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Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Location(s) Portland, Oregon
Country United States
Inaugurated 1979

Orycon is Portland, Oregon's annual science fiction/fantasy convention, held in November since 1979.

Event history[edit]

Event Dates Guests Attendance Notes
OryCon 0 Nov 11, 1978 No GOHs ~125 The Symposium
OryCon Nov 9-11, 1979 John Varley (Pro with takeaways), Steve Perry (TM) & Richard Geis (Fan) 525
OryCon '80 Nov 14-16, 1980 Fritz Leiber (Pro), Steve Perry (TM) & Elton Elliott (Fan) 1,010
OryCon '81 Oct 30-Nov 1, 1981 Frederik Pohl (Pro), Steve Fahnestalk (TM) & Kennedy Poyser (Fan) 965
OryCon '82 Nov 12-14, 1982 Robert Silverberg (Pro) & Jeff Frane (Fan) 979
OryCon 5 Nov 11-13, 1983 Octavia Butler (Pro), Terry Carr (TM) & Wilson Tucker (Fan) 937
OryCon '84 Nov 9-11, 1984 Reginald Bretnor (Pro) & Steve Perry (TM) 424 "The Relaxicon"
OryCon '85 Nov 8-10, 1985 Somtow Sucharitkul (Pro), Steven Barnes (TM), William Rotsler (Artist) & Jon Singer (Fan—chosen by lot) 889
OryCon '86 Nov 7-9, 1986 Edward Bryant (Pro), George R. R. Martin (TM) & Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Editor) 873
OryCon '87 Nov 13-15, 1987 Tim Powers (Pro), Michael P. Kube-McDowell (TM) & Ben Yalow (Fan) 954
OryCon 10 Nov 11-13, 1988 Lucius Shepard, John Varley, Connie Willis (Pros) & Mona Clee (Special Petrey Guest) 973
OryCon 11 Nov 10-12, 1989 Michael Bishop (Pro) & David Langford (Special Guest) 1,069
OryCon 12 Nov 9-11, 1990 Howard Waldrop & K. W. Jeter (Pros) 1,055
OryCon 13 Nov 8-10, 1991 Emma Bull & Will Shetterly (Pros) 1,196
OryCon 14 Nov 20-22, 1992 Esther Friesner (Pro), James Warhola (Artist) & Steve Forty (Fan) 1,342
OryCon 15 Nov 12-14, 1993 Terry Pratchett Pro), Mark Ferrari (Artist) & Robert Lionel Fanthorpe (Special Guest) 1,358
OryCon 16 Nov 11-13, 1994 Tappan King (Pro), Beth Meachem (Editor), Real Musgrave (Artist) & Pat Cadigan (Special Guest) 1,451
OryCon 17 Nov 10-12, 1995 Joel Rosenberg (Writer), Heather Hudson & Dameon Willich (Artists), Kristine Kathryn Rusch
& Dean Wesley Smith (Special Guests)
OryCon 18 Nov 8-10, 1996 Diane Duane & Peter Morwood (Writers), Patricia Davis (Artist), Gardner Dozois (Editor) 1,624
OryCon 19 Nov 7-9, 1997 Steven Barnes (Writer), Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden (Editors), Frank Lurz (Artist) 1,600
OryCon 20 Nov 13-15, 1998 Lois McMaster Bujold (Writer), Ellen Asher (Editor), David Langford & Howard Waldrop (Returning GOHs),
Kathe Koja (Special Petrey Guest), Alan Clark (Artist), Robert Lionel Fanthorpe (Special Guest)
OryCon 21 Nov 12-14, 1999 Néné Thomas (Artist), Warren Lapine & Angela Kessler (Editors), Nicola Griffith (Writer), Charles Sheffield
(Science), Bill Bowers (Fan)
OryCon 22 Nov 17-19, 2000 Kara Dalkey & John Barnes (Writers), Gordon Van Gelder (Editor), Dr. Robert Forward (Science), Gail Butler
(Artist), Larry Warner (Music), Richard Dansky (Gaming)
OryCon 23 Nov 9-11, 2001 Melanie Rawn (Writer), Laura Anne Gilman (Editor), Real Musgrave (Artist), Steve Macdonald
(Special Friends of Filk guest)
OryCon 24 Nov 22-24, 2002 Susan R. Matthews (Writer), Lee Seed (Artist), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)
Orycon 25 Nov 14-16, 2003 Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Writer), Ken Goddard (Science and Author), Toni Weisskopf (Editor),
Martin Greenberg (Editor), Gail Butler (Artist), Uffington Horse (Friends of Filk)
Orycon 26 Nov 5-7, 2004 Jerry Oltion (Writer), Mark Roland (Artist), Jennifer Heddle (Editor)
Orycon 27 Nov 4-6, 2005 Brian Herbert (Writer), Kevin J. Anderson (Writer), Paul Guinan (Artist), Tom Smith (Filk)
Orycon 28 2006
Orycon 29 Nov 16-18, 2007 Robert Charles Wilson (Writer), Liz Scheier (Editor), Molly Harrison (Artist), Vic & Kelly
Bonilla (Media), Jonas Saunders (Fan), Peter S. Beagle (Filk)
Orycon 30 Nov 21-23, 2008 Harry Turtledove (Writer), Ginjer Buchanan (Editor), Jeff Fennel (Artist), Cecilia Eng
(Fan), Tricky Pixie (Filk)
Orycon 31 Nov 27-29, 2009 Patricia Briggs (Author), Lou Anders (Editor), Lubov (Artist), Jeff Hitchin (Fan), Chris
Lester(Filk), Chair Debra Stansbury
Orycon 32 Nov 12-14, 2010 P.N. Elrod (Author), Sharyn November (Editor), Chad Savage (Artist), Seanan McGuire (Filk),
Chair Tammy J. Lindsley
Orycon 33 Nov 11-13, 2011 E.E. Knight (Author), Scott Allie (Editor), Jim Pavelec (Artist), Tempest (Music), Chair Devlin Perez
Orycon 34 Nov 2-4, 2012
Orycon 35 Nov 8–10, 2013
Orycon 36 Nov 7–9, 2014
Orycon 37 Nov 20-22, 2015
Orycon 38 Nov 18–20, 2016

The one-day Symposium in 1978 was held at Portland State University. OryCon was held at the Lloyd Center Sheraton in 1979, at the Portland Hilton 1980-83 and 1985, at the Portland Cosmopolitan Hotel in 1984, at the Red Lion/Lloyd Center (formerly the Lloyd Center Sheraton) in 1986, at the Red Lion/Doubletree Columbia River Hotel from 1987 to 2003, at the Marriott (waterfront downtown) from 2003 to 2008, at the Red Lion/Lloyd Center beginning 2009.


Orycon promotes science fiction and fantasy works of all kinds.

There are many panels and workshops discussing topics from how to write a great science fiction novel to current events in science, as well as numerous filk sessions and concerts. Some of the recent panel topics have included:

  • Writing
    • When is enough research too much?
    • How to write about something you don't really know about
    • Using Your Imagination to Write and Draw
    • Inventing Languages: Alien Linguistics
    • Balancing Writing with Family/Real Life—Deadlines vs. diapers
  • Current events
    • What impact does technology really have on history
    • Murdering stemcells and frankenfood: modern biology and the far left and right
    • The web in 2015 - a look ahead
    • The rest of the world's last year in space/Japanese Space Program. What they've done, what they are doing, what they have planned.
  • Costuming
    • Making an original costume: What you need to get started
    • Fabric manipulation-How to twist, dye, stitch, fold, pleat and otherwise bully your fabric into submission
    • Period costumes beyond Victorian and medieval: Why don't we see more eras?
    • Costuming 101: Pattern bashing for beginners
  • Art
    • Art Jam - Everybody Draws
    • Selling the Offspring: Your Emotional Investment in Your Art and How Much do You Charge for It?
    • The Business of Art
    • My inspiration - My art: Why I did what I did

The Susan C Petrey Scholarship Fund Auction awards scholarships to the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop (both in the East and West)

The Endeavour Award[edit]

The Endeavour Award is presented to a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year.

Finalists for 2012
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Tor)
  • City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Pyr)
  • River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (Doubleday)
  • When the Saints by Dave Duncan (Tor)
2011 Winner

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