51st World Science Fiction Convention

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ConFrancisco, the 51st World Science Fiction Convention
Genre Science fiction
Venue Moscone Convention Center
Location(s) San Francisco, California
Country United States
Inaugurated September 2–6, 1993
Attendance 6,602
Organized by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.
Filing status Non-profit

The 51st World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as ConFrancisco, was held September 2–6, 1993, at the ANA Hotel, Parc Fifty Five, and Nikko Hotels, and the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, USA.

The supporting organization was San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. The chairman was David W. Clark. The Guests of Honor (called "Honored Guests") were Larry Niven, Alicia Austin, Tom Digby, Jan Howard Finder, and Mark Twain (Dead GoH). Mark Twain was "channeled" by Jon deCles. The toastmaster was Guy Gavriel Kay. Total attendance was 6,602, of 7,725 paid memberships.

ConFrancisco was the last Worldcon not to have its own official website.[1]

The original plan of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. was to hold the convention at the futuristic San Francisco Marriott Marquis, designed by the noted architect Anthony J. Lumsden, which is topped with a jukebox shaped glass tower that makes it look like a skyscraper from a Flash Gordon comic strip by Alex Raymond. This building is a notable example of futurist architecture. However, the hotel backed out of the contract when a more lucrative larger convention wanted to schedule there on the same weekend.

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.[2]

Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

At this convention, as one of the "Honored Guests", Larry Niven was carried around the convention in a sedan chair by his fans while wearing a crown.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ConFrancisco (Worldcon 1993)". San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1993 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
50th World Science Fiction Convention
MagiCon in Orlando, USA (1992)
List of Worldcons
51st World Science Fiction Convention
in San Francisco, USA (1993)
Succeeded by
52nd World Science Fiction Convention
ConAdian in Winnipeg, Canada (1994)