Chicago to Host 2022 Worldcon

Chicago, Illinois, USA was selected as the site of the 2022 Worldcon by the members of the 2020 Worldcon, CoNZealand, in Wellington, New Zealand and online around the world. The results were announced online on August 1, 2020 (New Zealand Time). Chicago’s bid received 517 (89.8%) of the 576 votes cast with a preference. The other bid on the ballot, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, received 33 votes. None of the Above received 6 votes. The remaining votes were spread among various write-in bids A full breakdown of the voting, including the write-in votes and the votes cast by paper mail and electronically, is available in this document.

Worldcon 80 will be called Chicon 8. The convention dates are September 1-5, 2022. Further information is available from the convention’s website.

Voting Open for 2022 Worldcon

Voting has started for the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention. CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, has published information about voting to select the 2022 Worldcon Site Selection ballot on their web site.

Members of CoNZealand are eligible to vote on the site of the 2022 Worldcon upon payment of a NZ$72 Advance Supporting Membership (“Voting”) Fee in the form of a “voting token” that will be available from CoNZealand. This fee purchases a supporting (voting) membership in the 2022 Worldcon, regardless of who wins or how you vote. It is unrelated to any “pre-supporting memberships” (donations paid to any bid committees). The advance supporting membership fees are held in trust by CoNZealand and will be turned over to the winning bid.

Because CoNZealand is being held online only, members can vote only before the convention. Ballots may be sent by e-mailing a signed PDF of their ballot or by conventional paper mail by printing the ballot. Members must purchase a “voting token” from the CoNZealand membership web site using the instructions published with the ballot. No in-person voting will be conducted during the convention.

Update, June 22, 2020: Instructions for purchasing a voting token have been posted to the 2022 Site Selection page. Follow the instructions there to pay your Advance Supporting Membership (Voting) fee/purchase your Voting Token. The process will generate a Confirmation #. Use that number as your Voting Token on your site selection ballot.

CoNZealand must receive postal mail ballots no later than July 13, 2020. CoNZealand must receive scanned/e-mailed ballots no later than July 29, 2020, 12:00 (Noon) New Zealand Time. Because of significant delays to international mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CoNZealand strongly encourages members to vote by e-mail if possible, and to vote early if they must vote by paper mail. CoNZealand is not responsible for ballots being lost or delayed in the mail.

Bids for future Worldcons are listed on the Worldcon Bids page. Two bid s qualified for the 2022 Worldcon Site Selection by filing the required documents with CoNZealand: Chicago, Illinois, USA and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However, World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) rules allow for write-in votes and votes for “None of the Above,” and should no qualified bid receive a majority of the votes cast, the WSFS Business Meeting will select a committee to host the 2022 convention.

The results of the election will be announced at a program item on Friday, July 31, 2020 during CoNZealand, and will be formally received by the WSFS Business Meeting on August 1, 2020.

Washington DC to Host 2021 Worldcon

Washington, DC, USA was selected as the site of the 2021 Worldcon by the members of the 2019 Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland. The unopposed bid from DC received 798 of the 878 votes cast. A full breakdown of the voting, including the write-in votes and the votes cast per day, is available in this document.

Worldcon 79 will be called DisCon III. The convention dates are August 25-29, 2021. Further information is available from the convention website.

Wellington, NZ to Host 2020 Worldcon

Wellington, New Zealand, has been selected as the site for the 2020 Worldcon. The New Zealand bid received 643 votes of the 726 votes cast. There were no other official candidates.

The convention will be called CoNZealand. The dates will be July 29 to August 2. George R.R. Martin has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. Further information is available from the convention website.

Voting Open for 2020 Worldcon

Voting has started for the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention. Worldcon 76 San Jose has published the 2020 Worldcon Site Selection ballot on their web site and distributed it to their members, according to an announcement on their web site.

Members of Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California are eligible to vote on the site of the 2020 Worldcon upon payment of a $50 Advance Supporting Membership (“Voting”) Fee. This fee purchases a supporting (voting) membership in the 2020 Worldcon, regardless of who wins or how you vote. It is unrelated to any “pre-supporting memberships” (donations paid to any bid committees). Members can vote before the convention through conventional paper mail by printing the ballot and mailing it with payment, or they can e-mail a signed PDF of their ballot, or they can vote at the convention. Payment mailed in advance must be by check or money order in US dollars. If voting by e-mail or paying by credit card, members can purchase a “voting token” from the Worldcon 76 membership web site using the instructions published on the ballot. If voting at the convention, payment can be by cash, check, or credit card in US Dollars. You can also designate someone else to deliver your ballot to the convention on your behalf.

Voting in advance closes August 11, 2018. Worldcon 76 must receive your ballot by that date. (Postmark date does not count.) Voting at the convention opens on the afternoon of Thursday, August 16, 2018 and closes at 6 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Bids for future Worldcons are listed on the Worldcon Bids page. One bid qualified for the 2020 Worldcon Site Selection by filing the required documents with Worldcon 76: New Zealand in 2020. However, World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) rules allow for write-in votes and votes for “None of the Above,” and should no qualified bid receive a majority of the votes cast, the WSFS Business Meeting will select a committee to host the 2020 convention.

The results of the election will be announced at the WSFS Business Meeting on the morning of Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Dublin to Host 2019 Worldcon

Dublin, Ireland will be the site of the 2019 Worldcon (Worldcon 77). In the site selection vote at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Dublin, running unopposed, received the overwhelming majority of the votes cast.

The 77th Worldcon will be known as Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon. The convention will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin. The Guests of Honor will include Bill and Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Steve Jackson. For further details of the convention see their website.

San José to Host 2018 Worldcon

San José, California will be the site of the 2018 Worldcon (Worldcon 76). In the site selection vote at MidAmeriCon II San José beat a bid from New Orleans by 675 votes to 594.

The convention will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San José, which was also the site of the 2002 Worldcon (ConJosé). The dates are August 16-20, 2018. The Guests of Honor will include Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Spider Robinson. For further details of the convention see their website.

For full details of the voting, including the daily breakdowns, see the 2018 Worldcon Site Selection Tally.