The 21st Worldcon and first in the Baltimore/Washington area, Discon was held August 31–September 2, 1963, at the Statler-Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. GoH: Murray Leinster. Isaac Asimov was Toastmaster. Chaired by George Scithers.
Chairman George Scithers wrote an extensive report on the convention, telling the whole story. It's a wonderful example of what running a Worldcon was like in simpler days — when the entire program fit on two pages of the program book.
The committee was tiny, just eight people, and their titles were...amusing:
- Crafty Chairman: George Scithers
- Tachylegic Treasurer: Bill Evans
- Despotic Diplomat: Bob Pavlat
- Extemporanizing Editor: Dick Eney
- Flamboyant Foliator: Chick Derry
- Recrudescent Relic: Joe Sarno
- Memorialist of Misdeeds: Bob Madle
- Tartarean Tabulist: Bill Osten
- Publicistean Photographist: Tom Haughey
- 9:00am Registration
- 12:30pm Opening of the DisCon
- 12:45 Jim Blish:
AN ANSWER OF SORTS
- 1:30 Bob Silverberg & Ed Emsh:
RING AROUND AN ILLUSTRATION
Problems in writing a story around an illo; or, pleasing editor’s whimsy for fun and profit.
- 2:00 Ted Cogswell & Cohorts:
HIPPOCRENE AND HYPERSPACE
Cogswell struggles with the Muses, best two falls out of three.
- 2:30 Introduction of notables, auction, and break.
- 3:15 Larry Ivie & Dick Lupoff:
SF ILLUSTRATION & ART IN THE COMIC BOOKS
(Me to Your Leader Take)
All in color for a dime: the rise and fall of the comic book.
- 4:30 Willy Ley:
MYSTERIES OF ASTRONOMY
A spring day on Pluto, and such.
- 7:30 The Convention Members:
THE COSTUME BALL [Admission by badge]
Scenes to numb the senses and appall the mind, with music by Ira Sabin and his Orch.
- 11:00am Burroughs Bibliophiles:
Tarzan Rides Again.
- 11:00 Fantasy Amateur Press Association:
Annual THROW THE RASCALS OUT meeting.
- 12:30pm Fumio Suzuki via Dick Lupoff:
A Japanese s-f cartoon film in English.
- 1:00 Hyborian Legion:
de Camp and his cohorts on Conan.
- 2:00 The Convention Members:
Guest of Honor: Will F. Jenkins [Murray Leinster] Toastmaster: Isaac Asimov. Hugos.
- 5:30pm L. Sprague de Camp, Isaac Asimov, Willy Ley, Ed Emsh, and Fritz Leiber
WHAT SHOULD A BEM LOOK LIKE?
- 6:30 Seabury Quinn:
SCIENCE FICTION VERSUS FANTASY
The difference in treatment of a theme.
- 7:00 Auction and intermission.
- 7:30 The Convention Members:
THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Presentation of special awards. Reports of Committees. Choice of site for the 1964 Convention.
- 8:00 Don Wollheim, Dick Lupoff, Sam Moskowitz:
SWORDS AGAINST EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
Alan Howard will moderate this affair.
- 9:00 Juanita Coulson, Ted White, D & M Thompson
DE STIJL MIT DE STYLUS
- 11:30am Auction
- 12:00 John Campbell, Don Wollheim, A. J. Budrys, Cele Goldsmith:
THE EDITORS SPEAK
Fred Pohl moderates this discussion of the problems of the editor.
- 1:00pm Barbara Silverberg, Elsie Wollheim, Carol Pohl, and others:
LIFE WITH A STF WRITER
Ted Cogswell has induced the wives to tell their side of the story.
- 1:30 Intermission
- 1:45 Hal Clement & P. Schuyler Miller:
IS THE SF STORY A MENTAL EXERCISE?
Hal says it is, like a detective story.
- 2:15 Judy Merril and Fritz Leiber, with aid:
They've whipped up something, but won't tell us.
- 2:45 George Scithers, Ben Stark, Earl Kemp:
THE FOURTH CONVENTION
[You thought there were only three, didn't you?]
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