Mike Glyer

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Mike Glyer is both the editor and publisher of the long-running science fiction fan newszine File 770. He holds the record for being nominated the most times (45) for the Hugo Award; he has won 9 times in two categories:[1][2] File 770 won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001 and 2008, and Glyer won the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986 and 1988. The 1982 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) committee presented Glyer a special award in 1982 for "Keeping the Fan in Fanzine Publishing."

In 2008 both Mike Glyer and his 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.[1][3]

File 770 takes its name from the legendary party that ran continuously for two days in Room 770 at Nolacon, the 9th World Science Fiction Convention in 1951, that upstaged that convention and entered fannish lore as a result. File 770 is a paper fanzine that appears several times a year and is also available on-line in electronic form;[4] it also has a regular on-line presence on the fannish side of the blogosphere with the latest in news from around fandom.[5] Glyer started the fanzine in 1978 to report on clubs, conventions, fannish projects, fans, fanzines, awards, and to publish controversial articles like "Is Your Club Dead Yet?"

Glyer chaired the 1996 Worldcon, L.A.con III, the 54th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Anaheim, CA. He previously co-chaired the science fiction convention Westercon 31, held in Los Angeles, CA in 1978, that was inspired by its Baskin-Robbins-esque number to hold the first "Ice Cream Social" at a regional science fiction convention; a similar ice cream social had been held in 1969 at a Worldcon, St. Louiscon, the 27th World Science Fiction Convention in St. Louis, MO.

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

Glyer has been active in LASFS, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society since 1970, frequently serving as club secretary. LASFS selected Mike Glyer as the 2011 recipient of their Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Science Fiction. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, long-time fan, literary agent, and well-known in science fiction fandom as “Mr. LASFS,” has been presented annually since 1966. Previous winners include such eminent figures as Isaac Asimov, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton. Mike was made a fan guest of honor for the first time at the 1981 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."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barge, Evelyn (2008-04-24). "Monrovia couple in good 'Company'; APU professor and husband nominated for science-fiction field's top honor". Pasadena Star-News. 
  2. ^ "Hugo Awards Records and Tallies". Locus Online. 2006-01-26. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Hugo and Campbell Nominees". Locus Online News. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  4. ^ eFanzines File 770
  5. ^ File 770.com

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