Mike Glyer

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Mike Glyer at Smofcon 1994; Photo by Mark Olson

(February 16, 1953 – )

An LA-area fan editor and publisher of the long-running fanzine File 770. Glyer started File 770 in 1978 to report on clubs, conventions, fannish projects, fans, fanzines, awards, and to publish controversial articles.

The Chicon IV committee presented Glyer a Worldcon Special Award in 1982 for "Keeping the Fan in Fanzine Publishing." He holds the record for being nominated the most times (56) for the Hugo Award, and has won 12 times in two categories: File 770 was nominated 30 times and won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016, and 2018, and Glyer was nominated 26 times and won the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 2016. Upon receiving his 12th Hugo in 2018, he withdrew himself and File 770 permanently from consideration for the Best Fan Writer and Best Fanzine Hugo categories.

In 2008, both Glyer and his then-wife Diana Pavlac Glyer were nominated for Hugo Awards: File 770 for Best Fanzine and The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community for Best Related Book.

Glyer has been active in LASFS since 1970, frequently serving as an officer, especially club secretary. He won DUFF in 1979, but was forced to withdraw due to work commitments for his job at the IRS. Glyer was made a Fan GoH for the first time at the 1980 DeepSouthCon in Atlanta, partly because the con committee thought his LASFS minutes were so amusing that they had to be made up. Glyer protested that funny things were happening all round him and he just wrote them down – rather like Vincent Van Gogh claiming "I just paint what I see." He is a member of First Fandom, FAPA, SCIFI, and the Mythopoeic Society. He was a Rotsler Award judge from 1998-2004.

In 1972, Glyer and Elst Weinstein held the first Hogu Awards Ranquet, giving out hoax awards inspired by a typographical error on a Hugo ballot.

Glyer co-chaired Loscon 3 in 1977 and Westercone in 1978. He chaired L.A.Con III (the 1996 Worldcon), and was Fan GoH at Torcon 3 (the 2003 Worldcon). He was honored with LASFS' Forry Award in 2011, and with Fandom's David A. Kyle Big Heart Award in 2018.

His one professional fiction sale appeared in the book Alternate Worldcons, edited by Mike Resnick. That short story, "The Men Who Corflued Mohammed," is an homage to Alfred Bester's "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed."

He was the editor of the Worldcon convention newsletters The Daley Planet at Chicon IV in 1982 and Scuttlebutt at ConStellation in 1983, and of the Worldcon concom letterzine Rattail File for L.A.Con II in 1984. He curated the Contemporary Fanzines Exhibit on the Concourse at Noreascon 3, the 1989 Worldcon. He was on the concom for Corflu 9 in 1992.

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