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Bud Webster :: Poetry Editor and Resident Biblio-tweak

Bud Webster lived surrounded by more than 10,000 books, from ratty, dog-eared paperbacks to rare, signed first editions. There were books in every room except the smallest ones, and occasionally (like Scrooge McDuck) he liked to gather them all in a pile in the middle of the floor, toss them up in the air, and let them come down and hit him on the head. A columnist for the SFWA Bulletin and frequent contributor to the "Curiosities" page of F&SF, he was the author of 41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin, the definitive bio-bibliography on the subject, as well as The Joy of Booking: Webster's Guide to Buying and Selling Used SF and Fantasy Books. He also wrote fiction, but not nearly often enough to suit Mary, his Significant Other. He lived in Richmond, Virginia, with the long-suffering Mary and three damn cats.

Sadly Bud died in February 2016 - he will be sorely missed but his memory will live on in the columns below and his writings elsewhere.

Photo by Wolfgang Jasper.

Past Masters columns

  1. Mars — the Amply Read Planet (Helix, July 1, 2006)
  2. Way Up in the Middle of the Air (Helix, October 1, 2006)
  3. Nelson Bond (Helix, January 1, 2007)
  4. Zenna Henderson (Helix, April 1, 2007)
  5. Gats, Six-Guns and Blasters [Leigh Brackett] (Helix, July 1, 2007)
  6. Forest of Incandescent Bliss [Cordwainer Smith] (Helix, October 1, 2007)
  7. Piper at the Gates [H. Beam Piper] (Helix, January 1, 2008)
  8. Still I Persist in Wondering [Edgar Pangborn] (Helix, April 1, 2008)
  9. It's Not the Length, It's What You Do With It [Fredric Brown] (Helix, July 1, 2008)
  10. Farewell to the Masters (Helix, October 1, 2008)
  11. Cyril With an M (or, I'm As Kornbluth as Kansas in August) [C.M. Kornbluth] (Jim Baen's Universe, February 2009)
  12. A Kuttner Above the Rest (But Wait, There's Moore!) [Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore] (Jim Baen's Universe, June 2009)
  13. Let Me Be Frank (or Welcome to the Allamagoosa Russell-Palooza!) [Eric Frank Russell] (Jim Baen's Universe, August 2009)
  14. Murray Leinster's a Ten(ster), or Deal out the Lincolns to William F. Jenkins [Murray Leinster] (Jim Baen's Universe, October 2009)
  15. Merrily We Roll Along or, That's Funny, You Don't Look Judith [Judith Merril] (Jim Baen's Universe, February 2010)
  16. In a Klass By Himself (or, Tops On a Scale of One to Tenn) [William Tenn] (Jim Baen's Universe, April 2010)
  17. A Logic Named Clement (or Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal) [Hal Clement] (Grantville Gazette, #30, 2010)
  18. A Martian? Odd, I See (or A Taste of Milwaukee's Finest) [Stanley G. Weinbaum] (Grantville Gazette, #31, 2011)
  19. City Slickers, Country Bumpkins, Ants, Robots and Mutants [Clifford D. Simak] (Grantville Gazette, #38 & #39, 2011)

Anthopology 101 columns

  1. The Pohl Star (bare*bones magazine, Vol. 3 #1, 2001)
  2. 41 Above the Rest: An Index to the Anthologies of Groff Conklin (The New York Review of Science Fiction, #162, September 2002)
  3. The Best of Time and Space (Chronicle, #244, February 2004)
  4. Pocketbooks and Portable Libraries (Chronicle, #248, June 2004)
  5. The Deans' List(s) (Chronicle, #254, December 2004)
  6. From B(allantine) to Z(acherley) (Chronicle, #255, January 2005)
  7. Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun (Chronicle, #256, February 2005)
  8. Eureka! (SFWA Bulletin, Summer 2005)
  9. The (Non)Final Stage (SFWA Bulletin, Summer 2005)
  10. Time, and Time Again (SFWA Bulletin, Fall 2005)
  11. The Real Macabre (SFWA Bulletin, Winter 2005)
  12. They Blinded Us...With SCIENCE! (SFWA Bulletin, Spring 2006)

A book version of the Anthopology 101 columns is available from The Merry Blacksmith Press.

On the Ground Floor - An Index of SF and Fantasy First Stories