FANAC Science Fiction Fan History – Latest Photos & Scanned Zines

With the permission of the LASFS board, we have started putting up some Shangri-LA issues. We have issues from the 1940s & 1950s. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Shangri-LA was one of the official organs of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of October 2017’s issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation’s The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

Five more issues of the Lynch’s CHAT the newszine of the Chattanooga Science Fiction Association. These are from 1979-1981. Scanning by Richard Lynch. Thanks Richard!

More File 770s, 1983 and 1984 Scanning thanks to Mark Olson. We have put online 2267 newszines so far, with the earliest from April 1938, and the most recent from 2011. That April 1938 newszine, Science Fiction Newsletter published by Dick Wilson, appeared only 12 years after the first science fiction magazine hit the newsstand. Dick was 17 at the time, and his first short story was published in Astonishing Stories two years later.

Ever hear of Claude Degler? You can read the Fancyclopedia 2 article about him. Degler and his Cosmic Circle were the center of fannish furor in the 1940s (and deservedly so). Here is a whack of the original materials published by and about the Cosmic Circle Here you’ll find both external criticism (so marked) and the Cosmic Circle fanzines. Today, a whack equals 44 publications. Included are almost the entire run of Cosmic Circle Commentator and three Fanews Analyzer. All scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

We added the latest issues of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society’s newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 15 & No. 16 that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

We’ve added issue 23 of Rhodomagnetic Digest scanning by Gideon Marcus. Thanks Gideon!

Added issue 13 of Bruce Sterling’s Cheap Truth from 1985.

Who was who in 1940 in fandom? We have the answer here. What we don’t know is who it was that produced this publication. If you do, please let us know. Send the info to fanac@fanac.org.

You can’t tell the BNFs without a scorecard, or at least a Who’s Who. We’ve added L.D. Broyle’s Who’s Who from 1961 under Fannish Reference Works. Here you can read about folks like Roger Ebert, Dick Eney, Rick Sneary and more. What did the world (or at least Broyle) think of Harlan Ellison in 1961? Of Bjo? Read it here. Broyle even included what kind of audio equipment each fan had. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues 394, 393, 44.1A, 44, 43.1A, 43.1B of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 25,205 names in these listings.

2 Replies to “FANAC Science Fiction Fan History – Latest Photos & Scanned Zines”

  1. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good blog with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

    1. Glad you enjoy it! I’m only a small piece of FANAC, mostly on the social media side of the world. fanac.org doesn’t have a newsletter, but we have a large website with a What’s New page that’s propagated to Facebook, Twitter and to my blog.

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