The unopposed Columbus in 2020 NASFiC bid has been confirmed by site selection voters. Next year’s NASFiC will take place August 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
A North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) is authorized by WSFS rules to be held whenever the Worldcon is outside North America. With consecutive Worldcons occurring in Ireland and New Zealand, the 2020 site selection vote was administered by the 2019 NASFiC, Spikecon, going on this weekend in Utah.
Columbus chair Lisa Garrison (Ragsdale) announced the result. The vote count has not yet appeared on the bid’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. However, the 2020 NASFiC guests of honor have been named:
- Author Guests of Honor are Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
- Artist Guest of Honor is Stephanie Law.
- Editor Guest of Honor is Christopher J. Garcia.
- Science Guest of Honor is NASA Scientist, Marc Millis.
- Fan Guests of Honor are Sue and Steve Francis.
- 1632 Minicon Guest is Eric Flint.
Of the 96 votes that expressed a preference, 87 voted for Columbus. I didn’t write down the others but they were mostly a scattering of the usual joke bids (with one or two for NotA).
From Linda Deneroff, Business Meeting Secretary:
Grantville, WV 2
Tonapah, NV 2
Minneapolis in ’73 1
Peggy Rae’s House 1
None of the Above 1
Votes counted 96
No preference 2
Total votes 100
It’s nice to see that Minneapolis in 73 gets votes – although I’m not sure which century they’re running for now.
I am so happy when someone makes the same joke as I do. Someone voted for Dublin, CA when Dublin Ireland won along with me. So another person thought of Grantville, WV also.