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|Location|| Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (previously)|
Cherry Hill, New Jersey (currently)
|Sponsor||Philadelphia Science Fiction Society|
Philcon, the "Philadelphia Conference on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror", is one of the longest running science fiction conventions in the United States. It is hosted by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the first Philcon was held in 1936.
While the primary emphasis of the convention is literary science fiction, the convention typically has a media panel track including discussion of such television and film properties as Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate SG-1, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as anime programming and screenings, gaming, and other activities. Typical convention events such as an art show, dealers room and masquerade also take place.
- There is some debate as to whether Philcon is the first science fiction convention ever held. Some argue that an event in Leeds, England in 1937 was the first convention as it involved individuals purchasing tickets to listen to several speakers. In contrast, the 1936 gathering of fans in Philadelphia was more informal, taking place at the home of fan Milton A. Rothman.
- Philcon has hosted three Worldcon conventions in the past:
- In 1960, there were some reports of hostility of science fiction fans towards comic book fans at the convention. 
- Philcon 2007 took place November 16 - November 18, 2007 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel. Eric Flint was Principal Speaker; Sue Dawe was Artist Guest of Honor; Kevin Roche was Costuming Guest of Honor; Andrew Trembley was Costuming Guest of Honor and Voltaire was Special Music Guest.
- In 2008, Philcon moved from Philadelphia to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia-Cherry Hill. The convention dates were November 21 - November 23, 2008. Featured Guests of Honor were Tim Powers, John Picacio, and Scott Christian Sava.
- Philcon 2009 took place November 20 - November 22, 2009 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia-Cherry Hill in New Jersey. Principal Speaker was Catherine Asaro; Artist Guest-of-Honor was Frank Wu; and Special Guest was L.A. Banks. At the 2009 convention, both artists and dealers reported very slow sales, some approximately 1/3 of the amount the were used to from previous years (especially in the years before the Millennium Philcon). Attendance was also low, with at-the-door membership sales about half of what it had been the last year. There was some speculation over how the convention could continue more than another year or two at this rate.
Impact on fandom
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The Philcon dealers' room has long been focused heavily on book dealers and publishers, with other general science-fiction merchandise also represented. Some dealers which have attended Philcons in the past include:
- Daniel Adler – Game Gnight – games and toys
- Roger MacBridge Allen – Fox Acre Press – new & used sf, some prints & small art
- Rob Balder - Erfworld - comics, t-shirts, buttons, games & toys
- Joseph Berlant – Joseph Berlant Books – collectable & new books
- Beth Blonski - new sf & fantasy
- Ann Boyle - new sf & fantasy
- Chris Braak - Threat Quality Press - new sf & fantasy
- Su Braviak – SF Continuum – DVDs, anime toys
- James Chambers - new books, comics
- Corsets by Casta Diva - corsets
- Steve Cross – new sf , tee shirts
- Michael D'Ambrosio - new sf & fantasy
- Chris Logan Edwards – Tigereyes Press – new & collectable sf
- Lorry Filson - Elf-A-Wear - costumes & supplies, jewelry, t-shirts
- Garry Frank - self-published novels
- Jack Gonzalez - Shuttered Lamp Publishing/Fantastic Voyages - new sf & fantasy
- Jean Gonzalez - Somewhere in Time - used sf, collectible hardcovers
- Art & Becky Henderson - Henderson Books - collectible hardcovers
- Butch Honeck – Honeck Sculpture – bronze fantasy sculpture, canes, doorbells …
- Sheila Iserman & Bill Iserman – Regal Pewter – jewelry, tankards
- Carol Kabakjuan & Winona Whyte – Stitch Wytch Crafts – angels, shawls, baby blankets, purses
- Ira Kaplowitz – Another Grungy Hole-in-the Wall Bookstore – used & collectible sf
- Rebecca Kaplowitz - Sense of Wonder Books - jewelry, used sf, videos
- Janet Kofoed – Janet Kofoed Jewelry – jewelry, art & illustrated books
- Brian Koscienski - Fortress Publishing - new sf & fantasy, magazines, comics, & other books
- Ruth Lampi & Jessica Van Oort – The Five Wits – costumes & supplies, jewelry, games, etc
- Tod Langley - new sf & fantasy
- Devra Langsam – Poison Pen Press – historical cookbooks & costume books, juvenile fantasy
- Nancy Leibovitz – Calligraphic Buttons – buttons, bumper stickers
- Ernest Lilley – SFRevu – collectable hard & soft covers, mysteries, games
- John Lohr - Howling Wolf Lost Pulp Classics - new sf & fantasy, collectible hardcovers
- Danielle Ackley-McPhail – Sidhe na Daire Multimedia/Mundania Press – new sf, clay masks
- Chuck Miller – Charles F Miller, Publisher – collectable sf, pulps, art & illustrated books
- Klon Newell – Klon’s Interplanetary Books – collectable hardcovers
- Brian Pederson - Garden State Horror Writers - new sf & fantasy
- Nicole Pellegrini – Spacial Anomaly Gallery – jewelry, art & illustrated books
- Michael Penncavage – Garden State Horror Writers – new sf
- Philcon – club table – advance memberships
- Peter Prellwitz – new sf and comics
- Mark Rogers – new sf and art books
- Tony Ruggiero - new sf & fantasy
- Monique Saint-Germain - Mad Hatter's Treasure Chest - costumes
- Darrell Schweitzer – used & collectable sf, new sf, magazines, tee-shirts
- Melissa Simone - Clearwire Wireless 4G Internet - wireless internet connections, portable wireless modem devices
- Larry Smith – Larry Smith Bookseller – new sf
- Gerry Stampfel - new sf & fantasy
- Chris Stuppi – Griffons Claw Armoury – weapons
- Susan Tharp - Sybil's Closet - costumes
- Edward Trachtenberg – Dragon’s Lair – tee-shirts, calendars, models & figurines, art & illustrated books
- Ray & Barb Van Tilburg - Off-World Designs - t-shirts, Philcon souvenir shirt
- J Arthur Vaughan – Art Vaughan’s Used Books – used sf, tee-shirts, new sf, audio books
- Michael Walsh – Old Earth Books – new & collectible books
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- John's Millennium Philcon Report and Gallery
- Millennium Philcon
- Philcon Convention Report
- A Russian in a Strange Land
- Sam Moskowitz, The Immortal Storm, A History of Science Fiction Fandom, 1st ed.,1954, The Atlanta Science Fiction Organization Press, Atlanta, GA, page 82.