Chalker was a long-time Baltimore area fan, fanzine publisher, and later pro (writing as Jack L. Chalker) who discovered fandom in 1957. In his early fannish life, he was a member of the N3F and the SFG.
He was active in local fandom, he was a member of WSFA and one of the founders of BSFA (of which he was many times an officer.) He co-chaired Disclave 26 with his wife Eva Whitley and Balticon 2, Balticon 3, and Balticon 4. He was Vice-Chair of Discon II.
He was twice nominated for the Hugo: the 1963 Best Fanzine Hugo for Mirage and the 1992 Best Non Fiction Book Hugo (with Mark Owings) for The Science-Fantasy Publishers -- A Critical & Bibliographic History (they also received the 1992 Readercon Award for it).
He was a member of SAPS and of FAPA (Viewpoint was his fapazine). He published the fanzines Mirage (which was also called Centaur and Kaleidoscope early in its run), Qasar, and Interjection, and later founded and operated Mirage Press. He also published Ibex, and Everyfan's Guide to the Auctions.
He may have coined the term Smof.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1978 — Paracon I
- 1979 — Paracon II, Chattacon IV
- 1980 — Featured writer at Disclave 24, Skylark Award
- 1981 — Chattacon VI
- 1983 — Balticon 17
- 1985 — Halcon 8
- 1986 — Xanadu III
- 1987 — Lunacon 30, Toastmaster at Tropicon VI
- 1988 — MileHiCon 20, Chattacon XIII
- 1989 — RiverCon XIV, Rustycon 6
- 1991 — Arisia '91
- 1993 — Toastmaster at Constellation
- 1994 — Astronomicon 3, Archon 18
- 1997 — Con*Stellation XVI, Baycon 1997
- 1999 — Norwescon XXII
- 2001 — Odyssey Con 1
- 2005 — Phoenix Award by the Southern Fandom Confederation (posthumously)
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