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Speller, Maureen Kincaid

Entry updated 9 May 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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Working name of UK editor and critic Maureen Speller (1959-    ) who has also written as Speller, and as Maureen Porter and Maureen Speller Kincaid; partner of Paul Kincaid since 1986 (married 1993). Initially as Maureen Porter, she has been active since about 1980 in UK Fandom and as a reviewer and essayist, her work appearing widely in various journals including Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, Interzone, Strange Horizons and the British Science Fiction Association's critical journal Vector, some of this work being assembled in And Another Thing ...: A Collection of Reviews and Criticism (coll 2011 chap). The range of topics considered, and the level-headed intensity with which she shapes her conclusions, mark her as a significant voice in UK genre criticism. From 1986 to 1989 she edited Vector's companion journal Matrix, moving on to co-edit the Semiprozine The Gate. Her long involvement with Strange Horizons began in 2006; she became Senior Reviews Editor in 2015.

At various times, Speller edited/wrote personal Fanzines or perzines, including Bottled Lightning in 1987, and Snufkin's Bum from 1995 to 1998. In 1992 she founded the monthly UK amateur press association (see APA) Acnestis, which had a strong literary focus; she remained its administrator until it ceased in 2005. With Acnestis members Bruce Gillespie and Paul Kincaid she co-edited the professional-quality Fanzine Steam Engine Time fairly briefly from 2000. Also with Kincaid, the nonfiction anthology Best of Vector: Vol 1: The State of the Art (anth 2015 chap) efficiently assembles half a century of critical evaluations from Vector of the state of sf, with an emphasis on its evolution and fate in the UK. [JC]

see also: Eastercon.

Maureen Speller

born Oxford, Oxfordshire: 23 March 1959



nonfiction works as editor


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