Jim Harmon

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(April 21, 1933 – February 16, 2010)

Fan and pro, Jim Harmon became a fannish legend with the Midwestcon Incident, AKA the Ellison Water Bombing Incident, published the fanzine, Radiohero, and was also a fairly successful writer with more than fifty short stories and novelettes for Amazing Stories, Future Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, If, F&SF, Venture Science Fiction Magazine and other magazines. He also wrote westerns and occasionally used the pen name Judson Grey on adult novels written with Ron Haydock. He also occasionally used the pen names of Jamieson Harvey, Jim Harvey, Clarke Newton, and J. H. Wilkins. Although he signed most of his work as Jim Harmon, his legal full name was James Judson Harmon.

Harmon served a short stint as editor of Monsters of the Movies and later gained a strong following in another fandom, among the followers of "old time radio." In the mid-60s, he was an announcer and producer of a radio show on KPFK (Pacifica Radio's LA station) playing old-time radio favorites. Harmon also was an editor (1974-1975) of the Marvel Comics magazine Monsters of the Movies. He was also associate editor of the Riverside Quarterly in the 1960s - 1970s.

Harmon and his wife, Barbara, both members of First Fandom, were editors of Scientifiction: The First Fandom Report, from 2000 until 2004. He joined First Fandom in 1992. For years the name of his fanzine was Harmony. His wife Barbara used Discord for the name of her zine. He was a close friend of Redd Boggs. He also published Asteroid X.

At the time of his death, Harmon and Jon D. Swartz were working on a book about SF on radio, tentatively titled Great Radio Science Fiction.

The Jim Harmon Collection (2016) is a recent collection of his short fiction.

"Jim Harmon - A Fan History" by Jon D. Swartz was published in Scientifiction (New Series #53, 3rd Quarter, 2017), the issue that announced Harmon's Hall of Fame Award.

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