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Worldcon, or more formally The World Science Fiction Convention, is the longest running science fiction convention, having been held from 1939 to 1941 and, after the interruption of World War II, every year since 1946. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... The World Science Fiction Society is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in Science Fiction. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Science fiction conventions are gatherings of the community of fans (called science fiction fandom) of various forms of speculative fiction including science fiction and fantasy. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


For pages about individual Worldcons, see List of Worldcons. This is a list of the World Science Fiction Conventions held so far. ...


The name Worldcon is owned by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), whose membership are the paying attendees of the convention. The World Science Fiction Society is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in Science Fiction. ... The World Science Fiction Society, or WSFS, is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction. ...


The conventions themselves are run by non-profit, volunteer fan organizations, who bid to host the event.

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Site selection

Most Worldcons are held in North America, although they have taken place in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands. The 2005 Worldcon was held in Glasgow, the 2006 Worldcon was held in Los Angeles, California, and the 2007 Worldcon will be the first to be held in Japan. The 2008 Worldcon will be held in Denver, Colorado. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ...


From 1987 to 2003, the selection of sites for future Worldcons was determined by voting of the Worldcon membership three years in advance. For example, during the 2004 Worldcon in Boston, Yokohama was selected to host the 2007 Worldcon. Since 2004, the rules specify that selection of future locales will take place two years in advance. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ... For the town of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture, see Yokohama, Aomori. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When a Worldcon is held outside of North America, a North American Science Fiction Convention or NASFiC may be held within North America that same year. Since 1975, WSFS has administered a parallel bidding process for NASFiC scheduling, which is voted on by WSFS members at the following year's Worldcon, (if there is no NASFiC in that year), or by the following year's NASFiC, if there is one. NASFiC, a. ... NASFiC, a. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The World Science Fiction Society, or WSFS, is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction. ... NASFiC, a. ... The World Science Fiction Society, or WSFS, is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction. ... NASFiC, a. ... NASFiC, a. ...


Hugo awards

Members of Worldcon (attending or not) may vote on science fiction and fantasy works from the previous calendar year. Winning works receive the Hugo Award. Categories include novels and short fiction, artwork, dramatic presentations and various professional and fandom activities. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ...


Worldcon activities

Activities and events at Worldcon typically include (but are not limited to):

  • Panel Discussions - On a variety of subjects, such as technology of the future, writing, publishing, the philosophical and sociological implications of the genre's works, recent scientific discoveries, etc.
  • Speeches or other presentations by the Guests of Honor.
  • Socialising in the 'consuite', convention bars and at parties (typically run by other conventions or bidders, clubs, publishers/magazines, and by private individuals).
  • Gaming - role-playing games (live-action and table), board games, card games
  • Filk music
  • Costuming - both formal competition (the "Masquerade"), and casual Hall costumes
  • WSFS related activities: The Hugo Award presentation, Voting on the location of future Worldcons and the WSFS Business Meetings.
  • Dealers' room - a large hall full of people selling books, movies, jewellery, costumes (often including weapons), games, comic books, etc.
  • Art show - presenting paintings, drawings, sculpture and other work, primarily on science fiction and fantasy themes
  • Live performances (Klingon opera, productions of Rossum's Universal Robots, etc.)
  • Watching science fiction movies, television shows, etc.
  • Activities to support fan and external charities (Fan Funds, Blood Drives etc)
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This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... A board game is any game played with a premarked surface, with counters or pieces that are moved across the board. ... // For the game on The Price Is Right, please see Card Game (pricing game). ... Filk is a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy fandom, active since the early 1950s if concentrated primarily since the mid-1970s. ... The World Science Fiction Society, or WSFS, is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The World Science Fiction Society, or WSFS, is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction. ... This article is about the fictional race. ... R.U.R. (Rossums Universal Robots) is a science fiction play by Karel ÄŒapek. ... Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikimedia Commons logo by Reid Beels The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ...

See also

This is a list of the World Science Fiction Conventions held so far. ...

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Worldcon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (402 words)
Worldcon, or more formally The World Science Fiction Convention, is the longest running science fiction convention having been held from 1939 to 1941 and, after the interruption of World War II, every year since 1946.
Most Worldcons are held in North America, although they have taken place in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands.
The 2005 Worldcon was held in Glasgow, and the 2007 Worldcon will be the first to be held in Japan.
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