Michael J. Walsh
(Which Michael Walsh did you mean?)
(October 17, 1950 – )
Michael Jarrett Walsh of Baltimore discovered fandom through P. Schuyler Miller's book review column in Analog and then joined Nycon III in 1967 as a supporting member. Lin Carter's "Our Man in Fandom" column led him to Mirage Press and Jack Chalker, who enticed him into joining WSFA, where he has served in a variety of offices.
His first convention was Disclave 13. He started WSFA Press. He was editor of BSFan for a time. He lived in Smof Central.
He chaired the Baltimore in '83 bid, and Constellation, the Worldcon they ran. (See also "Blah, blah, blah, fiscal responsibility".) He has also chaired Disclave 29, Disclave 33, Disclave 36 (even though he was unable to attend it), Capclave 2005, Capclave 2013, and Balticon 15. Also the 1995 World Fantasy Convention, World Fantasy Convention 2003, and the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.
He is a notorious huckster and founded and runs Old Earth Books.
Old Earth Books
In 1993, Walsh founded the small press Old Earth Books (OEB), located in Baltimore, MD. It is a specialty publisher focusing on out-of-print and niche books, primarily SF. The name comes from the Cordwainer Smith "Lords of the Instrumentality" series. Publications have included Being Gardner Dozois by Michael Swanwick, which was nominated for the 2002 Best Related Book Hugo.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1983 -- Unicon 3
- 1995 -- Balticon 29
- 1997 -- Lunacon 40
- 1999 -- Context
- 2002 -- ConQuesT 33
- 2006 -- Fellow of NESFA
- 2009 -- World Fantasy Award (Special) for Old Earth Books' Howard Waldrop collection
- 2014 -- ArmadilloCon 36
- 2018 -- World Fantasy Convention 2018
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