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Gillespie, Bruce

Entry updated 27 February 2023. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Fan.

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(1947-    ) Australian educational-books and Fanzine editor, critic, essayist and Small Press publisher. Bruce Gillespie entered Fandom in late 1967 after sending Australian SF Review three essays about the works of Philip K Dick. Though not published until 1969, they led him to contribute criticism to several fanzines, and to join ANZAPA, the Australia and New Zealand Amateur Press Association (see APA).

Gillespie began his own fanzine SF Commentary in January 1969. He describes his writing as "personal journalism", expressed in critical articles, reviews, personal essays and diary entries, and writing about fandom. He also published The Metaphysical Review and co-edited Steam Engine Time 2000-2012. Gillespie was a member of the Small Press publisher Norstrilia Press, and was also its typesetter and text editor.

He has won five Ditmar Awards as Best Fan Writer; two William Atheling Jr Awards for criticism, World SF's Harrison Award (1983), the A Bertram Chandler Award (presented 2007) and Peter McNamara Award (2007, presented 2008) for lifetime achievement in Australian science fiction, and the 2009 FAAn Award for Best Fan Writer. His publications include Philip K. Dick: Electric Shepherd (anth 1975) as both editor and contributor and SF Commentary Reprint Edition: First Year 1969: SF Commentary Nos 1-8 (anth 1982); The Really Incompleat Bruce Gillespie (coll 2004), and American Kindness: The Bring Bruce Bayside Fund Report (2005). He is the literary executor of George Turner.

For his long-term contributions to Fanzines and Fandom he received the FAAn Award for lifetime achievement in 2018. [BG]

see also: Worldcon.

Bruce Richard Gillespie

born Melbourne, Victoria: 17 February 1947


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