GenreScience fiction, fantasy

Worldcon, or more formally the World Science Fiction Convention, the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), is a science fiction convention. It has been held each year since 1939 (except for the years 1942 to 1945, during World War II).[1] The members of each Worldcon are the members of WSFS, and vote both to select the site of the Worldcon two years later, and to select the winners of the annual Hugo Awards, which are presented at each convention.


Activities and events at the convention typically include (but are not limited to):

  • Activities to support fan and external charities (fan funds auctions, blood drives, etc.)
  • Art show presenting paintings, drawings, sculpture and other work, primarily on science fiction and fantasy themes
  • Autographing sessions, literary beer or coffee-with meet-ups, "Walks with the Stars", and other chances to meet favorite science fiction and fantasy professionals.
  • Awards ceremonies:
  • Costuming - both formal competition (the "Masquerade") and casual "hall costumes" or cosplay
  • Dancing - one or more dances with live music or a DJ (LoneStarCon 3 had three dances in 2013, including a Firefly Shindig contradance and a steampunk dance.)[2]
  • Exhibits - including photos of prominent fans and authors, historical displays, information about space and science, local information and more
  • Huckster room, the fan term[3][4][5] for a dealers' or vendors' room - a large hall full where fans can buy books, knicknacks, games, comic books, movies, jewelry, costumes and other goods
  • Fan lounge (sometimes called the "Fanzine Lounge") - A place for reading, exchanging, contributing to and talking about fanzines
  • Fan tables - where fan organizations and representatives of other conventions promote their groups
  • Filk and other musical performances, music circles, and workshops
  • Films - an independent film festival, and other film rooms showing science fiction movies, television shows, etc.
  • Gaming - live-action and tabletop board games, card games, and role-playing games
  • Live theatrical performances (Klingon opera, productions of Rossum's Universal Robots, etc.)
  • Panel discussions on a wide range of topics pertaining to speculative fiction (SF) literature; film, audio and other media; art; graphic stories; fandom and fannish hobbies; science, technology, and society; costuming, gaming, and music
  • Socializing in the "con suite", convention bars, and at parties (typically run by other conventions or bidders, clubs, publishers/magazines, and by private individuals)
  • Speeches or other presentations by the Guests of Honor and other program participants
  • Other business of the World Science Fiction Society, including voting on the location of future Worldcons and North American Science Fiction Conventions (NASFiCs, which occur when the Worldcon is overseas) and any changes to the WSFS Constitution, which are made at WSFS business meetings during the convention