Jan Howard Finder

(1939 – 2013)

Jan Howard Finder was an American academic administrator, SF writer, filker, costumer, and fan.

Finder, nicknamed "The Wombat," also affected writing his name in all lower case. He was Honored Guest at ConFrancisco (the 1993 Worldcon). He ran for DUFF twice, in 1975 and 1983, losing both times.

Well known in fannish circles, Finder was editor of the fanzine The Spang Blah. Until 2011 he was "scribe" (secretary) of the Latham-Albany-Schenectady-Troy Science Fiction Association and a co-founder of Albacon and chaired Albacon 1996, Albacon 2008, and Novacon 9 West. He was one of the organizers of the 1969 Conference on Middle Earth and …

Finder wrote in the short story genre, and his short fiction writing has been published in several anthologies, including "The Grapes of Rath" (1980) in Microcosmic Tales (1981).