(November 24, 1929 – February 6, 2020)
A fan, publisher, SF editor, and critic, Earl Kemp won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1961 for Who Killed Science Fiction?, a collection of questions and answers with top writers in the field. Next, he produced Why Is a Fan?, with opinions from dozens of fans. He was married to fellow fan Nancy Kemp.
A Chicago fan, Kemp was president of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club for almost a decade and served as chairman of the 20th Worldcon, Chicon III, held there. Before winning with the Chicago in 1962 bid, he led two failed bids: Chicago: 1959 and Chicago in '60. He was a member of the N3F and the (1962) Chicago SFL.
Kemp also helped found Advent:Publishers, a small publishing house focused on SF criticism, history, and bibliography. He edited The Science Fiction Novel, (Advent:Publishers, 1959) and The Proceedings Chicon III (Advent:Publishers, 1963).
Kemp worked as an editor under Algis Budrys at Blake Pharmaceuticals in Evanston, IL, producing pornography for William L. Hamling. During the 1960s and 1970s, Kemp was involved in publishing a number of erotic paperbacks, including an illustrated edition of the Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. This publication led to his being sentenced to prison for "conspiracy to mail obscene material," but he served only the federal minimum of three months and one day.
- Who Killed Science Fiction?
- Why Is a Fan?
- ...be forgot, and never...
- Destiny [early 50s] (several issues)
- Feliz Navidad 2001 
- Racing to Lemuria 
- SaFari [1960s-2000s] (for FAPA and SAPS)
- Safari Annual [early 60s]
- TS-SAPS (for SAPS)
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1961 -- Best Fanzine Hugo
- 2009 -- FAAn Award for Best Fanzine
- 2010 -- Corflu Fifty
- 2011 -- Past president of the FWA, Neffy Award for Best Fanzine
- 2012 -- FAAn Award Lifetime Achivement
- 2013 -- First Fandom Hall of Fame
Also involved: - 1959 Worldcon Site Selection - 1960 Worldcon Site Selection - 2003 FAAn Awards - 2004 FAAn Awards - 2005 FAAn Awards - 2009 FAAn Awards - Advent:Publishers - Bill Rotsler - Bob Briney - Contact (Smith) - Corflu 27 - FAAn Awards - FUNcon II - Fanthology 2013 - Mari Wolf - Martha Beck - Michael Deckinger - Midwestcon 19 - Midwestcon 8 - Neffy Awards - OMPA - Past President of the Fan Writers of America - Raymond A. Palmer - Richard Shaver - Spirits of Things Past - WSFS, Inc.
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