Willis Conover

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Corwin Stickney, left, and Willis Conover. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Rob Hansen.

(December 18, 1920 – May 17, 1996)

Willis Clark Conover, Jr., an early fan from New York, was interested in SF as a teenager, and published the fanzine Science Fantasy Correspondent with Corwin F. Stickney. Sam Moskowitz wrote in The Immortal Storm:

Cono­ver proved to be a nova in fandom, a go-getter who flared with unprecedented brilliance for a short time and then faded from sight, scarcely ever to be heard from again. Since interesting himself in fan activities, Conover had written dozens of leading fantasy authors, artists, editors and fans. His list of contacts was of extremely wide extent, and he was on good terms with both the second and third fandoms, as well as the older Fantasy Magazine group.

He was a member of the Science Fiction Advancement Association and attended the Second Eastern. He was on the first (Futurian-dominated) organizational committee for the First Worldcon. (This latter may have been what gafiated him.)

Science Fantasy Correspondent brought him into contact with H. P. Lovecraft, and the correspondence between Lovecraft, who was at the end of his life, and the young Conover, has been published as Lovecraft at Last (Carrolton-Clark, 1975).

Later in life, he was a jazz producer and broadcaster on the Voice of America for over 40 years. He was therefore famous everywhere except the U.S.

Fanzines and Apazines:

See also: Celebrity Fen.

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