SFSFS

(1) SFSFS, A Florida Club

SFSFS (Pronounced "Sisyphus"1 [sis-uh-fuhs]), the South Florida Science Fiction Society, began in 1985 and is still active as of 2013. Started by Joe Siclari, the club drew members from West Palm Beach to South Miami. The initial membership came from the group that put on Tropicon, the South Florida Science Fiction Convention that was first held in 1982. From 1985 onward, SFSFS sponsored Tropicon, a Regional convention. In 1988, SFSFS started The Travelling Fete, a movable, tropical Florida relaxacon. It published the SFSFS Shuttle as its clubzine, and published several issues of a club fanzine Solstice

Early membership numbers:

Year Chairman # Members
1985 Joe Siclari 65
1986 Joe Siclari 102
1987 Bill Wilson 85
1988 Carol Gibson 75

For nearly ten years before SFSFS there was the informal Coral Springs Science Fiction League, Social Drinking Society, and Traveling Fanvariety Show in Exile which had been led by Edie Stern and Joe Siclari. They are they group that started Tropicon, "The South Florida SF convention", in 1982 to compliment FAU's International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

As both of these grew, local fans realized that South Florida fandom was large enough to serve as the basis for an active organization able to provide a more extensive program of activities. In 1986 SFSFS boasted of members SF fans from Homestead to Orlando.

SFSFS was established to allow South Florida fans to meet others with similar interests, to have an opportunity to gain from the knowledge of others, and to collectively get involved in activities that can expand their skills while exploring Science Fiction literature and other related areas2

For a collection of photos of SFSF members and activities go to http://fanac.org/Fan_Photo_Album/s01-p00.html.

(2) The San Francisco Science Fictioneers Society.


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