Chicon 1

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The 1940 Worldcon, and first in Chicago, Chicon was held in the Hotel Chicagoan in Chicago, Illinois, September 1–2, 1940. The GoH was E. E. "Doc" Smith.

The custom of nicknaming Worldcons was still not settled; Forry Ackerman nicknamed this one. The 1940 Worldcon Site Selection that chose Chicago took place at Philcon 1939, not at the First Worldcon.

Chicon was sponsored by the Illini Fantasy Fictioneers, a club set up for the purpose, and run by a triumvirate. Mark Reinsberg held the title of chairman (he'd won that title in a "bitter struggle" with W. Lawrence Hamling, who claimed to have been elected), with Erle Korshak (secretary and executive advisor) and Bob Tucker (treasurer and Director of the IFF) as equal partners. Sully Roberds did publications. Korshak presided over the opening day of the con, when Reinsberg fell ill.

Although the official membership count was 128, Tucker reported that Ray Palmer signed the membership book five times, using his own name and four of his pseudonyms. (This appears to have been common in the early days.) Admission was free. See the list of pre-registered members below.

The Chicon may have been the place where Claude Degler made his first public appearance at a fannish event, unless it was the Denvention.

The first masquerade took place at the Chicon.

Denver in 1941 won the right to host the 1941 Worldcon over a New York in 1941 bid. See 1941 Worldcon Site Selection.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
from Convention ChiCon I was in Chicago about Labor Day 1940 under the auspices of the Illinois Fantasy Fictioneers (a con-promoting organization specially organized by Reinsburg, Tucker, and others for the event; it later merged with the MWFFF). The ChiCon I was significant of the new harmony in fandom resulting from the suppression of feuding, and took place in the plushest surroundings yet. A suggestion by Speer and Rothman led to institution of the Costume Party at this con; Dave Kyle won it as Ming the Merciless.
From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
(Ackerman) - The Chicago 1940 World Science-Fiction Convention

List of Chicon Members[edit]

This list of members, labeled “Fantasy Fictioneers,” was taken from the program book, so it includes only those who signed up in advance. A number of names are obviously fakes, several fans are listed more than once under pseudonyms, and the goh and some committee members are missing. In short, it can’t be relied on as a list of who actually attended.



Nycon I Worldcon Bidding,  Hugos Denvention I
Reasonator 1940
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  1. Also listed as Forrest J Ackerman, Erdstelulov, Jack Erman, Mirta Forsto, Claire Voyant and Weaver Wright.
  2. Also listed as 4sJ, Erdstelulov, Jack Erman, Mirta Forsto, Claire Voyant and Weaver Wright.
  3. Also listed as Jack F Speer.
  4. Also listed as 4sJ, Forrest J Ackerman, Mirta Forsto, Claire Voyant and Weaver Wright.
  5. Also listed as 4sJ, Forrest J Ackerman, Erdstelulov, Mirta Forsto, Claire Voyant and Weaver Wright.
  6. Morojo and Forrest J Ackerman also listed separately.
  7. This might be Lynn Hickman, who published a fanzine called Gooseberries.
  8. Also listed as Cyril Kornbluth and Ivar Towers.
  9. Probably another Forrynym.
  10. Also listed as Samson Delilah Gottesman and Ivar Towers.
  11. Also listed as Melvin Korshak.
  12. Also listed as Erle Korshak.
  13. Also listed as Mark Reinsberg.
  14. Also listed as Mirta Forsto.
  15. Was this old-time L.A. pro, a friend of Ackerman’s, really a member or just another 4sJ pseudonym?
  16. Also listed as Bob Tucker.
  17. Also listed as Ray J. Sienkiewicz.
  18. Also listed as Midwest Marky.
  19. Also listed as Rajocz.
  20. Also listed as John A. Bristol.
  21. Cyril Kornbluth and Dick Wilson also listed separately.
  22. Also listed as Hoy Ping Pong.
  23. Also listed as 4sJ, Forrest J Ackerman, Erdstelulov, Jack Erman, Mirta Forsto and Weaver Wright.
  24. Also listed as Donald A. Wollheim.
  25. Also listed as Ivar Towers.
  26. Also listed as Braxton Wells.
  27. Also listed as 4sJ, Forrest J Ackerman, Erdstelulov, Jack Erman, Mirta Forsto and Claire Voyant.
  28. Forrest J Ackerman’s grandmother — was she really a member or did he use her name as yet another pseudonym?