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.

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