There are several categories for membership in First Fandom. A dinosaur is one who was active in science fiction or fannish activities on or before the First World Science Fiction Convention held over the July 4, 1939, weekend in New York City. Other memberships categories are available. Anyone who has engaged in correspondence, collecting, conventions, fanzine publishing or reading, writing or participated in a science fiction club for at least 30 years may be eligible for Associate Membership.
First Fandom presents two annual or nearly annual awards: since 1976 the Hall of Fame Award and since 1998, the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award. Most years they are presented at the beginning the Hugo Award ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention.
First Fandomís 2019 Hall of Fame inductee was Ray Faraday Nelson. Bob Shaw, James White and Walt Willis were First Fandomís Posthumous Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for Excellence in Collecting has been presented to Dr. Bradford Lyau who has been an avid collector for more than fifty years.
The 77th World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon 77 took place in Dublin, Ireland.
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Katherine Anne MacLean, (1925 - 2019)
H. Stanley Nuttall (1926 - 2019)
Bill Schelly (1951 - 2019)
Bill Schelly was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on November 2, 1951; he died from bone cancer unexpectedly on September 12, 2019.
He edited and published his popular fanzine Sense of Wonder from 1967 until 1972. His autobiography, Sense of Wonder, based upon his writings in this fanzine, was published by TwoMorrows Publishing (2001).
Among the several other books he wrote or edited were The Golden Age of Comic Fandom (Hamster Press, 1995); Comic Fandom Reader (Hamster Press, 2002); Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America (Fantagraphic Books, 2005); Harry Langdon: His Life and Films, second edition (McFarland, 2008); Man of Rock: The Biography of Joe Kubert (Fantagraphic Books, 2008); Founders of Comic Fandom (MacFarland, 2010); and Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary (North Atlantic Books, 2016). Hamster Press was his own publishing Company.
His American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2013) was nominated for a Harvey Award.
He was a member of CAPA-Alpha, wrote a dozen or so introductions
for DCís Archives series, and in 1998 became associate editor of Alter
Ego, an award-winning comics magazine. He was also a portrait and comic
(Prepared by Jon D. Swartz, Special Features Editor)