List of Worldcons

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This World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) list includes prior and scheduled Worldcons. The data is maintained by the Long List Committee, a World Science Fiction Society sub-committee.

Notes:

  • Name – a convention is normally listed by the least confusing version of its name. This is usually the name preferred by the convention, but fannish tradition is followed in retroactively numbering the first Worldcon in a series 1 (or I or One).
  • Guests of Honor – custom in designating Guests of Honor has varied greatly, with some conventions giving specific titles (Fan, Pro, Australia, U.S., Artist, etc.) and some simply call them all Guests of Honor. Specific labels have been used where they existed, as have regional variants in spelling.
  • Size – where available, this column records two numbers: how many paying members attended the Worldcon and how many total members there were (in parentheses). The available data is very incomplete and imprecise and many of these numbers are probably substantially in error.

1942–1945 Worldcon not held due to World War II

Year Name City Country Guests of Honor Size
1st 1939 Nycon I New York, New York United States Frank R. Paul 200
2nd 1940 Chicon I Chicago, Illinois United States E. E. "Doc" Smith 128
3rd 1941 Denvention I Denver, Colorado United States Robert A. Heinlein 90
4th 1946 Pacificon I Los Angeles, California United States A. E. van Vogt
E. Mayne Hull
130
5th 1947 Philcon I Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States John W. Campbell, Jr. 200
6th 1948 Torcon I Toronto, Ontario Canada Robert Bloch (Pro)
Bob Tucker (fan)
200
7th 1949 Cinvention Cincinnati, Ohio United States Lloyd A. Eshbach (pro)
Ted Carnell (fan)
190
8th 1950 Norwescon Portland, Oregon United States Anthony Boucher 400
9th 1951 Nolacon I New Orleans, Louisiana United States Fritz Leiber 190
10th 1952 TASFiC (Chicon II) Chicago, Illinois United States Hugo Gernsback 870
11th 1953 Philcon II Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Willy Ley 750
12th 1954 SFCon San Francisco, California United States John W. Campbell, Jr. 700
13th 1955 Clevention Cleveland, Ohio United States Isaac Asimov (pro)
Sam Moskowitz (mystery GoH)
380
14th 1956 NyCon II New York, New York United States Arthur C. Clarke 850
15th 1957 Loncon I London UK John W. Campbell, Jr. 268
16th 1958 Solacon South Gate, California United States Richard Matheson 211
17th 1959 Detention Detroit, Michigan United States Poul Anderson (pro)
John Berry (fan)
371
18th 1960 Pittcon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States James Blish 568
19th 1961 Seacon Seattle, Washington United States Robert A. Heinlein 300
20th 1962 Chicon III Chicago, Illinois United States Theodore Sturgeon 730
21st 1963 Discon I Washington, D.C. United States Murray Leinster 600
22nd 1964 Pacificon II Oakland, California United States Leigh Brackett (pro)
Edmond Hamilton (pro)
Forrest J Ackerman (fan)
523
23rd 1965 Loncon II London UK Brian W. Aldiss 350
24th 1966 Tricon Cleveland, Ohio United States L. Sprague de Camp 850
25th 1967 Nycon 3 New York, New York United States Lester del Rey (pro)
Bob Tucker (fan)
1,500
26th 1968 Baycon Berkeley, California United States Philip José Farmer (pro)
Walter J. Daugherty (fan)
1,430
27th 1969 St. Louiscon St. Louis, Missouri United States Jack Gaughan (pro)
Eddie Jones (fan)
1,534
28th 1970 Heicon '70 Heidelberg West Germany E.C. Tubb (UK)
Robert Silverberg (US)
Herbert W. Franke (Germany)
Elliot K. Shorter (fan)
620
29th 1971 Noreascon I Boston, Massachusetts United States Clifford D. Simak (pro)
Harry Warner, Jr. (fan)
1,600
30th 1972 L.A.con I Los Angeles, California United States Frederik Pohl (pro)
Buck & Juanita Coulson (fan)
2,007
31st 1973 Torcon II Toronto Canada Robert Bloch (Pro)
William Rotsler (fan)
2,900
32nd 1974 Discon II Washington, D.C. United States Roger Zelazny (pro)
Jay Kay Klein (fan)
3,587
33rd 1975 Aussiecon 1 Melbourne, Victoria Australia Ursula K. Le Guin (pro)
Susan Wood (fan)
Mike Glicksohn (fan)
Donald Tuck (Australian)
606
34th 1976 MidAmeriCon Kansas City, Missouri United States Robert A. Heinlein 3,014
35th 1977 SunCon Miami Beach, Florida United States Jack Williamson (pro)
Robert A. Madle (fan)
3,240
(4,200)
36th 1978 IguanaCon II Phoenix, Arizona United States Harlan Ellison (pro)
Bill Bowers (fan)
4,700
37th 1979 Seacon '79 Brighton UK Brian Aldiss (UK)
Fritz Leiber (US)
Harry Bell (fan)
3,114
38th 1980 Noreascon Two Boston, Massachusetts United States Damon Knight (pro)
Kate Wilhelm (pro)
Bruce Pelz (fan)
5,850
39th 1981 Denvention Two Denver, Colorado United States Clifford D. Simak (pro)
C.L. Moore (pro)
Rusty Hevelin (fan)
3,792
40th 1982 Chicon IV Chicago, Illinois United States A. Bertram Chandler (pro)
Frank Kelly Freas (pro)
Lee Hoffman (fan)
4,275
41st 1983 ConStellation Baltimore, Maryland United States John Brunner (pro)
David A. Kyle (fan)
6,400
42nd 1984 L.A.con II Anaheim, California United States Gordon R. Dickson (pro)
Dick Eney (fan)
8,365
43rd 1985 Aussiecon Two Melbourne, Victoria Australia Gene Wolfe (pro)
Ted White (fan)
1,599
44th 1986 ConFederation Atlanta, Georgia United States Ray Bradbury (pro)[1]
Terry Carr (fan)
5,811
45th 1987 Conspiracy '87 Brighton UK Doris Lessing (UK)
Alfred Bester (US)
Boris and Arkady Strugatsky (USSR)
Jim Burns (artist)
Ray Harryhausen (film)
Joyce and Ken Slater (fan)
David Langford (special fan)
4,009
(5,425)
46th 1988 Nolacon II New Orleans, Louisiana United States Donald A. Wollheim (pro)
Roger Sims (fan)
5,300
47th 1989 Noreascon 3 Boston, Massachusetts United States Andre Norton (pro)
Betty and Ian Ballantine (pro)
The Stranger Club (fan)
6,837
(7,795)
48th 1990 ConFiction The Hague Netherlands Harry Harrison (pro)
Wolfgang Jeschke (pro)
Joe Haldeman (pro)
Andrew I. Porter (fan)
3,580
49th 1991 Chicon V Chicago, Illinois United States Hal Clement (pro)
Martin H. Greenberg (pro)
Richard Powers (pro)
Jon and Joni Stopa (fan)
5,661
50th 1992 MagiCon Orlando, Florida United States Jack Vance (pro)
Vincent Di Fate (artist)
Walter A. Willis (fan)
5,319
(6,368)
51st 1993 ConFrancisco San Francisco, California United States Larry Niven
Alicia Austin
Tom Digby (fan)
Jan Howard Finder
Mark Twain (Dead GoH)
6,602
52nd 1994 ConAdian Winnipeg Canada Anne McCaffrey (pro)
George Barr (artist)
Robert Runte (fan)
3,570
(7,725)
53rd 1995 Intersection Glasgow, Scotland UK Samuel R. Delany (writer)
Gerry Anderson (media)
Les Edwards (artist)
Vin¢ Clarke (fan)
4,173
(6,524)
54th 1996 L.A.con III Anaheim, California United States James White (writer)
Roger Corman (media)
Elsie Wollheim (special)
Takumi and Sachiko Shibano (fan)
6,703
55th 1997 LoneStarCon 2 San Antonio, Texas United States Algis Budrys (pro)
Michael Moorcock (pro)
Don Maitz (artist)
Roy Tackett (fan)
4,634
(5,614)
56th 1998 BucConeer Baltimore, Maryland United States C. J. Cherryh
Milton A. Rothman
Stanley Schmidt
Michael Whelan
J. Michael Straczynski (special)
6,572
57th 1999 Aussiecon Three Melbourne, Victoria Australia Gregory Benford, author
George Turner, author
Bruce Gillespie, fan
1,626
(2,872)
58th 2000 Chicon 2000 Chicago, Illinois United States Ben Bova (author)
Bob Eggleton (artist)
Jim Baen (editor)
Bob & Anne Passovoy (fan)
5,794
(6,574)
59th 2001 Millennium Philcon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Greg Bear (author)
Stephen Youll (artist)
Gardner Dozois (editor)
George H. Scithers (fan)
4,840
(6,269)
60th 2002 ConJosé San Jose, California United States Vernor Vinge (author)
David Cherry (artist)
Bjo & John Trimble (fan)
Ferdinand Feghoot (imaginary)
5,162
(5,916)
61st 2003 Torcon 3 Toronto Canada George R. R. Martin (author)
Frank Kelly Freas (artist)
Mike Glyer (fan)
Robert Bloch (GoHst of Honor)
3,834
(4,986)
62nd 2004 Noreascon 4 Boston, Massachusetts United States Terry Pratchett (pro)
William Tenn (pro)
Jack Speer (fan)
Peter Weston (fan)
5,651
(7,485)
63rd 2005 Interaction Glasgow, Scotland UK Greg Pickersgill
Christopher Priest
Robert Sheckley
Lars-Olov Strandberg
Jane Yolen
4,115
(5,202)
64th 2006 L.A.con IV Anaheim, California United States Connie Willis (Author)
James Gurney (Artist)
Howard DeVore (fan)
Frankie Thomas (Special)
5,738
(6,291)
65th 2007 Nippon 2007 Yokohama Japan Sakyo Komatsu (author)
David Brin (author)
Takumi Shibano (fan)
Yoshitaka Amano (artist)
Michael Whelan (artist)
3,348
(5,149)[2]
66th 2008 Denvention 3 Denver, Colorado United States Lois McMaster Bujold (pro)
Tom Whitmore (fan)
Rick Sternbach (artist)
3,752[3]
67th 2009 Anticipation Montréal, Québec Canada Neil Gaiman (pro)
Elisabeth Vonarburg (pro)
Taral Wayne (fan)
David Hartwell (editor)
Tom Doherty (publisher)
3,925
(4,499)
68th 2010 Aussiecon Four Melbourne, Victoria Australia Kim Stanley Robinson (author)
Robin Johnson (fan)
Shaun Tan (artist)
2,101
(3,462)
69th 2011 Renovation Reno, Nevada United States Tim Powers
Ellen Asher
Boris Vallejo
Charles N. Brown (in memoriam)
4,112
(5,526)
70th 2012 Chicon 7 Chicago, Illinois United States Mike Resnick (author)
Rowena Morrill (artist)
Story Musgrave (astronaut)
Peggy Rae Sapienza (fan)
Jane Frank (agent)
Sy Liebergot (special guest)
John Scalzi (toastmaster)
4,743
(6,197)
71st 2013 LoneStarCon 3 San Antonio, Texas United States Ellen Datlow
James Gunn
Willie Siros
Norman Spinrad
Darrell K. Sweet (in memoriam)
Paul Cornell (toastmaster)
Leslie Fish
Joe R. Lansdale
4,311
(6,060)
72nd 2014 Loncon 3 London UK Iain M. Banks (in memoriam)
John Clute
Chris Foss
Malcolm Edwards
Jeanne Gomoll
Robin Hobb
Bryan Talbot
7,951
(10,833)
73rd 2015 Sasquan Spokane, Washington United States Brad Foster
David Gerrold
Vonda McIntyre
Tom Smith
Leslie Turek
74th 2016 MidAmeriCon II Kansas City, Missouri United States Kinuko Y. Craft
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Tamora Pierce
Michael Swanwick

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Sue (September 4, 1986). "S-F Convention Proves Out of This World". Los Angeles Times. pp. 5–18. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nippon 2007: The First Worldcon in Japan". Locus (Oakland, CA: Locus Publications) 59 (5): 7. November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Denvention 3: The 66th World Science Fiction Convention". Locus (Oakland, CA: Locus Publications) 61 (4): 8. October 2008.