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Worldcon, World Science Fiction Convention, is the principal annual gathering of science fiction fandomfandom's family reunion. The one, the only, annual world science fiction convention at which the Hugo Awards are given out.

It is an entirely volunteer-run effort.

As a service mark, "Worldcon" should always be capitalized. Technically it may not be necessary for Worldcons held before it was made a service mark, but why split hairs?

Officially sponsored by the the World Science Fiction Society, it is actually run by a different organization each year which has bid to run it and been selected by vote of the membership (see Site Selection).

The Worldcon has been held each year since 1939 (except during 1942–1945 World War II), and moves to a different city each year. It is the oldest convention with a continuing existence. While most of the conventions occur in the United States, the event has also been hosted by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands. And it would have been hosted by New Zealand if not for Covid-19.

Traditionally, the con, when in the United States, was held over Labor Day weekend (Roscoe’s Birthday), a date chosen not only because most fans have the holiday off work but also because it was an unpopular weekend for mundane meetings, giving Worldcon a better position in regard to facilities. However, this is no longer the case, and Worldcon bidders now chose dates any time from midsummer to early fall. (Indeed, Dragoncon’s choice to hold its gate show over Labor Day has caused some Worldcons to deliberately avoid the weekend due to complaints from pros about a conflict.)

See also: Worldcon proceedings.


From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
The chief annual gathering of fans is usually designated as an "International Convention."

See Convention.

See Worldcons by Area.

# Convention Dates Location GoHs Attendance (attending/total)
1 Nycon I July 2-4, 1939 New York Frank R. Paul 200
2 Chicon I September 1-2, 1940 Chicago E. E. Smith 128
3 Denvention I 4-6 July 1941 Denver Robert A. Heinlein 90
War years 1942-1945 No Worldcon held
4 Pacificon I August 30-September 1, 1946 Los Angeles A. E. van Vogt, E. Mayne Hull 130
5 Philcon I August 30-September 1, 1947 Philadelphia John W. Campbell, Jr. 200
6 Torcon I July 3-5, 1948 Toronto Robert Bloch, Bob Tucker 200
7 Cinvention September 3-5, 1949 Cincinnati Lloyd A. Eshbach, Ted Carnell 190
8 NorWesCon September 1-4, 1950 Portland Anthony Boucher 400
9 Nolacon I September 1-3, 1951 New Orleans Fritz Leiber 190
10 Chicon II August 30-September 1, 1952 Chicago Hugo Gernsback 870 / 1,175
11 11th Worldcon September 5-7, 1953 Philadelphia Willy Ley 750
12 SFCon September 3-6, 1954 San Francisco John W. Campbell, Jr. 700
13 Clevention September 2-5, 1955 Cleveland Isaac Asimov, Sam Moskowitz 380
14 NyCon II August 31-September 3, 1956 New York Arthur C. Clarke 850
15 Loncon I September 6-9, 1957 London John W. Campbell, Jr. 268
16 Solacon August 29-September 1, 1958 Los Angeles Richard Matheson 322 / 601
17 Detention September 4-7, 1959 Detroit Poul Anderson, John Berry 371
18 Pittcon September 3-5, 1960 Pittsburgh James Blish 568
19 Seacon September 2-4, 1961 Seattle Robert A. Heinlein 300
20 Chicon III August 31-September 3, 1962 Chicago Theodore Sturgeon 730 / 830
21 Discon I August 31-September 2, 1963 Washington, D.C. Murray Leinster 600
22 Pacificon II September, 4-7 1964 Oakland Leigh Brackett, Edmond Hamilton, Forrest J Ackerman 523
23 Loncon II August 27-30, 1965 London Brian W. Aldiss 350
24 Tricon September 1-5, 1966 Cleveland L. Sprague de Camp 850
25 NyCon3 August 31-September 4, 1967 New York Lester del Rey, Bob Tucker 1,500
26 Baycon 29 August-2 September 1968 Berkeley Philip José Farmer, Walter J. Daugherty 1,430
27 St. Louiscon August 28-September 1, 1969 St. Louis Jack Gaughan, Eddie Jones 1,534
28 Heicon '70 August 20-24, 1970 Heidelberg, Germany E. C. Tubb, Robert Silverberg, Herbert W. Franke, Elliot K. Shorter 620
29 Noreascon I September 2-6, 1971 Boston Clifford D. Simak, Harry Warner, Jr. 1,600
30 L.A.Con I September 1-4, 1972 Los Angeles Frederik Pohl, Buck Coulson, Juanita Coulson 2,007
31 Torcon II August 31-September 3, 1973 Toronto Robert Bloch, Bill Rotsler 2,900
32 Discon II August 29-September 2, 1974 Washington, D.C. Roger Zelazny, Jay Kay Klein 3,587
33 Aussiecon One August 14-17, 1975 Melbourne Ursula K. Le Guin, Susan Wood, Mike Glicksohn, Donald Tuck 606
34 MidAmeriCon September 2-6, 1976 Kansas City Robert A. Heinlein, George Barr 3,014 / 4,200
35 SunCon August 2-5, 1977 Miami Beach Jack Williamson, Robert A. Madle 3,240
36 IguanaCon II August 30-September 4, 1978 Phoenix Harlan Ellison, Bill Bowers 4,700
37 Seacon '79 August 23-26, 1979 Brighton Brian Aldiss, Fritz Leiber, Harry Bell 3,114
38 Noreascon Two August 29,-September 1, 1980 Boston Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Bruce Pelz 5,850
39 Denvention Two September 3-7, 1981 Denver Clifford D. Simak, C. L. Moore, Rusty Hevelin 3,792
40 Chicon IV September 2-6, 1982 Chicago A. Bertram Chandler, Frank Kelly Freas, Lee Hoffman 4,275
41 ConStellation September 1-5, 1983 Baltimore John Brunner, David A. Kyle 6,400
42 L.A.con II August 30-September 3, 1984 Los Angeles Gordon R. Dickson, Dick Eney 8,365 / 9,282
43 Aussiecon Two August 22-26, 1985 Melbourne Gene Wolfe, Ted White 1,599
44 ConFederation August 28-September 1, 1986 Atlanta Ray Bradbury, Terry Carr 5,811
45 Conspiracy '87 August 27-September 1, 1987 Brighton Doris Lessing, Alfred Bester, Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Jim Burns, Ray Harryhausen Joyce Slater, Ken Slater, David Langford 4,009 / 5,425
46 Nolacon II September 1-5, 1988 New Orleans Donald A. Wollheim, Roger Sims 5,300
47 Noreascon 3 August 31-September 4, 1989 Boston Andre Norton, Ian Ballantine, Betty Ballantine, the Stranger Club 6,837 / 7,795
48 ConFiction August 23-27, 1990 The Hague Harry Harrison, Wolfgang Jeschke, Joe Haldeman, Andrew Porter 3,580
49 Chicon V August 29-September 2, 1991 Chicago Hal Clement, Martin H. Greenberg, Richard Powers, Jon Stopa, Joni Stopa 5,661
50 MagiCon September 3-7, 1992 Orlando Jack Vance, Vincent Di Fate, Walter A. Willis 5,319 / 6,368
51 ConFrancisco September 2-6, 1993 San Francisco Larry Niven, Alicia Austin, Mark Twain, Tom Digby, Jan Howard Finder 6,602 / 7,725
52 ConAdian September 1-5, 1994 Winnipeg Anne McCaffrey, George Barr, Robert Runte 3,570
53 Intersection August 24-28, 1995 Glasgow Samuel R. Delany, Gerry Anderson, Les Edwards, Vincent Clarke 4,173/ 6,524
54 L.A.con III August 29-September 2, 1996 Los Angeles James White, Roger Corman, Elsie Wollheim, Takumi Shibano, Sachiko Shibano 6,703
55 LoneStarCon 2 August 28-September 1, 1997 San Antonio Algis Budrys, Michael Moorcock, Don Maitz, Roy Tackett 4,634 / 5,614
56 BucConeer August 5-9, 1998 Baltimore C. J. Cherryh, Stanley Schmidt, Michael Whelan, J. Michael Straczynski, Milton A. Rothman 6,572
57 Aussiecon Three September 2-6, 1999 Melbourne George Turner, Greg Benford, Bruce Gillespie 1,548 / 2,872
58 Chicon 6 August 31-September 4, 2000 Chicago Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, Bob Passovoy, Anne Passovoy 5,794 / 6,574
59 Millennium Philcon August 29-September 3, 2001 Philadelphia Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers 4,840 / 6,269
60 ConJosé August 29-September 2, 2002 San Jose Vernor Vinge, David Cherry, Ferdinand Feghoot, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble 5,162 / 5,916
61 Torcon 3 August 28-September 1, 2003 Toronto George R. R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Robert Bloch, Mike Glyer 3,834 / 4,986
62 Noreascon 4 September 2-6, 2004 Boston Terry Pratchett, William Tenn, Jack Speer, Peter Weston 6,008 / 7,485
63 Interaction August 4-8, 2005 Glasgow Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley, Jane Yolen, Greg Pickersgill, Lars-Olov Strandberg 4,115 / 5,202
64 L.A.con IV August 23-27, 2006 Los Angeles Connie Willis, James Gurney, Howard DeVore, Frankie Thomas 5,738 / 6,291
65 Nippon 2007 August 30-September 3, 2007 Yokohama Sakyo Komatsu, David Brin, Yoshitaka Amano, Michael Whelan, Takumi Shibano 3,348 / 5,149
66 Denvention 3 August 6-10, 2008 Denver Lois McMaster Bujold, Rick Sternbach, Kathy Mar, Robert A. Heinlein, Tom Whitmore 3,752 / 4,854
67 Anticipation August 6-10, 2009 Montreal Neil Gaiman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, David Hartwell, Tom Doherty, Taral Wayne 3,925 / 4,499
68 Aussiecon 4 September 2-6, 2010 Melbourne Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaun Tan, Robin Johnson 2,101 / 3,462
69 Renovation August 17-21, 2011 Reno Ellen Asher, Tim Powers, Charles N. Brown, Boris Vallejo 4,112 / 5,526
70 Chicon 7 August 30-September 3, 2012 Chicago Mike Resnick, Story Musgrave, Jane Frank, Rowena Morrill, Peggy Rae Sapienza 4,743 / 6,197
71 LoneStarCon 3 August 29-September 2, 2013 San Antonio James Gunn, Norman Spinrad, Ellen Datlow, Darrell K. Sweet, Willie Siros 4,832 / 6,130
72 Loncon 3 August 14-18 2014 London Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, Bryan Talbot 6,946 / 10,718
73 Sasquan August 19-23, 2015 Spokane David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Brad Foster, Dr. Kjell Lindgren, Tom Smith, Leslie Turek 5,077 / 11,742
74 MidAmeriCon 2 August 17-21 2016 Kansas City Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, Michael Swanwick 4,719 / 7,740
75 Worldcon 75 August 9-13 2017 Helsinki John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, Walter Jon Williams, Ian Stewart 7,949 / 9,634
76 Worldcon 76 in San Jose August 16-20 2018 San Jose Spider Robinson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Edgar Pangborn, Bob Wilkins 4,804 / 8,033
77 Dublin 2019 August 15-19 2019 Dublin Bill Burns, Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Steve Jackson
78 CoNZealand July 29-August 2 2020 (virtual) Wellington Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Greg Broadmore, Rose Mitchell
79 Discon III August 25-29 2021 Washington, D.C. Nancy Kress, John Harris, Toni Weisskopf, Ben Yalow
80 Chicon 8 September 1-5, 2022 Chicago Charles de Lint, Floyd Norman, Edie Stern, Joe Siclari and Erle Korshak


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