Donald Franson

(November 11, 1916 — June 5, 2002)

Longtime fan who lived most of his life in LA. He was active in the N3F and LASFS (including serving as secretary) for years and was a member of N'APA. He was also a member of the Professor Challenger Society and the Interplanetary Exploration Society. He was a member of First Fandom and SFWA.

With Howard DeVore, he wrote several editions of A History of the Hugo, Nebula and International Fantasy Awards which was published by Advent . (The latest edition, in 1998, had a slightly different title (Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards.) It was nominated for a Hugo for Best Related Book. He also wrote A Key to the Terminology of Science Fiction Fandom (1962), Science Fiction Title Changes, and Some Facts About Science Fiction Fandom..

At one time or another, he was an N3F directorate member, president (1963, 1964, and 1968), club historian, edited The National Fantasy Fan in 1965, 1981-1983, 1988-1991 and edited a fanzine that he sent to N3F members, The Trash Barrel. In both 1995 and 1998 he won N3F’s President’s Award (later renamed The Franson Award in his honor), and in 1966 he received the N3Fs Kaymar Award. In his honor the September 2002 issue of The Fan was a “Don Franson Memorial Issue.” He published Neffervescent for N'APA.


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