F. M. Busby

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Buz and Elinor Busby, 1996.
Photo by Kim Huett.

(March 11, 1921 – February 17, 2005)

Francis Marion "Buz" Busby was a fan, fanzine editor, conrunner and professional writer.


He was a member of the Cry Crowd and The Nameless Ones (president twice), and chaired Westercon 12. He was on the committee for the 1959 Westercon and Seacon. He published The Goon Goes West, John Berry's 1959 trip report. He was a member of the N3F. He served as OE of SAPS. Other apas included SAPA, IPSO, The Cult, and APA X.

In the Bagby Hoax, he wrote the “counter-review” as Ella G. Grey.


He began writing short fiction in 1957, but did not turn to novels until the 1970s, a good deal of his novel work being space opera. He wrote 19 published novels and numerous short stories between 1973 and 1996. From 1974 to 1976, he was VP of SFWA. His professional papers are at the Eaton Collection.

Personal Life[edit]

He was born in Indianapolis, but moved early to Seattle, where he spent the rest of his life. His mundane career was as a communications engineer with the Army's Alascom. He married Elinor Doub in 1954.

Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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