55th World Science Fiction Convention
|LoneStarCon 2, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention|
|Venue||Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center|
|Location(s)||San Antonio, Texas|
|Inaugurated||August 28-September 1, 1997|
|Attendance||4,634 (5,614 total)|
|Organized by||Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, Inc.|
|Filing status||501(c)(3) non-profit|
The 55th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), was LoneStarCon 2, also known as "The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention & Chili Cook-off". The convention was held August 28–September 1, 1997, at the Marriott Rivercenter, Marriott Riverwalk, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The first LoneStarCon, held in Austin, Texas, had been the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in 1985, when the 43rd Worldcon was held in Australia.
The supporting organization was the Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO). The chairman was Karen Meschke. The Guests of Honor were Algis Budrys (pro), Michael Moorcock (pro), Don Maitz (artist), and Roy Tackett (fan). The toastmaster was Neal Barrett, Jr. Total attendance was 4,634, of 5,614 paid memberships.
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.
- Best Novel: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Best Novella: "Blood of the Dragon" by George R. R. Martin
- Best Novelette: "Bicycle Repairman" by Bruce Sterling
- Best Short Story: "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective" by Connie Willis
- Best Non-Fiction Book: Time and Chance: an Autobiography by L. Sprague de Camp
- Best Dramatic Presentation: "Severed Dreams" (Babylon 5 episode)
- Best Professional Editor: Gardner Dozois
- Best Professional Artist: Bob Eggleton
- Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown
- Best Fanzine: Mimosa, edited by Nicki Lynch & Rich Lynch
- Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
- Best Fan Artist: William Rotsler
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