DisCon III Current Membership Totals

DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, has shared its latest membership figures. The convention starts next week on December 15. Membership purchase information is available here.

ATTENDING2764
SUPPORTING2874
VIRTUAL778
TOTAL6416

The following table shows membership totals by country.

COUNTRYATTENDINGSUPPORTINGVIRTUALTOTAL
Argentina11 2
Australia38123107
Austria 5 5
Belgium15 6
Brazil14510
Canada5514747249
Chile8 210
China280219823
Croatia 2 2
Denmark2215
Finland4411863
France 18422
Georgia  11
Germany7521372
Hong Kong 2 2
Hungary 2 2
India 1 1
Indonesia 1 1
Iraq1  1
Ireland14311459
Israel86317
Italy38112
Japan5122138
Latvia 1 1
Luxembourg12 3
Malawi  11
Malaysia  22
Mexico11 2
Mozambique  11
Netherlands217221
New Zealand2231136
Nigeria  44
Norway26311
Other4217
Pakistan1  1
Poland 213
Portugal 1 1
Qatar1  1
Romania 2 2
Russia2 13
Serbia1  1
Singapore 19 19
South Africa 224
Spain1618
Sweden923840
Switzerland25310
Taiwan 1 1
Thailand 1 1
Turkey1  1
Uganda  11
Ukraine 145
United Arab Emirates11 2
United Kingdom3417666276
USA258413593574437

USA memberships are listed by state in a second table following the jump.

USANo StateAttending137 
USANo StateDayPass78 
USANo StateSupporting13 
USANo StateVirtual33261
USAAlabamaAttending7 
USAAlabamaSupporting13 
USAAlabamaVirtual323
USAAlaskaAttending4 
USAAlaskaSupporting59
USAArizonaAttending14 
USAArizonaSupporting24 
USAArizonaVirtual1044
USAArkansasAttending5 
USAArkansasSupporting9 
USAArkansasVirtual115
USACaliforniaAttending242 
USACaliforniaSupporting233 
USACaliforniaVirtual98573
USAColoradoAttending33 
USAColoradoSupporting29 
USAColoradoVirtual1375
USAConnecticutAttending22 
USAConnecticutSupporting16 
USAConnecticutVirtual341
USADelawareAttending23 
USADelawareSupporting5 
USADelawareVirtual129
USADistrict of ColombiaAttending98 
USADistrict of ColombiaSupporting7 
USADistrict of ColombiaVirtual7112
USAFloridaAttending49 
USAFloridaSupporting42 
USAFloridaVirtual13104
USAGeorgiaAttending28 
USAGeorgiaSupporting22 
USAGeorgiaVirtual656
USAHawaiiAttending4 
USAHawaiiSupporting1 
USAHawaiiVirtual16
USAIdahoAttending5 
USAIdahoSupporting5 
USAIdahoVirtual111
USAIllinoisAttending72 
USAIllinoisSupporting49 
USAIllinoisVirtual14135
USAIndianaAttending14 
USAIndianaSupporting17 
USAIndianaVirtual435
USAIowaAttending11 
USAIowaSupporting13 
USAIowaVirtual327
USAKansasAttending4 
USAKansasSupporting10 
USAKansasVirtual418
USAKentuckyAttending7 
USAKentuckySupporting8 
USAKentuckyVirtual318
USALouisianaAttending7 
USALouisianaSupporting8 
USALouisianaVirtual419
USAMaineAttending5 
USAMaineSupporting7 
USAMaineVirtual315
USAMarylandAttending425 
USAMarylandDayPass3 
USAMarylandSupporting46 
USAMarylandVirtual37511
USAMassachusettsAttending153 
USAMassachusettsSupporting103 
USAMassachusettsVirtual32288
USAMichiganAttending34 
USAMichiganSupporting39 
USAMichiganVirtual578
USAMilitarySupporting11
USAMinnesotaAttending24 
USAMinnesotaSupporting36 
USAMinnesotaVirtual1373
USAMississippiSupporting1 
USAMississippiVirtual12
USAMissouriAttending11 
USAMissouriSupporting18 
USAMissouriVirtual635
USAMontanaAttending5 
USAMontanaSupporting4 
USAMontanaVirtual110
USANebraskaAttending6 
USANebraskaSupporting9 
USANebraskaVirtual318
USANevadaAttending10 
USANevadaSupporting4 
USANevadaVirtual216
USANew HampshireAttending15 
USANew HampshireSupporting9 
USANew HampshireVirtual428
USANew JerseyAttending71 
USANew JerseySupporting30 
USANew JerseyVirtual13114
USANew MexicoAttending18 
USANew MexicoSupporting10 
USANew MexicoVirtual331
USANew YorkAttending145 
USANew YorkDayPass1 
USANew YorkSupporting75 
USANew YorkVirtual22243
USANorth CarolinaAttending40 
USANorth CarolinaSupporting35 
USANorth CarolinaVirtual1186
USANorth DakotaAttending1 
USANorth DakotaSupporting12
USAOhioAttending46 
USAOhioSupporting25 
USAOhioVirtual980
USAOklahomaAttending10 
USAOklahomaSupporting8 
USAOklahomaVirtual220
USAOregonAttending34 
USAOregonSupporting34 
USAOregonVirtual1078
USAOtherAttending15 
USAOtherSupporting2 
USAOtherVirtual219
USAPennsylvaniaAttending92 
USAPennsylvaniaSupporting50 
USAPennsylvaniaVirtual10152
USARhode IslandAttending7 
USARhode IslandSupporting4 
USARhode IslandVirtual314
USASouth CarolinaAttending13 
USASouth CarolinaSupporting7 
USASouth CarolinaVirtual323
USASouth DakotaSupporting11
USATennesseeAttending14 
USATennesseeSupporting1832
USATexasAttending84 
USATexasSupporting69 
USATexasVirtual11164
USAUtahAttending5 
USAUtahSupporting5 
USAUtahVirtual111
USAVermontAttending3 
USAVermontSupporting5 
USAVermontVirtual19
USAVirginiaAttending310 
USAVirginiaSupporting36 
USAVirginiaVirtual26372
USAWashingtonAttending97 
USAWashingtonSupporting120 
USAWashingtonVirtual26243
USAWest VirginiaAttending6 
USAWest VirginiaSupporting1 
USAWest VirginiaVirtual29
USAWisconsinAttending18 
USAWisconsinSupporting17 
USAWisconsinVirtual1247
USAWyomingVirtual11

42 thoughts on “DisCon III Current Membership Totals

  1. China’s supporting members group easily outnumbers every other group except for Americans.

  2. Yes, it’ll be interesting to see what the on-site numbers are. It’ll also be interesting to see how the hybrid format works out. I’m on two panels: one in-person, one on-line. It’ll feel odd to go off to my room to be on a panel! But I like that they aren’t trying to combine in-person and online participants in the same discussion.

  3. I’m not on the program—even panels that I should be on—but I will be there, mask on and maybe even suitably gloved. Latest news convinces me more than ever that this convention (likely not next year) will be substantially different than any other worldcon—and not, frankly, in a good way.

  4. I have to assume that there is a serious effort being made by Chengdu to win the 2023 Worldcon. Unlike last year with Chicago vs. Jeddah in 2022, this looks like it’s not going to be a walkover for Winnipeg in 2023.

  5. China’s supporting memberships have increased by over 800 since August.

    U.S. memberships have increased by about the same amount, but spread across attending, supporting, and virtual.

    Although Winnipeg announced their 2023 Worldcon bid in April of this year, the number of Canadian memberships only increased by 38 since August.

  6. I live in the DC/Baltimore area and coincidentally I have an attending membership. Make of it what you will. 🙂

  7. I’ll be there, albeit nervously. ::waves at Paul, Rob, et al.::

    I guess I should return to my room to attend virtual-only panels. Carrying around my laptop and headphones would be a pain, then I’d have to find a place to sit (while watching on my laptop). If any of the virtual-only panels catch my eye, I mean. This’ll be an odd experience. 😉

    . . . . .

    800+ late supporting memberships from China will very, very likely carry the day for Chengdu.

  8. Hi Mike. It’s a fair question, actually. If a Chinese bid can win a Worldcon bid in North America, winning another while they’re also hosting would seem easy peasy. If you really think that’s a conspiracy theory then you’re flat out wrong.

  9. Most bids from outside of North America have won in North America, I think. That’s not a shock-horror thing to happen, and it’s a little weird to try to make it one.

    Reminder to everyone that Site Selection voting is, as far as I can tell, still open even if you’re not attending, so if you’re wanting to have your say, there’s still time. You can send in the ballot via email after buying your voting token, which also gives you a supporting membership to the winner at what is usually a discount price.

  10. I have a virtual membership and just voted. I wasn’t able to fill out the ballot on my phone, but switching to my computer made it all work as intended. My PDF reader (Foxit) even let me apply a drawn signature in the appropriate place. I’ve already had an acknowledgement of receipt from the team at DisCon, explaining that they’ll reach out if they have any issues. Very efficient!

  11. As others have noted, if you are a member of DisCon III and still want to vote on site selection, you can still do so. Even if you don’t want to/can’t download/print/complete/scan-photo/return your ballot after paying the Advance Supporting Membership (Voting) fee, if you can get your ballot to someone who is attending the convention, that person can deliver your ballot for you. (I’m carrying three ballots from people who filled them out at Loscon/Westercon and gave me their payments to deliver on their behalf.)

    There were 2,107 ballots cast in 1991 (Chicago), a close race between Winnipeg and Louisville. Winnipeg’s margin of victory in the 1991 race was less than the number of No Preference votes (around seventy votes, as I recall). That was the year of the infamous 14-hour ballot count, caused because voter eligibility had not been checked in advance, so we (that included me) had to check them all before we could count them. That’s also why the number of ballots cast is burned into my brain even thirty years later.

  12. Actually, I had the same question/thought that Rich expressed. And then there’s the perennial voting dilemma: in this case, if I spend $50 to vote for Winnipeg and Chengdu wins, I’ll have wasted $50, but if I don’t vote, then that outcome is a bit more likely. It would be better if the voting fee went toward a NASFiC membership instead.

  13. @Jeffrey Jones – that makes no sense at all. 2025 might see Australia up against Seattle. Many non-Australians will vote for both sites. Why should someone in Germany get a NASFiC membership if Australia wins? Or an American who voted for Australia? Not to mention that at the time of the vote, there is no NASFiC in existence and no knowledge of if there will even be one (None of the Above is an allowable outcome for a NASFiC). And you don’t waste $50 – you get a supporting memership in the Worldcon, which gives you the right to vote on the Hugo Awards and in site selection, wherever the convention may be. If you care where the 2023 Worldcon is, then become a member of the 2023 Worldcon and vote! (That is actually what you are doing when you pay the advance supporting membership fee to vote.)

  14. That’s fabulous numbers, and great worldwide engagement, a testiment to the value of virtual components and a good programme and I hope it results in strong democratic engagement.

    If China wins the bid it offers great oppurtunity for the resulting NASFIC, there are so many lively cities, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Portland, that I’d love to see a NASFIC at but also a chance to look to new NASFIC destinations like Mexico City or Acapulco.

    Having just held a Smofcon in Portugal, the welcome, hospitality, support and spirit was amazing and fans seem to have had a great experience, and if that’s anything to go by, looking to Mexico is really an exciting prospect.

  15. @Tammy Coxen: You’re missing the point. Some of us don’t care about the Hugos–I think they’re a lost cause at this point. Of course Germans wouldn’t want a NASFiC membership; they’d want something of actual value to them.

  16. Chengdu here we come…or at least for those people who want to visit a state conducting an active campaign of genocide.

  17. To be honest, even aside from the obvious current human rights issues, part of my concern stems from the fact that transformative works fandom had to put together a major fannish effort to recruit translators not very long ago after the local fanfic etc websites were all banned and we had a mass influx of fannish internet refugees into the AO3, in order to set out the welcome mat and get everyone settled in. That’s not a sign of a fan-friendly atmosphere, even if it’s not quite the same fannish cross-section as attends Worldcon.

    The point of the supporting membership from site selection voting is to support the Worldcon that wins with the money to get started on organising the thing, not… whatever it would be most convenient to spend money on for the voter. Either buy the vote or don’t.

  18. @Meredith: Well then that’s a luxury as long as there are homeless people needing help and political candidates to support — on retirement income. So it effectively disenfranchises people from having a voice in site-selection.

  19. @Jeffrey Jones

    Yes, everything related to Worldcon – any convention – is inherently a luxury. This is not news.

    Worldcon’s need the set-up money more than the rest of us need to dictate where it goes. You’re getting a voice in exchange for helping them get going, and because it’s a luxury, that’s fine. No-one needs a vote on site selection, however nice it is to have.

  20. Okay, so any kind of in-person socializing is a luxury these days.


    “Reform the tenets of your heart” — Nichiren

  21. @Jeffrey Jones

    Conventions are not in-person socialising as a whole, last I checked. Who is locking people up and only letting them out when they wave around a convention membership? Most socialising is also substantially cheaper than convention attendance, or even free. Finally, the site selection voting fee has nothing to do with in-person socialising: It gets you a supporting membership, which comes with no attendance rights. So tell me, what relevance does your point have?

    Quite funny that you tried that on one of the few – the only? – File770 regulars who hasn’t been able to socialise, or even go outside, for two years, though. Well done there.

  22. Glad I mailed my vote in. I ended up not wanting to go. 1. the person I normally room with cannot go. 2. Washington DC in the winter.

    I voted by mail

  23. Jeffrey Jones: [Site Selection is] a luxury as long as there are homeless people needing help and political candidates to support — on retirement income. So it effectively disenfranchises people from having a voice in site-selection.

    If you normally buy at least a Supporting Membership to Worldcon, then you’re just paying for it a little early to vote in Site Selection — and at the lowest it will ever cost for that year’s Worldcon.

    If you don’t normally buy at least a Supporting Membership to Worldcon, then you’re not being disenfranchised by not getting to have a say in the location of something you aren’t a member of anyway.

    Charitable giving to those in need, and political donations, are also luxuries that not everyone can afford. You’re not being disenfranchised, you’re choosing which luxuries have the highest priority for your disposable income. Which is absolutely fine. Grumbling that something should be free because you have other priorities, not so much.

  24. Jeffrey Jones – I am not sure whether I follow what you mean. I understand that when someone prefer certain bid they not alwayds want or can attend the other proposed place(s). Yet why this should mean that the supporting membership is given to completely different convention? And based on what this another con should be selected?
    Voting is anonymous so administrators do not even know for which bid one voted. Assigning the money to another con (which would also be a problem but that is a different story) based on the location of the voter does not make sense. E.g. some years ago when there were two bids for Eurocon – one in country where I live and the other in a different country I chose the latter. The same may be the case with Worldcon. I am sure that some of the North American fans will vote for Chengdu – why should they receive NASFiC supporting membership instead of Chengdu one?

  25. @Jeffrey Jones

    Must have missed the part where poor people and medically vulnerable people existing means it’s righteous to starve non-American Worldcons of one of the sources of early funding for the sake of American convenience.

  26. Aaaanyway…

    Site selection is still open! Vote if you want to and can afford it! Cheapest way to get a supporting membership in advance!

  27. That $50 is your membership dues in the World Science Fiction Society. WSFS, by its rules, only wants people who are currently members of WSFS and who are willing to put up their membership dues for the year on which they are voting to be able to vote.

    It’s a club. A voluntary organization. It has membership dues. If you want to vote in the club’s elections, you have to be willing to pay for your membership dues in that organization. Is this really that difficult to understand?

  28. Amanda and I have voted.

    It was an easy choice, since Winnipeg is a great site to hold a Worldcon, and it would be close enough for us to drive! It’s a very solid bid from some great fans.

    (Just 12 hours driving to get there …)

    I’m certain that the Chengdu organizing committee can put on a great Worldcon, and I see a lot of the positives that holding a Worldcon in China would bring. But … I have to support Winnipeg.

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