40th World Science Fiction Convention

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Chicon IV, the 40th World Science Fiction Convention
Genre Science fiction
Venue Hyatt Regency Chicago
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Country United States
Inaugurated September 2–6, 1982
Attendance 4,275
Filing status non-profit

The 40th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon IV, was held September 2–6, 1982, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

The chairmen were Ross Pavlac and Larry Propp; Larry Smith and Bob Hillis were vice-chairmen. The guests of honor were A. Bertram Chandler (pro), Frank Kelly Freas (pro), and Lee Hoffman (fan). The toastmaster was Marta Randall. Total attendance was 4,275. Other notable attendees included Muppets creator Jim Henson and actor Jeff Pomerantz.[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.[2] Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, are also presented each year at Worldcon.[3]

At Chicon IV, the Hugo Awards were made of a lucite rocket on a wooden base. This is the only time lucite was used for the award.

Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Looping Chicagoland". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. September 3, 1982. pp. 1–20. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Galvan, Manuel (September 7, 1982). "Science-fiction awards given to out-of-this-world writers". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. pp. 1–16. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 

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Preceded by
39th World Science Fiction Convention
Denvention Two in Denver, United States (1981)
List of Worldcons
40th World Science Fiction Convention
in Chicago, United States (1982)
Succeeded by
41st World Science Fiction Convention
ConStellation in Baltimore, United States (1983)