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.

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