Terry Carr

(February 19, 1937 – April 7, 1987)

Fan, sf writer, and editor. He discovered fandom in 1949, where he became an enthusiastic publisher of fanzines. Despite a long career as a science fiction professional, he continued to participate as a fan until his death. During the 50s and 60s he remained one of the most prominent fans in the world. In 1986, he was Fan Guest of Honor at ConFederation, the Altanta Worldcon.

He won the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo, the 1973 Best Fan Writer Hugo, the 1985 Best Professional Editor Hugo and the 1987 Best Professional Editor Hugo.

He was nominated for the following: 1960 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1961 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1968 Best Fanzine Hugo, 1969 Best Short Story Hugo, 1971 Best Fan Writer Hugo, 1972 Best Fan Writer Hugo and thirteen times (1973-1975, 1977-1979, 1981-1987) in the Best Professional Editor category.

He was toastmaster at Orycon V and was scheduled to be toastmaster at the cancelled LepreCon 6. He ran for TAFF in 1959, losing to Don Ford. He ran again in 1965 and won. During his term as TAFF administrator, he published TAFF Progress Report.

In 1961 he married Carol Stuart.

He was a member of NAPA, Golden Gate Futurians, and the Fanoclasts. He was toastmaster at Corflu 3. He published A L'Abandon, Dark Star, Diaspar, Entropy, Fanac, Incompleat Burbee, Innuendo (one of the best fanzines of the 60s), Lighthouse, Stormy Petrel, Troll Chowder, Void, and Vulcan. He was one of the Berkeley Bhoys, and the ACC, helped conceive the beer can Tower to the Moon, and was one of the people behind Carl Brandon. (And was one of the people credited with publishing Dolor along with Dave Rike, Carl Brandon, and Ron Ellik.) He wrote "Egoboo for Algernon". Some of his own fan writing was collected in The Incompleat Terry Carr and in Fandom Harvest. He was a member of The Cult.

As a pro writer, he published both short SF and novels. In the early 1960s, Carr concentrated professionally on editing. He first worked at Ace Books, establishing the Ace Science Fiction Specials series which published, among other novels, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin.

After conflicts with Ace head Donald A. Wollheim, he worked as a freelancer. He edited an original story anthology series called Universe, and a popular series of Year's Best anthologies that ran from 1972 until his death in 1987. He taught at Clarion, and published some novels and short fiction.

His papers and his large collection of fanzines have become part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction at the University of California, Riverside.

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