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written by Richard E. Geis

Andrew Porter writes:

Hugo award winning fanwriter and fanzine publisher Richard E. Geis died February 4th 2013 in Portland, Oregon. He was 85. No cause of death is known.

This photo of Richard Geis, taken in 1983 by Rick Hawes, shows him at the age of 56.

Richard E. Geis was one of the finest fan writers and fanzine publishers SF fandom ever produced. His own writings, primarily in his schizophrenic "Alter-Ego" editorial role in his numerous fanzines, which were notoriously wont to change their names in mid-publication, are famous in the field, and gained him numerous Hugo Award nominations and many wins.

His fanzines, which became focal point fanzines attracting contributions from the finest writers, professional and fannish, and artists, also gained him many Hugo nominations and wins. His thousands of reviews of current books gave publishers quotes they used in their promotion and advertising efforts. Geis was also a columnist and book reviewer for professional magazines Galaxy and IF.

Geis was a Fan Writer Hugo nominee in 1970 and 1971, and every year from 1973 to 1986, winning Best Fan Writer Hugos in 1982 and 1983. His fanzines were Hugo nominees from 1968 to 1971, and 1974 to 1983. His Science Fiction Review won the Fanzine Hugo in 1969, 1970, 1977 and 1979. The Alien Critic won the Fanzine Hugo in 1974 (tied with Andrew Porter's Algol), and in 1975. Altogether, he received 30 nominations for the Hugo award, winning eight times.

Richard Geis, Easter 2006.
Photo by Bruce Brenner.

Geis was a legendary recluse, living his early and later life in Portland, Oregon, and in Venice, California, during his period of hyper-activity in the 1960s and 70s. Even when he lived in the Los Angeles area, he did not attend local fan meetings or conventions. Several times, he refused offers to make him a Fan Guest of Honor at conventions.

Geis was also known for his soft-core pornographic novels, of which he claimed authorship of 110, most done as work-for-hire for the major paperback erotic publishers of the day. Many were done under the name Peggy Swenson. He had another four novels published in other genres.

I met him only once, in 1975, in Portland at his home, while I was travelling the West Coast after WesterCon accompanied by Jon Singer.

Local Portland fans are currently trying to determine the disposition of his collection, if any, as well as his many Hugo Awards.

--Andrew Porter

 

For more information, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Geis

and the Long List of Hugo Awards, beginning with those for 1968:
http://www.nesfa.org/data/LL/Hugos/hugos1968.html

 

Richard E. Geis here in February, 2002: With the good offices and encouragement of Bill Burns, chief slave to this site, I'm laboriously [given my computer inexpertise] transporting my printed issues of Taboo Science Fiction from 1995-96 to electronic format here, for posterity and for, above all, egoboo.

There were two issues of Taboo Science Fiction in 1995-96 (as I recall the dates), but for our purposes here in internet fanzine land I'm breaking them up into three issues. And after I've revised and altered them a tiny bit and posted them here in all their glory, I will begin writing new stories and other bits and pieces of fiction for new e-issues of the zine.

These stories are for adults.


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