75th World Science Fiction Convention

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Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 075 Helsinki logo.png
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 9–13 August 2017 at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre in Helsinki, Finland. This location was selected in August 2015 by the members of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington.

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

Guests of Honour[edit]

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

The Guests of Honour for Worldcon 75 were Swedish author and translator John-Henri Holmberg, Jamaican author Nalo Hopkinson, Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo, French artist and illustrator Claire Wendling (absent due to illness), and American author Walter Jon Williams.[2]

Site selection[edit]

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:[3][4]

A bid for New York City in 2017 was floated for several years but dropped before reaching the commitment stage.[7] The Montreal bid was originally announced for 2019 but shifted to the earlier date in 2013.[6]

The 2017 site selected by the voters was announced during Sasquan's third World Science Fiction Society business meeting, on Saturday, August 22, 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. Montreal 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.[8]


At the end of the convention, organizers announced a total attendance of 7,119, out of a total of 10,616 memberships and day passes sold, making Worldcon 75 the second-largest Worldcon to date and the largest ever held outside North America. However, the final official figure, including day members across all days, was 7,949 members in attendance at some point during the convention. [9]


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

The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (since 1973; named "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" until 2019), are also presented at each year's Worldcon.[10]

Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldcon committee and leadership team". Worldcon 75. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Worldcon Guests of Honour". Worldcon 75. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Worldcon and NASFiC Bids". Worldcon [Official]. World Science Fiction Society. 16 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Site Selection". Sasquan. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Committee". Helsinki in 2017 web site. Helsinki in 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (21 October 2013). "Future Worldcon Bids". File 770. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  7. ^ Glyer, Mike (26 September 2012). "Future Worldcon Bidders". File 770. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  8. ^ "2017 Site Selection Results" (PDF). Sasq-Watch (7). 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.smofinfo.com/LL/TheLongList.html
  10. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
74th World Science Fiction Convention
MidAmericon II in Kansas City, United States (2016)
List of Worldcons
75th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland (2017)
Succeeded by
76th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 76 in San Jose, United States (2018)