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!

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.

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.

Speculations on Game of Thrones [[Full of Spoilers]]

While I’d been aware of George Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” for many years, I never read the books. I loved “Lord of the Rings” but generally didn’t like epic fantasy.

I watched the first year of the series anyway and absolutely loved it, aside from the violence. It was much more grounded in European history as a model than I’d expected. I read all the books in the fall of 2011, giving up quickly on the sea king stuff which was really boring (and I’m so glad HBO left that subplot out).

From the very first episode, I felt it was a lie that Jon Snow was Ned Stark’s bastard. I always felt Jon Snow was Lyanna & Robert’s child, particularly late in season one when we kept hearing “The seed is strong.” Jon looks more like a child of Robert’s than a child of Ned’s with his very dark, unruly hair, though he behaved more like a Stark with his stubbornness and love of honor. I’m still kind of annoyed that he’s part Targaryean as he looks nothing like any Targaryean we’ve seen up ’til now.

I generally enjoyed the first episode of season seven. The only thing that struck me as kind of odd was the relative quietness of King’s Landing. I think there would have been a revolt by the people who were left after the explosion at the Sept. The scenes showing Sam’s tribulations went way, way too long. Loved the quiet scenes with Arya and the soldiers [Ed Sheeran was fine in that scene, and, frankly, after everything Masie Williams has been through on camera the last few years, give the girl a chance to flirt a little will ya?] and the Brotherhhood and the Hound. Loved the rallying cry of Lady Mormont about training the girls for war.

I’m still not sure who will wind up on the Iron Throne, but I don’t think Cersei will be able to hold it for long. Not sure whether Tyrion or Jamie will ultimately kill her, since it is fortold she will be killed by a younger brother.

Other comments on some of the characters:

Arya: doomed, probably this year. It’s one thing to murder Walter Frey & even his two sons, but taking out a whole hall of them (about half of Cersei’s body count from blowing up the Sept) is bound to make people angry. I think it’ll come down to John’s sense of honor requiring him to execute her. Arya was my favorite character, but she’s too dangerous to stay alive. She has great abilities but still very little discipline.

Bran: will probably live until a battle involving dragons. I think he’ll be able to control a dragon, and he might help to win a war against the White Walkers. It almost looks like the Westeros intra-kingdom warfare will be concurrent with the war against the White Walkers and we won’t know who will wind up on the Iron Throne until next year.