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Tantalus was a science fiction fanzine by Dean Dickensheet.

Tantalus was published in the 1960s in California, U.S.A. The first issue appeared in 1961.

Dean Dickensheet was a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society (LASFS), but he was also involved with Sherlock Holmes fandom, joining the group Don Fitch had started in the 1940s, writing about Sherlock Holmes for the 49th issue of Shangri L'Affaires, from February-March 1960, providing a forward to William Blackbeard's book Sherlock Holmes in America, and later contributing to Ruth Berman's fanzine SH - sf Fanthology. He was a member of the Sherlock Holmes societies the San Francisco Scowrers, and the Baker Street Irregulars.

Two issues of the Baker Street Journal feature articles about Dean Dickensheet; "I Met Dean Dickensheet" by Bruce Dettman, the April 1967 issue, and Robert H. Steele's tribute to Dickensheet on the occasion of his death in the September 1983 issue.

Dean Dickensheet was one of the stars of the LASFS {Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) sponsored film The Musquite Kid Rides Again, based on a story from Lee Jacobs' fanzine The Ballard Chronicles, co-starring with Bjo Trimble and John Trimble, Charles Burbee, Terry Carr, Jim Caughran, Ingrid Fritsch, Jack Harness, Ted Johnstone, Robert Lichtman, Bruce Pelz, Ernie Wheatley, Karen Anderson, and Ron Ellik as 'The Musquite Kid'.

In the mid 1960s, he also appeared in the audio play "Mars Is Heaven", written by Ray Bradbury and performed by the Olympia Theatre Group, an L.A. fan production.

John Ruyle wrote "On The Terrace (In Memoriam Dean W. Dickensheet 1930-1983)", a privately published poem, in his honor.