21st World Science Fiction Convention

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Discon I, the 21st World Science Fiction Convention
Genre Science fiction
Venue Statler-Hilton Hotel
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Inaugurated August 31-September 2, 1963
Attendance 600
Filing status non-profit

The 21st World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Discon I, was held August 31–September 2, 1963, at the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., United States.

Following the convention, Advent:Publishers published The Proceedings: Discon, edited by Richard Eney. The book includes transcripts of lectures and panels given during the course of the convention and includes numerous photographs as well.

The chairman was George Scithers. The guest of honor was Murray Leinster. The toastmaster was Isaac Asimov. Total attendance was approximately 600.[1]


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 are also presented each year at Worldcon.[2]

Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

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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. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Philip K. Dick, Won Awards For Science-Fiction Works". The New York Times. March 3, 1982. Retrieved March 30, 2010. Mr. Dick, author of 35 novels and 6 collections of short stories, received the Hugo Award in 1963 for The Man in the High Castle[...] 
  4. ^ Cain, Ruth (April 6, 1964). "Around Our Town And Country". Times-Union. Warsaw, IN. p. 14. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 

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Preceded by
20th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon III in Chicago, United States (1962)
List of Worldcons
21st World Science Fiction Convention
Discon I in Washington, D.C., United States (1963)
Succeeded by
22nd World Science Fiction Convention
Pacificon II in Oakland, United States (1964)