Robert E. Briney, a co-founder of Advent:Publishers and an active sf fan in the 1950s and 1960s before he became a mystery fan, was found dead in his home in November. He was 78. Francis M. Nevins, Jr. announced his passing on the Mystery File blog. Nevins says:
Bob Briney was something of a universal genius. Physically he evoked Orson Welles or Nero Wolfe but was soft-spoken and totally without their irascibility and moved with a certain gingerliness as if he were afraid he’d crush something if his movements were more forceful.
Advent was founded by several fans in 1955. The following year Advent published its first book, a collection of Damon Knight’s critical essays, In Search of Wonder.
Briney was also involved in publishing a fanzine, Cataclysm, with Del Close, which was published sporadically from 1949 to 1954.
[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster and Andrew Porter for the story.]