L.A.Con II

The 1984 Worldcon and fourth in L.A., L.A. Con II was held August 30 to September 3 at the Anaheim Hilton and Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. GoH: Gordon R. Dickson, FGoH: Dick Eney.

The Toastmaster and MC positions were essentially equivalent, with Robert Bloch (Toastmaster) officiating at the Hugo Ceremony and Jerry Pournelle (Master of Ceremonies) at the Guest of Honor Speeches and Other Awards Ceremony. It was co-chaired by Craig Miller and Milt Stevens.

LACon II was the largest Worldcon to date, having had almost 8400 members. Subsequently Helsinki may have had more attending members at 7060, and Sasquan had more overall members, 11742.

In a touching moment a the Hugo Ceremony, Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison together spoke of Larry Shaw's long service to SF and presented him with a Special Committee Award. And in a bit of comic relief, Larry Niven presented Jerry Pournelle with a chocolate Hugo rocket. Jerry had been known to note that "Money will get you through a time of no Hugos better than Hugos will get you through a time of no money." Niven said, "Jerry, this is the Hugo that will get you through times of no money…"

The committee letterzine was Rattail File edited by Mike Glyer.

Bidders: LA in 1984, DC in '84, Kent in 1984, Ingolstadt in 1984. See 1984 Site Selection results.

1984 Hugo Results, 1986 Site Selection results.

One of the ironies of the convention was Registration. The convention advertised "No Lines — unless you really want them!" But on the day, LAcon's registration was famously bad with lines which were not exceeded until ConFrancisco, a decade later.

Read Greg Thokar's L.A. Con II reminiscence.
Mike Glyer wrote a personal report on it at File 770 #49 p3

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