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December 13, 2019
Today on Fanac.org:

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Edited by Martin Tudor (11 issues), these are from 1991. As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--1 issue of fanzines/Destiny, edited by Malcom Willits and Jim Bradley. This is issue 2, from Fall, 1950. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--The latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 24, edited by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

--5 more issues of Vector, the Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. These are issues 245-249, from 2006, edited by Niall Harrison and Geneva Melzack. Vector is a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin and the BSFA for their scans.

--15 issues of Dick Wilson's newszine Science Fiction News Letter, from 1938-1939. Scanned and provided by David Ritter. Today we added issues: 53-56, plus an "EXTRA" issue and a Hoax News (Love) Letter. Thanks David!

--1 issue of Rhodomagnetic Digest, produced by the Elves', Gnomes', and Little Men's Science-Fiction Chowder and Marching Society. This issue from September 1950 was edited by Donald Baker Moore. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari. This is the second Fall 1950 fanzine today. Curious.

December 11, 2019
Our big news is that Steve Rosenstein has most kindly donated a new blueray writer and disks to Fanac.org. He has been reviewing our backup policies, and providing advice and counsel. Part of the advice was to get a blueray writer for archival storage, and now thanks to Steve, we have one! Thank you Steve. You've been beyond wonderful.

--23 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Edited by Dave Hardy, these are from 1989-1990. As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik, December 2019 issues. Thanks Leybl!

--SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie, issue 76, October 2000 - the 30th anniversary issue, focused on George Turner. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1980 ISFA calendar, Arthur O'Duffy, scanned at Dublin 2019. With illustrations!

--10 more issues of Vector, the Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. These were edited by Andrew M. Butler from 2004-2005. Vector is a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin and the BSFA for their scans.

December 10, 2019
Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #462 (6.7 MB) of his perzine Opuntia, along with an updatd cumulative index. Thanks Dale.

December 9, 2019
I left out an important fact about Dick Wilson's Escape 2. On page 5, it contains what we believe to be Cyril Kornbluth's first published fiction. I think we may have skipped the OCR step on this issue. We'll get it updated at some point.

We've replaced issues 25 and 55-56 of SF Commentary  with searchable PDFs. OCR thanks to Mark Olson. We also replaced Pong, issue 19-20 with a searchable PDF. OCR here is thanks to Joe Siclari.

Newly uploaded:

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Edited by Carol and Tony Morton, these are from 1988. Today's additions - issues 196-207. As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--2 issues of Jim Harmon's Radio Hero  from 1963. This is a fanzine about Old Time Radio. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--9 issues of Vector, these edited by Andrew M. Butler from 2002-2004. Vector is the Offical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association, and a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin and the BSFA for their scans. Vector published material by many well known fans and writers.

December 8, 2019
Today we have zines from 1939 to 1987, with a few in between.

--11 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Edited by Carol and Tony Morton, these are from 1987. Today's additions - issues 184-188, 190-195. As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--1 issue of Escape, Dick Wilson, August 1939. There's an anecdote about Cyril Kornbluth, and another about Fred Pohl and Jack Gillespie in Hagerstown soon after "the convention from which they were barred." We met Dick in the early 80s, during several of his visits to the Florida residence of Dave Kyle. It always pleases me to be able to put his fanzines online. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues of Yerke's The Knanve, 1944. For background on the Knanves, see fancyclopedia.org . Scans by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues of Son of a Beach, edited by Les Schachter, 1970-1971. This was a fanzine of the Terminal Club, at the State Unitercity of New York at Binghamton. Issue 2 has a long article by Priscilla Pollner on the "Folklore of Fandom". You may know her better as Priscilla Olson. There's also a reprint of a Joanna Russ piece on "The Image of Women in Science Fiction". Scan by Mark Olson.

December 7, 2019
Today in Fan History:

--2 issues of Destiny, edited by Malcom Willits and Jim Bradley. These are issues 1 and 6 from 1950-1951. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--9 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Edited by Carol and Tony Morton, these are from 1986. Today's additions - issues 173-175, 177-178, 180-183. As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--The War Lock, by Forry Ackerman for the Fall 1942 FAPA mailing. This is subtitled "An Open and Shut Letter (to Persons like Pogorus)". Scan by Bob Hurter.

--Xenolith, Bill Bowers perzine, 2nd series, issue 4. Scan by Mark Olson.

December 6, 2019
Hope all the US folks had a happy Thanksgiving.

It's been more than a week since the last update, so here goes. We have a modest 31 fanzines to tell you about.

--16 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. By various editors, these are from the mid 1980s. Today's additions - issues 133, 141, 144, 146-148, and 162-171.As always, thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

-- 1 issue of Geri Sullivan's Idea. We've added issue 2 from March 1989. Scans by Mark Olson.

-- Latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 23, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

-- 5 issues of Polaris, edited by Paul Freehafer. We have issues 1-4 and 6 from 1939-1941. There was an extract from issue 4 up already, but today we put up the whole issue. The story in the extract is said to be by Rimel and Lovecraft. Rimel's name is the only one I see in the fanzine. The story is widely attibuted to Lovecraft. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

-- 6 issues of Robert Silverberg's Spaceship. We've added issues 17-18, and 23-26 from 1952 to 1954. Walt Willis, Red Boggs, Lee Hoffman, Harry Warner Jr, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Silverberg, along with others. Scans by Joe Siclari.

-- 1 issue (the only issue) of Strange Fantasy  by Larry Farsaci and Francis Litz, 1940. This is combined with Litz's Outre 3. Scan by Bob Hurter.

-- 1 issue of Frank Lunney's Syndrome, issue 3 from 1973. Scan by Joe Siclari.

December 3, 2019
Added the latest issue (#20) of the N3F's Ionisphere, edited by John Thiel and sent by George Phillies.

November 26, 2019
Correction to info on the Fantasy Tarot Deck. Rich Lynch points out that it should b 1980, rather than 1981 for the date. Thanks Rich!

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,949 names in these listings.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #461 (5.4 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

November 24, 2019
In 1981, Bruce Pelz published a Fantasy Showcase Tarot Deck. It's now online under "Artzines" at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Artzines/. The Tarot Deck is very cool, with different cards done by different artists. Artists include some of the best fan artists around (and a few pros): Josh Kirby, Ross Chamberlain, Bill Rotsler, Anne Chancellor, Harry Bell, Ken Fletcher, Reed Waller.... You get the idea. If you missed the chance to acquire a copy of the Tarot Deck, Elayne Pelz still has a few for sale for $45. If you are interested, contact her at elaynepelz at verizon.net . Thanks to Elayne for allowing us to scan this, and thanks to Mark Olson for doing the scans.

We have 27 issues of Vector  added today. Vector is the Offical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association, and a core fanzine for us to scan. 25 of these were scanned by the BSFA - issues 16-21, 23-26, 32, 34-37, 40-45, 57-60. Two of them were scanned by Joe Siclari - issues 29 and 52. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin and the BSFA for their scans. Vector published material by many well known fans and writers - John Brunner, Christopher Priest, Ken Slater, Brian Aldiss, Malcolm Edwards, Terry Jeeves, etc. Very cool stuff.

Also today, we replaced 13 more issues of SF Commentary  with searchable PDFs. OCR by Mark Olson.

November 23, 2019
61 items today (63 if you count the TAFF Ballots). We also replaced Norm Metcalf's New Frontiers, issue 4, with a searchable PDF.

Let's start with TAFF. We're scanning the trip reports and placing them (slowly) in the new TAFF directory - http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/TAFF/. Today's additions: TAFF ballots from 1956 and 1969, Eric Bentcliffe's "TAFF Reporter 1", and Eric's 1961 TAFF Report - "Epi-TAFF". Scans by Joe Siclari.

--24 issues: Birmingham Science Fiction Group News, various editors. We've added issues 111-113, 117-122, 124-127, and 149-160. Scans by Carol Goodwin, and provided by John Bray. Thanks to the BSFG for these!

--7 issues: Degler!, Andrew Porter, issues 172-178. Scans by Mark Olson.

--9 issues: Ember, Don Brazier. This includes issue 1 titled "Spark", and later renamed to Ember.. We've added issues 1, 5, 7, 21, 25, 27, 28, 30, and 32 of Ember. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues: Flatbush Artery, Fred Pohl, 1938. These are not SF zines, but are publications for the Young Communist League. It is edited by a fan, Fred Pohl, and has articles by fans, John Michel and Helen Glaser. These zines answer any question people may have about whether Pohl had any Communist leanings. "In a 1989 conversation I had with him, Milt Rothman still blamed his association with Pohl for his inabilty to clear security regulations for working in nuclear research in the 1940s"- Joe Siclari. Scanned and provided by Alistair Durie.

--3 issues: Proper Boskonian, issues 34 and 37, edited by Ken Knabbe and issue 44 edited by Lisa Hertel. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--11 issues: PSFS News, and SF Viewsletter (various editors). It's a mixed grouping. We've added PSFS News issues from: March & May 1951, Nov 1943, Oct 1944, Nov 1945, Mar 1946, and April 1952. There are also issues of "SF Viewsletter" edited by George Heap. These are marked "in the interest of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society". Those are dated May, June, Sept, and October 1960. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--3 issues: Vector, the Offical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin. Today we added issues 22, 38, and 39. Scans provided by BSFA.

November 22, 2019
I received a question from Justin Busch about the last lines of the last few pages of the fanzine Australian Fan News. Justin wanted to know if there was any way to improve the legibility. From Kim Huett who scanned the zines: "I totally forgot to mention that the bottom line on each page of this fanzine is unintelligible. My best guess is that whoever typed the original pages went just a little too far down the stencil. Probably because the editor was unfamiliar with the machine it was printed on...A further thought. I'm pretty sure Bill Veney didn't own a printer and so had to the flatbed machine owned by either Bill Castellari or Vol Molesworth (jds). In which case it's quite likely he didn't know how much of the stencil he could use. Fanzine production was a bit complicated in Australia during the 40s it has to be said." Now you know.

Today we added 37 fanzines(!).

--2 collections/anthologies. First, Quo Davis, a festschrift to honor Hank Davis on his 30th birthday edited by Moshe Feder (1972). Second, 14 Bob the Bushel, a collection of Bob Shaw's "Glass Bushel" columns by Bruce Pelz (1995). You can find them at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Fanthologies/. Hint: 14 is spelled out and the list is alphabetical.

--17 issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. Thanks to the good offices of John Bray and the scanning of Carol Goodwin, we have a goodly number of these to put up. There will be more coming. Pete Weston was the editor of the first newsletter.

--2 issues of Mainstream, edited by Jerry Kaufman and Suzle Tompkins. Jerry kindly scanned issues 1 and 2 for us, completing the run.

--12 issues of Norstrilian News, mostly edited by John Foyster, with one by Leigh Edmonds. We've added issues 1 and 6-15 incl 10A all from 1970. Scanning by Mark Olson.

--2 issues of The Phantagraph, edited by Don Wollheim. Issues 36 and v13, num 4 from the 1940s. By volume 13, DAW had stopped putting whole numbers on the zine. Scans provided by Alistair Durie. Thanks Alistair!

--2 issues of South of the Moon, edited by Tim Marion and David Ortman. We've added issues 10 and 10s (a supplement) from 1975.

November 20, 2019
A nice count of 33 new zines for you today, ranging in publication date from 1936 to 2019, an 83 year span.

--2: Arcturus, edited by Harold W. Kirshenblit, issues 2 and 3 from Jan/Feb 1936, provided and scanned by Alastair Durie. Thanks Alastair!

--10: Ember, edited by Don Brazier. This is a hectozine so parts are a little faded. We have issues 3, 8-9, 11-15, 22, and 33 from 1946 and 1947. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--1: Horizons, Harry Warner Jr. issue 43 from summer 1950. We've also replaced issue 70 with a searchable PDF. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--3: Operation Fantast, Ken Slater. Issues V1N4 and V2N6, from 1950 scanned by Thomas Recktenwald, along with Fantast Sidetrack (1954). All we had before for the two Operation Fantasts was a table of contents. Now, thanks to Thomas, we have the zines!

--4: Science and Fantasy Fan Reporter, Colin Roden (AU), issues 26-28, and 34 all from 1942. These were provided and scanned by Kim Huett.

--1: Telefan  by Vol Molesworth (AU). The one and only issue, from March 1941. Provided and scanned by Kim Huett.

--12: Vector, the Offical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. Proper credits and more issues are coming but thanks for now to Allen Stroud, BSFA president and the BSFA board for providing these scans for the archive. Thanks also to Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin. We also uploaded a 2018 publication "Through the Decades - Sixty Years of the BSFA 1958-2018" aka the Best of Vector, Vol II. Thank you guys!

November 18, 2019
Today's haul in 4 parts:

From Kim Huett, we have a batch of interesting Australian Newszines.

--Australian Fan News, by Bill Veney. As far as I know, this is the only issue. Bill Veney chaired the first Australian Science Fiction convention in Sydney in 1952. Scanned and provided by Kim Huett.

--Science and Fantasy Fan Reporter, various editors. We have 13 more issues today, from 13-25. Note that Pavlat-Evans only lists them up through 15, so here you go. Thanks Kim!

From Joe Siclari's fanzine scanning, we have an issue of John D. Berry's Foolscap, issue 13 from 1978. Note that he used a piece of art that was not new, and so the cover says "Foolscap 7". It fooled us, and the title metadata lists the wrong issue. It's on our list to fix.

--Also from Joe Siclari's scanning, the 1955 edition of Tucker's Neo-Fans Guide. Fandom explained in 10 pages.

The 3rd part of the additions today: another 24 photos from the collection of Howard DeVore. You can see them at http://fanac.org/Fan_Photo_Album/v01-p00.html  Scans by Joe Siclari.

The 4th part is an addition from a regular contributor. George Phillies sent us a PDF of November 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

November 17, 2019
Today's haul has 24 fanzines from Australia, Northern Ireland, England and the US.

--Starting with the fanthologies, we have 2. There's "Curt Phillips for TAFF!" from Randy Byers and Claire Brialey (2014), and the "Best of Entmoot", from Greg Shaw (1970). You'll find them in the Fanthologies index at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Fanthologies/  . Scans by Joe Siclari.

--The Scarr, George Charters, issue 111 aka issue 13, November 66. "The Scarr" is of course an anagram of "Charters". This was done for OMPA 50. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Science and Fantasy Fan Reporter, from Eric F. Russell, Colin Roden, Graham Stone and Vol Molesworth. We add this newszine title and 12 issues from 1941, Australia. These were scanned and provided by Kim Huett. Thanks Kim!

--Science Fantasy News, Vince Clarke, issues 7, 8 and 11 from 1951-52. This continues the newszine theme and brings it to England. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Space Diversions, issue 7 from Norman Shorrock, John Roles and David Gardner. This issue is over 100 pages long. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Spaceship, from Robert Silverberg with some co-edited by Saul Diskin. Here we have issues 5, 9, 10 and 13 from 1949 to 1951. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Waldo  from Eric Bentcliffe, issue 2. Scan by Joe Siclari.

November 16, 2019
It's a YouTube day today. I've uploaded the Harlan Ellison Memorial panel that was held at Worldcon 76. From the YouTube description: "This Memoriam panel (audio, with pictures) features memories and anecdotes from Tom Whitmore, Robert Silverberg (who was a friend of Harlan's for 65 years), Chris Barkley, David Gerrold, Christine Valada and Nat Segaloff (Harlan's biographer). Each of the panelists had a close relationship with Harlan, and these loving but clear-eyed reminiscences are a comfort to those that miss him, and hopefully to those readers who never had a chance to meet him. Harlan was an enormous presence in science fiction. His stories, his scripts, his kindnesses and his sometimes unbelievable missteps will be long remembered. Recording provided by Karen G. Anderson and Richard Lynch." It was all I could do to not add my own Harlan stories to the description. My favorite memory may be watching Harlan try to convince my then 5 year old that violence was wrong, and that he should not watch Godzilla movies. https://youtu.be/na3dLxm0AYE 

In the world of written material, we've added a few things to the site (scans by Joe Siclari).

First, a searchable PDF version of the magnificent John Bristol (aka Jack Speer) effort Fancyclopedia 1  in our reference section. More reference materials here: http://www.fanac.org/Fannish_Reference_Works/ 

For the newsminded, SF Parade, issues 3 and 5 from 56-57, a special Walt Willis one-shot from 57 and a 1962 issue edited by Stan Woolston.

November 15, 2019
It's been a few days since I did a 'What's New' entry, but I have been putting up a few things.

First, thanks to Bruce Mai and Filthy Pierre for their photo corrections. I've got some of them up, and am working on the rest. Thanks guys!

Secondly, if you're on our mailing list, you received a Flash Update from Joe Siclari. Thanks to a suggestion we received after the last newsletter, we're using Mailchimp to distribute future communications. If you didn't get one and you'd like to be on our mailing list, let me know at fanac@fanac.org . If you believe you're on our mailing list already but didn't get the Flash, then please let me know that also. We had some email bounces and I may have misread your email address from one of our signup sheets at a convention somewhere.

Ok onward. If I've added correctly, we have 35 items added to the archive for this edition of 'what's new'.

--Idea, Geri Sullivan, issue 4, February 1992. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--ISFA Newsletter, edited by Richard Gallagher. We added the first 8 issues (from 1976-77). These were provided by Philippa Ryder and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--Lowdown, Richard Labonte, issue 1, 1968, which completes the run. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 20,Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thanks Mark and Evelyn!

--Opuntia, Dale Speirs, issue #460. Thanks Dale!

--Science Fiction Review, Richard E. Geis, issues 14, 16, 19-20, 23, 26, and 36-38. These were scanned and provided to us by Jim Harris. There's something a little screwy with the title metadata on these. When you look up at the title tab, you'll see nonsense letters. We'll fix that, but for now the fanzines are up as is. Thanks Jim!

--Scottishe, Ethel Lindsay, issues 63-64 from 1972. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Sky Hook, Redd Boggs, issue 2, May 1948. On page 4, "FAN MEETS AUTHOR: The talk at the post-meeting session of MFS members had got around to the subject of mutants. Someone said reflectively, "There was a good story in Astounding some time ago about a mutant -- a kid and his dog... What was the name of it?" Poul Anderson blinked a few times, then ascertaining that the otner was not kidding, remarked, "It was called 'Logic'. I wrote it. " Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Spacewarp, Art Rapp, issue 85, 1967. Scanned by Joe Siclari.

--Texas SF Inquirer, issue 43, edited by Dale Denton and Alexander Slate, 1991. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Xero, Dick and Pat Lupoff, issues 3 and 4 of Xero Comics from 1961. Scans by Joe Siclari

--Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson. Issues 193-195 and 197. Scanned by Mark Olson.

And two special items.

--TAFF material. Joe Siclari has rescanned "ATom Abroad" and made it a searchable PDF. Over time, we'll migrate the TAFF reports to this spot on the site.

--Musicals. We've added the script and a glossary for the Dublin 2019 production of "The Enchanted Duplicator - The Musical", written and updated by Irwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss, who provided the material to us. Thanks Filthy!

Also, for those that are interested, I've updated our progress on the list of core fanzines to scan. You can find it here - http://fanac.org/fanzines/core_fanzine_list_to_scan.pdf 


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