C’est Moi!

by wjw on August 23, 2015

Worldcon_075_Helsinki_logoI should actually use a Finnish translation of “c’est moi,” but apparently this sentiment cannot be expressed in Finnish, at least according to every Finnish online dictionary in existence.   The closest I can get is “I’m here,” and I think you already know that I’m here, so there seems little point in announcing it.

All of which is an over-rambling way of getting around to saying that I’m going to be the Guest of Honor of the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 9-13, 2017, in Helsinki.

It’s the tradition of Worldcon that the choice of GoH is kept secret until the winning bid is announced, so I’ve been holding onto this decision for quite some time, and I’m happy finally to be in a position to tell people.  And I’m doubly pleased, because I was also Helsinki’s choice for their 2015 bid, which was defeated by Spokane, and I couldn’t even whine about it, because it’s supposed to be a secret forever, or something.  But anyway there’s no point in whining now.

I’ve very pleased and very flattered by the choice of the committee, and I hope to see you all in two years in Helsinki.  I know we’ll have a good time.

Susan B August 23, 2015 at 2:26 am

Cool! Perhaps I can talk DH into re-visiting Helsinki. We were there a few years back but it was on a whirlwind tour of Scandinavia and we didn’t spend much time in Helsinki itself. And your being there as GoH is icing on the cake. Just came back to the hotel after the Hugo ceremony at Sasquan. I had hoped to run into over the weekend at a panel or in the halls, but it didn’t happen this year. Maybe in Kansas City…

TRX August 23, 2015 at 7:35 am

To use an Australianism: “Good on ya, mate!”

Paul Weimer (@princejvstin) August 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

Congratulations. And maybe I’ll finally get to meet you!

John Appel August 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

Congratulations! And I am beginning to lay the groundwork to be able to attend. I plan to bring my battered and worn copy of Hardwired for defacement.

Brian Renninger August 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

I’m going to have to start saving up now. Congratulations.

pixlaw August 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I won’t be there, cause a) I’m cheap, and b) I’m boring, but many congrats. It’s great to see one of my favorite writers get recognized in this way.

Now that I’ve given my heartfelt congratulations, let’s move on to more important stuff: will there be a novel soon that I can buy? If I’m not going to Finland, that means I’ll have a few more shekels in my pockets for literature purchase.

Foxessa August 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm


Himself brought me home some very nice wool clothing from Helsinki, including a wool cape with hood. They Say this coming winter for the northeast is going to be much like the previous two winters, so these things, including the sweater he got me in Iceland, will get serious usage.

Love, C.

Bruce Arthurs August 24, 2015 at 11:21 pm

And a well-deserved honor it is, too.

Sharon Joss August 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Can’t think of a better choice! Congratulations!

Scott Hawkins August 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Congrats, Walter! You’re the perfect choice to add an extra dash of awesome to any occasion.

Plus, Finland!

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