News

1939 Retro Hugo Award Winners

4 January 2015 - the Loncon 3 Artist Showcase is now available to download in PDF format.

1939 Retro Hugo Award Winners

14 August 2014 - Loncon 3 is delighted to announce the 1939 Retro Hugo Award winners.

Record Hugo Participation

7 August 2014 - Loncon 3 is proud to announce that it received 3,587 valid ballots for the 2014 Hugo Awards. More details here.

Cosmonaut at Loncon 3

6 August 2014 - Cosmonaut Anatolii Artsebarskii will be at the whole convention and speaking on Sunday 17 August, more details here and press release here.

Programme now available

24 July 2014 - The schedule is now available through our programme guides here.

Hugo Ceremony Hosts announced

17 July 2014 - The 2014 Hugo Ceremony will be hosted by leading science fiction and fantasy authors Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman. More details here

Fantastic partnership with BFI

17 July 2014 - Loncon 3 has joined forces with the British Film Institute to celebrate the UK's long heritage of science fiction and the fantastic on television. More details here

Access services

08 July 2014 - LAST CALL: all requests for accessible accomodation must be received no later than midnight Thursday 10 July. More details here

PEN/H G Wells lecture

08 July 2014 - Audrey Niffenegger will give the first PEN / H G Wells lecture at Loncon 3. More details here

Access services

06 July 2014 - We're offering a service for booking mobility scooters. More details here

Theatre programme announced

04 July 2014 - We have released full details of our exciting theatre programme. Full details here

Childcare at Loncon 3

03 July 2014 - Please book your childcare by 14 July. Details available here. To help you plan, some programme highlights are listed here

Progress Report 4 Now Available

02 July 2014 - Download your electronic copy of our last Progress Report here. Full of essential information for getting to and enjoying the convention.

Help wanted

02 July 2014 - We have a number of specific tasks for which we're seeking volunteers. In most cases no prior experience is needed and it's a great way to meet people and be a part of Loncon 3. Details here

1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet

01 July 2014 - The 1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet is now available

Hall passes

20 June 2014 - For a taste of Loncon 3 at a low price, we are offering a limited number of Hall passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Programme participants

15 June 2014 - We are today sending emails to all our programme participants with a first draft of their schedules. It's going to be an amazing programme!

Membership rates to increase on 14 July

10 June 2014 - Loncon 3 membership rates will rise on 14 July: Adult rates increase to £135 (US$225); family rates become £300 (US$500); all other attending rates also rise. Join now to beat the increase! Full details here

Additions to 2014 Hugo Voter Packet

10 June 2014 - The voter packet has been updated to include new material in the following categories: Fan Artist, Related Work, Short Story, Novelette and Novella. Members can download the packet here.

Hugo Voting Now Open

06 June 2014 - Cast your ballot for the 2014 Hugo Awards here and for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards here.

Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra

03 June 2014 - The highlight of Loncon 3's music programme will be a concert by the Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra

Masquerade and costumes at Loncon 3

03 June 2014 - If you love costumes and costuming, check out our new information about the Masquerade and Hall Costumes at Loncon 3. You can register today! More details

 

Worldcon in London

All the World Science Fiction Conventions prior to 1957 were held in North America. The first was held in New York in 1939 and didn’t have a specific name although it later became known as Nycon I, a simple contraction of “New York” and “convention”. A second convention took place in Chicago in 1940 and that was known as Chicon. The next Worldcon worked a theme on its name; rather than contracting Denver Convention to “Dencon” they opted for Denvention. The 1942 gathering was to have been held in Los Angeles, but the event was postponed because of the Second World War. It was eventually staged in 1946 and was known as the Pacificon, proving that the name of the convention didn’t have to reference the city in which it was held at all.

The 15th World Science Fiction Convention was the first outside the North American continent. Its organisers opted for the rather formal name “15th World Science Fiction Convention”, but fans inevitably sought to contract that and so the first London Worldcon was popularly referred to as Loncon. It was held at the King’s Court Hotel on 6 – 9 September 1957 and the Guest of Honour was the leading American editor John W Campbell Jr.

After that, the Worldcon returned to the USA for several years. It came back to London and the Mount Royal Hotel on 27 – 30 August 1965 with Guest of Honour Brian W Aldiss. The organisers of the 23rd World Science Fiction Convention could take a hint, and so the second London Worldcon was Loncon II.

And that was it for London and Worldcons for nearly half a century. The Worldcon became more international – visiting Germany, Australia, Holland and Japan – and the UK hosted the convention four more times, twice in Brighton on the south coast (1979 and 1987) and twice in Glasgow in Scotland (1995 and 2005). 2014, though, sees the Worldcon back in London and the convention really named itself: Loncon 3. Even if none of the guests have the middle initial W.

If you'd like to know more about the first two Loncons: