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Peter Weston

By / January 10, 2017 / no comments

The death has been announced of Peter Weston, who played a central role in British science fiction and fandom for decades. He was 73, and died of complications from cancer, from which he had been suffering for some time.

In the 1960s, his fanzine, variously called Zenith, Zenith Speculation and Speculation, was the venue for many of the key critical debates around the emergence of the British new wave. The fanzine was shortlisted four times for a Hugo Award.

Andromeda No. 1In the 1970s, he edited three original anthologies, Andromeda (1976), Andromeda 2 (1977) and Andromeda 3 (1978) which gathered together many of the very best writers of the time. Contributors to the first anthology included Brian Aldiss, Bob Shaw, Robert Holdstock, Naomi Mitchison, Christopher Priest (with his classic “An Infinite Summer”), George R.R. Martin and Harlan Ellison. Contributors to Andromeda 2 included Ian Watson, Bob Shaw, Robert Holdstock, David Langford and, in a rare venture into fiction, Richard E. Geis. And the third and final anthology included David Langford, Christopher Priest, Ian Watson, Fritz Leiber (with “Black Glass”), Darrell Schweitzer and Larry Niven.

With Stars In My Eyes: My Adventures In British FandomAnd early in the new century he wrote a memoir, With Stars in my Eyes: My Adventures in British Fandom, which is certainly one of the best fannish memoirs available. The book was shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

In and around all of this activity, he helped to found the Birmingham SF Group, the longest surviving fan group in the UK; he founded Novacon, an annual science fiction convention that continues to this day; and he chaired the 1979 World SF Convention.

What’s more, his foundry was, for many years, responsible for casting the rockets that form the Hugo Awards.

 

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