E. Everett Evans

(November 31, 1893 — December 2, 1958)

Edward Everett Evans was a long-time fan who later became a minor SF writer. He helped to put on the first Westercon. For years he was active in the FAPA and the LASFS. He published the fanzine The Time-Binder in the 40s, and several one-shot fannish publications such as What is S-F Fandom (1944) for N3F which he also helped found. A compilation of his fantasy tales, Food for Demons, was published by Fantasy House as chapbook #2 in Ken Kreuger’s Fantasy Reader series in 1975 — with brief encomiums by ay some of Evans’ friends and colleagues including Ray Bradbury, A. E. van Vogt, and E. E. Smith. The Big Heart Award, founded by Forrest J. Ackerman to honor outstanding service and generosity to the SF field and for “typifying the spirit of SF writer E. Everett Evans” was named in his honor for many years. He was President of the N3F in 1943-1945, edited Bonfire in 1942-44, and was founding editor of The National Fantasy Fan in 1945. He was not a very good writer and was named one of the Turgid Triplets. On the other hand, Evans's juvenile novel, The Planet Mappers (1955), won the Boys' Clubs of America annual award for “most enjoyable book.”

His professional works included the novels Man of Many Minds (1953), The Planet Mappers (1955), Alien Minds (1955), and the posthumously-published collaboration with E. E. Smith Masters of Space (1976).

He was the subject of an N3F Founders column by Jon D. Swartz, N3F Historian, in the August, 2015 (Volume 74, Number 8) issue of The National Fantasy Fan.