Voting is currently open to select the site of the 2017 Worldcon
. I'm voting for Helsinki, Finland, and this post is about why I think you should vote for Helsinki, too.
Now, if I were writing a sensible post about why you should vote for Helsinki in 2017, I might talk about the importance of putting the "World" in "Worldcon" and of giving a segment of fandom that hasn't had a chance to host the Worldcon before a shot at it.
And I might also talk about how I've met a few of the people involved in the Helsinki in 2017 bid, and how they seem like incredibly fun and incredibly hard-working people. Exactly the sort of people you want running your Worldcon.
This is not a sensible post.
Because, you see, there is a thing that I love almost as much as I love science-fiction fandom, that I am not at all sensible about. And Finland produces more of that thing per capita than any other country in the world.
Yes, I am talking about heavy metal.
So, I'm going to try to post a video from a different Finnish metal band every day in June in support of the Helsinki in 2017 bid.
Undoubtedly one of Finland's most famous metal bands is Nightwish. They are not my favorite Finnish band, but when their distinctive combination of soprano vocals, metal riffs, and over-the-top instrumentation works, it really works.
This song, "Nemo", is one of my favorites of theirs.