(December 27, 1917 — February 15, 2008)
British fan, huckster, and reviewer. He played a major role in restarting British fandom after the war, helped to found the SFS which organized the 1949 Eastercon. He created Operation Fantast to get around British post-WW II import and currency restrictions, which later turned into the bookseller Fantast (Medway) Ltd. He was married to Joyce Slater.
He helped to found TAFF, was a member of First Fandom, and was on the Loncon I committee. His first convention was first Eastercon, Whitcon in 1948. He was the regular reviewer for Nebula from 1953-1959, writing the column “Something to Read” and was a founding member (#6) of the BSFA in 1958. He helped designed the Tucker Hotel, and was a Knight of St Fantony. He was editor of Vector for two issues. He was on the Yarcon and Bullcon committees. He was a member of the British Fantasy Library, N3F.
He was a member of OMPA for which he wrote Bilcyn, Bilfescyning, Funtust, In Re Yours, Inscrewtibobble, Still Life, and Twin Set. He was a member of FAPA and published Matter of No Moment. He also wrote Consomme, Fan Press, Fandoodle (with Dave Barber), Gafmoi!, Hints on Stencil Cutting (with John Newman), I Think This Tram Turns Left, In Tray, Slater's Witness, and Stone Age Stories. For Operation Fantast, he published Operation Fantast, Operation Fantast Handbook, Fantast Sidetrack, and Operation Fantast Newsletter. He was one of the people who produced The Tucker Hotel.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1951 — NECON
- 1957 — Knight of St. Fantony
- 1959 — Brumcon
- 1966 — Doc Weir Award
- 1974 — Novacon 4
- 1981 — Faircon 81
- 1983 — Unicon (UK) 4
- 1995 — Big Heart Award
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