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1958 was known as The Year of the Jackpot because of the previously unheard-of number of deaths.

February Ackerman publicizes "sci-fi" in Famous Monsters of Filmland #1
February 4 Henry Kuttner dies
February 23 WSFS, Inc. formally incorporated in New York
February 24 Fanac by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik begins publication
early Mutual lawsuits between Dave Kyle and the Dietz-Raybin faction over NYCon II funds and WSFS, Inc.
March 15 2000th anniversary of the death of Julius Caesar
March 21 Cyril Kornbluth dies
March CRAP formed
Easter Cytricon IV, British Science Fiction Association organized
June 8 F. Towner Laney dies
mid Second Futurian Society of New York formed
July 6 Dallas Futurian Society disbanded
August 29 - September 1 (Labor Day) Solacon (Worldcon)
August 31 WSFS, Inc. effectively killed by Anna Moffatt at Solacon
December 2 E. E. Evans dies
Ron Bennett TAFF trip

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1958 Open ESFAA David English SketchbookAgamenon WeeklyAlan GutierrezAlice in ThrillingwonderlandAllen M. SteeleAmbrosiaAmy ThomsonBEMBaltimore SF ForumBest of FandomBobbie DuFaultBradley DentonBrett CoxBrilligC. M. KornbluthCRAPCarl SlaughterChulaColleen SavitzkyCriFanAcDebbie HughesDiablerieE. Everett EvansFIJAGHFafhrdFafhrdFamous Monsters of FilmlandFanacFanarconFapaconForry-FortyTwo ConFoutFrancis Towner LaneyFrank CatalanoGary FarberGoojie PublicationsHenry KuttnerHenry Kuttner: A Memorial SymposiumHiIllwisconImaginationImpasseIncompleat BurbeeInfinity Science FictionJames Branch CabellJames GurneyJeff CanfieldJody LeeJohn BlakerJohn G. McDaidJudith BermanJulie BellKate ElliottKeith ParkinsonKent MoomawLaundryLeah Dillon GadzikowskiLighthouseLimboLunacon 2Mark RichMarsoloMetroconMetrocon IIMetrofenMidwestcon 9MoorparkNYSFCircleNic FareyObOutstanding Movie HugoPat Sayre McCoyPaul CherryPhilcon 1958ProfanityR. DeWitt MillerRURRace to the StarsRichard BinzelRoad RashRoslee OrndorffRumbleS. T. JoshiSFScience Fiction AdventuresScience Fiction QuarterlySodaconSolaconSam Moskowitz' Solacon ReminiscenceSome Important Information Concerning Unicorn ProductionsSouth Gate in '58Southwestercon VISpace TravelSteve DavidsonSuzanne FeldmanTerri WindlingThe Purple PasturesTravelcon to the SolaconVernon McCainWAW and Mate to the Gate in '58Wayne Barlowe

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