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Sci-fi fans to descend on Dublin

Thursday, 31st August, 2017 6:00pm
Sci-fi fans to descend on Dublin

Bill and Mary Burns will be special guests at Worldcon in Dublin.

Sci-fi fans to descend on Dublin

Bill and Mary Burns will be special guests at Worldcon in Dublin.

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DUBLIN has won the bid to host the 77th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in two years’ time.

The Convention Centre Dublin will be the venue that 5,000 sci-fi fans will descend on in full force over five days, from August 15-19, for ‘Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon’.

The successful Dublin bid was led by James Bacon, with support and guidance from the bid committee, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) and The CCD.

Dublin was confirmed as the 2019 location by site selection voters at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki where 1,227 votes were received, of which Dublin won 1,160 votes. 

"It's fantastic that we had such a large turnout, indicating strong support for the bid,” said James Bacon, Dublin 2019 chair.

“Voting is a vital part of the process so twelve hundred votes is a great endorsement and I'm very pleased it's a new record for an uncontested bid.

“Given that New Orleans and Nice have declared for 2023 and Perth and Seattle for 2025, the fact we remained unopposed is indicative of the enthusiasm, strategic determination and commitment from all involved with the bid. 

“It's absolutely magnificent to be able to say we are bringing the Worldcon to Ireland and we cannot wait now for 2019."

Adrienne Clarke, Head of Conference Sales at The CCD added: “We are thrilled that Worldcon 77 is coming to Ireland and The CCD.

“The committee’s hard work and dedication over the years has paid off and we are looking forward to welcoming fans from around the world to Ireland.”

After providing support for the bid, Fáilte Ireland’s Miriam Kennedy welcomed the news.

“Fáilte Ireland is focussed on significantly increasing delegates and revenue from the lucrative business, tourism and events sector,” she said.

“And winning this science fiction conference reflects a bright future for business tourism in Ireland.

“Last year was a record year for the sector as we confirmed €180m worth of new business for Dublin.

“This year, Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau team is targeting five per cent growth and has already confirmed approximately €91 million in new business for the capital, with many more wins to come throughout the remainder of 2017.”

Worldcon is held in a different city every year. Some of the highlights of the five-day event include the Hugo Awards, the Masquerade, panels, talks, workshops, films, autograph sessions and more.

The guests of honour already confirmed include Bill and Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Steve Jackson.

Bill and Mary Burns of New York are avid readers who have attended every Worldcon since 1967.

Bill was the recipient of the Doc Weir Award in 2003 and both were Fan Guests of Honour at Eastercon LX.

Wicklow’s Diane Duane’s  first novel was published in 1979 and she has sold more than 50 other novels during her career.

She has won numerous awards and has also written extensively for TV and film.

Ginjer Buchanan of New York has over 50 years in fandom behind her and over 30 years as professional editor.

She has been nominated for the Best Editor - Long Form Hugo six times, and won in 2014. 

The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is a five-day event that has been held annually since 1939 (apart from a four-year break during the Second World War).

Like most non-media science fiction conventions, all Worldcons are run entirely by volunteers, with no paid staff.         

The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given annually for the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.

The name ‘Worldcon’ is owned by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction.

The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards, the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction.

Categories include novels and short fiction, artwork, dramatic presentations, and various professional and fandom activities.



Dublin Worldcon will take place in the Convention Centre.

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