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


Artist Showcase - Ralph J. Ryan


Born in Illinois, Ralph lived in Northern California from 1961, when his parents moved the family to the San Francisco Bay Area, until 2001.

The happenings and psychedelia of the 1960's fed the imagination of a high school student with artistic talents. It was during this time that Ralph's interest in art flourished. He studied painting, graphic design, printing, and photography and received a degree in Industrial Arts from San Jose State University in 1971. While in college he became involved in the theatre, studied set design and has worked as a scenic and lighting designer for nearly forty years. Many of his paintings reflect the dramatic lighting and contrast of the stage.

During the mid 1970's, Ralph turned his art interests to Science Fiction and Fantasy. His work has been seen in galleries and at science fiction convention art shows. He has won many awards for his work, and his art is in private collections throughout the country. Though his art has been inspired by media and literature, he is currently concentrating on landscapes of the imagination.

In 1992, Ralph married fellow thespian and Minnesota native, Carol Ann Hoffmann. In 2001, they moved to the Twin Cities area. Since then, Ralph has begun his theatre career anew, working with theatres in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He has continued to pursue his art with showings at the New York Mills Cultural Center and the Phipps Center, as well as numerous science fiction and fantasy conventions in the U.S. and Canada.

Ralph was Artist Guest of Honor at Icon 32 in 2007. His painting, "Under The Green Star", was in the "Foot in the Door" exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2010. He also entered the River Art 2010 Competition and Exhibit. His painting, "Over The Tidewater", was selected for the exhibit and publication in the catalog book of the exhibit. Ralph has another piece, "Solaris" published in the April 2011 issue of "Phase5 Monthly Review".

My art is an exploration of traditional, science fiction, and fantasy landscapes. Since childhood, I have pursued artistic endeavors. The medium and style has changed over the years, but I paint for the pure love of making pictures of places. Working in acrylics and watercolors, my paintings reflect the influences of impressionist painting, a long-time interest in architecture, and the dramatic lighting of the theatre.


Artwork: The Dreaming Isle


Artwork: Blue Moon