Noreen (Falasca) Shaw

(June 6, 1930 — May 25, 2005)

Noreen Kane Falasca Shaw was a Cleveland fan who co-chaired the 1955 Worldcon, Clevention, with her first husband, Nick Falasca. She was a founding member of the the Terrans.

The Falascas were among the founders of WSFS, Inc, and were involved in the general turmoil. The published Who Is This Man? to expose a person they belived to be a fraudster posing as a BNF and running for the WSFS, Inc. Board. Later, when they were more-or-less forced out by the New York fans who ultimately controlled WSFS, Inc, they went into vigorous opposition to it. They published Fandom's Burden (as well as issues #2 and #3 which were titled Son of Fandom's Burdenand Fandom's Burden's Last Ride) and was right in the middle of the wars over WSFS, Inc..

In the mid-50s she moved to New York and married editor Larry Shaw with whom she had two sons. She was a member of the (Second) Futurian Society of New York. The Shaws were founders of the Fanoclasts With Larry Shaw, she wrote Other People's Mail. The Shaws moved to Los Angeles in 1969 (leaving their bedroom set and a cat to Ted and Robin White.)

The Shaws were nominated for the 1962 Best Fanzine Hugo for their fanzine Axe.

Other fanzines included Devil's Motorboat, and Ice Age.

In the introduction to the on-line version of Fancyclopedia II, Dick Eney reports "Then Noreen Shaw kicked up a fuss and got Fancyclopedia II thrown off the Hugo ballot the year it was eligible, on the grounds that I was on the Con committee at the time. (No, I never did forgive her; would you have?)…"


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