Covid-19

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Deaths[edit]

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic killed at least four fans:

Name From Date of death
John Bangsund Melbourne, Australia August 22, 2020
Tom Barber Ann Arbor, Michigan April 4, 2020
Al Fitzpatrick UK, Australia, United States April 6, 2020
Glenn Chambers Toledo, Ohio July 19, 2020
Brian Varley Pedmore, Stourbridge, U.K. March 31, 2020

Others Affected[edit]

Fans who were stricken with the novel coronavirus include Amy L. Woolard of Chicago, who was hospitalized for many months, and Susan Chambers, Glenn’s wife.

Covid-related shutdowns forced conventions to cancel across the globe from mid-March 2020 onwards. The Columbus 2020 NASFiC’s initial cancellation announcement, saying they weren’t planning to issue refunds but to print a souvenir book instead, evoked a lot of fannish ire.

Mike Lowrey cancelled his TAFF trip, and the Nice in 2023 Worldcon bid folded.

CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon decided, with less than four months notice, to hold a virtual Worldcon, the first of its kind. Several other cons also held online gatherings.

Corflu Heatwave, held March 13–15, 2020, in College Station, Texas, may have been the last “live” sf con held in 2020.

Conventions Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic:[edit]

Convention Scheduled Dates Status
Costume-Con 38 March 13-16, 2020 Cancelled
ICFA 41 March 18-21, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
OutlantaCon 2020 March 19-22, 2020 Cancelled
Deepcon 21 March 19-22, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Cleveland ConCoction 2020 March 20-22, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Fantastika 2020 (Swecon) March 20-22, 2020 Postponed to October 23-25, 2020, then cancelled
GrangeCon12 March 20-22, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
MidSouthCon 38 March 20-22, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Genericon XXXIII March 21-22, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
WillyCon XXII March 27-29, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
44th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship April 2-3, 2020 Postponed to spring 2021
HELIOsphere 2020 April 3-5, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Norwescon 43 April 9-12, 2020 Cancelled
Conglomeration 2020 April 10-12, 2020 Cancelled
LepreCon 46 April 10-12, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Minicon 55 April 10-12, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Concentric (Eastercon 71) April 10-13, 2020 Cancelled
HAL-CON 2020 April 11-12, 2020 Cancelled
StokerCon UK April 16-19, 2020 Postponed to 2021
ConStellation 11 April 17-19, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
JordanCon XII April 17-19, 2020 Postponed to 2021 and replaced with JordanCONline
Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 April 17-19, 2020 Postponed to September 11-13, 2020, then postponed to 2021
FilKONtario 30 April 24-26, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
RavenCon 15 April 24-26, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Swancon 2020 (Australian Natcon) April 25-27, 2020 Cancelled
Ad Astra 2020 May 1-3, 2020 Cancelled
DemiCon 31 May 1-3, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Marcon 55 May 8-10, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
SFeraKORon May 8-10, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Keycon 2020 May 15-19, 2020 Cancelled
Åcon 11 May 21-24, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Balticon 54 Virtual May 22-24, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
ConQuesT 51 May 22-24, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Satellite 7 May 22-24, 2020 Postponed to February 19-21, 2021
Baycon 2020 May 22-25, 2020 Postponed to November 6-8, 2020
KublaCon 2020 May 22-25, 2020 Cancelled
WisCon 44 May 22-25, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
MisCon 34 May 22-25, 2020 Postponed to November 6-8, 2020
2020 SFWA Nebula Conference May 29-31, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
ConCarolinas 2020 May 29-31, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Continuum 16 June 5-8, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
LibertyCon 33 June 12–14, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
LaffCon 5 June 13, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Fourth Street Fantasy 2020 June 19-21, 2020 Cancelled
Dum-Dum 2020 June 24-28, 2020 Cancelled
Midwestcon 71 June 25-28, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
SoonerCon 29 June 26-28, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Westercon 73 July 2-5, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Anthrocon 2020 July 2-5, 2020 Cancelled
InConJunction XL July 3-5, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
NEFilk 2020 July 3-5, 2020 held as virtual (online) con NEWhere 2020
Readercon 31 July 9-12, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Shore Leave 42 July 9-12, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Pyrkon 2020 July 10-12, 2020 Cancelled
ConGregate 2020
(also DeepSouthCon 58)
July 17-19, 2020 Cancelled
Confluence 2020 July 24-26, 2020 Cancelled
CoNZealand (Worldcon 78) July 29 - August 2, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Mythcon 51 July 31 ‑ August 3, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
PulpFest 2020 August 6-9, 2020 Cancelled
Diversicon 28 August 7-9, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Discworld Convention 2020 August 7-10, 2020 Cancelled
When Words Collide 2020 August 14-16, 2020 Cancelled
Reunicon 2020 August 20-22, 2020 Cancelled
Redemption 2020 August 28-31, 2020 Cancelled
CONvergence 2020 August 20-23, 2020 Cancelled
Columbus 2020 NASFiC August 20-23, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Bubonicon 2020) July 29 - August 2, 2020 held as a one-day Buboni-Virtual Con on August 1
TitanCon 2020 August 28-30, 2020 Cancelled
Oxonmoot 2020 September 3-6, 2020 Cancelled
Dragon Con 2020 September 3-7, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
CoKoCon 2020 September 4-7, 2020 Cancelled
Albacon 2020 September 11-13, 2020 Cancelled
FenCon XVII September 18-20, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
FantasyCon 2020 September 25-27, 2020 Cancelled
Futuricon (Eurocon 42) October 2-4, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Archon 44 October 2-4, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Conflux 2020 October 2-4, 2020 Cancelled
MileHiCon 52 October 23-25, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
World Fantasy Convention 2020 October 29 ‑ November 1, 2020 held as a virtual (online) con
Bristol-Con 2020 October 31, 2020 Cancelled
CONtraflow X November 13-15, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Novacon 50 November 13-15, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Windycon 47 in 2020 November 13-15, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
Loscon 47 November 27-29, 2020 Cancelled/Postponed to 2021
GAFilk 2021 January 8-10, 2021 Cancelled
47th ConFusion January 15–17, 2021 Cancelled/Postponed to 2022
MarsCon 2021 January 15-17, 2021 Cancelled
COSine 2021 January 29-21, 2021 Cancelled


Fan history Map Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 2020

Also involved: - 2020 DUFF Race - 2020 GUFF Race - 2020 TAFF Race - Ad Astra 2019 - Albacon (NY) - Alison Scott - Baycon (CA) - Bristol-Con - Bubonicon - COSine - COVID-19 - CoKoCon - ConFusion - ConGregate - Concellation - Confluence - Conflux - Conglomeration (KY) - Contact (CA) - Corflu 37 - Coronavirus - Couleecon - Covid-19 epidemic - Critical Mass (Australia) - DeepSouthCon - DemiCon - Detroit, MI - Ditmar Awards - Dragon*Con - Erin Underwood - Fantastika 2021 - FantasyCon - Fourth Street Fantasy Convention - GAFilk - GAFilk 2022 - GUFF - Genericon - Keycon - London Circle - Long-running conventions - Marcon - Michael "Orange Mike" Lowrey - Midwestcon - MilwAPA - Mythcon - NASFiC - Nebula Award Weekend - Northeast Filk Convention - OR-eCon - Octothorpe - OryCon 42 - Oxonmoot - Pulpcon - Redemption - Rye Town Hilton - Sheraton Park Hotel - Swancon - TitanCon - Wellington, NZ - Westercon 74 - When Words Collide - WillyCon - Windycon 47 in 2021 - World Fantasy Convention

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