6th World Science Fiction Convention

The 6th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Torcon, was held July 3–5, 1948, at RAI Purdy Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was the first time the convention was held outside the United States.

The chairman was Ned McKeown. The guests of honor were Robert Bloch (pro) and Bob Tucker (fan). Total attendance was approximately 200.

Torcon, the 6th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueRAI Purdy Studios
Location(s)Toronto
CountryCanada
InauguratedJuly 3–5, 1948
Attendance~200

See also

Preceded by
5th World Science Fiction Convention
Philcon I in Philadelphia, United States (1947)
List of Worldcons
6th World Science Fiction Convention
Torcon in Toronto, Canada (1948)
Succeeded by
7th World Science Fiction Convention
Cinvention in Cincinnati, United States (1949)
5th World Science Fiction Convention

The 5th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Philcon I, was held 30 August – 1 September 1947 at the Penn-Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

The chairman was Milton Rothman. The guest of honor was John W. Campbell, Jr., the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. L. Jerome Stanton served as Toastmaster. Total attendance was approximately 200.

7th World Science Fiction Convention

The 7th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Cinvention, was held September 3–5. 1949, at the Hotel Metropole in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

The Guests of Honor were Lloyd A. Eshbach (pro) and Ted Carnell (fan). Don Ford carried out the duties of Chairman, but was officially Secretary-Treasurer; Charles R. Tanner had the honorary title of Chairman. Total attendance was approximately 190; noteworthy attendees included Forrest J. Ackerman, Hannes Bok, Lester del Rey. Vince Hamlin. Sam Moskowitz, Rog Phillips, Milton Rothman, "Doc" Smith, and George O. Smith.

August Derleth

August William Derleth (February 24, 1909 – July 4, 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.

A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth can also be considered a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.

Canadian science fiction

A strong element in contemporary Canadian culture is rich, diverse, thoughtful and witty science fiction.

Chandler Davis

Horace Chandler Davis (born August 12, 1926 in Ithaca, New York) is an American-Canadian mathematician, writer, and educator.

He was born in Ithaca, New York, to parents Horace B. Davis and Marian R. Davis. In 1948 he married Natalie Zemon Davis; they have three children. He was a member of the CPUSA and he was dismissed and jailed for his beliefs.

He moved to Canada in 1962 and began teaching at the University of Toronto. A lecture in honour of his stand for his beliefs is now held at the university that dismissed him.

Torcon

Torcon is the name given to three Worldcons held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Torcon I, the 6th World Science Fiction Convention, held in 1948

Torcon II, the 31st World Science Fiction Convention, held in 1973

Torcon 3, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention, held in 2003

Without Sorcery

Without Sorcery is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories by American writer Theodore Sturgeon. The collection was first published in 1948 by Prime Press in an edition of 2,862 copies of which 80 were specially bound, slipcased and signed by the author and artist. The stories first appeared in the magazines Astounding and Unknown.

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