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The 47th [[Worldcon]], and the [[Boston Worldcons|third in Boston]], '''N3''' was held August 31 to September 4, 1989, at the [[Hynes Convention Center]], [[Sheraton-Boston Hotel]], [[Back Bay Hilton Hotel]], and [[Boston Park Plaza Hotel]] in [[Boston]], MA.  The [[GoHs]] were [[Andre Norton]] ([[pro]]), [[Ian Ballantine|Ian]] & [[Betty Ballantine]] ([[pro]]), The [[Stranger Club]] ([[FGoH|fan]]).  
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The 47th [[Worldcon]], and the [[Boston Worldcons|third in Boston]], '''N3''' was held August 31 to September 4, 1989, at the [[Hynes Convention Center]], [[Sheraton-Boston Hotel]], [[Back Bay Hilton Hotel]], and [[Boston Park Plaza Hotel]] in [[Boston, MA]].  The [[GoHs]] were [[Andre Norton]] ([[pro]]), [[Ian Ballantine|Ian]] & [[Betty Ballantine]] (pro), The [[Stranger Club]] ([[FGoH|fan]]).  
  
The [[Stranger Club]] was the first [[SF club]] in [[Boston]] and sponsor of the early 40s series of five [[Boskones]] and the ''[[club]]'' was the [[Fan GoH]] of Noreascon 3. All of its known surviving members were invited to the convention as guests to represent the [[club]] and seven were located and attended: [[Art Widner]], [[Chan Davis]], [[Harry Stubbs]] ([[Hal Clement]]), [[Louis Russell Chauvenet]], [[Timothy Orrok]], [[Norman Stanley]], and [[Robert D. Swisher]].
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The [[Stranger Club]] was the first [[SF club]] in [[Boston]] and sponsor of the early 40s series of five [[Boskones]] and the ''club'' was the [[Fan GoH]] of Noreascon 3. All of its known surviving members were invited to the convention as guests to represent the [[club]] and seven were located and attended: [[Art Widner]], [[Chan Davis]], [[Harry Stubbs]] ([[Hal Clement]]), [[Louis Russell Chauvenet]], [[Timothy Orrok]], [[Norman Stanley]], and [[Robert D. Swisher]].
  
 
It was chaired by [[Mark Olson]].  See also the [[Noreascon 3 Committee]] list.  It was sponsored by [[MCFI]].
 
It was chaired by [[Mark Olson]].  See also the [[Noreascon 3 Committee]] list.  It was sponsored by [[MCFI]].
  
Major special events at the convention included the [[50th Anniversary Brunch]], [[SF Tonight]], the [[Concourse]], and [[Boxboro Fandom]]'s [[Louis Wu]]'s Birthday Party.
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Major special events at the convention included the [[50th Anniversary Brunch]], [[SF Tonight]], the [[Concourse]], and [[Boxboro Fandom]]'s [[Louis Wu's Birthday Party]].
  
The [[bidders]] for 1989 were [[Boston in '89]] and [[New York in '89]]: see [[1989 Worldcon Site Selection]] for more details.  Because of the change from 2-year-in-advance site selection to three years in advance, there were two Worldcons selected in 1986, the conventions for 1988 and 1989. Since 1988 was a hotly contested race (see [[1988 Worldcon Site Selection]]), the Boston committee could not select its [[pro]] [[GoHs]] until the winner of 1988 was known. Consequently, while [[Boston in '89]] announced is [[Fan GoHs]] on winning, it waited until November 1986 to announce the pro GoHs.
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The [[bidders]] for 1989 were [[Boston in '89]] and [[New York in '89]]: see [[1989 Worldcon Site Selection]] for more details.  Because of the change from 2-year-in-advance site selection to three years in advance, there were two Worldcons selected in 1986, the conventions for 1988 and 1989. Since 1988 was a hotly contested race (see [[1988 Worldcon Site Selection]]), the Boston committee could not select its [[pro]] [[GoHs]] until the winner of 1988 was known and ''its'' guests announced. Consequently, while Boston in '89 announced its [[Fan GoHs]] on winning, it waited until November 1986 to announce the pro GoHs.
  
For more details on the [[Hugos]], see [[1989 Hugos]]. The 1989 [[Hugo trophy]] was an Art Deco confection of Saturnian rings and metal balls which was perhaps the most stylish Hugo base ever made. Unfortunately, it was also one of the more fragile, having a particular problem with the balls which had been laboriously glued in place by convention staff...only to begin falling out about an hour after the ceremony. [[Gardner Dozois]] made observations about this...
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For more details on the [[Hugos]], see [[1989 Hugos]]. The 1989 [[Hugo trophy]] was an Art Deco confection of Saturnian rings and metal balls which was perhaps the most stylish Hugo base ever made. Unfortunately, it was also one of the more fragile, having a particular problem with the balls which had been laboriously glued in place by convention staff...only to begin falling out about an hour after the ceremony. ''[[Gardner Dozois]] made observations about this...''
  
 
For more details on the [[site selection]] conducted at Noreascon 3, see [[1992 Worldcon Site Selection]].
 
For more details on the [[site selection]] conducted at Noreascon 3, see [[1992 Worldcon Site Selection]].
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==Concourse==
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(See [[Concourse (Eastercon)]] for the [[Eastercon]] of that name.)
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The Concourse (also known as the "mixing area") was created by Noreascon Three to turn Hall C of the [[Hynes Auditorium]] into a 30,000 sq ft [[fan lounge]]. This served the multiple purposes of providing a comfortable place for fans to connect with each other, providing a location for the very extensive exhibits at Noreascon Three, and, in the aftermath of the [[Boskone from Hell]], reassuring the management of the [[Sheraton-Boston Hotel]] that the hotel would not be unduly crowded.  It was open from before 9 am to 2 am each day.
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The inspirations for the Concourse were the [[Discave]] created by [[Evan Phillips]] and the [[Fan Lounge]] at [[Conspiracy '87]], both of which did an extraordinary job (though on a much smaller scale) of providing a place [[fans]] actually wanted to be. It was developed by [[Leslie Turek]] based on an idea by [[Mark Olson]]. [[Peggy Rae Pavlat]] helped develop the exhibits.
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It included many exhibits, some of which were continued after Noreascon 3:
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* 'Alice' Exhibit ([[Jane Jewell]])
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* Contemporary [[Fanzines]] Exhibit ([[Mike Glyer]])
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* [[European Fandom Exhibit]] ([[Kees van Toorn]])
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* [[History of Bidding Exhibit]] ([[Joe Siclari]])
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* History of [[Costuming]] ([[Janet Wilson Anderson]])
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* History of Fanzines ([[Nancy Atherton]])
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* History of Noreascon Three ([[Laura Paskman-Syms]])
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* [[History of Worldcons Exhibit]] ([[Bruce Pelz]])
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* SF & F [[Clubs]] ([[Tom Hanlon]])
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* The [[Pro Portrait Gallery]] ([[Christine Valada]])
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* Films Exhibit ([[Deb Geisler]])
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* World News ([[Laura Paskman-Syms]])
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The Concourse was so successful as to make a major combined exhibit/fan area of some sort a required part of subsequent [[Worldcons]].
  
 
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Latest revision as of 07:45, 14 March 2021

The 47th Worldcon, and the third in Boston, N3 was held August 31 to September 4, 1989, at the Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton-Boston Hotel, Back Bay Hilton Hotel, and Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. The GoHs were Andre Norton (pro), Ian & Betty Ballantine (pro), The Stranger Club (fan).

The Stranger Club was the first SF club in Boston and sponsor of the early 40s series of five Boskones and the club was the Fan GoH of Noreascon 3. All of its known surviving members were invited to the convention as guests to represent the club and seven were located and attended: Art Widner, Chan Davis, Harry Stubbs (Hal Clement), Louis Russell Chauvenet, Timothy Orrok, Norman Stanley, and Robert D. Swisher.

It was chaired by Mark Olson. See also the Noreascon 3 Committee list. It was sponsored by MCFI.

Major special events at the convention included the 50th Anniversary Brunch, SF Tonight, the Concourse, and Boxboro Fandom's Louis Wu's Birthday Party.

The bidders for 1989 were Boston in '89 and New York in '89: see 1989 Worldcon Site Selection for more details. Because of the change from 2-year-in-advance site selection to three years in advance, there were two Worldcons selected in 1986, the conventions for 1988 and 1989. Since 1988 was a hotly contested race (see 1988 Worldcon Site Selection), the Boston committee could not select its pro GoHs until the winner of 1988 was known and its guests announced. Consequently, while Boston in '89 announced its Fan GoHs on winning, it waited until November 1986 to announce the pro GoHs.

For more details on the Hugos, see 1989 Hugos. The 1989 Hugo trophy was an Art Deco confection of Saturnian rings and metal balls which was perhaps the most stylish Hugo base ever made. Unfortunately, it was also one of the more fragile, having a particular problem with the balls which had been laboriously glued in place by convention staff...only to begin falling out about an hour after the ceremony. Gardner Dozois made observations about this...

For more details on the site selection conducted at Noreascon 3, see 1992 Worldcon Site Selection.

Noreascon 3 started the Pass-Along Funds process in which Worldcons sign up to pass on at least 50% of their surplus in exchange for receiving pass-along funds from its predecessors.

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Concourse[edit]

(See Concourse for the Eastercon of that name.)

The Concourse (also known as the "mixing area") was created by Noreascon Three to turn Hall C of the Hynes Auditorium into a 30,000 sq ft fan lounge. This served the multiple purposes of providing a comfortable place for fans to connect with each other, providing a location for the very extensive exhibits at Noreascon Three, and, in the aftermath of the Boskone from Hell, reassuring the management of the Sheraton-Boston Hotel that the hotel would not be unduly crowded. It was open from before 9 am to 2 am each day.

The inspirations for the Concourse were the Discave created by Evan Phillips and the Fan Lounge at Conspiracy '87, both of which did an extraordinary job (though on a much smaller scale) of providing a place fans actually wanted to be. It was developed by Leslie Turek based on an idea by Mark Olson. Peggy Rae Pavlat helped develop the exhibits.

It included many exhibits, some of which were continued after Noreascon 3:

The Concourse was so successful as to make a major combined exhibit/fan area of some sort a required part of subsequent Worldcons.


Nolacon II Worldcon Bidding,  Hugos ConFiction
Noreascon Two Noreascon Noreascon 4
Reasonator 1989
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