Tom Reamy

(January 23, 1935 – November 4, 1977)

He became active in fandom in the early 50s and in 1953, along with Orville Mosher, founded the first sf club in Texas, the Dallas Futurian Society (DFS) which was named after the New York Futurians. During the next five years, Reamy was active in the club and edited the clubzine CriFanAc.

In 1958, Reamy, along with Jim Benford and Gregory Benford, ran the first SF convention in Texas, Southwestercon VI which resulted in the demise of the DFS amidst some acrimony and fannish politics.

Subsequently, Reamy put his professional skills as a technical illustrator to good use in fanzines, publishing the slickly produced, professionally printed fanzine Trumpet, which was nominated for the 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo and the 1969 Best Fanzine Hugo. In the early 70s, after moving to Kansas City, he dropped Trumpet and began to publish Nickelodeon, a similar, slick fanzine and went into business with Ken Keller as Nickelodeon Graphics. This partnership was also the basis of the publications division of MidAmeriCon.

In the late 60s, he created and chaired the Big D in '73 Worldcon bid which attempted to bring the 1973 Worldcon to Dallas. He also edited the bidzine Dallascon Bulletin which, again, was a slick production far nicer than anything which had been done before. The bid collapsed, however, just a few months before the vote at Noreascon 1, but the production qualities Reamy pioneered permanently changed the way bidding was done.

In 1974, he joined the KC in '76 Worldcon bid and moved to Kansas City. When the bid won, in addition to publications, he also ran ran the convention's ambitious film program.

In the early 70s, he was one of the founders of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop in Dallas. He began a promising pro writing career and won the 1976 Campbell Award, and received nominations for the 1976 Best Novelette Hugo and the 1979 Best Novel Hugo.

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For more on his pro career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/reamy_tom


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