John Purcell


purcell johnJohn Purcell became an active fan in 1973, and has been a member of Minn-stf, one of the oldest and active US clubs, ever since.

John primarily expresses his fanac through his fanzines Askance and In A Prior Lifetime.

He also attends conventions, occasionally working on them, and is rumored to have survived a weekend of having Chris Garcia as his convention roommate at Corflu Quire (Feb, 2007).

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A professor of English and ESOL (teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, John Purcell has also been at various times in his life an insurance assistant underwriter, worked at a pig-packing plant in Iowa, and a professional jazz musician. John gave that last one up for teaching because he needed a steady paycheck to take care of a growing family. Yes, he is married – for 23 years now – and has three children, all grown. Well, almost; the youngest is 17 and still living at home, but as soon as that kid is done with college and gets a job, he gets the boot.

John currently publishes the online fanzine Askance, which is available for viewing and downloading at, and has been involved with science fiction fandom in one way or another for 40 years now. He is hosting the fanzine lounge at the upcoming World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas – LoneStarCon 3 – and is looking forward to attending his first world con since 1978!

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