T. Bruce Yerke

(1923 — 1998)

Theodore Bruce Yerke, nicknamed Tubby, joined the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society as a teenager in the 1930s, and was for a while its “perennial secretary.” He was considered to be part of the Moonrakers, a "bad boy" group within LASFS. He was also a member of the insurgent Knanves and published their fanzine, The Knanve.

In September 1937 he published the one-shot Scientifooey Mag, and in 1938 decided to publish a regular fanzine. The result, Imagination!, edited with Forrest J Ackerman, became the voice of the LASFS. With Ackerman, he also published The Damn Thing. He published the Report to Science Fiction Fandom -- the Cosmic Circle. He was considered to have been one of the best fan writers of the 1940s.

Yerke recruited Ray Bradbury for LASFS.

Yerke’s unfinished autobiography, Memoirs of a Superfluous Fan (1944/reprinted in 1991), is one of the best pictures of those early days of SF fandom in LA. He served as the model for the victim, William Runcible, in Anthony Boucher’s novel Rocket to the Morgue. He was an advocate of Technocracy.

Yerke sometimes used the pen name of Carlton J. Fassbeinder and published the Bed Side Fassbeinder in 1944.

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