14th World Science Fiction Convention

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NyCon II, the 14th World Science Fiction Convention
Genre Science fiction
Venue Biltmore Hotel
Location(s) New York City, New York
Country United States
Inaugurated August 31-September 3, 1956
Attendance 850
Filing status non-profit

The 14th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as NyCon II or NEWYORCON, was held August 31–September 3, 1956, at the Biltmore Hotel in New York, New York, USA.[1]

The chairman was David A. Kyle. The Guest of Honor was Arthur C. Clarke. The toastmaster was Robert Bloch. Total attendance was approximately 850.


The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.[2] Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society.[3]

Fan politics[edit]

It was at this Worldcon that a group of fans (including Bob Tucker, Boyd Raeburn, Dick Eney, Ron Ellik and Ted White) who had not paid the $7 fee for the convention banquet chose to sit in the balcony and listen to the Guest of Honor speeches. Convention chair Kyle had a messenger tell the "Balcony Insurgents" that Kyle had said they could not sit there. Since almost every fan who wrote about the convention reported the incident, "Dave Kyle Says You Can't Sit Here" became a fannish catchphrase.[4]

The primary bid for the 15th World Science Fiction Convention was for London. This would be the first Worldcon outside North America, and there was a small but vocal jingoistic faction of Americans who argued for retaining the Worldcon in North America, claiming "If we let them have it they'll never give it back". Their campaign against the London proposal was opposed by other Americans, most audibly Anthony Boucher, and the London bid won by an ample margin, to loud cheers. There were reportedly petty efforts even after the vote was over to sabotage the London bid, but they failed to hinder it.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Invasion From Mars". The New York Times. August 31, 1956. Retrieved 19 January 2011. The Martians are invading New York today. No, that's not quite correct. Rather, it's the men who write about Martians who'll do the invading. Gotham will be the science fiction capital of the world this week-end. 
  2. ^ "1956 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Brown, Rich (August 1, 2005). "Balcony Insurgents". Dr. Gafia's Fan Terms. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
13th World Science Fiction Convention
Clevention in Cleveland, USA (1955)
List of Worldcons
14th World Science Fiction Convention
in New York, USA (1956)
Succeeded by
15th World Science Fiction Convention
Loncon I in London, UK (1957)