NASFiC

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NASFiC, the North American Science Fiction Convention, was added to the WSFS Constitution in the mid 1970s. It was intended to legitimatize the inevitable major convention in North America when the Worldcon was held in other parts of the world, without encouraging the development of an American natcon, which would become a competitor to Worldcon.

The first NASFiC was held in Los Angeles in 1975 when Aussiecon was in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The second NASFiC (NorthAmericon '79) was in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1979 when Brighton, England, was selected for the Worldcon.

NASFiCs are usually not held directly opposite the overseas Worldcon, enabling ambitious (and prosperous) fen to attend both. Site selection is administered by WSFS at the Worldcon the preceding year or at a NASFiC if there happens to be one.

The name "NASFiC" was coined by Tony Lewis.

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No. Convention Dates Location GoHs
1 NASFiC 1 August 29-September 1, 1975 Los Angeles, CA Harlan Ellison
2 NorthAmericon '79 August 30 - September 3, 1979 Louisville, KY Frederik Pohl, George Scithers
3 LoneStarCon August 30 - September 2, 1985 Austin, TX Jack Vance, Richard Powers, Joanne Burger
4 CactusCon September 3-7, 1987 Phoenix, AZ Hal Clement, Marjii Ellers
5 ConDiego August 31-September 3, 1990 San Diego, CA Samuel R. Delany, Ben Yalow
6 Dragon*Con 1995 July 13-16, 1995 Atlanta, GA George Alec Effinger, Harlan Ellison, Timothy Zahn, Michael Whelan, Bjo Trimble
7 Conucopia August 26-29, 1999 Anaheim, CA Jerry Pournelle, Ellen Datlow, Richard Lynch, Nicki Lynch
8 CascadiaCon September 1-5, 2005 Seattle, WA Fred Saberhagen, Liz Danforth, Toni Weisskopf, Kevin Standlee
9 Archon 31 / Tuckercon August 2-5, 2007 Collinsville, IL Barbara Hambly, Darrell K. Sweet, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, James Ernest, Elizabeth Covey, Barry Childs-Helton, Sally Childs-Helton, Nancy "Cleo" Hathaway, Lani Tupu, Richard Hatch
10 Reconstruction August 5-8, 2010 Raleigh, NC Eric Flint, Brad Foster, Juanita Coulson
11 Detcon1 July 17-20, 2014 Detroit, MI Steven Barnes, John Picacio, Bernadette Bosky, Arthur D. Hlavaty, Kevin J. Maroney, Helen Greiner, Bill Sutton, Brenda Sutton
12 NorthAmeriCon '17 July 6-9, 2017 San Juan, Puerto Rico Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Guy Consolmagno, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, Paula Smith
13 Spikecon July 4-7, 2019 Layton, UT David Weber, Laurell K. Hamilton, Vincent Villafranca, Dragon Dronet, Susan Chang, Linda Deneroff, Bjo &John Trimble
14 Columbus 2020 NASFiC August 20-23, 2020 Columbus, OH (Held online due to the Covid-19 epidemic) Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Stephanie Law, Christopher J. Garcia, Marc Millis, Sue & Steve Francis
15 Pemmi-con 2023 July 20–23, 2023 Winnipeg, MB, Canada Dr. Philip J. Currie, Julie Czerneda, John Mansfield, Waubgeshig Rice, Nisi Shawl, katherena vermette and Lorna Toolis (ghost)

See also Noncon; the major difference being that the location of the NASFiC is determined by members of WSFS.



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