(June 12, 1945 – November 4, 2018)
Bertil (Balte) Mårtensson was was an active Swedish fan and pro who found fandom in 1961.
His first fanzine was Ogre, published in only two issues; after that he published a few oneshots, and together with John-Henri Holmberg and Mats Dannewitz Linder formed the fannish group WDVF (Witterhetssällskapet Din Vän Fandom), which did a half dozen satirical, humorous oneshots in the late 1960s. They are now considered classics. All three also edited and contributed to SF Forum, a leading fanzine from the Scandinavian SF Association. Bertil Mårtensson also chaired both the Lund Fantasy Fan Society (LF3) and the Southern Sweden Crime Writers' organization.
Professionally, Bertil Mårtensson was a professor of philosophy at Lund University and Umeå University; in Umeå, he was also head of the philosophy department. As a writer, he published eight sf novels, a fantasy trilogy, four crime novels, a book of sf poetry and around a hundred short stories, most of them sf.
He died of smoke inhalation after a fire in his apartment.
Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1968 -- Swedish Academy of Science Fiction Award
- 1972 -- Eurocon 1 (Special Award)
- 1981 -- Unicon 2 Short Story Contest Winner
- 1989 -- Fantastika 1989
- 1999 -- jUnicon / Baltcon 99
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