Australian National Science Fiction Convention

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Name: Australian National Science Fiction Convention
Dates: flexible, but generally around March/April
Frequency: annually
Location: Australia
Type: fan-run fan Natcon with guests
Focus: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Organization: None
Founder: Bill Veney - first chair, 1952
Founding Date: 1952
URL: Fancyclopedia 3
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a flyer for the 1990 media con, "Huttcon"

The Australian National Science Fiction Convention (aka "Natcon") is an annual science fiction convention which first took place in Sydney in 1952. Since 1969, the Ditmar Award has been awarded at the con.

Unlike many conventions, Natcon is not run by one specific professional group or fanclub. Every year, bids are accepted for fan convention committees to host the convention two years in advance; the members are voted in by attendees of the Con. Committee members must not be affiliated with any nationally-run fannish body. A separate Australian National Media Convention was run between 1984 and 1997, but it (and the Australian Science Fiction Media Awards) were folded into Natcon in 1999[1].

Those fancon committees who win the hosting bid win the honour of their con being considered the national fancon for that year. The first 11 years (aside from Olympicon in 1956, the year Melbourne hosted the Summer Olympic Games) it was held as the Australian Science Fiction Convention, alternating between the Sydney and Melbourne committees. Since 1971, it has "bounced" around between the SynCon committee in Sydney (not to confused with SydCon, which is now a roleplaying convention), the SwanCon committee in Perth, Advention in Adelaide and a number of smaller conventions in Melbourne, Canberra (CapCon, then ConFlux), Brisbane and Hobart (Thylacon, named after the extinct Tasmanian Tiger or "thylacine").

The conventions were not without their drama, usually stemming from the Ditmar Awards. For further information see Ditmar Award#Best Fannish Cat and Ditmar Award#Stuffed Cane Toads

List of Conventions[2]

No. Date Convention Location Guests of Honour
1 March 22, 1952 First Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none)
2 May 1-3, 1953 Second Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none)
3 April 17-18, 1954 Third Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney (none)
4 March 18-20, 1955 Fourth Australian Science Fiction Convention Sydney Arthur C. Clarke
5 December 8-9, 1956 Olympicon Melbourne Frank Bryning
6 April 5-6, 1958 Sixth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none)
7 April 8-11, 1966 Seventh Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none)
8 April 4-6, 1969 Eighth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne Lee Harding and (fan) John Foyster
9 March 27-30, 1970 Ninth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (none)
10 January 1-2, 1971 Tenth Australian Science Fiction Convention Melbourne (fan) Robin Johnson
11 August 11-13, 1972 Syncon 2 Sydney Lesleigh Luttrell (DUFF winner)
12 August 17-19, 1973 Advention 2 Adelaide John Foyster
13 August 16-18, 1974 Ozcon Melbourne Merv Binns and (fan) John Bangsund
14 January 24-27, 1975 Syncon '75 Sydney (none)
15 August 13-15, 1976 Bofcon Melbourne (none)
16 July 29-31, 1977 A-Con 7 Adelaide Bill Rotsler
17 March 24-27, 1978 Unicon IV Melbourne Brian Aldiss, Roger Zelazny
18 August 10-13, 1979 Syncon '79 Sydney Gordon R. Dickson, Ken Fletcher (DUFF winner), Linda Lounsbury (DUFF winner), Kouichi Yamamoto
19 August 15-18, 1980 Swancon 5 Perth Anne McCaffrey, Shayne McCormack, Grant Stone
20 June 6-8, 1981 Advention '81 Adelaide Frank Herbert, John Ossian, K. U. F. Widdershins
21 April 9-12, 1982 Tschaicon Melbourne Jack Vance, Leanne Frahm, Eric Lindsay
22 June 10-13, 1983 Syncon '83 Sydney Harlan Ellison, Van Ikin
23 April 20-23, 1984 Eureka!con Melbourne George Turner
24 April 5-8, 1985 Advention '85 Adelaide Lee Harding
25 March 28-31, 1986 Swancon XI Perth C. J. Cherryh, Jack Herman
26 April 24-27, 1987 Capcon Canberra Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey, and (fan) John Newman
27 June 10-13, 1988 Conviction (Syncon '88) Sydney Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Carey Handfield
28 March 23-27, 1989 Swancon 14 Perth John Varley and (fan) Paul J. Stevens
29 April 13-16, 1990 Danse Macabre Melbourne George R. R. Martin, Eric Lindsay
30 March 29 - April 1, 1991 SunCon Brisbane Patrick Tilley, Harlan Ellison (absent), Leigh Edmonds
31 April 17-20, 1992 Syncon '92 Sydney Michael Whelan, Nick Stathopoulos
32 April 8-12, 1993 Swancon 18 Perth Terry Pratchett and (fan) Craig Hilton
33 April 1-4, 1994 Constantinople Melbourne William Gibson, Kate Orman, and (fans) Bruce Gillespie, and Julie Edge & Martin Edge
34 June 9-12, 1995 Thylacon 1 Hobart Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Nicholls, Grant Stone
35 April 4-8, 1996 Festival of the Imagination 1996 Perth Storm Constantine, Neil Gaiman
36 Sept 27-28, 1997 Basicon 2 Melbourne (no one or everyone)
37 June 5-8, 1998 Thylacon 2 Hobart George R. R. Martin, Leanne Frahm
38 Sept 2-6, 1999 SpawnCon Two Melbourne (none)
39 April 20-24, 2000 Swancon 2000 (Swancon 25) Perth Connie Willis, Robin Hobb, Garth Nix, Ian Nichols
40 April 12-16, 2001 Swancon 2001: Masquerade Perth Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber, Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman, Sue Ackermann
41 June 7-10, 2002 Convergence 2002 Melbourne Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Sean Williams, and (fan) Race Mathews
42 April 17-21, 2003 Swancon 2003 Perth Lynn Flewelling, Tony Shillitoe, Fiona McIntosh, and (fan) Justin Ackroyd
43 April 23-26, 2004 Conflux 1 Canberra Greg Benford, Sean McMullen, and (fan) Karen Herkes
44 June 10-13, 2005 Thylacon 2005 (Thylacon IV) Hobart Anne Bishop, Marianne de Pierres, and (fan) Merv Binns
45 April 14-17, 2006 Conjure Brisbane Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Sean Williams, Jonathan Strahan, and (fan) Erika Maria Lacey
46 June 8–11, 2007 Convergence 2 Melbourne Isobelle Carmody, Fred Gallagher, Dave Freer, and (fan) Cath Ortlieb
47 March 20–24, 2008 Swancon 2008: State of the Art Perth Ken Macleod, Rob Shearman, Glenda Larke, and (fan) Zara Baxter
48 June 5–8, 2009 Conjecture Adelaide Julie E. Czerneda, and (fans) Steve Scholz & Catherine Scholz
49 Sept 2–6, 2010 Dudcon III Melbourne Peter Watts, Helen Merrick, and (fan) Jacob Blake
50 April 21–25, 2011 Swancon Thirty Six / Natcon Fifty Perth Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams, and (fan) Sarah Xu
51 June 8-11, 2012 Continuum 8: Craftonomicon Melbourne Kelly Link, Alison Goodman, and (fan) Sue Ann Barber
52 April 25-28, 2013 Conflux 9 Canberra Nalo Hopkinson, Marc Gascoigne, Karen Miller, and (fan) Rose Mitchell
53 June 6-9, 2014 Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls Melbourne Jim C. Hines, Ambelin Kwaymullina, and (fans) Danny Oz & Sharon Moseley
54 April 2-6, 2015 Swancon 40 Perth John Scalzi, Kylie Chan, and (fan) Anthony Peacey
55 March 25-28, 2016 Contact2016 Brisbane Ben Aaronovitch, Keri Arthur, Maria Lewis and (fans) Jill Pantozzi and Kirilee Barker
56 June 9-12, 2017 Continuum 13: Triskaidekaphilia Melbourne Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and Likhain, DUFF Delegate: Paul Weimer
57 March 29 - April 2, 2018 Swancon 2018 Perth Kameron Hurley, Ryan Griffen, Emily Smith, Foz Meadows, and (fan) Barb de la Hunty
58 June 7-10, 2019 Continuum 15: Other Worlds Melbourne Kate Elliott, Ken Liu
59 April 25-27, 2020 (cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic) Swancon 2020 Perth Nalini Singh, John Robertson
60 September 30-October 3, 2022 Conflux 16: Visions of Time Canberra John Birmingham, Amie Kaufman, Daniel O'Malley, Lisa Fuller, Tom Buckland
61 September 29-October 2, 2023 Conflux 17: Passages and Portals Canberra Amie Kaufman, Grace Chan, Lisa Fuller, Ellen Datlow

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