62nd World Science Fiction Convention
|Noreascon 4, the 62nd World Science Fiction Convention|
"Lensman Family" logo for Noreascon 4
|Venue||Hynes Convention Center|
|Inaugurated||September 2–6, 2004|
|Organized by||Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc.|
|Filing status||501(c)(3) non-profit|
The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was Noreascon 4, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts, from September 2–6, 2004. The venues for the 62nd Worldcon were Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston Hotel and Boston Marriott Copley Place. The convention was organized by Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc., and the organizing committee was chaired by Deb Geisler.
The convention had 7485 members, of whom 6008 actually attended the convention.
Program and events
Guests of Honor
The guests of honor were:
Worldcon site selection
A number of notable science fiction and fantasy awards were presented at Noreascon 4. 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.
2004 Hugo Awards
- Best Novel - Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Best Novella - "The Cookie Monster," by Vernor Vinge
- Best Novelette - "Legions in Time," by Michael Swanwick
- Best Short Story - "A Study in Emerald," by Neil Gaiman
- Best Related Book - The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: A Retrospective, by John Grant, Elizabeth L. Humphrey, and Pamela D. Scoville
- Best Professional Editor - Gardner Dozois
- Best Professional Artist - Bob Eggleton
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form - "Gollum’s Acceptance Speech at the 2003," MTV Movie Awards
- Best Semi-Prozine - Locus, Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, and Kirsten Gong-Wong, eds.
- Best Fanzine - Emerald City, Cheryl Morgan, ed.
- Best Fan Writer - Dave Langford
- Best Fan Artist - Frank Wu
1954 Retrospective Hugo Awards
- Best Novel — Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
- Best Novella — "A Case of Conscience," by James Blish
- Best Novelette — "Earthman, Come Home," by James Blish
- Best Short Story — "The Nine Billion Names of God," by Arthur C. Clarke
- Best Related Book — Conquest of the Moon, by Wernher von Braun, Fred L. Whipple & Willy Ley
- Best Professional Editor — John W. Campbell, Jr.
- Best Professional Artist — Chesley Bonestell
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form — The War of the Worlds
- Best Fanzine — Slant, Walt Willis, editor; James White, art editor
- Best Fan Writer — Bob Tucker
- John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer - Jay Lake
- Special Noreascon Four Committee Award - Erwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss
List of participating writers
In addition to the guests of honor, notable science fiction writers participating to the convention included:
- Brian Aldiss
- Kevin J. Anderson
- Lois McMaster Bujold
- Jack L. Chalker
- John Clute
- Neil Gaiman
- Elizabeth Hand
- Harry Harrison
- George R.R. Martin
- Larry Niven
- Robert Sheckley
- Robert Silverberg
- Michael Swanwick
- Harry Turtledove
- Connie Willis
- Van Gelder, Lawrence (April 14, 2004). "Arts Briefing: Sci-Fi Nominees". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- "News from Noreascon 4". Locus. September 8, 2004. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "2004 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
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