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WetzCon I, the first German science fiction convention, was held January 13–15, 1956, in Wetzlar, Germany.
Wetzlar was home to Anne Steul and close to Giessen where teenage twins Jim and Greg Benford lived, their father Lt. Col. James A. Benford then being stationed with the American armed forces in Germany (the family returned to the United States in 1957. See the twins' reminiscence “Gerfandom Days” in Mimosa #30).
After getting together, the trio decided to put on a convention in Wetzlar. Greg Benford's “1st and 2nd Encounter” in Void #4 describes how this came about.
- Conreport by Greg Benford in Void 5, p. 23.
- A very excellent account in Then.
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