(1954- ) UK fan, active in Fandom since the mid-1970s, who has edited and co-edited numerous Fanzines including his debut production Epsilon (18 issues 1976-1985); his artwork has appeared in many fanzines including his own. He was the 1984 TransAtlantic Fan Fund delegate (see Fan Funds). From 1987 he has released the results of extensive research on the history of UK fandom, beginning with The Story So Far: A Brief History of British Fandom 1931-1987 (1987 chap), a synoptic account published by Conspiracy '87, the 1987 UK Worldcon. This initial sketch was considerably expanded with assistance from A Vincent Clarke – who had preserved many records of his own early fan involvement from the 1940s to 1960 – and others. The resulting history appeared in fanzine format as Then (1988-1993 4vols); the main narrative (excluding source notes and letters of comment from the paper editions) was made available on line in the 1990s and, with minor revisions and corrections, assembled as Then: A History of Science Fiction Fandom in the UK: 1930-1980 (2015 ebook). A more thoroughly revised and considerably expanded edition, incorporating – amid much other new material – researches published by Hansen in Relapse, is Then: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK: 1930-1980 (2016).
Rob Hansen wrote and updated fan-related entries for the 1993 edition of this encyclopedia. He is currently preparing a series of ebooks assembling archive material relevant to the history of UK Fandom. Examples to date by specific authors are Temple at the Bar (coll 2017 ebook), comprising the Fanzine writings of William F Temple; The Frank Arnold Papers (coll 2017 ebook), being the mostly unpublished nonfiction of Frank Edward Arnold; and True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle (coll 2018 ebook), humorous fanzine writings by Leroy Kettle. The anthology Then Again: A UK Fanhistory Reader 1930-1979 (anth 2019 ebook) with Vince Clarke brings together fanzine articles casting further light on the stated era of fandom, many selected by Clarke before his death (hence the editorial credit) and used as source material for Then, to which this volume is a companion. [DRL]
see also: British Fantasy Society Bulletin; Eastercon; Futurian War Digest.
Robert Clive Hansen
born Cardiff, Glamorgan: 9 November 1954
- Then #1 (London: privately printed, 1988) [nonfiction: chap: covering the 1930s and 1940s: Fandom: Then: pb/collage]
- Then #2 (London: privately printed, 1989) [nonfiction: covering the 1950s: Fandom: Then: pb/collage]
- Then #3 (London: privately printed, 1991) [nonfiction: covering the 1960s: Fandom: Then: pb/collage]
- Then #4 (London: privately printed, 1993) [nonfiction: covering the 1970s: Fandom: Then: pb/collage]
works as editor
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