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In December, 1975 the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society prepared LA 2000, a special convention to celebrate the club's 2,000th meeting.   This was more a relaxicon than a standard convention (since it did not have guests of honor or a formal program).  

LA 2000 was so enjoyable that the event was repeated in 1976, but in October, to honor the club's anniversary and, for the first time, it was called LOSCON.  

Loscon was held twice in 1977, the second that year being the first Loscon with an official guest of honor, Dr. Jerry Pournelle.  

In 1978 Loscon was held in November and stayed in that month thereafter.  

LOSCON 7 in 1980 was the first to have over a thousand members, and attendance has not dropped below a thousand since 1984.  

Starting with LOSCON 9 in 1982, Loscon was held over the Thanksgiving weekend and that became the traditional date.  

LOSCON was held in Pasadena from 1983 through 1989, in Burbank from 1993 through 2003, and in 2004 it returned to Los Angeles, in an LAX area hotel.

The LASFS website has begun an archive of material about past Loscons .

The following is a guide to the history of the Los Angeles Regional  Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Loscon)   The numbers in parentheses indicate total members followed by actual attending members.  Convention themes are also named for those conventions that had themes

 

# Date
Location
GoH
Chair(s)
Members

LA 2000

Dec 5-7, 1975

International Hotel, Los Angeles

none 

Milt Stevens

(199/196) 

2
Oct 15-17, 1976
Pacifica Hotel, Culver City
none
Ron Bounds
(???/175)
3
April 1-3, 1977
Quality Inn, Los Angeles none
Ed Finkelstein & Mike Glyer  (163/149)
Nov 4-6, 1977
Quality Inn, Los Angeles
Jerry Pournelle 
Marty Massoglia
(279/253) 
5
Nov 3-5, 1978
Huntington Sheraton, Pasadena
Robert Bloch
Susan Fox
(383/347)

6

 

Nov 10-12, 1979  Airport Hotel, Inglewood
A. E. Van Vogt  Alan P. Winston  (732/691)
Nov 28-30, 1980
Anaheim Sheraton, Anaheim

GoH:  Larry Niven

Fan GoH:  Alva Rogers 

Mike Shupp
(1120/1055)
Nov 6-8, 1981
Huntinton Sheraton, Pasadena

GoH:  William Rotsler

Fan GoH:  Len & June Moffatt 

George Jumper
(1016/968)
Nov 26-28, 1982 Universal Sheraton, Universal City

GoH:  Poul Anderson

Fan GoH:  Milt Stevens 

Dan Deckert
(1390/1345)
10  Nov 25-27, 1983
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Fan GoH: Fuzzy Pink Niven Special GoH:  John Myers Myers 

Bruce Pelz
(1048-1009)
Eleven
Nov 23-25, 1984
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Curt Siodmak

Fan GoH: Forrest J Ackerman

LASFS  GoH: Bill Warren

 

Charles Lee Jackson II
(1002-959)
12
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 1985
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH: Robert Silverberg Fan GoH: Terry Carr

In Absentia GoH:  Daniel Pinkwater 

 

Craig Miller
(1387/1318)
13th Nov 28-30, 1986 Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  John Brunner

Fan GoH:  Bruce & Elayne Pelz 

Danise Deckert
(1343/1282)

XIV

"Galactic Empires"  

Nov 27-29, 1987 Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  C. J. Cherryh

Fan GoH: Tom Whitmore 

Fred Patten
(1359/1330)
Fifteen "South Gate in Eighty-eight"
Nov 25-27, 1988
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH: Vonda McIntyre

Fan GoH:  Stan Woolston 

Artist GoH: Patricia Davis 

Rick Young
(1250/1000)
Sixteen "Where Anything Can Happen"
Nov 24-26, 1989  Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Spider & Jeanne Robinson

Artist GoH:  Eric McKee 

Fan GoH 

Richard Foss
(1221/1098)
17
Nov 23-25, 1990   

GoH: Barry B. Longyear

Artist GoH: Reed Waller & Kate Worley
Fan GoH: Ben Yalow
LASFS GoH: George Alec Effinger

Robbie Cantor
(1107-1040)
18 "Robotics and Computers in SF/Fantasy" Nov 29 - Dec 1, 1991  Hyatt Regency, Long Beach
GoH: Mike Resnick
Artist GoH: Brad Foster
Fan GoH: Allan Rothstein
Rick Young
(1064-1019)
19 "Into the 21st Century on a Sturdy Broom"
Nov 27-29, 1992  Airport Marriott, Los Angeles
GoH: Barbara Hambly
Artist GoH:  Don Maitz
Editor GoH: David Hartwell
Fan GoH: Mike Glyer
Christian B. McGuire & Shaun Lyon (1285-1241)
20 "Take This Con and Stuffie It"
Nov 26-28, 1993
Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH: Roger Zelazny
Artist GoH: Rick Sternbach
Fan GoH: Paul Turner
Chocolate Moose (with Elayne Pelz) (1204-1187)
21 "The Changing Face of Science Fiction"
Nov 25-27, 1994
Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  Lois McMaster Bujold
Artist GoH:  Alicia Austin
Editor GoH:  Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Fan GoH:  Robbie Cantor
Special GoH:  "Superguest" Julius Schwartz
Shaun Lyon & Christian B. McGuire (1173-1155)
22 "The World of SF"
Nov 24-26, 1995  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  Bob Shaw
Artist GoH: Lubov
Fan GoH: Larry Stewart
Robbie Cantor
(1124-1098)
XXIII "Relax in the Company of Friends" Nov 29 - Dec 1, 1996  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank  GoH:  Harry Turtledove
Artist GoH: Vincent DiFate
Fan GoH: Bob Null
Christian B. McGuire
(1127-1117)
xxiv "Dedicated to the Memory of William Rotsler"
Nov 28-30, 1997  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  S. M. Stirling
Artist GoH: Mitchell Davidson Bentley
Fan GoH: Geri Sullivan
Media GoH: J. Michael Straczynski
Ed Green
(1376-1296)
25 "Twenty Five Years of a Good Thing" Nov , 1998  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  David Brin
Artist GoH: Sue Dawe
Fan GoH: Marjii Ellers
Kimberlee Marks Brown
 (1206-1141)
XXVI "It's the end of the world as we know it....And we feel fine." Nov 26-28, 1999
Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  Connie Willis
Artist GoH: Alex Ross
Fan GoH: Joe Siclari
Liz Mortensen
(1386-1204)
27 "The Dawn of a New Millennium"
Nov 25-27, 2000  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH:  Orson Scott Card
Artist GoH: Bob Eggleton
Special GoHs:  Harry Knowles, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Frank Kelly Freas
Fan GoH: Craig Miller & Genny Dazzo
Shaun Lyon & Christian B. McGuire (1375-1317)
28 "Education - building the future one mind at a time"
Nov 23-25, 2001  Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank GoH: Patricia C. Wrede
Artist GoH: Chris Butler
Fan GoH: Lynn Gold
Chaz Boston Baden
(1322-1187)
29 "Planet LOSCON:  The World of Science Fiction and Fantasy"
November 29 - December 1, 2002 Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank Writer GoH: David Weber
Artist GoH: Nene Thomas
Fan GoH: Patty Wells
Special Saturday Guest: Nichelle Nicholas
Tadao Tomomatsu
(1383-1308)
30 "Navigating the WORLDS of Science Fiction"
Nov 28-30, 2003
Burbank Airport Hilton, Burbank Author GoH: Fred Saberhagen
Artist GoH: Teddy Harvia
Fan GoH: Jack L. Chalker
Special Media GoH:  Armin Shimmerman
Michael Mason
(1229-1177)
31 "Escape to LA"
Nov 26-28, 2004
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles Author GoH: Tim Powers
Artist GoH: Wendy Pini
Fan GoH: James Stanley Daughery, Kathryn Daugherty
LASFS Special GoH: David Gerrold
Ed Green
(1265-1197)
32 "A Space Operetta"
Nov 25-27,  2005 LAX Marriott, Los Angeles
Author GoH: Steven Brust
Artist GoH: Rowena Morrill
Fan GoH: Bruce Farr
Karl Lembke

(1222-1183) 

33 "Exploring the Golden Ages of Science Fiction"
Nov 24-26, 2006
LAX Marriott, Los AngelesAuthor GoH: William Tenn
Artist GoH: Bernie Wrightson
Fan GoH: Fred Patten
Scott Beckstead
(1136-1084)
34 "The Dig:  Excavating the Worlds of Science Fiction"
Nov, 2007  LAX Marriott, Los AngelesAuthor GoH: Robert J. Sawyer
Artist GoH: Theresa Mather
Fan GoH: Capt. David West Reynolds
Music GoH: Dr. James Robinson
Dr. Susan "Arizona" Gleason
(1199/1132)
35 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Loscon"
Nov 28-30, 2008  LAX Marriott, Los AngelesAuthor GoH: John Scalzi
Artist GoH: Gary Lippincott
Fan GoH: Michael Siladi
Cathy Beckstead, Joyce Hooper
(1196/1113)
36 "But Wait There's More"
Nov 27-29, 2009 LAX Marriott, Los Angeles

Writer GoHs: Steve Barnes & Tananarive Due
Artist GoH: Tim Rickard

Fan GoH: Christian B. McGuire 

Marcia Minsky
(1186/1095)
37 Dark Loscon:  A Celebration of Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, and SF NoirNov 26-28, 2010LAX Marriott, Los Angeles
Writer GoH: Emma Bull, Artist GoH: Phil Foglio, Fan GoHs:  Kim & Jordan Brown 
Sherri Benoun, Scott Beckstead
 1093/1015

38

"Where's My Flying Car?"

Nov 24-27, 2011
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles
Writer GoH:  John DeChancie, Science GoH:  Rick Serfoss; Artist GoH:  Aldo Spadoni; Fan GoH:  John Hertz
Arlene Satin (con chair), Martin Young (vice chair)
 1056/1000

 39
"The Zombies Are Attacking The Steampunks At Loscon This Year!  And that's the way we like it."

 

Nov 23-25, 2012
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles

 Writer GoH Vernor Vinge; Artist GoH Alan White; Costume GoH:  Mela Hoyt-Heydon; Fan GoHs:  Lloyd & Yvonne Penny

Christian B. McGuire (con chair)
 1162/1091
40 "Let's Do the Time Warp Again!"
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2013
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles
Writer GoH  Catherynne M. Valentel
Editor GoH  Betsy Mitchell;
Artist GoH Sarah Clemens;  
Fan GoH Mike Donahue
Cathy Beckstead & Christian B. McGuire (chairpersons)
1070/1004
41 "Cloak and Dagger"
Nov 28-30, 2014
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles 
Writer GoH:  J. Michael Straczynski
Artist GoH:  Richard Hescox
Fan GoHs:  Shawn & Colleen Crosby
 
Scott Beckstead
 

 

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