The South Florida Science Fiction Convention
Sponsored by the South Florida Science Fiction Society (SFSFS)
Please see the Tropicon Photo Album in the Fan History Project Web pages. Thank you.
The first Tropicon was held in 1982 in conjunction with that year's International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Boca Raton, Florida. It was run by a small but dedicated group of science fiction fans headed by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern. In addition to Joe and Edie there was Judy Bemis, Diane Goldman, Tony Parker, Becky Peters, David Singer, and Sue Trautman.
The Guest of Honor was Lee Hoffman. We had more program participants than we knew what to do with (because of the conference - to that time they never asked them to do anything except an occaisional reading and autographs). Joe got Chip Delany and Vincent Di Fate to come down as the conference special guests. Also attending was Fredrick Pohl, James Gunn, Fritz Leiber, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Somto Sucharitkul, Karl Hansen, Ellen Datlow, Dave Hartwell and more.
Subsequent Tropicons were put on as independent entities with many of the same people performing the multitude of tasks that make such undertakings a success. In 1985 this same group of people formed the South Florida Science Fiction Society and SFSFS formally took over the sponsorship of Tropicon. SFSFS has been the sponsor for all Tropicons since 1985 and will, we hope, continue with this worthwhile activity for the foreseeable future.
The South Florida Science Fiction Society is a nonprofit literary society recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).
Tropicon is a general interest Science Fiction Convention that is intended to appeal to a broad spectrum of Science Fiction Fandom. It is held in one of the many first class hotels in the South Florida area where special room rates are available for convention attendees. Activities that take place at Tropicon include, but are not limited to, the following:
Meeting the Pros has never been like this. Friday night, the first night of Tropicon, is time to meet our guests and to get to know Science Fiction Professionals and Major Fans in an informal setting. Wear comfortable clothes. Shoes are optional.
Eerie strains of acoustic music keeping you awake at night? Rhythms of unforgettable poetry obsessing your waking moments? (Rum titty titty tum tah tee..) Alien limericks exploding from your soul? Tropicon's filk may have nothing to do with these, but then again perhaps it might. Join us in the circle; it's lots of fun to listen and even more to participate and meet the Filk Guest of Honor. And remember, almost all SF fans sing in the same key. I think it's "J".
In addition to the traditional artwork, our art show usually has unusual art by some promising young artists. Drop by and check it out...you might be pleasantly surprised! Bring a writing utensil to enter your bids and money you can fold. Don't worry ... we'll have something you'll find you just have to have!
The variety of purchasable items is always diverse. In addition to those ever-present books, there is jewelry and comics and toys and games and t-shirts and buttons and filk tapes and lots more. Something for everyone!
Tropicon provides facilities for SF and Fantasy gaming, including card, board, miniatures, role-playing, and live-action games. We have both scheduled gaming events and casual "pickup" games. The games presented are often based on works by Tropicon guests.
One of the wonderful things about gaming these days is that there are enough games around to simulate any possible genre, so that anyone will find a game that they will like, whether sword and sorcery, epic fantasy, cyberpunk, space opera, superheroes, historical romance, western, mystery, or anything else (including combinations).
In addition, we have a "Casino Night" which includes original games of luck and skill, designed by our very own Judi Goodman.
Each year the Video Room provides the weird and unusual for our visual enjoyment.
Tropicon sponsors the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Blood drive during the convention. We will have books and buttons for those who donate. Give the gift of life, donate a pint of blood.
The Con Suite is usually full of surprises. Come in Friday evening for a late night chat and a handful of chips. Saturday, after the banquet, come by for our own South Florida special event. The music will be lively, and so will the talk. The Con Suite is open during the regular Tropicon activity hours, plus quite a few into the wee hours of the night/morning. So, drop in and kick your feet up. See ya there.
In addition to the Art Auction, Tropicon also holds a Charity Auction to benefit a worthy local cause. Books, posters, SF memorabilia, and many other "must haves" are available to the highest bidder. Give generously, bid high, and help us to help others. Donations can be turned in at the Tropicon registration table.
A great meal, interesting after dinner presentations by our Toastmaster and Guest of Honor, and some surprises appropriate for the occasion. Remember that those who attend the dinner will get the best seating for the speeches and entertainment, so make plans to attend!
Numerous panel discussions, presentations, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the three days of the convention.
As mentioned above, the first Tropicon was held in 1982 and, with two exceptions, there has been one held each year since then.
|I||1982 (Mar)||Lee Hoffman||Joe Siclari||Boca Raton|
|II||1983 (Dec)||Marion Zimmer Bradley||Joe Siclari||Fort Lauderdale|
|III||1984||Forrest J Ackerman
Vincent Di Fate (Artist)
|Joe Siclari||Fort Lauderdale|
|IV||1985||Robert Bloch||Joe Siclari||Fort Lauderdale|
|V||1986||Gardner Dozois||Nancy Atherton||Deerfield Beach|
|VI||1987||George R R Martin
Kelly Freas (Artist)
|Jack L Chalker||Joe Siclari
Walter A. Willis (Fan)
|Edie Stern||Fort Lauderdale|
Leslie Turek (Fan)
|C. J. Cherryh||Judy Bemis
Bruce Pelz (Fan)
|X||1991||Andre Norton||Joe Siclari
|XI||1993 (Jan)||Ramsey Campbell||Gerry Adair||West Palm Beach|
Gail Bennett (Fan)
|Fran Mullen||West Palm Beach|
|XIII||1995||Kristine Kathryn Rusch
|Ben Bova||Steve Gold||West Palm Beach|
|XIV||1996||James P. Hogan||Mike Resnick||Joe Siclari
|XV||1996 (Nov)||David Gerrold||Peter David||George Peterson||Fort Lauderdale|
|XVI||1997||Esther M Friesner||Josepha Sherman||Judi Goodman||Fort Lauderdale|
Charles Vess (Artist)
Ron Walotsky (Artist)
|George Peterson||Hollywood, Florida|
David Cherry (Artist)
|Joe Siclari||Hollywood, Florida|
|XX||2001||Lois McMaster Bujold
Jean Pierre Targete (Artist)
|Robert J. Sawyer||Shirlene Ananayo-Rawlik||Hollywood, Florida|
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