58th World Science Fiction Convention

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Chicon 2000, the 58th World Science Fiction Convention
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GenreScience fiction
Dates31 August–4 September 2000
VenueHyatt Regency Chicago
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
Organized byChicago in 2000
Filing status501(c)(3) non-profit

The 58th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was Chicon 2000, which was held in Chicago, United States from August 31 through September 4, 2000.[1][2] The venues for 58th Worldcon were Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sofitel Hotel and Fairmont Hotel.[3] The organizing committee was chaired by Tom Veal.[1]

The convention had 6,574 members, of whom 5,794 actually attended the convention.[4]

Program and events[edit]

Guests of honor[edit]

The guests of honor were:[1][5]

Worldcon site selection[edit]

The 61st World Science Fiction Convention to be held in 2003 was awarded to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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.[6] [7]

Hugo Awards[edit]

The 2000 Hugo Awards were administered by Michael Nelson, Covert Beach, Robert MacIntosh, Tom Veal, Mike Jencevice, and Becky Thomson. The base was designed by Johnna Klukas.

Other awards[edit]

Program participants[edit]

In addition to the guests of honor, Chicon 2000 had 613 program participants taking part in over 1000 programming items. Some of the notable science fiction writers participating to the convention included:

The bid[edit]

During the bidding process, Chicago in 2000 issued approximately forty trading cards depicting a variety of science fiction authors and artists, including Gordon R. Dickson, Terry Pratchett, and Larry Niven. Anyone who collected twenty of the cards and voted in site selection received a free membership conversion to Chicon 2000. When Chicago in 2000 won, they issued a trading card #0 that announced their guests of honor.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Chicon 2000". Chicago in 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Golab, Art (September 3, 2000). "Gathering a fantastic voyage". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 5.
  3. ^ Kening, Dan (September 5, 2000). "Otherworldly Assemblage: Science Fiction Fans Mix With Masters Of Many Universes At Convention". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Long List of World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcons)". NESFA. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  5. ^ Halevi, Charles Chi (August 27, 2000). "Science fiction is fun for fen". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 28.
  6. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  7. ^ "2000 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Roper, Bill. "Trading Card Rules and Information". Chicago in 2000. Retrieved February 28, 2011.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
57th World Science Fiction Convention
Aussiecon III in Melbourne, Australia (1999)
List of Worldcons
58th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon 2000 in Chicago, United States (2000)
Succeeded by
59th World Science Fiction Convention
Millennium Philcon in Philadelphia, United States (2001)