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January 21, 2019
We've one more vintage photo from Kenneth Johnson. It's a picture of a MITSFS meeting in 1973 with guest Theodore Sturgeon. You might be surprised to see who's in the room. You can see it along with the NESFA photos at http://fanac.org/Fan_Photo_Album/n01-p01.html  . Thanks Kenneth!

From 1944, we bring you two issues of Russell Wilsey's Felix. There's a little poetry here and a little fiction too. Scans by Joe Siclari.

We've also got another issue of South of the Moon  - issue 19.5. This is the fanzine that gives information about current APAs. Editors for this issue were Martin Horvat and Denys Howard. Scan by Joe Siclari.

For our Irish Fandom project, we have 3 issues of John Berry and Arthur Thomson's Veritas. Think late 50s, done for OMPA. In addition to Berry and ATom, there's material by Bob Shaw. Scans by Joe Siclari.

One of the most entertaining zines of the late 70s, early 80s was Stu Shiffman's Raffles. We've added the complete run of 11 issues, from 1-8. Stu's wonderful artwork is there, plus art by ATom, Ross Chamberlain, Reed Waller, and many others. The articles feature bylines such as Hank Davis, Eric Bentcliffe, Arnie Katz, Sandra Miesel, Larry Carmody, Avedon Carol, Joe Siclari, and Taral. What more could you want? Great stuff. Scanning by Mark Olson.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of January 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

January 20, 2019
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,330 names in these listings.

January 19, 2019
More issues of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary. We've added issues 31, and the triple issue 35-37 today. That triple issue is 146 pages long! Bruce, how did you avoid some variation of Nydahl's disease? Scanning for these SF Commentary issues by Mark Olson.

We're still working to save as many 1930s fanzines as possible. Today, we've added one edited by Sam Moskowitz. It's Helios 3, and it's in hecto. These hecto zines are in the greatest danger of disappearing. Helios 3 has material not only by SaM, but by Dick Wilson and Clark Ashton Smith. It promises future issues will also have Henry Kuttner, David Keller and other names you may know. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Still working on the 30s, we've added issue 11 of Tesseract, edited by C. Hamilton Bloomer. This ran from 1936 - 1938. The issue we posted has materials by HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Doc Smith. Wow! Scanning by Joe Siclari.

January 18, 2019
It's a YouTube day. We've uploaded another of Rusty Hevelin's excellent interviews from MagiCon, the 50th Worldcon. This time, Rusty interview Frank Robinson. Frank was a long time fan, as well as author and editor. From the YouTube description: "Frank talks about the war years, the fanzines he published, the Ray Palmer era in magazines, his time at Rogue Magazine and lots more. Highlights include: working with Ray Palmer, discussion on the line between fan and pro writing, the story of George Pal's production of 'The Power' from Frank's story of that name, and Frank's views on the impact of science fiction and of fantasy." There's also talk of his not-good relationship with Damon Knight, his brief career as a fan artist (6 color cover on a fanzine!), and how he made his first sale. These interviews provide great insight into a fascinating period in our field. You can find the video at https://youtu.be/QcK_5kmMJ64 

Joe Kennedy's fanzine Vampire  was one of the most highly regarded fanzine in the late 40s. It had outstanding articles and columns about fanzines, the Shaver controversy, and was the must-have zine of its time. Contributors included Laney, Palmer, Shaver, Tucker and others. Today we added 8 issues of the 9 that were produced, as well as Boff Perry's index to Vampire. Scans by Joe Siclari.

We've uploading more issues of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary. We've added 57-66 today. Note that there are a double and a quad issue included. SF Commentary was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo three times during the early 1970s. Scans by Mark Olson.

January 17, 2019
Thanks to Kenneth R. Johnson, we have half a dozen photos of a 1971 NESFA meeting and frisbee session. You can find them in the NESFA photo section. Thanks Kenneth!

Two more early issues of the Tolkien Journal. Today, thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we've added issues 1-2. These early issues are very short and not at all like what the zine became.

For our newszine project, we have another issue today of Fantasy News, this one edited by Will Sykora. It's issue 173  from late November, 1944. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

We've started uploading issues of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary. We have 6 issues up so far, with more to come. SF Commentary was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo three times during the early 1970s.

January 15, 2019
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Four more issues of Egoboo, the late 60s/early 70s fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. Today we added issues 11-13, and 17. Scans by Joe Siclari.

In the early 60s, the NFFF published Fandbooks  as background education on fandom. In the 2010s, they've published a couple more. Fandbook 5  is on Pseudonyms, and fanzines/Fandbook/Fandbook06-01.pdf  is on Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Thanks to the NFFF for providing them.

January 14, 2019
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We've added issue 161  of Buz Busby's Cry of the the Nameless. In this issue: Buz, Red Boggs, Terry Carr, Wally Weber, Elinor Busby, John Berry, and Ted White. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Three more issues of Egoboo, the late 60s/early 70s fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. Today we added issues 9-10 and 15. Scans by Joe Siclari.

In the late 1950s, John Magnus edited a little newszine called Rumble. It had fan doings, opinion, reviews and LOCs. We have 13 issues on line for you today.

January 12, 2019
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We're scanning a new title today, Pat Mueller's Texas SF Inquirer. These 20 issues are primarily from the mid-80s. The earlier issues were marked "The Best Little Newszine in Texas". Scanning by Mark Olson and Joe Siclari. For those that came in late Pat Mueller is Pat Virzi. Thanks Mark and Joe!

There was a Special Issue  of Cosmic Tales  done for the 1st Worldcon in 1939. In fact, it was dedicated to the committee. Contains what may be the first piece by Cyril Kornbluth. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

There's a treat for you today. We've uploaded 6 issues of Egoboo, a fine fannish fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. These issues are from 1968-1972 and include a lot of good personal writing and a plethora of really interesting letters from their friends.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #433 (2.0 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

January 11, 2019
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We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 28, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

January 6, 2019
Three more Tolkien Journal, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. Today we've added issues 7-8 and 15. Thanks Mark!

George Phillies sent us a PDF of the January issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. This months Tightbeam once again comes in two parts. Thanks George!

January 4, 2019
Before it was "Speculation", Pete Weston's fanzine was "Zenith". We've added issues 3, 5 and 6 today, and you can find them all here - http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Speculation/. Articles by Poul Anderson, Terry Pratchett, Chris Priest, Ethel Lindsay, among others. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Back to the Tolkien Journal, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. Today we've added issues 9-14. Contents include part of the proceedings of the first annual Tolkien Conference and art by Tim Kirk. Thanks Mark!

January 3, 2019
More issues of The Voice of the Lobster. Edited by George Flynn, and produced by the committee of Noreascon 2, Voice of the Lobster was published to "discussion of Worldcon management and related topics". Today we added the last 5 issues. This completes the run. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Today's newszines have an international flavor. We've added the complete 5 issue run of Science Fiction International News, edited by Keith Freeman and Dave Kyle. This newszine ran from 1976-1976. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

January 2, 2019
South of the Moon  was a 1970s fanzine that gave information about current APAs. It has a variety of editors, and today we have uploaded 5 of them. Scanning by Mark Olson and Joe Siclari.

Today's newszines cover June and July of 1970. We have 3 issues of Focal Point  for you. The newly added ones are V2, numbers 6-8. These were edited by Arnie Katz and rich brown. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

From 1939, we have issue 2  of Ted Carnell's New Worlds. This early British fanzine ran for 4 issues, and after the war, Carnell edited a prozine by the same name. Cover by Harry Turner. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

If you are interested in conventions, especially Worldcons, you may want to read the discussions in today's newly uploaded title - The Voice of the Lobster. Edited by George Flynn, and produced by the committee of Noreascon 2, Voice of the Lobster was published to "discussion of Worldcon management and related topics". Today we added the first 2 issues. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Taral Wayne sent us a PDF (6.5 MB) of his Perzine Rat Sass 11  which we have added to the Rat Sass index. Thanks Taral.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #432 (5.6 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

December 30, 2018
Well, it turns out that I was wrong when I said we were done with uploaded Outworlds. We have 2 more issues today - issues 4 and 6 from 1970-1971. Scanning by Mark Olson. Issue 4 has a cover by Vincent Di Fate, and interior artwork by Alicia Austin, Tim Kirk and others.

May 1952 saw the last issue of the short run newszine, Stfanews  edited by Clyde Hanback. We uploaded the last issue today, completing the run. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Moving down under, we have 2 issues of Alan Stewart's Thyme  from the early 90s, issues 94 and 95. Alan distributed several other fanzines along with these. Both issues contain an Artychoke  by Ian Gunn, and an Australian SF News, edited by Alan Stewart and Merv Binns. Scans by Mark Olson.

Continuing with the newszine theme, Mike Ward has scanned more Sanders  for us. We've added issue 0 (really more of a flyer), 1, 13, and 15. Thanks Mike! All we seem to be missing now are issues 6 and 21. Hey, does anyone out ther have issues 6 or 21? We're up to 2746 newszines now.

December 29, 2018
An interesting item for you today, originally distributed in FAPA 87. Edited by Terry Carr, it's The Stormy Petrel. This is a collection of articles about Francis Tower Laney. Laney is best known for two publications. First, his star studded fanzine about Lovecraftian fiction, The Acolyte  and second his diatribe on fandom, Ah! Sweet Idiocy!. The Stormy Petrel was put together in response to news of Laney's death. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

We already have part of the Willis Papers  online as retyped text version. Today, we're adding a scanned version  as well. Now you can see it in all its original glory. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Continuing with Pete Weston's Speculation, today we have 2 more issues - 24 and 26. Here you'll find Chris Priest, FM Busby, and Fred Pohl, not to mention Pete Weston. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we've finished the run of Henry Elsner's fanzine, The Sciencefictionist. This was mid40s, and issue 5 just added has articles by Laney, Speer and E. Everett Evans.

We already had online Shelby Vick's full Hyphen Tribute. Today, for completeness, we added the Hyphen Tribute Thumbnail  that Shelby did for the May 1999 FAPA mailing. Different cover, subset of the contents. Thanks to Mark Olson for the scanning.

Added issue 6 of Science Fiction World. This was a Bob Bloch/Bob Tucker newszine of the 1950s published by Gnome Press. One of the leading articles in ssue 6? "Fancyclopedia Project Under Way". Of course, that was Fancyclopedia 2. Read all about it in Fancyclopedia 3 at http://fancyclopedia.org/fancyclopedia-2.

December 27, 2018
Three more issues today of Pete Weston's excellent fanzine, Speculation  from the 1960s. These are actually Zenith Speculation issues - 7-8 and 10. You'll find content by Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, Walt Willis and Chris Priest. Speculation was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fanzine four times. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Len Moffatt edited a newszine in the mid 1950s named Science Fiction Parade. We've added 5 issues today from 1956 - 1958. You can read it here - there's a Westercon IX report, a report on NYCon II, awards polls, etc. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

One more issue of The Sydney Futurian, this one from 1950. Headline: Futurian Society Will Carry On. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

December 26, 2018
For our Irish Fandom  page, we have 2 new entries today. First, we have an April 1, 1957 newszine from Joy and Vince Clarke, Sandy Sanderson and Chuck Harris. It's Goontact 13. Next, the 1961 Willis Fund Papers, including the announcement, invitation and raffle. This was a kickoff for the fund to bring Walt to the 1962 Worldcon. It was very much a group effort - check out the list of fans on the announcement. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

There are 2 additional issues of Pete Weston's Hugo nominated fanzine Speculation  from the 1960s as well. We've uploaded issues 13 and 23. You'll find content by Brian Aldiss, F.M. Busby, and Chris Priest among others. Scanning by Mark Olson.

December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. For your holiday pleasure, we have two Christmas Art publications from LASFS. From 1960, we have the Shangri L'Affaires Christmas Art Supplement. From 1968, we have another Shangri L'Affaires Christmas Art Supplement. Enjoy! Scanning by Joe Siclari.

For the 1941 Worldcon, Denvention, Fanfare  published a special supplement. Although Art Widner published it for the 1941 Worldcon, it contained the text of the GoH speech that Doc Smith had given for Chicon, the 1940 Worldcon. Now you can read it too. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Today's Outworlds  are: issues 3, 32-34 along with the first 2 flyers. I believe these 4 issues are the last of the ones we have available to scan. All Outworlds scanning has been by Mark Olson.

Well, it seems to be more of a 40s day than a 30s day. Another offering from the 1940s - issues of the LASFS clubzine, Shangri L'Affaires. Today we have 10 issues - issues 25-26, 29-31, 33-35, 37-38 plus a 1941 promotion zine, a 1945 Fanquet reminder  and a 1945 LASFS program schedule. There's also an issue 38 supplement  where Burbee explains that this is the last issue he plans to edit. There is a lot of content by F.T.L., art by Rotsler, a review by A.E. Van Vogt, a poem by Tigrina, and generally just what you would expect from Los Angeles fandom in the 40s. Scans by Joe Siclari.

December 24, 2018
Still adding more Outworlds. Today, we added 9 issues: issues 1-2, 10, 13-14, 29.5, 35-37, and Outworlds' Inwords 8, the floating lettercol for Outworlds. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

We still have more 30s zines too. Today, we put up Ted Dikty's Grab Bag, a fanzine done for the first Worldcon in 1939. Ted notes that he cannot attend.

December 23, 2018
Still adding more Outworlds. Today, we added 9 issues: issues 40-43, 49, 51-54 from 1984-1985. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Time for newszines. We've added 27 issues of the British newszine Checkpoint, including some edited by Ian Maule, and many edited by Peter Roberts. These are from the mid 1970s. Today's addition - issues 63-77, 80-84, 86-91, 93-98 and issue 100, the final issue. Issue 100 includes an index of all the Checkpoints. Several of the zines include issues of Eric Bentcliffe's MI. There are also two issues of TAFF Talk, by Peter Roberts. Scans by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe! By my count, we now have 2731 newszines, ranging from October 1936 to December 2016.


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