The Pegasus Awards

Leslie Fish HoF

 

Pegasus Awards

Award Year Collaboration Category Song
2005 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Space Opera Song Signy Mallory
2005 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Sword and Sorcery Song Threes
2003   Best Classic Filk Song Banned From Argo
2002   Best Song That Tells A Story Horsetamer's Daughter
1999   Best Hero Song A Toast For Unknown Heroes
1989 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Fantasy Song Wind's Four Quarters
1987   Best Writer/Composer  
1986   Best Original Filk Song Witnesses' Waltz
1986   Best Female Filker  
1984   Best Original Filk Song Hope Eyrie

Pegasus Nominations

Year Collaboration Category Song
2012

 

Best Travel Song Fellowship Going South
2004

w/ Julia Ecklar

Best Comic Book Song Catatonia County Rag
2003

w/ Julia Ecklar

Best Original Humorous Song Asteroid Named Rest Stop
2001 w/ Duane Elms Best Computer Song Threes Rev. 1.1
2000   Best End of the World Song Serious Steel
1999   Best Hero Song Horsetamer's Daughter
1999 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Hero Song Some Kind of Hero
1998 w/ Rudyard Kipling Best Adaptation Female of the Species
1997 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Sorcery Song Lammas Night
1996 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Eerie Song Madcoil: Nightcrawler
1996 w/ Rudyard Kipling Best Spiritual Song Cold Iron
1996 w/ Gwen Zak Best Spiritual Song I Am Lord
1995   Best Sing-Along/Choral Song Banned From Argo
1993   Best Writer/Composer  
1993 w/ Julia Ecklar Best Space Song Asteroid Named Rest Stop
1993   Best Humorous Song Carmen Miranda's Ghost
1992   Best Tribute A Toast For Unknown Heroes
1991 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best War/Vengeance Song Threes
1990 w/ Mercedes Lackey Best Literature Song Threes
1988 w/ Rudyard Kipling Best Historical Song The Thousandth Man
1987   Best Filk Song The Ferryman

When I told Leslie Fish that she needed a bio for the NASFiC program book, she said, "OK. Write it." Huh?! Well, as her sometime-sorta manager/producer/agent/Net interface...I guess that I'm as qualified as anyone!

OK, basics: Born in New Jersey, 11 March 19-something, to a mundane dentist father and singer mother. Learned to sing and to read at a very young age; started playing guitar at 16; started writing the first of hundreds of songs shortly thereafter, including her first settings of Rudyard Kipling's poetry. Went to her first con at 16; saw Martin Luther King Jr. speak at 17; went to college, majoring in English and minoring in psychology, protest and politics. Paid hard dues in the Civil Rights and anti-War movements; joined the Industrial Workers of the World; did psych counseling for vets (among many other jobs including railroad yard clerk, go-go dancer, computer keypuncher and social worker). Wrote her first filksong of dozens, "Fellowship Going South", in 1963. Saw the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, and then began her most famous (and best-loved) filksong, "Hope Eyrie" [a.k.a. "The Eagle Has Landed"]; that took six years to write.

In 1973 she discovered Star Trek--and she was hooked--totally and thoroughly... ("TV that actually showed real issues!") She began contributing to the fanzines--illustrations, stories and songs. She was so hooked, in fact, that she cut two LP albums with her I.W.W. band, The Dehorn Crew, of space and Star Trek songs: _Folk Songs for Folk Who Ain't Even Been Yet_ (1976), and _Solar Sailors_ (1977), which debuted the all-time most notorious Star Trek filksong ever written: "Banned From Argo". These were the first of several solo albums, another with the Dehorn Crew, and dozens of songs, both alone and collaborative, on albums from every major filk label. She was elected to the Filk Hall Of Fame as one of the first inductees. She is also now a pro writer; in addition to her two fan novels, she has out _A Dirge For Sabis_ (part of the "Sword Of Knowledge" trilogy) with C.J. Cherryh, several short stories and more in the works.

Leslie is single, and lives in Phoenix, AZ with some house mates and a varying number of cats. Most of her time is spent writing and cat-chasing, but she makes time for gaming, the local SCA and her FanHaven land project (see her for details).

Look for her in the smoker's filkroom at night. Contrary to her rather lurid legend, she won't skewer anyone for honest questions: her weapons of choice are wits and words. She is patient with newcomers, she willingly shows guitar techniques or song chords to about anyone who asks. Her guitar technique is almost unreal; her vocal talents include a three-octave range and power enough to rattle windows; her songs are on scores of topics from cats to computers, but largely Anarchist politics, Pagan subjects, and future folk. She also has a wealth of stories on songwriting, fandom and politics [she's one of the best raconteuses I know]. Just DON'T ask for "Banned From Argo"--ask her to do something not on a tape or one that she hasn't done in years!

Mary Creasey of Random Factors

 

 
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