Owings, Mark

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(1945-2009) US bibliographer, fan and Small-Press publisher; with Jack L Chalker, he was involved for a period with Mirage Press, which published his magnum opus, The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers (1966 chap; rev 1966) with Jack L Chalker, a text later so vastly expanded as The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Critical and Bibliographic History (1991) with Chalker that it constitutes a new title [for further iterations of this title, see Checklist]. In its mature form, Science-Fantasy Publishers is a central reference resource, and has been used throughout this Encyclopedia (see also Bibliographies). Other books through Mirage included The Necronomicon: A Study (1967 chap), solo, and The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1973 chap) with Chalker. With Chalker and Ted Pauls, Owings founded Croatan House, through which he published Robert A. Heinlein: A Bibliography (1973 chap) and James H. Schmitz: A Bibliography (1973 chap). Murray Leinster (Will F. Jenkins): A Bibliography (1970 chap), The Electric Bibliograph, Part I: Clifford D. Simak (1971 chap), Poul Anderson: Bibliography (1973 chap) and A Catalog of Lovecraftiana: The Grill/Binkin Collection (1975 chap) with Irving Binkin were all published elsewhere.

Owings's activities in sf Fandom were focused on his native Baltimore, where he was a founder of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, and served several times as the Chair of Balticon, the main regional Convention. Until late 2009 he was an active participant in the online discussion group, Fictionmags. [JC]

Mark Samuel Owings

born Baltimore, Maryland: 3 January 1945

died Maryland: 30 December 2009

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