Hugo Ceremony Hosts announced
17 July 2014 - The 2014 Hugo Ceremony will be hosted by leading science fiction and fantasy authors Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman. More details here
Fantastic partnership with BFI
17 July 2014 - Loncon 3 has joined forces with the British Film Institute to celebrate the UK's long heritage of science fiction and the fantastic on television. More details here
08 July 2014 - LAST CALL: all requests for accessible accomodation must be received no later than midnight Thursday 10 July. More details here
PEN/H G Wells lecture
08 July 2014 - Audrey Niffenegger will give the first PEN / H G Wells lecture at Loncon 3. More details here
06 July 2014 - We're offering a service for booking mobility scooters. More details here
Theatre programme announced
04 July 2014 - We have released full details of our exciting theatre programme. Full details here
Childcare at Loncon 3
Progress Report 4 Now Available
02 July 2014 - Download your electronic copy of our last Progress Report here. Full of essential information for getting to and enjoying the convention.
02 July 2014 - We have a number of specific tasks for which we're seeking volunteers. In most cases no prior experience is needed and it's a great way to meet people and be a part of Loncon 3. Details here
1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet
01 July 2014 - The 1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet is now available
20 June 2014 - For a taste of Loncon 3 at a low price, we are offering a limited number of Hall passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
15 June 2014 - We are today sending emails to all our programme participants with a first draft of their schedules. It's going to be an amazing programme!
Membership rates to increase on 14 July
10 June 2014 - Loncon 3 membership rates will rise on 14 July: Adult rates increase to £135 (US$225); family rates become £300 (US$500); all other attending rates also rise. Join now to beat the increase! Full details here
Additions to 2014 Hugo Voter Packet
10 June 2014 - The voter packet has been updated to include new material in the following categories: Fan Artist, Related Work, Short Story, Novelette and Novella. Members can download the packet here.
Hugo Voting Now Open
Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra
03 June 2014 - The highlight of Loncon 3's music programme will be a concert by the Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra
Masquerade and costumes at Loncon 3
03 June 2014 - If you love costumes and costuming, check out our new information about the Masquerade and Hall Costumes at Loncon 3. You can register today! More details
2014 Hugo Voter Packet
30 May 2014 - The 2014 Hugo Voter Packet is now available
Childcare at Loncon 3
24 May 2014 - Details of childcare at Loncon 3, including a booking form, are now available
Progress Report 3 Now Available
17 May 2014 - Download your electronic copy of our latest Progress Report here
Diversity in Speculative Fiction - academic programme launched
15 May 2014 - Details of Loncon 3's academic conference Diversity in Speculative Fiction have been published today. More details
Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman to co-host the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony
13 May 2014 - Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman will co-host the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony, and will be joined on stage by the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers for an awards evening full of music, celebration and surprises. More details
Science stars to shine at Loncon 3
08 May 2014 - Some of the biggest names in science, including the Astronomer Royal, have been confirmed to appear at Loncon 3. More details
100 days to go!
06 May 2014 - Loncon 3 will open 100 days from today. With a higher membership already than any previous Worldcon outside the US, it is on course to be an extraordinary celebration of science fiction, bringing together fans from over 50 countries.
Loncon 3 supports and reflects diversity
06 May 2014 - Loncon 3 has joined up with the US-based non-profit organisation Con or Bust in an initiative to assist people of colour/non-white people to attend Worldcon this year. More details
Loncon 3 celebrates the history of the SF genre
06 May 2014 - Loncon 3 will mark the 75th anniversary of the first ever Worldcon. To celebrate that history, Loncon 3 is offering a free membership to any person who was a member of either Nycon 1 in 1939 or Loncon 1 in 1957. More details.
The World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) is an international gathering of the science fiction and fantasy community. The first Worldcon was held in 1939, and the event has been annual since 1946, with the location changing each year. Attendees come from all over the world, and in the last decade the convention has been held on four different continents. The UK has hosted the Worldcon six times before (in London, Brighton and Glasgow), most recently in 2005.
Modern Worldcons are held over five days and are attended by thousands of members. Attendees include writers, artists, fans, editors, publishers, academics and dealers – with many individuals counting themselves in more than one such category – but all with an interest in science fiction.
Worldcons are organised and run by volunteers. Many members volunteer in some capacity each year, although most of the overseeing committee for each year’s convention will be different people to the year before. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved (both before and during the convention) if you want to.
Worldcons are not just about the written word, although written science fiction is an interest most attendees have in common. Over the decades Worldcons have grown to embrace science fiction in all the forms in which it appears, including film, TV, art, comics, anime and manga, and gaming. Loncon 3 intends to explore science fiction in all these forms and extend these explorations into the worlds of fantasy, horror, slipstream and alternate history, as well as exploring the science in science fiction, the spectacle it has inspired from artists and costumers, and the creativity and enjoyment science fiction has generated amongst its fans.
At the convention itself, there will be hundreds of programme items which all members can attend, as well as major events such as the Hugo Awards ceremony and Masquerade. Each Worldcon invites a small number of guests of honour, recognising their contribution to the field and the community of science fiction. The guests’ work and interests usually inspire significant elements within the programme.
A complete programme will be posted on the website shortly before the convention so you can start planning each day (information about particular highlights is already available, not least to inform people who plan to attend for only part of the Worldcon). Programme apps are now increasingly available at the event itself, but in any case attending members will receive a printed pocket programme, along with a bound souvenir book.