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 ROBERT J. SAWYER
 Hugo and Nebula Award Winner

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  Sawyer Guest of Honorships  

Science-fiction conventions are great fun, and many are held almost every weekend throughout North America. Each convention will have a Guest of Honor or "GoH." Sometimes, there will be more than on GoH; in that case they usually fall into different categories: a Writer GoH, an Artist GoH, a Fan GoH, and so on.

Some conventions have a policy of never having the same GoH twice. Still, they may want to bring back a popular GoH from the past; that person is often designated a "Special Guest."

Robert J. Sawyer has been Guest of Honor at SF Conventions from coast to coast in North America — from Los Angeles to Halifax — and as far away as Italy, Spain, China, and Japan.

At Keycon 30, in Winnipeg in 2013, he won the award for "Favourite Past Guest" of the previous thirty years (Rob was Guest of Honour at Keycon 20 in 2003 and at Keycon 23 in 2006).

Here are a few quotes from people who've enjoyed having Rob as Guest of Honor, and here's a complete list of his stints as GoH, Special Guest, Master of Ceremonies, or Toastmaster:

  1. Guest of Honor
    CONtraflow V / DeepSouthCon 53
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    October 2-4, 2015

  2. Guest of Honour
    Mississauga Science Fiction Saturday
    Mississauga, Ontario
    October 18, 2014

  3. Featured Guest
    Dragon Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    August 29 to September 1, 2014

  4. Guest of Honour
    Hal-Con 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    November 8-10, 2013

  5. Guest of Honour
    Can-Con 2013
    (the 2013 Canadian National Science Fiction Convention)
    Ottawa, Ontario
    October 4-6, 2013

  6. Guest of Honour
    Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre
    (conference commemorating the donation of the Robert J. Sawyer archives to McMaster University)
    Hamilton, Ontario
    September 13-15, 2013

  7. Guest of Honor
    Celsius 232
    Avilés, Asturias, Spain
    July 31-August 3, 2013

  8. Guest of Honor
    DucKon 21
    Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois
    June 1-3, 2012

  9. Science Guest of Honour
    When Words Collide 2011
    Calgary, Alberta
    August 12-14, 2011

  10. Guest of Honor
    Confluence 23
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    July 22-24, 2011

  11. Guest of Honor
    DelosDays: the 2011 Italian National Science Fiction Convention
    Milan, Italy
    June 2-5, 2011

  12. Guest of Honor
    Hal-Con 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    April 9-10, 2011

  13. Guest of Honor
    Millennicon 25
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    March 18-20, 2011

  14. Special Guest
    Futurecon
    Toronto, Ontario
    December 30, 2010, to January 1, 2011

  15. Toastmaster
    SFContario
    Toronto, Ontario
    November 19-21, 2010

  16. Guest of Honor
    Conjecture 2010
    San Diego, California
    October 1-3, 2010

  17. Special Guest
    Fencon VII
    Dallas, Texas
    September 17-19, 2010

  18. Featured Guest
    Dragon*Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    September 3-6, 2010

  19. Guest of Honor
    Pi-Con 4
    Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts
    August 20-22, 2010

  20. Guest of Honor
    OSFest 3
    Omaha, Nebraska
    July 23-25, 2010

  21. Special Guest
    Polaris 24
    Toronto, Ontario
    July 16-18, 2010

  22. Guest of Honour
    Ad Astra
    Toronto, Ontario
    April 9-11, 2010

  23. Guest of Honor
    I-Con 29
    Stony Brook, New York
    March 26-28, 2010

  24. Guest of Honor
    Capricon 30
    Wheeling (Chicago), Illinois
    February 11-14, 2010

  25. Guest of Honour
    Con-Version 25
    Calgary, Alberta
    August 23-25, 2009

  26. Guest of Honor
    Xanadu Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    April 17-19, 2009

  27. Special Guest
    FilkOntario
    Toronto, Ontario
    April 3-5, 2009

  28. Guest of Honour
    Pure Speculation
    Edmonton, Alberta
    October 17-19, 2008

  29. Guest of Honour Emeritus
    VCON 33
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    October 3-5, 2008

  30. Special Guest
    Comic-Con International: San Diego
    San Diego, California
    July 24-27, 2008

  31. Guest of Honor
    Loscon 34
    Los Angeles, California
    November 23-25, 2007

  32. Aurora Awards Master of Ceremonies
    VCON 32
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    October 19-21, 2007

  33. Guest of Honor
    2007 International SF/Fantasy Conference
    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    August 24-27, 2007

  34. Guest of Honor
    Oasis 20
    Orlando, Florida
    May 25-27, 2007

  35. Guest of Honour
    Genrecon 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    May 12, 2007

  36. Guest of Honor
    Ravencon 2007
    Richmond, Virginia
    April 20-22, 2007

  37. Guest of Honor
    Chattacon 32
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    January 26-28, 2007

  38. Guest of Honor
    MileHiCon 38
    Denver, Colorado
    October 27-29, 2006

  39. Guest of Honour
    Keycon 23
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    May 19-21, 2006

  40. Toastmaster
    Norwescon 29
    Seattle, Washington
    April 13-16, 2006

  41. Master of Ceremonies
    VCON 30
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    October 7-9, 2005

  42. Guest of Honor
    CopperCon 25
    Phoenix, Arizona
    September 8-11, 2005

  43. Featured Guest
    Dragon*Con 2005
    Atlanta, Georgia
    September 2-5, 2005

  44. Guest of Honour
    Toronto Trek 19
    Toronto, Ontario
    July 15-17, 2005

  45. Guest of Honour
    Con-Version 21.5
    held in conjuction with Westercon 58
    Calgary, Alberta
    July 1-4, 2005

  46. Guest of Honor
    Apollocon 2005
    Houston, Texas
    June 24-26, 2005

  47. Guest of Honor
    Windycon 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    November 11-14, 2004

  48. Toastmaster
    Confusion 2004
    Warren, Michigan
    January 23-25, 2004

  49. Canadian Guest of Honour
    Con-Version XX
    Calgary, Alberta
    August 8-10, 2003

  50. Guest of Honor
    Oasis 16
    Orlando, Florida
    May 23-25, 2003

  51. Guest of Honour
    KeyCon 20
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    May 16-18, 2003

  52. Guest of Honor
    Minicon 38
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    April 18-20, 2003

  53. Guest of Honor
    MidSouthCon 21
    Memphis, Tennessee
    March 28-30 2003

  54. Toastmaster
    Con-Version XIX
    (the 2002 Canadian National Science Fiction Convention)
    Calgary, Alberta
    August 9-11, 2002

  55. Toastmaster
    Tropicon 20
    Palm Beach, Florida
    November 9-11, 2001

  56. Guest of Honour
    Can-Con 2001
    Ottawa, Ontario
    August 17-19, 2001

  57. Master of Ceremonies
    Aurora Awards Banquet
    Vancouver, BC
    May 5, 2001

  58. Guest of Honor
    Eeriecon 3
    Niagara, Falls, NY
    April 20-22, 2001

  59. Toastmaster
    Ad Astra 2001
    Toronto, ON
    February 23-25, 2001

  60. Guest of Honor
    Kyoto SF Festival
    Kyoto, Japan
    November 12, 2000

  61. Guest of Honor
    CONTACT Japan 4
    Tokyo, Japan
    November 3-5, 2000

  62. Guest of Honour
    VCON 25
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    May 26-28, 2000

  63. Guest of Honour
    Concinnity 1999
    Ottawa, Ontario
    October 29-31, 1999

  64. Master of Ceremonies
    InCONsequential II
    (the 1999 Canadian National Science Fiction Convention)
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    October 15-17, 1999

  65. Guest of Honor
    Context XII
    Columbus, Ohio
    October 8-10, 1999

  66. Guest of Honor
    ConCat 10
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    November 27-29, 1998

  67. Guest of Honour and Master of Ceremonies
    Con*Cept 9
    (The 1998 Canadian National Science Fiction Convention)
    Montreal, Quebec
    October 2-4, 1998

  68. Guest of Honor
    Bubonicon 30
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    August 28-30, 1998

  69. Special Guest
    Con-Version XV
    Calgary, Alberta
    July 17-19, 1998

  70. Guest of Honour
    Ad Astra 18
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 5-7, 1998

  71. Master of Ceremonies
    National SF&F Society's Phyllis Gotlieb Celebration
    University of Toronto
    February 3, 1998

  72. Master of Ceremonies
    1997 Aurora Awards Banquet
    Markham, Ontario
    November 1, 1997

  73. Guest of Honor
    ValleyCon 22
    Fargo, North Dakota
    October 10-12, 1997

  74. Canadian Guest of Honour
    Con-Version XIV
    Calgary, Alberta
    July 18-20, 1997

  75. Guest of Honour
    Can-Con 7
    Ottawa, Ontario
    May 2-4, 1997

  76. Guest of Honor
    Capricon 17
    Oak Brook (Chicago), Illinois
    February 20-23, 1997

  77. Guest of Honor
    ConFurence 8
    Anaheim (Los Angeles), California
    January 16-19, 1997

  78. Guest of Honour
    Primedia '96
    Mississauga, Ontario
    November 1-3, 1996

  79. Guest of Honour
    Falcon 2
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    September 12, 1996

  80. Special Guest
    Con-Version XIII
    (The 1996 Canadian National Science Fiction Convention)
    Calgary, Alberta
    July 19-21, 1996

  81. Special Guest
    Ad Astra 16
    Toronto, Ontario
    June 7-9, 1996

  82. Special Guest
    Can-Con 6
    Ottawa, Ontario
    May 18-19, 1996

  83. Guest of Honor
    Astronomicon 5
    Rochester, New York
    March 1-3, 1996

  84. Guest of Honor
    Andromeda 2
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    March 10-12, 1995

  85. Guest of Honour
    Can-Con 3
    Ottawa, Ontario
    May 14-16, 1993

  86. Guest of Honour
    WilfCon VII
    Waterloo, Ontario
    June 1, 1991

  87. Master of Ceremonies
    NorthStar
    (The First-Ever Conference on Canadian Science Fiction)
    Toronto, Ontario
    September 25, 1982


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