Terry Carr

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(February 19, 1937 – April 7, 1987)

Terry Carr was a fan, sf writer, and editor. He discovered fandom in 1949, and became an enthusiastic publisher of fanzines. Despite a long career as a science fiction professional, he continued to participate as a fan until his death from congestive heart failure. During the 50s and 60s he remained one of the most prominent fans in the world. In 1986, he was Fan GoH at ConFederation, the Altanta Worldcon.

He won the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo, the 1973 Best Fan Writer Hugo, the 1985 Best Professional Editor Hugo and the 1987 Best Professional Editor Hugo.

He was nominated for the following: 1960 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1961 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1968 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1969 Best Short Story Hugo, 1971 Best Fan Writer Hugo, 1972 Best Fan Writer Hugo and thirteen times (1973-1975, 1977-1979, 1981-1987) in the Best Professional Editor category.

He ran for TAFF in 1959, losing to Don Ford. He ran again in 1965 and won. During his term as TAFF administrator, he published TAFF Progress Report.

In 1961 he married Carol Stuart.

He was a member of NAPA, Golden Gate Futurians, the Little Men, and the Fanoclasts. He was one of the Berkeley Bhoys, and the ACC, helped conceive the beer can Tower to the Moon, and was one of the people behind Carl Brandon. (And was one of the people credited with publishing Dolor along with Dave Rike, Carl Brandon, and Ron Ellik.) He wrote "Egoboo for Algernon". Some of his own fan writing was collected in The Incompleat Terry Carr, in Fandom Harvest and in Fandom Harvest II (Ansible Editions, 2019). He was a member of The Cult.

As a pro writer, he published both short SF and novels. In the early 1960s, Carr concentrated professionally on editing. He first worked at Ace Books, establishing the Ace Science Fiction Specials series which published, among other novels, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin.

After conflicts with Ace head Donald A. Wollheim, he worked as a freelancer. He edited an original story anthology series called Universe, and a popular series of Year's Best anthologies that ran from 1972 until his death in 1987. He taught at Clarion, and published some novels and short fiction.

His papers and his large collection of fanzines have become part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction at the University of California, Riverside.

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Awards, Honors and GoHships:


Person Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 19371987
Also involved with: 1959 TAFF Race - 1969 Worldcon Site Selection - 1981 Best Professional Editor Hugo - Cry of the Nameless - Fanac - Fanac - Granfalloon - Izzard - Past President of the Fan Writers of America - RUR - Spaceship - Ted White - The BNF of Iz - The Best of Fandom 1958 - The Emperor of America - The Fourteen Leaflet - The Portable Carl Brandon - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - The Stormy Petrel - To the Stars - Trap Door - Unicon V - Unicorn Productions - Walt Willis - Walter Breen - Warhoon
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