Disclave

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Disclave
Status Defunct
Genre Science fiction
Location(s) Washington, D.C., area
Inaugurated 1950
Most recent 1997
Organized by Washington Science Fiction Association

Disclave was a science fiction convention run by the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) in or near Washington, D.C., in the spring of nearly every year from 1950[1] through 1997. By many counts, it was the third-oldest science fiction convention.

At first it was intermittent and small, with an attendance as low as 22 people (in 1953). From 1965 on, it happened every year. From 1971 on, it lasted the three days of Memorial Day weekend. For a notable section of the SF community, that weekend was considered Disclave's; even after the final session, several years passed before a similar mid-Atlantic group (Balticon) began meeting on Memorial Day.

The highest attendance was 1485 (in 1979), 85 more members than in 1981 when Isaac Asimov was the Guest of Honor. Some of the other Guests of Honor included Lois McMaster Bujold, Gene Wolfe, George R. R. Martin, Connie Willis and William Gibson. Notable chairs were Jay Haldeman, Alexis A. Gilliland and Jack Chalker.

In the early 1990s, more and more non-members of Disclave came to the hotel in conjunction with the convention.

In 1997, a fire sprinkler was broken, flooding much of the hotel. Although an investigation determined that neither Disclave nor WSFA were responsible, "the Disclave flood" was forever associated with the convention.[2] The 1998 Disclave, scheduled for a different hotel on a different weekend, was canceled six weeks before the convention by the hotel. 1997 was the last Disclave.[3]

After Disclave, WSFA planned the structure and focus of their next convention. The first Capclave was held in 2001.

List of Disclaves[edit]

Year-Mo-Days Site State Featured Guests Chair Attendance
1950 4 30 Wardman Park DC Willy Ley Bob Briggs 75
1951 4 29 Statler DC Sam Moskowitz Bob Briggs 23
1952 None
1953 3 22 Statler DC "Proxyclave" Bob Briggs 22
1954 None
1955 None
1956 None
1957 None
1958 5 10-11 Arva Motel VA None Bob Pavlat 65
1959 5 16-17 Diplomat Motel DC None Bob Pavlat 65
1960 5 21-22 Diplomat Motel DC None George H. Scithers
1961 5 13-14 Diplomat Motel DC None George H. Scithers 40
1962 5 12-13 Diplomat Motel DC None George H. Scithers 32
1963 None
1964 None
1965 5 8-9 Howard Johnson's Wheaton MD Chris and Sam Moskowitz Banks Mebane 83
1966 5 13-15 Diplomat Motel DC Roger Zelazny Jay Haldeman 99
1967 5 12-14 Regency Congress DC Jack Gaughan Jay Haldeman
1968 5 10-12 Regency Congress DC Robert Silverberg Jay Haldeman
1969 5 09-11 Skyline Inn DC Lester del Rey Jay Haldeman
1970 5 15-17 Skyline Inn DC Murray Leinster Jay Haldeman
1971 5 28-31 Shoreham Hotel DC Terry Carr Jay Haldeman
1972 5 26-29 Sheraton Park DC Ben Bova Jay Haldeman
1973 5 25-28 Sheraton Park DC Gardner Dozois Jay Haldeman
1974 5 24-27 Sheraton Park DC Kelly Freas Alexis Gilliland 284
1975 5 23-26 Sheraton Park DC Gordon Dickson Alexis Gilliland 360
1976 5 28-31 Sheraton Park DC William Tenn Alexis Gilliland 675
1977 5 27-30 Sheraton Park DC Joe Haldeman Alexis Gilliland 850
1978 5 26-29 Sheraton Park DC Bob (Wilson) Tucker Alexis Gilliland 1005
1979 5 25-28 Sheraton Park DC Roger Zelazny/Michael Whelan Alan Huff 1485
1980 5 23-26 Hospitality House VA Jeanne and Spider Robinson Tom Schaad
1981 5 22-25 Sheraton National VA Isaac Asimov Alexis Gilliland 1400
1982 5 28-31 Sheraton National VA Elizabeth Lynn/Tom Miller Jack Chalker/Eva Whitley
1983 5 27-30 Marriott TwinBr VA George R. R. Martin/Jack Gaughan Alan Huff 1100
1984 5 25-28 New Carrollton MD Connie Willis/Paul Yurek Jane Wagner 900
1985 5 24-27 New Carrollton MD Ed Bryant/Bob Walters Michael J. Walsh
1986 5 23-26 New Carrollton MD William Gibson/Steve Stiles Jack Heneghan
1987 5 22-25 New Carrollton MD Gene Wolfe/Barclay Shaw Joe Mayhew 1350
1988 5 27-30 New Carrollton MD Barbara Hambly/Jim Burns Tom Schaad 1350
1989 5 26-29 New Carrollton MD Lucius Shepard/J.K.Potter Michael J. Walsh
1990 5 25-28 New Carrollton MD Mike Resnick/Dawn Wilson/Somtow Sucharitkul/Marty Gear Eva Whitley 1300
1991 5 24-27 New Carrollton MD Lewis Shiner/Alicia Austin Peggy Rae Pavlat 1200
1992 5 22-25 Washington Hilton DC Pat Cadigan/Thomas Kidd Michael J. Walsh/Covert Beach
1993 5 28-31 Dulles Marriott VA Katherine Kurtz/Patricia Davis Covert Beach 835
1994 5 27-30 Sheraton Tysons Corner VA Lois M. Bujold/Steven Johnson/Darlene P. Coltrane John Peacock/Paula Lewis
1995 5 26-29 Techworld DC Charles Sheffield/Bob Eggleton/David Bischoff Dan Hoey
1996 5 24-27 Capitol Hill Hyatt DC Michael Swanwick/Hannah Shapero Bob MacIntosh 623
1997 5 23-26 New Carrollton MD Patricia Anthony/Lissanne Lake/Peggy Rae Pavlat Michael Nelson 850
1998 None Terry Bisson/Gene Wolfe/Nicholas Jainschigg Joe Mayhew 0
1999 None Sam Pierce 0
2000 None Covert Beach 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warner, Harry (1992). A Wealth of Fable: The History of Science Fiction Fandom in the 1950s (2nd ed.). Van Nuys, Calif.: SCIFI Press. pp. 13–315. ISBN 0-9633099-0-0. OCLC 30380163. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Michael (June 1997). "The Disclave Horror". The WSFA Journal. ISSN 0894-5411. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Disclave Flood". Fancyclopedia 3. February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 

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