Leeds Clubs

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Leeds has been the host to numerous clubs over the years with confusingly similar names:

Leeds SFL[edit]

fl. 1930s

This is the Granddaddy of them all. The Leeds chapter of the Science Fiction League was the first prominent fan group in the UK, being active during the 30s. It was founded by Douglas W. F. Mayer. It published the Bulletin of the Leeds Science Fiction League edited by Harold Gottliffe. William A. Dyson was a member.

It organized the first science fiction convention in the UK in Leeds in 1937, which some people feel was the first SF convention anywhere. See Which Was the First SF Convention?

From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944
A chapter of the SFL in Leeds England, which seems to have held apart from the SFA. Publishing house was the Green Jester. Its outstanding member was J. Michael Rosenblum.

Leeds Science Fiction Association (I)[edit]

fl. 1937-39

This club was created in the wake of the 1937 Leeds Convention, the first convention in the UK, where fans formed the national SFA. What had been chapters of the SFL (such as Leeds SFL) were all now supposed to become chapters of the SFA. Everyone went along with this except in Leeds, a significant number of whom wanted to remain Leeds SFL. So for a while, in the grand fannish tradition, the Leeds Science Fiction Association (I) was a single group with two factions in it. Conflict eventually arose and it broke into the separate Leeds SFL and Leeds SFA groups.

It might not have lasted long, thanks to the outbreak of WW2, but while it did, Leeds Science Fiction Association (I) was a significant force in UK fandom. The 1950s group (see below) had the same name but otherwise there was no connection between the two.

Leeds Science Fiction Association (II)[edit]

fl. 1950s

SF club formed in the UK in the 1950s. Its clubzine was Orbit. Members included George Gibson.

Leeds University Science Fiction Group[edit]

fl. 1966-68

A Leeds club founded by Bill Burns in 1966 which lasted for two years. It was mostly a social group that had little contact with other fan groups.

Leeds and District SF Group[edit]

fl. late 60s

A club in the Leeds, UK are which was organized by Barbara Mace in 1967. It met on alternate Monday evenings in the Victoria pub behind the Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds University SF Society[edit]

Leeds University Union Science Fiction Society[edit]

fl. 1973 to present'

A club at Leeds University (also known as LUUSFS) which held its first meeting May 17, 1973, organized by David Pringle, Eve Harvey, and Nicky Hayes. Eve Harvey (then Evelyn Simmons) first met John Harvey at an early meeting. Tom Burke became the first chairman, although he was active for less than a year. Its clubzine, Black Hole, was launched after about a year, in 1974, and Alan Dorey became an early editor.

It is now known as Leeds University Union Sci-Fi & Fantasy (bah!). They ran the Lucon conventions.


Leeds SF Group[edit]

Leeds Group[edit]

fl. 1974 - current

Before the end of 1974, more than a year after the Leeds University SF Society started, a parallel group only loosely associated with the university began meeting every Friday evening in a pub called The Victoria and later in one called the West Riding. It was initiated by David Pringle and Mike Dickinson. Some students, notably Alan Dorey, became part of both clubs, but in time the two groups drifted apart. It is no longer very active but very occasionally still gets together and is mainly held together these days by Simon Ounsley and Graham James.

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