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December 15, 2018
Geri Sullivan has put together Fanac.org's first "Guided Walk" through some of our fannish publications. This is a new thing for us - kind of an online fanthology. Geri's piece is titled "Roadtripping with the Wheels of IF"  and will point you to some great fanwriting from the BNFs of Irish Fandom. It also includes personal letters and photos that will give you a feeling of what Wheels of IF were really like. See our splash page for more explanation. Thanks Geri!

Joe Siclari has been scanning more from Irish Fandom. Today's offerings are issue 50  of John Berry's Pot Pourri, and a "Burbee-type one-shot" for FAPA 69 done by Walt Willis in 1954 titled WAWCRHBSJWCATWCMWPMSSACW. Want to find out what that means? Follow the link. Thanks Joe!

Mark Olson has been scanning too. From his prolific scanner we have two more fanthologies. The first is from 1978, put out by Linda Bushyager, Tim Marion and Joyce Scrivner - Of Such Are Legends Made, V1.

The second is not your general fanthology. Edited by Ruth Berman, it's the SHsf Fanthology 3, a collection of writing on Sherlock Holmes from fanzines. Thanks Mark!

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

December 14, 2018
Collections and fanthologies have long been a popular way to share important fannish writing. We've had a few online for a while, like Terry Carr's Entropy  (1964). Today, we've added a few more for your reading pleasure. We have The Incompleat Terry Carr, edited by rich brown and Arnie Katz, published by Jerry Kaufman. We have The Portable Carl Brandon, eddited by Terry Carr and published by Jerry Kaufman. By the time you read this, I may have already added The Incomplete Burbee, Volume 2  edited Terry Carr and published by Jeff Schalles. More coming! Enjoy.

Thanks to Mark Olson, we have another Outworlds  issue today. It's issue 170, the last that Bill Bowers put out before his death. Another issue was in preparation when he died. This is a whopping 150 pages long, and begins with page 2571. Thanks Mark!

Thanks to Joe Siclari, we have 8 more issues of Lee Hoffman's focal point fanzine, Quandry. The new issues range from 6 to 26, and have contributors from the Wheels of IF, including James White and Walt Willis. You'll also find Harlan Ellison, Bob Silverberg, A. Vincent Clarke, Forrest J Ackerman, and F. Towner Laney! I'm very glad to have these up. Thanks Joe!

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,283 names in these listings.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 24, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

December 13, 2018
Thanks to Mark Olson, we have 2 more Outworlds  today. Issues 66 and 67 are from the 1990s, and publication dates were not as frequent. Thanks Mark!

It's been a while since we've uploaded more Cry of the Nameless. Today we have 14 more issues, ranging from early issues edited by G. M. Carr to issues from the 1960s edited by Wally Weber and the Busbys. There's material by Buz, by John Berry and others. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

December 12, 2018
Matthew Strait, archivist for the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, has sent us listings of the MinnStf fanzine archive. They are in our Bibliography  section, along with the Pavlat-Evans Fanzine Index, Ned Brooks' Fanzine Index, and the Fanzine Archive Collection. Thanks Matt!

We're starting to upload issues of Outworlds, edited by Bill Bowers. We begin with 4 issues from 1992-1993. Contributors include Bruce Pelz, Peggy Rae Pavlat, Bill Rotsler, John Giunta, Buck Coulson and many more. Outworlds was nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1971 and 1974-77. It won the FAAN Award for Best Fanzine in 1975, 1976 and 1999. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Continuing with our 1930s theme, we have 3 issues of Science Fiction Progress  edited by Don Wollheim and John B. Michel. Issue 2 says "Published for the Committee for the Political Advancement of Science Fiction." John Michel is a name with which you may not be familiar. Read all about him in Fancyclopedia at http://fancyclopedia.org/john-b-michel. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

December 10, 2018
A few days ago, I reported that we put up Fanfare  issues 5 and 6. What I neglected to mention is that issue 6 was the Earl Singleton memorial issue. Earl wasn't really dead, but he had his roommate announce that he had committed suicide and fandom was in mourning. This fanzine was released before the deception became known. Read more about Earl at http://fancyclopedia.org/earl-singleton 

Thanks to Thomas Recktenwald, we have an additional 10 issues of Shards of Babel, a newszine from the Netherlands edited by Roelof Goudriaan. The issues are from 1991 - 1993. Thomas realized we were missing these issues, located them and sent the scans to us. Thank you, Thomas!

More Irish fanzines for you today. We have added facsimile issues of Hyphen 21  and Hyphen 36. Hyphen 36 was already up in part, having been retyped for Fanac.org years ago by Judy Bemis. The new facsimile issues were scanned by Joe Siclari.

We also added several issues of Richard Bergeron's Warhoon. Issues 6 and 7 are now online, with scanning by Joe Siclari.

Steam 16  by Ken Bulmer is uploaded today, with the announcement that Ron Bennett has been elected the 1958 TAFF delegate. Scan by Joe Siclari.

December 8, 2018
Dick Wilson was about 18 when he published The Convention Crier  in 1938. There's a little bit of everything here. Dick was a Futurian, and in 1940 had his first science fiction story published.

Tired of all the 1930s zines we're posting? Something more modern today. We have 5 issues of Gus Willmorth's Fantasy Advertiser  from the mid to late 1940s (and one from 1951). This haul includes the 1st two issues. There are articles, worldcon ads, and oh yes, book listings. Interested in a December 1932 Weird Tales for 75˘ ? I suspect the offer may have expired by now. Scans by Joe Siclari.

We also have Fanfare  issues 5 and 6. Issue 5 has a cover by Damon Knight. Issue 6 has articles by Bob Tucker, Milt Rothman and Doc Lowndes. Tucker's piece is on the financial matters of the Chicon, the 1940 worldcon. He contends that you don't need much money to put on a convention. Scans by Joe Siclari.

From September, 1980. we bring you the Noreascon Two Special Report  issue of Mike Glyer's File 770. Get a contemporary view of a great convention. It was great, but I was there toting a 6 week old baby, so I may have missed a few things. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Today, we added the December issue of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

December 5, 2018
From the late 70s and early 80s, today we have a dozen or so issues of The Whole Fanzine Catalog. This was from Brian Earl Brown in Michigan, and is full of contemporary fanzine reviews. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

From the 1940s, we have 2 more issues of The Sydney Futurian, issues 6 and 11. I'm not sure who the editor was for these issues - it was either Vol Molesworth or Graham Stone. Scanning by Joe Siclari. These newszines can really give you a feel for Australian fandom in the late 40s.

December 3, 2018
Are you feeling musical today? We have two fannish musicals, originally presented at Boskone in the 70s to share with you today. Scanned by Mark Olson, these were both written by Sue Anderson and Mark Keller. The earliest is Rivets Redux, a science fiction musical  from 1978, followed by The Decomposers Songbook or "Rivets Has Risen From the Grave"  from 1979. Both were illustrated by the late, lamented Stu Shiffman. There's also a playbill  from the Decomposers.

For your 1930s fix, we have the first issue (hecto!) of Fantasy Fiction Digest. This was done by Morris Scott Dollens, and appeared in September of 1936. There were only two issues. As you probably know, Dollens was an artist. Check out the 1930s art in this issue. It's very cool.

George Phillies sent us a PDF of John Thiel's latest Ionisphere. This is the Bulletin of the National Fantasy Fan Federation Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity. Thanks George.

December 2, 2018
News of the 70s. News of the 70s in the UK to be specific. We've added 20 issues of Checkpoint, some edited by Peter Roberts and some by Darroll Pardoe. They range from 1971 to 1975. There are two trial issues, both labeled "Issue 0" from 1971. There are also a couple of issues of MI, a zine by Eric Bentcliffe that were distributed with Checkpoint. Those are in situ with the Checkpoint issues, and also can be found here - http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/MI/. I think we're at 2,681 newszines now. You can find a chronological list here.

December 1, 2018
Smofcon is currently in progress in California, and so today we have some "new" Smofcon  photos for you. These however, are not from 2018, but from 1992 and Smofcon 9. Photos and scans by Mark Olson.

Everyone has heard of the Exclusion Act that occurred in 1939 at the 1st Worldcon, right? Here is a contemporary piece of commentary about it by one of the excluded. Check out Leslie Perri's "In your teeth, 'gentlemen'. Plus there are sketches. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Sticking with 1939, we have 4 new to us issues of Harry Warner's Spaceways. There's also now scan of issue 1  as a complement to the text version that has been on the site. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

November 30, 2018
Thanks to Frank Olynyk, we have added some photos of this year's World Fantasy Convention. You can find them here - http://www.fanac.org/Other_Cons/World_Fantasy_Conference/x18-p00.html  . Thanks, Frank!

More Irish publications. Joe Siclari has scanned 5 more issues of the OMPAzine Woz  done by Walt Willis. To round out the picture of Irish Fandom, we'll be adding some fanzines where the Wheels of If and their compatriots wrote frequent columns and articles.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #430 (7.7 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

November 28, 2018
Twenty-one (21!) newszines added today, all PSFS News or PSFS Bulletins. The earliest of these are from the 1930s (and hecto). The most recent are from 1992. There's some fascinating material here, including a special convention supplementary issue  for the 2nd US convention - the 1938 Philadelphia gathering.Scanning by Joe Siclari.

From Mark Olson's scanner, we have 7 more issues of Richard Bergeron's Warhoon. The issues range from 1960 to 1964. Issue 20  from 1964 has quite a lot of discussion about Walter Breen.

November 24, 2018
Our first offering today is another 1930s hectographed fanzine. It's Ted Dikty's Fantasy Digest, issue 4. This fanzine had 8 issues, running from 1939-1940. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Next, we have 9 issues of Richard Bergeron's Hugo winning fanzine, Warhoon. Warhoon won Best Fanzine in 1962, and was nominated a total of 3 times. It started life as a SAPSzine, then moved to FAPA. Contributors include Terry Carr, Bob Bloch, Harry Warner and Walt Willis. Page through yourself and find more (although these are some pretty fine contributors right here). Scans by Mark Olson.

I'm told you can tell a lot about a person by their signature. This is your chance to see a bunch of signatures from the attendees of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th worldcons. Morojo put together an autograph pamphlet as a fanzine, and today we've uploaded 3 issues complete with signatures, including those of Robert Heinlein and his wife Leslyn. Scanning by Joe Siclari. You can find Stephan the STFan here - http://fanac.org/fanzines/Stephan_the_STFan/.

November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Joe Siclari has scanned some rare and fragile zines for today's update. We have 3 additional issues from 1944 and 1945 of Laney's Acolyte. The contributors are legendary. Here you'll find pieces by Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, E. Hoffman Price, Tony Boucher, and others. If you love Lovecraft, this is the zine for you.

In the way of newszines, we have 3 issues of Ahrvid Engholm's Science Fiction Journalen, the longeset running Scandinavian newsletter. These are from 1989 and 1985. Scan by Mark Olson. This brings us up to 2,640 newszines.

We have a 30s addition today. Scan by Joe Siclari. This is the last issue of Fantasy Fiction Telegram  from 1938. It's from Bob Madle, Jack Baltadonis, Milt Rothman and Oswarld Train. This was done in hecto, and achieved some really nice color. Check it out.

Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we have 4 issues from 1966 of The Tolkien Journal. These issues were edited by Dick Plotz.

November 20, 2018
One of the Most Important Fanzines Every Published! Today, we added Donald Wollheim's defense on keeping staples in science fiction publications. There are two issues from 1935 of Wollheim's Polymorphaneucleated Leucocyte. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Keeping with the 30s theme of the day, you can now read issue 6  of Maurice Ingher's Science Fiction Digest. It leads off with a story by A. Merritt, and has material by Julie Schwartz, Forrest J Ackerman and Mort Weisinger. There's also an interview with Harry Bates, who later wrote "Farewell to the Master", the story basis of the film, "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

From 1999, we've added Shelby Vick's tribute to Hyphen, titled Hyphen 38. And now we've lost Shelby too.

For those that are keeping score, the lastest update on what the Fan History Project has been doing is online at http://www.fanac.org/FANAC_Inc/update1118.pdf. There's information there not only about our online activities, but also the other things that FANAC has been doing to preserve fan history. Older updates can be found at http://fanac.org/fanzines/FANAC-Updates/.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of November 2018's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

November 16, 2018
Adding to our convention publications today, we have 5 Progress Reports from Discon II, the 1974 Worldcon. You can see all the Discon publications at http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Discon/w74-pubs.html. PR5, the Final Progress Report  is really a post-convention report, with a cover photograph taken from the masquerade. Scanning by Mark Olson.


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