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11th World Science Fiction Convention

The 11th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Philcon II, was held in September 1953 at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.[1][2] It was the first Worldcon to present the Hugo Awards. The supporting organization was the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The guest of honor was Willy Ley.[3][4] The chairman was Milton A. Rothman, replacing the late James A. Williams.[5] Isaac Asimov was toastmaster.[1][6]

Philcon II, the 11th World Science Fiction Convention
BellevueStratford.jpg
The Bellevue Stratford Hotel
GenreScience fiction
VenueBellevue-Stratford Hotel
Location(s)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
InauguratedSeptember 5–7, 1953
Attendance750
Filing statusnon-profit

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AwardsEdit

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.[7][8]

The 11th Worldcon was the first one in which Hugo Awards were awarded. The 12th convention did not continue the tradition, but since the 13th convention, Hugo Awards have been a permanent fixture of Worldcons.

Hugo AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Journey to Moon Beckons World Science Fiction Meet". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. September 5, 1953. p. 12. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Fiction Fans Talk Science". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 6, 1953. p. 2A. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Science-Fiction Fans Meet in Philadelphia". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. September 5, 1953. p. 6. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Space Fans, Scientists To Discuss Trip to Moon". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. September 5, 1953. p. 20. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "James A. Williams". The New York Times. March 24, 1953. p. 31. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "19533 - 11th Worldcon". Notes on the Long List of Worldcons. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ "1953 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved March 7, 2011.

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
10th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon II in Chicago, United States (1952)
List of Worldcons
11th World Science Fiction Convention
Philcon II in Philadelphia, United States (1953)
Succeeded by
12th World Science Fiction Convention
SFCon in San Francisco, United States (1954)