Four four decades Leslie A. Croutch published a "fanzine" called Light, and became known to a handful of science-fiction fans as Canada's premier science-fiction fan. He lived in Parry Sound, Ontario.
Years of Light
Years of Light is something unusual in the annals of Canadian letters. It is a book-length celebration of a virtually unknown writer and publisher, Leslie A. Croutch, and a compilation of his best fiction and non-fiction, plus a commentary on the science fiction scene in Canada. Years of Light includes freshly researched information on Croutchâ€™s magazine Light, on the so-called Canpulps published during the Second World Warm and on fandom across the land. In effect, it offers the reader "the world according to Croutch," the happy-go-lucky citizen of Parry Sound, Ont, and Canadaâ€™s premier science-fiction fan.
Who else but John Robert Colombo could have â€“ or would have â€“ devoted months of work to the research, writing, and publication of Years of Light? It takes a special combination of showmanship and scholarship, which â€“ no surprise â€“ are all characteristics of Colomboâ€™s earlier books in the field of fantastic literature: Mostly Monsters, Colomboâ€™s Book of Marvels, CDN SF&F, Other Canadas, Backwoodâ€™s Books, Not to Be Taken at Night, and Friendly Aliens.
John Robert Colombo, the author of the best-selling Colombo's Canadian Quotations and Fascinating Canada, has written, translated, or edited over two hundred books. He is the recipient of the Harbourfront Literary Prize and the Order of Canada, and is a Fellow of the Frye Centre.