The 1939 Worldcon did not have a name, but simply called itself "World Science Fiction Convention". It has subsequently been called "Nycon I" and "The 1939 Worldcon".
The convention was controlled by a so-called 'Ruling Triumvirate' whose other members were William S. Sykora and James V. Taurasi. The Exclusion Act at NYCon attempted to keep some members of the Futurians from attending after Dave Kyle had anonymously distributed A Warning!, a somewhat incendiary pamphlet.
One event held at the First Worldcon did not become a Tradition: A softball game.
- Forrest J Ackerman
- Julius Schwartz
- Lloyd Eshbach
- Harry Harrison
- John Baltadonis
- Milt Rothman
- Dave Kyle
- Charles Hornig
- Sam Moskowitz
Other con reports:
- New Fandom #6 p4
Interestingly, NYCon did not select a site for the next Worldcon -- it had not occurred to the NYCon committee that it could possibly be an annual event. But fandom loved it and a few months later at Philcon 1939 the fans present voted to hold another Worldcon in 1940 in Chicago. See 1940 Worldcon Site Selection.
It is difficult these days when there are fans of all ages to appreciate how young fandom was in 1939. Here is a table of ages of major figures during the First Worldcon:
|Sam Moskowitz (the chairman!)||19|
|Donald A. Wollheim||25|
|John W. Campbell, Jr.||29|
|Robert A. Heinlein||32|
|James V. Taurasi||22|
|E. E. Smith (the old man!)||49|
Nycon had a list of members, but it was neither accurate nor complete. Not accurate, because many people signed up with pseudonyms -- in some cases more than one. Not complete in that an estimated fifty people didn't sign in at all! But here is the Nycon 1 Membership List.
|From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944|
|The First World Science-Fiction Convention in New York in 1939; called originally by its enemies who denied that it was a "world" convention, the name was generally adopted after the Chicon. The enemies of WSFC committee also called it the World's Fair Science-Fiction Convention, 1939 being the first year of the NY Worlds fair.|
|first||Worldcon Bidding, Hugos||Chicon I|
|Files Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 1939|
|Also involved: A Warning - Conrad H. Ruppert - Hall Costumes - Morojo - Norman Knight - Numerical Fandoms - Publicity - Ray Van Houten - Thomas S. Gardner - William Dellenback|
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