Suncon

(1) A Worldcon in O/r/l/a/n/d/o/ Miami

The 1977 Worldcon held September 2-5 at the Hotel Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, FL. GoH: Jack Williamson, FGoH: Robert A. Madle. Robert Silverberg was Toastmaster. Chaired by Don Lundry.

SunCon was bid by "7 in '77", a group of well-known con-runners who promised that if they won they would then select an ideal site. The other bidder was Montreal in '77. See 1977 Site Selection results.

The 7 in '77 committee selected a hotel in Orlando, Florida, which subsequently went bankrupt. On the grounds that the bankrupt hotel would not honor the contract, SunCon subsequently moved to a classic hotel in Miami Beach, the Fountainbleu — which then went bankrupt. This didn't help a committee which was also suffering from exceptionally bad publicity — Locus was positively sarcastic in its reporting of Lundry's lack of forthright responses to questions.

To date, Suncon is the only Worldcon where it has rained in the art show (which probably helped to explain the mildew on the walls). (A tropical storm passed over Miami during the con. While not terribly windy, it released deluges of rain which, among other things, helped to locate many leaks in the somewhat decrepit hotel's structure.) See also the common nickname, Stuncon. It was also the subject of an unsuccessful Suncon Boycott proposed by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

1977 Hugo results, 1979 Site Selection results, 1979 Nasfic Site Selection results.

Read Dave Kyle's SunCon reminiscence. Linda Bushyager has a convention report in Karass 33

Theodore Sturgeon speech

MidAmeriCon«« »»Iguanacon


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(2) Suncon (Australia)

The 30th Australian Natcon held 29th March - 1st April 1991 at the Brisbane Gateway Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Theme: Dangerous Visions
GoH: Harlan Ellison (absent) and Patrick Tilley
FGoH: Leigh Edmonds and Valma Brown
Toastmaster: Nick Stathopoulos

(Absence of Harlan Ellison from the convention was explained to have been due to the committee not having raised sufficient money sufficiently early to have been confident of being able to cover his travel and accommodation costs.)

There were at least two controversies concerning the Ditmar Awards: First, via the awards committee having opened nomination of award categories to fans, there was a Ditmar Award for Best Fannish Cat. Second, the trophies presented at the convention were in the form of stuffed cane toads. (This was explained to have been intended as an April Fool's joke; the "real" trophies were presented later at a Nova Mob meeting.)

For more information see the SunCon posts at history.sf.org.au.

Danse Macabre«« »»Syncon '92


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