Previously on this blog, I wrote a post on how to vote on Worldcon location for the 2015 Worldcon race, and it was translated into several languages (Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Deutsch, Irish, Japanese, Dutch …). I regret that it’s not also an intro to what Worldcon is, but I haven’t managed to write a real entry on that yet (tho I did write an entry on some fannish terminology). I suspect that most people reading this blog (particularly the posts tagged “fandom”) are folks who go to conventions, whether or not they’ve been to a Worldcon yet. Y’all might have an idea of what Worldcon is, therefore. There’s also an entry on Wikipedia, if you want a general sense of “Worldcon 101.”
What I’d like to talk about now is why voting on Worldcon location matters on a philosophical level.
I’ve heard a lot of people say, “oh, I didn’t know you could vote on Worldcon location!” For them, the answer is yes. There are instructions. In several languages now, even. You already know that, though, because you read the first paragraph of this post.
Some people have said they were aware that Worldcon could be voted on, but if it wasn’t going to be near their home, they weren’t going to vote because they “didn’t have a dog in the race.” Is that you? This post is for you.