David A. Kyle 1919 – 2016

A giant of the field is no longer with us.

David A. Kyle, author, fan and Worldcon Chair has passed.

David was a legendary member of First Fandom, a friend of Amazing Stories (through most of its history, including this most recent version) and a TruFan, proudly wearing his infatuation with the genre on his sleeve (the breast of his First Fandom jacket to be precise).

It could be said that circumspection, a yellow sheet of paper and seating rules made both David’s reputation and legacy.

Our condolences to the Kyle family, the fannish family and anyone who knew David, however briefly.  He will be greatly missed.

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  1. If it’s the book I’m thinking of, my friend Randy Reichardt took the photo of Dave that adorns the book. Although I hadn’t seen Dave for years, I will miss his presence.

  2. David Kyle’s book A Pictorial History of Science Fiction was my first and still favorite nonfiction book about science fiction, pack with wonderful illustrations, it introduced me to the history of the Golden Age of science fiction and pulp magazines when I was about 12 or 14 (before I’d ever seen one). It was certainly the second greatest influence on me as a sci-fi fan (next to Heinlein’s juvenile novels).
    R.I.P. 🙁

  3. I think you meant 1919-2016, rather than 1919-1926. That would have made Dave 7 when he died 90 years ago. 🙂
    I will miss him, even though I haven’t seen him for a number of years. He was a classic himself!

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