19th World Science Fiction Convention

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Seacon, the 19th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
Dates2–4 September 1961
VenueHyatt House Hotel
Location(s)Seattle, Washington
CountryUnited States
Attendance270 to 300
Filing statusNon-profit

The 19th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Seacon, was held on 2–4 September 1961 at the Hyatt House Hotel in Seattle, Washington, United States.

The convention chair was Wally Weber.[1]


Attendance was approximately 270 to 300.

Guests of Honor[edit]


Heinlein gave a speech titled "The Future Revisited".[3] He was previously the guest of honor at the 3rd Worldcon, and would again be the guest of honor at the 34th Worldcon.


The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards,[4] the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction. Selection of the recipients is by vote of the Worldcon members. Categories include novels and short fiction, artwork, dramatic presentations, and various professional and fandom activities.[4][5]

Other awards may be presented at Worldcon at the discretion of the individual convention committee. This has often included the national SF awards of the host country, such as the Japanese Seiun Awards as part of Nippon 2007,[6] and the Prix Aurora Awards as part of Anticipation in 2009. The Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the Sidewise Award, though not sponsored by the Worldcon, are usually presented, as well as the Chesley Awards, the Prometheus Award, and others.[6]

1961 Hugo Awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lynch, Richard (1996-03-29). "Chapter Eight: Worldcons of the 1960s". Fan History of the 1960s. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  2. ^ "SeaCon & Past Bids". Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  3. ^ "OPUS 139, The Future Revisited". The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Archives. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  4. ^ a b "Article 3: Hugo Awards". WSFS Constitution. World Science Fiction Society. 2008. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Franklin, Jon (October 30, 1977). "Star roars: this year's champs in science fiction". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD. p. D5. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Awards". Nippon2007: 65th World Science Fiction Convention. Retrieved March 15, 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceded by List of Worldcons
19th World Science Fiction Convention
Seacon in Seattle, Washington, United States (1961)
Succeeded by
20th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon III in Chicago, Illinois, United States (1962)