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Midwestcon is a science fiction convention held annually in the Cincinnati, Ohio area by the Cincinnati Fantasy Group.

GenreScience fiction
Location(s)Cincinnati, Ohio
CountryUnited States

Midwestcon is an informal type of convention known as a "relaxacon," which means that it has no programming. Instead it is notable as a means for science fiction fans to get together and talk to each other without the distractions of other conventions.


The 1949 Worldcon took place in Cincinnati, and the first Midwestcon followed in 1950, and has been held every year since, making it the second longest-running SF convention to be held in the same city, and the third oldest in the U.S.

Many significant figures in science fiction have attended Midwestcon, including Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.[1][2] Wilson Tucker served as the perennial toastmaster for many years. Other notable Midwestcon attendees have included:

Howard DeVore and Margaret Ford Keifer attended all 56 Midwestcons held from 1950 to 2005.

First Fandom was founded at the 1959 Midwestcon.

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