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August 3, 2020
Thanks to those of you that answered our survey. We have more than 125 responses so far. For those that didn't answer yet, there's still time. You can find it at https://us5.list-manage.com/survey?u=462126ad98a8c6356c94cb61e&id=b0e62114be. Also:

--7 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 180-186. These issues, from 2006-2007. All but one of these were edited by Tom Hunter, and the other one by Ian Whates, and Del & Kim Lakin-Smith. Scans were provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--1 more issue of Rich and Nicki Lynch's Mimosa. This is issue 27 from 2001. Ron Bennett, Eve Ackerman, Bob Madle, Mike Resnick, Dave Kyle, Earl Kemp, Forry Ackerman, Bruce Pelz.... Scan provided by Rich Lynch. Mimosa is a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks Rich!

--1 more issue (the latest!) of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 5. Thanks to Mark and Evelyn Leeper for sending it.

--3 issues (all the issues!) of Ken Cheslin's OMPAzine Sally-Port. These are all from 1962 and were scanned by Joe Patrizio. Thanks Joe!

--1 issue associated with Thyme. This is a 1992 one shot called "DownThyme" and you'll find it in the Thyme index. Scan provided by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks Irwin!

--1 half issue of Joe Siclari's unterHelios. Issue 2.5 from 1972 is really more of a flyer, but ephemera "r" us. Scan by editor Joe Siclari himself.

--15 issues of Ken Cheslin's OMPAzine Whatsit. These issues of his perzine are from 1962 to 1974 and have very charming covers. Watercolor? Silk screen? Does anyone know? Scans provided by Joe Patrizio. Thanks Joe!

Replaced 7 issues of Laney and Russell's Acolyte, 1 issue of Norm Metcalf's New Frontiers, 1 issue of Wild Hair, and 8 issues of Andrew Porter's Algol  with searchable PDFs. OCR by Joe Siclari.

July 30, 2020
--2 more issues of Ted White's Gambit  from 1960. We've added issues 37 and 39. Issue 39 was coedited by Pete Graham, and combined with THIS #10. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--10 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 170-179. These issues, from 2004-2006, were edited by Tom Hunter. Scans provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--8 more issues of Hank and Lesleigh Luttrell's Starling, these issues from the mid-late 1970s. We've added issues 30-37 of this Hugo nominated fanzine. Scan's by Joe Siclari.

--6 more of issues of Thyme, the Australian newszine, edited by Alan Stewart. These are issues 89-93 from 1993, and also issue 46.5 from 1985, edited by Peter Burns and Roger Weddall. The eagle-eyed amongst you will protest that we already had issue 46.5 up. Turns out that was really issue 46, and today's addition is 46.5. But now, thanks to all these scans provided by Irwin Hirsh, you can read them both. Thanks Irwin!

Also replaced issue 10 of Laney and Russell's Acolyte  with a searchable PDF. OCR by Joe Siclari.

July 29, 2020
Today, I sent out our First Ever User Survey for the Fan History sites (FANAC.org, Fancyclopedia.org and our YouTube channel). Response so far has been great, with more than 70 folks filling in the survey. If you are not a subscriber and missed the Facebook posts, you can just go directly to https://us5.list-manage.com/survey?u=462126ad98a8c6356c94cb61e&id=b0e62114be. We'd love to get your feedback.

--10 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 160-169. These were mostly edited by Mark Greener and Martin McGrath, with a couple done by Martin McGrath alone and also two by Tom Hunter.ac. Scans provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--10 more issues of Hank and Lesleigh Luttrell's Starling  from the mid 1970s. We've added issues 15-16, 21-25 and 27-29. Contributors include Joe Sanders, Banks Mebane, Juanita Couson, Grant Canfield, Ken Fletcher, Bob Tucker, Terry Hughes, Jack Gaughan, and Tim Kirk. Nice covers and interior art too. Starling was nominated for the 1975 Best Fanzine Hugo. Scans by Joe Siclari.

July 28, 2020
--1 more issue of Gus Willmorth's Fantasy Advertiser. Issue 6 from Jan 1947, scanned by Joe Siclari.

--10 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 150-159 (done by various editors). Scans provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--9 issues, the entire run, of a rare fanzine from 1940 Liverpool - Science-Fantasy Review's War Digest. This was from Ronald Holmes and (I think) Leslie Heald. I don't know what the copy count was, but even Pavlat-Evans has incomplete information about it. But now, thanks to Alistair Durie, you can read them all. Thank you Alistair for providing these scans!

July 26, 2020
Apologies to Nicki Lynch. When I noted the latest addition of an issue of Mimosa  (#24), I identified it as by Rich Lynch. Incorrect for sure. That should have been Mimosa by Rich and Nicki Lynch. Again, my apologies.

--2 more issues of Mike and Susan Glicksohn's Energumen. Issues 3 and 9 added, with other contributors including Bob Toomey, Ted Pauls, Andy Offutt, Ted White, Joe Haldeman, John Douglas, Vincent di Fate, Tim Kirk and Bill Rotsler. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--1 more issue of A. Langley Searles' Fantasy Commentator. Added today is issue 2 from June 1944. Alas, Retro voting is over, or we'd add this issue to the list. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--4 more issues of John D. Berry's Hitchhike. We've uploaded issues 21-24, with scanning courtesy of Eli Cohen. Thanks, Eli!

--19 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 130-149 (various editors), with the exception of issue 146 which we still don't have. Scans provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--1 more issue (the latest) of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 4. Thanks to Mark and Evelyn Leeper for sending it to us.

--1 more issue (the latest) of Dale Speirs's perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

We have also updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 28,360 names in these listings.

July 24, 2020
We've sent out a Fanhistory Project update to the subscriber list, and added it under FANAC Updates - http://fanac.org/fanzines/FANAC-Updates/. The updates are being sent out via Mail Chimp. Let me know if you're subscribed and not receiving yours. We're going to try out a survey too (also through Mail Chimp). In the next few days, expect to see a brief survey on how you use the History sites (Fanac.org/Fancyclopedia.org/Fanac YouTube Channel). Thanks in advance for answering the survey!

Abject apologies to Martin Morse Wooster, whose name we inadvertantly misspelled in the update. We'll fix it in the version that goes up on the website.

--9 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin R. Smith. We've added issues 120, 122-129. Scans provided by Kevin R. Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--1 more issue of Rich Lynch's Mimosa. Today's addition is issue 24, from Aug 1999. Mimosa is a core fanzine for us to scan. Contributors in this issue include Forry Ackerman, Dave Kyle, Curt Phillips, Eve Ackerman, and Mike Resnick. Scans provided by Rich Lynch. Thanks Rich!

--1 more issue (the last remaining issue!) of John Berry and ATom's Retribution. A scan of issue 1 (January 1956) has been provided by Rob Hansen, completing the run. Thanks Rob! Thanks both for the scan, and for completing the run. Retribution is a core fanzine for us to scan.

--1 more issue of Len Moffatt's Science Fiction Parade. We've added the June 1962 issue, this one edited by Stan Woolston. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--4 more issues of the Australian newszine Thyme. Well, at least 3 1/2 issues. Edited by Greg Hills and Mark Loney, these are from the early 90s. We've added issues 84-85 and 87. There's a half issue between 84 and 85. Scans provided by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks Irwin!

--1 more issue of the WSFA Journal. Added the July 1999 issue, and was edited by Samuel Lubell. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. The issue was scanned and provided by Rich Lynch. Thanks Rich!

July 22, 2020
Apologies to those that tried to access Matrix last night. Somehow I screwed up the directory and it was HTML soup. Thanks to Dave Langford and Thomas Hartl who let me know about the problem so I could fix it. Fixed it is. Also, more fanzines.

--1 more issue of Sam Moskowitz's Helios. This is issue 4 from October, 1937. Contributions from David Keller, John Russell Fearn, J. Michael Rosenblum, Louis Smith, Corwin Stickney, Jack Gillespie, Donald A. Wollheim, and Clark Ashton Smith. I hope you noticed that our homepage is a splash for SaM, in honor of his centenary. Links to his writings that we have on our site are collected there. Scan for Helios #4 provided by that historian of the 30s, David Ritter. Thanks David!

--11 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin Smith. We've added issues 82, 88, 92, 94, 96, 106-107, 111-112, 114-115. Scans provided by Kevin Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--1 more issue of Bill and Joan Bowers' Outworlds. This is issue 17, from August 1973. Outworlds is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan for #17 provided by Jerry Kaufman. Thanks Jerry!

--1 more issue of Ethel Lindsay's Scottishe. Issue 66, from 1973, with scan provided by Joe Siclari. Scottishe is a core fanzine for us to scan.

July 21, 2020
--1 more issue (the latest) of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thanks, Leybl!

--3 more issues of Ethel Lindsay's Haverings. Added today are issues 23, 57 and 58. After issue 58, Haverings was folded into Scottishe.

--5 more issues of Harry Warner's apazine Horizons. Added today are issues 144, 148, 157, 160 and 168. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--15 more issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. We've added issues 56-70, and scans were provided by Kevin Smith. Thanks Kevin!

--7 issues of Starling  from Hank Luttrell, almost all of which are coedited with Lesleigh Luttrell (formerly Lesleigh Couch). This is a new title for us. Starling was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1975. Contributors include Bob Tucker, Banks Mebane, Grant Canfield, Ken Fletcher, Juanita Coulson, Joe Sanders, Jim Turner, Tim Kirk and Angus Taylor. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Replaced 5 more issues of Thyme  with searchable PDFs. OCR by Joe Siclari.

July 19, 2020
George Phillies sent us a PDFs of July 2020's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

July 18, 2020
PSA: We've had some reports of PDFs that seem to have missing or duplicated pages. Thanks so much for letting us know, but before you drop us a note, please page through slowly. Apparently the Adobe reader can get confused when you're skating through quickly and screw up order, etc. Also, thanks to John Bray, we know that the Google Maps GPS Coordinates extension inside the Brave browser can screw up the index pgaes.

--3 more issues of Leland Sapiro's Riverside Quarterly. This completes the run! Scans provided by Kim Gibbs. Thanks Kim!

--1 issue (the only issue) of Stu Shiffman's Fokal Point. This is folk rather than filk but you will find it in the filk directory. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--7 issues of Matrix and BSFA Newsletter, from the British Science Fiction Association. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue (the latest) of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 3. Provided by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thanks guys!

--1 issue of Bill Bowers's Outworlds. Issue 16 from 1973, and all the illustrations are by Steve Fabian. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Frank Dietz's Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. This is issue 5, from Apr 1949, and contributors include Forry Ackerman, Sam Moskowitz, David H. Keller, M.D., Wilkie Conner, and Frank Dietz. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues of Art Rapp's Spacewarp. We've added issue 101 (Jan 1973) and issue 194 (Apr 1994). This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Don Miller's WSFA Journal. This is issue 69 from 1969. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Karen Anderson's Zed. Added issue 778 (?) from 1954. Scans by Joe Siclari.

July 15, 2020
--12 issues of Matrix, from the British Science Fiction Association. This is a new title to us and comes courtesy of BSFA and Kevin Smith. Scans for the first 21 issues were done by Alex Bardy, and the rest were done by Kevin Smith. Thanks to you all!

--Filthy Pierre's Microfilk! Online now on the filk index page. This was a bear to scan (and thanks to Joe Siclari for prevailing). Of course Filthy Pierre is aka Erwin Strauss. If you've never used the Microfilk, be aware that it is very aptly named. A mainstay of east coast filks in the 70s when I first started singing, the Microfilk brought in a new generation of filkers. Note that the lyrics start on page 14. Be warned - it's a PDF that's almost 50MB.

--1 more issue (the latest issue) of Opuntia  from Dale Speirs. Thanks, Dale!.

--3 issues (the complete run) of John Owen's Rastus  from the early 80s. This is a new title for us and was provided by John Owen. Thanks, John!

--3 issues of Earl and Nancy Kemp's SaFari, originally distributed in SAPS. Today, I added issues 2, 6 and a supplement to issue 5 which is also SaFari Annual 1. The numbering here is more than a little odd. Issue 2 celebrates Bob Bloch's sale of Psycho to the movies. The cover is full of pictures of a celebratory party. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--4 more issues of the SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. These are by various editors. We've added issues 93, 113, 121 and 128. Scans by Joe Siclari.

July 14, 2020
A new record today. Scans provided for this update by six different contributors on 3 continents!

--1 more issue of Ron Bennett's Ploy. Rob Hansen has provided us scans of issue 2 from Fall 1954, thereby completing the run. Issue 2 has contributions by Mal Ashworth, Terry Jeeves, Vince Clarke and others. Ploy is a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks, Rob!

--2 more issues of The Scarr, by George Charters. Added today are issues 10, and 102 (which I believe to be #11). Scans provided by Joe Patrizio. Thanks, Joe!

--1 more issue John Owen's Shipyard Blues. Added issue 7 from Mar 1992, thereby completing the run. Scans provided by John Owen. Thanks, John!

--6 more issues of the SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. These were edited by Don Cochran and Francine Mullen in the early 90s. We've added issues 80, 81, 84, 86-88. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--added 1 issue of Roger Weddall's Thyme. Issue 31 (1984). Scan by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks Irwin!

Replaced 41 issues of Thyme  with searchable PDFs. The issues replaced are 94-95, 97, 99-106, 130-136. OCR by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

We also put up part 2 of the Dick Smith interview with Bob Tucker from 2000. From the YouTube description: "Dick Smith's interview of Bob Tucker was done for Chicon 2000. Here in Part 2, the stories keep coming (and Bob is an excellent storyteller). Tucker talks about Claude Degler's first appearance in fandom and how Jack Speer (later Judge Speer) got into trouble. There's more about Chicon 1, how he learned about the internet and how fandom has changed in the preceeding 60 years. You'll even hear how Bob ended up joining the N3F after decades in fandom." See it at https://youtu.be/G_BHsu4dmPU  Videography by Tom Veal.

July 11, 2020
--2 bits of ephemera from Bill Bowers and Bill Mallardi's Double Bill. There's a letter to artists, and D:B Jr aka "Things we Forgot to put in the Magazine, proper". Scans by Joe Siclari

--added John Kenny's FTL 1, from March 1989. You can find under Irish Publications in the Classic Index. That's a good place to start when you're looking for any fanzine. The Classic Index is at http://fanac.org/fanzines/Classic_Fanzines.html. FTL was scanned at Dublin 2019, and provided by Philippa Ryder. Thanks Philippa!

--1 more issue of Linda Bushyager's Karass. Well, we uploaded the "False Karass" that was distributed at Big Mac in 1976. Now it's really complete. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 more issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 2, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thanks guys!

--6 more issues of the SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. These are by various editors from the early 1990s. We've added issues 67, 71, 75-78. We also upgraded issue 73 to a new scan with a cover still intact. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--7 issues of John Owen's Shipyard Blues  from the late 80s/early 90s. This is a new title for us. Contributors include Mary Gentle, Skel, Eric Mayer, Martyn Taylor, and more. Nice art! Scans provided by John Owen. Thanks John!

It's a YouTube day. We've put an interview with Bob Tucker from 2000 up on the YouTube channel. From the writeup: "Dick Smith's interview of Bob Tucker was done for Chicon 2000 (with videography by Tom Veal, chair of Chicon 2000!). In this low key conversation, Tucker tells wonderful stories about 60 years of fandom, from Chicon 1 in 1940, to his only stint as convention Artist Guest of Honor, to the origin of the Tucker Hotel, to Claude Degler and more. There's history. There's "smoothing". There are intriguing hints of stories not told. Here's your chance to sit down with a ghiant of fandom, and listen to Dick Smith draw out his stories of our fannish past." https://youtu.be/f27lWc3YW6s 

July 7, 2020
--19 more issues of Roy Tackett's Dynatron. Uploaded today - issues 40-41, 43-44, 48-50, 52-60, 62-63, and 96. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--4 issues of H.T. McAdam's Fantopologist. Poetry, fiction, and topology. How utterly charming, and not recorded in Pavlat-Evans. My last topology class was in 1968, from the topologist immortalized in "Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown" as L.M.S.F.T. (Lee M. Sonneborn, fine topologist). He was very cool. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--7 more issues of Dan McPhail's Phantasy Press. Uploaded today - issues 8, 13, 21-22, 29, 50, and 59. Issue 8 comes from 1956 and issue 59 from 1980. Phantasy Press was a FAPAzine. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--6 more issues of the SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. These are by various editors from the late 1980s to the 90s. We've added issues 48, 50, 53, 103, 129, and 136. When Joe and I edited, it was a family affair. Issue 103 has a column by our then 13 year old son. I'm not sure what the statute of limitations is on egoboo, but I have to admit that reading the letter column for #103 is still very exciting and encouraging. Scans by Joe Siclari.

July 6, 2020
Thanks to Evelyn Leeper and Martin Moore Wooster for pointing out errors on the site. We will get them fixed.

Added 2 more pieces by Sam Moskowitz for his centenary. They are "A Canticle for P. Schuyler Miller" and "Peace and Olaf Stapledon". Both are in the Fanthologies, Collections and Festschrifts index and links can also be found on the FANAC homepage (http://fanac.org/ ). There's a centenary splash for SaM there, which will be up until the end of July. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 more issue of the TNFF's clubzine Tightbeam. This is the latest issue, issue 310. Tightbeam is edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz, and was sent to us by George Phillies. Thanks George!

--8 more issues of the SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. These are by various editors from the 1990s to 2000s. We've added issues 118, 123, 131, 133, 135, 139, 148 and March 2005. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 more issue of John Berry's Pot Pourri. Issue 17 - Eney for TAFF. Pot Pourri is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--13 issues of Roy Tackett's Dynatron. Uploaded today - issues 16-18, 20-22, 24-25, 28, 30, 34, 37-38. Scans by Joe Siclari.


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