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September 20, 2019
Dave Langford kindly told us about an upside down page in one of Tucker's Bloomington News  issues. Thanks Dave! I fixed it.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,824 names in these listings.

We've added about 10 new photos. They're masquerade photos from the 1995 Lunacon, taken by Andrew Porter. You can see them at http://fanac.org/Other_Cons/LunaCon/l95-p00.html. Thanks Andy!

Today's fanzine count: 37

--Fanfare, issue 3, August 1940, edited by Russ Chauvenet. Contributions from Earl Singleton, Harry Warner, and R.D. Swisher. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 12, Mark and Evelyn Leeper. This is the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter. Thank you guys.

--The Scarr, issues 2 (1963) and 4 (1964), George Charters. According to Fancyclopedia, "The Scarr" is an anagram for Charters. ATom, John Berry, Ian MacCauley, Bob Shaw, Archie Mercer.

--Scottishe, Ethel Lindsay, 1955-1981. 33 issues, including the last issue. Ethel Lindsay was the first female TAFF winner, and was a Knight of Saint Fantony. Today: issues 31, 34, 36, 43, 45-54, 55 nibblings, 56-60, 69-78, and 80-82.

September 18, 2019
Fanzines first today, and photos after. Thanks to Jerry Kaufman, we now have recovered pages 66 and 67 of Slant 7, which had gone unaccountably missing (it's an uninteresting story). Jerry was kind enough to let me know so I could fix the problem. Thanks Jerry!

--Added VoM 34, July 1944, Forry Ackerman and Morojo. This was provided and scanned by Rob Hansen. Thanks Rob! The only VoM we're missing now is issue 31. Anyone?

--New-to-us title Vagabondia, complete in all 2 issues, Doc Lowndes, 1941. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--New-to-us title Scottishe, Ethel Lindsay, 14 issues. More of these are coming.

Photos: We have 30 more photos from Dublin, thanks to Rich and Nicki Lynch. There are some nice photos of the Fan Fund auction, and of the Lego version of the Star Wars battle on Hoth. You can find them at http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Dublin/x19-p00.html. The new ones are in the section for general photos, and for program items. Thanks Rich! Thanks Nicki!

September 17, 2019
We have both photos and fanzines today, along with a poster for a 1959 concert of the New Lost City Ramblers that goes along with Lee Hoffman's Gardyloo.

Photos first: We have the first of the photos scanned at Dublin 2019, from the collection of Philippa Ryder. These are from 1990, from the first Octocon, the Irish National convention: http://fanac.org/Other_Cons/Octocon. Thanks again, Philippa!

Fanzines next:

--Jan-Feb 1936: The 2nd issue #1  of Flabbergasting stories, John Michel and Donald A. Wollheim. This was provided to FANAC and scanned by Kim Hewitt. Thanks, Kim!

--May 1943: Two (different) #1 issues of Cosmic Digest, edited by Don Rogers and Raymond Washington. Don Rogers is a pseudonym for Claude Degler. It is exactly as interesting as you think it might be. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--May 1944: Cosmic Circle membership directory. We also added a page 2 to the white paper. Links to all the Cosmic Circle material we have online can be found at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Cosmic_Circle_Pubs/. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Jan 1946: Science*Fiction, by Larry Shaw and Judy Zissman. This is the one and only issue. This had a bang up start, with contributions by Bob Bloch and Jim Blish. Scan by Mark Olson.

--1969-1970: The last 2 issues of Cry of the Nameless, edited by Elinor Busby in 1969-1970.

--1969-1976: 6 issues of Son of the WSFA Journal, Don Miller. We added issues 1, 10, 23, 25, and 197-198.

--1975: Issues 4 and 6 of Mythologies, Don D'Ammassa.

--1969-1976: 4 issues and 2 supplements of the WSFA Journal, also Don Miller. We added issues 67, 68, 84, SF&F Journal 87, Supplements to 47 and 51. By issue 87, Don wanted a different name, so that one is an SF&F Journal.

--Sep 2019: George Phillies sent us a PDFs of September 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

--Sep 2019: Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #455 (3.8 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

September 16, 2019
A whopping 61 additional fanzines today. Randomly on a Monday (actually in order of upload):

--Issue 5  of Sky Hook, Red Boggs, January 1949 FAPAzine. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--14 issues of Beabohema, Frank Lunney. Issues 2, 4-11, 13-16, and 20, from 1968-1971. Scans by Mark Olson.

--3 issues of Götterdämmerunng, Tommy Ferguson, Mark McCann, and James McKee. We added issues 1-3, but we actually alrady had issues 8-11. However they were listed in a pre-2000 format on the website, and I suspect no one, except maybe our late lamented 1st webmaster, actually knew they were there. Scans of issues 1-3 were done at Dublin 2019.

--5 issues of Xero, Dick and Pat Lupoff. We added issues 6, 8-9, along with issue 8 Comics, and issue 8 Avram Birthday edition (which is only 2 pages). Note that issue 6 from 1961 is the Willish - http://fanac.org/fanzines/Xero/Xero6.pdf. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--25 more issues of Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson. Today's additons: issues 184-186, 196, 198, 201-204, 206-209, 211-218, 221-224. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--9 issues Scientifriction, Mike Glyer. This is a new title for us. Mike introduces the first issue (December 1974), by saying it's "A sort of Christmascard of a fanzine", By issue 4, he's up to 94 pages. We have issues 1-4, 6, and 9-12. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--4 more issues of Proper Boskonian, various editors, from 1969-1976. We've added issues 5, 7, 13, and 14. Scans by Joe Siclari.

September 14, 2019
Between the Dublin 2019 scanning and Joe Siclari's scanning, and with a little help from our friends, we added 58 zines today.

From Dublin -

--3 issues of Tommy Ferguson's TASH, 1990s. According to Fancyclopedia.org, TASH stands for "The Amazing Sentient House". Cool.

--30 issues of the ISFA Newsletter, the newsletter of the Irish Science Fiction Association. Apparently, the newsetter had some evolution in its name, being styled "newsletter" in the 70s and 80s, and just "news" in the 90s. There were a couple of different editors along the way as you might imagine. These issues run from 1977 to 1982.

From the scanning of Joe Siclari -

--23 more issues of Buck and Juanita Coulson's Yandro. We added issues: 141, 144-145, 153, 155, 157-161, 164-169, 171, 200, 205, 210, 219-220, and 225. Issue 141 dates from 1964, and 225 comes from 1974, so a 10 year span. Usually, I talk about the contributors of words when I mention fanzine ToCs. Having put up a vast number of Yandros in the last few days, I want to point out that there are some fine covers here too - from folks like George Barr, Eddie Jones, Dan Adkins, Danny Frolich, and Juanita herself.

With a little help from our friends -- Rob Hansen provided us with scans of 2 issues of VOM. Newly uploaded are issues 17 and 49. Thanks Rob! We're only missing two issues now. Does anyone have issues 31 or 34? Can you scan them for us? Contact me at fanac@fanac.org.

September 13, 2019
When I do the updates, I usually talk about the fanzines and photos uploaded. Often, folks provide corrections or clarifications, and I generally don't point those out. It happens relatively often, so today let me tell you that I corrected a bunch of misspellings of "Hertz" thanks to a note from John Hertz. No, the misspellings had nothing to do with John, but were for a fellow traveller. Thanks, John.

Added a curious item from August 1950, provided and scanned by Susan Graham and UMBC. It's Egoboo - A Fantasy Satire, by Manly Banister. "EGOBOO is strictly fiction-its characters, places and incidents are fictional. It is, admittedly, satire, but satire without the sting of malice or animosity. It is a mirror like one of those you find at amusement places, laughably distorting what they reflect." Thanks go to Susan Graham and her team.

The biggest addition is another 18 issues of Buck and Juanita Coulson's Yandro. Newly uploaded: issues 121, 123, 126, 129-138, 226-227, and 250-252. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

September 12, 2019
We're mostly staying at least 50 years behind the times today (and all the scanning is by Joe Siclari). We've added 25 zines here.

--1943 Fanzine Yearbook, compiled by Bob Tucker, Larry Shaw and Art Widner. This appeared with Le Zombie 56  in January, 1944.

--Zap, a one-shot done by Ted Johnstone in May, 1957, to commemorate the 1957 LASFS Fanquet held in honor of Forrest J Ackerman. The ink has faded in parts, so some of this is physically hard to read.

--KiwiFan, from Roger Horrocks. 3 issues of this New Zealand fanzine from the late 50s.

--Yandro, from Buck and Juanita Coulson. We've added 20 issues, mostly from the 1960s: 101-102, 104, 106, 108-113, 115-117, 119-120, 253-254, 256-258 and 2 calendars plus a supplement.

September 11, 2019
From Ireland to Dave English - that's where we go today, with a difficult stop in California.

Ireland is represented by 2 issues of James Bacon's The Brentford Mercury  from the mid90s. Did you think Journey Planet was the first?

We halso have 3 issues of Lee Hoffman's folk music zine, Caravan. The last issue here, number 16, is what the zine looked like after it had been taken over by Billy Faier. There's also a songbook, "Folksong Festival Songs".

In the area of collections and fanthologies, today sees 4 more scanned and online: Fanthology 1981, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, A Dave English Sketchbook, published by Larry Stark, the Incompleat Burbee, Vol 1, put together by Pete Graham, Ron Ellik Terry Carr, Dave Rike and Carl Brandon, and Rotsler's Rocks, by Bill Rotsler. We've also replaced the JPG version of "The Selected Writings of Rick Sneary" with a PDF version.

Lastly, I want to call to your attention that we are assembling materials related to the Breen Boondoggle. You can find them at: http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Breen_Boondoggle/ 

September 10, 2019
Wow, we've uploaded 35 fanzines today, from 1955 to 2019.

Noteworthy (not that they're not all noteworthy):

--Issue 300 of Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. That's a lot of issues. George Phillies says that next year is the NFFFs 60th year of publication for Tightbeam.

--The Zed 780, Karen Anderson (Summer 1955). My favorite for today - this issue has the first intentional use of the word "filk" according to Fancyclopedia.org - and you can search for it! Very cool.

Irish zines scanned at Dublin 2019 (all thanks to Philippa Ryder for bringing them for scanning):

--Cygnus, 2 issues (1970s), edited by David Patterson. These are from the North Down Science Fiction Group.

--ISFA News, 10 issues (early 90s), edited by Brendan Ryder. News from the Irish Science Fiction Association.

More issues of stuff we have and want more of:

--Alien Critic and FAPA Psychotic, edited by Richard E. Geis. We have Alien Critic, issue 4 (Jan 1973), and FAPA Psychotic 2 (from around 1972). Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Cry of the Nameless, edited by F.M. Busby. We have a strange little issue from September 1960, plus an envelope from 1969 (it's groovy, and I mean that with no subtext), and a letter from Ted Pauls (1959). I've tucked everything in chronological order, so just look for the date and you'll see the names/descriptions. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Jane's Fighting SMOFs, edited by Jane and Scott Dennis. Added today is issue 12 (Summer 1988), scanned by Ben Yalow. This is the fanzine that focused on convention bidding (esp worldcon bidding).

--Proper Boskonian, 8 issues, various editors. We added issues 6, 12, 26-27, 32, 35, 40, and 43. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--South of the Moon, issue 18 (1980), edited by Harry Andruschak. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Yandro, 8 issues (1960-1961), edited by Buck and Juanita Coulson. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

September 9, 2019
Variety is today's keyword.

First, we added the November 1944 FAPA30A mailing, with 14 zines, including poetry, snark and serious constructive fandom (like Laney's Fan-Dango 7. This is part of our 1)FAPA love and 2)prep for next year's Retro Hugos. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Second, we've added some photos of program panels from Dublin 2019, thanks to Rich and Nicki Lynch. There are also a few caption corrections courtesy of photographer Frank Olynyk. You can see them all at: http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Dublin/x19-p00.html  . The panel photos are at the end.

Third, it's a YouTube day. We've added another interview by Rusty Hevelin conducted at MagiCon in 1992. Note the warning in the writeup. From the writeup - "In this video, Rusty Hevelin interviews author Jack Williamson. Jack talks candidly about his life and career, from his experiences with psychoanalysis to his apprenticeship with (early SF writer) Miles J. Breuer to how he changed with the market over 50 years. WARNING: You have to listen closely as Jack speaks softly, and the interview is very slow till about midway. There's a lot of "I don't recall" early on. If you do, you'll be rewarded with insights into one of the field's most important early writers." The link: https://youtu.be/HEjK5phFv1o 

September 8, 2019
For you today, we have a mixed bag of interesting fanzines.

--Lighthouse, edited by Terry Carr and Pete Graham. We've added issue 6, May 1962, completing the run! Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Maya. We've added issue 7, February 1975, edited by Rob Jackson. This was provided by Rob Jackson and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--The Phantagraph, edited by Don Wollheim. We've added issues 49 and 50 from 1944. These are part of FAPA 30A from November 1944 which will be added next. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Quibble only one, October 1951, by Peter Ridley. This was a one shot, one copy zine done for Lee Hoffman, presumably as a gift or a goof. It features "Illustrations by Virgil Mislay and Earle Bogey". There's hand drawn art, and apologies but the print quality is not the best. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Xero, edited by Dick and Pat Lupoff. Issues 5 and 7 from 1961. Issue 7 credits includes John Berry, Lin Carter, Don Westlake, Buck Coulson, ATom and Steve Stiles. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Yandro, edited by Buck and Juanita Coulson. Issues 74-75, 77, 79, 81, 85, 86, 88, and 100 (which range from 1959 to 1961). Scanning by Joe Siclari.

September 7, 2019
Still catching up from Dublin 2019. Today we added about 200 photos taken by Frank Olynyk. These are primarily of authors at their autographing, but there are a few others. See them at http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Dublin/x19-p00.html. There's a little more tuning to do on the descriptions, but they're up. Thanks Frank!

--11 more issues of First Contact, 1990s, edited by Robert Elliott. This is the newsletter of the Irish Science Fiction Association, and was provided by Philippa Ryder, and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--Maya, edited by Ian Williams, Ian Maule and Rob Jackson. Today, we have issues from all of them. Adding issues 1-6 and 12-13. There's content from the editors, Terry Jeeves, Darrell Schweitzer, Harry Bell, Bill Kunkel, Christopher Priest, Greg Benford, Malcolm Edwards, Pete Weston among others.

--Proper Boskonian, 12 issues by various editors. This was the genzine from the New England Science Fiction Association, published from 1967-1998. Here's a quote from issue 8 - One of the delights of fandom is the never-ending stream of characters who are going to save and purify SF and/or Fandom. They arise; they issue their manifestos; people take them very seriously; all sorts of statements are issued pro and con; people get very upset about what "they" are doing; and a good time is had by all." That was by Richard Harter, in 1971. It seems quite modern, doesn't it?

September 5, 2019
Alphabetically today, we begin with

--9 issues of First Contact, 1990s, edited by Robert Elliott. This is the newsletter of the Irish Science Fiction Association, and was provided by Philippa Ryder, and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--4 issues of Quandry  1952, from Lee Hoffman. We've added issues 18-19, 22 and 24. Thanks to the scanning and OCR'ing by Joe Siclari, we've also replaced issue 20 with a searchable PDF. It makes me unreasonably happy to go into a Q and search on Bloch and (after a couple of clicks) go directly to the letter of comment that he wrote. (In issue 20, he starts with "Dear Shirley", which I'm pretty sure was something no one else did. LeeH always called him 'Mr. Bloch'.)

--Issue 4, Fall 1938, of Scienti-Snaps, edited by Walter Marconette, provided and scanne by David Ritter. David says this is the last all hecto issue.

--Sensor 1.5, Summer 1995, Brendan Ryder. This is the Intersection issue (it's short). It was scanned at Dublin 2019 having been provided by Philippa Ryder.

--WSFA Journal 72, June 1970, Don Miller. Scans by Joe Siclarti.

--2 issues of Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson. Issues 56 (1957), and 68 (1958). Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Issue 11, January 1966, of Pete Weston's Zenith Speculation. There's also a letter  soliciting subscriptions. Don't we all wish we had a secretary like Pete did.

September 4, 2019
Another mixed bag today, including a couple of scans from Dublin 2019.

--Maya 8, July 1975, edited by Rob Jackson, with material by Malcolm Edwards and Peter Weston among others. Scanned at Dubin 2019.

--Outworlds, issues 8 and 11, by Bill Bowers. Issue 8 is an all column issue with contributions by Poul Anderson, Greg Benford, Steve Fabian, Doc Lowndes, Andy Offut, Ted Pauls and Bill Rotsler. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Pamphrey 7, the last issue of a Walt Willis FAPAzine from 1958. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Retribution 5, December 1956, by John Berry and Arthur Thompson.

--Issue 1  of Sensor, Winter, 1994, Brendan Ryder. Subtitled a "Review of Irish Science Fiction". This is one of the cache of Irish fanzines, provided to us at Dublin by Phillipa Ryder, and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--Shangri L'Affaires, 14 issues from 1963-1965: 54-60, 63 and 65, plus the 1961 Meritricious Art Supplement, from various editors. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Son of the WSFA Journal, Don Miller, 7 issues 1970-1973: 6-9, 62, 76, 87. These are news supplements to the WSFA Journal.

--South of the Moon 13, August 1976, Andrew Sigel

--Spacewarp 14, May 1948, Art Rapp

September 3, 2019
Today, we learned of the death of FANAC.org's first webmaster, Jack Weaver. Without him, there would be no FANAC site. I met Jack in 1980, when we were both working on the same real-time telephony project for IBM. Jack was technically excellent, thoroughly irascible with those he had little respect for, and a remarkably good friend for what turned out to be almost 40 years. He read science fiction, joined the local club and worked on art show and other convention jobs. At work, when we were having one of those inevitably strange discussions, this time about which of Snow White's dwarfs each programmer resembled, Jack immediately laid claim to Grumpy. No one objected. I will miss him a lot.

As we've experimented with OCR, I've been articulating whether each day's PDFs are searchable. From now on, they're all searchable (except for the art portfolios) and so I'm going to stop mentioning it. Everything new will go up as a searchable PDF unless it makes more sense to have them go up as an image. Thanks for your patience and sorry for any confusion. We are still experimenting with bookmarks, so I'll keep you posted about that.

Today, everything is from Joe's scanning. Thanks Joe! Finally, we've added issue 9  of Hyphen. Materials by Walt Willis, Vince Clarke, Chuck Harris, and Bob Bloch plus letters from all kinds of interesting people. This completes the run (!!!).

Added issue 117  of Harry Warner's Horizons. This was mailed out in FAPA 111.

We've added a boatload of Art Rapp's Spacewarp. There are 14 newly uploaded issues: 7, 19, 23-33, 66, plus the index to the first 5 volumes. Issues are primarily from the late 40s, with the most recent one being from 1960.

Continuing the run of classic zines, we also have issue 2  of Wild Hair, this one dated April 21, 1949. It is from Burbee, Laney and Rotsler.

In random order, we finish with issue 52  of Tucker's Le Zombie, from 1943. Page 9 has a list of fans in the war.

September 2, 2019
Today's additions are courtesy of the scanning of Joe Siclari.

We have added 3 issues of Richard Bergeron's Warhoon, specifically 9, 14 and 16. These range from 1960 to 1962. There are contributions from Walt Willis, Dick Eney, Gregg Calkins, Walter Breen, etc.

Another treat is the addition of 2 searchable issues of Hyphen, edited by Walt Willis et al. We've added issue 19, and replaced the partial issue 1 with a PDF of the entire issue.

From Frank Dietz, we have issue 3  of Luna (which is different than Luna Monthly ). This completes the run. In this issue, there's a speech by Fritz Leiber, a debate on "Witchcraft in Science Fiction" by Lester Del Rey and Randall Garrett and more. Despite the fact that this zine is 56 years old, and our source is not pristine, with the magic of current OCR you can open it up and search on "Witchcraft" and go right to the article. It may not sound exciting to you, but it's exciting to me.

We've also added Chanticleer 6, by Walt Liebscher. I believe this is from December 1945, and contributors include Doc Lowndes, Bob Bloch and Bob Tucker.

And finally, Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #454 (5.1 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

August 31, 2019
The first and maybe the best of our Dublin 2019 scanning is now online. From the collection of Dublin chair James Bacon, we have the sketchbook  of James White, circa 1948, done on the back of a receipt book from the tailor shop where he worked. These are the covers of Slant  that you never saw, plus you know, sketches.

August 30, 2019
More classic issues of Cry of the Nameless  today. We've added 15 issues in PDF format from the late 50s and late 60s. Issues added are: 112-114, 116-119, 122-125, and 180-183. These are chock full of fascinating letters, illos and articles by professionals and BNFs, but you'll have to delve in for yourself. I've had too much fun the last few weeks and now I'm tired. More tomorrow.

at http://fanac.org/fanzines/Retro_Hugos.html. There are a few errors baked in (eg the numbers on a couple of these are not accurate), but it's a decent start.

Today's other offerings still come from the backlog (aka before Dublin). We've added:

Issues 2 and 4 of the Whole Fanzine Catalog, by Brian Earl Brown, scanning by Joe Siclari. We've also replaced the JPG verson of issue 21  with a searchable PDF created by Mark Olson. The new issues complete the run.

Vol 2, #2  of Boyd Raeburn's á Bas, scanning by Joe Siclari.

Issues 2 and 4 of Ground Zero, edited by Belle and Frank Dietz and George Nims Raybin. This completes the run of Ground Zero. Contributors include: John Trimble, Ron Ellik, Lynn Hickman, Ian Macauley and Ted Johnstone. Scans by Joe Siclari.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,704 names in these listings.

August 23, 2019
Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #453 (8.6 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.


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