Bud Webster, American science fiction and fantasy writer, Died at 63


Clarence Howard “Bud” Webster was born on July 27, 1952, in Roanoke, Virginia, and died on February 13, 2016.

He was an American science fiction and fantasy writer.

He was also known for his essays on both the history of science fiction and sf/fantasy anthologies as well.

Bud was perhaps best known for the Bubba Pritchert series, which had won two Analytical Laboratory readers’ awards from Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine.

He was also known for his survey of Groff Conklin’s additions to science fiction in 41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin.

He was a supporting editor and columnist for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Bulletin and published a collection of those columns titled Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF Anthologies through Merry Blacksmith Press.

Bud Webster Bulletin column, “Anthopology 101”, examines the history of science fiction and fantasy through classic anthologies and anthologists, frequently pairing books by different editors but also presenting two or more books by the same anthologist.

The article has included multi-installment pieces on Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, Harry Harrison and more recently, Terry Carr.

Also, he has also co-wrote three Bulletin articles with Dr. Jerry Pournelle.

Bud Webster was also a frequent contributor to the “Curiosity” page of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Bud Webster was the poetry editor and columnist for Helix SF, an online speculative fiction quarterly.

His parents were Clarence H. Webster and Edna Urquhart Webster.

Bud attended Crystal Spring Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High WSchool and Patrick Henry High Schools, graduating from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia in 1970.

The writer studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in composition.

The Helix SF ceased publication, he took his column, “Past Masters”, to Jim Baen’s Universe, and when that closed, to Eric Flint’s Grantville Gazette.

The “Past Masters” columns are retrospective appraisals of so-called “classic” science fiction and fantasy authors and include extensive bibliographies.

However, Some of the authors covered in the “Past Masters” series include Zenna Henderson, Fredric Brown, Edgar Pangborn, and Murray Leinster.

Webster was poetry editor at Black Gate, a print fantasy magazine, for which he also wrote a column about little-known authors titled “Who?!” The only one of the columns appeared in Black Gate 15 and discussed author Tom Reamy.

In 2007, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) appointed the Webster Estates Liaison, placing him in charge of their Estates Project, which makes it tolerable for publishers to contact the agents or individuals who represent the literary estates of deceased science-fiction and fantasy writers so that material by those authors can be reprinted.

The Estates database formally contains information on more than 450 sf/fantasy authors.

The SFWA announced that Webster would be given their Service to SFWA Award at the Nebula Awards banquet in May for his work on the SFWA Estates Project, in March 2012.

The Merry Blacksmith Press published a collection of Webster’s essays about science fiction and the fantasy authors and books titled Past Masters and Other Bookish Natterings, including articles on Clifford D. Simak. R. A. Lafferty, Judith Merril and others, in June 2013.

This particular volume also includes short-short essays originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as part of their “Curiosities” column, as well as three articles co-written with Jerry Pournelle.

He was also a collector of science fiction books, and is the author of The Joy of Booking: Webster’s Guide to Buying and Selling Used SF and Fantasy Books.

His partner was Mary Horton; they were married on May 26, 2013.

Bud Webster passed away at 63 yrs old.