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
Attendance5,794
Organized byChicago in 2000
Filing status501(c)(3) non-profit
Website2000.chicon.org

The 58th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon 2000, was held on 31 August–4 September 2000 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sofitel Hotel and Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1][2][3]

The organizing committee was chaired by Tom Veal.[1]

Participants[edit]

Attendance was 5,794, out of 6,574 paid memberships.[4]

Guests of Honor[edit]

[1][5]

Other program participants[edit]

In addition to the guests of honor, Chicon 2000 had 613 program participants taking part in over 1,000 programming items. Some of the notable science fiction writers participating to the convention included:

Future site selection[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards,[6] 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.[6][7]

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,[8] 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.[8][9]

2000 Hugo Awards[edit]

The 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]

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.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chicon 2000". Chicago in 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  2. ^ Golab, Art (2000-09-03). "Gathering a fantastic voyage". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 5.
  3. ^ Kening, Dan (2000-09-05). "Otherworldly Assemblage: Science Fiction Fans Mix With Masters Of Many Universes At Convention". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  4. ^ "The Long List of World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcons)". NESFA. Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  5. ^ Halevi, Charles Chi (2000-08-27). "Science fiction is fun for fen". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 28.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b "Awards". Nippon2007: 65th World Science Fiction Convention. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  9. ^ "2000 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  10. ^ Roper, Bill. "Trading Card Rules and Information". Chicago in 2000. Retrieved 2011-02-28.

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, Illinois, United States (2000)
Succeeded by
59th World Science Fiction Convention
Millennium Philcon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (2001)