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The Year of the Jackpot[edit]

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

February 4E 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
June 10 Vernon McCain dies
mid Second Futurian Society of New York formed
July 6 Dallas Futurian Society disbanded
August 29 - September 1 (Labor Day) Solacon (Worldcon), the culmination of South Gate in '58
August 31 WSFS, Inc., effectively killed by Anna Moffatt at Solacon
October 13 Kent Moomaw suicide
December 2 E. E. Evans dies
Ron Bennett TAFF trip

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A David English SketchbookA Foggy DayA L'AbandonA Propos de RienAWOLAgamenon WeeklyAmbrosiaAporrhetaBEMBEMBell the CatBest of FandomBrilligBurroughsaniaCanadian FandomChulaChux OwnCole FaxComedy of ErrorsCriFanAcDaily DynamicDiablerieDjellabahDriftwoodFIJAGHFafhrdFafhrdFamous Monsters of FilmlandFanacFANannIAffmFixFoutFringeGAFIA Recovery AdministrationGafiaGoojie PublicationsGreen ExpressionHenry Kuttner: A Memorial SymposiumHiHowHow!I Wish I Knew What 'Nuces Tibi' MeantImaginationImpasseImpossibleIncompleat BurbeeInfinity Science FictionInnavigable MouthLaundryLighthouseLimboLocoMammonMarsoloMoorparkMovie MusicMunich Round UpNew FuturianNoise LevelNorthlightObOff the Cuff for GertrudePamphreyPealsPeregrinations in BluePerihelionPerindeusPot PourriProdigalProfanityRURRoad RashRumbleSFSatelliteScience Fiction AdventuresScience Fiction QuarterlySome Important Information Concerning Unicorn ProductionsSpace TravelSpasmodicStar DustSulfuryicTales from the OublietteTeddy BearThe Hairy BeastThe Last SplotchThe Purple PasturesThisTra-LaUmglickVectorVile Deeds at MidnightVoice of the ProphetWhen a Trufan DiesWho Is This Man?WozZymic

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1958 Open ESFAA David English SketchbookA Foggy DayAgamenon WeeklyAl KaterinskyAlan GutierrezAlice in ThrillingwonderlandAllen M. SteeleAmbrosiaAmy ThomsonBEMBell the CatBest of FandomBobbie DuFaultBradley DentonBrett CoxBrilligC. M. KornbluthCRAPCarl SlaughterChulaCole FaxColleen SavitzkyCriFanAcDaily DynamicDallas Futurian SocietyDebbie HughesDiablerieDiana Harlan SteinDjellabahDon AyresE. Everett EvansElizabeth Klein-LebbinkEllen 'Blade' McMickingFIJAGHFafhrdFafhrdFamous Monsters of FilmlandFanacFanarconFapaconForry-FortyTwo ConFoutFrancis Towner LaneyFrank CatalanoGafiaGary FarberGoojie PublicationsHenry KuttnerHenry Kuttner: A Memorial SymposiumHiIllwisconImaginationImpasseImpossibleIncompleat BurbeeInfinity Science FictionJames Branch CabellJames GurneyJeff CanfieldJody LeeJohn BlakerJohn G. McDaidJudith BermanJulie BellKaren SchafferKate ElliottKeith ParkinsonKent MoomawLaundryLeah Dillon GadzikowskiLighthouseLimboLou AronicaLunacon 2MammonMark RichMarsoloMetroconMetrocon IIMetrofenMidwestcon 9MoorparkNYSFCircleNic FareyObOutstanding Movie HugoPat Sayre McCoyPatty PetersPaul CherryPealsPhilcon 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 FeldmanTeddy BearTerri WindlingThe Purple PasturesThisTim MarionTra-LaTravelcon to the SolaconUmglickVernon McCainVile Deeds at MidnightVoice of the ProphetWAW and Mate to the Gate in '58Wayne BarloweWho Is This Man?

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