|William "Bill" Rotsler|
July 3, 1926|
|Died||October 8, 1997(aged 71)|
Cause of death
|Awards||Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist (1975, 1979, 1996, and 1997)|
Since 1958 Rotsler had been involved in the pornography industry, first as a still photographer on the set of adult films and later as a film director. He created Adam Film Quarterly (later called Adam Film World) in 1966 as a sibling magazine to Knight Publishing's Adam magazine. Adam Film Quarterly, functioned as an advertisement for sexploitation films which featured narratives for the male ego with much female nudity but only simulated sex acts. Rotsler's magazine also provided commentary about this pornography, halfway between the content of high-end Playboy and hardcore magazine Hustler, which other media would not cover. Because of the modular quality of these sexploitation films, Rotsler's stills from could be paired with his own text for a different narrative or used to illustrate a narrative for a nonexistent movie.  Rostler earned reputations both as a writer creating novelizations from sexploitation and as a prolific pornographic photographer second only to Marv Lincoln. Because Rotsler became such a major player at Adam Film Quarterly playing so many roles in production he began to use pseudonyms including "Shannon Carse", "Cord Heller", "Clay McCord", "Philip Dakota" for various cast and crew credits and even interviewed himself as these characters in the magazine. Rotsler commented "99% of the credits were pseudonyms. On the 'lesser' productions, I'd direct as Shannon Carse and if I acted, I’d be Barney Boone. If I acted in a Rotsler-directed film, I'd be Shannon Carse." In 1969 Rotsler moved his focus to science fiction at the urging of author Harlan Ellison, although Rotsler had been a cartoonist for fanzines since he designed the cover for National Fantasy Fan volume 7 issue 2 in 1948.
Rotsler wrote, directed, or acted in some two dozen pornographic films during his career with Boxoffice International Pictures. He also wrote Contemporary Erotic Cinema in 1973, published by Ballantine and Penthouse about pornographic movies from an aesthetic point of view.
|Agony of Love||1966||The Beatnik (credited as Shannon Carse)||director, writer, and producer|||
|The Girl with the Hungry Eyes||1967||Brian (credited as Shannon Carse)||director, writer, and producer|||
|Mantis in Lace||1968||director|||
|The Enormous Midnight||1968||director|||
|Shannon's Women||1969||Shannon||credited as Shannon Carse|||
|House of Pain and Pleasure||1969||director|||
|Street of a Thousand Pleasures||1972||director|||
Rotsler was known for his illustrations for fanzines, many of which he gave away for free. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist four times: 1975, 1979, 1996, and 1997. He also won a "retro-Hugo" for his work in 1946 and was runner-up for 1951. Rotsler's best known novelette, Patron of the Arts, was published in 1972 and was a finalist for the 1973 Nebula Award, losing to Goat Song. Rotsler was a well-known fixture at west coast science fiction conventions where he would give away his illustrations. He is also the author of "Rotsler's Rules for Costuming" to address the cosplay often found at these conventions.  He regardless quipped that "people are making rules for themselves and always finding loop-holes." Through his illustrations Rotsler also helped perpetuate the image of science fiction fans wearing propeller beanies. In 1982 Rotlser published through Wanderer Books canonical backstories for the characters of Star Trek: The Original Series. In the process he gave Uhura her first name, Nyota. Rotsler devised with the title of Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream." This was adopted, with permission, from a caption of a Rotsler cartoon of a rag doll with no mouth.
The Rotsler Award, named for Rotsler, is given annually at Loscon by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests to recognize "lifetime work of outstanding fan artists." The award comes with a US$300 honorarium. 
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