Look what my friend Arturo gave me: a badge from Spain's fourth national science fiction convention. It's hand-painted wood. Note the little aliens in the flying saucer. The convention was held in Madrid, organized by the recently founded Sociedad Española de Ciencia Ficción. Arturo remembers about 30 people coming.
The first HispaCon was held in 1969 in Barcelona. The second was supposed to be held in Madrid in 1970, but due to the Franco dictatorship's state of emergency, no public meetings could be held. In spite of that, some fans and writers met "by accident" in Barcelona and managed to hold a small convention.
The next four, 1975-1979, were held in Madrid, another in Granada in 1980, and then there was a break until 1991, when annual conventions resumed.
This year's will be held in Huesca from on November 6, 7, and 8. I hope to go.
— Sue Burke