March 11, 1921 February 17, 2005

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Buz was a great fan and a fine writer. --David G. Hartwell

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Busby” to the readers of his fiction.BUZ is a fanzine dedicated to the memory of Francis Marion Busby. and all errors. however. William Rotsler (5). It is to her that many of these letters are addressed. The photos printed here are from far and wide. omissions and typos (or even “typoes”) are his. the illos. published in December 1968: Wally Weber (3). all come from CRY 178. it would have been impossible without support from Vonda McIntyre and Marilyn Holt. and Tim Kirk (18). do look at the We Also Heard From list on page 20. and set a standard few have equaled since. Buz was one of the first professional writers I met. The number of letters posted to the CaringBridge website and other venues was overwhelming.3 . Above is one of the illustrations that graced the many letter columns of CRY OF THE NAMELESS and CRY. Both Buz and Elinor gave me a warm welcome into fandom when I was a neo. Buz and Elinor in Alaska BUZ -. BUZ is edited by Victor Gonzalez. BUZ is also dedicated to the woman who was dedicated to Buz – Elinor Busby.M. Irene Wanner (12). known as “Buz” to his friends and “F. Paul Stanberry (15). and that’s what this fanzine really is – a collection of letters from friends and fans across the world to remember this kind and intelligent man.

Buz made me realize that writers drank beer and committed fanac just like real people.” said Scott the orderly. I believed that writers were godlike beings who floated approximately six inches off the floor. how much he enjoyed it. but he had no trouble at all in a group whose ages ranged from late teens to nearly fifty. Knowing Buz made it possible to envision myself as a writer.” I said. It was a pleasure to watch him resume his fiction writing – he’d published several stories a decade or more before. with compelling characters and serious underlying themes. I felt like I’d finally found my real community.” They welcomed me. he took a serious hit in his career. He was older than the other writers. I was patiently explaining to an orderly that Buz’ name is BUZ – that he wouldn’t reply to Francis. McIntyre: A COINCIDENCE OF COINCIDENCES led me to Buz and Elinor Busby. Amy Thomson: I knew Buz for a quarter century. He was still one of the first science fiction writers I ever met. Buz was a member of the 1971 Clarion West. “and I’ve never officially known that his name is Francis Marion. and though Buz was very sick.BUZ . 4 -. you’re in Seattle? You’re interested in SF? You should call Buz and Elinor. Like most of us on the publishing midlist. I’m going to miss him a lot. I was a freshman in college.Vonda N. but soon after in person at Westercons) since 1958 and was currently in three apas with him and had a regular correspondence besides. And how much he meant to me. I’m going to miss him terribly. But Buz’ work is having a second incarnation in electronic form. Back then. the first year of the first incarnation of the Seattle workshop.” “One of my favorite writers is named Busby. “I wonder if they’re related?” Scott was able to tell Buz how much Buz’ work had meant to him. In many ways. They introduced me to SF fandom. as a starry-eyed neofan. My heart goes out to Elinor. At the rehab center. in these days of multinational corporations and instant success or oblivion. I’m glad I got to tell Buz how much I appreciated his and Elinor’s kindness to me all those years ago. he heard what Scott said. Chance meetings with Elinor’s niece and with Karen and Astrid Anderson both resulted in – “Oh. a shy science geek. Buz was part of the reason I became an SF writer myself. It was 1966. and like many of us. Robert Lichtman: As someone who knew him (originally from the pages of CRY. I know he already has many fans. “I’ve known Buz for 40 years. His stories were space opera of the highest order – adventures. but life and work intervened.

I. but it never had any effect on our friendship.. thought he was Much Older. my old friend. attracting people from all over the country. And Elinor! I loved Elinor. He was always the sharpest mind in the room. but it didn’t have any effect on our friendship. Buz with Carol & Terry Carr. face to face. There were times when Buz and I found ourselves on the opposite sides of some fannish fences.) Some of my favorite convention memories of the ’50s are of sitting in somebody’s room party. I met him & Elinor at Westercon in 1963. 1969 BUZ -. Carr was also there.. still a teenager. It was an extraordinary convention – G.. Kidder. Gregory Benford: As Marta said. Steward and Lyons) – it was like a mini-Worldcon.. and a short mustache and goatee.5 . being engaged in a conversation with the Busbys. Farewell. Buz looked then exactly as he did for all the years I knew him: very close-cropped hair. (Still do. the Rissa K novels were great and deserve reprinting.M. as were the Toronto Derelicts (Raeburn.Ted White: I MET BUZ AND ELINOR. He made a whole new career as a writer and always got my attention.. at a mid-’50s Midwestcon. grumpy in the right ways – and one of my oldest fan friends. virtually an Old Man in fact.

and deserved some credit for the work I did for NASA subsequently on the Space Shuttle.) Just last night. Astrid & Greg Bear: Greg and I are so sorry to hear of Buz’s passing. I stayed with them. and enjoyed himself greatly. on the way to a Nameless Ones gathering at Horizon Books. courteous. I might not have 1. a nice table by the windows overlooking the lake. you’re on your own. to avoid a traffic jam. which featured prompt.200 publications presentations and broadcasts to my credit had he not taught me so much about authorial discipline.BUZ . and helped to make the entire universe a better place. (I know now that that beach was Golden Gardens. He has changed my world. a stroll of 3+ miles that they did every Sunday. which have made me a better husband and Father. When we visited last week. to me. Jonathan Vos Post: I SAW YOU AND Buz less often after Boeing relocated me in 1982 from the Kent Space Center to JPL. small classics that I can’t forget. I’ll miss him. But you’ve always been in my heart. and his explanation of the House Rules. I remember Buz’s homebrew. after that. He taught me things about the human heart. Berry: BUZ AND ELINOR ARE very old friends.John D. The last time before that we’d been together was I think around the opening festivities of the Science Fiction Museum – Mother and I had lunch with Buz and Elinor at Chandler’s. Marsbase designs. then I raised my eyes and saw the Olympics in the distance. A nice memory. And at least two of Buz’s short stories are. I think Buz had crab cakes. He taught me a lot about the practical engineering of rockets. efficient self-service: “I’ll get you the first one. They took me to a favorite beach. Your husband encouraged me as a writer.” They took me walking with them around Green Lake. and articles I’ve published in refereed journals about interstellar spacecraft. 6 -. and that of my Physics professor wife Christine Carmichael. Someone should post the details of the anecdote of one of the staff members at the nursing home being a reader of his – a lovely little gift of validation that I’m sure pleased him greatly. which was not what I expected at all.. Moonbase designs. He will be missed. on the Sound – the first place on the West Coast where I had ever felt that the sea smelled right and sounded right and looked right. in their book. he was Buz – tired. for my brother’s wedding).. I took a back route across town that Buz had first driven me on more than thirty years ago. The very first time I visited Seattle as an adult (I’d been here once when I was 12.and fanzine-filled house on Queen Anne Hill. Space Station. and I’ve been there many times. but all there.

and who were close chums to authors I’d read with tremendous pleasure. as an eternal component of the best parts of fandom. to find something perfect that avoids the sloppily sentimental while conveying my great affection for Buz. I doubt my critiques of his works-in-progress were as useful. And through Buz I was soon involved with the Expository Lump where professional writers critiqued one anothers’ works in progress and occasionally condescended to include a novice writer the Lump members thought worth cultivating. a house lined packed with books. A few of my first published stories had fewer stumbling-blocks between composition and publication thanks to Buz’s critiques. I remember those faanish days with tenderness and don’t expect to experience so close-to-hand such an extensive community of endearing caring sensitive bookish people ever again. Buz has thus remained a permanent resident of my memory of days marked by deep emotions and enriching friendships. intelligent folk devoted to the same sorts of things that had long obsessed me. many of us in walking distance of each others homes. Buz was very nearly the first person who got and touch with me eager to connect me to live-and-in-flesh fandom. Entering fandom through Hugo-winning fan-editors like Elinor and Buz was about the best way to go about it.Jessica Salmonson: WHEN I PUBLISHED my first fanzine early in the 1970s.7 . I will always have close to my heart the warmth and support Buz extended to me through the years. Since leaving Seattle almost six years ago. oh glorious books. I haven’t hung out with Buz. but at the very least monthly at the agesold Nameless Ones when it met at Capitol Hill’s Horizon Books. His goodness had a lasting impact on my life. books. and his eagerness to treat me as a peer even when I was not. but I seriously tried. An instant invitation to his and Elinor’s house was a joy and a revelation. and I hope occasionally I’ve managed to be as good to people as he was to me. That’s a wonderful assumption to encounter when one is young and unproven. So that meant Buz was one of the first people I ever knew who took for granted that I would one day and soon be a professional writer. BUZ -. I’ve been an utter homebody if not hermit. and since I stopped attending conventions. rather than just through-the-mails fandom I was barely getting to know. many more short bus rides away. For years I’d see Buz at least once a month and often more than that. It’s impossible to know what to say at a time like this. I sometimes feel very far away from everyone and everything. I’m of an age that loss of friends and family members is becoming rather too commonplace. Yet I somehow thought I’d run into Buz again now and then.

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Rome dos Caras. Yet.” A few years later.Marilyn J. and parties to go to. That is. Alan Nourse. I met many others.” Since Buz died. he told a long story of how and when he had first met Cliff (a tall. what is special: Buz and Elinor did many kind things because that was what was needed and right at the time. I met A. “We are. Van Vogt. during a particularly nasty patch. He told me not to ask for autographs – “be cool. Bob and Ginny Heinlein. as did others. Makes it much easier going to conventions.E. Oddly. second fandom. I have no idea if he contemplated live after death. I know the future will be poorer for his loss. I have realized how true to himself his stories are. gamers. and the kids.”It’s good when fans marry fans.” And. I spent time with “The Breeds of Man. I lived in Buz and Elinor’s next-door apartment for about three months twenty-seven years ago.” His characters live and die with the same grit that he did. Ron Hubbard. all of us. no fear. It was about 1975. His body did not. L. and fans. kid. I have no idea when or where I met Buz. and he said it was his time to go. “L’auteur de science-fiction américain Francis Marion Busby est mort. friends. Through Buz’s story telling. I drank more whiskey with him than I drank with anyone else. Instead of writing this. Online. we talked about his death and dying. and many more. He had the wisdom to meet fate head-on. To them there was nothing special in doing that. boxers. books to write. no bargaining. and even shared a sophisticated martini while he regaled me with fannish stories – First Fandom. Hanging out with him at conventions. lucky that the future is normally opaque. I really miss him. his spirit had more conventions to attend. His writing touches a lot of people. as Cliff has said. I think he knew that he was loved and respected throughout his life.” brought home to me how far flung his influence extends. he said that he did not remember doing anything special. BUZ -. The book reads like a blog: immediate and emotionally naked. when I told him that Cliff and I were going together. As one of Buz’s characters.9 . it was reading in the French paper Le Monde. We talked about death after life. hoisted any number of beers. and prisoners. this ain’t so bad. then he said. He was not happy to go. he told me two things that have helped me shape my life: “Oh. Wind): WHEN BUZ LEFT THIS LIFE. The day he died. like the characters in his books with no apology. I found Buz’s books quoted by soldiers. Since then. there was and is something special and enduring. wrote.” When I told Buz. he knew he was loved by Elinor. but richer for his memory. “You do what you got to do. Holt (married to Clifford R. His origin story of Scientology was wry and witty. Drinking some of that whiskey at midnight in their kitchen. how much he helped me when I was young.” However. and just tough it out. gawky boy) at Nameless.

you just wouldn’t believe! Seeing me in an unfamiliar non-Selectric typeface here. on the other hand. and a couple of them have the necessary larger-than-lifesize whammy.well. to keep our Image up so’s you’ll take us seriously. ABM program is such a goof and invitation-to-disaster. being as we’re buddies and all.S. Staff Reporter of the Wall Street Journal. now. what won’t they think of next? Of course. TABBY: YOUTHS FIND CATNIP HAS PSYCHEDELIC JOLT”. I can’t recall exactly what clued me so early. and she didn’t. My guess is that if Curt Siodmak had had anything to say about it. I don’t care whether or not you agree with this book (parts I do. OK. Well. Sub-headline: “Doctor Likens It To Marijuana. AND 10 -. how did you like the book. So I will. We try to stay apolitical around here as much as possible. I keep reading books and flushing the fallout into coumns of this type (columns?). Mr.My Plow has Tender Gripes MY TENDER BLUE-EYED BICYCLE. I think. he hasn’t changed a bit! Back in the late ’40s he wrote “Donovan’s Brain” and it was like Frankenstein Revisited. which might otherwise have ensued. There was a squib in a fanzine some years ago that read something like this: “Misspellings in fanzines are evil and abominable. He was right to avoid the Happy Ending in this instance.. more often than this reader would have preferred. which she bought last month after she Got Rich) and will not cavil at a few extra typoes. andto be deplored. I hope. Once in a while we have to look at a little non-fiction. and parts I don’t). how come the Russian ABM setup with 2 years’ headstart on us is not equally a No-No? I can never understand these One-Way Protests. but nobody DOES anything about it. but a complete imperative sentence. My word. In this zine you will find no misspellings. but I have a question.” At the moment. however. everybody knows what a radical scandalsheet that WALL STREET JOURNAL is! Probably just beating the drum for The Great Catnip Monopoly. The headline is “MOVE OVER. you probably didn’t read this far down this page anyway. for instance: everybody talks about BUG JACK Barron. and really. but-. Then William M. I admit I got tired waiting for the other shoe to drop. and my personal opinion is that doing is a lot more fun than saying. aside from that. the U. Siodmak writes a good stick if you read only halfway-thru. more.” Well. Curt Siodmak is back. But It Is Cheaper And Legal. In the first place. for all I know). In general. Robinson Shelley”. Now he has come up with //////// “Hauser’s Memory” and guess what? It’s still “And here’s to you. I think this book is a lot more Plus than Minus.. but only typoes. are accidental and lighthearted and fun-loving and cute. Mister Interlocutor? :: As a matter of fact I liked it more than not. Mrs. but I do. because Curt Siodmak’s predictable pitch is that all Scientific Advances turn to organic fertilizer. but he telegraphed his punch altogether Too Damn Much. (That’s “dug”. as many say (and perhaps correctly. I’ll drink to that. Typoes. It’s also true that the Kerouacy streamof-consciousness style got in the way of the plot and the characters and the reader’s understanding of either. No other reviewer gives you these little clues. If. and I’m wasting page-space to no purpose. But none the less I dug this flawed but powerful story.) Norman Spinrad’s people here are more real than not. if this book bores you. goes on the say that catnip is the timid citizen’s answer to pot-Prohibition and the Treasure Dep’t. what BUGged me was seeing so far ahead of time that Spinrad just had to insert this plug-in module of Tragedy to avoid (of all things) a Happy Ending. the title is not a noun with modifiers. but it was obvious for a long time that the lady wouldn’t make it to Page Ultimate. Carley. with Desmond Morris’ “The Naked Ape. It’s true that the author said *fuck* more times in this book than his major character could have managed to do it in the allotted time.BUZ . The why of her exit was reasonable in the terms of the story. This time we’re on the trail of Robert Ardrey and Konrad Lorenz in search of our ancestry and how to live with it. obscured by the underlining there. by Norman Spinrad. A Catnip Producer Rejoices”. Ron Hubbard. At hand is a clipping from the Wall Street Journal which presages (by implication) the total collapse of the budget of the Republic of Mexico. for the author to kill the chick off. the astute will deduce that I am facing an unfamiliar typer-keyboard (Elinor’s Smith-Corona 250. Man would never have invented fire or the wheel or the arch or L.

:: Here we have Dick’s familiar fan-sheaf of similar but not identical future worlds all stemming from a World War Three that didn’t quite kill us off but left us limping badly.) Perhaps if Dick had convinced me that androids couldn’t escape without killing humans. His protagonists lately seem to combine an extraordinary amount of dedicated motivation with a degree of personal pessimism. no. usually. This only gets really silly when eventually it comes out that the poor gahdamn androids only have about a 5-year life-span in any case. Meanwhile back at the ranch we have flesh-type humanoid androids commercially-produced for scut-labor on Mars. --Buz. so why sweat it? (The android-hunter thing is vastly over-emphasized here.) One big thing in this one is that most animal life other than human has been wiped out. we lived it up for a couple of hours. (Howcome? I don’t believe it either. anyway. May 1st. ‘Srecommended. I had a recent Piers Anthony (that I liked) around here but can’t find it now. Tomowwor I shall have to look in on this gentleman at his office and needle the hell out of him. These androids occasionally escape and get back to earth. but not convinced.) So possession of a live critter of any kind is THE Status Symbol. either. Somehow I can’t quite see the vital necessity for hunting down even a killer who is by nature doomed to wear out and go on the scrap-heap in a couple more years at most: if he takes further action he’ll spotlight himself and get nailed. maybe. but as is. (Oops. From CRY No. Also there is Philip Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” At 160pp it’s a little skinny for Signet’s 75¢ price in PB. instead of just saying so. 181. I WANT A GOOD HEAD START. people who can’t afford the very rare living creature fake it with electrically-powered fakes. because the only way they can escape is to kill their human masters. and while the writer seems (to me) to settle occasionally for too-pat answers. not a misspelling or even a typo. and inability to derive any enjoyment out of the GOOD spots. There was an added fillip: this one fella with the four-syllable surname. who according to the way he sets them up emotionally. (All right. Snowed. Obviously. as with “Chthon”. was paged about 6 times while we were having dinner. :: Phil Dick is beginning to disturb me. about that.) Our protagonist’s desperate job is to hunt down these criminal androids. Any time the author has to write a long explanation of how to read a book to make sense out of its involutions and convolutions. or left ahead of announced schedule). Not so. (“Tomowwor” is of course a drunken lisp. every time he happened to think of it. and this time. should be either suicides or catatonic. only one such world to the book. desperation. I might have bought more of the package. Joe Green said maybe it was “Chthon”. From the Plow to the Bicycle: the evening of this page was the occasion for Elinor and me to celebrate our 15th anniversary. the book is not likely to find a place on my “To Reread” shelf. But ol’ Piers (a determined non-reader of CRY) did get off a good one lately. BUZ -. is what I mean. I’m not convinced. where they must be hunted down and destroyed. This scares me-. if there are really people like that running around here these days in official capacities. who is our Legal Beagle down at work. and you’ll never know what a comfort that is. because the manufacturers haven’t solved the cell-renewal problem. He has people carrying on with incredible dedication.The book deals with the evolutionary origins of your-and-my instincts and built-in conflicts. but inflation seems to be here to stay. friends. The lady announcer never got his name right twice in a row but we knew who she meant. Since you asked. so we did. Down at the Edgewater with lots of fancy booze and fancy food and a view of the bay with assorted seafowl and all. who would otherwise hide out and pretend to be human on Earth.does he know something I don’t know? I mean. 1969.) I see the blue-pencil STOP-line. he also brings up enough new questions to ring a lot of worthwhile bells. We made several interesting speculations about howcome a guy could be at the Edgewater and be paged and never answer (ignoring the probable mundane answer that maybe he just didn’t show up.11 .

I’ve also always wanted to visit Seattle.” I enjoyed the book hugely and went at the copywriting with gusto. I remember spending time talking about Rissa and who she was and why she did things with you.Steve Stiles: IT WAS CRY OF THE NAMELESS that was largely responsible for getting me into fanzine fandom. and one of the reasons was to see them. We only saw each other at conventions but had long and wonderful talks. great adventures for us all. Silverstein: Kathie: Buz. It’s going to be strange without him.E. I do already. When I told someone about it they looked shocked and said you were arguing with an author about his character? I though about it for a minute and realized that I had but it was only because to you and I she was a real person. He was one of my favorite people in the SF community. As corny as it undoubtedly sounds. you were part of the tapestry of my life and your passing leaves a hole. I received my first assignment: to write cover copy for one of the novels we were about to publish. After some badgering. 12 -. He was always glad to help other writers with advice and encouragement. The book: F.” and telling me in clear and careful detail how one should deal with a book contract. My very first draft was accepted and is what you’ll see on the book’s cover. For four plus decades there has hardly been a month when I haven’t read something by Buz.M. We will miss him. Buz called to tell me how much he liked what I’d written. It meant a great deal to me. John G. Each month I would eagerly await the next issue. I FIRST BECAME ACQUAINTED with Buz when I was an editorial assistant at Bantam Spectra nearly 20 years ago. and a legacy of love for the community that will certainly survive. Buz’s left behind some wonderful stories. He’ll be missed. It was an act of great generosity to an upstart baby editor. J. and each time it’s been a pleasant experience. Through it’s pages I got to know many people. I raise a glass. I desperately wanted to write as part of my job. I’ve always rather regarded Buz and Elinor as my fannish ghodparents. and some – like rich brown and Les Gerber – would become lifelong friends. after I received the bewildering contract for “Twistor. After we sent out the cover flats to Buz and his agent.BUZ . I will always be grateful to him for sitting me down. Cramer: Pauline and I are very sad to hear about Buz. getting positive feedback from the author himself meant I’d really done well by the book. more than any praise I received from staff in-house. I’ve only met the Busbys a handful of times. Busby’s “The Breeds of Man.

Verne. We all are. All the promising neos of the period. and all the great men and women of science fiction. I’m sad he’s gone. they took me under their wing. as he did get a goodly amount published that I could look back to. BUZ -.rich brown: F. Christopher Browne: It’s always a sorry thing to see an author pass on. Buz was not in as much pain and discomfort as he had been earlier. “BUZ” AND ELINOR BUSBY were very much my fannish mentors. I only ran into Busby’s work relatively recently.k. I was pleased to see as much of a “body of work” as I did. I was a gooky silly neofan who didn’t know how to go on.a. I am only consoled to hear that. artwork and LoCs. “the Busbixii”). Elinor with her angelic voice. the first fanzine I ever received. advised me. but frankly I needed more help than most. Toskey and Wally Weber) edited CRY OF THE NAMELESS. including but not limited to Bruce Pelz. S. Leigh: This is one author that my ex and I both enjoyed. protected me from my own folly while advising me to be myself – Buz with gruff home truths. explained to me. I listened because they (with Burnett R. at the end. His books are in the “keeper” box. Margaret Oliver: His books had a lot of influence on me as I grew up. I am diminished by his passing. which published my first articles. I’ve always enjoyed his richly developed universes and characters. Steve Stiles. were CRY letterhacks. Renata Russell: May Buz be in Snug Harbor. And got it from Buz and Elinor (“Effemeny” a. guided me. Bill Meyers.13 . talked to me. Es Adams and Les Gerber. lifting a stein with Heinlein.M. stories. For which I am eternally grateful.

Buz was absolutely fascinated by them and insisted that you take photos of him with them. and I hope I’m passing at least some of it on to others. I thought I’d stop by the site and tell you and Buz that I was thinking of him and you when I found out I was too late to say it to Buz himself! I hope your many happy memories of him. I learned so much from him. (I’m sorry I can’t remember if it was InCon or MosCon!) We were at a room party where the host had a couple of small snakes. He has been a good friend every since I got started in fandom. I had just met a real pro author whose work I had actually read.Vicki Mitchell: I’m so sorry to hear about Buz. Today. Garey: I certainly remember Buz from when I was a neo back in the 1970s. Mine is of the last time I saw the two of you at a convention a few years ago. signing books. as well as the many friends and family you no doubt have. and read my first fanzine and met the fannish author. and especially in Hospitality where he (and Elinor) were always just so friendly and engaging. and I owe him a lot for all the devastatingly accurate critiques he dished out in writers’ workshops. Terry A. and then someone pointed Buz out at a con and announced he was both a pro and a fan! I was amazed. I’ll never forget the little-boy excitement on his face as he held those reptiles! Mike Parker: It is hard to imagine an Orycon without him on a panel. will help you through this time. I’ve seen that others have shared special memories. 14 -. Debbie Miller: I LEARNED OF BUZ’S ILLNESS only a few days ago when I was chin-deep in work.BUZ .

Elinor and Michele. Rissa is my all time favorite character along with Zelda. and inspiration. the impact is most clear that Uncle Buz and Aunt Elinor have made to the SciFi world with wonderful connections as mentors. My thoughts are with you. I think it was from Andrew Offutt. was the most significant benefit I ever received. I joined because F. Buz recalled his Colfax roots to Mike recalling the WSU Cougars’ bid to the Rose Bowl in (when?) 1930 (with Buz’s personal memory as clear as the radio station that carried the game).S. Johns: “To Cage A Man” had a profound effect on my view of individuality and freedom.) I’d have to say that Buz’s act. I was invited to join. Gail Weiss: I admired F’s work for so many years before we met in the pages of Apanage. I didn’t have the money at that time. Megan Lindholm: I FIRST LEARNED ABOUT SFWA when I received a letter. Buz. (I had no agent. so it was a couple years later that I joined. I have felt that I grew to know him through knowing you and although we have never met in person.Harriet Lynch: IN READING THE MANY TRIBUTES to Buz. Reggie C. We’ll see you soon. as an individual member of SFWA prior to my joining. Tonight I feel like I’ve lost a friend I never met and should have known better. We remember the very words: I’ll serve you the first one. I feel like you are members of my family and I shall miss Anna and F.) And he recommended I join SFWA. BUZ -. following publication of a couple of short stories in magazines (I hope I’m recalling this right). My heart is with you. it was too long and too few times ago. I hope that F knew in these later years how many of us still loved and reread his work.15 . Alfred T. championship hoorah. So I did. (At the same time. and the memories of the Palouse rolled through again this fall when we were caught up in our own H. Busby was the solid rock foundation upon which I built my love of Sci Fi. with my very first contract. friends. he told me that writers could never pay back their mentors. Grothe: Mr. Now with his walk over. In the busyness of lives. then after that you’re on your own. gratis.” I’m still doing my best at that.M. and instructed me to “pay forward. Busby took time to help me. I’m left with a renewed purpose to read alot more good books starting with Busby. Buz could with his sincere good wishes share in our walk.

she looked at death. I know :^). He. curse at the old bastard. and he always had something encouraging to say about my own writing during our brief conversations. Thanks. Buz. 16 -. and would listen when you knew more than him. It is one of the memories I will always keep of him. I’ll have to settle for that. M. cry. Busby’s books since I was a kid (possibly a bit younger than I should have been to read them!) I have been absolutely fascinated by the ideas he generated ever since.. and question than any of the “teachers” that I had. I never had the pleasure of meeting him.BUZ . Busby’s passing. you wrote a good life..M. When I first learned Buz was a writer. I suspect y’all had some righteous fights – any two strong-willed folks will in any marriage.. Eight copies have disappeared. She did not see how the knife came to Tendal’s hand – it slashed toward her. You did well. “The Demu Trilogy” is the most stolen book by far from my large personal library. and imagination into a young Pittsburgh boy in the 1950s.. Mike Holsinger: THE CREATIVE MIND emits a kind of glow that uplifts the spirits and warms the souls of those around him or her. we have you in our thoughts and prayers.M. He was always ready to chat on any topic you could think of. Nikki Quinn: I have loved F. frozen. creativity. F. Busby was one of those fine authors who helped inculcate a love of reading. It almost worked – no one could have done it better – but there’s no reasoning with a madman. Although I enjoyed the products of his creative talents.. Buz was the type that needed a keeper. and have admired him enormously.C. and I’m glad we have his books. these writers had more to do with building a desire to learn. Elinor. but that he was somebody famous – nah – he never acted like a typical writer (at least my perceptions of the breed). In all truth. He was also willing to drink you under the table. I am sad to see that he is gone. read. and you. but I know you will remember the best times. have been among the “bright lights” of many Norwescons for me. –Young Rissa bandit: I MET BUZ AS A NEO at some NW con – and realized he was a character (somewhat obvious. there was this merky dead dog. in some other kind of place or time. Thank you for sharing him with us. Herb Kauderer: I wish I had gotten a chance to know Buz beyond his works. Elinor – always a rock and his keeper. She watched Tendal’s face twist. I made it a point to read one of his books before the next con – where we had a wonderful chat about it. Perhaps we will yet meet. and thought. That is a tribute. Stultz I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. You will do fine – mourn.

Carol Klees-Starks: May you find some small comfort in knowing that your husband’s wonderful novels brought joy and inspiration to some of us when we were struggling to survive in dark places. Jari James (Jari Wood): YOU AND BUZ (and Bill and Bubbles and Wally. Dian Crayne: I will always treasure my years in SAPS with the two of you. The light of that kind of memory never dies. Smith: I MET MR. Buz!) Steve Forty: Elinor.17 . I will miss him. Both you and Buz were important parts of that “first step” for me. they have always been amongst my favorite con memories. and hope to see you at a convention in the not to distant future. but a place of intelligence and a rite of passage from adolescence into adulthood for me back in the 1960s. et al) were my introduction to not only the world of SF. and asked him how to pronounce some of the characters’ names. and in person several years ago at a Worldcon. BUZ -.Bobbie M. I told him I loved the Rissa books.” A lovely man who will be missed greatly. cause you’ll enjoy the story more that way. He told me to “pronounce them the way you like them. and remember them with fondness. BUSBY through his books first. and I deeply regret I’ll never have the chance to tell him so in person. Jan Stinson: His Rissa Kerguelen novels were some of the earliest SF books I read and enjoyed as a young person. there were many conventions where you I and Buz went and had a drink away from the crowds. “The Nameless Ones” helped introduce me to what the world could really be like: a place where dreamers could strive for their dreams if only they took that first step. darlin. (Thanks.

a science fiction fan and writer.Edd Vick: Fare you well. I feel my circle of friends shrinking. meeting Buz at Norwescon shortly thereafter. It’s a shame his books have fallen out of print. You and Elinor have been constants in my Seattle fannish experience for nineteen years. I MET BOTH OF YOU at various conventions and at least one SAPS party that Anna Vargo took me too (and she’s gone as well). that was the last time I got to talk with Buz in person. I can remember being a teenager.. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and will be missed. and reading the fine Rissa K. 18 -. It may be a couple of years before I stop looking around at conventions for you. I knew him through his books. I’m so glad Patti and I got to visit you for a few days. Joe Green: YOU AND BUZ HAD one of the longest and best marriages in SF. Leslie What: I was so sorry to hear about Buz’s illness and now his death. where I still own them and enjoy them today. a very special person. You two were always so welcoming to newer writers and I hope you know how much your kindess was/is appreciated. and spotting his books in my Dad’s collection. Peace. Busby personally. just before I retired. Marc Laidlaw: I have fond memories of workshopping with you on Orcas Island in 1982. but I wanted to let you know that I plan to reach for the next hand I see as a way of passing forward the good will you (and Buz) have shown me in the past. we will greatly miss him. the books became “liberated” and ended up in my own fledgling collection. Stu Shiffman & Andi Shechter: FOR BUZ HIMSELF as an individual. especially the Rissa Kerguelan series.. David Keener: WHILE I DID NOT KNOW Mr. Somehow. Joyce Scrivner: Daniel Reitman: I met Buz at RadCon about eight years ago and ended up playing Great Dalmuti with him at the dead dog. My deepest sympathies. Buz. shortly after that. Although the correspondence has been steady. We had a strong friendship that lasted over 40 years – and that is a memory that will be precious to me always.BUZ . but Buz was always a double-bagged First Edition item in mint condition.

BUZ -. lots of fun to be around. I will be returning from my tour in Iraq in time for Norwescon and we will raise our glasses. and the two of you always made a good couple together. I knew him first through fanzines when I was a neo in 1952. Geoffrey Kidd: Busby was an author I never got the chance to meet in person.19 . I’m going to miss him a lot. thinking I’d run into the two of you before long and then yesterday I got the news about Buz from Donna McMahon. Karen Anderson: Fran Skene: YOU AND BUZ WERE welcome guests at a number of Vancouver conventions in the seventies and eighties. And make sure to see Elinor every chance I can.. I’m so sorry. As the sun rises on this morning. I know I enjoyed it more than some of the fanzines in that bundle! The boys and I send you our sympathy. Eva Whitley (Chalker): I REMEMBER BEING IMPRESSED that Buz once mailed 65 copies of a remaindered Demu novel as his contribution in FAPA one month. We haven’t just lost a member of our fannish community but a neighbor and a friend.. But if “by their fruit shall ye know them” he was an uncommonly decent human being. I hope his next great adventure will bear as much fruit – and my prayers go out to you. Don Gaffney: BUZ WAS A CHARACTER and I had the privilege to meet him on a few occasions most notably at my mother’s jewelry store in Ballard. There I was. David Bratman: Buz was a great man (and a good writer). he and Elinor were people I counted on seeing when I visited Seattle. I only know him by his writings.Susan Mohn: We will all miss Buz – he was a great light in the world just for being who he was – and that honesty and wit will be missed. and as I recall Buz was the GoH at a RAIN. I thought Buz was too ornery to die. and several of his books to this day have places of honor on my shelves. Our thoughts are with you.

Kay Kenyon. and Lenny Bailes. Julie Zetterberg Sardo. Miller. Bubbles. Joyce Peterson. Eleanor V. David Binger. Willick. Jim Caughran. Martelle. Berni Phillips Bratman. Geri Sullivan. Bev Clark & Steve Gallacci. Mary Frances Zambreno. Steve Fahnestalk. Cynthia Gonsalves. Brian McGuinness. John Hopfner. Rise Sheridan-Peters. Paula Sigman Lowery. Bobbie DuFault. Gary Farber. Debi Robinson-Smith. D Gary Grady. Linda Deneroff. Don Anderson. Susan Shwartz.BUZ . Eric Hosmer.Robert Heinlein and Buz in 1961 We Also Heard From: Chris & Steve York. Potter. Dragon Lady. Susan (Dragon Mom). Starshadow (Anne Fahnestalk). Kathy Routliffe. Jack & Fran Beslanwitch. Tamara Vining. George C. A. Lukashin. carlton mckenney. Trevin Matlock. Earl Kemp. Kelley Kelly. D. Linda & David Bray. Patricia Bradley. Bob Tucker. Sheryl Birkhead. Walter K. Byrd & Charley. Linda L.P. Heidi (Pfeifer) Walker. Jean Weber. Mike Deckinger. Jerry Kaufman. 20 -. Joel Davis. Willis. Steve Perry. Cap’n Bob Napier. Joan Marie Knappenberger.

she saw only one choice and took it – deliberately she went into a dive. the car lost forward speed. Dropping. Still climbing at full power. then came abreast and turned. First there was calm – this cannot be all of it – then an invisible current shook the car and thrust it downward at a rate that shocked her.Ahead she saw it. –Rissa and Tregare BUZ -. she pointed toward its center.21 .

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