. We are delighted that our new bid is once again based around this internationally-renowned venue, which has seen considerable growth in the last few years, including new onsite hotels and reworking and expansion of the spaces inside the convention centre. The SEC has recently announced a further £200 million development plan to support the growth of conventions around the campus.
Our bid team is a dedicated band of fans both international and local, experienced and new. Our working party and support team already contain previous Worldcon Chairs and Bid Chairs, who volunteer alongside newcomers. We draw our experiences from the many events that take place around the UK and beyond, and celebrate the huge enthusiasm to continue hosting Worldcon after the success of Loncon 3 (2014 – the event’s most recent visit to the UK), and ongoing passion for Dublin 2019, an Irish Worldcon (2019).
The bid Chair is Esther MacCallum-Stewart, who invites everyone attending Ytterbium, the British Eastercon, to join them on Sunday evening, April 21, at 7 p.m. to celebrate this announcement and meet the team.
They will start taking pre-supports when the bid launches officially at Dublin 2019 in August.