Leeds has been the host to numerous clubs over the years with confusingly similar names:
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.
|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)
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)
Leeds University Science Fiction Group
Leeds and District SF Group
fl. late 60s
Leeds University SF Society
Leeds University Union Science Fiction Society
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.
Leeds SF Group
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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