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21st World Science Fiction Convention

The 21st World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Discon I, was held August 31–September 2, 1963, at the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., United States.

Discon I, the 21st World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueStatler-Hilton Hotel
Location(s)Washington, D.C.
CountryUnited States
InauguratedAugust 31-September 2, 1963
Filing statusnon-profit

Following the convention, Advent:Publishers published The Proceedings: Discon, edited by Richard Eney. The book includes transcripts of lectures and panels given during the course of the convention and includes numerous photographs as well.

The chairman was George Scithers. The guest of honor was Murray Leinster. The toastmaster was Isaac Asimov. Total attendance was approximately 600.[1]



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.[2]

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  1. ^ Lynch, Richard (March 29, 1996). "Chapter Eight: Worldcons of the 1960s". Fan History of the 1960s. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ "Philip K. Dick, Won Awards For Science-Fiction Works". The New York Times. March 3, 1982. Retrieved March 30, 2010. Mr. Dick, author of 35 novels and 6 collections of short stories, received the Hugo Award in 1963 for The Man in the High Castle[...]
  4. ^ Cain, Ruth (April 6, 1964). "Around Our Town And Country". Times-Union. Warsaw, IN. p. 14. Retrieved March 13, 2011.

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Preceded by
20th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon III in Chicago, United States (1962)
List of Worldcons
21st World Science Fiction Convention
Discon I in Washington, D.C., United States (1963)
Succeeded by
22nd World Science Fiction Convention
Pacificon II in Oakland, United States (1964)