75th World Science Fiction Convention

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
Dates9–13 August 2017
VenueHelsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Worldcon 75, was held on 9–13 August 2017 at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre in Helsinki, Finland.

The convention chair was Jukka Halme, and the vice-chairs were Karo Leikomaa and Colette H. Fozard.[1]


Attendance was 7,949, out of 10,616 paid memberships and day passes.

Guests of Honor[edit]

Guests of Honour John-Henri Holmberg, Johanna Sinisalo, Walter Jon Williams, Nalo Hopkinson and science guest Ian Stewart.



Audience at the awards ceremony.
Winners, presenters and other participants in the awards ceremony.

The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards,[3] the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction. Selection of the recipients is by vote of the Worldcon members. Categories include novels and short fiction, artwork, dramatic presentations, and various professional and fandom activities.[3][4]

Other awards may be presented at Worldcon at the discretion of the individual convention committee. This has often included the national SF awards of the host country, such as the Japanese Seiun Awards as part of Nippon 2007,[5] and the Prix Aurora Awards as part of Anticipation in 2009. The Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the Sidewise Award, though not sponsored by the Worldcon, are usually presented, as well as the Chesley Awards, the Prometheus Award, and others.[5]

2017 Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

Site selection[edit]

The location was selected in August 2015 by the members of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan) in Spokane, Washington.

The following committees announced bids to host the 75th World Science Fiction Convention and filed all of the required paperwork before the February 2015 filing deadline:[6][7]

A bid for New York City in 2017 was floated for several years but dropped before reaching the commitment stage.[10] The Montréal bid was originally announced for 2019 but shifted to the earlier date in 2013.[9]

The 2017 site selected by the voters was announced during Sasquan's third World Science Fiction Society business meeting, on Saturday, 22 August 2015. With 1363 votes out of 2625 valid ballots, Helsinki won on the first ballot and will operate as "Worldcon 75". DC17 ran second with 878 votes. Montréal third with 228, and Nippon fourth with 120. Sites receiving write-in votes included Night Vale, Minneapolis in '73. Gallifrey, and All of the Above.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldcon committee and leadership team". Worldcon 75. Archived from the original on 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  2. ^ "Worldcon Guests of Honour". Worldcon 75. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  3. ^ a b "Article 3: Hugo Awards". WSFS Constitution. World Science Fiction Society. 2008. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  4. ^ Franklin, Jon (October 30, 1977). "Star roars: this year's champs in science fiction". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD. p. D5. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Awards". Nippon2007: 65th World Science Fiction Convention. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  6. ^ "Worldcon and NASFiC Bids". Worldcon [Official]. World Science Fiction Society. 2015-02-16. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  7. ^ "Site Selection". Sasquan. 2015-02-19. Archived from the original on 2018-12-25. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  8. ^ "Committee". Helsinki in 2017 web site. Helsinki in 2017. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
  9. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (2013-10-21). "Future Worldcon Bids". File 770. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  10. ^ Glyer, Mike (2012-09-26). "Future Worldcon Bidders". File 770. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  11. ^ "2017 Site Selection Results" (PDF). Sasq-Watch. No. 7. 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-08-22.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
74th World Science Fiction Convention
MidAmericon II in Kansas City, Missouri, United States (2016)
List of Worldcons
75th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland (2017)
Succeeded by