James V. Taurasi
(8 December 1917 – 11 April 1991)
One of the creators of fandom as we know it. In the late 1930s, James Vincent Taurasi -- Jimmy Taurasi -- was one of the Triumvirs and part of the leadership of the First Worldcon, one of the originators of New Fandom, founding member of the QSFL and the GNYSFL. He was generally on the opposite side of fan feuds from the Futurians. (At one point, John Michel called Turasi "il Duce of Flushing Flats".)
He was an avid reader following the prozines closely. He had many letters and essays published in SF prozines, including Astounding, Amazing, Startling Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Comet, and Super Science Stories.
In the 40s through the 60s, he was editor of Fantasy Times and Science Fiction Times an important newszine which was the Locus of its day (in fact, Locus was started to fill the vacuum left by the ending of Science Fiction Times). It which received the 1955 Best Fanzine Hugo, the 1957 Best Fanzine Hugo and nominations for the 1956 Best Fanzine Hugo, the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo and the 1960 Best Fanzine Hugo under his editorship).
He was part of the Scientifilmakers, an early fannish attempt to create a true SF (or, rather, stf) movie. He was involved in the following publishing houses: Taurasi-Thompson Publications, United Publications, and Cosmic Publications, which became Fandom House. He was one of the leaders of the Fanvets. He was a member of ESFA, the Lunarians, FAPA and the Silvercon committee, attended the 1938 Philadelphia Conference, and received the Big Heart Award in 1963.
He was active in fandom from the mid-30s to the mid-60s.
For an early short biography, see Who's Who in Fandom 1940, page 13.
Founded in June, 1937 by Taurasi, Fandom House was his publishing house. Fandom House seems to have been more real than most fannish publishing houses. Like the others, it published fanzines, though Taurasi affected that they were of a kind with the prozines.
It was not always named Fandom House. It began as Cosmic Publications (which see) and by 1945 had gone through the names Allied Publications, Fantasy News Publishing Company, Fantasy Times Publishing Company, and Flushing-Taurasi Publishing Company before going back to Cosmic Publications which he kept until 1948 when he settled on Fandom House.
The switch to Fandom House was triggered by the attempted merger of the monthly Fantasy Times with Will Sykora's Fantasy News with Fantasy News being weekly and Fantasy Times being a monthly recap. This fell through, but Taurasi kept Fandom House.
Fandom House publications included:
- Cosmic Tales Quarterly
- Fantasy Times
- Cosmic Tales
- The Science Fiction Fan
- The Tinplate Magazine
- Science Fiction Times Magazine
Fancy 2 reports (under Legal Matters) that "Taurasi was threatened in '56 by Random House, which alleged that JVT's use of the name "Fandom House" in publishing Fantasy Times constituted unfair competition. Tho somewhat flattered, Jas decided not to fight it, having learned that simply bringing the case to court would rock him $300." Not only did he use the name (which he probably could have gotten away with), but for a time he used a logo which looked suspiciously like Random House's.
- Cosmic Tales [1937-41, aka Cosmic Tales Quarterly 18 issues including a First Worldcon Special, with John Giunta, Louis Kuslan and Gertrude Kuslan
- Masked Spaceman [1938. one-shot]
- Queer Tales 
- Science Fiction Scout [1937-38, at least 9 issues; with Alex Osheroff]
- Solor [1938, at least 11 issues]
- Space 
- Spac-Lines Inc. 
- Tales of Science [1938, one-shot]
- Weird and Fantasy Fiction [1938, at least 2 issues]
- Wonder Fiction Annual [1938, one-shot]
- Fantasy-Letter 
- Fantasy-Scout 
- The Planeteer  (final issue only)
- Fantasy Times [1941, 269 issues, then becomes Science Fiction Times with #270 (1957) ending with issue #465, 1969. Taurasi was not involved after #435 (1966)]
- Fantasy-Comics [20 issues 1952-65]
- The Barsoomian [only issue #7, 1954]
- Science Fiction Yearbook [1957; with Ray Van Houten and Frank R. Prieto, Jr.]
- Science-Fiction Age 
- Original Science Fiction Stories [later issues in the run, 1961-63]
- Tinplate Railroading [1961-61, at least 10 issues]
- Monster-Times [8 issues, 1961-64; not to be confused with the 70's newsstand tabloid The Monster Times]
- Barsoomian Times [8 issues, 1964-65]
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