WorldCon 75: Opening Ceremonies
When the 75th anniversary of WorldCon was announced, the big question was: “Where will it be held?” There were a few options in mind, but the most popular one - the option promoted by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin - was none other than Helsinki. Be it Martin’s influence or not, the vote indeed went to Helsinki, and so the local convention center, Messukeskus, became host to over 6,100 eager fans of science fiction and fantasy.
The convention took place from August 9th until August 13th, spanning not only Messukeskus and the surrounding facilities, but the Pasila Library as well. Upon entry, one had the option to register or check-in, allowing for the earlier registrants to skip the queue (and there were a lot of early registrants). The doors opened and the bright and cheerful hours of 09:00 on Wednesday, with the sun shining overhead to welcome visitors from all over the world - an unusual greeting from this lovely country, no?