(August 22, 1920 — May 6, 2012)
Ray Bradbury began to publish science fiction stories in fanzines in 1938. He was invited by Forrest J Ackerman to join LASFS in Los Angeles. His first published story was "Hollerbochen's Dilemma", which appeared in the fanzine Imagination! in January, 1938. He started his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia in 1939 and wrote most of its four issues. He later became a filthy pro. He was a member of the West Coast Writers Group.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1950 — Invisible Little Man Award
- 1966 — Forry Award
- 1979 — coveted Balrog Award
- 1980 — Lifetime Achievement Gandalf Award
- 1989 — SFWA Grand Master
- 1996 — Archon 20, First Fandom Hall of Fame award
- 2012 — First Fandom Hall of Fame award
An appreciation of Bradbury's role as a founding member of The National Fantasy Fan Federation by Jon D. Swartz appeared in the December, 2016 (Volume 75, Number 12) issue of The National Fantasy Fan.
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959|
|One of the more distinguished fans-turned-pro, had made a reasonably good name for himself in fanzine work before America's entry into World War II, tho his neoish characteristics were not loveable. But, crashing the pros, he began to turn out fantasy and science-fantasy which, tho in a quasi-mystical style not representative of the best modern SF, gained much praise and popularity in the late 40s and early 50s either in spite of or because of its close resemblance to modern "arty" writing. (During this period of Fifth Fandom we were undergoing all sorts of soulsearching about stf not being Literature, and welcomed a Real Artistic Writer.) From this output derived Bradburyism as a descriptive of the gentleman's attitude toward the world; it's merely another department of that Anti-Materialist cult which keens over the grave of home handicrafts and proclaims the Evil of dirty old mechanistic science's trampling on Higher Spiritual Values.|