54th World Science Fiction Convention

The 54th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as L.A.con III, was held August 29 through September 2, 1996, at the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott, and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States.[1] The convention was chaired by Mike Glyer. Total attendance was reported as 6,703 members.

The Guests of Honor were James White (writer), Roger Corman (media), Takumi & Sachiko Shibano (fan). Elsie Wollheim had also been chosen as a special Guest of Honor, but died before the convention. The toastmaster was Connie Willis.

L.A.con III, the 54th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueAnaheim Convention Center
Location(s)Anaheim, California
CountryUnited States
InauguratedAugust 29-September 2, 1996
Filing status501(c)(3) non-profit


The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (since 1973), are also presented at each year's Worldcon.[2] [3]

Hugo Awards

The 1996 Hugo Award base includes a reel of film and a moonscape as seen in the 1950 film Destination Moon as an homage to both that film and the work of artist Chesley Bonestell.[4]

1946 Retro Hugo Awards

Other awards

See also


  1. ^ Harmon, Amy (September 2, 1996). "A Weird and Warped Look Into the Future". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ "1996 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 1, 2008). "How Tall Is The Hugo?". File 770. Retrieved August 28, 2012.

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Preceded by
53rd World Science Fiction Convention
Intersection in Glasgow, UK (1995)
List of Worldcons
54th World Science Fiction Convention
L.A.con III in Anaheim, United States (1996)
Succeeded by
55th World Science Fiction Convention
LoneStarCon 2 in San Antonio, United States (1997)
53rd World Science Fiction Convention

The 53rd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), Intersection, was held in Glasgow, Scotland from 24–28 August 1995. The event was also the Eurocon. The venues for the 53rd Worldcon were the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and the nearby Moat House Hotel. Parties took place at the Central and Crest Hotels.

The total registered membership of the convention was 6524, of which 4173 physically attended. The organising committee was co-chaired by Vincent Docherty and Martin Easterbrook.

55th World Science Fiction Convention

The 55th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), was LoneStarCon 2, also known as "The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention & Chili Cook-off". The convention was held August 28–September 1, 1997, at the Marriott Rivercenter, Marriott Riverwalk, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The first LoneStarCon, held in Austin, Texas, had been the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in 1985, when the 43rd Worldcon was held in Australia.The supporting organization was the Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO). The chairman was Karen Meschke. The Guests of Honor were Algis Budrys (pro), Michael Moorcock (pro), Don Maitz (artist), and Roy Tackett (fan). The toastmaster was Neal Barrett, Jr. Total attendance was 4,634, of 5,614 paid memberships.

Mike Glyer

Mike Glyer (born 16 February 1953) is both the editor and publisher of the long-running science fiction fan newszine File 770. He has won the Hugo Award 11 times in two categories: File 770 won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001 2008, and 2016. Glyer won the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 2016. The 1982 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) committee presented Glyer a special award in 1982 for "Keeping the Fan in Fanzine Publishing."

Takumi Shibano

Takumi Shibano (柴野 拓美, Shibano Takumi, October 27, 1926 – January 16, 2010) was a Japanese science-fiction translator and author. He was a major figure in fandom in Japan and contributed to establishing the Japanese science fiction genre.

A native of Kanazawa, Ishikawa, in 1957 Takumi started Japan's first successful science fiction fanzine Uchūjin (宇宙塵), "Cosmic Dust," initially published monthly; many contributors to the fanzine later became pro, including Shin'ichi Hoshi, Sakyo Komatsu, Ryu Mitsuse and Yasutaka Tsutsui, and formed the first generation of modern Japanese science fiction authors. Shibano was the chair of Japan's first science fiction convention in 1962, as well as the second (1963), fourth (1965) and sixth (1967). He worked on the formation of the Federation of SF Fan Groups of Japan, founded in 1965, and served as its chair from 1966 through 1970.After leaving his job as a high-school mathematics teacher in 1977, he became a full-time writer and translator. Under the pen-name Rei Kozumi (小隅 黎, Kozumi Rei), a play on "cosmic ray," he translated as many as sixty science fiction novels from English into Japanese, including E. E. Smith's Lensman series and Larry Niven's Known Space series.

Also as Rei Kozumi, he wrote three children's books, Superhuman ‘Plus X’ (1969), Operation Moonjet (1969), and Revolt in North Pole City (1977), and was also principal author of The World of Popular Literature (1978).In 1968 a fan fund paid for him to attend Worldcon for the first time, and after 1979 he attended most of the Worldcons and served as the presenter of the Seiun Award. He received the E. E. Evans Big Heart Award in 1986 and a Worldcon Special Award at the 51st World Science Fiction Convention in 1993. He was the Fan Guest of Honor of the 54th World Science Fiction Convention in 1996 and the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in 2007.

Nihon SF Taisho Award Special Prize, Seiun Award Special Prize, Tokyo Anime Award Award of Merit were awarded posthumously for his lifetime achievement.

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