Van Arnam was co-chairman with Ted White of Nycon 3 in 1967. He was a member of the Fanoclasts and was involved in the Subway Incident. He published First Draft and Jargon and helped found APA-F. He was also in APA-L and The Cult. He married Cindy Heap on April 1, 1967.
He began publishing science fiction with the novelization of Lost in Space in 1957 and went on to write a number of additional novels in the 60s. He co-authored novels with Ted White writing under the pseudonym of Ron Archer
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