Justin E.A. Busch (1959-2022)

Fan and scholar JUSTIN E.A. BUSCH, 63, died October 21, 2022. He was best known in the field for his first book, The Utopian Vision of H.G. Wells (2009), and for his work in fanzines.

Justin Edwin Anton Busch was born April 23, 1959 in St. Louis MO. He lived in Nashville TN as a child before moving with his family to Geneva NY. He earned a BA in Philosophy at Hobart College (1981), a MA in the Humanities at Old Dominion (1986), and a MA in Philosophy at Queen’s University (1992). He taught at various institutions, including Quest University in British Columbia, Canada.

He edited fanzines Far Journeys and Films Fantastic, and wrote fanzine review column ‘‘Fanfaronade’’ for Nameless News, the National Fantasy Fan Federa­tion (N3F) news ’zine. He received a Neffy Award for Best Fan Editor from N3F in 2021, and First Fandom posthumously presented him with the Merit Award in late October 2022 for “attaining excellence in his work.”

In addition to SF, he wrote about music, film, and philosophy, and was a successful composer and performer. He is survived by Erin Wells Bon­ning, his partner of nearly a decade.

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