This post is even more belated than usual since the 19th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Seacon, was held September 2-4, 1961. Held at the Hyatt House Hotel, Seattle was a fortunate site for a Science Fiction convention since a year later the city would host the future-themed Century 21 Exposition (better known as the Seattle World’s Fair.) Only a few blocks from the hotel was the unfinished Space Needle, still missing its flying saucer-shaped top.
The following Hugo Awards (named after Hugo Gernsback) were presented for the best science fiction or fantasy works of 1960.
Best Novel – A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Best Short Fiction – “The Longest Voyage” by Poul Anderson
Best Dramatic Presentation – The Twilight Zone (TV series) by Rod Serling
Best Professional Magazine – Astounding/Analog edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Best Professional Artist – Ed Emshwiller
Best Fanzine – Who Killed Science Fiction? edited by Earl Kemp
Other notable attendees… You know what? Let’s skip the rest of the program and get straight to the good stuff. Fifty-year-old cosplay!