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July 27, 2016
What was the news in the exciting 1970s? Take a look at Luna, edited by Ann Dietz. We have 12 issues from 1972 - 1974, with news and interviews in the field. You'll find interviews with Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, Keith Laumer and more. Scans by Mark Olson.

July 26, 2016
Still filling in the gaps today. Added 19 issues of Australian SF News, 18 of which are from the 1980s and 1 from 1992. This is the Merv Binns newszine focusing on, yes, Australian SF News.

Added 7 issues of Focal Point  from 1965 (edited by Mike McInerney and rich brown).

Added 1 issue of Starspinkle, the Ron Ellik newszine.

Added one more issue of Rally  today, this one from 1978.

July 25, 2016
Filling in a few things today. Added 7 issues of the Bruce Pelz fanzine, Ratatosk  from 1965-1966.

Added 5 later issues of Fanews Card  from 1945 - 1947.

A new fanzine for us, Focal Point  added today. It was edited by rich brown and Mike McInerney. The 13 issues added today are from 1965 - 1966.

On the international scene, from the Netherlands, we added one issue of Shards of Babel, a regional newszine edited by Roelof Goudriaan from 1983.

Another singleton so far, we added one issue of Spang Blah, a newszine with international flair by jan finder. This issue is from 1977.

One more singleton today, with the addition of Tympany, issue 6, edited by Redd Boggs and Robert Stein.

We've added another 42 issues of Fantasy Fiction Field  from 1941 - 1944. Sample headlines - "Doc Lowndes Released From Service; Couldn't Pass Medical Exam", "Bok Sells to Campbell!" and "Moskowitz Drafted!"

July 24, 2016
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #348 (3.9 MB), #69.3 (5.5 MB), and #69.5 (4.8 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 23, 2016
A new (and very short) video is up on Youtube. This is a snippet from the Video Archeology Project, coordinated by Geri Sullivan. At the 1976 Worldcon, the release of Star Wars was featured with an exhibit, and appearances by Mark Hamill and film execs. This video  is a preview of a featured discussion held in 1976 at the convention. The full video, along with many others produced by Scott Imes at the 1976 Worldcon will be shown at the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmeriCon 2. After the convention, the FANAC Fanhistory Channel will be hosting all the videos from MidAmericon thanks to the Video Archeology Project coordinated by Geri Sullivan. Subscribe to our channel! You'll be notified of new videos as we put them online.

Today's newszines are from 1941. We've put up 28 issues of Fantasy Fiction Field  from that period. Sample headline: Wollheim reports Cosmian League Newest Pro Organization is Growing Leaps and Bounds.

We've put up two more Barsoomian Times  and one more Fantasy Comics  today for your reading pleasure.

July 22, 2016
News for you. Added 60 issues of Fantasy Fiction Field  from 1942 - 1945. Con reports, obituaries, and so on from the days when everyone was a paper fan.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 35, No. 4, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

July 20, 2016
Happy Moon Landing Day! Today we have 9 more issues of Fantasy Fiction Field  from 1942 and 1943 in the way of newszines.

If you want a more focused view of the news, check out Barsoomian Times  and Fantasy Comics. More of these to come.

July 19, 2016
Three different continents are represented in today's score of newzines. First, from Australia, we have 14 issues from 1980 - 1982 of the Australian SF News. In 1982, an Australian author was GoH at the Worldcon in Chicago. Take a look at how his countrymen responded to that honor.

From the UK, we have 4 1939 issues of L.V. Heald's Science Fantasy Review. Their motto is "Science Fiction: Seeker of a Better To-morrow".

And from US, we have one additional newszine issue today. Issue 22  of Dick Wilson's Science Fiction Newsletter  from April 1938 is now online.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of July 2016's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

July 18, 2016
MidAmeriCon bound? How about some 1976 MidAmericon I controversy? Take a look at issue 9:  of SFinctor. SFinctor was a California based fanzine from 1974-1976 that focused on news of interest to fans, leaving professional news to other zines. We have the run of 9 issues up. Over the course of the run, it was edited by Craig Miller, Elliot Weinstein, Glen Mitchell and Mike Glyer.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 23,656 names in these listings.

A newszine from Brooklyn put online today, from Julius Unger. Check out Fantasy Fiction Field issues  from 1940-1941. Today we have put up 10 of them. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

More issues of Rally  available as well today, with 2 from the '60s, and 8 from the '70s. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

July 17, 2016
It's our week for Australian newszines. We have 26 more issues of Fanew Sletter  up, covering parts of Sept 1976 - Jan 78. Ever wonder how the Ditmar's are awarded? Here's a chance to learn more about the process. Take a look at the nomination form and explanatory material in issue 74.

It's really our week for Australian newszines. A new title has been put up today. Check out Merv Binns' newzine, Australian SF News. We have 12 issues from 1979 and 1980 online, with convention reports, the professional scene and more!

For your Retro Hugo reading pleasure, today we have put up a 1940 issue  of Wiggin's Science Fiction Fan. This issue contains an article  by Retro Hugo nominated fan writer, Harry Warner Jr. on Dracula. You can see the full list of Retro Hugo Fan materials here.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #347 (6.5 MB), #4.5 (4.9 MB), #5 (5.0 MB), and #70 (5.3 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 15, 2016
Australian newszines! Today, we've put up 43 issues of Fanew Sletter, Leigh Edmond's newzine. There's occasional supplementary material, including the Daily Newsletters from Aussiecon, and FanWords. Here's your chance to get a view of Australian fandom in the 70s.

July 14, 2016
For Bastille Day, we've put up the first 7 issues of Andy Porter's Algol. Algol received 6 nominations for the Best Fanzine Hugo, winning in 1974. By issue 7, contributors included Dave Van Arnam, rich brown, Richard Wilson and Steve Stiles.

One more newszine is up as well. Issue 40  of Dick Wilson's Science Fiction Newsletter  from September 1938 is now online. It was pubbed on a mimeo; take a look - earlier issues online were hecto.

July 13, 2016
Today's newzine is Science Fiction Newscope, edited by Lawrence Ray Campbell. This zine is from the early 1950s, and reports pro and fan news. We've added 8 issues from 1951 and 1952.

July 11, 2016
1930s and 1940s not your beat? Today we have some newszines from a later period. Take a look -- we've added 16 1960s issues of Rally, a "news and chatterzine with a Southern accent".

From the 70s, we've added 6 issues of Joyce and Arnie Katz's fanzine, Fiawol.

We've also added issue 77  of FANAC, giving us a complete run of this 1950s/1960s newszine.

July 10, 2016
Great stuff today. We've added a batch of Fantasy News, including 25 issues from 1939, and 4 from 1940. What was it like to be at the very first World Science Fiction Convention? Feel the joy and excitement in this contemporary report, here in issues 55, 56, and 57. That last one has a detailed description of the ballgame!

One of the fans nominated for Best Fan Writer in the Retro Hugos is Bob Tucker. We've added fanzines from a slightly later period than the Retros today, with all 15 issues (1945-1949) of the Bloomington Newsletter, and 12 issues (1950-1952) of the fanzine after it changed to Science Fiction Newsletter.

We've also added Le Zombie #5  from 1939.

July 8, 2016
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #346 (6.1 MB) and #70.1C (5.5 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 7, 2016
Asimov sings! Added the third segment of the 1971 Hugos banquet to our Youtube channel. You can find it here. This features banter by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg,and also Asimov singing an original limerick.

Added two special editions of Starspinkle, towards the end of the run. Both the specials announce the broadcast of adaptations of Harlan Ellison stories. "Harlan Ellison wants you to watch television Saturday night."

July 6, 2016
During the past week, our Fancy 3 site, Fancyclopedia.org, added 67 new pages and updated around a hundred others. The entry of the week is "Fanac". Pages for Hal Clement  and Filthy Pierre  were among those updated. Fancyclopedia is a wiki based encyclopedia, and knowledgeable fans are encouraged to add to it. New pages added include New Zealand Natcon 19, Marv Wolfman, the Vogon Interdimentional Poetic Society  and Fred Prophet.

On fanac.org  today we added 3 issues of Phan, a little newszine from 1944. Interesting headline (reeking of fannish legend) - "Outsiders, Los Angeles Radicals, Disband!"

July 5, 2016
Much to report today. We've put online 43 issues (almost the entire run) of Starspinkle, a "news and chitter-chatter fanzine" by Ron Ellik from 1963-1964. There's a good illo in each of the issues, and I do believe I saw art by Roy Krenkel, Dan Adkins and Bill Rotsler to name a few.

Two more issues of Bob Tucker's Le Zombie  are up. These are issues 3 & 4 from 1939.

Filling in the gaps on Fantasy News. Today, we've added 12 issues, with 4 from 1939, 4 from 1941, 3 from 1943 and 1 from 1944. These wartime issues are poignant, with news of fans being called up for service intermixed with news of the science fiction field.

July 2, 2016
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #345 (6.4 MB) and #64.1A (5.5 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

Added 7 1949 issues of Fantasy News  from the April to September period.

July 1, 2016
Is February 1939 important to you? We've added 4 issues of Fantasy News  from that period.

June 28, 2016
In response to some Facebook conversation, today we've added a fanzine by Walt Willis and James White, "From the Enchanted Duplicator to the Enchanted Convention". Enjoy!

Joe has scanned another three Fantasy Times, filling in holes in 1947 and 1948. Today we added issues 60, 61, and 70. Thanks Joe!


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