Conucopia was the seventh North American Science Fiction Convention, held in Anaheim, California, on August 26–29, 1999, at the Anaheim Marriott.[1] This NASFiC was held because Melbourne, Australia, was selected as the location for the 1999 Worldcon.[2]

Conucopia
GenreScience fiction/Fantasy
VenueAnaheim Marriott
Location(s)Anaheim, California
CountryUnited States
InauguratedAugust 26–29, 1999
Attendance1,734
Organized byS.C.I.F.I., Inc.

Guests of honorEdit

InformationEdit

Site selectionEdit

After "Australia in '99" was selected over the "Worldcon in Zagreb 1999" bid as the World Science Fiction Convention to be held in 1999 (as "Aussiecon Three" in Melbourne), the 1996 WSFS Business Meeting directed that a written ballot election be held to select a NASFiC site for 1999.[2] For the first time, both at-con and by-mail balloting were possible as this NASFiC site selection election was held one full year after the overseas Worldcon site was selected.[3]

At the 1997 Worldcon in San Antonio, Texas, a total of 491 ballots were cast, 101 by mail and 390 in person, with Los Angeles barely edging Phoenix after the first round but no site claiming a majority of the vote. It wasn't until the third round of "instant runoff" preferential vote tallying that the Los Angeles area bid was awarded the 1999 NASFiC.[3]

CommitteeEdit

  • Chair: Christian B. McGuire
  • Facilities: Bobbi Armbruster
  • Administration: Elayne Pelz
  • Programming: Noel Wolfman
  • Operations: Robbie Bourget
  • Volunteers: James Briggs
  • Webmaster: Chaz Boston Baden

EventsEdit

Conucopia was dedicated by the committee to the memory of Los Angeles-area fan Gary Louie (1957–1999) who died on February 2, 1999, of a heart attack.

Notable program participantsEdit

Program participants highlighted by the convention included Harlan Ellison, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, authors David Brin, Larry Niven, and Harry Turtledove, plus Warner Books editor Betsy Mitchell.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Long List of NASFiCs". WSFS Long List Committee. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Minutes of the Business Meeting 1996". The World Science Fiction Society. August 1987. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Flynn, George. "NASFiC Site Selection". NESFA. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  4. ^ Wolfman, Noel (August 25, 1999). "Program Notes". Conucopia. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2009.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
6th North American Science Fiction Convention
Dragon*Con 1995 in Atlanta, GA, United States (1995)
List of NASFiCs
7th North American Science Fiction Convention
Conucopia in Anaheim, CA, United States (1999)
Succeeded by
8th North American Science Fiction Convention
Cascadia Con in Seattle, United States (2005)