Vancouver Science Fiction Convention

Vancouver Science Fiction Convention

Vancouver Science Fiction Convention

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The Vancouver Science Fiction Convention (VCON) is a fantasy, gaming, and science fiction convention held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It has been hosted by the West Coast Science Fiction Association since 1993, and by WCSFCCA (the Western Canadian Science Fiction Convention Committee Association) before that.

The first "VCON" (which was simply called the Vancouver SF Convention) was held April 9 and 10, 1971 at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Its sponsoring organisations included the University of B.C. Science Fiction Society (UBC SFFEN), the B.C. Science Fiction Association (an offshoot of the UBC club) and the Simon Fraser University Science Fiction Society (SF3). There have been 34 VCONs held (including VCONs 18.5 and 19.5), plus other events (like The Science of Murder in 1994 and The Science of Survival in 1995) which were put on by WCSFA, but did not use the VCON name.

At VCON the Elron Awards for most dubious "achievements" in science fiction are presented, often with selected passages from the offending winners publicly read to the delight of attendees. R. Graeme Cameron, president of the British Columbia Science Fiction Association (BCSFA), has stated publicly that the name "Elron" is not an allusion to science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The awards are reported each year in the SF fanzine BCSFAzine.

Another VCON tradition is the Turkey Readings, during which panelists read selections from the worst published...
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