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61st World Science Fiction Convention

Torcon 3 was the 61st World Science Fiction Convention, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 28-September 1, 2003. The convention was held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as well as the Fairmont Royal York and Crowne Plaza (now the InterContinental Toronto Centre) hotels. Torcon 3 was also the site of the 2003 Canvention.

Torcon 3, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention
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GenreScience fiction
VenueMetro Toronto Convention Centre
Location(s)Toronto, Ontario
InauguratedAugust 28-September 1, 2003
Organized byToronto World Science Fiction Convention in 2003
Filing statusNon-profit




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.[1][2][3]

Hugo AwardsEdit

This was the first time that the 'Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form' and 'Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form' awards were presented as separate categories.

Other awardsEdit

Prix Aurora AwardsEdit

  • Best Long-Form Work in English: Permanence by Karl Schroeder
  • Best Long-Form Work in French: Le Revenant de Fomalhaut by Jean-Louis Trudel
  • Best Short-Form Work in English: "Ineluctable" by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Best Short-Form Work in French: "La Guerre sans temps", Sylvie Bérard
  • Best Work in English (Other): Be VERY Afraid! by Edo van Belkom
  • Artistic Achievement: Mel Vavaroutsos
  • Fan Achievement (Publication): Made in Canada Newsletter, Don Bassie, ed. [webzine]
  • Fan Achievement (Organizational): Georgina Miles (Toronto Trek 16)
  • Fan Achievement (Other): Jason Taniguchi, one-man SF parody shows


Site selectionEdit

Two site selection votes were held at Torcon 3.

Notable program participantsEdit

(in addition to guests of honor listed above)


  • Chair: Peter Jarvis
  • Vice-chair: Ken Smookler

Division headsEdit

  • Programming: Terry Fong
  • Finance/Legal: Larry Hancock, Ken Smookler
  • Facilities: Murray Moore
  • Operations: Robbie Bourget
  • Events: Kathryn Grimbly-Bethke
  • Exhibits: Elaine Brennan
  • Communications: Michelle Boyce
  • Administration: Kent Bloom
  • Member Services: Lance Sibley

Board of directorsEdit

  • President: Ken Smookler
  • Directors: Peter Jarvis, Larry Hancock, Murray Moore, Jody Dix, Linda Ross-Mansfield, Hope Leibowitz


  • Bid Chair: Larry Hancock

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  2. ^ "2003 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on April 7, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Lee, Cynthia (August 31, 2003). "GTA writer wins sci-fi prize". Toronto Star. p. A.02. Retrieved February 10, 2010.

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Preceded by
60th World Science Fiction Convention
ConJose in San Jose, United States (2002)
List of Worldcons
61st World Science Fiction Convention
Torcon 3 in Toronto, Canada (2003)
Succeeded by
62nd World Science Fiction Convention
Noreascon 4 in Boston, United States (2004)