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Bennett, Ron

Entry updated 3 February 2024. Tagged: Author, Editor, Fan.

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(1933-2006) UK Fanzine editor, author and book dealer – for many years a stalwart of UK Convention dealers' rooms – whose 1950s fanzine was Ploy (13 issues 1954-1959, numbered #2 to #14) and who from 1959 to 1971 edited and published Skyrack (which see), the British Newszine of the 1960s, all issues of which were eventually assembled with related material as The Complete Skyrack (coll 2017 ebook). He began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Heat of the Moment" as R M Bennett in New Worlds for October 1965, but fell silent after one further story and some nonfiction for the same magazine in 1965-1966.

Bennett was the 1958 delegate of the TransAtlantic Fan Fund; he remains the only fan after whom an Eastercon has been named (albeit some time after the fact), the 1962 "Ronvention", which he chaired. His reminiscences of 1950s fandom were published in Mimosa. A little more professionally published fiction appeared late in life, beginning with "A Breath of Mountain Air" in Strange Pleasures (anth 2001) edited by Sean Wallace. [DRL]

Ron Bennett

born 14 May 1933

died 5 November 2006




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