Sunday, October 08, 2006

Wilson "Bob" Tucker, R. I. P.

Wilson "Bob" Tucker was the toastmaster at the first AggieCon I ever attended (around 1980). He was also the toastmaster at the very first Cluefest. I didn't know him well, but he seemed like a great guy, one of those people that everyone liked. He was a big-time fan, and a wonderful writer of both SF (The Year of the Quiet Sun) and mysteries (To Keep or Kill). His name is the source of the word tuckerization, and for that alone he'll be immortal.

Wilson "Bob" Tucker (1914-2006) - SFWA News:
"Wilson Tucker passed away today: Friday, October 6, 2006. He had been in a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida since Tuesday. He would have turned 92 in a few weeks.

Tucker contributed to many aspects of genre Science Fiction. As 'Bob' Tucker, he was well loved as a convention guest and fanzine writer. He served on the committee of the 2nd World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon, in 1940. He was the author of 60 short stories and novels, including the Campbell Award winning The Year of the Quiet Sun.'

His many other honors included three Hugo Awards (two retro), the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award, E.E. Smith Memorial Award, Archon Hall of Fame Award - Grand Master, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Author Emeritus and was a 2003 inductee in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

A more detailed memorial will follow, probably on Monday."


Allan Rast said...

I have to assume this is the same Wilson (without the "Bob")Tucker who wrote the books I've read and enjoyed for years. In PB I have "The Lincoln Hunters" and in HB I have "The Long Loud silence", "The Time Masters", "Time Bomb" (a sequel to the preceding books), and "Wild Talent."

I would recommend these books to anyone who likes classic science fiction.

Bill said...

That's the guy. He was Wilson Tucker when he was writing books and Bob Tucker when he was a fan. A great guy.