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Seattle in 2025 - March News
Meeting Announcement

March 27, 2022

Our next bid volunteer meeting is April 3, at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Please join us! Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88689958252?pwd=OEhQOGVBUXA5Zml4ZkJoRmxqcUhGdz09


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norwescon 44 logo.

 

Club Tabling and Bid Party at Norwescon

We will be at Norwescon April 14–17 and holding our first bid party on Friday the 15th! We have a new banner for the bid table, swag to sell, and of course supporting memberships. If you will be at Norwescon, we need your help to staff the table and the party. You can sign up for shifts at the table here and for the party here.

Want to Write Content for this Newsletter?

Moving forward, we'd like to include some fun Seattle-based content in our newsletter. What's your favorite Seattle tourist attraction? Perhaps there's a recipe from a landmark Seattle-area restaurant that you love. Share a memory of Seattle-area fandom. Help us generate some interesting content for the newsletter! Send submissions to info@seattlein2025.org.

We Are Ready to Gratefully Accept Your Support

It takes resources to throw a Worldcon. Our parent organization, Seattle Genre Alliance, is a newly registered nonprofit corporation in Washington State, with 501(c)(3) status pending. We have a bank account, an updated website, and are ready to accept your donations. You can support us at Tall ($50), Grande ($150) or Triple Shot ($300) levels, with a dollar-for-dollar credit towards an adult attending membership to the Worldcon if our bid is selected. Triple Shot supporters will receive special tokens of our gratitude at unexpected times!

All of this and more can be found at https://www.seattlein2025.org. Click now! We'll wait.

News From Seattle in 2025
Meeting Announcement

March 1, 2022

Where does the time go? Two months since DisCon? I feel like the Pacific Northwest is experiencing reverse time dilation. Hark the sun is reemerging! So is science fiction fandom, which means more activities and planning in store for our Worldcon bid for Seattle in 2025.


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Bid Co-Chair, SunnyJim and Kevin Black showing off 2025 swag.

 

Our Membership Launch at DisCon was a success!

At DisCon III Seattle 2025 launched its membership drive, announced our first-refusal agreement with Visit Seattle, and showed off pictures from our hard hat tour of the Summit addition to the Washington State Convention Center, still under construction but destined to be the home of Worldcon in 2025. The two representatives we had onsite were not enough to host a room party, but we distributed ribbons and sold travel mugs and umbrellas while having dozens of conversations per day about Seattle (and working staff jobs to boot!). We were impressed at the level of enthusiasm for the bid and made it to the end with no competitive bids forming against us. The talk of DisCon was the selection of Chengdu, China to host Worldcon in 2023, our site selection year.

Announcing Monthly Bid Volunteer Meetings

We are scheduling open bid volunteer meetings, expected to run monthly on the first Sunday through the site selection vote in Chengdu. Come to the first one on March 6! We are meeting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Zoom [link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88689958252?pwd=OEhQOGVBUXA5Zml4ZkJoRmxqcUhGdz09]. This is our first public meeting since 2018. Come hear about our current status and join a discussion about how best to grow the bid, move forward, and succeed together.

Appearances & Help Needed!

Seattle 2025 will host its first bid party at Norwescon (April 14-17) with more appearances and parties expected at Balticon (May 27-30) and the current Worldcon, Chicon 8 (September 1-5). We need help staffing club tables at Balticon and Chicon and help with party hosting at all three events. Will you be at these cons? We also need to recruit regional coordinators to help manage future convention appearance outside the Pacific Northwest. Can you pitch in? Here’s what to do:

  • Send us an email at info@seattlein2025.org describing what you can do to help!
  • Come to the bid volunteer meeting (virtually) on March 6!
  • Buy a supporting membership and opt in to the newsletter announcements!
  • Sign up for the newsletter without buying a membership here!

Drawing of three to-go coffee cups in small, medium, and large sizes with the Seattle 2025 bid logo printed in the place of a store brand. Below the cups is written Tall, Grande, and Triple Shot.

 

We Are Ready to Gratefully Accept Your Support

It takes resources to throw a Worldcon. Our parent organization, Seattle Genre Alliance, is a newly registered nonprofit corporation in Washington State, with 501(c)(3) status pending. We have a bank account, an updated website, and are ready to accept your donations. You can support us at Tall ($50), Grande ($150) or Triple Shot ($300) levels, with a dollar-for-dollar credit towards an adult attending membership to the Worldcon if our bid is selected. Triple Shot supporters will receive special tokens of our gratitude at unexpected times!

All of this and more can be found at https://www.seattlein2025.org. Click now! We'll wait.

Exciting news from the
Seattle in 2025 Worldcon Bid

December 13, 2021
Bid Launches Into New Orbit

After almost two years of coasting through online convention bid tables and Zoom parties, the Seattle in 2025 Worldcon bid is accelerating to cruising velocity with the updating of our website, an appearance at DisCon III, creation of support tiers, release of new information, and plenty of metaphors to herald our progress towards hosting the first Worldcon in Seattle in 64 years. The original 1961 Seacon took place before the Seattle World's Fair and the opening of the Monorail and Space Needle. We believe 64 years is too long an absence from the Emerald City. Does Worldcon still need us? Will you feed us your site selection votes? Science fiction fans—if we build it, will you come?

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Artist rendering of the Summit convention center building (currently under construction) which shows a large, multistory building on a urban street corner with large glass-paneled siding, decorative green plants, and geometric outcroppings.

 

We Have Dates! And an Amazing Location!

Yes, while the fabric of society was unraveling this year, we were busy negotiating a shiny future in the Summit expansion of the Washington State Convention Center. Summit is a brand new, state-of-the-art convention facility under construction in the heart of downtown Seattle, next door to the current convention facility, and scheduled to open January 2023. We think that merits both exclamation points and the italics in the paragraph heading, and the objections of our editor were OVERRULED (all caps! hahahaha)

The Summit has 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 100,000 square feet of meeting room space configurable into up to 62 rooms, 58,000 square feet of ballroom space, and amazing views of the city, the mountains, and Puget Sound to be found inside 137,000 square feet of windowed lobby space. We took a hardhat tour earlier this month, and the space will be gorgeous and full of light. Ask us about the third-floor garden terrace! The plentiful power drops, superb pedestrian flow with no pinch points, accessibility features, and endless configuration options make our con-running hearts swell three sizes. (Seattle also has superb medical facilities.)

Food and beverage outlets can be placed anywhere in the halls, and by 2025 the neighborhood will be bursting with life. We toured half a dozen neighboring hotels and have offers from 12 hotels for over 2,000 peak room nights within a five-block radius of Summit, some as near as across the street, ready for signing after the site selection vote. This pairs with our right-of-first-refusal offer from Visit Seattle, our city partners in bringing Worldcon to Seattle. Knowing the hiccups of past Seattle bids, we have been talking to Visit Seattle for the better part of two years, and can report that they like us, they get us, and sound as if they're as excited about it as we are (impossible!).

I can bury the lede no longer. Mark your calendars! If the Seattle bid is selected, the dates of the 83rd Worldcon will be August 13–17th, 2025.


Drawing of three to-go coffee cups in small, medium, and large sizes with the Seattle 2025 bid logo printed in the place of a store brand. Below the cups is written Tall, Grande, and Triple Shot.

 

We Are Ready to Gratefully Accept Your Support

It takes resources to throw a Worldcon. Our parent organization, Seattle Genre Alliance, is a newly registered nonprofit corporation in Washington State, with 501(c)(3) status pending. We have a bank account, an updated website, and are ready to accept your donations. You can support us at Tall ($50), Grande ($150) or Triple Shot ($300) levels, with a dollar-for-dollar credit towards an adult attending membership to the Worldcon if our bid is selected. Triple Shot supporters will receive special tokens of our gratitude at unexpected times!

All of this and more can be found at https://www.seattlein2025.org. Click now! We'll wait.

Come See Us at DisCon III and Get Limited (First) Edition Swag!

Seattle 2025 will appear at DisCon III on Friday, December 17, on the panel Future Worldcons: 2024 to Infinity and Beyond! at 7 p.m. in the Palladian Ballroom, with a PowerPoint presentation and answers to your questions. While due to the circumstances--look around!--we won't have enough people onsite to staff a club table or host a room party, bid co-chair SunnyJim Morgan will be found appearing on costume and con-running panels and staffing program ops, while bid member Kevin Black will be helping with programming and logistics and attending panels and events. We will have a limited amount of exclusive Seattle 2025 merchandise with us—emblazoned umbrellas ($20), stainless steel travel mugs ($15), and ribbons (free!)—for sale or giveaway to lucky collectors. We may make more, or it may be your only chance to seize these particular items.


Group of six people standing in a posed arrangement facing the camera, each wearing an orange construction vest, white hard hat, Covid masks, and other construction safety gear. The backdrop is the upper floor of a building under construction with open walls, revealing an impressive view of tall skyscrapers and a white, cloudy sky. There are puddles on the ground.

 

We Also Need Your Help

Our list of open positions is under construction but… between us, we need a lot of help. For the bid we can use folks to assist with content creation for the newsletter/blog, promotions, graphic design, social media, and fundraising/sponsorships. We also need as many people as possible to help spread the word at conventions around the globe. If you have other interests and talents, reach out to us. We are also starting to recruit for staff positions in 2025 if the bid is selected. Contact us through our website, or at seattle2025worldconbid@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading! We hope to see you in Seattle in 2025!