Norman Metcalf

Norman Clarke Metcalf

Thursday, December 16th, 1937 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Eric Leif Davin

Posted at 03:54pm
I got to know Norm via Fantasy Commentator, edited and published by A. Langley Searles. Norm had liked my several interviews in it with early SF writers and editors that eventually became my book, "Pioneers of Wonder." Norm was a walking encyclopedia of information about early science fiction. Our many conversations about early SF, and what we saw as lacunae in existing histories, was the genesis of my book, "Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction." Norm was always available to answer questions I had about the field, and to look up references for me in his voluminous personal science fiction library. Truly, I could not have written that book without Norm's generous research assistance. I will miss him.

Andrew I. Porter

Posted at 09:58am
Here is my photo (© Andrew Porter) of, left to right, Sam Moskowitz, Norm Metcalf (in foreground, overexposed) and Ed Wood at the 1967 World Science Fiction Convention in New York City. You can read about Norm's activities in the worlds of science fiction, pulp magazines, and more, at this link:

Robert Lichtman

Posted at 05:41pm
I first met Norm in the early '60s when we were both living in Berkeley, California, and the last time I saw him was sometime in the late '60s -- after which we both went our separate ways to other parts of the country. We spoke on the phone and exchanged letters a number of times in more recent years. I knew him via the science fiction fan subculture, where he published a fanzine, New Frontiers, that saw four issues (1959-1964) with noteworthy contributors including Poul Anderson, Anthony Boucher, Stanton Coblentz, L. Sprague de Camp, August Derleth and Wilson Tucker. He was a longtime member of several amateur publishing associations -- the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA) 1963-1969 and 1973 to the present, and the Spectator Amateur Press Society (SAPS) 1961-1967 and 1987 to the present -- and published a variety of titles for their mailing distributions. He also researched and edited a reference, The Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965, which was published in 1968. Norm was a serious student of science fiction.

Bryce Dunn

Posted at 02:56pm
We will miss Norm Metcalf at our AFTAC Alumni Association of Colorado functions (reunions, breakfasts, and Veteran's Dinners).

May God Bless you Norm!

Bryce Dunn
President, AAACO


Posted at 06:23pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29).

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