Ned Brooks

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Ned Brooks Art by Charlie Williams,
from Guy Lillian's
Challenger.

(February 8, 1938 – August 31, 2015)

Cuyler Warnell “Ned” Brooks, Jr., was a long-time Virginia fan and collector. He maintained extensive, meticulously organized collections of books, fanzines and typewriters, at one point removing the usual equipment of his Newport News kitchen in order to house his typer collection, which he dubbed the Beroaldus Cosmopolita Museum. He eventually bought the house next door to hold more books.

His long-running perzines It Comes in the Mail and It Goes on the Shelf were largely devoted to reviews.

He entered fandom by answering a small ad in a science fiction magazine, “Discover fandom for $2,” and, in 1963, attended his first Worldcon, Discon, in Washington, DC.

He was a member of N3F. He won the N3F's Kaymar Award in 1972 and the SFC's Rebel Award in 1976 and Rubble Award in 1992. He was one of the founders of Slanapa (Off to DeepSouthCon). He was a member of the Hampton Roads SF Association and published The Liberated Quark for it.

In the mid-1960s he edited the N3F's fanzine, Collector's Bulletin, and, in 1966, he was a member of the club's Directorate. He seems to have organized Hark!Con in 1978 and was a member of the Fellowship of the Purple Tongue, a Norfolk, VA, club, in the early ’60s. He was a member of the First Fandom club.

He published Guinevere and Lancelot and others by Arthur Machen and other reprint books under the imprint of the Purple Mouth Press.

He was FGoH at Rivercon IV, Ditto 4 and DeepSouthCon 39. He was posthumously awarded the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award in 2016.

He was born in Montana, the son of Cuyler Warnell Brooks, Sr., who was also nicknamed “Ned.” He went to work for NASA, in Hampton, Virginia, wind tunnel engineer in 1959, and worked there for 39 years. He moved to Lilburn, Georgia, on his retirement.

Brooks died at age 77 when he fell from his roof while doing repairs.

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