Westercon

Westercon is a convention which moves around the area of the US and Canada west of the 104th meridian. It is selected like Worldcon with bidding, mail and at-con voting, and a two-year lead time.

It is one of the oldest continuing conventions in the world.

Westercon was started in 1948 when Walter J. Dougherty of LASFS proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for fans who couldn't afford to travel to the East Coast where most Worldcons were held. The first Westercon was held in September 1948 and was a one-day event attended by 77 people. It became a weekend-long convention in 1951 when it settled into its 4th of July weekend date and started moving between cities.

It is a Westercon tradition that GoHs are preferred from the region (west of the 104th W. meridian), having either been born or lived in the zone.

Westercon is formally sponsored by LASFS, though in practice it is completely independent. Nonetheless, in the event that Westercon were unable to function, the LASFS Board of Directors would be responsible for sorting things out.

See Westercon Bids for more on Westercon bidding.

Some Westercons (marked with an asterisk) were held jointly with Worldcon. In most (but not all) cases they shared leadership and GoHs.

from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
An annual conclave for the Western half of the United States — West of the Rockies, that is — begun by the LASFS on Labor Day 1948. It has since become an institution for which other clubs bid also, like the Worldcon, and until the past year [i.e., 1958] was always some place in California.
Convention Date Location GoHs
Westercon 1 September 5, 1948 Los Angeles none
Westercon 2 October 2, 1949 Los Angeles none
Westercon 3 June 18, 1950 Los Angeles Robert S. Richardson
Westercon 4 June 29-July 1, 1951 San Francisco George Pal
Sou-westercon June 28-June 29, 1952 San Diego Ray Bradbury, William Nolan
Westercon 6 May 30-31, 1953 Los Angeles Gerald Heard
SF Con* September 3-4, 1954 San Francisco Jack Williamson
Westercon 8 June 3-4, 1955 Los Angeles Mel Hunter
Westercon 9 June 30-July 1, 1956 Oakland Richard Matheson
Westercon 10 July 4-7, 1957 Hollywood Mark Clifton
Solacon* September 1, 1958 Los Angeles Richard Matheson
Westercon 12 June 3-5, 1959 Seattle Alan E. Nourse
Boycon July 2-4, 1960 Boise Rog Phillips
Baycon Westercon July 1-2, 1961 Oakland Fritz Leiber, Jack Speer
Westercon 15 June 20-July 1, 1962 Los Angeles Jack Vance, Alva Rogers
Westercon 16 July 4-7, 1963 San Francisco Kris Neville, F. M. Busby, Elinor Busby
Pacificon II* September 4, 1964 Oakland Leigh Brackett, Edmond Hamilton, Forrest J Ackerman
Westercon 18 July 3-5, 1965 Long Beach, CA Frank Herbert, Anthony Boucher
Westercon 19 July 1-4, 1966 San Diego Harlan Ellison, John Trimble, Bjo Trimble
Westercon 20 July 1-4, 1967 Los Angeles Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lon Atkins
Baycon* September 1, 1968 Berkeley Philip Jose Farmer, Walter J. Daugherty, Takumi Shibano
FUNcon II July 3-6, 1969 Santa Monica Randall Garrett, Roy Tackett
Westercon 23 July 2-5, 1970 Santa Barbara Jack Williamson, Rick Sneary
SFCon '71 July 1-5, 1971 San Francisco Avram Davidson, Don Simpson
Westercon 25 June 30-July 4, 1972 Long Beach Lloyd Biggle, Jr, Len Moffatt
SFCon '73 June 30-July 4 1973 San Francisco Larry Niven, George Barr, James Coleman Nelson
Westercon 27 July 3-7, 1974 Santa Barbara Philip K. Dick, Charles Burbee
Oaklacon July 3-6, 1975 Oakland David Gerrold, Dena Brown, Charlie Brown, Ian Ballantine, Betty Ballantine
Westercon 29 July 2-5, 1976 Los Angeles Horace L. Gold, Gregg Calkins
Westercon 30 July 1-4, 1977 Vancouver, BC Damon Knight, Frank Denton, Kate Wilhelm
Westercone June 30-July 4, 1978 Los Angeles Poul Anderson, Don C. Thompson
Westercon 32 July 4-8, 1979 San Francisco Richard Lupoff, Bruce Pelz, Sherry Gottlieb
Westercon 33 July 3-6, 1980 Los Angeles Roger Zelazny, Bob Vardeman
Westercon 34 July 2-5, 1981 Sacramento C. J. Cherryh, Grant Canfield
Westercon 35 July 2-5, 1982 Phoenix Gordon R. Dickson, Fran Skene, Robert Asprin
Westerchron July 1-4, 1983 San Jose Phil Klass (William Tenn), Alicia Austin, Tom Whitmore
Westercon 37 June 29-July 3 1984 Portland Harlan Ellison, F. M. Busby, Elinor Busby, Alex Schomburg
Westercon 38 July 3-7, 1985 Sacramento James Hogan, Paula Christ
Westercon 39 July 3-6, 1986 San Diego David Brin, Karen Turner
Episode XXXX July 2-5, 1987 Oakland Gregory Benford, Aubrey MacDermott, Lela Dowling, Ken Macklin, Leslie Fish
Westercon 41 July 1-4, 1988 Phoenix Robert Silverberg, Real Musgrave, Craig Miller
Conosaurus June 30-July 4, 1989 Anaheim John Varley, Arthur Hlavaty
Westercon 43 July 5-8, 1990 Portland Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Kate Wilhelm, Art Widner
Westercon 44 July 2-6, 1991 Vancouver, BC William Gibson, C. J. Cherryh, Jerry Kaufman, Suzanne Tompkins, Steve Jackson , Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Warren Oddsson, Verna Trestrail
Westercolt July 2-5, 1992 Phoenix Jennifer Roberson, Pat Mueller, Rick Sternbach
Westercon 46 July 2-5, 1993 Seattle Greg Bear, F. M. Busby, Elinor Busby, Wally Gonser
Conozoic July 1-4, 1994 Los Angeles George R. R. Martin, Bill Rotsler, Real Musgrave
Westercon 48 June 30-July 3, 1995 Portland Vernor Vinge, Elayne Pelz, John R. Foster, Ray Villard
ConDiablo July 4-7, 1996 El Paso James P. Blaylock, Howard Waldrop, Brad W. Foster, Arnie Katz, Joyce Katz
Westercon 50 July 3-6, 1997 Seattle Dr. Martin M. Greenberg, J. Michael Straczynski, Amy Thomson, Victoria Lisi, Jack Cohen, Walter J. Daugherty, Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson
Concept 1998 July 2-5, 1998 San Diego Katherine Kurtz, Scott MacMillian, Sue Dawe, David W. Clark
Empirecon July 2-5, 1999 Spokane C. J. Cherryh, Barbara Hambly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alicia Austin, Wendy Pini, Ellen Datlow, Larry Baker
Conolulu July 1-4, 2000 Honolulu Dan Simmons, Ctein, John Lorentz
Westercon 54 July 5-8, 2001 Portland Tim Powers, Mike Glyer, Frank Lurz
Conagerie July 4-7, 2002 Los Angeles Harry Turtledove, Robert Lichtman, Beth Meacham, Ross Chamberlin
Westercon 56 July 3-6, 2003 SeaTac, WA Bruce Sterling, Lisa Snellings, Saul Jaffe, Claire Eddy
ConKopelli July 2-5, 2004 Litchfield Park AZ C. J. Cherryh, David Cherry, Heather Alexander, Diana Gabaldon, Virginia Hey, John Hertz
Due North July 1-4, 2005 Calgary S. M. Stirling, Dave Duncan, Mark Ferrari, Tom Doherty, David Hartwell, Dr. Phil Currie, Cliff Samuels, Eileen Capes
Conzilla July 1-4, 2006 San Diego Walter Jon Williams, Bob Eggleton, Bobbi Armbruster
Gnomeward Bound June 30-July 3, 2007 San Mateo Tad Williams, Theresa Mather, Christian McGuire
Westercon 61 July 3-6, 2008 Las Vegas Kage Baker, Lubov, Milt Stevens
FiestaCon July 2-5, 2009 Tempe AZ Todd Lockwood, Alan Dean Foster, Stanley Schmidt, Jim Webber, Doreen Webber
Confirmation July 1-4, 2010 Pasadena CA Rudy Rucker, Marc Schirmeister, John D. Berry
Westercon 64 July 1-4, 2011 San Jose, CA Patricia A. McKillip, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Mike Wilmoth
ConClusion July 5-8, 2012 Seattle Robin Hobb, Frank Wu, Brianna Spacekat Wu, Chaz Boston Baden, Art Bozlee, Vixy & Tony
Westercon 66 July 4-7, 2013 Sacramento, CA Nicola Griffith, Kelley Eskridge, Eric Shanower, Steven Schapansky, Warren Frey, Chris Budgess, David Maxine, John Trimble, Bjo Trimble
Westercon 67 July 3-6, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT Cory Doctorow, Chris Garcia, David Maxine, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells
Westercon 68 July 2-3, 2015 San Diego, CA Mira Grant,John Picacio, Seanan McGuire, William F. Nolan
Westercon 69 July 1-4, 2016 Portland, OR John Scalzi, Theresa Mather, Bobak Ferdowsi, Charles Stross, David D. Levine
Conalope July 1-4, 2017 Tempe, AZ Julie Dillon, Tom Deadstuff, Larry Elmore, Connie Willis, Gini Koch, Henry Vanderbilt, Val Ontell, Ron Ontell, Tim Griffin, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble
Westercon 71 July 4-8, 2018 Denver, CO Nancy Kress, Rebecca Moesta Jeff Sturgeon, Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, Mem Morman, Kent Bloom, Andrew Mayne
Spikecon July 4-7, 2019 Layton, UT Jim Butcher, Vincent Villafranca, Kitty Krell, Kevin Standlee, Lisa Hayes, Kuma Bear