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July 14, 2018
Yesterday, we put up a new FANAC Update  newsletter. Today, we added some of the older newsletters so that inquiring minds can contemplate the changes in the website. You can find them at You might notice that there's a gap between the early newsletters and the later ones. The updates at that time went out to individuals via phone and email, and probably carrier pigeon. I think this is better.

Two more issues of Ron Smith's Inside  today, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. These are issues 14 and 15 for those keeping track.

Taral Wayne sent us a PDF of his Perzine Rat Sass 9  which we have added to the Rat Sass index. Thanks Taral.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 26,509 names in these listings.

July 13, 2018
There's a new FANAC Update newsletter today. You may have received it via email. If not you can find it at If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, you can get on our mailing list by filling in the form on the home page of

We have more from the scanning of Mark Olson today. We have 2 parts of The British Fanzine Bibliography  done in the 70s by Peter Roberts, covering fanzines from 1951 to 1970. Over time, we plan to corral other bibliographic efforts here as well.

There are also 4 more issues of Ron Smith's Inside. Thanks Mark!

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 37, No. 2, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

July 10, 2018
Sorry all, but I screwed up yesterday and missed the fact that we already had a number of issues of Jane's Fighting Smofs  online. I've corralled them all in one directory now. The proper link is

July 9, 2018
A long update today, full of choice material.

Next year is the Dublin worldcon, and we're supporting it by putting some focus on Irish Fandom and the Wheels of If. We will be scanning as many classic Irish fanzines as possible, and making them available via a central webpage. We've started. The webpage is Irish Fandom Publications. You can see we've linked to zines like Hyphen, and are starting to add one-shots too. Towards that goal, today we've added the following zines (all scanning by Joe Siclari):

-- 6 more issues of Hyphen, issues 7-9, 10-11, 13-14

-- This Goon for Hire  by John Berry

-- The Thomson Saga  by John Berry

-- 7 issues of Toto, the Walt Willis reprint zine. There are also TOCs for the issues we don't have online yet. They're marked with "index only" in the comment section.

Added the July issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

Back to classic zines. Joe also scanned issue 3  of Fan Slants  from 1944, and 2 issues of Nick and Noreen Falasca's 1958 fanzine about (against?) WSFS Inc, Fandom's Burden, completing that run. He also scanned issue #1 of Bob Bloch & Bob Tucker's Science Fiction World  from 1955.

Two new fanzine titles today. We've added isse 6 and 7 of Luna', by Frank Dietz. This fanzine started life as Luna, and changed its name to Luna' with issue 6. There's also a completely different fanzine called Luna Monthly  by Ann Dietz. It's a little confusing, but there are far more confusing fannish naming practices in the world. Consistency has never been a preoccupation of faneds. Scans by Mark Olson.

The second title is Jane's Fighting Smofs, a fanzine dedicated to convention bidding by Jane and Scott Dennis from the 1980s. We have 3 issues up so far, with 2 from Mark's scanner and 1 from Joe's.

July 8, 2018
Four more issues today of Ron Smith's Inside. Issues 6-9 have been added, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. Includes articles by Ross Rocklynne, Paul Blaisdell, and part of a story by Harlan Ellison among others. These issues are from 1954-1955.

With the addition of issues 7 and 8 of Edward Ludwig and Sam Sackett's Fantastic Worlds", we now have the complete run on line. These issues, and the rest of today's classic fanzines, were scanned by Joe Siclari.

We've upgraded our issue 40  of Julius Unger's Fantasy Fiction Field. We now have most of the photos that were distributed with the fanzine. This issue is a special Denvention issue, from 1941. Alas, some of the photos are faded now. Issue is courtesy of Andrew Porter.

Another newszine. Added the August 1973 issue  of Norstrilian News, produced by Robin Johnson. This issue announces that the Australia bid has won the right to host the Worldcon for 1975. Remember who chaired Aussiecon One? It was Robin Johnson.

And now for something quite different. We've added a photo album of The Cult. You can see it here - Scanning by Joe Siclari, and album courtesy of Andrew Porter.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #418 (8.3 MB), #63 (5.2 MB), and #64.3 (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 6, 2018
More Hyphens  today. We've added issues 34 and 35, thanks to Joe Siclari's scanning prowess, along with issue 63 of Tucker's Le Zombie.

Mark Olson has been scanning too. We've added 4 issues of Ron Smith's Inside. It's from the 1950's and the first two issues have page counts over 50. Issue 3 has an article by William Nolan on Ray Bradbury, from the perspective of Bradbury's first 13 years in the field. Thanks for the scanning Mark!

More Shangri L'Affaires  today too. 11 issues of the B series from issue 18 to 52, almost all of them from the 1940s. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Joe also scanned 4 more issues of Ted White's Stellar. These are issues 9&10, 21 &22. Thanks Joe!

July 5, 2018
You can now read 4 more (facsimile) issues of the Walt Willis fanzine, Hyphen. Thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, issues 2-5 are newly added.

Issue 4, C series, of Shangri L'Affaires  is online too. This issue, edited by Charles Lee Jackson II, is from 1987. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Ron Bennett's Skyrack  is represented today with the upload of issue 52 from 1963. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Two issues of James Taurasi's Fantasy Comics  added today. Issues 6 and 14 from 1953 have been uploaded. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Joe also scanned 6 issues of FMZ Digest, edited by Arthur Joquel II. These are from 1941.

Lest you think we've given up on the news, we've added issues 1 and 3 of STEF Headlines, edited by Walter Coslet. These cardzines are from 1951. There are also 3 issues of the Daily Dynamic, the newsletter for the 1958 Worldcon, Solacon. You can see all the pubs we have up for Solacon here - All scanning today by Joe Siclari.

July 2, 2018
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #417 (3.7 MB), #62.5A (5.5 MB), and #62.5B (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

Catching up on the materials that Mark Olson has scanned, we have 4 titles represented today.

First, we have an issue of Fandom's Burden. This one is called Son of Fandom's Burden. It's a 1958 zine by Nick and Noreen Falasca, where they express their displeasure with WSFS, Inc.

Next, an issue of Wally Weber's SAPSzine, Key Hole  from 2001.

We also have 3 more issues (completing the run) of the Journal of Science Fiction, from the early 50s. This was the fanzine of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club, edited by Lester Fried and Ed Wood.

Last, we have 3 issues of Fantastic Worlds, edited by Edward Ludwig or Sam Sackett. This is also from the early 50s.

Thanks Mark, for all the scanning!

June 28, 2018
Mark Olson and Joe Siclari have been scanning again.

Thanks to Joe, you can now find issues 11-16 of 4sj and Morojo's Voice of the Imagi-Nation  added to the list. These are issues from 1941, with some cool covers. You can also see issue 1 of Mel Brown's Fan Slants  from 1943, with articles by Laney, Daugherty and others.

Mark has been working on Abstract. We put up issues 7 and 8, which are 126 pages between them. Includes features by Bob Bloch, Dean Grennell, Harlan Ellison (*sigh*), Terry Carr and others. Thanks Mark.

June 24, 2018
A frothy bit of miscellany today for you. First, there's an additional issue of Bob Tucker's Le Zombie. It's #21.

We're also working on our 1943 fanzines. We have Beak Taylor's 8-Ball  from Canada, and Len Moffat's Asteroid. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

Not from 1943, but from 1941, we've added 4 issues of the A series of Shangri L'Affaires. This was an Ackerman/Morojo effort that was sometimes distributed inside Voice of the Imagi-Nation  aka VOM. Scanning (and more impressive, finding, these issues) by Joe Siclari.

Slightly later in time, we have the first 6 issues of Peter Vorzimer's Abstract. You'll find contributors here like Terry Carr, Dick Geis, Peter Graham and letter writers like Bob Bloch, Bob Tucker, and Dean Grennell. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Another of today's new titles is Ted White's Stellar. You can see 6 issues from the late 50s. Contributors include SaM, Robert Madle, and Dick Geis.

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

June 23, 2018
Feeling a lack of humor in the world? Try these. We have put up 4 more issues of Walt Willis's Hyphen. Joe Siclari has scanned issues 30-33.

We've also added a couple of Bob Tucker's Le Zombie. The new ones are issues 2 and 61. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

At last. FAPA 26 is completely up. This was a 461 page mailing. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks again, Mark. To pseudoquote Tom Purdom, FAPA is the internet of the time, but slow. This completes the 1943 FAPA issues. We're getting ready for the 2019 Retro Hugos which will cover material published in 1943.

June 22, 2018
Two treats today. First, we have put up the fabled fannish musical The Mimeo Man. The book is by Moshe Feder, lyrics by Moshe Feder, Debbie Notkin and Eli Cohen, and music by Meredith Wilson. I wish we had a video of one of the productions to show you. If anyone has one, please get in touch.

Second, we have a new YouTube piece. It's at This one is an audio of a conversation in the Philcon 2017 consuite between Tom Purdom and Chip Delany. From the Youtube description: "Chip Delany and Tom Purdom talk informally about their experiences in science fiction in this audio tape with images. You'll hear some startling stories about the Nebulas, and about writers such as Judy Merrill, Walter Miller, and Fred Pohl. Tom talks about his introduction to science fiction and fandom in the 50s, and the fannish equivalent of the internet. This is a low key, entertaining session, held in the Philcon con suite. It's an interesting take on how different fandom is for these two authors". There is some choppiness in the audiFAPA 26 o during the last 15 minutes.

More of FAPA 26  is online. The last of it is coming soon. Today, we also added the June issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

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

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #416 (4.8 MB), #62.1B (5.1 MB), and #62.3 (4.9 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

June 18, 2018
I hope there are some FAPA fans out there. FAPA 25, September 1943, is complete now. FAPA 26, December 1943 is well begun. FAPA 26 is over 400 pages long, so it may take a while. Included, and already are online are some interesting pieces. For example, Jack Speer's In Memoriam - Sprit of Foo Foo  and Art Widner's 54 page fanzine Fanfare 10. FAPA 25 and 26 were scanned by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

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