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Strauss, Erwin S

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1948-    ) US bibliographer active in Fandom, perhaps best known for a Fanzine published by him in various formats and titles since 1968, from 1979 to date as The Connection; as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Fiction Society, he compiled The Blackdex / The Bluedex (1965) with Marilyn Joyce Wisowaty, the basis for The MIT Science Fiction Society's Index to the S-F Magazines, 1951-1965 (1966), a Bibliography which covers the same years as Norman Metcalf's similar index; both succeed the original index for 1926-1950 by Donald B Day. Unlike Metcalf's, Strauss's book is compiled from a computer printout, and contains an issue-by-issue contents listing of the magazines for the period, in addition to story and author indexes; he followed this with The Index to the S-F Magazines 1966 (1967 chap). NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) – most of whose founders came from the MIT group, which also continues – produced subsequent vols, starting with Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1966-1970 (1971), with annual volumes since, which also indexed the contents of original anthologies (see Bibliographies; NESFA Press). He also compiled The NESFA Index 1971-1972 (1973 chap). Strauss also wrote some nonfiction studies, including Basement Nukes: The Consequences of Cheap Weapons of Mass Destruction (1981 chap), an analysis from a Libertarian perspective; The Complete Guide to Science Fiction Conventions (1983 chap) is a guide to sf Conventions. [PN/JC]

Erwin Sheehan Strauss

born Washington, District of Columbia: 1 September 1948



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