Seattle is the site of the 73rd Westercon, to be held July 2-5, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. The location is also near the Sound Transit light rail line into downtown Seattle. Our guests of honor are David Brin (Hugo Award-winning author), Ethan Siegel (astrophysicist and science writer), Rob Carlos (artist), and Kevin Roche and Andrew Trembley (co-chairs of Worldcon 76 in San Jose in 2018). Attending memberships are available for $65, with supporting memberships at $20. Westercon 2020 is organized under the auspices of SWOC (originally the Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee), which has previously organized four Westercons, the 2005 NASFiC in Seattle, and the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane, as well as the annual regional conrunning conference ConComCon and the Northwest filk convention ConFlikt. We will be drawing on decades of experience, deep fannish tradition, and cultural history to bring another great Westercon to Seattle.
With over 70 years of history, Westercon is one of the best-known and most traditional science fiction and fantasy gatherings in our culture; we were geeks before geeks were cool. Before most communities had local SF cons, Westercons have been bringing fans together in different cities in the western US and Canada. As one of the templates other conventions have followed, Westercon has many traditional features of conventions, including authors and artists, panels and presentations, a costume masquerade, dances, opening and closing ceremonies. What distinguishes Westercon from most other events is the quality of activities andparticipants as a result of bringing in some of the most creative people across several states and provinces. Like Worldcons, Westercons are chosen with a site selection vote and bidding tradition; the vote for the 75th Westercon in 2022 will be held at the Seattle Westercon in 2020.