15th World Science Fiction Convention

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Loncon I, the 15th World Science Fiction Convention
Genre Science fiction
Venue King's Court Hotel
Location(s) London
Country England
Inaugurated September 6–9, 1957
Attendance 268

The 15th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Loncon I, was held 6–9 September 1957 at the King's Court Hotel in London, England.[1] It was the first Worldcon held outside North America.[2]

The chairman was Ted Carnell. The guest of honor was John W. Campbell, Jr., the editor of Astounding magazine. Total attendance was 268. Events included a "fancy dress ball" on the evening of Friday, September 6.[3]

1957 Awards[edit]

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.[4] Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society.[5] The 1957 Hugo Awards given were:

Because the 1957 International Fantasy Award was being given out in London at the same time, Loncon I chose not to compete with this similar literary award, which was given to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. As a result, only the three Hugo Awards (above) for Best Professional Magazine and Best Fanzine were given out at the 1957 Worldcon. Both the International Fantasy Award and the Hugo Award shared the very same Chesley Bonestell-influenced finned rocketship design that year, the only time this has happened.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fans of Science Fiction Meet Sept. 6 in London". Chicago Tribune. August 30, 1957. p. B16. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Imaginative Writers". The Glasgow Herald. August 30, 1957. p. 6. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Martians Invited". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 4, 1957. p. 4C. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1957 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
14th World Science Fiction Convention
NYCon II in New York, United States (1956)
List of Worldcons
15th World Science Fiction Convention
Loncon I in London, UK (1957)
Succeeded by
16th World Science Fiction Convention
Solacon in Los Angeles, United States (1958)