Tom Smith

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(June 23, ???? -– )

Fan, and filk singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI, Tom Smith got his start in the filk music community in 1985. He is a fourteen-time winner of the Pegasus Award for excellence in filking, including awards for his "A Boy and His Frog," "307 Ale," and "The Return of the King (Uh-huh)".

He was Music GoH at Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon.

His nickname, "The World's Fastest Filker", comes from numerous instances of "instafilk", i.e., quickly-written or improvised songs. He has improvised entire concert sets, and his album Badgers and Gophers and Squirrels Oh My: The 24-Hour Project, inspired by Scott McCloud's 24-Hour Comics Day, features seventeen songs written in twenty-four hours. In May 2006, he released the album The Last Hero On Earth, a comic opera which has twenty songs, all written in one day, to the same plot.

Since 2020, he has run an invitational Facebook group, Tom Smith's Fandom Safe Zone, for “discussion of all things fannish,” which had 870 members as of January 2021.


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