Tropicon XX

The South Florida Science Fiction Convention

Sponsored by the South Florida Science Fiction Society (SFSFS)

November 9-11, 2001

Guest of Honor

Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold

Photo © David Dyer-Bennet and used with permission.

Author of many things, among them an on-going series about someone named Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, Shards of Honor, Barrayar (Hugo Winner), The Spirit Ring, and The Curse of Chalion (due out in hardcover, August 2001).


Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Photo by Carolyn Clink.

Artist Guest of Honor

Jean Pierre Targete

Jean Pierre

Photo by Jean's girlfriend.

A prominent Canadian author of many things Science Fiction, such as: Fossil Hunter, Factoring Humanity, The Terminal Experiment (Nebula winner), and Calculating God.

Born in NYC, raised in Miami. His works have graced the covers of novels by Harry Hanson, Douglas Niles, the recent Foundation novels written by Brin, Benford, and Bear. Check your favorite covers, he probably did them.

Other Confirmed Guests

¶ "Due to some extensive dental surgeries, Jack Haldeman and his lovely wife, Barbara Delaplace-Haldeman, will be unable to attend Tropicon. We all wish Jack a speedy recovery!"

Tropicon XX T-Shirt Artwork

Hero 3

Provided by our artist Guest of Honor, Jean-Pierre Targete. For a full sized redendition please click on the thumbnail above.

Registration/Membership Rates

Three Day Advance Memberships:
$23.00 until June 1, 2001
$35.00 until June 1, 2001 (Includes 1 year SFSFS membership)
$25.00 until October 31, 2001
$28.00 after October 31, 2001
$28.00 at the door
Single Day Memberships:
$15.00 Friday Only
$20.00 Saturday Only
$18.00 Sunday Only
Gaming/Dealers' Room Access Single Day Rate
$12.00 (Does NOT include access to Programming Events or Con Suite)
Children's Memberships (ages 5-11)
Banquet Tickets:
$35.00 per person
Service charge & tax inclusive
Dealer's Tables:
$45.00 each
Includes 1 membership
Dealer's Assistant:
$15.00 (1 per table)
Art Show:
Full panel/table: $25.00
Half panel/table: $15.00


Art Show & Auction VIP Party Dealers' Room
Saturday Banquet Panel Discussions &
Other Goodies
Con Suite Video Room Charity Auction

Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Blood Drive Filking

If you have any suggestions or requests for programming, or if there is some program that you think that we should avoid, please drop us a line (see Registration) or send e-mail to tropicon§

Program Book Advertising Rates

In addition to features and articles about our guests, artwork, the list of charity auctions, and local spots you can get a bite to eat at, there will be space for publishers' and dealers' ads, and assorted other advertising.

Advertisement space will be available in the Tropicon XX Program Book at the rates listed below. All advertising copy must be complete and photo ready. Typesetting, graphics and artwork is available at additional cost. Let us know what you want and we will quote a rate.

Program Book size: 8.5 in. by 11 in. (minimum 1/2 inch border all around) Full page bleeds are NOT available. Color prices available upon request.

Ad specifications (actual copy)ProfessionalFan
Full page:7.5 X 10$110.00$60.00
Half page:5 X 7.5Horizontal$60.00$35.00
3.5 X 10Vertical$60.00$35.00
Quarter page:3.5 X 5Vertical$35.00$20.00
Eighth page:3.5 X 2.5Horizontal$20.00$15.00
All advertising copy must be photo ready.
Typesetting, graphics and artwork is available at additional cost.

Reserve you space now to get the best position. Publication date is November 1, 2001.

Reservations should be made by October 1, 2001.

Final ad copy must be delivered to us by October 10, 2001.

Please see Registration for information as to where to send your material or obtain additional information.


Ambassaror Resort (Formerly the Clarion Hotel)

Tropicon XX will be held at the beautiful Ambassador Resort, formerly known as the Clarion Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida, the same fine facility that has been used for the last couple of years. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, just accross the street from Hollywood Beach, the Amabasador has two types of guest rooms:

Standard Deluxe Room: $85.00/night
Two double beds, private balcony, cable TV, and coffee pot.
Amabasador Business Class Room: $95.00/night
One king-size bed, microwave oven, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, data port, private balcony, cable TV, and coffee pot.

These prices cover up to four people per room. Rollaway beds and refrigerators are also available for a nominal fee.

The room rates are very low for this time of the year in South Florida, so please come and spend the weekend. If you've never stayed over at a convention, you're missing half the fun!

The function space is just right for Tropicon. We'll have the second floor almost to ourselves. Registration will be on the second floor, right in front of the elevators, with the rest of our meeting rooms just down the hall including the Con Suite, which has its own outside terrace.

Finnegan's Restaurant & Lounge offers elegant, full service dining, while the Palm Court lobby restaurant offers a daily hot breakfast buffet and much, much more.

There's an outdoor pool deck with an excellent swimming pool and the Tiki Bar & Grill. The bar & grill offers cool tropical drinks and light fare for Lunch & Dinner. There are also tennis and shuffle board courts. The pool-side terrace is elegant and spacious.

There is plenty of free parking with easy access to I-95. Fort Lauderdale International Airport is just 7 miles to the north, and Miami International Airport is 22 miles to the south. Simply take I-95 to Hallandale Beach Blvd. then head East. When you reach Ocean Drive (A1A), make a left and the Amabasador will be on your left.

The hotel has extended the period for our block of rooms until October 15, 2001. Please reserve your room by then beause after that they will release the block and let the tourists reserve what was being held for the convention!

4000 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019-3010

(954) 458-1900
(800) 329-9019
(954) 458-7222 (FAX)

For additional information about the Amabasador hotel please visit their web page at Thank you.


What?! You haven't sent in your registration yet?! C'mon, what are you waiting for?

In case you decide to wait until you actually show up to Tropicon to register, the registration hours are as follows:

Friday: Noon to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 7 PM
Sunday: 9 AM to 3 PM

To register, submit copy for program books ads, or for more information, including Dealer's Room or Art Show information, please contact our Chairman at:

PO Box ×××××
Fort Lauderdale, FL ×××××-××××

Chairman: Shirlene Rawlik
Phone: (×××) ×××-××××

Or send an e-mail message to tropicon§

You may also use the TROPICON XX Registration form.

Please make checks payable to SFSFS.

Volunteers Needed

Running a science fiction convention is a lot of work, and an extra pair of hands sure comes in handy. A lot of the "work" is also FUN! And you earn a lot of egoboo, too.

So, if you've ever wanted to get in on the behind the scenes stuff and make things happen, or just wanted to lend a hand, then volunteer.

Here are some of the areas where we need on-site assistance:

And there's more! If you want to help out, there's always a job waiting. Contact us by snail-mail or phone (see Registration) or send e-mail to tropicon§

The South Florida Science Fiction Society

Are you sad when Tropicon comes to an end? Do you miss the programs, or hanging out with people who share your interests? Don't you wish it could keep right on going year 'round? In a sense, it can; just become a member of the South Florida Science Fition Society!

Founded in 1985 to support Tropicon, SFSFS quickly developed a life of its own. We are one of only four SF clubs in the country to have its own clubhouse (located in Fort Lauderdale). We publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Shuttle, hold monthly meetings, book discussions, media research and gaming meetings, an annual dinner and an annual picnic, and access to our lending library of several thousand books. Ask about our additional perks.

General Memberships are only $15.00, but if you act now, you can get a special Tropicon/SFSFS Combo deal: just send $35.00 by Halloween, and get both a membership to Tropicon, and a one year general membership to SFSFS.

Weapons Policy

No, nein, nej, non, nee, ei, okhee, nei, nie, nao, nyet, ne, lo, neyn, and NO WAY JOSE!!!!!! Get the idea? The only sharp things you'll need at Tropicon are your wits. There is only one exception to this policy. Some weapons may be allowed as part of a costume but they MUST be peace-bonded. There is no exception to this requirement.

Please continue to watch this space for information regarding TROPICON XX. We will be posting the latest and greatest news here as our plans develop.

Constructive suggestions for programming, panel discussions, and the like will be gratefully received.

If you would like to be kept informed of our progress as we add guests and develop the plans for Tropicon XX, please send us your e-mail address.


Occasionally, not more than once a month, we will send you a brief e-mail message telling you of our progress to date. We promise not to distribute this list to anyone else.

TROPICON XX is sponsored by the South Florida Science Fiction Society, a nonprofit literary society recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).

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