60th World Science Fiction Convention

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ConJose, the 60th World Science Fiction Convention
60th Worldcon logo.jpg
GenreScience fiction
VenueMcEnery Convention Center
Fairmont San Jose
Hilton San Jose & Towers
Location(s)San Jose, California
CountryUnited States
InauguratedAugust 20-September 2, 2002
Filing statusNon-profit

ConJose was the 60th World Science Fiction Convention, held in San Jose, California on August 29-September 2, 2002.[1] The convention was held in the McEnery Convention Center, as well as the Fairmont San Jose and the Hilton San Jose & Towers.[2] ConJose was co-chaired by Tom Whitmore and Kevin Standlee and organized under the auspices of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions.

Guests of Honor for ConJose were writer Vernor Vinge, artist David Cherry, fans Jan and Bjo Trimble, and the imaginary Ferdinand Feghoot. Tad Williams served as toastmaster.


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.[3] [2]

Hugo Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]


Site selection[edit]

Glasgow won the vote for the 65th World Science Fiction Convention to be held in 2005, as the only bid that filed.

Program participants[edit]

Special appearance[edit]

Patrick Stewart made a special appearance at ConJose. He talked about upcoming films Star Trek Nemesis and X-Men 2, as well as his experiences on Star Trek: The Next Generation.



  • Tom Whitmore
  • Kevin Standlee
    • Vice Chair/Controller: Cindy Scott
    • Vice Chair/Deliverables Manager: Craige Howlett

Division heads[edit]

  • Events: John Blaker
  • Exhibits: Larry Smith
  • Facilities: David Gallaher, Nancy Cobb
  • Fairy Godfather: David W. Clark
  • Hospitality: Geri Sullivan
  • Member Services: Elaine Brennan
  • Programming: Kathryn Daugherty
  • Publications: Bob Daverin, Brenda Daverin
  • Support Services: Tony Cratz


  • Kevin Standlee, bid chair

The "Coup"[edit]

In late 2001 and early 2002, some members of the SFSFC board expressed dissatisfaction about the progress made to date by convention management. It was proposed that the board remove Tom Whitmore as convention chair. The board decided to compromise by naming Tom Whitmore and Kevin Standlee as co-chairs of the convention.

Notable events[edit]

At the Hugo Awards presentation, Arthur C. Clarke gave a speech via direct video link from his home in Sri Lanka.

There was a Goth dance as well as a rock and roll dance at the convention (they took place on different nights).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Worldcon' science fiction convention arrives in San Jose this weekend". Monterey Herald. August 29, 2002. p. GO34. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "2002 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
59th World Science Fiction Convention
Millennium Philcon in Philadelphia, United States (2001)
List of Worldcons
60th World Science Fiction Convention
ConJose in San Jose, United States (2002)
Succeeded by
61st World Science Fiction Convention
Torcon 3 in Toronto, Canada (2003)