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[[Image:BerylHenleyRGPparty_copy.jpg‎|right|frame|'''Beryl Mercer''']]
'''Beryl Mercer''' (nee Henley) is a fanzine editor from the UK.  
'''Beryl Mercer''' (nee Henley) is a fanzine editor from the UK.  
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Beryl Henley was married and had two young songs when she discovered fandom and fanzines. Despite appearances, she was far from a typical housewife; according to Jim Linwood in [[Prolapse]] she was a witch who was a member of a local coven. She soon became popular in fando, through her first fanzine , produced in the 1960s, called [[Link (UK)|Link]], and co-edited with Mary Reed. ''Link'' was published from 1964 till 1966, but not without a certain amount of controversy. This fanzine is regarded as one of the "New Wave" of zines emerging in the 1960s, who were often at odds with an earlier generation of fanzine editors and fans.  
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Beryl Henley was married and had two young sons when she discovered fandom and fanzines. Despite appearances, she was far from a typical housewife; according to an article by Jim Linwood, published in the pages of [[Prolapse]], she was a witch who was a member of a local coven. She soon became popular in fandom through her first fanzine, produced in the 1960s, called [[Link (UK)|Link]], and co-edited with Mary Reed. ''Link'' was published from 1964 till 1966, but not without a certain amount of controversy. This fanzine is regarded as one of the "New Wave" of zines emerging in the 1960s, who were often at odds with an earlier generation of fanzine editors and fans.  
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As reported in Prolapse, this antagonism between new and older fans was widely written about in fanzines, and in [[Beyond (UK)|Beyond]] Beryl Henley took up the case of the newcomers, while Archie Mercer explained the position of established fans. Ironically, a year later the two were having a relationship and living together and were soon married.  
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As reported in [[Prolapse]], this antagonism between new and older fans was widely written about in fanzines, and in the pages of [[Beyond (UK)|Beyond]] Beryl Henley took up the case of the newcomers, while Archie Mercer explained the position of established fans. Ironically, a year later the two were having a relationship and living together and were soon married.  
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After the demise of ''Link'', Beryl went on to do her OMPA zine [[Oz (UK)|Oz]], while Mary did [[Crabapple]]. She co-edited one issue of [[Grimwab]] with well known fan artist Harry Bell in 1968.  That same year, the first manned spaceship orbited around the moon. Beryl Mercer echoed the popular sentiment of the day in her fanzine [[DEC. 27th., 1968]] which, she wrote, was...
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Beryl then went on to do her OMPA zine [[Oz (UK)|Oz]] throughout the rest of the 1960s, while Mary did [[Crabapple]].  
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From 1966 till 1967, Beryl Mercer was one of the co-editors with Joe Gibson ([[G2]]), John Berry ([[Pot Pourri]]) and Terry Jeeves ([[ERG]]), of [[The Damned Patrol]], a fanzine made by SF fans that was devoted to aviation.
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In 1968, she co-edited one issue of [[Grimwab]] with well known fan artist Harry Bell.  That same year, the first manned spaceship orbited around the moon. Beryl Mercer echoed the popular sentiment of the day in her fanzine [[DEC. 27th., 1968]] which, she wrote, was...
"...offered as a token of my gratitude to the people of the USA. I would have given ten years of my life to have been fit enough and brilliant enough to have been a member of Apollo-8's crew."  
"...offered as a token of my gratitude to the people of the USA. I would have given ten years of my life to have been fit enough and brilliant enough to have been a member of Apollo-8's crew."  
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===Zines===
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*[[The Damned Patrol]] (with Joe Gibson, John Berry and Terry Jeeves)
*[[DEC. 27th, 1968]]
*[[DEC. 27th, 1968]]
*[[Grimwab]] (with Harry Bell)
*[[Grimwab]] (with Harry Bell)
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*[[The Once and Future Worm]] (with Archie Mercer)
*[[The Once and Future Worm]] (with Archie Mercer)
*[[Mercatorial Annual]] (with Archie Mercer)
*[[Mercatorial Annual]] (with Archie Mercer)
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*[[The Middle Earthworm]]
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*[[The Middle Earthworm]] (with Archie Mercer)
*[[Moon-shot Oneshot]]
*[[Moon-shot Oneshot]]
*[[Oz (UK)|Oz]]
*[[Oz (UK)|Oz]]
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===Contributions===
===Contributions===
*[[Amra]]
*[[Amra]]
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*[[Badinage]]
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*[[Beyond (UK)|Beyond]]
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*[[Iseult]]
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*[[Les Spinge]]
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*[[Nexus]]
*[[Speculation]]
*[[Speculation]]
*[[Vector]]
*[[Vector]]
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*[[Yawl-B]]
[[Category:Zinester|Mercer]]
[[Category:Zinester|Mercer]]
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[[Category:UK Zinesters|Mercer]]

Revision as of 07:57, 3 May 2012

Beryl Mercer
Beryl Mercer

Beryl Mercer (nee Henley) is a fanzine editor from the UK.

Beryl Henley was married and had two young sons when she discovered fandom and fanzines. Despite appearances, she was far from a typical housewife; according to an article by Jim Linwood, published in the pages of Prolapse, she was a witch who was a member of a local coven. She soon became popular in fandom through her first fanzine, produced in the 1960s, called Link, and co-edited with Mary Reed. Link was published from 1964 till 1966, but not without a certain amount of controversy. This fanzine is regarded as one of the "New Wave" of zines emerging in the 1960s, who were often at odds with an earlier generation of fanzine editors and fans.

As reported in Prolapse, this antagonism between new and older fans was widely written about in fanzines, and in the pages of Beyond Beryl Henley took up the case of the newcomers, while Archie Mercer explained the position of established fans. Ironically, a year later the two were having a relationship and living together and were soon married.

Beryl then went on to do her OMPA zine Oz throughout the rest of the 1960s, while Mary did Crabapple.

From 1966 till 1967, Beryl Mercer was one of the co-editors with Joe Gibson (G2), John Berry (Pot Pourri) and Terry Jeeves (ERG), of The Damned Patrol, a fanzine made by SF fans that was devoted to aviation.

In 1968, she co-edited one issue of Grimwab with well known fan artist Harry Bell. That same year, the first manned spaceship orbited around the moon. Beryl Mercer echoed the popular sentiment of the day in her fanzine DEC. 27th., 1968 which, she wrote, was...

"...offered as a token of my gratitude to the people of the USA. I would have given ten years of my life to have been fit enough and brilliant enough to have been a member of Apollo-8's crew."

She returned to this theme later in 1969, with Moon-shot Oneshot.

In 1969, Beryl Mercer won the "Doc" Weir Award, presented annually at Eastercon for service to British fandom.

In the 1970s Beryl began to co-edit fanzines with her husband, Archie Mercer. She joined him on his publication the Mercatorial Annual and later the two began co-editing The Middle Earthworm and The Once and Future Worm. The first issue appeared in October of 1976 and the fanzine saw fifteen issues released, the last one in June 1981.

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