Vince Clarke

(1922 — 1998)

A(ubrey) Vincent Clarke ('VinĀ¢' )

UK fanwriter/editor active since 1948. Member of London Circle (1947-60), Kent TruFandom (KTF) (1982-90), and publications editor of the SFS (Science Fantasy Society) (1948-51). Lived in the Epicentre with Ken Bulmer for eighteen months. First winner of TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) (1954), but never took trip. Co-founded OMPA (Off-trail Magazine Publishers' Association - first UK apa) in 1954 w/Ken Bulmer and Chuck Harris. He wrote a fannish new column for Vargo Statten's SF Magazine under the pen name of "Inquisitor".

He was on the committee for the 1951 Eastercon, 1952 Eastercon, 1953 Eastercon, Cytricon II, and Loncon (the 1957 Worldcon).

In 1958, was instrumental in founding the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), having published in OMPA calling for a new organization to reverse the decline in new fans. While he was unable to attend the 1958 Eastercon himself, the BSFA was organized there.

In the mid-50s, he became involved with Joy Goodwin, another active fan, and she became Joy Clarke. There house on Inchmery Road near London became a famous stopping point for fans and was the center of Inchmery Fandom. After the 1957 London Worldcon, Sandy Sanderson, a former Manchester fan, who was living with the Clarkes began Aporrheta, which has been called one of the best British fanzines of the period. Vince did some writing, but also did the excellent repro which characterized the fanzine. In mid-1960 Joy Clarke left Vince and she and Sanderson left for the US, leaving Vince to care for the baby. Aporrheta folded and Vince quit fandom shortly afterwards.

A chance encounter twenty years later brought Clarke back into fandom. Terry Hill, an SF reader, contacted Clarke for information on Walter Gillings, an early British editor, and propelled Hill into fandom and Clarke back into fandom.

He was Fan Guest of Honor at Conception (1987 Eastercon) and Intersection (1995 Worldcon). Ran the Fanzine Library (7000+ fanzines) and extended Peter Roberts bibliography of British fanzines through the 70s. He received the Doc Weir Award in 1989.

His fanzines include: Science Fantasy News, Science Fantasy News Minor, Initiative Incorporated, Eye, Operation Armageddon, Not Science Fantasy News, KTF Xmas Card, Pulp.

One-off fanzines: Bang!, 'Our 'Zine, Anglo Science Fiction Fandom, Plonge, Operation Splash, Post War, Move, Fans & Ethics, Theme, ATom: A Tribute

Apazines: Tucker Hotel (for FAPA), Off-Trails (OMPA's OO of which he was editor for the first four issues), Launching Site, Dysteleology, Zymic, Duplicating without Tears, and Goontact (all for OMPA), K (for Pieces of Eight), and Vincentian (for Nameless APA).