Fred Patten

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Fred Patten
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Born December 11, 1940
Profession or hobby Writer, media critic, editor, fandom organizer
Character species Human
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Fred Patten (born December 11, 1940),[1] is a writer, media critic, editor, fandom organizer who lives in Southern California, USA. He is considered one of the main founders of the furry fandom.[2][3]

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Biography

Patten was born in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 1940 to Shirley Marie (Jones) Patten and Beverly Walter Patten. He learned to read at a young age, starting with comic strips in both the Los Angeles Times and Examiner, and later was introduced to Walt Disney's Comics and Stories around 1945. Much of his early reading also came from magazines and books, and he showed an interest in Superhero comic books as well.

Science fiction became a key interest around age nine, and Patten began to collect books from Ace Books, Ballantine Books, and other publishers around that time, as well as major science fiction magazines including Astounding, F&SF, and Galaxy Science Fiction.

In the late 1950s, he became involved in the science-fiction fandom. He entered the University of California at Los Angeles in 1958, and its graduate School of Library Science in 1962. He became active in fandom after discovering the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society in 1960. By the time he graduated with a Master's degree in Library Science in 1963, he had been writing for science fiction fanzines and publishing his own stories for three years. His Master's thesis was on the books of Andre Norton.

Fred's activities in the fandoms were curtailed by a stroke he suffered in March 2005. As of February 2014, he was still under medical care at a convalescent hospital, but making regular contributions to Flayrah. He has donated hundreds of boxes containing his library of furry books and fanzines to the University of California, Riverside library,[citation needed] and visits on a monthly basis to help organize them.[4]

Fandoms involvement

Science Fiction

Fred has been a long-time member of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (whose clubhouse has often been used for collating issues of Rowrbrazzle), and was a founding member of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization; the founders of ConFurence were also members of C/FO.

Anime

Fred is considered one of the founders of anime fandom in the United States, and one of the country's leading experts on anime and manga.[3][5] He was an employee for Streamline Pictures, a dubbing company for Japanese anime titles, from January 1991 until it went out of business in 2002[6].

Furry

Fred was the official editor of the Rowrbrazzle APA from 1989 to 2005, having joined the APA in 1984. He has also been active in Furthest North Crew and North American Fur, amongst other places.

Fred has been writing furry book reviews since 1962. He was the furry book reviewer for Yarf! (1990-2003), Claw & Quill (2004-2005), Anthro (2005-2008), Renard's Menagerie (2008), and Flayrah (2011-present) magazines.

Fred was also the founder of the Ursa Major Awards in 2001, and won its award for Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work in 2003 for the furry anthology Best In Show. He was inducted in absentia into MiDFur's Furry Hall of Fame in 2011.[7]

Fred was the Fandom Guest of Honor (in absentia) for RainFurrest 2013.[8]

Convention attendance

Filmography

Literature

Fred authored An Anthropomorphic Bibliography in Yarf! (three editions from 1995 to 2000), and edited five anthologies of furry s-f & fantasy short fiction:

See also

References

  1. Fred Patten at the Furry Writers' Guild
  2. Fred Patten on Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 Furry fandom on Wikipedia
  4. Trials and Tribulations with the Fred Patten Collection - Alex Leavitt (6 July 2009)
  5. Fred Patten and the history of Manga
  6. Ryan Gilbert c/o Mike Lepore Saturday, March 31, 2012. Fred Patten Interview.
  7. Furry Hall of Fame Induction 2011 - includes 20 minute interview (posted 16 September 2012)
  8. Guests of Honor on the RainFurrest 2013 website. Retrieved September 30, 2013.

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Goldfur Chakat and Uncle Kage (2008) · 2, The Ranting Gryphon and Paul Kidd (2009) · Stan Sakai, Big Blue Fox, Jenner and CynWolfe (2010) · Fred Patten (2011) · Sofawolf Press and Steve Gallacci (2012)
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