Worldcon 2023

I enjoy kicking a hornet’s nest. Seriously. Outside of hating the Red Sox and Patriots (eh, New England in general… and I’ll throw New York into it just to piss both of them off), it’s probably my favorite past time. But this? This is gold. I couldn’t have gotten this level of schadenfreude if I’d paid for it. This? This is DELICIOUS.

I seriously thought I was getting pranked when it was announced that the city of Chengdu, China won the bid for the 2023 Worldcon. I mean, outside of the obvious human rights violations in China, the subjugation of the peoples of Tibet (the neighboring province/region), and the UNSPECIFIED VIRUS OF UNKNOWN ORIGINS, China seems like a golden pick to snag the second-ever Asian Worldcon (Yokohama, Japan in 2007… but remember, don’t mention that in China).

But then I wondered… how, precisely, did Chengdu win the nomination? I mean, outside of some clear Wikipedia manipulations regarding the city (seriously, the information page on the city paints such a picturesque image of a vibrant, LGBTQ+ community you would think it was written by Communists propagandists in the Chinese Communist Party and not random shlubs), how many of my enlightened fellow authors even had heard of Chengdu before 1,590 mail-in ballots without street addresses arrived?

Yeah, looks good… I like “Your Mom’s House” personally, but that’s because I enjoy juvenile humor

I mean, all of it looks in order… wait. Hold up, did I really type that? “…1,590 mail-in ballots without street addresses arrived?”

“Jason, you crack-addled fool,” I hear you complain. “Your number is off.”

Right, sorry. 1,591. My bad. Mea culpa. But… look down here, at the bottom.


But this proves nothing, right? 1,591 voters with voting memberships voted on Chengdu, China. Nothing going on here. Totally legit. Oddly enough, I don’t hear any of the screeches from peanut gallery about rigging elections/nominations ala Sad Puppies. Weird, right? Personally, I don’t really care where Worldcon ends up. The… 8,000 people (rough and generous estimate) who attend are the ones who care about the location.

But then it got me thinking of the cultural opportunities Worldcon attendees can partake in while visiting Chengdu. I’ve been pretty clear in the past on where I stand with regards to West Taiwan, so I may be a little biased in my opinions. Outside of the obvious ones (giant panda farms, Buddhist and Taoist temples, and “Chengkok“), what else is there for our intrepid scooter-riding luminaries to do while visiting the great and glorious Middle Kingdom?

With the help of some fans and friends from the kindly and loving CCP, I made a helpful list of “Things To Do While In China” for Worldcon 2023. Hopefully everyone will find this list as helpful as I have.


With all this to do, I don’t know how on Earth anyone is even going to have time to attend the convention. I, for one, am looking forward to Worldcon 2023. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be attending.

I like my organs too much.

3 thoughts on “Worldcon 2023

  1. > I don’t hear any of the screeches from peanut gallery about rigging elections/nominations ala Sad Puppies.

    May I suggest “Sick Fruit Bats”?

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