Obituary: Elliot K. Shorter

Fan Elliot K. Shorter (b.1939) died from complications from cancer on October 1. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He helped run Suncon, as he was part of the 7 in ’77 Worldcon bid, which initially found a site in Orlando, but had to move to Miami when their original hotel went bankrupt and also participated in multiple hoax bids. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979. Shorter tended to stand out in fannish circles as a 6’4″ tall ex-MP marine and African-American.

  1. Michael Walsh — October 1, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    A great and gentle man.

  2. Moshe Feder — October 1, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    One of the best men, and best fans, I’ve ever known. A real mensch.

    He was one of the few people in the SF community I would allow to call me “Moishe.”

    I hadn’t seen him in a while, but I’ll miss knowing he was there,

  3. Moshe Feder — October 1, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Faye Ringel asked me to offer the correction that El was not in the Marines, but was an MP in the Army. She also notes:
    “He was a graduate of Bronx Science, found fandom at City College, and was active in NY fandom as well as RISFA in Rhode Island.”

  4. steve davidson — October 2, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    A Trufan and a great and positive influence on me.

  5. P.g. Mulvaney — November 10, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    I just learned of El’s passing. I’ve been living overseas and out of touch, but I’m saddened by this. He was a friend of mine and many, many others. My condolences to all those who held him near and dear — I will hear the roaring voice of his most gentle soul from time to time, for the rest of my days. What a gift he was!