Maureen Speller (1959-2022)

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Maureen Kincaid Speller on Sunday evening.

Maureen Speller was an active member of the genre community since around 1980 and was someone whom others could always look to for advice and support. She often worked in the background, helping others to shine.

She worked as Assistant Editor at Foundation: the International Journal of Science Fiction; Senior Reviews Editor, Strange Horizons; Reviewer with Foundation, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Vector.

She was instrumental in the running of the British Science Fiction Association, editing its publication, Matrix in the eighties, serving as Reviews Editor for Vector, and contributing innumerable reviews over the years.

She was nominated for a Hugo award four times. Once for Best Fan Writer in 1999, and three times for her work on Strange Horizons in 2016, 2019 and 2021. She won a Nova award in 1998 for her work on Banana Wings.

She served as a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Otherwise Award and the Rotsler Award.

On Saturday 17th September, we awarded her the Karl Edward Wagner award for her significant contribution to the genre. Her wit, wisdom and warmth will be missed.

Our love goes out to her family and friends.

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One response to “Maureen Speller (1959-2022)”

  1. Susan Oke avatar

    Maureen often contributed insightful reviews for the BSFA Review magazine. Her contributions will be sorely missed. Deep and sincere condolences to all the family.