Norman Metcalf

Norman Clarke Metcalf

Thursday, December 16th, 1937 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Norman Clarke Metcalf, 82 of Dacono, Colorado passed away on 21 September 2019 at Elms Haven Center, Thornton, Colorado. Norman was born on 16 December 1937 in Monterey Park, California to Parents Frank Augustus Metcalf & Amy Marion Clarke (deceased). He attended college for 2 years with a major in Physics. He enlisted in the US Air Force on 14 February 1958 and was honorably discharged on 19 January 1962. His specialty was 3221F Weapons Control Systems Mechanic and his last duty assignment was the 4756 Armt and Electronics Maintenance Squadron (ADC) at Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida. He was an active member of the AFTAC Alumni Association of Colorado, The Southern Fandom Press Alliance and wrote some science fiction( ). He was also known for his humor and jokes. Norman is survived by his sister Marion Harris of Washington State and numerous friends. A Memorial service with Military honors will be held at Ft Logan National Cemetery on 18 November 2019 at 11:30AM (staging area B). Ministry services will be provided by Ahlberg Chapel: ) Memorial donations can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder and the OUR Center of Longmont. The extraordinary loving care and support of Dignity hospice is appreciated by all. "Those we love don't go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear" -Anonymous.
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    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 11:30am
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    DENVER, CO 80235
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Meet at Staging Area B.


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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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