Maureen Kincaid Speller (1959-2022)

Editor and critic Maureen Kincaid Speller, 63, died September 18, 2022 in Folkestone, Kent, England. She had cancer.

Maureen Speller was born in Oxford on March 23, 1959. She was active in UK fandom from around 1980, and was the partner of writer Paul Kincaid since 1986; they were married in 1993, and he survives her.

She founded Acnestis, a UK amateur press association, in 1992, administrating it until its closure in 2005. She edited numerous personal fanzines, including Bottled Lightning and Snufkin’s Bum. Her criticism appeared in Foundation, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Vector and was collected in And Another Thing…: A Collection of Reviews and Criticism (2011). She edited Matrix from 1986-89, co-edited The Gate and Steam Engine Time, and since 2015 was senior reviews editor at Strange Horizons, where she began working in 2006. With Kincaid, she co-edited anthology Best of Vector: Vol 1: The State of the Art (2015). She won the Karl Edward Wagner Award for outstanding contribution to the genre from the British Fantasy Society, presented the weekend she died.

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

One thought on “Maureen Kincaid Speller (1959-2022)

  • March 30, 2023 at 4:49 am

    I knew the Kincaids back in my youth, dropping out of contact when my depression started to get the better of me. They were very generous with their friendship and as editors of my really dreadful reviews for the BSFA. At the time, I was too depressed to really take in just how generous everyone was being to me and had been looking for a way to contact her to apologise, when I came across this article. I hope that Paul is managing without her, my thoughts go out to him

    Terry Broome/Hornsby (Luuta)


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