SCIFI

(1) A Club That Runs LA Worldcons

The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, a 501(c)3 non-profit which has run the last three LA Worldcons, L.A.con II, L.A.Con III and L.A.Con IV. It is unrelated to LASFS, though the two organizations have many members in common.

The organization has an odd membership structure with a large board (25 members) which wields complete power within the organization. The Board is elected annually. Because the Board is so large, it functions more like a club than a more traditional board of directors.

After LACon II, it was criticized for keeping too much of its profits and putting them to local uses, and subsequently became more active at distributing money and publicizing the fact.

The name (pronounced "skiffy") is a play on the dreaded Sci-Fi.

It has also run the 1989 Westercon - Conosaurus, the 1994 Westercon - Conozoic, the 1999 NASFiC - Conucopia and the 2002 Westercon - Conagerie.

http://www.scifiinc.org/ (IA) Website

Articles:

  • File 770 #54 p9-11 (distribution of profits, etc.)

Books published include:

(2) A Club in Florida

A club founded by a group of cave exploration enthusiasts (the young Bruce Pelz being prominent among them) at the University of Florida. Around 1957 the cavers discovered they shared another interest, science fiction, and started a club called SCIFI that met weekly.


This is a club page. Please extend it by adding information about when and where the club met, when and by whom it was founded, how long it was active, notable accomplishments, well-known members, clubzines, any conventions it ran, external links to the club's website, other club pages, etc.

When there's a floreat (Fl.), this indicates the time or times for which we have found evidence that the club existed. This is probably not going to represent the club's full lifetime, so please update it if you can!