15-19 August, 2019: Guest of Honour at the First Dublin Worldcon

I’m ridiculously happy to let everybody know that I’ve been chosen to be one of the Guests of Honour at the 2019 World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland.

To say that I’m blown away by this—and have been for some months while I sat tight on the news—would be badly understating the case. To be the recipient of an honor that’s been bestowed on some of the people who’ve mattered deeply in my life as an SF fan and a writer is simply mind-boggling. To be asked to fill such a position, not just at a Worldcon based for the very first time in the land of saints and scholars and Nobel laureates for literature, a country known around the world for its love of the written and spoken word, but also on my own home ground… is an Amazing thing. Fantastic, even. …And I’m really enjoying it! So my thanks and gratitude go first to the convention committee, and all the people involved in putting me in this unexpected and extraordinary position.

I’ve participated in a fair number of Worldcons in my time, but even at this end of time it’s obvious to me that (from my point of view anyway) this one’s going to blow them all out of the water. Naturally it’s going to be personally satisfying to take part in the events that routinely come with fulfilling a GoH’s responsibilities. And I seriously look forward to getting to know my fellow Guests of Honour, among whom it’s a privilege to be numbered. But what’s going to make this event most special for me is the opportunity to meet and hang out with the many, many people who’ll come to Dublin for the convention, and who’ll partake along the way of the inimitable, hospitable Irish buzz that I firmly believe will make this Worldcon uniquely memorable for everybody.

People who know me online, or in what we laughably think of as Real Life, will know I’ll have a fair bit more to say about this in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, though, let me just say Thank you again! And I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as can possibly make it to Dublin in August of 2019.

Now to start stockpiling my share of those hundreds of thousands of welcomes we keep ready for visitors to Ireland. Let’s see: a hundred thousand per visitor, times… what? Five thousand? Six? More?

I look forward to refining my numbers. :)


Hi guys! Sorry for the inactivity here lately. I’m super busy trying to finish a new comic zine for the Helsinki comics festival + preparations for Tracon + some other projects……. Yesterday, however, I visited Worldcon in Helsinki. I had a great time, really enjoyed the Cool Comics Written By Women panel and Marvel Netflix panel, and got some recommendations for Finnish paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It was nice to meet so many friends again as well.

The train back to Tampere was 35 minutes late and it was really exhausting and I’m still really tired but otherwise A+ trip. Now I gotta continue with work though :S


An untitled promotional piece by Michael Whelan created for the first Worldcon hosted in Japan (Nippon 2007).

This is a study that appears in a digital reworking of “Terminus” for the Yokohama WorldCon. Michael scanned it and used one of the rockets for the final image.

Sorry for the low resolution image of the souvenir book. It’s the best I could find on the internet. Michael may have better in his files, but he’s deep in preparation for his exhibition in Lucca, Italy.

Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards
The 75th World Science Fiction Convention (commonly known as WorldCon) is being held this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. The convention is where the annual Hugo Awards are presented, and today, the convention announced the latest recipients. This year, women almost completely swept the Hugo Awards, taking home the top prizes for literature in the science fiction community. That’s particularly notable, given how the awards have been increasingly recognizing works from female and minority creators. … Read more
Worldcon 75 Schedule

I’m going to be at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki starting this Sunday! I’ll be exploring Helsinkin Monday and Wednesday, and then have program items starting Thursday. (On Tuesday, if you happen to live in Estonia, I will be in Tallinn, so let me know!) This is my convention schedule:


  • Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues Room 201, 13:00-15:00 (1-3 p.m.)
  • Moomins! Room 103, 15:00-16:00 (3-4 p.m.)


  • Invented Languages Room 216, 16:00-17:00 (4-5 p.m.)
  • Alien Language in Science-Fiction Room 208, 18:00-19:30 (6-7:30 p.m.)


  • Language Creation Presentation Room 208, 17:00-18:00 (5-6 p.m.)

Look forward to seeing whoever’s there!

I accidentally bumped into daveed diggs at the worldcon 75 today. I’m still freaking out.
he is so friggin charming, I was v speechless & shaky around him while he was just v beautiful.
I also saw his show (clppng’s show) later & he KILLED.
did I mention that he is so so charming???