Science fiction and fantasy authors from around the world will be in Dublin for the 77th World Science Fiction Convention August 15-19. Known as Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, this is the first Worldcon to be held in Ireland and has already registered more than 5000 attending members.
The centrepiece of the five-day gathering of creators and public is the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday, August 18. Finalists for the Hugos, the longest-running consecutive prizes for science fiction and fantasy, include novelists, young adult writers, screenwriters, graphic novelists and authors of works about the genre. Hugo winners in recent years include N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, Cixin Liu, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, J.K. Rowling, Jo Walton, Connie Willis, the late Ursula K. Le Guin, and the films Arrival and Wonder Woman, as well as episodes of Doctor Who and George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
Throughout the five days, authors, other creators, editors and readers from around the world will appear in more than 800 panel discussions, lectures, readings, workshops, and other events. Venues for the events are the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) and the Point Square, both of which are accessible and inclusive buildings. Guests of Honour include novelist and screenwriter Ian McDonald, YA author Diane Duane, and editor Ginjer Buchanan. Featured artists include graphic novel artists Afua Richardson and Sana Takeda.
The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of Worldcon in the run-up to the convention. Members can also vote for the best science fiction of 1944 (Retro Hugos) which will be awarded at a retro themed ceremony on Thursday, August 14.
Other events include live podcasts with guests, science fiction themed musical events and theatre, an art show, the national Irish science fiction film festival with the Golden Blaster Awards, a vendor room with booksellers, and the spectacular Masquerade costume contest on Saturday, August 15.
To attend Worldcon and vote for the Hugos, you need to buy a membership, which includes admission on all days, voting rights, and a downloadable digital package of works by the finalists. An adult membership costs €270, with discounts to €170 for ages 13-25, and €85 for ages 6 to 12. Day passes are available as well, with discounts for anyone from the island of Ireland attending their first Worldcon, as well as for younger attendees. Day passes do not come with Hugo voting rights or Hugo materials.
Given the capacity limits on the venues, it is likely that this Worldcon will sell out, and prospective members are advised to join early to avoid disappointment.