Open main menu

40th World Science Fiction Convention

The 40th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon IV, was held September 2–6, 1982, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Chicon IV, the 40th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueHyatt Regency Chicago
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
InauguratedSeptember 2–6, 1982
Filing statusnon-profit

The chairmen were Ross Pavlac and Larry Propp; Larry Smith and Bob Hillis were vice-chairmen. The guests of honor were A. Bertram Chandler (pro), Frank Kelly Freas (pro), and Lee Hoffman (fan). The toastmaster was Marta Randall. Total attendance was 4,275. Other notable attendees included Muppets creator Jim Henson and actor Jeff Pomerantz.[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 Astounding Award for Best New Writer (since 1973; named "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" until 2019), are also presented at each year's Worldcon.[2]

Hugo AwardsEdit

At Chicon IV, the Hugo Awards were made of a lucite rocket on a wooden base. This is the only time lucite was used for the award.

Other awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Looping Chicagoland". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. September 3, 1982. pp. 1–20. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ Galvan, Manuel (September 7, 1982). "Science-fiction awards given to out-of-this-world writers". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. pp. 1–16. Retrieved March 7, 2015.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
39th World Science Fiction Convention
Denvention Two in Denver, United States (1981)
List of Worldcons
40th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon IV in Chicago, United States (1982)
Succeeded by
41st World Science Fiction Convention
ConStellation in Baltimore, United States (1983)