19th World Science Fiction Convention

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Seacon, the 19th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueHyatt House Hotel
Location(s)Seattle, Washington
CountryUnited States
InauguratedSeptember 2–4, 1961
Attendance270 to 300
Filing statusNon-profit

The 19th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Seacon, was held September 2–4, 1961, at the Hyatt House Hotel in Seattle, Washington, United States. The convention chair was Wally Weber.[1]

The guest of honor at the 19th Worldcon was Robert A. Heinlein, who gave a speech titled "The Future Revisited".[2] He was previously the guest of honor at the 3rd Worldcon and would again be the guest of honor at the 34th Worldcon. The Toastmaster was Harlan Ellison.[3]


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. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (since 1973; named "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" until 2019), are also presented at each year's Worldcon.[4]

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  1. ^ Lynch, Richard (March 29, 1996). "Chapter Eight: Worldcons of the 1960s". Fan History of the 1960s. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "OPUS 139, The Future Revisited". The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Archives. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "SeaCon & Past Bids". Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.

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Preceded by
18th World Science Fiction Convention
Pittcon I in Pittsburgh, United States (1960)
List of Worldcons
19th World Science Fiction Convention
Seacon in Seattle, United States (1961)
Succeeded by
20th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon III in Chicago, United States (1962)