Mark Linneman’s official 2012 Site Selection report now is posted on the Worldcon website. It confirms the vote totals I ran the other day and is studded with fascinating details about the write-ins. Mark says:
There were 25 votes for “none of the above” and 20 expressed no preference. Minneapolis in ’73 received 8 votes, Peggy Rae’s 4 votes, Monkey’s Eyebrow 3, and Dave McCarty’s and Xerps in 2010 2 votes each. Fifteen different locations each received a single vote. There were 189 mail-in ballots and 337 cast at Aussiecon 4.
Single Votes: Chiculub, Chitzen Atzai, Barnes City,IA, Dave Freer’s House, Mons Olympus, Tenopah, NV, Kauai, No Dams, Antartica, Boston in Orlando, New Zealand 2020, Huntsville, AL,Rottonest Island, The Fabulous Bungalow, Perth, Australia.
Hard to guess the intent behind some of these misspellings. On purpose? By mistake? Years ago a friend of mine cautioned, “Intentional misspellings are meaningless when true errors abound.”
Well, Chicxulub and Chichen Itzá are difficult to remember how to spell…
chicxulub isn’t really even a place. It’s a crater. Under water. Under layers and layers of ancient limestone. It would be hell trying to book a hotel…
The crater was named for an existing village.
Does Chicxulub village have a hotel? Does it have beds?
While “The Fabulous Bungalow” throws some great parties, I don’t think John & Kathi are quite up to having a Worldcon taking up short term residence.
Chicxulub Villa Rental Overview:
. Here is a nice 3-bedroom, which also says:
So one could have at least a decent party in the village.
And there are definitely beds; there are a bunch of other rentals, if you don’t mind having a larger group spread out.
And “Tenopah” for “Tonopah” is simply misreading handwriting, as I know for certain.
As Kevin Standlee suggests there were some terrible scrawls on the ballot as well as mispellings. (My eyes are not up to decoding some fannish handwriting). It was not all handwriting – Minneapolis was spelled three different ways; impressive considering it got eight votes. When there was more than one vote I attempted to use the correct(ed) spelling.