Wellington, New Zealand Wins 2020 Worldcon Bid


Utah Wins 2019 NASFiC

New Zealand, now famous as the setting for the “Lord of the Rings” movies, got nearly unanimous approval Saturday night as the site of the 2020 Worldcon.

Wellington, New Zealand, capital of the island nation, received 643 votes of the 726 total votes cast by Worldcon members at the business meeting Saturday.  There were no other serious candidates for Worldcon 78.

So plan ahead for July 29 through Aug. 2, 2020, in Aotearoa (“The Land of the Long White Cloud,” the name for New Zealand in the native Maori language).  The city of about 412,000 is considered one of the most attractive and livable in the world.

For more information, consult the New Zealand bid committee’s website:  https://nzin2020.nz/

NASFiC 2019 Goes to Utah

Meanwhile, are you starting to plan for next year’s NASFiC conference?  Load up the handcarts and head for Layton, Utah, which got near-universal endorsement as the site.

The North American Science Fiction Convention, or NASFiC, will be held simultaneously with Westercon, July 4-7 at the Davis Convention Center in Layton (about 25 miles from Salt Lake City).

Utah’s bid received 171 votes out of 192 cast by Worldcon members Saturday.  There were no serious bids for alternate sites. The Utah 2019 committee begins selling NASFiC  memberships Sunday afternoon.

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