Home - AZ Fandom - Arizona Convention History Mail Admin Gremlin



Westercon is an active annual convention dedicated to science fiction and fantasy that moves around the western third of North America. It was first held in Los Angeles, CA in 1948.

It is owned by LASFS (the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) but is hosted by different sponsoring bodies in different cities each year, with the host chosen through a bid process. Arizona has hosted it on six occasions.


Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Chair Sponsor GoHs Book Web Notes
35 1982
2 Jul
5 Jul
Phoenix Hilton
Randy Rau CASFS Pro: Gordon R. Dickson
Fan: Fran Skene
Special: Robert Asprin

80 MB
41 1988
1 Jul
4 Jul
Hyatt Regency
The Sheraton
Terry Gish Pro: Robert Silverberg
Artist: Real Musgrave
Fan: Craig Miller
45 1992
2 Jul
5 Jul
Omni Adams
Bruce Farr CASFS Pro: Jennifer Roberson
Artist: Rick Sternbach
Fan: Pat Mueller
57 2004
2 Jul
5 Jul
Wigwam Resort
Litchfield Park
Craig Dyer WesternSFA Author: C. J. Cherryh
Artist: David Cherry
Music: Heather Alexander
Local Author: Diana Gabaldon
Media: Virginia Hey
Fan: John Hertz
62 2009
2 Jul
5 Jul
Tempe Mission Palms
Mike Willmoth Leprecon, Inc. Artist: Todd Lockwood
Writer: Alan Dean Foster
Editor: Stanley Schmidt
Fans: Jim & Doreen Webbert
Toastmasters: Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden

6 MB
70 2017
1 Jul
4 Jul
Tempe Mission Palms
Dee Astell Leprecon, Inc. Artist: Julie Dillon
Local Artist: Tom Deadstuff
Author: Connie Willis
Local Author: Gini Koch
Fans: Val & Ron Ontell
Filk: Tim Griffin
Science: Henry Vanderbilt
Special Artist: Larry Elmore
Special Media: John & Bjo Trimble
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse

87 MB


  1. Westercon 45 was branded Westercolt 45.
  2. Westercon 57 was branded ConKopelli. C. J. Cherryh was unable to attend due to illness. Attendance was 748 warm bodies with 93 supporting members or no-show attendees.
  3. Westercon 62 was branded FiestaCon. Attendance was 603.
  4. Westercon 70 was branded ConAlope and was also LepreCon 43.


57 62 70
2004 2009 2017
748 603 608

Other Documents

Index of Ephemera

Westercon 35

Flyer (2 MB)
Messenger Mountain #1 (5 MB)
Messenger Mountain #2 (5 MB)
Messenger Mountain #3 (5 MB)
Progress Report 0 (6 MB)
Progress Report 1 (9 MB)
Progress Report 2 (13 MB)
Progress Report 4 (18 MB)

Westercon 41

Multi-Purpose Application Form (237k)
Progress Report 2 (5 MB)
Progress Report 3 (14 MB)
The World-Tribune Insider #2 (7 MB)

Westercon 45

Bullet-In Thursday (5 MB)
Bullet-In Friday (5 MB)
Envelope (196k)
Flyer (5 MB)
HexaCon Flyer (16 MB)
Letterhead (468k)
Minstrels of the Milky Way (newspaper clipping) (news)
Pocket Program (11 MB)
Programming & Scheduling Participant Invitation (31 MB)
Progress Report 2 (5 MB)
Progress Report 3 (73 MB)
Restaurant and Merchant Guide (12 MB)

Westercon 57

Autograph Schedule (14k)
Docent Tour Schedule (7k)
Fireplace Lounge Schedule (14k)
Programming (100k)
Progress Report 1 (1 MB)
Progress Report 2 (110k)
Progress Report 3 (221k)
Progress Report 4 (701k)

Westercon 62

Art Show Files (24k)
Flyer (71k)
Masquerade Files (47k)
Progress Report 1 (204k)
Progress Report 2 (255k)
Progress Report 3 (2 MB)
Progress Report 4 (599k)
The Whole Enchilada (10 issues) (6.2 MB)

Westercon 70

Art Show Files (1.2 MB)
Dealers' Room Agreement (152k)
Dealers' Room Application Form (203k)
Saturday Room Schedules (2 MB)
Sunday Room Schedules (3 MB)
Monday Room Schedules (3 MB)
Tuesday Room Schedules (3 MB)
Gaming Grid (84k)
The Jackalopian (5 issues) (2.3 MB)
Masquerade Hints and Suggestions (81k)
Masquerade Judges' Instructions (81k)
Masquerade Registration Form (81k)
Pocket Program (81k)
Postcard (683k)
Press Release (April 2017) (164k)
Progress Report 0 (1 MB)
Progress Report 1 (570k)
Progress Report 1.5 (139k)
Progress Report 2 (8 MB)
Site Selection Ballot (83k)
TusCon 43 Room Party Flyer (89k)

Older Program Book Covers

Program Book Covers from Westercons Outside Arizona

Creative Commons License
Last update: 13th November, 2018