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Chattacon train logo.png
Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Venue Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Location(s) Chattanooga, Tennessee
Country United States
Inaugurated 1976
Attendance 1,200+ (2014)[1]
Organized by Chattanooga Speculative Fiction Fans, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(3)

Chattacon is an annual science fiction convention held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[2] The convention is organized by the nonprofit Chattanooga Speculative Fiction Fans, Inc. First held in 1976, the convention drew more than 1,200 attendees to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in 2014.[1][3]

Chattacon was founded by Chattanooga native Irv Koch;[4] the first Chattacon was held in January 1976.[5] Formatted as a "relaxacon", it drew 81 guests, and lost money. By Chattacon III in 1978, it was a more traditional science fiction convention, with A. E. van Vogt as Guest of Honor, and had returned the costs of its original organization to Koch, with enough left over to serve as seed money for Chattacon IV.[6][7]



Chattacon 36, held January 21–23, 2011, was the 36th Chattacon.[8][9] Guests of honor for Chattacon 36 included writers Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, artist Ruth Thompson, filkers Bill and Brenda Sutton, and Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf as toastmaster.[10] Attendance for this event was estimated at over 1,000 members.[8]

Chattacon 37, held January 20–22, 2012, included writers Steve Miller and Sharon Lee, author Laura Ann Gilman, and artist John Picacio, plus "Morganville Vampires" writer Rachel Caine as Special Guest and author Mark Van Name as Toastmaster.[11][12]

Chattacon 38, held January 25–27, 2013, included guests of honor Tim Powers and Cherie Priest, artist guest William Stout, and toastmistress Wendy Webb.[13][14]

Chattacon 39, held January 24–26, 2014, included guest of honor Tobias Buckell, featured guests John Kaufmann, Jean Johnson, and Robert Buettner, plus toastmistress Wendy Webb and special music guest Matthew Ebel.[1][2][15]

Chattacon 40, held January 30–February 1, 2015, included guests of honor Julie Czerneda, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Tobias Buckell, artist guests Alan Clark and David Dietrick, special guest Adam-Troy Castro, and toastmistress Wendy Webb.[16]

Chattacon 41, held January 29–31, 2016, Included guest of honor William C. Dietz, artist guest of honor Scott Grimando, special guest Larry Correia and toastmistress Wendy Webb

Chattacon 42 will be held January 20–22 and will have as the guest of honor Mike Resnick, with Alan Pollack as the artist guest of honor, special guest Jennifer Mulvihill and toastmistress Wendy Webb


  1. ^ a b c Phillips, Casey (January 23, 2014). "Chattacon turns 39 this weekend". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Brantley, Megan (January 25, 2014). "Chattacon Convention brings business to downtown Chattanooga". WRCB-TV. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mottern, Scott (January 24, 2014). "Chattacon returns to the Choo Choo". WRCB-TV. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Irvin Koch, spread love of science fiction". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta, GA. November 22, 2005. p. B5. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lynch, Richard and Nicki. "On the Road to Bucconeer." Mimosa 23, p. 3.
  6. ^ Tabor, Nancy. "'Papa' Irvin Helps Chattacon Baby Walk" (excerpted from Chattacon 7 program book) in 1997 Southern Fandom Confederation Handbook & History: PART III: Regional Survey: Tennessee: Chattanooga (Toni K.S. Weisskopf, ed.)
  7. ^ Chattacon official website
  8. ^ a b Harrison, Kate (January 23, 2011). "Out of this world: Chattacon 36 draws thousands". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ LaSalle, Renee (January 21, 2011). "Chattacon 36 Hits the Chattanooga Choo Choo". WDEF-TV. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Casey (January 21, 2011). "Chattacon to host renowned horror author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Casey (January 20, 2012). "Wizards, werewolves and superheroes gather downtown". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Carroll, Chris (January 22, 2012). "37th Chattacon convention brings science-fiction fans to Chattanooga". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Steampunks & SciFi: Fans, freaks and geeks descend on the Choo Choo for Chattacon 38, where steampunks are sure to roam". The Pulse. Chattanooga, TN. January 24–30, 2013. p. 7. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ Jett, Tyler (January 27, 2013). "Creature comforts: Chattacon lures fantasies to Chattanooga Choo Choo". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Upcoming Convention: Chattacon". The Chattanoogan. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ Barbour, Matt (February 1, 2015). "Man participates in 40th Chattacon event". Nashville, TN: WSMV-TV. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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