the annual world science fiction convention
Newspaper publicity for a worldcon is ludicrous.
1939 NYCon I was held in New York 2-4 July under the auspices of New Fandom as the World Science Fiction Convention, "First" being added later. Annual Worldcons were not at first contemplated. From the 1979 facsimile edition. Note that ‘Worldcon’ is a trademark owned by the World Science Fiction Society, and has an initial cap.
For a person with reclusive tendencies, Lovecraft showed impressive stamina and gregariousness at ayjay meetings. His death undoubtedly deprived the first fannish worldcons of a professional focal point.
As such it attracted 604 attending members, some 500 of whom were Australians who had never heard of worldcons or fandom—who probably didn’t understand why some 1,400 other fans, most of them North Americans, paid to become supporting members of a convention they couldn’t attend.
And so on. You won’t find very much of this at a worldcon or a large regional because only a fraction of the attendees are hardcore fans.
It’s a long story, and one that includes utter exhaustion, a new staff, too much travel, a Worldcon, too little money, and…the recent purchase of a Hewlett Packard Laserjet [sic] IIP and Bitstream soft fonts.
It’s only 4 months until Chicon V, this year’s worldcon.
Alarm over the way attendance increased at worldcons in the 1950s inspired some committees in the 1960s to soft pedal or ban advance publicity for the worldcon in the host city, in order to minimize walk-in congoers.
My second meeting with Locus was during a worldcon some years later.
From that first small gathering grew the annual Philcon, the first worldcons, and much else in our microcosm.
A. Budrys in 'Planet Stories'
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