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11th World Science Fiction Convention

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Genre  Science fiction
Inaugurated  September 5–7, 1953
Country  United States
Attendance  750
11th World Science Fiction Convention
Venue  Bellevue-Stratford Hotel
Location(s)  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 11th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Philcon II, was held in September 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was the first Worldcon to present the Hugo Awards. The supporting organization was the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The guest of honor was Willy Ley. The chairman was Milton A. Rothman, replacing the late James A. Williams. Isaac Asimov was toastmaster.

The convention was held in the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, the hotel that became famous in 1976 as the site of infection for Legionnaires' disease.


Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction:

  • Best Novel: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester [Galaxy January, February, March 1952; Shasta, 1951]
  • Best Professional Magazine: (tie)
  • Astounding Science Fiction edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Galaxy Science Fiction edited by H. L. Gold
  • Best Cover Artist: (tie)
  • Hannes Bok
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Best Interior Illustrator: Virgil Finlay
  • Excellence in Fact Articles: Willy Ley
  • Best New SF Author or Artist: Philip José Farmer
  • #1 Fan Personality: Forrest J. Ackerman
  • References

    11th World Science Fiction Convention Wikipedia

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