LonCon3 – Day 1 and Retro Hugos

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by Firebird


If you’ve been following the #LonCon3 tag on twitter you’ve probably seen a lot of people tweeting from the queue for registration. Yes, it was a long wait, I missed the opening ceremony, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

I tweeted the one friend I knew was going to be there but she was in a panel so I had a little bit of a look around the Exhibits Hall to kill time. The dealers were a bit of a disappointment really but on the plus side I know I’m not going to be spending lots of money. Maybe a cute t-shirt for Youngling and I might pick up some second hand books.

The Hawaiian Dalek deserves a mention.


After that met with the friend and we had a long chat, catching up on who’s been doing what. Then we both went to a panel, Doctor Who: Fandom for the Whole Family. Some interesting observations and anecdotes but before the end I started to worry about checking in to my hotel so left a bit early when the subject seemed to be wandering a bit.


Got back, grabbed something to eat and then caught the second half of Why Aliens are Cool Again and then The Fermi Paradox in Light of the Kepler Mission. I have to say that only Dr Helen Fraser seemed keen on throwing that particular light on the subject, but again there were interesting points made and I’ll definitely be trying to make it to some more of the Science Panels. That took me to 8pm and so on to the Retro Hugos.


The whole thing was really very fun. The conceit was that we were all attending a live radio show at the 1939 WoldCon in New York and the two presenters (Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Sherman) were time travellers (her arriving by DeLorean and him hitching a lift in the TARDIS). The music was provided by the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers and they were excellent! Really setting the mood. We also had some reports of a Martian invasion interspersed with the awards, but never fear, they were defeated by the Con Crud.

Before the Hugos there were a few other awards included. The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award went to John Clute with two further Posthumous awards to John “ted” Carnell and Walter H. Gillings. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award went to Mike Ashley and the Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award went to Vincent Docherty.

The first Hugo sort of wasn’t. Due to a technicality a Hugo requires that there are multiple nominees and in the best graphic story (comics) category there was only one nominee. So they gave a Special Committee award instead, to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in recognition of the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1.

The main awards were as follows:

Best Fan Writer – Ray Bradbury
Best Fanzine – Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo and T. Brue Yerke
Best Professional Artist – Virgil Finlay
Best Editor (Short Form) – John W. Campbell
Best Dramatic Presentation (short Form) – The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
Best Short Story – “How We Went to Mars” by Arthur C. Clarke
Best Novelette – “Rule 18” by Clifford D. Simak
Best Novella – “Who Goes There?” by Don A Stuart (really John W. Campbell)
Best Novel – The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

After that I could have checked out some of the parties, there was a Dr Who one which might have been fun but I have to admit that I was starting to wilt and there was this blog to write so I retired to my hotel room.

Tomorrow, a bunch more panels and a more careful study of the dealers’ tables.