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vivdunstan ([personal profile] vivdunstan) wrote2017-08-19 01:40 am
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Thoughts about attending this year’s Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland

Earlier I blogged my thoughts about attending this year's Worldcon science-fiction convention in Helsinki. Since they may be of interested to some of my friends here who've attended Worldcons in the past I thought I'd link to them from here too.
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[personal profile] a_cubed 2017-08-20 08:24 am (UTC)(link)
Sorry I didn't manage to catch up with your or Martin there.

Just one quibble with your post. Worldcons in non-English language places are so rare (70, 90, 07, 17) and 90 and 17 only barely count since the English of the locals is so good and so ubiquitous, that you can't generalise from it in any way. Each of them was also the first Worldcon in that country (none of them have had a second). It's been getting harder to predict Worldcon membership sizes and the budgetting is similarly hard. While Helsinki made some mistakes, they did quite well under the circumstances. Dublin has to look very hard at contingency plans for expanding space or clear ahead of time limiting attendance, I think.
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[personal profile] a_cubed 2017-08-20 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
It almost certainly was me. I was wearing a blue shirt at least one day and was in the BM every day except Sunday.
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[personal profile] a_cubed 2017-08-20 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry, I forgot I'd told you I probably wouldn't make it once I sorted out being able to go.