The Jay Kay Klein archive has just released nearly 6,000 vintage photographs of U.S. science fiction fandom. Mostly it appears to be convention room-parties, panels/auctions in progress, and author signings with the head turned down – but there are more than a few gems in there. For instance, here’s Ray Bradbury with young artists from Oakland at BayCon in 1968, holding a lizard-man head made by Philip Tippett. Phil — as he was later known — went on to work on the first Star Wars films and lead the animation team at Industrial Light and Magic.

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