Archie Mercer

(1925 — 1998)

Archie Mercer was a UK fan who was at one time a member of OMPA (and OE) and BSFA (founding treasurer and first editor of the BSFA Bulletin). He was mainly active in the 50s and 60s.

Mercer published OMPAzine, wrote conreports, and attended many cons in England. He was on the Yarcon committee.

He is known in fandom today primarily for his many fanzines, some edited/published with the help of his wife Beryl Henley Mercer, who died in 2004. The Mercers met in the early 60s, when Beryl published an article in Point of View {or was it Beyond?} on new fans' gripes about the BSFA; the opposing viewpoint was written by one Archie Mercer.

His fanzines included Anglofanac, Mercatorial Annual (with Beryl Mercer), The Middle Earthworm, The Once and Future Worm, Pertinence. He also wrote the fannish novel, Meadows of Fantasy.

He published numerous titled for OMPA, including: Amble, Antwerpse Letterkundige En Wettenschappelijke Gazet, Great Irish Rift Valley Expedition, Schnerdlites Hole-Boring Supplement, Second Saturday After the First..., Tales from the Oubliette.

He won the second Doc Weir Award in 1964. He (absentmindedly) created Mercer's Day. He may have been made a Knight of St. Fantony at Kettering. He was a member of Kinkay Fandom.