Boyd Raeburn

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Boyd Raeburn London Worldcon, England, 1957
Boyd Raeburn London Worldcon, England, 1957

Boyd Raeburn (1927-August 13, 2001) was a fanzine editor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Science Fiction in Ontario centered around the Toronto Science Fiction Society of the late 1940s and the fanzine Canadian Fandom, and called themselves "The Derelicts". They had all but died out when Boyd Raeburn and friends revitalised the Society in 1953, naming themselves "The New Derelicts". They were known for their liking of Beat poetry, jazz, leather jackets and fast cars, aside from all being fanzine editors, writers and artists. Raeburn was also a member of the New Jazz Society of Toronto, a group which included Roger Feather (later editor of Hoot), Dick Wattam, Alan Scharf and Arthur Granatstein, who sponsored the historic Jazz at Massey Hall concert and recorded it, from which came the famous album.

Raeburn first fanzine, A Bas, was a publication of "The New Derelicts" off-shoot group "The Insurgents". It was originally intended as a one shot to be sent free to all subscribers of Canadian Fandom. The first issue was put together in one night - starting at 3 PM on Saturday, January 23, 1954 and ending at 5AM on Sunday - by Raeburn and friends Albert Lastovica, Howard Lyons (Ibidem), Ron Kidder, Gerald Steward and Kenneth G. Hall. The rest of the run of A Bas was edited by Raeburn on his own. 11 issues were released, the last in 1958.

The same year as the first issue of A Bas came out, Raeburn released the one shot zine What Things Come Out In The Spring, subtitled "Thot on Canadian Capers"(sic) with a cover by Ron Kidder and Samuel LaSalle. it consisted of a critique of some of that articles in the fanzine Canadian Capers.

In the 1950s Raeburn was well known in SF Fandom as one of the "Balcony Insurgents" of the 1956 NYCon II Worldcon, who occupied a balcony rather than pay an exorbitant price to hear talks in the banquet hall, and also for the employment of "Bop-talk" (jazz-associated lingo or slang) in his fanzines. Boyd gained the reputation during this time of being "ultra cool".

In 1963 he began working with Norm Clarke and Georgina Ellis on Queebshots, a series of zines each with their own subtitle. 20 issues of this publication were released throughout the 1960s.

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