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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 Honour
    VCON 41
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    September 30-October 2, 2016

  2. Guest of Honour
    Avalon Expo
    St. John's, Newfoundland
    August 26-28, 2016

  3. Guest of Honor
    Lunacon 58
    Rye Brook, New York
    March 18-20, 2016

  4. Guest of Honor
    AtomaCon 2015
    Charleston, South Carolina
    November 13-15, 2015

  5. Special Guest
    Can-Con 2015
    Ottawa, Ontario
    October 30-November 1, 2015

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

  7. Guest of Honour
    Mississauga Science Fiction Spectacular
    In Honour of Robert J. Sawyer
    Mississauga, Ontario
    October 18, 2014

  8. Featured Guest
    Dragon Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    August 29-September 1, 2014

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

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

  11. 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

  12. Featured Guest
    Dragon*Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    August 20-September 2, 2013

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

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

  15. Featured Guest
    Dragon*Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    September 2-5, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  50. Special Guest
    Dragon*Con 2005
    Atlanta, Georgia
    September 2-5, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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