Australian National Science Fiction Convention

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The Australian National Science Fiction Convention or Natcon is an annual science fiction convention. Each convention is run by a different committee unaffiliated with any national fannish body. Bids for running the Natcon are voted on by attendees at the Natcon two years in advance. These votes are held at a Business Meeting organised by the convention committee, and held at the convention, in practice much of the organisation of the meeting is done by a standing committee selected by the prior meeting.[1]

Ditmar Award[edit]

Main article: Ditmar Award

The Ditmar Award has been awarded at the convention since 1969 to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom. The award is similar to the Hugo Award but on a national rather than international scale. At various times in its history the award has included international categories, but this is the exception. Categories include both professional and fan categories, focusing on fiction but also including some artistic and general achievement (as well as, since the demise of the ASFMAs, several "production" awards).

List of Australian National Science Fiction Conventions[edit]

No Date Name Location Guests of Honour References
1 22 March 1952 First Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none) [2][3][4][5]
2 1–3 May 1953 Second Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none) [2][3][4][6]
3 17–18 April 1954 Third Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none) [2][3][4][7]
4 18–20 March 1955 Fourth Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney Arthur C. Clarke [2][3][4][8][9]
5 8–9 December 1956 Olympicon Melbourne Frank Bryning [2][3][4]
6 5–6 April 1958 Sixth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none) [2][3]
7 Easter 1966 Seventh Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none) [2][3]
8 4–6 April 1969 Eighth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne Lee Harding, John Foyster [2][3]
9 Easter 1970 Ninth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none) [2][3][10][11]
10 1–2 January 1971 Tenth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne Robin Johnson [2][3]
11 11–13 August 1972 Syncon '72 Sydney Lesleigh Luttrell [2][3]
12 17–19 August 1973 Advention 2 Adelaide John Foyster [2][3]
13 16–18 August 1974 Ozcon Melbourne Merv Binns and (fan) John Bangsund [2][3]
14 24–27 January 1975 Syncon '75 Sydney (none) [2][3][12]
15 13–15 August 1976 Bofcon Melbourne (none) [2][3]
16 29–31 July 1977 A-Con 7 Adelaide Bill Rotsler [2][3]
17 24–27 March 1978 Unicon IV Melbourne Brian Aldiss, Roger Zelazny [2][3]
18 10–13 August 1979 Syncon '79 Sydney Gordon R. Dickson, Ken Fletcher, Linda Lounsbury, Kouichi Yamamoto [2][3]
19 15–18 August 1980 Swancon 5 Perth Anne McCaffrey, Shayne McCormack, Grant Stone [2][3]
20 6–8 June 1981 Advention '81 Adelaide Frank Herbert, John Ossian (John Foyster), K. U. F. Widdershins (John Foyster) [2][3]
21 9–12 April 1982 Tschaicon Melbourne Jack Vance, Leanne Frahm, Eric Lindsay [2][3]
22 10–13 June 1983 Syncon '83 Sydney Harlan Ellison, Van Ikin [2][3]
23 20–23 April 1984 Eurekacon Melbourne George Turner [2][3]
24 5–8 April 1985 Advention '85 Adelaide Lee Harding [2][3]
25 28–31 March 1986 Swancon XI Perth C. J. Cherryh, Jack Herman [2][3]
26 24–27 April 1987 Capcon Canberra Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey, John Newman [2][3]
27 10–13 June 1988 Conviction Sydney Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Carey Handfield [2][3]
28 23–27 March 1989 Swancon 14 Perth John Varley, Bob Shaw, Paul J. Stevens [2][3]
29 13–16 April 1990 Danse Macabre Melbourne George R. R. Martin, Eric Lindsay [2][3]
30 29 March – 1 April 1991 Suncon Brisbane Patrick Tilley, Harlan Ellison, Leigh Edmonds [2][3]
31 17–20 April 1992 Syncon '92 Sydney Michael Whelan, Nick Stathopoulos, Sean McMullen [2][3]
32 8–12 April 1993 Swancon 18 Perth Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan and Craig Hilton [2][3]
33 1–4 April 1994 Constantinople Melbourne William Gibson, Bruce Gillespie, Bean & Medge. [2][3][13][14]
34 9–12 June 1995 Thylacon Hobart Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Nicholls, Grant Stone [2][3]
35 4–8 April 1996 Festival of the Imagination Perth Storm Constantine, Neil Gaiman [2][3]
36 27–28 September 1997 Basicon 2 Melbourne (none) [2][3]
37 5–8 June 1998 Thylacon 2 Hobart George R. R. Martin, Leanne Frahm [2][3][15]
38 2–6 September 1999 SpawnCon Two (part of Aussiecon Three, the 57th Worldcon) Melbourne (none) [3][16]
39 20–24 April 2000 Swancon 2000 Perth Connie Willis, Robin Hobb, Garth Nix, Ian Nichols, Mitch [3][17][18]
40 13–15 April 2001 Swancon 2001: Masquerade Perth Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber, Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman, and Sue Ackermann [3][19]
41 7–10 June 2002 Convergence 2002 Melbourne Joe & Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Sean Williams, and (fan) Race Mathews [3][20]
42 17–21 April 2003 Swancon 2003 Perth Lynn Flewelling, Tony Shillitoe, Fiona McIntosh, and (fan) Justin Ackroyd [3][21]
43 23–26 April 2004 Conflux Canberra Greg Benford, Sean McMullen, and (fan) Karen Herkes [3][22]
44 10–13 June 2005 Thylacon 2005 Hobart Anne Bishop, Marianne de Pierres, and (fan) Merv Binns [3][23]
45 14–17 April 2006 Conjure Brisbane Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Sean Williams, Jonathan Strahan, and (fan) Erika Maria Lacey [24]
46 8–11 June 2007 Convergence 2 Melbourne Isobelle Carmody, Fred Gallagher, Dave Freer, and (fan) Cath Ortlieb [25]
47 20–24 March 2008 State of the Art: Swancon 2008 Perth Ken Macleod, Rob Shearman, Glenda Larke, and (fan) Zara Baxter [26]
48 5–8 June 2009 Conjecture Adelaide Julie E. Czerneda, and (fans) Steve & Catherine Scholz [27]
49 2–6 September 2010 Dudcon III (held in conjunction with Aussiecon IV, the 68th Worldcon) Melbourne Peter Watts, Helen Merrick, and (fan) Jacob Blake [28]
50 21–25 April 2011 Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Perth Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams, and (fan) Sarah Xu [29]
51 8–11 June 2012 Continuum 8:Craftonomicon Melbourne Kelly Link, Alison Goodman, and (fan) Sue Ann Barber [30]
52 25–28 April 2013 Conflux 9 Canberra Nalo Hopkinson, Marc Gascoigne, Karen Miller, and (fan) Rose Mitchell [31]

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