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Detcon 1 logo.jpg
convention logo
Status Active
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy
Venue Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Location(s) Detroit, Michigan
Country United States
Inaugurated 2014
Organized by Driving the Future, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(7)

Detcon1 was the 11th occasional North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC).[1] It was held in Detroit, Michigan, from July 17–20, 2014, in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.[2][3][4] This NASFiC was scheduled because London, England, was selected as the location for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.[5][6]

Guests of honor[edit]


Site selection[edit]

After "London in 2014" was selected as the World Science Fiction Convention to be held in 2014 (as "LonCon 3" in London, England), the WSFS Business Meeting directed that a written ballot election be held at LoneStarCon 3, the then-upcoming Worldcon in San Antonio, Texas, to select a NASFiC site for 2014.

Detroit's bid was certified as the winner with 231 votes over a Phoenix bid that garnered 210 votes.[9] Detroit needed at least 223 votes to win in the first round, based on the total of 453 valid votes cast.[10] Minneapolis, None of the Above, and Gnawbone, Indiana, each received single write-in votes.[10]


  • Chair: Tammy Coxen
  • Treasurer: Don Wenzel
  • Operations: David Stein
  • Programming: Kim Kofmel


Violin performance at Detcon1, July 2014

The convention shared the weekend in downtown Detroit with Netroots Nation 2014, a political convention for American progressive political activists. Detcon1 offered Netroots Nation attendees a significant discount on weekend memberships.[5]


Detcon1 announced in January 2014 that it would host the Golden Duck Awards, juried awards that are presented by Super-Con-Duck-Tivity to recognize excellence in children's and young adult science fiction. Detcon1 also presented its own Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.[11] Any member of the public could nominate for the awards; members voted to select among the top nominees.[12][13]

  • Detcon1 Award for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
  • Detcon1 Choice Award for Young Adult Speculative Fiction: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Long List of NASFiCs". WSFS Long List Committee. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sci-Fi and fantasy convention, "DetCon1," is coming to Detroit". Michigan Radio. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hendrickson, Eric (July 15, 2014). "Metro Detroit hosts Detcon1, Great Lakes Comic Expo". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Lacy, Eric (July 19, 2014). "North American Science Fiction Convention 'Detcon1' thrives in Detroit". MLive. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Tom (July 8, 2014). "Just Down The Street From Netroots Nation: DetCon1". Daily Kos. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Pho, Diana M. (July 9, 2014). "SciFi in the Motor City: An Interview with the Committee of Detcon1". Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Glyer, Mike (September 1, 2013). "DetCon 1 Names Guests". File 770. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Silver, Steven H (September 1, 2013). "Detcon 1". SF Site. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 31, 2013). "2014 NASFiC Result". File 770. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Spokane Wins 2015 Worldcon On Third Ballot; Detroit Wins 2014 NASFiC On First Round" (PDF). La Estrella Solitaria. San Antonio, TX: LoneStarCon 3. September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Glyer, Mike (January 8, 2014). "Detcon1 Awards for YA Announced". File 770. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Detcon1 Young Readers Awards Nominees". Locus. April 2, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ DeNardo, John (January 9, 2014). "Detcon1 Announces the Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction". SF Site. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
10th North American Science Fiction Convention
ReConStruction in Raleigh, NC, United States (2010)
List of NASFiCs
11th North American Science Fiction Convention
Detcon1 in Detroit, MI, United States (2014)
Succeeded by
12th North American Science Fiction Convention
To Be Announced