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15th World Science Fiction Convention

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]

Loncon I, the 15th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueKing's Court Hotel
InauguratedSeptember 6–9, 1957

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]



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.[4][5]

Hugo AwardsEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  5. ^ "1957 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.

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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)