Albuquerque, New Mexico, is home of Bubonicon, Alpha Centaura in the early ’80s and The Dragon Society in the late ’80s.
When Roy Tackett moved to Albuquerque in 1962, fandom there did not exist. He later remembered, "As far as I knew, there wasn't any stf activity in Albuquerque, so I did the only thing that was possible: I took out ads in the SF magazines asking for anyone interested in forming a stf club to contact me. I got letters from Chicago and Boston, but nary a nibble from Albuquerque."
The genesis of Albuquerque fandom was a couple of years later, at a chance meeting in a used bookstore of Roy Tackett and Bob Vardeman, who were reaching for the same copy of a back issue of Analog magazine. Vardeman had never heard of fandom, so Tackett filled him in; as he later remembered, "It was a terrible thing to do to a teenager." Soon afterward, Tackett, Vardeman, and Eugene Casey formed the Albuquerque SF Society, which see for more Albuquerque fan history.
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