Worldcon sites are determined by the votes of fans and other members of the sf/f community. Last year’s selection of Denver for the 2008 Worldcon caught a lot of folks by surprise, especially the committee for the presumptive favorite, Chicago.
After the vote in Los Angeles the Chicago folks were a bit depressed; encountering them over the last several months at various cons, they looked nothing if not exhausted (and not at all envious of the folks from Kansas City and Montréal, who are competing for the 2009 bid (to be decided by attendees in Japan and by mail and e-mail this summer).
As a presupporter of the Chicago bid, I of course received nothing (though the Denver committee will receive help from the losing bids). Still, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a “valentine” postcard from the Chicago 2008 Committee:
Greetings, Chicago Worldcon supporter!
We just wanted to let you know how much we love you.
As you may have heard, by the slimmest margin in Wordcon history, Denver was selected over Chicago as the site of the 2008 Worldcon . . . We’re saddened that we won’t be able to host you in 2008, but you made our journey fun and something we’ll never forget.
. . . As with many great stories, endings also bring new beginning. While this notice to you is the final act of our bid for the 2008 Worldcon, we also bring you news of the future. . . We have decided to launch a new bid and will be campaigning to bring the 2012 Worldcon home.
Fandom marches on. So best of luck to the Chicago folks: I ate a lot of Chi-town hot dogs, met a lot of great people, and hope to attend a Chicago Worldcon sometime in the future.