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March 13, 2018
I know it's a little late, but we now have a page of 1942 fanzines for the Retro nominations with individual issue links, not only to FANAC.ORG, but to other sites if they have them and we don't. It would have been up earlier, but we lost power in the storms (NY) and didn't get it back for 9 days. Listing of the fanzines by Joe Siclari and software for the integrated list by Mark Olson. Thanks guys!

Something different for you on Youtube. Thanks to the technical wizardry of David Dyer-Bennet and Video Archeology, we have a brief MAC clip of the awards being presented for the masquerade. It's under 8 minutes and shows all the winners, including some very beautiful costumes and a most impressive Martian. You'll also see presenters Sally Rand and Bruce Pelz, and some snappy footwork by Filthy Pierre. It's at  .

More photos coming from Ted Krulik. Here are a few from I-CON 20  in 2001. Thanks Ted!

March 12, 2018
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #407 (6.0 MB), #54.3 (5.3 MB), and #54.5 (5.4 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

March 11, 2018
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 26,112 names in these listings.

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

March 1, 2018
Helsinki Worldcon photos today. We have uploaded the rest of Frank Olynyk's photos, and you can find them all at Note that there's a change of directory since yesterday. Use this new link. There are 123 photos altogether, including a number of folk that don't normally come to US conventions. Thanks Frank!

February 28, 2018
Mostly photos today, and one fanzine. First, the fanzine comes courtesy of Kirby Bartlett-Sloan. It's an issue of Arkfandom, a 1977 clubzine by Margaret Middleton. I understand that this started out as a clubzine for two Little Rock clubs - The Little Rock Science Fiction Society and Fantasy Fellowship. We'll have more issues coming up soon. Thanks Kirby!

There are a couple of photos from Kirby as well. These are from Illinois fandom. Perhaps there will be more of these too.

From Balticon 40  in 2006, we have half a dozen photos from Ted Krulik. Thanks Ted!

Last but not least, we're starting to upload photos from this year's worldcon in Helsinki. You can see 45 photos from the autograph sessions taken by Frank Olynyk here - Also more to come. Thanks Frank!

February 26, 2018
We've added some photos and some seriously old fanzines. Ted Krulik has provided us another 10 photos, this time from Noreason 4. We also have new art related photos  from Loncon 3, received from artist Maurizio Manzieri. Thanks all!

For our old fanzines, we have two titles today. First, David Ritter has scanned 4 more issues of Allen Glasser's 1930 fanzine, The Planet. Thanks for sharing David!

An old motto of the LASFS is said to be "Even Death Will Not Release You" (or at least that's what Laney said). It's true of the fanzines too apparently, as they are still worth reading. Even if you're not a LASFS member, you might want to check out these 8 newly scanned issues of Shangri L'Affaires. In these issues (13-17, 32, 51), you'll find Frank Robinson, F.T. Laney, Charles Burbee and more. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe.

February 23, 2018
It's another Youtube day. Today we have uploaded a 35 minute audio clip (with images)of both Hugo Awards and two Guest of Honor speeches from the 1964 worldcon, Pacificon II. The Guests of Honor were Leigh Brackett and Ed Hamilton. The tape is brought to us by SCIFI, specifically by Jerome Scott, Director of Projects for SCIFI in LA. From the Youtube intro: Toastmaster Tony Boucher awards the Hugos (in under 7 minutes!), and Guests of Honor Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton give their speeches. It's great fun; Tony Boucher is witty and thoughtful, Leigh Brackett is open and sincere, and Ed Hamilton is surprisingly funny, with anecdotes and personal reminiscences. Learn the secret of the Boys Club of Science Fiction. Hear the tale of throwing a body out of a spaceship near Saturn. Get a real understanding of what it feels like to sell your first story." Of Ed Hamilton, Tony Boucher says, "No one has ever destroyed so many suns so well." You can find it at

More photos from Ted Krulik. He's provided 16 photos split between Lonestar  (1997) and the Milennium Philcon (2001). Thanks Ted!

George Phillies sent us a PDF of the latest issue  of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by Bob Jennings. Thanks George.

February 20, 2018
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #406 (5.0 MB), #53.1B (5.4 MB), and #54 (4.1 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

February 13, 2018
Back to 1976. There's another video from the 1976 Worldcon, Big MAC at  . This short (20 minute) talk is Jim Gunn's "Fifty Amazing, Astounding, Wonderful Years". From the Youtube blurb: (1976) "was also the 50th anniversary of the first science fiction magazine. In this video, Professor Gunn talks about the impact of the magazines on science fiction and the creation of fandom. There's also an entertaining description of the responses of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to each other, a brief account of how to create a science fiction writer, and a sense of what the field was like in the early days, all delivered with charming wit. This essay later appeared in Gunn's "Inside Science Fiction", published by Scarecrow Press. (1992)." Thanks again to Video Archeology.

More photos. We've added the beginnings of an album for photos from the collection of Mark Hickman. Mark has photos of his own plus those of his father, Lynn, that go back for many years. Thanks Mark! And thanks to Joe Siclari for scanning.

Plus there are a few photos  from Bill and Mary Burns' party in 2014. There are some additional Suncon shots  too.

From 1942, we've added a letter  from Harry Warner, Jr. about the end of Spaceways. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

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