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The World Science Fiction Convention is the principal annual gathering of science fiction fandom -- fandom's family reunion. Officially sponsored by the the World Science Fiction Society, it is actually run by a different organization each year which has bid to run it and been selected by vote of the membership (see Site Selection. It also bestows the Hugo Awards.

The Worldcon has been held each year since 1939 (except during 1942–1945 World War II), and moves to a different city each year. It is the oldest convention with a continuing existence. While most of the conventions occur in the United States, the event has also been hosted by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands. And it will soon be hosted by New Zealand.

It is an entirely volunteer-run effort.

See Worldcon proceedings.

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The one, the only, annual world science fiction convention at which the Hugos are given out. As a service mark "Worldcon" should always be capitalized. Technically it may not be necessary for Worldcons held before it was made a service mark, but why split hairs?


From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
The chief annual gathering of fans is usually designated as an "International Convention."

See Convention.

# Convention Dates Location GoHs Attendance (attending/total)
1 Nycon I 2-4 July 1939 New York Frank R. Paul 200
2 Chicon I 1-2 Sep 1940 Chicago E. E. Smith 128
3 Denvention I 4-6 Jul 1941 Denver Robert A. Heinlein 90
War years 1942-1945 No Worldcon held
4 Pacificon I 30 Aug-1 Sep 1946 Los Angeles A. E. van Vogt, E. Mayne Hull 130
5 Philcon I 30 Aug-1 Sep 1947 Philadelphia John W. Campbell, Jr. 200
6 Torcon I 3-5 Jul 1948 Toronto Robert Bloch, Bob Tucker 200
7 Cinvention 3-5 Sep 1949 Cincinnati Lloyd A. Eshbach, Ted Carnell 190
8 NorWesCon 1-4 Sep 1950 Portland Anthony Boucher 400
9 Nolacon I 1-3 Sep 1951 New Orleans Fritz Leiber 190
10 Chicon II 30 Aug-1 Sep 1952 Chicago Hugo Gernsback 870 / 1,175
11 11th Worldcon 5-7 Sep 1953 Philadelphia Willy Ley 750
12 SFCon 3-6 Sep 1954 San Francisco John W. Campbell, Jr. 700
13 Clevention 2-5 Sep 1955 Cleveland Isaac Asimov, Sam Moskowitz 380
14 NyCon II 31 Aug-3 Sep 1956 New York Arthur C. Clarke 850
15 Loncon I 6-9 Sep 1957 London John W. Campbell, Jr. 268
16 Solacon 29 Aug-1 Sep 1958 Los Angeles Richard Matheson 322 / 601
17 Detention 4-7 Sep 1959 Detroit Poul Anderson, John Berry 371
18 Pittcon 3-5 Sept 1960 Pittsburgh James Blish 568
19 Seacon 2-4 Sep 1961 Seattle Robert A. Heinlein 300
20 Chicon III 31 Aug-3 Sep 1962 Chicago Theodore Sturgeon 730 / 830
21 Discon I 31 Aug-2 Sep 1963 Washington, D.C. Murray Leinster 600
22 Pacificon II 4-7 Sep 1964 Oakland Leigh Brackett, Edmond Hamilton, Forrest J Ackerman 523
23 Loncon II 27-30 Aug 1965 London Brian W. Aldiss 350
24 Tricon 1-5 Sep 1966 Cleveland L. Sprague de Camp 850
25 NyCon3 31 Aug-4 Sep 1967 New York Lester del Rey, Bob Tucker 1,500
26 Baycon 29 Aug-2 Sep 1968 Berkeley Philip Jose Farmer, Walter J. Daugherty 1,430
27 St. Louiscon 28 Aug-1 Sep 1969 St. Louis Jack Gaughan, Eddie Jones 1,534
28 Heicon '70 20-24 Aug 1970 Heidelberg, Germany E. C. Tubb, Robert Silverberg, Herbert W. Franke, Elliot K. Shorter 620
29 Noreascon I 2-6 Sep 1971 Boston Clifford D. Simak, Harry Warner, Jr. 1,600
30 L.A.Con I 1-4 Sep 1972 Los Angeles Frederik Pohl, Buck Coulson, Juanita Coulson 2,007
31 Torcon II 31 Aug-3 Sep 1973 Toronto Robert Bloch, Bill Rotsler 2,900
32 Discon II 29 Aug-2 Sep 1974 Washington, D.C. Roger Zelazny, Jay Kay Klein 3,587
33 Aussiecon One 14-17 Aug 1975 Melbourne Ursula K. Le Guin, Susan Wood, Mike Glicksohn, Donald Tuck 606
34 MidAmeriCon 2-6 Sep 1976 Kansas City Robert A. Heinlein, George Barr 3,014 / 4,200
35 SunCon 2-5 Sep 1977 Miami Beach Jack Williamson, Robert A. Madle 3,240
36 IguanaCon II 30 Aug-4 Sep 1978 Phoenix Harlan Ellison, Bill Bowers 4,700
37 Seacon '79 23-26 Aug 1979 Brighton Brian Aldiss, Fritz Leiber, Harry Bell 3,114
38 Noreascon Two 29 Aug-1 Sep 1980 Boston Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Bruce Pelz 5,850
39 Denvention Two 3-7 Sep 1981 Denver Clifford D. Simak, C. L. Moore, Rusty Hevelin 3,792
40 Chicon IV 2-6 Sep 1982 Chicago A. Bertram Chandler, Frank Kelly Freas, Lee Hoffman 4,275
41 ConStellation 1-5 Sep 1983 Baltimore John Brunner, David A. Kyle 6,400
42 L.A.con II 30 Aug-3 Sep 1984 Los Angeles Gordon R. Dickson, Dick Eney 8,365 / 9,282
43 Aussiecon Two 22-26 Aug 1985 Melbourne Gene Wolfe, Ted White 1,599
44 ConFederation 28 Aug-1 Sep 1986 Atlanta Ray Bradbury, Terry Carr 5,811
45 Conspiracy '87 27 Aug-1 Sep 1987 Brighton Doris Lessing, Alfred Bester, Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Jim Burns, Ray Harryhausen Joyce Slater, Ken Slater, David Langford 4,009 / 5,425
46 Nolacon II 1-5 Sep 1988 New Orleans Donald A. Wollheim, Roger Sims 5,300
47 Noreascon 3 31 Aug-4 Sep 1989 Boston Andre Norton, Ian Ballantine, Betty Ballantine, the Stranger Club 6,837 / 7,795
48 ConFiction 23-27 Aug 1990 The Hague Harry Harrison, Wolfgang Jeschke, Joe Haldeman, Andrew Porter 3,580
49 Chicon V 29 Aug-2 Sep 1991 Chicago Hal Clement, Martin H. Greenberg, Richard Powers, Jon Stopa, Joni Stopa 5,661
50 MagiCon 3-7 Sep 1992 Orlando Jack Vance, Vincent Di Fate, Walter A. Willis 5,319 / 6,368
51 ConFrancisco 2-6 Sep 1993 San Francisco Larry Niven, Alicia Austin, Mark Twain, Tom Digby, Jan Howard Finder 6,602 / 7,725
52 ConAdian 1-5 Sep 1994 Winnipeg Anne McCaffrey, George Barr, Robert Runte 3,570
53 Intersection 24-28 Aug 1995 Glasgow Samuel R. Delany, Gerry Anderson, Les Edwards, Vincent Clarke 4,173/ 6,524
54 L.A.con III 29 Aug-2 Sep 1996 Los Angeles James White, Roger Corman, Elsie Wollheim, Takumi Shibano, Sachiko Shibano 6,703
55 LoneStarCon 2 28 Aug-1 Sep 1997 San Antonio Algis Budrys, Michael Moorcock, Don Maitz, Roy Tackett 4,634 / 5,614
56 BucConeer 5-9 Aug 1998 Baltimore C. J. Cherryh, Stanley Schmidt, Michael Whelan, J. Michael Straczynski, Milton A. Rothman 6,572
57 Aussiecon Three 2-6 Sep 1999 Melbourne George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie 1,548 / 2,872
58 Chicon 2000 31 Aug-4 Sep 2000 Chicago Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob Passovoy, Anne Passovoy 5,794 / 6,574
59 Millennium Philcon 30 Aug-3 Sep 2001 Philadelphia Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers 4,840 / 6,269
60 ConJosé 29 Aug-2 Sep 2002 San Jose Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Ferdinand Feghoot, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble 5,162 / 5,916
61 Torcon 3 28 Aug-1 Sep 2003 Toronto George R. R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Robert Bloch, Mike Glyer 3,834 / 4,986
62 Noreascon 4 2-6 Sep 2004 Boston Terry Pratchett, William Tenn, Jack Speer, Peter Weston 6,008 / 7,485
63 Interaction 4-8 Aug 2005 Glasgow Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley, Jane Yolen, Greg Pickersgill, Lars-Olov Strandberg 4,115 / 5,202
64 L.A.con IV 23-27 Aug 2006 Los Angeles Connie Willis, James Gurney, Howard DeVore, Frankie Thomas 5,738 / 6,291
65 Nippon 2007 30 Aug-3 Sep 2007 Yokohama Sakyo Komatsu, David Brin, Yoshitaka Amano, Michael Whelan, Takumi Shibano 3,348 / 5,149
66 Denvention 3 6-10 Aug 2008 Denver Lois McMaster Bujold, Rick Sternbach, Kathy Mar, Robert A. Heinlein, Tom Whitmore 3,752 / 4,854
67 Anticipation 6-10 Aug 2009 Montreal Neil Gaiman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, David Hartwell, Tom Doherty, Taral Wayne 3,925 / 4,499
68 Aussiecon 4 2-6 Sep 2010 Melbourne Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaun Tan, Robin Johnson 2,101 / 3,462
69 Renovation 17-21 Aug 2011 Reno Ellen Asher, Tim Powers, Charles N. Brown, Boris Vallejo 4,112 / 5,526
70 Chicon 7 30 Aug-3 Sep 2012 Chicago Mike Resnick, Story Musgrave, Jane Frank, Rowena Morrill, Peggy Rae Sapienza 4,743 / 6,197
71 LoneStarCon 3 29 Aug-2 Sep 2013 San Antonio James Gunn, Norman Spinrad, Ellen Datlow, Darrell K. Sweet, Willie Siros 4,832 / 6,130
72 Loncon 3 14-18 Aug 2014 London Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, Bryan Talbot 6,946 / 10,718
73 Sasquan 19-23 Aug 2015 Spokane David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Brad Foster, Dr. Kjell Lindgren, Tom Smith, Leslie Turek 5,077 / 11,742
74 MidAmeriCon 2 Aug 17-21 2016 Kansas City Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, Michael Swanwick 4,719 / 7,740
75 Worldcon 75 Aug 9-13 2017 Helsinki John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, Walter Jon Williams, Ian Stewart 7,949 / 9,634
76 Worldcon 76 in San Jose Aug 16-20 2018 San Jose Spider Robinson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Edgar Pangborn, Bob Wilkins 4,804 / 8,033
77 Dublin 2019 Aug 15-19 2019 Dublin Bill Burns, Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Steve Jackson
78 CoNZealand Jul 29-Aug 2 2020 Wellington Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Greg Broadmore, Rose Mitchell
79 Discon III August 25-29 2021 Washington, D.C. Nancy Kress, Malka Older, Sheree Renée Thomas, Toni Weisskopf, Ben Yalow


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