72nd World Science Fiction Convention

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Loncon 3, was held 14–18 August 2014 at ExCeL London in London, England.[1][2] The convention committee was co-chaired by Alice Lawson and Steve Cooper and organized as London 2014 Limited. Loncon 3 sold the most memberships (10,833) and had the second largest in-person attendance (7,951) of any Worldcon to date.

Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
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Loncon 3 logo
GenreScience fiction
VenueExCeL London
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Inaugurated14–18 August 2014
Attendance7,951 (on-site)
Organized byLondon 2014 Limited

Guests of Honour

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John Clute during his Guest of Honour interview.

The Guests of Honour for Loncon 3 were:

  • Iain M. Banks: a writer who received both popular and critical acclaim for his science fiction novels published over 25 years, including the Culture series, and for 15 other books published under the name Iain Banks. Banks died in June 2013, having announced just two months earlier that he had inoperable cancer.[3]
  • John Clute: a critic and writer of international renown, whose extensive work in the genre includes co-editing The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.
  • Malcolm Edwards: currently Deputy CEO and publisher at the Orion Publishing Group, and who has also been a science fiction editor, critic, and writer, as well as a fan for over 40 years.
  • Chris Foss: an artist whose ground-breaking images revolutionised SF paperback covers from the early 1970s and shaped the way a generation visualised science fiction.
  • Jeanne Gomoll: recognised as one of the prime movers in science fiction feminism in the 1970s, and who has been influential in SF fandom as an artist, editor, writer, and organiser ever since.
  • Robin Hobb: the author of five successful series of fantasy novels, in addition to earlier works written as Megan Lindholm and a collection published under both names.
  • Bryan Talbot: a comics writer and artist whose career of over 30 years in the field includes the creation of the first British graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright.

Site selection

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The Loncon fan village, where the bids had their tables and bid parties.

At the March 2012 filing deadline, only one committee who had announced a bid to hold the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention had filed the required paperwork to be on the site selection ballot.[4][5] That bid, "London in 2014", was chaired by Steve Cooper and Mike Scott.[6][7]

London's bid to host the Worldcon was formally unopposed and won in balloting among the members of the 70th World Science Fiction Convention held in Chicago, Illinois, in 2012.[8][1] With 932 ballots cast, the voting breakdown was 864 votes for London, 29 ballots expressed no preference, and there were 39 write-in votes for various sites, including "Peggy Rae's House", Phoenix, Stockholm, and Tonopah, Nevada.[9]

As a result of London's win, a vote for the 11th North American Science Fiction Convention to be held in 2014 took place at the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2013.[10] Of the two announced bids, Detroit's bid was certified as the winner with 231 votes over a Phoenix bid that garnered 210 votes.[11] The Detroit convention was named Detcon1.[12]


Loncon 3 was co-chaired by Alice Lawson and Steve Cooper. Division heads included Helen Montgomery for Events, Farah Mendlesohn for Exhibits, Mike Scott for Facilities, Eemeli Aro for Hospitality, Nigel Furlong for Logistics, James Bacon for Programme, Nicholas Whyte for Promotions, Kees Van Toorn for Publications, and Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf for Services.[13]


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.[14]

The 1939 Retro Hugos were presented in 2014 to honor the 75th anniversary of the 1st World Science Fiction Convention.[15]

The convention received 3,587 valid ballots for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1,307 for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards.[16] Both figures are record participation by members in these awards. More than 99% of the ballots were cast online with just 16 by postal mail for the 2014 awards and 12 for the 1939 awards.[17] Authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman hosted the Retro Hugo Award ceremony.[15]

On March 1, 2014, the convention committee announced that comedian Jonathan Ross would be the host of the Hugo Award Ceremony; this choice was met with some controversy, and directly led to Farah Mendlesohn's decision to resign from the committee.[18] Ross subsequently tweeted that he was withdrawing from hosting the ceremonies.[19] Authors Geoff Ryman and Justina Robson were later named as hosts for the ceremony.[1][20]

2014 Hugo Awards

Charles Stross
Best Novella winner Charles Stross
Mary Robinette Kowal at 2008 Nebula Awards
Best Novelette winner Mary Robinette Kowal
Best Professional Editor, Short Form winner Ellen Datlow

1939 Retro Hugo Awards

Other awards


The Loncon 3 masquerade was held on 16 August. The winners, across four experience-based categories, were:[22][23][24]

Young Fan division

  • Best Time Traveler: "Alberta Gear" by Tali Semo
  • Most Beautiful and Coolest: "Elsa" by Nicole Keller
  • Most Original and Creative: "Lost and Found" by Olivia and Eleah Flockhart
  • Special Judge's Award: "Elsa" by Nicole Keller

Novice division

  • Most Creepy: "The Slender Man" by Andrew Wishart
  • Best Recreation: "70's Doctor Who Monsters" by Christine Halse and Joseph Halse
  • Honourable Mention for Fabric Manipulation: "Fish Pond" by Emma Roberts
  • Best Workmanship: "Puff & Perry on the Other Side of Boring" by Petra Kufner and Antje Brand
  • Best Presentation: "Tribal" by Rebecca Lale
  • Best in Class (Group): "Puff & Perry on the Other Side of Boring" by Petra Kufner and Antje Brand
  • Best in Class (Solo): "Tribal" by Rebecca Lale

Journeyman division

  • Judge's Favourite: "Life is a Dream" by Loretta and Tim Morgan
  • Best Workmanship: "A Glamorous Evening of Galactic Domination" (Dalek ball gown costume) by Jennifer Skwarski
  • Best Presentation: "A Message from the Ministry of Magic" by Sabine Furlong
  • Best in Class: "Coliseum" by Peter Westhead

Master division

  • Most Beautiful: "The Odyssey Dress" by Miki Dennis
  • Workmanship and Attention to Detail: "We Dance" by Laura Hunt
  • Best Workmanship: "Aratalindalë" (Vala from The Silmarillion) by Ian Spittlehouse, Maggie Percival, Mike Percival, Marcus Streets, Liz Caldwell, Alex Davidson, Lawrence Percival and Helen Armstrong[25]
  • Best Presentation: "Aratalindalë" (Vala from The Silmarillion) by Ian Spittlehouse, Maggie Percival, Mike Percival, Marcus Streets, Liz Caldwell, Alex Davidson, Lawrence Percival and Helen Armstrong[25]


  • Best in Show: "Aratalindalë" by Ian Spittlehouse et al.[25]

Future site selection

Two committees announced bids and qualified to be on the site selection ballot for the 74th World Science Fiction Convention: "KC in 2016" for August 17–21, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri, and "Beijing in 2016" for August 14–19, 2016, at the National Convention Center in Beijing, China. The 2016 site selected by the voters, Kansas City, was announced during the convention's final World Science Fiction Society business meeting on Sunday, August 17, 2014.[26][27] The vote was reported as 758 total votes with 651 for Kansas City, 70 for Beijing, and miscellaneous sites receiving 1 or 2 votes each.[28]


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  2. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (August 15, 2014). "World Science Fiction Convention 2014 beams into London". The Guardian. London. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Banks, Iain (3 April 2013). "A personal statement from Iain Banks". Official website. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Chicon 7 Announces London as Sole 2014 Site Selection Bidder" (Press release). Chicon 7. March 7, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Glyer, Mike (March 8, 2012). "London in 2014 Bid Files". File 770. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Silver, Steven H (April 2, 2010). "London In 2014". SF Site. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Langford, Dave (May 2010). "Rumblings". Ansible. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Petrea (September 2, 2012). "2014 Worldcon in Loncon3". con-news.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
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  11. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 31, 2013). "2014 NASFiC Result". File 770. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  12. ^ DeNardo, John (January 9, 2014). "Detcon1 Announces the Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction". SF Site. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  13. ^ Glyer, Mike (July 27, 2012). "London in 2014 Names Worldcon Committee". File 770. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  15. ^ a b c "1939 Retro Hugo Award Winners". Loncon 3. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "2014 Hugo Award Statistics" (PDF). Loncon 3. August 17, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-19. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  17. ^ "Loncon 3 announces record participation in the 2014 Hugo Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Loncon 3. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  18. ^ Stross, Charlie (March 1, 2014). "The latest Hugo awards storm". Charlie's Diary. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  19. ^ Ross, Jonathan (March 1, 2014). "I have decided..." Twitter. Retrieved March 1, 2014. I have decided to withdraw from hosting the Hugo's @loncon3 in response to some who would rather I weren't there. Have a lovely convention.
  20. ^ a b Standlee, Kevin (August 17, 2014). "2014 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  21. ^ "1939 Retrospective Hugo Award Statistics" (PDF). Loncon 3. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  22. ^ Silver, Steven H (August 17, 2014). "Loncon 3 Masquerade Winners". SF Site. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  23. ^ "Loncon 3 - Masquerade". Sci-Fii 4 Ever. August 28, 2014. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  24. ^ Parker, Carole (January–February 2015). "Loncon3 Masquerade" (PDF). International Costumer. XIV (1): 3–5.
  25. ^ a b c Helen, Daniel (24 August 2014). "Tolkien Society members triumph at Worldcon Masquerade". The Tolkien Society. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  26. ^ "2016 Site Selection". London: Loncon 3. February 16, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  27. ^ "Worldcon and NASFiC Bids". Worldcon.org. July 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  28. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 17, 2014). "Kansas City Wins 2016 Worldcon Race". File 770. Retrieved August 18, 2014.

External links

Preceded by
71st World Science Fiction Convention
LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, United States (2013)
List of Worldcons
72nd World Science Fiction Convention
Loncon 3 in London, UK (2014)
Succeeded by
73rd World Science Fiction Convention
Sasquan in Spokane, Washington, United States (2015)
70th World Science Fiction Convention

The 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon 7, was held in Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The convention committee was chaired by Dave McCarty and organized under the auspices of the Chicago Worldcon Bid corporation.

71st World Science Fiction Convention

The 71st World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as LoneStarCon 3, was held in San Antonio, Texas, on August 29-September 2, 2013, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Marriott Rivercenter. The convention committee was chaired by Randall Shepherd. The convention was organized by Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, Inc. (ALAMO) which had previously organized LoneStarCon 2, the 55th World Science Fiction Convention, held in San Antonio in 1997.

73rd World Science Fiction Convention

The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Sasquan, was held on August 19–23, 2015, at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington. This location was selected on August 31, 2013, by the members of the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The convention was chaired by Sally Woehrle.

74th World Science Fiction Convention

The 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as MidAmeriCon II, was held August 17–21, 2016, at the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. Its location was selected on August 17, 2014 by the members of the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London.

The convention was organized by Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc., and was chaired by Ruth Lichtwardt and co-chaired by Diane Lacey. The convention's name, by established Worldcon tradition, follows after the first MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Kansas City in 1976.

Amateur Science Stories

Amateur Science Stories was a short-lived (three issues) science fiction fanzine notable for publishing Arthur C. Clarke's first stories, including Travel by Wire!, Retreat from Earth and How We Went to Mars. The latter story won the 1939 Retro Hugo, awarded at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in 2014.It was edited by Douglas W. F. Mayer and published by The Science Fiction Association at Leeds, England, from October 1937 through March 1938. Other authors whose early work appeared in its pages include William F. Temple and Eric C. Williams.

ExCeL London

ExCeL (Exhibition Centre London) is an exhibitions and international convention centre in Custom House, East London. It is located on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport, and is located within the London Borough of Newham.

Farah Mendlesohn

Farah Jane Mendlesohn (born 27 July 1968) is a British academic historian and writer on science fiction and fantasy literature, and an active science fiction fan.

Gary Lloyd

Gary Lloyd (born 1965) is a Canadian-born British composer and producer.

He has composed music for productions in theatre, contemporary dance, television drama and documentary, film, art installation, son et lumiere, narrative/music works, and orchestral concert performances. He also works as a record producer, and lectures on aspects of music. He is a graduate of the University of Chester where he studied mathematics, fine art and history of art, and psychology.

He lives in Chester with his partner the dancer and choreographer Bettina Carpi.

Gillian Polack

Gillian Polack (born April 1961) is an Australian writer and editor working mainly in the field of speculative fiction. She has published four novels, numerous short stories and nonfiction articles, and is the creator of the New Ceres universe.

Jeanne Gomoll

Jeanne Gomoll is an American artist, writer, editor, and science fiction fan, who was recognized as one of the guests of honor at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon 3, the 2014 WorldCon), having been a guest of honor at numerous previous science fiction conventions. She has been nominated multiple times for awards in artist and fanzine categories, and for service to the genre of science fiction, particularly feminist science fiction.

John Clute

John Frederick Clute (born 12 September 1940) is a Canadian-born author and critic specializing in science fiction (also SF, sf) and fantasy literature who has lived in both England and the United States since 1969. He has been described as "an integral part of science fiction's history" and "perhaps the foremost reader-critic of sf in our time, and one of the best the genre has ever known."He was one of eight people who founded the English magazine Interzone in 1982 (the others including Malcolm Edwards, Colin Greenland, Roz Kaveney, and David Pringle).

Clute's articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1960s. He is a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (with Peter Nicholls) and of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (with John Grant), as well as writing The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction. He earned the Pilgrim Award, bestowed by the Science Fiction Research Association for Lifetime Achievement in the field of science fiction scholarship, in 1994.

Clute is also author of the collections of reviews and essays Strokes, Look at the Evidence: Essays and Reviews, Scores, Canary Fever and Pardon This Intrusion. His 2001 novel Appleseed, a space opera, was noted for its "combination of ideational fecundity and combustible language" and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book for 2002. In 2006, Clute published the essay collection The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror. The third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (with David Langford and Peter Nicholls) was released online as a beta text in October 2011 and has since been greatly expanded; it won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work in 2012.

The Encyclopedia′'s statistics page reported that, as of 24 March 2017, Clute had authored the great majority of articles: 6,421 solo and 1,219 in collaboration, totalling over 2,408,000 words (more than double, in all cases, those of the second-most prolific contributor, David Langford). The majority of these are Author entries, but there are also some Media entries, notably that for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Clute was a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, from 14 to 18 August 2014.

Malcolm Edwards

Malcolm John Edwards (born 3 December 1949) is a British editor and critic in the science fiction field. He received his degree from the University of Cambridge. He is currently Deputy CEO at the Orion Publishing Group. Edwards resides in London with his wife, the CEO of a public relations company. He has three children.

Edwards has edited a number of publications including: Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, (from 1972 to 1974), and the science fiction anthology Constellations (Gollancz, 1980). He served as science fiction editor for Victor Gollancz Ltd, which later led to him launching the SF Masterworks series at Orion in 1999.

Edwards was at one time highly active in science fiction fandom. When he first began contributing to British science fiction fanzines, he was initially confused with "Malcolm Edwards", a pseudonym used several years earlier by Peter Weston. He was Director of the Science Fiction Foundation for much of the two decades it was at the North East London Polytechnic. He also served as initial Chairman of the 45th World Science Fiction Convention. He was a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, from 14 to 18 August 2014.

Robin Hobb

Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (born March 5, 1952), better known by her pen names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm, is an American writer. She has written five series set in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started in 1995 with the publication of Assassin's Apprentice and ended with Assassin's Fate in 2017. Her books have sold over a million copies.

Rule 18

"Rule 18" is a 1938 science fiction novelette by Clifford D. Simak credited as launching Simak's career and helping inspire the writing style of Isaac Asimov. It won a Retrospective Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2014.

The Lady Astronaut of Mars

"The Lady Astronaut of Mars" is an alternate history/science fiction short story by Mary Robinette Kowal. It was first published in 2012 as part of the Audible.com anthology Rip-Off.

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere

"The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" is an award-winning 2013 science fiction/magic realism short story by John Chu. "Water" was first published on Tor.com, after being purchased by editor Ann VanderMeer, and subsequently republished in Wilde Stories 2014. As well, Chu has read the story aloud for the StarShipSofa podcast.

Who the 'Ell Is Tauriel?

Who the 'ell is Tauriel? is a comedy/parody song and video written by British singer/ukulele player Christopher Winchester and recorded by Winchester's band, The Esgaroth Three.The song parodies negative fan reaction to the introduction of the character Tauriel in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, and to other changes made by Jackson in adapting J. R. R. Tolkien's book for the screen.

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