Arthur William Saha (October 31, 1923 – November 19, 1999) was an American speculative fiction editor and anthologist, closely associated with publisher Donald A. Wollheim.

Arthur William Saha
Born(1923-10-31)October 31, 1923
DiedNovember 19, 1999(1999-11-19) (aged 76)
OccupationEditor, anthologist
Alma materColumbia University

Life edit

Saha was the son of William and Henrikka Saha, a Finnish-American couple. After serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II, he enrolled in and graduated from Columbia University. Saha worked as a research chemist and is credited with the patent for the first fire resistant ironing board cover, and for various paints and pigments used on the exteriors of the first space satellites.[citation needed] At one time he was a resident of Minnesota; in his later years Saha resided in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York. While living in New York City, he was an early associate of the beatniks. Saha was a long-standing member of Mensa. He died of cancer.[1]

Career in speculative fiction edit

Saha became active in New York City science fiction fandom, becoming a member of the Futurians and First Fandom, and was a close associate and ally of Wollheim and Frederik Pohl in the early fan wars.

Later an editor at Wollheim's publishing house DAW Books,[1] Saha co-edited numerous "best of the year" science fiction anthologies with Wollheim, and was Wollheim's choice as successor to Lin Carter as editor of a similar line of fantasy anthologies. Saha's compilations were routinely entered in the Locus Poll Award for Best Anthology; The 1978 Annual World's Best SF he co-edited with Wollheim came in second for the 1979 award.

He was inducted into and received a First Fandom Hall of Fame award for 1992 for his contributions to the field of science fiction. He served as President of the New York Science Fiction Society, better known as the Lunarians, and as President of First Fandom[1] for many years until his death.

Coinage edit

Saha is credited with coining the term "Trekkie" in 1967 to describe fans of Star Trek.[2] He had used the term in an interview that Pete Hamill was conducting on the science fiction phenomenon for TV Guide.

Bibliography edit

The Annual World's Best SF (with Donald A. Wollheim) edit

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Art Saha (1923-1999)," obituary in SFWA News, posted Nov. 26, 1999
  2. ^ "Science Fiction Buzz article on "Star Trek Classic"". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-27.

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