Tropicon V was a convention held December 5-7, 1986 in Deerfield Beach, FL with GoH Gardner Dozois. It was chaired by Nancy Atherton. Other guests included: Scott Adams, Susan Casper, Sarah Clemens, Dr. Robert Collins, John Douglas, David Hartwell, Lee Hoffman, Vincent Miranda, Andre Norton, Gary Alan Ruse, Somtow Sucharitkul, Tim Sullivan. Convention attendance was 250.
At Tropicon V, local TV weatherman Bryan Norcross became the first person to broadcast a television weather report from a science fiction convention. That was not the only first. Tropicon V also hosted the first annual Daedalus Awards ceremony, recognizing achievement in science fiction, fantasy and horror literature. The award featured what appeared to be a bird's wing encased in acrylic. It gave rise to many "no birds were harmed in the creation of this award" comments.
Andre Norton's appearance was a rare and welcome opportunity to see an icon of YA science fiction. She was interviewed for an SRO crowd by Bill Wilson.
- Tropicon 5 publications and photos on fanac.org
Committee: Co-Chair & Hotel Liaison: Nancy Atherton Co-Chair: Lee Hoffman Treasurer: Peggy Dolan Art Show: Becky Peters Consuite: Jay Packlick & Todd Hopkins Costume Party: Peggy Gemignani Dealers Room: Gail Bennett Video/Film Program: Bill Wilson Gaming Room: Kat Max & Richard Klein Program Book: Nancy Atherton Programming: Pam Parsons Progress Report: Hank Heath Publicity: Joe Siclari Registration: Judy Bemis Trivia Master: John Murphy
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