Con is short for "convention", which see for details. Herein it means science fiction convention, a gathering of fans and pros from near or distant points. They’re usually held in a hotel, frequently for more than a single day and often discussing sf, where they have programs.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|Comingtogether of fans from various localities, usually at a call issued by some organization or local group. And the designation is used as a combining word to make up some distinctive name for the brawl -- either "con" itself or its completions, -vention, -ference, -clave, or -fabulation. These words are not equivalent, for convention usually refers to the principal annual gathering; other formal get-togethers are conferences or conclaves. A confabulation is an informal meeting larger than a mere fan visit but not built up or conducted like a conference; the word is pretty near obsolete, tho popular in the early 40s.
The most important thing about a con is that the slans can get together with their own kind of people, perhaps forgetting their introversion for a while, and do what they want to do and fangab about mutually interesting things and develop their stfnic personalities.
Also involved: - 1953 Worldcon Site Selection - A Wealth of Fable - Ac Track - Actifan - Ah, Wilderness - Ah, Wilderness: Forty Years of Colorado Fandom - Alan Rosenthal - AlterCon 1 - Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association - Aussiecon 2 Reminiscence (Clement) - AutoClave - BSFA - Ben Yalow - Bid - Big Tent - Bill Bowers - Bill Cavin - Bill Rotsler - Boskone 24 - Boston Park Plaza Hotel - Brian Burley - Buck Coulson - Caravan Hall - Chicago Science Fiction League - Chicago, IL - Chicon IV Reminiscence (Kyle) - Circle of Lassitude - Claudius - Con 7 - Con 70 - Con 80 - Con 9 From Outer Space - Con Report - Con- - ConAdian - ConDiego - ConFederation Reminiscence (Kyle) - ConFusion 13 - Concom - Conestoga 12 - Conference on the Bibliography of Science Fiction - Cons - Consuite - Coop Crate - Corflu 9 - Craig Newmark - Crash - Cretin Con - Cuddle Squad - Dan McPhail - Dave Kyle's Nolacon II Reminiscence - Dexion - Diacybersemnetimantics - Dick Smith - Disclave 13 - Disclave 24 - Disclave 32 - Disclave 4 - Disclave 41 - Disclave 9 - Discon 1 Guide: Accessory Organizations - Discon 1 Guide: Insurance and Other Precautions - Discon 1 Guide: Introduction - Discon 1 Guide: Last Session - Discon 1 Guide: Summary - Discon 1 Guide: Sunday Evening - Discon 1 Guide: The Banquet - Discon 1 Guide: The Costume Ball - Discon 1 Guide: The First Day - Discon 1 Guide: Two More Facets - Discon 1 Guide: WSFS - Ditmar Awards - Ditto - Ditto 14 - Doreen Webbert - ESFA - Early Conventions - Eastercon (DAG) - Egoboo - Elayne Pelz - Elessar Tetramariner - Elizabeth Anne Hull - Exclusion Act - Eyecon - Faans (video) - FanHistoriCon 9 - Fanac - FinCom - Fireworks - Fixed Costs - Frank - FreFanZine - Fringe Fandom - Gene Wolfe - George H. Young - GoH - Gopher - If I Ran the Z/o/o/ Con - Incon (OH) - Jean Bogert - Jodie Offutt - John Millard - Knights of St. Fantony - Kubla Khan Ception - Kubla Khan Khubed - Kubla Khan Too - Kwintus Kublius - Larry Tucker - Lime Jello - London in '65 - LoneStarCon - Madman Riley - Martin Alger - Mary Peek - Masquerade - Mecon (ME) - Membership - Membership Refunds - Midwestcon - MileHiCon 21 - MileHiCon 23 - Mundane - NESFA Clubhouse - Name Badges - Nashville, TN - No Con - NorthAmericon '79 - Nuclear Fizz - Nudity - Octocon (OH) - Operation Armageddon - Pacificon I Reminiscence (Ackerman) - Panel - Pass-Along Funds - Paul Vincent - Petition - Polly Freas - Program - Program Book - Program Ops - Real Soon Now - Registration - Regress Report - Ribbon - Rise and Fall of the Giant Boskones - Rob Hansen - Rory Faulkner - SWAT Team Affair - Sam Martinez - Sherna Burley - Smof - Spacecon - Special Guest - St. Louiscon Reminiscence (Kyle) - Staff - Stilyagi Air Corps - Susan Ellison - TAFF - Tapera - The Turd - Tom Barber - Track - Tucker Death Hoaxes - Tucker Hotel - Unfannish - Virgincon in '65 - Waitlist - Worldcon - Xanadu III - Xanadu V - Xanadu VI - Xanadu VII
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