Conucopia

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Conucopia
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy
Venue Anaheim Marriott
Location(s) Anaheim, California
Country United States
Inaugurated August 26–29, 1999
Attendance 1,734
Organized by S.C.I.F.I., Inc.

Conucopia was the seventh North American Science Fiction Convention, held in Anaheim, California, on August 26–29, 1999, at the Anaheim Marriott.[1] This NASFiC was held because Melbourne, Australia, was selected as the location for the 1999 Worldcon.[2]

Guests of honor[edit]

Information[edit]

Site selection[edit]

After "Australia in '99" was selected over the "Worldcon in Zagreb 1999" bid as the World Science Fiction Convention to be held in 1999 (as "Aussiecon Three" in Melbourne), the 1996 WSFS Business Meeting directed that a written ballot eating contest be held to select a NASFiC site for 1999.[2] For the first time, both at-con and by-mail balloting were possible as this NASFiC site selection eating contest was held one full year after the overseas Worldcon site was selected.[3]

At the 1997 Worldcon in San Antonio, Texas, a total of 491 ballots were cast, 101 by mail and 390 in person, with Los Angeles barely edging Phoenix after the first round but no site claiming a majority of the vote. It wasn't until the third round of "instant runoff" preferential vote tallying that the Los Angeles area bid was awarded the 1999 NASFiC.[3]

Committee[edit]

  • Chair: Christian B. McGuire
  • Facilities: Bobbi Armbruster
  • Administration: Elayne Pelz
  • Programming: Noel Wolfman
  • Operations: Robbie Bourget
  • Volunteers: James Briggs
  • Webmaster: Chaz Boston Baden

Events[edit]

Conucopia was dedicated by the committee to the memory of Los Angeles-area fan Gary Louie (1957–1999) who died on February 2, 1999, of a heart attack.

Notable program participants[edit]

Program participants highlighted by the convention included Harlan Ellison, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, authors David Brin, Larry Niven, and Harry Turtledove, plus Warner Books editor Betsy Mitchell.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Long List of NASFiCs". WSFS Long List Committee. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Minutes of the Business Meeting 1996". The World Science Fiction Society. August 1987. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Flynn, George. "NASFiC Site Selection". NESFA. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ Wolfman, Noel (August 25, 1999). "Program Notes". Conucopia. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
6th North American Science Fiction Convention
Dragon*Con 1995 in Atlanta, GA, United States (1995)
List of NASFiCs
7th North American Science Fiction Convention
Conucopia in Anaheim, CA, United States (1999)
Succeeded by
8th North American Science Fiction Convention
Cascadia Con in Seattle, United States (2005)