Vale John Foyster

Adelaide critic, editor and long-time fan John Foyster died of cancer at 9.30pm AET tonight.

Foyster both chaired and was honoured as a guest at Australian National SF Conventions in the sixties and seventies, and is regarded as instrumental in reviving the Australian Natcon tradition after it lapsed in the late '50s.

Widely published as a literary critic, Foyster co-edited both Australian Science Fiction Review's first and second series, published a single Ditmar-winning novella as John Ossian and produced fanzines including the Ditmar-winning Chunder and The Journal of Omphalistic Epistemology, and more recently eFNAC. He also founded long-term Melbourne discussion group The Nova Mob and later Adelaide's Critical Mass, and was involved in all three Australian World SF Conventions (1975, 1985 and 1999).

Foyster's condition came to light after a stroke in September 2001, and his death came eight days short of his sixty-second birthday. He is survived by partner Yvonne Rousseau and daughter Miranda.

06-Apr-03: A funeral service will be held at 3.30pm on Wednesday 09-April at Berry Funerals, 190-208 Magill Road, Norwood. It is requested that money not be spent on flowers, but instead donated to:

Andrew Ollie Memorial Trust
Northern Medical Research Foundation
Level 4, Vindin
Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards NSW 2065

(Saturday, April 05 @ 19:44:06 WST)

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