Norwescon (without internal capitalization) is a regional convention that has been held in Seattle since 1978. The convention was founded by the Northwest Science Fiction Society to give its organizers experience and credentials for their ambitious Seattle in 1981 Worldcon bid. The first outing, held March 25-26, 1978, at the SeaTac Holiday Inn, was chaired by Greg Bennett. Theodore Sturgeon was the Author GoH, John Berry the Fan GoH, and Alan E. Nourse the Toastmaster. Except for an interruption in 1987, when it was replaced by a scaled-back "Alternacon", it has taken place annually since then and now draws over 3,000 members. Originally held on the last weekend in March, it shifted to Western Easter weekend in 1995.
Not long after its founding, Norwescon gained a reputation as a meeting place for authors and publishers. It hosts the annual presentation of the Philip K. Dick Award for best original paperback novel, first presented at Norwescon VII in 1983.
Also involved: - 1950 Con - 1950 Worldcon - 1950-con - 1950-worldcon - Advention '85 - Censorship - Clifford R. Wind - Don Glover - Elizabeth Warren - Eugene Science-Fantasy Society - Fan-Scent - Gertrude M. Carr - INCINERATIONS -- from effigy - Kennedy Poyser - Last Guest Con - Mari Wolf - Michael Citrak - Northwest Fantasy Conference - Northwest Science-Fantasy Conference - Northwest-fantasy-conference - Northwest-science-fantasy-conference - Norwescon II - Norwestercon - Perdita Boardman - Portland Science-Fantasy Society - Richard Wright - Roger Sims - Science Fantasy Writers of America - Seattle, WA - Semantics - Shawn Marier - The Norwescon - The Stranger Club by Art Widner - The-norwescon - William R. Warren, Jr.
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