(February 25, 1949 –)
Leroy Richard Arthur “Roy” Kettle, a British fan and author, is best known in fandom for his humorous writing in the heyday of London's Ratfandom. Although as a neofan he wrote for Audrey Walton's never-highly-regarded Wadezine, his true fannish debut was in Fouler, which he co-edited with Greg Pickersgill 1970-1972. Most of his best comic writing appeared in his personalzine True Rat, which ran for ten issues 1973-1978. He also contributed to Maya during Rob Jackson's editorship.
True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle (Ansible Editions, 2018) collects his best fanwriting of the 1970s and early 1980s, including the complete run of True Rat with a few minor deletions of material that no longer seemed funny in 2018. A trade paperback edition was released in 2022.
Until his retirement, Roy’s mundane job was in civil service; he was one of the principal architects of the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, and was awarded an OBE for his work.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1978 -- Skycon
- 1979 -- Best Fan Writer Hugo nominee
- 2006 -- Order of the British Empire
- 2013 -- Past president of the FWA
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