9th World Science Fiction Convention

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Nolacon I, the 9th World Science Fiction Convention
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St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans
Genre Science fiction
Venue St. Charles Hotel
Location(s) New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
Inaugurated September 1–3, 1951
Attendance 190
Filing status non-profit

The 9th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Nolacon I, was held 1–3 September 1951 at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The chairman was Harry B. Moore. The guest of honor was Fritz Leiber. Total attendance was approximately 190. The at-the-door membership price was US$1, the same price charged from the 1st through the 12th Worldcon

Other pros attending included Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown, Judith Merril, E.E. Smith, L. Sprague de Camp, editor John W. Campbell and fantasy artist Hannes Bok, who did Nolacon's program book cover. Famous fans present included Sam Moskowitz, Wilson Tucker (aka Bob Tucker), Dave Kyle, Roger Sims, Terry Carr, and Lee Hoffman. The latter, editor of the very popular fanzine Quandry, whom everyone assumed was male, turned out to be a young woman, a ‘revelation’ which greatly startled even those who had corresponded with her.

Notable events included world premiere screenings of The Day The Earth Stood Still and When Worlds Collide, plus a continuous two-day-long party in Room 770 at the St. Charles Hotel that became legendary following the convention not only for its duration but for its high quality. Mike Glyer's long-running newszine File 770, named in commemoration of this party, has won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine a number of times.[1]

Hugo Awards were not presented at this Worldcon as the awards were not proposed until the following year, 1952, with the first Hugos actually presented in 1953 at the 11th World Science Fiction Convention. However, in 2001 at the 59th World Science Fiction Convention held in Philadelphia, a set of Retro Hugo Awards were presented to honor work that would have been Hugo-eligible had the award existed in 1951. A "Certificate of Merit" was presented to representatives of The Day the Earth Stood Still by the Nolacon I chairman, and this was reported on Movietone News at the time.[2]

In science fiction culture[edit]

  • Nolacon is a plot point in The Case of the Little Green Men, the first novel by Mack Reynolds, which is set in part at "AnnCon", a fictional version of the 10th World Science Fiction Convention held in 1952.[3] The real 10th Worldcon, held in Chicago, had no actual name like "AnnCon", being simply called, in its own publications, "the 10th Annual World Science Fiction Convention" (and once as "the 10th Annual Science Fiction Convention," likely a dropped-word linotype operator's typo). Before and during the convention, its attendees often referred to it as "Chicon II," an unofficial nickname that stuck to this Chicago Worldcon in the decades that followed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, Richard Graeme. "R: Room 770". The Canadian Fancyclopedia. British Columbia Science Fiction Association. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2010. Time has transformed the room 770 party into an iconic fannish emblem, [...] an instant legend in the making. [...] So much so that Mike Glyer chose it as the title for his newszine [...] 
  2. ^ "SFRevu Article about Movietone News report". 
  3. ^ Boucher, Anthony (September 23, 1951). "Report on Criminals at Large". The New York Times. p. 219. 

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Preceded by
8th World Science Fiction Convention
NorWesCon in Portland, Oregon, United States (1950)
List of Worldcons
9th World Science Fiction Convention
Nolacon I in New Orleans, United States (1951)
Succeeded by
10th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon II in Chicago, United States (1952)