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Loscon History Notes — by Lee Gold

A while ago, after Barry and I started taking care of the LASFS website, I took a look at the Loscon website.  I admired its history of Loscon and decided that the LASFS website should have a backup of that history, so I copied it.  It didn't occur to me to doublecheck any of the Loscon website's data. 

Some years later, the Loscon website had a bad crash and lost all its data, and I had the pleasure of telling Loscon that I'd saved their convention history and where they could find it.

In May, 2020, one item of that Loscon convention history was questioned: the statement that "LA 2000," held the first weekend of December, 1975, which would later be considered the very first Loscon, didn't have a program.  A couple of old-time LASFS members told me that they absolutely remembered that it had had a program.

I decided that the very best evidence would be to reread the APA-Ls of December, 1975.  I didn't find an LA 2000 program book, but I did find good evidence that LA 2000 had had a program. 


December 4, 1975 — APA-L #551

Table of Contents by Official Collator

LA 2000 Schedule
Friday:      8 PM:      Registration & Cocktail Party
Saturday:      10 AM-Noon:      Program
                   1 PM - 6 PM:      Program
                   8 PM+      Movies, Party in con suite
Sunday;         11 AM - Noon:  Program
                    1 PM - 5 PM:      Program


December 11, 1975 — APA-L #552

Bill Warren wrote in GHOST IN A CONTOUR SHEET 298;  "All things considered, I think that LA2000 came off reasonably well.  One thing that seemed to go over very well was the idea of the small discussion groups (this was, I think, Milt Stevens' idea).  As each group began, the person (and thanks to all of those who had agreed to be the group leader) seemed dismayed that no one was there, but within ten minutes they each had about as many as they could handle.  Several groups went well over their time limit." 

Dan Deckert wrote in Entropy11:  "LA 2000 was great.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself all the way through the con.  It was well programmed, smooth running, and a credit to the con committee.  I hope that the LASFS Con II works as well and truly establishes a continuing tradition." 

Allan Rothstein wrote in One Toe Free 26:  "The programs Sat were good.,  I attended all, missing only part of George Clayton Johnson's presentation (the slides of the LOGAN'S RUN sets) while I grabbed lunch.  I stayed all the way through, finishing with Bruce's slide show (and learning from it that he and Elayne were married by my former rabbi!). 
    Sun I slept late and missed some discussions I had wanted to see.  But I attended my first dead dog party and stayed till the bitter end of that. 
    Thank you, ConCom; and congratulations, LASFS!



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).  

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 did not drop below a thousand again until LOSCON 42 in 2015.  

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

List Of Loscons


# Date

LA 2000

Dec 5-7, 1975

International Hotel, Los Angeles


Milt Stevens


Oct 15-17, 1976
Pacifica Hotel, Culver City
Ron Bounds
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
Nov 3-5, 1978
Huntington Sheraton, Pasadena
Robert Bloch
Susan Fox



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
Nov 6-8, 1981
Huntinton Sheraton, Pasadena

GoH:  William Rotsler
Fan GoH:  Len & June Moffatt 

George Jumper
Nov 26-28, 1982 Universal Sheraton, Universal City

GoH:  Poul Anderson
Fan GoH:  Milt Stevens 

Dan Deckert
10  Nov 25-27, 1983
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Fan GoH: Fuzzy Pink Niven
Special GoH:  John Myers Myers 

Bruce Pelz
Nov 23-25, 1984
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Curt Siodmak
Fan GoH: Forrest J Ackerman
LASFS  GoH: Bill Warren 

Charles Lee Jackson II
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 1985
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH: Robert Silverberg Fan GoH: Terry Carr
In Absentia GoH: Daniel Pinkwater 


Craig Miller
13th Nov 28-30, 1986 Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  John Brunner
Fan GoH:  Bruce & Elayne Pelz 

Danise Deckert


"Galactic Empires"  

Nov 27-29, 1987 Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  C. J. Cherryh
Fan GoH: Tom Whitmore 

Fred Patten
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
Sixteen "Where Anything Can Happen"
Nov 24-26, 1989  Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena

GoH:  Spider & Jeanne Robinson
Artist GoH:  Eric McKee 

Fan GoH: John & Bjo Trimble 

Richard Foss
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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
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
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
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
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


"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)

"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)
40 "Let's Do the Time Warp Again!"
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2013
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles
Writer GoH:  Catherynne M. Valente
Editor GoH:
Betsy Mitchell
Artist GoH Sarah Clemens  
Fan GoH Mike Donahue
Maker GoH:

Cathy Beckstead & Christian B. McGuire (chairpersons)
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
1105 total
42 "Hitchhiker's Guide to LOSCON"
Nov 27-29, 2015
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles 
Writer Ghost of Honor: Douglas Adams, Dealer Ghost of Honor Cal Cotton; Artist Guest of Honor: David B. Mattingly; Fan Guest of Honor: Bobbi Armbruster; Writer Guest of Honor: Jim C​. Hines; Dealer Guest of Honor:  Theresa McWillie

Robbie Bourget & Marcia Minsky
Loscon 43 "Starship Loscon"
Nov 25-27, 2016
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles 
David Gerrold, Writer Guest of Honor; Peri Charlifu, Artist Guest of Honor; Nick Smith, Fan Guest of Honor; 
Michelle Pincus & Christian B. McGuire
Loscon 44
A Science Fiction / Pop Culture Convention
Nov 24-26, 2017
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles
Carrie Vaughn, Writer Guest of Honor; Jane Espenson, Media Guest of Honor; Kevin Roche & Andrew Trembley, Fan Guests of Honor
Gwen Newton & Craig Miller
Loscon 45
"The Crab Nebula: A Cosmic Icon"
Nov 23-25, 2018
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles 

Pro GoH: Seanan McGuire
Artist GoH; Randal "R.K."  Milholland -  Media GoH: Taliesin Jaffe  

Crystal Pretzman and Christian McGuire.  
Loscon 46, "Where Science Fiction Meets Fantasy" Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles
Pro GoH: Howard Waldrop, Fan GoH: Edie Stern, Editor GoH:  Moshe Feder
Matthew B. Tepper
Loscon 47, "Putting the Science back in Science Fiction"
Nov 26-28, 2021
(postponed due to COVID-19)
LAX, Marriott, Los Angeles
Dr Gregory Benford Writer GoH, Jeff Sturgeon Artist GoH,  Dennis & Kristine Cherry Fan GoHs
Scott Beckstead


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