Roger Sims

(b. 1930)

When Roger Sims was 19 in 1949 he called a phone number in the letter column of a prozine, and as a result entered fandom that same year. He has been a member of a club continuously since and is married to fellow fan Pat Sims.

His first club was the Detroit Science Fiction League (the Misfits); his second was the Lunarians of New York, his third, The Cincinnati Fantasy Group. Currently he is a member of the Orlando Science Fiction Society.

He was Co-chair with Fred Prophet of the Detention, the 17th Worldcon held in Detroit in 1959, and was "ConChair Emeritus" at Detcon 1 in Detroit in 2014.

He was Fan Guest of Honor at Nolacon 2, the 1988 Worldcon in New Orleans.

His first Worldcon was the 1950 NorWesCon and he has attended 56 Worldcons. At Nolacon, he was one of the people living in the famous Room 770 and he was a member of the Fannish Underground. He and his wife Pat were part of two failed Worldcon bids: the Detroit in 82 and Louisville in '94. He was the fan guest of honor at six regionals. With Bill Bowers he hosted Corflu IV and he and Pat hosted Ditto 10, Ditto 17 and Fanhistoricon 9. He was one of the administrators of the Don Ford Fund and a member of Second Fandom, and was in the 1983 fannish video FAANS. He was on the advisory council of the dreaded WSFS, Inc..

He tells the story of the drive to SFcon, the 1954 Worldcon in San Francisco, with Harlan Ellison and George Young. Harlan was driving and made an error in judgment and they were chased by a police car. Harlan said "Let's changed seats — I don't have a license!" so — while still being chased — they switched drivers and Roger was able to talk his way out of the ticket.

His fanzines include DUFF Talk-About, Fantasy-Scope Teddy Bear. He was a member of SAPS.

Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Read: Roger Sims' Aussiecon Reminiscence

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