Bejing in 2016

It is official, a bid to bring Worldcon to Beijing in 2016 has been formally filed. This means that they will appear on the ballot at the site selection vote in London in August.

Normally I would be all for a bid that is outside the United States, as Worldcon has been too often in the US. However I am a supporter of the rival bid to bring the Worldcon to Kansas City.

Beijing have appeared very late, they only declared they intended to bid at the start of this year(see earlier post). This makes it quite hard for people to have had a chance for us to ask questions, and for them to come up with answers for some of these questions. It makes them seem a little disorganised. When Helsinki in 2015 appeared late, they still did it a full year before the Site selection vote.

I hope that the Bid team will not be discouraged by some of the response that some fans have had, and consider coming back at a later stage.

A Chinese Worldcon would be very different, and I would love to attend one. The current bid committee have impressive  facilities.

More information on the bids, along there formally submitted bid documents are available:

http://www.loncon3.org/2016_bidder_filing.php

So it is worth having a look at both, and if you are voting make an informed vote.

Plans for the year

I am currently planning on visiting two international Conventions, Eastercon and Worldcon.

Eastercon is the British national convention, and moves around the united kingdom every year, with different groups organizing it. This year will be in Scotland and is called Satelite 4 I have applied to be on the program, but doubt i will get much. Most of my time will be pushing Shamrokon.

Worldcon, is a convention that moves around the world, though tends to be US based. This is a historical thing, and this is changing. This year is in London, Loncon 3, next year is in Spokane (Washington state),Sasquan. This is basically one of the longest running Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the world. the First one occurred in 1939 at the New York Worlds Fair, this is where the name originally came form.

So my two international cons this year are both in the UK. I had hoped to make it to Swecon (Swedish National Convention) in June, or to Finncon (Finnish National Convention) in July,  but looking at finances that is almost certainly not going to happen.

Locally I will probably get to a number of Dublin Gaming and Anime cons. Will try to get a Ticket for Dublin Comic Con as well.

I will also be at Shamrokon which is taken place at the end of this August .

Chinese Worldcon

So a few days ago a friend discovered information about a bid to run a World con in Beijing in 2016. Here is the website, it is in Chinese, But a translate program is interesting.

People who have friends in Chinese fandom have identified the parties, and where the idea came from. Without going into too much detail, it is unlikely that such a bid would win at the site selection this year. However i think a Chinese World con would be a very interesting thing to have happen.

While there may be issues around how much control the Chinese government might have over programme, these are questions that we should wait until we have an actual bid team around to ask questions of.

For me, i would love a Chinese Worldcon as I would love to visit Beijing and the surrounding area. There is also a chance to meet some Chinese fans and see how Chinese fandom works.

of course this then leaves us wondering when would be best for them to bid?

If you look at the bid years that are around, there are no open years for a long time (There is a declared intention to bid for every year out until 2022)

So doing some analysis on the best year for such a bid, I think we can ignore 2017, as four bids is already more than enough, and I don’t think we want the War of the Five Bids.

2018 has two US bids, and China might have a chance there, However this is a case where the voters for two US bids would be more likely to Stay in the US.  At the Site selection in 2013 votes transferred from Orlando at a rate of approximately 2 to 1 to the other US Bidder. So avoiding 2018 is probably a good idea.

For obvious reasons I would prefer not to have them enter the 2019 bid race. Though this is the first year without a US bidder in the Race. The same can be said for 2020, for which New Zealand declared an interest in a long time ago. No one is bidding against them as yet and they have a lot of popular support among regular Worldcon attendees/voters.

the bids in 2021 and 2022 only have a single bidder each, Texas and Chicago, who hosted the 2013 and 2012 world cons. Which means they are also good places to bid.

I think the earliest that a Chinese bid would have a chance would be 2019. However as people who have not had much of a presence at a worldcon, it might be better for them to spend a few years running small parties and introducing themselves around, with a target to bid for 2021 or later.

Seven years sounds like a lot, but it means they have two years to introduce themselves at London and Spokane, then three years of bidding, with a vote in 2019. That is of course if they can actually get entrance Visas to the US…

What i am doing at Lone star Con 3

So, I have had a busy month. I have found a new place to live, sign contracts tomorrow, and then get keys and begin moving in.

Then on Wednesday i head to San Antonio for the 2013 Worldcon. I am pretty excited, though the travel is going to stretch me to my limits. I have a very long Layover!

I have panels at this years Worldcon, three of them.

What Would Happen If We Could Easily Publish Fanfic  

Friday 12:00 – 13:00   Politics and legalities of fanfic, now and in the future. How does it affect what we write? Does the new e-publishing fanfic imprints change the game and how?

New SF Communities in New Milieus

Saturday 12:00 – 13:00   SF/F is become more accepted and more integrated into more places every day. How has this come about? How can we nurture these communities? What can we learn from them?

Introduction to Eurocons  

Sunday 14:00 – 15:00   What is a Eurocon? With next year’s Eurocon following shortly after the Worldcon, we take a brief look at what they are.

This is a pretty good schedule, with some topic i am looking forward to getting into. Add in the various other panels I want to get to, and the Shamrokon Table that i will be managing. It shall be a busy time, filled with seeing friends and catching up with them.

Anyway, hope to see you some of you soon.

Worldcon Travel Plans

So i still haven’t booked my flights for Worldcon in Texas in about 2 months….

I need to clear some money off of my Credit card first, but should hopefully have that done soon, I.e i have paid money, just waiting for it to clear.

The current front runner in flights involves flying through Atlanta on the way, and through New York, JFK on the way back. Not too bad, though with nine hours in New York, a little bit of extra tourism could be on the way.

The other thing i did, was look at how much it would cost to rent a car for the time i will be in Texas, and while more than i really should spend, is not to crazy for a Car slightly smaller than my own. Americans like big cars, so the compact size is pretty much standard here.

So if all goes well, i will be in Texas from the day before Worldcon, to the Friday After, though leaving early on the Friday and spending nine hours in New York. I will probably rent the car from the Tuesday to the Friday morning if i do rent one.

I wonder is anyone else doing a similar time period, and would like to do Tourism stuff?