The WorldCon is an eclectic mix of annual meeting, exhibition, awards ceremony, opportunity for making publishing deals and "old home week" for some 6,000 Science Fiction fans and professionals. The WorldCon is an opportunity to share ideas, experience, and the love of the fantastic.
Over 1,000 Science Fiction books were published in 1991, the year before MagiCon, demonstrating the vitality of the Science Fiction industry in the recession. A number of these books made the New York Times Best Seller list, including Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire and Orson Scott Card's Xenocide. Science Fiction movies are among the most-watched movies of all time, and Science Fiction on television is undergoing a resurgence, with the popular Star Trek: The Next Generation and Quantum Leap series. An entire cable channel devoted to Science Fiction, the Sci-Fi Channel, made its debut in the fall of 1992. While some conventions emphasize all particular facet of Science Fiction, all types of Science Fiction are exhibited and discussed during the five day convention.
WorldCons have grown impressively since their humble beginnings in New York City in 1939. The first WorldCon had about 50 young male attendees, mostly from the East Coast. Since then, WorldCons have attracted up to 8,400 members (in Los Angeles, 1984); nearly half of the WorldCon attendees are female; and attendees come from all over the world. In the last decade WorldCon sites have included Melbourne, Australia; Brighton, England; The Hague, The Netherlands; Los Angeles, California; Glasgow, Scotland; and Boston, Massachusetts. WorldCons are also one of the few large conferences run exclusively by volunteers. The convention activities are handicapped-accessible and many areas are smoke-free.
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When a convention or a Worldcon bid has a Homepage clicking on it's title or location (For example: BucCONeer) will take you to that Homepage.
|1939||NYcon 1||1968||Baycon||2003||Torcon 3|
|1940||Chicon I||1969||St. Louiscon||2004||Noreascon Four|
|1941||Denvention I||1971||Noreascon I||2005||Interaction|
|1946||Pacificon I||1972||LA Con I||2006||LA Con IV|
|1947||Philcon I||1973||Torcon 2||2007||Nippon 2007|
|1948||Torcon I||1976||MidAmeriCon||2008||Denvention 3|
|1950||NorWesCon||1979||Seacon '79||2012||Chicon 7|
|1951||Nolacon I||1980||Noreascon Two||2013||LoneStarCon 3|
|1952||TASFIC Chicon II||1981||Denvention Two||2014||Loncon 3|
|1953||Philcon II||1982||Chicon IV||2015||Sasquan|
|1955||Clevention||1984||LA Con II||Bids for Future WorldCons|
|1956||NYcon II||1988||Nolacon II||2017||Helsinki|
|1957||Loncon I||1989||Noreascon 3||Montereal|
|1962||Chicon III||1996||LA Con III||2019||Dublin|
|1964||Pacificon II||1997||LoneStarCon 2||France|
|1965||Loncon II||2000||Chicon 2000||2020||New Zealand|
|Bids for Future WorldCons entries are the locations of groups that are considering hosting a worldcon in the coming years and, when available, links to their websites. Please see Worldcon and NASFiC Bids maintained by Chaz Boston Baden for more information.|
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