South Florida

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South Florida is Miami and especially the area north of Miami, including Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. For practical purposes it is a single fannish locale.

Boca Raton was a hotbed of fannish activity in the 1980s and 90s. The first Tropicon was held in Boca Raton in 1982, the South Florida Science Fiction Society (SFSFS) was conceived here in 1985, and many fannish gatherings occurred over the decades.

Tropicons and one Smofcon have also been held in Ft Lauderdale.

The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts is held annually in South Florida.

And, of course, SunCon, the 1977 Worldcon was held in Miami. (About half the senior committee of MagiCon, the 1992 Worldcon in Orlando were from South Florida.)

South Florida Timeline

August 30-September 1, 1975 -- Palm Beach Con 1977 -- SunCon March, 1982 -- Tropicon I December 2-4, 1983 -- Tropicon II 1984 -- Tropicon III 1985 -- Tropicon IV 1985 -- SFSFS founded 1986 -- Tropicon V 1987 -- Tropicon VI 1988 -- Tropicon VII 1989 -- Tropicon VIII December 7-9, 1990 -- Smofcon 7 1990 -- Tropicon IX 1991 -- Tropicon X 1992 -- Tropicon XI January 1993 -- Tropicon XII 1994 -- Tropicon XIII 1995 -- Tropicon XIV November 1996 -- Tropicon XV 1997 -- Tropicon XVI 1998 -- Tropicon XVII 1998 -- International Conference on the Fantastic 1998 1999 -- Tropicon XVIII 2000 -- Tropicon XIX 2001 -- Tropicon XX

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