FANAC: Science Fiction Fan History: Latest Features & Scanned Fanzines

It’s 25 years since MagiCon! To celebrate, we’ve uploaded a video of MagiCon Guest of Honor Vincent Di Fate speaking on “Science Fiction, Spirit of Youth” This far ranging talk includes an illuminating discussion of Frank R. Paul and how he affected the field. Vin also talks about his own influences, and science fiction film. At a 1980s Tropicon, Vin’s Guest of Honor speech centered on being a science fiction guy. That enthusiasm comes out loud and clear in this video. Check it out!

MagiCon was the first project of FANAC, Inc. and eventually provided the seed money for the Fan History Project. Our Guests of Honor were Jack Vance, Vincent Di Fate and Walt Willis. To see our photos from the convention, click here. Mike Glyer has celebrated the anniversary by republishing his contemporaneous convention report at File 770.

We have fond memories of the Enchanted Duplicator miniature golf course, of the amazing History of Art retrospective led by GoH Vincent Di Fate, and of our Fan Lounge, which people have said is the standard by which all subsequent fan lounges are judged. At the closing ceremonies we celebrated the field by creating a time capsule, which was surprisingly emotional. After a quarter of a century, we’re planning to open it soon. soon. Watch this space.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 25,082 names in these listings.

Added 5 more issues of Mike Glyer’s newszine File 770 from 1978 and 1979 thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 11 sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

We have added 27 issues of Bob Tucker’s seminal humor zine Le Zombie. Combined with news and gossip, this “Ghoul’s Ghazette” was a must read of the time, and is still entertaining. He often quoted people or commented in such a way that the feuds of the day were clearly exposed. Lee Hoffman was Bob’s fannish granddaughter, and we have added all 3 issues of her 1956 history zine Fanhistory. You might notice a similarity in the covers for Fanhistory and in the covers of Lee’s earlier focal point zine, Quandry.

Want some truth? Some Cheap Truth? 16 issues of the Vincent Omniaveritas (Bruce Sterling) fanzine from the mid80s are now online. Scanning is thanks to Joe Siclari.

Thanks to Joe’s scanning, we also have added news of the day. For days in March 1947, see Tympany 2.

For Australian days in May 1959, see Merv Binns’s Australian Science Fiction Newsletter 3. For more Australian news, this time from October 1978, we have Merv Binns’s Australian SF News 5. If you like your Australian news more media oriented, we’ve added the first issue of Sweetness and Light.

For news of Europe, we’ve put up 6 issues (mostly from 1984) of Shards of Babel.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of the September & August 2017 issues of The National Fantasy Fan Federation’s The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #389, #390, #41.1B, #41.1C, #41.1D.pdf (5.4 MB), and #41.5 (5.1 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

FANAC Science Fiction Fan History: Latest Features & Scanned Fanzines

Thanks to Jack Weaver, our site builder and webmaster for FANAC’s first 20 years, we have a new FANAC.ORG feature! If you look at the fanzine list (either classic pre-1980 or modern post-1980) you’ll see a count on the right of how many issues are online at fanac.org and an indicator if the fanzine is new or updated, or if the run of fanzines is complete. Check it out!

Back to the 40s–we’ve added 26 issues of the newszine FanewsCard from late 1943 – mid 1944. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 7 that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

News today about Western North American fandom in David Nee’s Sanders. We’ve added 12 issues from 1971 and 1972. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Six issues of Mike Glyer’s File 770 and one 1991 issue of the European newsletter Shards of Babel Scans by Mark Olson.

We added a small picture of Carol Hoag, http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/IguanaCon/w78a024.jpeg Iguanacon registration head, thanks to Tim Kyger.

Adding a few more issues of various newszines. Issue 4 of Vince Clarke’s Science Fantasy News from 1949. Two issues of Graham Stone’s Science Fiction News from 1985. That last is from Australia. Want to know more about these people? Check out the articles about them in Fancyclopedia.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #387, #40.1, #40.2, #40, #388, #40.2, #40.5, & #41.1A of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

News and anecdotes (including one about Isaac and Harlan) from 1953 in 9 issues of a newly scanned fanzine Saturday Morning Gazette. This was edited by John Mangnus, and scanned by Joe Siclari. The editor’s nickname for the magazine? “Smug.”

We added the August issue of Leybl Botwinik’s CyberCozen. Thanks, Leybl!

Mark Olson has been scanning. Thanks to him we have issue 15 and issue 17 of Pete Weston’s Speculation. Thanks Mark!

Good Quotes: Nazis Are Like Cats

Nazis are like cats.

If they like you, it’s probably because you’re feeding them.

John Oliver (to Donald Drumpf) on This Week Tonight 8/13/2017, day after a white supremacist terrorist murdered 1 & maimed 19 in Charlottesville, VA with his car.

Pennsylvania Mule (a drink, not a deer)

A few months ago, I stumbled over Commonwealth’s Gregarious Ginger Cider, a wonderfully gingery apple cider from a Philadelphia cidery.  While I’m not a big fan of hard liquor, my husband is so we have several bottles of Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey. So I’ve invented a drink that has combines these fine drinks from the east and the west of Pennsylvania:

6 oz Commonwealth Gregarious Ginger

1 oz Wigle Whiskey

lime wedge

 

Pour over ice and drink  – it’s DELICIOUS!

FANAC: Science Fiction Fan History – Worldcon Galleries

Not at Worldcon this year? Stop by the FANAC site and browse through some prior Worldcon photo albums. I’ll be posting photos at the FANAC Twitter account.

Here are some assorted Worldcon photos taken by Laurie Mann:

 

Chicon 2000  – Roger Sims, Dave Kyle & “friends.”

LoneStarCon 1997: Priscilla Olson & Janice Gelb

MagiCon 1992:  Nancy Tucker Shaw

Chicon 1991:  At the Chesleys with David Cherry, Jeff Shalles, ? (Geri Sullivan?), Todd & Joni Dashoff, Gay Ellen Dennett, George Flynn

Noreascon 1980:  Terence Dicks

MidAmeriCon 1976:  Robert Silverberg and Damon Knight

FANAC: Science Fiction Fan History Updates, Early August 2017

It’s always interesting to see how others view us. In modern times, science fiction has permeated popular culture, but as we all know, it was not always thus. Today we’ve added the very first mainstream press review of a science fiction convention. Have a look at the TIME magazine report on the first Worldcon, published July 10, 1939. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Evelyn Leeper has written a convention report on this year’s NASFIC. Thanks Evelyn!

Thanks to Tim Kyger, we have put online Bill Patterson’s memoir of Arizona fandom and how IguanaCon, the 1978 Worldcon, came to be. The Little Fandom That Could is up under Fan Histories. Thanks Tim!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #386 (7.2 MB), #39 (4.7 MB), and #39.5 (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 5, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

Added the latest issue of John Thiel’s Ionisphere.

More newszines. Added 12 issues of Andrew Porter’s SF Weekly from 1967 and 1968. Scanning thanks to Mark Olson.

Good Quotes: Carl Sagan Predicts 2016 in a 1996 Book

…science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time —
when the United States is a service and information economy;
when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries;
when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few,
and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues;
when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes,
our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true,
we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content
in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 second or less),
lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition,
but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.

Carl Sagan, 1996, The Demon-Haunted World