Worldcon

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Worldcon, or more formally The World Science Fiction Convention, is a science fiction convention held each year since 1939 (except for the years 1942 through 1945, during World War II).[1] It is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (or WSFS). The members of each Worldcon are the members of WSFS and vote both to select the site of the Worldcon two years later and (since 1955) to select the winners of the Hugo Awards, which are presented at the convention.

For pages about individual Worldcons, see List of Worldcons (by date) or List of Worldcons by city.

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Activities

Activities and events at the convention 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 - A room for playing role-playing games (live-action and table), board games, and 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. These are the only events that a Worldcon is required to hold according to the WSFS constitution.
  • Dealers' room (jokingly referred to by fans as the "huckster 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)
  • A rock and roll dance with a DJ
  • Morris dancing

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