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The 1948 Worldcon, the first in Canada, Torcon was held July 3–5 1948, at the RAI Purdy Studios in Toronto, Canada. GoH: Robert Bloch. FGoH: Bob Tucker. (It was the first to have a fan GoH.) It was chaired by Ned McKeown.

It was selected at Philcon I defeating a bid from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was sponsored by the Derelicts (the Toronto Science Fiction Society), and it was the first Worldcon to be held outside the United States.

The complete talks at Torcon were wire recorded and later printed in the Torcon Report. Its progress reports were issued as the fanzine, Torque, edited by Beak Taylor.

Other committee members: Bill Grant.

The hastily contrived bid for Toronto in 1948 was put together during Philcon I, where the vote was held. The competition was a forgotten Milwaukee in 1948 bid. See 1948 Worldcon Site Selection.

The 1949 Site Selection was held there.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
from Convention Torcon, marked by the first appearance of the helicopter beanie and zapgun, was put on by the Toronto (Canada) Derelicts over the July 4 weekend. (Patriotic Amerifans celebrated Independence Day and defied the tyranny of King George.) Tucker presented his Little Kinsey Report (which Bloch later parodied), Wollheim defended sex (on prozine covers, that is) and Doc Keller plugged for science-boosting stf. Oh yes -- and Rothman introduced a film on atomic physics, with results told under ZAP-GUN.

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