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

FANAC: Science Fiction History Online!

Science fiction fandom has been publishing its own zines for over 80 years.  Joe Siclari has not been collecting it for that long, but he has been working to get fannish materials (fanzines, convention programs, photos) online for nearly 25 years.  Here’s a sample of the latest fanac.org has online, with help from Edie Stern and Mark Olson (and this time, Kerry Kyle):

Many zines from the 1930s provided by Kerry Kyle and scanned by Joe Siclari:

Issue 1 of the Fantasy Amateur from 1937, the official organ of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA).http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/FAPA/FAPA01-01.html FAPA is the oldest and longest running fan APA. Check out the membership list on page 3. It’s a who’s who of the era. First editor? Fred Pohl.

Issue 2 of the Jack Baltadonis fanzine, Fantasy Herald.http://www.fanac.org/…/Fantasy_Her…/Fantasy_Herald02-01.html Hecto!

Issue 12 of the International Observer of Science and Science Fiction.http://www.fanac.org/fa…/Int_Observer/Int_Observer12-cv.html Editors were John Michel, Fred Pohl and Donald A. Wollheim.

Issue 1 of The Atom, a 1937 fanzine by Richard Wilson.http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Atom/Atom01-01.html

Arcturus 8 from 1936.http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Arcturus/Arcturus08-01.html

Issue 1 of James Taurasi’s Cosmic Tales Quarterly (1937).http://www.fanac.org/f…/Cosmic_Tales/Cosmic_Tales01-cvr.html

Issue 1 of the Bulletin of the Leeds Science Fiction League. After a few issues, news of Leeds was to be found in the Futurian.http://www.fanac.org/…/Bulletin_Le…/Bulletin_Leeds01-01.html

Issue 1 of Weir’s Fantasmagoria (1937). http://www.fanac.org/…/Fantasmagoria/Fantasmagoria01-01.html

We’ve added several issues of Joe Siclari’s Fanhistorica. http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Fanhistorica/ Included are articles from luminaries such as Bob Tucker, Ray Nelson, Walt Willis and Alva Rogers and the true story of Baycon in Ginjer Buchanan’s “I’ve Had No Sleep and I Must Giggle.” You’ll also find 2 parts of the reprint of F. Tower Laney’s Ah! Sweet Idiocy! http://www.fanac.org/fa…/Fanhistorica/Fanhistorica02-05.html

George Phillies sent us a PDF of the July 2017 issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation’s Tightbeam, edited by Bob Jennings.http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Tightbeam/ Thanks George.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 2, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/MT_Void/MT_Void-3602.html Thank you both

Newszines today. We’ve added 7 issues of Fandom on Parade, a cardzine from 1945. Sample headline? STATEMENT BY SHAW: “Yes, DAW’s sueing us” . http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/FanParade/ Scanning by Joe Siclari.

More issues of Greg and Jim Benford’s VOID! You can now read online issues 11, 12, and 13. http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/VOID/ Scanning by Joe Siclari.

We also have more newszines today. There are 5 issues from the early 60s of the British newszine by Ron Bennett, Skyrack,
http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Skyrack/ along with the last issue of Mike Ward’s Winnie. http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Winnie/ There’s also issue 151 of Ansible. http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Ansible/Ansible151-01.html

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 24,889 names in these listings. http://www.fanac.org/names.html

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #34.5 (5.3 MB), #35.1 (5.1 MB), and #383 (8.7 MB) of his perzine Opuntia.http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Opuntia/ Thanks Dale.

More fan news of WWII. Today, we added 25 issues of FanewsCard from 1944 and 1945. Most of them are issues between #64 and #91.http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/FanewsCard/ All scanning thanks to Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

One more issue of Andrew Porter’s Degler too. It’s #252,http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Degler/Degler252-01.html and scanning is by Mark Olson.

Confluence 2017 Restaurant Guide: Restaurants Between Robinson Township and the Airport

Most of the restaurants fall into three areas: Thorn Run Crossing near the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport at 1160 Thorn Run Rd (Area 1), University Blvd (Area 2) and Robinson Town Centre/The Pointe, the shopping area where Routes 22 and 60 intersect (Area 3).

Recommended Restaurants

  • Hyeholde Restaurant 1516 Coraopolis Heights Rd. (near Area 1), 412-264-3116, 4pm-9pm Mon-Thur, 5pm-10pm Sat: For an elegant meal out, great wine list hyeholde.com
  • Maxime’s Mediterranean 937 Beaver Grade Rd., Ste 5 (Area 1) 412-269-0111 11am-10pm sandwiches, salads maximesfresh.com
  • Eggs’N’At 8556 University Blvd. (Area 2), 412-262-2920, 7am-2pm: Eggs, burritos, apple strudel pancakes! eggsnat.com
  • Selma’s Texas BBQ 9155 University Blvd. (Area 2), 412-329-7003, 11am-8pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun: six kinds of BBQ, sides selmasbbq.com
  • Burgatory 300 McHolme Dr. (Area 3), 412-809-9400, 11am-10pm: Excellent burgers, snacks, drinks. burgatorybar.com
  • Papaya 210 McHolme, 412-494-3366, 11am-3:30pm 4:30pm-10pm M-F, noon-10pm Sat-Sun Excellent Thai papayathaicuisineandsushibar.com/30364
  • Industry Public House 140 Andrew Dr. (Area 3), 412-490-9080, 11am-2am: Brunch, gourmet popcorn, beer industrypgh.com
  • Ya Fei 1980 Park Manor Blvd., 412-788-9388, 11:30am-9pm Mon-Sat. 1pm-9pm Sun: Pan-Asian, sushi http://www.yafeipittsburgh.com/menu.aspx
  • DeLuca’s Diner 1110 Park Manor Blvd. (Area 3), 412-788-1007, 7am-3pm Mon-Sun: Massive breakfasts! delucasdiner.com
  • Bakd 6520 Steubenville (Area 3), 412-788-2253, 11am-mid F/Sat 11am-9pm Sun: Pizza, Italian food, beer, full bar bakdpizza.com
  • Mad Mex 2 Robinson Plaza (on Route 60 near Area 3), 412-494-5656, 11am-11pm: Huge burritos, great chips & salsa, beer madmex.com

All the rest of the Restaurants    

(Area 1):  Within a Half Mile of the Sheraton

Sheraton (Con Hotel)  Link@Sheraton Cafe breakfast, lunch, dinner and Starbucks Kiosk 6am-11pm  sheratonpittsburghairport.com

Casa Amigo 333 Rouser Rd, Bld 4, 412-264-0800, 11am-11pm Mon-Sun  Mexican/tequila casaamigospgh.com/contact

Take a left from hotel to Thorn Run Rd, walk past Post Office. Bruegger’s & back entrance to Thorn Run Crossing up street on left

  • Bruegger’s Bagels 1134 Thorn Run Rd. Ext., 412-264-2243, 6am-6pm: Bagels & sandwiches of all kinds  brueggers.com
  • Kip’s Ice Cream, 1136 Thorn Run Rd. Ext., 412-269-7457, noon-10pm:     facebook.com/kipshomemadeicecream/
  • Subway 1136 Thorn Run Rd. Ext., 412-264-6655, 8am-9pm: Breakfast, sandwiches & salad subway.com
  • Hunan Chinese 1136 Thorn Run Rd. Ext., 412-262-1322, 11am-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, closed Sun: Chinese  hunanmoonpa.com
  • Pizza Bella 1136 Thorn Run Rd. Ext., 412-299-1990, 10:30am-10pm, noon-10pm Sun: Pizza, wings, hoagies  moonpizzabella.com
  • Armstrong’s 1136 Thorn, 412-262-9355, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, noon-8pm Sun: Italian allmenus.com/pa/moon/28744-armstrongs/menu

(Area 2):  Left on Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township

Take a left onto Thorn Run Rd, Ext, then another left in 1/4 mile onto Beaver Grade Rd.  After about 1.5 miles, you’ll intersect University.

  • Vocelli’s 935 Beaver Grade Rd., 412-269-1993, 11am-10pm Sun-Thur, 11am-mid Fri-Sat: Pizza carryout vocellipizza.com/moontwp_pa
  • Mario’s Italian 935 Beaver Grade Rd., 412-262-3020, 5pm-10pm Mon-Sat: Northern Italian, seafood  mariosfamilyrestaurant.com
  • Forgotten Taste Pierogies 910 Beaver Grade Rd., 412-269-9800, 11am-6pm Mon-Sat:  Eastern European carryout     forgottentaste.com
  • AJ Bambino Pizzeria 910 Beaver Grade Rd., 412-299-8590, 10am-3am Fri-Sat, noon-mid Sun:  Pizza, pasta, gyros   ajbambino.com
  • Dunkin’ Donuts  830 Beaver Grade Rd., 412-474-3245, 5am-mid: Donuts, coffee, sandwiches   dunkindonuts.com

Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, K-Mart, Kuhn’s groceries, Dollar Bank on right just before University Boulevard.

(Area 2):  Left on Beaver Grade Rd, Right on University Boulevard, Moon Township

  • Kiyoshi Bistro 6506 University Blvd., 11am-10:30pm, 412- 269-2677: Chinese special, sushi. bar  kiyoshibistro.com
  • Buford’s Kitchen 5980 University, 412-269-0644, 11am-10pm Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm Sat-Sun:  Southern food/burgers  bufordskitchen.com
  • Giant Eagle 5990 University, 412-264-3856, 7am-11pm: Groceries, pharmacy, beer, Pizza Roma, Brighton Hot Dog, Wine & Spirits
  • PNC Bank, Burger King, 6052 University Blvd. (parking lot of the Giant Eagle plaza)

(Area 2):  Left on Beaver Grade Rd, Left on University Boulevard, Moon Township

  • Bob Evans 8405 University Blvd., 412-269-0333, 6am-9pm: Great breakfasts, large portions, salads, sandwiches  bobevans.com
  • Pizza Hut 8609 University Blvd., 412-264-4423, 11am-11pm: Pizza, pasta, wings            pizzahut.com
  • Primanti Brothers 8651 University Blvd.,  412-865-2200. 11am-2am: Large sandwiches with fries & slaw, beer  primantibros.com
  • Wendy’s 8703 University Blvd., 412-264-4343, 10am-1am: Burgers, salads  wendys.com
  • Wings Suds & Spuds 8806 University, 412-264-1866, 11am-mid Tue-Sat, noon-10am Sun: wingssudsspuds.dev.dexhub.dexmedia.com
  • Arby’s 9100 University Blvd., 412-264-3830, 10am-mid: Roast beef sandwiches, milkshakes    arbys.com
  • Eat ’n’ Park 9526 University Blvd., 412-264-7201, 24 hours:  Breakfast buffet      eatnpark.com
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 9600 University Blvd., 412-205-5400 Bar has some unique local beer     hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/

When University Boulevard ends at the lights, take a left to go to The Pointe (Area 3) and, eventually, Pittsburgh.

(Area 3): 376 East, Right at top of Robinson Town Centre/Pointe/North Fayette Township Ramp

From Route 376, take the Robinson Town Centre/The Pointe exit, turn right at the end of the ramp to reach these restaurants:

  • Quaker Steak and Lube 110 Andrew Dr., 412-494-3344, 11am-11pm:  Award-winning wings, burgers, bar food. thelube.com
  • Tilted Kilt 120 Andrew Dr., 412-494-5458, 11am-11pm:  Steaks/burgers.     tiltedkilt.com/robinson    
  • Max & Erma’s 130 Andrew Dr., 412-787-7000, 11am-10pm:  Pub food, burgers, salads, good desserts.  maxandermas.com
  • Uncle Sam’s Classic Subs 225 Summit Park Dr., 412-788-4782, 10:30am-9pm: Philly cheesesteak  unclesamssubs.com    Starbucks   
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana 211 Summit Park Dr., 412-809-9115, 11am-11pm: Italian food.    bravoitalian.com
  • Jimmy John’s 401 Home Dr., 412-809-8000: 11am-10pm: Sandwiches   jimmyjohns.com
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 480 Home Dr., 412-788-9464, 11am-mid Sun-Thu 11am-1am Fri-Sat: Appetizers NTN   buffalowildwings.com
  • El Campesino 460 Home Dr., 412-787-2225, 11am-10pm Mon-Sat noon-9pm Sun: Large Mexican menu elcampesinorestaurant.com

(Area 3): 376 East, Straight at top of Robinson Town Centre/Pointe/North Fayette Township Ramp

  • Cracker Barrel 200 Davis Blvd. (near Lowe’s), 412-788-1103, 6am-10pm:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner, loads of sides   crackerbarrel.com
  • Panera 250 McHolme Dr. (behind Pier One), 412-747-0460, 6:30am-9pm, Sun 8am-8pm: Pastries, soups, free WiFi      panera.com
  • Chipotle 300 McHolme Dr., 412-787-3227,  11am-10pm Mon-Fri/Sun, noon-10pm Sat:  Burritos, tacos   chipotle.com
  • Firehouse Subs  320 McHolme Dr., 412-788-4070, 10:30am-9pm: Subs          firehousesubs.com
  • Five Guys 324 McHolme Dr., 412-788-5777,  11am-10pm: Burgers, fries          fiveguys.com

(Area 3): 376 East, Left at top of Robinson Town Centre/Pointe/North Fayette Township Ramp

  • Chick-fil-a 121 Costco Dr, 412-490-0177, 6:30am-10pm, closed Sunday: Chicken sandwiches, salads, breakfast.  chick-fil-a.com
  • Costco 202 Costco Dr., 412-490-2204, open 10am: Great place to buy party supplies.  GFS Marketplace/Aldi’s nearby.
  • Plaza Azteca, 1000 Sutherland Dr., 412-787-8888, open 11am-10pm Mon-Sat, noon-9:30pm Sun:  Mexican  plazaazteca.com
  • International House of Pancakes 1002 Sutherland Dr.,  412-859-0282, 24 hours: Pancakes & more pancakes   ihop.com
  • The Mall at Robinson 100 Robinson Ctr. Dr., 412-788-0816 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun: Free WiFi, Little Tokyo
  • Buca di Beppo 6600 Robinson Ctr. Dr., 412-788-8444, 11am-10pm: Family-style Italian, lasagna, ravioli       bucadibeppo.com
  • Joe’s Crab Shack 6491 Robinson Ctr. Dr., 412-494-5444, 11am-11pm Sun-Thu, 11am-1am Fri-Sat:  Crabs & mallets  joescrabshack.com
  • Cold Stone Creamery 6509 Robinson Ctr. Dr., 412-788-8380, 11am-10pm: Variety of ice cream & yogurt  coldstonecreamery.com
  • Golden Corral, 900 Park Manor Blvd., 412-788-1776, breakfast 7:30-11, lunch/dinner 11-10:  Buffet restaurant  goldencorral.com
  • Beer – House of Brews 1928 Park Manor Blvd., 412-787-5070, 9:30am-9:30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun: twitter.com/houseofbrewspgh
  • Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse 1160 Park Manor Blvd., 412-787-1999, 1pm-9pm Sat-Sun: Japanese      ichibanhibachisteakhouse.com

It’s less than a half hour to drive to Pittsburgh, now one of the best restaurant cities in America. Recommended:  Altius, Poros, City Beer Works, Eleven, Six Penn, Le Lyonnais, Soba, Gaucho Parole, Braddock’s American Brasserie, Spoon, Emporio, Nicky’s Thai Kitchen, Nine on Nine, and Butcher & the Rye are all worth the trip. tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g53449-Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania.html