Bruce Gillespie – An Insufficient Biography
Bruce Gillespie was born in 1947 (yes, he turned 60 this year!) and has been publishing fanzines since 1968. In January 1969, the first issue of SF Commentary appeared. It has been lurching along, with occasional total seizures, ever since. It has been nominated three times for the Hugo Award (1972, 1973 and 1975), and has won a number of Ditmar Awards (Australian SF Achievement Award). Eventually he received what he considers the ultimate accolade, serving as Fan Guest of Honour for Aussiecon 3, the world convention held in Melbourne in 1999. More recently Bruce was welcomed to the U.S. as a paid guest by dint of the efforts of the many contributors to the Bring Bruce Bayside fund. You can read much more about Bruce’s trip but you will have to buy a copy of his report!
In 1984, Bruce began The Metaphysical Review as a fanzine filled with all the bits and pieces, apart from SF and fantasy, that SF fans tend to be interested in — music, films, travels, other fans, general books and chatter.
Bruce has contributed to several apas, including Anzapa (Australia and New Zealand Amateur Publishing Association) since 1968, APA-45 during the early 1970S, FAPA (Fantasy Amateur Press Association) from 1984 to 1994, and Acnestis (the British apa for fans who still read a lot) since 1995. Scratch Pad is an electronic-only fanzine that includes all the non-mailing comment sections of Bruce’s apazines since 1991.
Steam Engine Time is an intercontinental fanzine begun by Bruce with British fans Maureen Kincaid Speller and Paul Kincaid in 2000. After three issues, Paul and Maureen dropped out, and Michigan fan Janine Stinson (editor of Peregrine Nations) has become the new co-editor. Steam Engine Time appears on efanzines.com, with a print version available to those who contribute, trade paper fanzines, correspond, and/or send money.
Bruce has also written short stories for Australian anthologies and was one of the co-founders of Norstrilia Press with Rob Gerrand and Carey Handfield.
Through his fanzines, and through publishing contributions from fans all over the world, Bruce has provided an invaluable link between countries and between fans, filthy professionals and even more filthy critics.
Apart from his writing activities, Bruce has been an active and integral part of Melbourne fandom for almost four decades. His houses – with Elaine Cochrane – have been a focal point for fannish activity and he has been an axis around which the fannish world rotates.
Just try running a fannish dinner and not inviting Bruce!
Bruce is not a Secret Master Of Fandom. He is far too well-known and obvious for that.
Bruce is a much-loved and widely-acclaimed Master of Fandom and a worthy recipient of the A. Bertram Chandler Award.