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Swancon is a regional convention held in Perth, Western Australia, since 1976. Swancon was started by Grant Stone and Tony Peacey, two fans from W.A. who met at Aussiecon in 1975, with some help from Clifford R. Wind, an American fan then briefly living in Australia.

The Western Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards, known as the Tin Duck Awards, are regularly presented at Swancon. The Marge Hughes Award and Mikey Award have tended to be awarded also. The rarer Silver Swan Award has only been presented upon special occasions.

Fans who have attended lots of Swancons have been presented with 20 Year Badges, 33 Year Badges, and 42 Year Badges.

Swancon is now held under the auspices of the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF).

See also Swancon the CCG, and the lyrics by Craig Hilton of "The Billy Joel Hit Single of Swancon 18 (and Every Other Swancon in Existence)".

Dead Guests of Honour[edit]

Swancon Twenty3, held in 1998, had Dead GoH Jules Verne. Swancon 24: ICon, also known as SwanICon, had Dead GoH Jim Henson, who had also been designated Posthumous Guest of Swancon 2000. Swancon 25 had Dead GoH Stanley Kubrick. Swancon 42 had GoH Douglas Adams (in memoriam).

Swancon XXX Fictional Guest[edit]

Swancon XXX, held in 2005, honoured, among others, the Borderlands team: Grant Watson, Simon Oxwell and Anna Hepworth. Grant Watson was a Special Guest. Anna Hepworth was Fan Guest. Simono, "the Most Beautiful Fan in the World", portrayed by Simon Oxwell, was Fictional Guest.

Life Member[edit]

Grant Stone is a Life Member of WASFF, and thereby a lifetime member of Swancon.

Convention Chair Date Venue GoHs, Notes
Swancon 1 (Duckcon 13) Anthony Peacey Oct 9-11, 1976 Anthony Peacey's House Maureen Smith
Swancon 2 Bob Ogden Oct 1977 Belmont Comm. Rec. Centre / Bayswater Civic Centre
Swancon 3 Roy Ferguson July 21-23, 1978 Murdoch University
Waycon '79 (Swancon IV) Tony Peacey Mar 2-5, 1979 Ozone Hotel Leigh Edmonds
Swancon 5 (19th Natcon) Julia Curtis Aug 15-18, 1980 Park Towers / Kings Ambassador Hotel Anne McCaffrey, Grant Stone, Shayne McCormack
Swancon 6 Barbara de la Hunty Apr 17-20, 1981 The George, Fremantle Tony Peacey
Swancon 7 Bob Ogden Jan 29 - Feb 1, 1982 Westos Hotel Robin Johnson
Swancon 8 Bob Ogden Jan 28-31, 1983 Westos Motor Inn Damien Broderick, Bob Ogden
Swancon Nine Dave Luckett Jan 27-30, 1984 Westos Motor Inn Harry Harrison, Roy Ferguson
Swancon 9a 17 March 1984 Julia Bateman
Swancon X John McDouall Jan 25-28, 1985 Airways Hotel Ian Nichols
Swancon XI (25th Natcon) Erik Harding Mar 28-31, 1986 Miss Maud Function Centre C. J. Cherryh, Jack Herman
Swancon 12 David Simmons Feb 28 - Mar 2, 1987 Airways Hotel John McDouall
Swancon 13: the BLACK Swancon Matthew Clarkson Jan 29 - Feb 1, 1988 Westos Hotel Dave Luckett, Tim Richards
Swancon 14 (28th Natcon) Cindy Clarkson Mar 23-27, 1989 King's Ambassador Hotel John Varley, Bob Shaw, and (fan) Paul J. Stevens
Swancon XV Don Griffiths Jan 26-29, 1990 Swy Theatre Terry Dowling and (fan) Grant Stone
Swancon 16 Greg Turkich Jan 25-28, 1991 Freeway Motel Barbara Hambly, Cindy Clarkson
The Festival of the Imagination Jan 24-27, 1992 Ascot Inn Terry Dowling, Nick Stathopoulos, Paul Kidd
Swancon 18 (32nd Natcon) Dave Luckett Apr 8-12, 1993 Ascot Inn Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, and (fan) Craig Hilton
Con Fusion '94 Sue Ann Barber July 15-17, 1994 Perth International Hotel Sylvia Anderson, Lewis Morley, Marilyn Pride, Danny Heap
Swancon '95 Doug Burbidge Apr 13-17, 1995 Sheraton Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, Peter Read
Festival of the Imagination 1996 (35th Natcon) Richard Scriven Apr 4-8, 1996 Kings Hotel Neil Gaiman, Storm Constantine, Jack Dann, Janeen Webb, Robin Pen
Swancon 22 - The Festival of the Imagination 1997 Russell B. Farr, David Yeates Jan 24-27, 1997 Metro Howard Waldrop, Jack Dann & Janeen Webb, Stephen Dedman, Sean Williams, Grant Stone, Danny Heap and (fan) David Cake
Swancon Twenty3 Grant Watson, Simon Oxwell Apr 24-27, 1998 Hotel Grand Chancellor Lois McMaster Bujold, Tess Williams, and (fan) Gina Goddard
Swancon 24: ICon (SwanICon) Julian Ackermann Apr 1-5, 1999 Metro Janny Wurts, Ippongi Bang, Jack Dann, Sean Williams, Dave Luckett
Swancon 2000 (39th Natcon) Candice Schilder Apr 20-24, 2000 Ascot Inn Connie Willis, Robin Hobb, Ian Nichols, Garth Nix, Mitch? (Anthony Mitchell)
Swancon 2001: Masquerade (40th Natcon) David Cake, Cathy Cupitt April 12-16, 2001 Rydges Hotel Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber, Sue Ackermann
Swancon 2002: Dragons of the World Sue Ackermann March 28 - April 1, 2002 Kings Hotel Kate Forsyth, Kim Wilkins, David Zindell, Lee Battersby, John McDouall
Swancon 2003 (42nd Natcon) Jason Watson, Brett Griggs Apr 17-21, 2003 Kings Perth Hotel Lynn Flewelling, Tony Shillitoe, Justin Ackroyd
Swancon 2004: Chronopolis Shay Telfer April 8-12, 2004 Parmelia Hilton Tim Powers, Eddie Campbell, Adrian Bedford, Shaun Tan, and (fan) Emma Hawkes
Swancon XXX Elaine Kemp March 24-28, 2005 Emerald Hotel Charles de Lint, MaryAnn Harris, Grant Watson, and (fan) Anna Hepworth
Swancon 2006: Renaissances Ken McCaw March 3-6, 2006 Acacia Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, and (fan) Danny Oz
Swancon 32: Inconceivable! Michael Dawson Apr 5-9, 2007 All Seasons Elizabeth Moon, David Gerrold, Matthew Reilly, Russell B. Farr, and (fan) Damian Magee
Swancon 2008: State of the Art (47th Natcon) Anna Hepworth March 20-24, 2008 All Seasons Ken Macleod, Rob Shearman, Glenda Larke, and (fan) Zara Baxter
Swancon 2009: Contact PRK (Paul Raj Khangure) April 9-13, 2009 All Seasons Richard Morgan, Trudi Canavan, Theresa Anns, and (fans) Alicia Smith and Robert Masters
Swancon 2010 Todd Rowlands, John Green April 1-5, 2010 All Seasons Scott Sigler, Ian Irvine, John Samuel
Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Alisa Krasnostein April 21-25, 2011 Hyatt Regency Perth Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams, and (fan) Sarah Xu
Swancon 37: DoomCon Kitty Hemsley April 5-9, 2012 Pan Pacific Hotel Brandon Sanderson, Marianne de Pierres, and (fan) Chris Creagh
Swancon 2013: Perception • Discovery • Emergence Tom Eitelhuber, Andrew Sharp March 29 - April 1, 2013 Ibis Styles Hotel Charles Stross, Gail Simone, John Birmingham, Lucy Sussex, and (fans) John Parker and Sarah Parker
Swancon 39: Conjuration Chris Coman, Samara Morgan Apr 17-21, 2014 Ibis Styles Hotel Anne Bishop, Isobelle Carmody, Jim Butcher, and (fan) Sally Beasley
Swancon 40 (54th Natcon) Kat Griffiths Apr 2-6, 2015 Pan Pacific Perth John Scalzi, Kylie Chan, and (fan) Anthony Peacey
Swancon 41 Isobel White Mar 24-28, 2016 Pan Pacific Hotel Perth Michael O'Brien, Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, and (fan) Fe Waters
Swancon 42 Chris Coman and Brian Johnson Apr 13-17, 2017 Metro Hotel Perth Wesley Chu, Traci Harding, Douglas Adams (in memoriam), Michael Troughton, and (fan) Davina Watson
Swancon 2018: Transmogrification Jack Bridges Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2018 Pan Pacific Kameron Hurley (cancelled or non-attending), Ryan Griffen, Foz Meadows, Emily Smith, Wolfgang Bylsma, and (fan) Barb de la Hunty
Swancon 2019: The Future is Now Linda Sengsourinho, Davina Watson Apr 18-22, 2019 Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz (cancelled or non-attending), Jonathan Strahan, Travis Johnson
Swancon 2020: Dark Visions (59th Natcon) Sarah Parker, John Parker Apr 25-27, 2020 The Duxton, Perth Nalini Singh, John Robertson Cancelled due to Covid-19
Swancon 2021: Brave New World Sarah Parker and Laura Hodge April 24-26, 2021 The Duxton, Perth Claire G. Coleman Cancelled due to Covid-19
Swancon Not-a-Con April 30, 2022 SCC Tuart Hill, Tuart Hill, Australia none
Swancon 47 April 15-16, 2023 The Rise, Marylands, Western Australia Amanda Bridgeman, Lisa Rye
Swancon 48 April 20-21, 2024 The Rise, Marylands, Western Australia TBA

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