Speaking of the World Science Fiction Convention. (As we were.) There are three groups bidding to host it in 2015—Orlando, Spokane, and Helsinki. It’s been a while since I endorsed a particular bid in one of these contests, but I’m doing so now.
I’m voting for Helsinki in 2015, because I’m convinced by their core argument: that it would be good for European fandom, and fandom in general, for there to be two European worldcons in a row for the first time. Lots of people will attend next year’s Worldcon in London as first-time Worldcon attendees. It would be great for them to have a Worldcon they can attend again next year, instead of wistfully wondering how many years it will be before another Worldcon is within their reach—and drifting away from the Worldcon community as a result.
None of this would cut any ice with me if I didn’t think Helsinki’s committee is basically competent, and (just as importantly) able to reach out to the fandom-wide network of experienced convention organizers for help, as practically all modern Worldcon committees do. As best I can see, the Helsinki group easily clears this bar.