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It's my birthday, so I'm going to ramble a bit. Please indulge me. ;)

To a large extent, I have already gotten what I wanted for my birthday. Readercon 24, the science fiction convention I chaired this past weekend, went really well. We had excellent attendance, fantastic conversations, and lots of people had a really great time. While there were some bumps along the way, nothing seems to have gone horribly awry (knock on wood). I believe we didn't kill Readercon over the past year. In fact, we came within twenty attendees of hitting our membership cap. I've been asked to chair Readercon again next year. Third time's the charm? ;)

My friends are, many of you, fans of science fiction. Are you yet a member (either supporting or attending) of LoneStarCon3 (this year's World Science Fiction Convention)? Are you in the process of voting on the Hugo ballot, and perhaps pondering whether you want to become an Advance Supporting Member of the 2015 Worldcon (aka, vote on site selection for 2015)?

You may have noticed that I've visited Helsinki twice so far this year. I'll be going to Finland (and Sweden) again in October to attend Swecon. (And many thanks to the love and generosity of my family and my colleagues at Luminoso for letting me run around like this!) The reason for my visiting Helsinki so much is that I'm heavily involved in the bid to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2015. So much so, in fact, that if Helsinki wins, I've been asked to co-chair the Worldcon that would result.

This is something I am incredibly excited about. It's a fascinating challenge, and I want to take it on.

To do that, though, Helsinki needs to win the vote on site selection. This year's race is tight, between Helsinki, Spokane, and Orlando. The votes have already started to roll in!

If you are reading this and a member of Worldcon this year, please vote on your Hugo ballots. Voting is good for you! Please further consider paying the extra $40 fee to vote on site selection. The Helsinki team (including me) would appreciate your consideration for site selection, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the bid and our plans.

If you're not already a member of Worldcon this year, but want to vote for us, the basic steps you can follow are:

1. Get a membership for this year's Worldcon (either supporting membership or attending). (This gives you ebooks of the Hugo-nominated literature and allows you to vote on the Hugo awards, so long as you do so by the end of the month!)

2. Pay the $40 USD site selection voting fee.

3. Print out the voting ballot. Fill it in, and seal it as instructed.

4. You can mail it yourself, or contact info@helsinkiin2015.org and we can make sure your ballot is delivered at Worldcon this year!

For more details on voting, you can also look at Helsinki's Page of Site Selection Explanation.

Any questions? :)

Date: 2013-07-17 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archangelwells.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!

Date: 2013-07-20 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: 2013-07-17 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merlinsquill.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!

Date: 2013-07-20 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks! You, too! :)

(Your editing skills were *sorely* missed this year at Readercon. Let us know if you want to tackle bio-bibs again in the future! You were the best proofreader I've ever seen!)

Date: 2013-07-20 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merlinsquill.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm sorry I couldn't help this year-- the data collection for my research was not going as smoothly as I'd hoped, so I've been working 12-hour days for the past few weeks, pretty much. :-/

Date: 2013-07-21 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Totally understood, and totally cool that you let us know you weren't up for it. That's all I ask of anyone. :)

Date: 2013-07-17 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vibrantabyss.livejournal.com
Hippy Birdie!

Date: 2013-07-20 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: 2013-07-17 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyonesse.livejournal.com
happy new year! :)

Date: 2013-07-20 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: 2013-07-18 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filkerdave.livejournal.com
if Helsinki wins, I've been asked to co-chair the Worldcon

This is exciting to know, because now I know who to volunteer to work for! (Or maybe who to tell I'm volunteering to work on the convention; it's late and I'm sleepy!)

I can say that, having been to Helsinki (http://www.flickr.com/photos/filkerdave/sets/72157631976593362/) (albeit only for two long layovers, one 5 hour and one overnight) I think it would be a fine city to hold a Worldcon in. Friendly people who speak excellent English (which is good, because nobody speaks Finnish but the Finns) and a lovely, walkable city.

Oh, and even though I already said it on Facebook, Hyvää syntymäpäivää!

Date: 2013-07-20 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks on all counts! :) Are you on our email list yet? I bet you'd have a cool contribution to one of the projects we're going to roll out at LSC3! :)

Date: 2013-07-18 03:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cellio
Happy birthday, and good luck with the bid!

Date: 2013-07-20 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: 2013-07-21 01:51 am (UTC)
cos: (frff-profile)
From: [personal profile] cos
When I bought the 2015 site selection supporting membership, it asked me for my 2013 membership number. Ooops, was there a membership number on the web page where I paid for my 2013 supporting membership? I already closed the tab, and didn't think to look for it. It didn't send me email with a membership number. Is that going to be a problem?

Date: 2013-07-21 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Cos, thanks so much for voting! That's awesome! :)

According to the membership list, your membership number is 4240. This is also something that you should get an email about, I hope, although sometimes the system is delayed by a day or two. :)

Date: 2013-07-21 10:51 pm (UTC)
cos: (frff-profile)
From: [personal profile] cos
Thanks! I didn't get an email about that, but now I know where to find it.

I haven't voted yet, I just bought the right to :) Hopefully I'll remember to print out a ballot when I'm at the office tomorrow. Maybe I'll give it to you.

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