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A convention run in the UK by the Polytechnic Science Fiction and Fantasy Association at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Polytechnic prior to 1992) in Great Britain from 1979 to 1992.

The first convention (and the series) was named 'Shoestringcon' so as not to be unfairly compared with that year's heavily-resourced British Worldcon Seacon '79.

In the earlier days, the convention usually had just one GoH who was wined and dined (a trip to the local Chinese restaurant with the committee was a thing). The events were held on Hatfield Poly campus, upstairs in the Elephant House (student building ), where attendees could also sleep overnight as well as get food and drink. Guests were given somewhere nicer to stay, such as a room in the halls of residence.

History at Concatenation

Convention Dates GoHs
Shoestringcon 1: Polycon Autumn 1979 Ken Bulmer and Mat Irvine
Shoestringcon 2: Polycon 2 Autumn 1980 Ian Watson and 2000AD
Shoestringcon 3: PSIFAcon May 9, 1981 Rob Holdstock
Shoestringcon 4: Economy October 10-11, 1982 Bob Shaw
Shoestringcon 5: FTLcon Autumn 1983 Iain Nicolson
Shoestringcon 6: Ib Con Autumn 1984 Geoff Ryman
Shoestringcon 7: Knocon October 4-6, 1985 Bryan Talbot
Shoestringcon 8: Articon? Autumn 1986
Shoestringcon 9: Necroninecon Autumn 1987 Ramsey Campbell
Shoestringcon 10: Decaid Autumn 1988 Gwyneth Jones and Lorna Mitchell
Shoestringcon 11: STLcon Autumn 1989
Shoestringcon 12: Ghengis Khon Autumn 1990
Shoestringcon 13 Autumn 1991
Shoestringcon 14: Economy II March 19-21, 1993 Storm Constantine

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