worldcon n.

the annual world science fiction convention

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  • 1952 A. Budrys Letter in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    Newspaper publicity for a worldcon is ludicrous.

  • 1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II (1979) 34 Dick Eney bibliography

    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.

  • 1969 H. Warner, Jr. All our Yesterdays 11 Harry Warner, Jr. bibliography

    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.

  • 1976 S. Wood Propellor Beanie in Algol Summer 24/1

    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.

  • 1979 Science Fiction Rev. Jan. 33/3

    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.

  • 1990 Thrust Winter 4/1

    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.

  • 1991 Science Fiction Chronicle May 6/1

    It’s only 4 months until Chicon V, this year’s worldcon.

  • 1992 H. Warner, Jr. Wealth of Fable 339 Harry Warner, Jr.

    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.

  • 1993 Locus Oct. iv. 42/1

    My second meeting with Locus was during a worldcon some years later.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle July 39/2

    From that first small gathering grew the annual Philcon, the first worldcons, and much else in our microcosm.


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antedating 1952

Earliest cite

A. Budrys in 'Planet Stories'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Algis Budrys. Geri Sullivan submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II. Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1976 cite from Susan's Wood's magazine column "Propellor Beanie". Fred Galvin submitted a 1992 cite from Harry Warner Jr.'s "A Wealth of Fable". Fred Galvin submitted cites from 1969 from Harry Warner's "All Our Yesterdays"

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