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The 1954 Worldcon, first to be run in the Bay Area, and the 1954 Westercon, SFCon was held September 3-6 in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco. Though Worldcon and Westercon shared the hotel and basic committee, Westercon was held on Friday, September 3rd, while Worldcon was held Saturday-Monday September 4-6. They had separate convention chairmen and Guests of Honor.

The Worldcon GoH was John W. Campbell, Jr., Robert Bloch was Toastmaster and the co-chairmen were Lester Cole (best known as "Les Cole") and Gary Nelson. Poul Anderson was an active member of the committee and wrote most of the progress reports.

The Westercon GoH was Jack Williamson, and it was chaired by J. Ben Stark.

Bidders: ?? (See 1954 Site Selection results.)

Cleveland was selected as the site of the 1955 Worldcon, Clevention. See 1955 Site Selection results.

Philip K. Dick wrote a story Waterspider where two time travelers visit SFCon and speak to a number of the writers there, to discover if they knew they were pre-cogs and not making it up.

{Note: The Westercon website lists J. Ben Stark as chairman with Lester Cole and Gary J. Nelson as "Worldcon executive committee". Worldcon records show Lester Cole and Gary J. Nelson as co-chairmen of both conventions.}


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