During the first Aggiecon – annual science fiction convention held at Texas A&M UniversityHarlen Ellison, who was the guest of honor, was reported to have called the cadet’s he was addressing in the crowd as  “. . . America’s next generation of Nazis. . .” Ellison, who felt compelled to make such claims in protest to the Vietnam War, attracted further ridicule when a food fight broke out at a local Denny’s restaurant later that same night, prompting the University to threaten to cancel the science fiction convention the following year. The convention was held the following year, but no guest of honor was invited for the next two Aggiecon‘s. The rough start to the convention didn’t stop Ellison from returning years later to once again be the guest of honor at the convention in 1974 and again in 2000.

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