Ted Carnell

(8 April 1912 - 23 March 1972)

Edward John Carnell (also called John Carnell, and E. J. Carnell) was a UK fan and later prozine editor. He attended the 1937 Leeds Convention and the second British convention, was the recipient of the Big Pond Fund, the first fan fund, to bring him to the Cinvention where he was Fan Guest of Honor. He was a member of the London Circle. He chaired the first UK Worldcon, Loncon, in 1957.

Before the War he took over the fanzine Novae Terrae and renamed it New Worlds. After four issues he attempted to turn it into a prozine, but failed because the publisher he was working with turned out to be a crook.

After the War, he was successfully founder and first editor of a New Worlds prozine. He also edited Science Fantasy starting in the 1950s and then started the long-lived New Writings in Science Fiction anthology series.

He received two Hugo nominations: the 1957 Best British Professional Magazine Hugo and the 1959 Best Professional Magazine Hugo.

He was a member of the International fantasy Award judging panel. He published Postal Preview, Sands of Time (which appeared in the Futurian War Digest), and the apazine, Creep, Shadow!. He was was on the committee of Festivention and London SF Con and was GoH at London, the 1960 Eastercon.

He helped launch the careers of Brian W. Aldiss, J. G. Ballard, Damien Broderick, Michael Moorcock, and James White.

He was inducted as a Knight of St. Fantony in 1965 and into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2014.

See http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/carnell_john for more about his pro career.


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