48th World Science Fiction Convention

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ConFiction, the 48th World Science Fiction Convention
World Forum Den Haag.jpg
Netherlands Congress Centre, now World Forum
Genre Science fiction
Venue Netherlands Congress Centre
Location(s) The Hague
Country Netherlands
Inaugurated 23–27 August 1990
Attendance 3580

The 48th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), was ConFiction, which was held in The Hague, Netherlands 23rd-27 August 1990 at the Netherlands Congress Centre. This convention was one of the two Worldcons held in continental Europe, the other being the 28th World Science Fiction Convention held in West Germany.

Participants[edit]

The guests of honour for the convention were Joe Haldeman, Wolfgang Jeschke and Harry Harrison, with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Toastmaster and Andrew I. Porter as Fan Guest of Honour. The organising committee was chaired by Kees van Toorn. The total membership of the convention was 3580, despite the preparations for the Gulf war which deterred many Americans from traveling.

This was the first Worldcon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, so was the first convention which many fans, writers and editors from Eastern European countries were able to attend. The convention was opened by the then Minister of Cultural Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Hugos were presented by the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands.

Awards[edit]

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. Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, are also presented each year at Worldcon.[1]

Hugo Awards[edit]

The Hugo Awards given at the convention for achievements in the field of science fiction for the year 1989 were:[2]

Other awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1990 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
47th World Science Fiction Convention
Noreascon 3 in Boston, USA (1989)
List of Worldcons
48rd World Science Fiction Convention
ConFiction in The Hague, Netherlands (1990)
Succeeded by
49th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon V in Chicago, USA (1991)