Peter Weston (1943-2017)

UK editor and fan Peter Weston, 73, died January 5, 2017, about three years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Born October 19, 1943 in Birmingham England, Weston published influential fanzine Zenith (later renamed Speculation) from 1963-73, during which time it was nominated for four Hugo Awards. His fanzine Prolapse published two issues, went on hiatus for 23 years, and relaunched in 2006. It was renamed Relapse in 2009 and ran through 2013.

Weston organized three Speculation Conferences in Birmingham (1970-72). In 1971 he co-founded the Birmingham Science Fiction Group and helped launch the Novacon convention that same year. Weston was a Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund winner in 1974, and chaired Seacon ’79, the 1979 Worldcon. In 2008 he ran convention Cytricon V in Kettering.

Beginning in 1984, he produced the rocket statues for the Hugo Award trophies at a car parts foundry he owned and operated until his retirement. He was Fan Guest of Honor at Noreascon 4, the 2004 Worldcon.

He edited three volumes of the original Andromeda anthology series (1976, ’77, and ’78). His memoir Stars in My Eyes: My Adventures in British Fandom appeared in 2004 and was a Hugo Award finalist.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.