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54th World Science Fiction Convention

The 54th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as L.A.con III, was held August 29 through September 2, 1996, at the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott, and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States.[1] The convention was chaired by Mike Glyer. Total attendance was reported as 6,703 members.

L.A.con III, the 54th World Science Fiction Convention
GenreScience fiction
VenueAnaheim Convention Center
Location(s)Anaheim, California
CountryUnited States
InauguratedAugust 29-September 2, 1996
Filing status501(c)(3) non-profit

The Guests of Honor were James White (writer), Roger Corman (media), Takumi & Sachiko Shibano (fan). Elsie Wollheim had also been chosen as a special Guest of Honor, but died before the convention. The toastmaster was Connie Willis.


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][3]

Hugo AwardsEdit

The 1996 Hugo Award base includes a reel of film and a moonscape as seen in the 1950 film Destination Moon as an homage to both that film and the work of artist Chesley Bonestell.[4]

1946 Retro Hugo AwardsEdit

Other awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Harmon, Amy (September 2, 1996). "A Weird and Warped Look Into the Future". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ "1996 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 1, 2008). "How Tall Is The Hugo?". File 770. Retrieved August 28, 2012.

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Preceded by
53rd World Science Fiction Convention
Intersection in Glasgow, UK (1995)
List of Worldcons
54th World Science Fiction Convention
L.A.con III in Anaheim, United States (1996)
Succeeded by
55th World Science Fiction Convention
LoneStarCon 2 in San Antonio, United States (1997)