The Forrest Ackerman Big Heart Award was presented at Aussiecon 4 on September 5 during the Hugo Award ceremony. This year’s winner was Australian fan Merv Binns. Binns has been active in Australian con-running and clubs since the 1960s. He was one of the faces of Australian fandom in the run up to Aussiecon 1 in 1975 and managed to acquire sf films not released in Australia for private viewing in the age before commercial video tapes.
An appreciation of Merv Binns by Aussiecon Fan GoH Robin Johnson on the occasional of Binns receiving the Chandler Award in 1993.