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September 15, 2018
Ireland and Germany for you today. Thanks to Mark Olson's scanning, we have the program book and some PRs from the Heicon, the 1970 worldcon held in Heidelberg, Germany. More to come and you can see them here - http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Heicon/w70-pubs.html.

Joe Siclari has scanned more Irish fanzines. You can find them all at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Irish_Fandom/. Today we uploaded 1) the 8th edition of the Enchanted Duplicator, with the Dan Steffan illos, 2) The Harp Stateside  by Walt Willis, 3) Through Darkest Ireland with Knife Fork and Spoon  by Chuck Harris, 4) two issues of Ken Bulmer's Steam, 5)Inphantasmagoria, a one shot by Walt Willis and 6) The Enchantment, a 1989 trip report by Walt Willis. I have a particular fondness for that last. The Enchantment  was a trip report about Walt and Madeleine's trip to Tropicon VII, the only convention I ever chaired. I thought it was swell.

September 14, 2018
Lots of interesting material today, from YouTube, Worldcon, fanzine fandom and even a musical. Let's start with YouTube. Today's offering can be found at https://youtu.be/2awsfD6eGqI. It's an audio interview of Lee and Barry Gold, enhanced with 35ish images. From the writeup: "Lee and Barry Gold tell stories about Los Angeles fandom and filking in the 1960s...there are charming anecdotes about Poul and Karen Anderson, LASFS, and a great story about Bruce Pelz and Ted Johnstone obtaining permission from John Myers Myers to print the Silverlock songs." If you're interested in filk, especially the history of filk, you'll like this.

The Worldcon entry today is courtesy of the scanning of Mark Olson. We've added PR4 and PR5 to the Noreascon 2 publications  list. Thanks Mark.

Mark has also been scanning more fanzines. He's sent us 4 more issues of Buz Busby's Cry of the Nameless. These are issues 155-158 from 1961-1962.

There's also issue 8  of Luna'  by Frank Dietz. Thanks Mark!

From Joe Siclari's scanner come more fine fanzines from Irish Fandom. Today, it's 4 additional issues of John Berry and ATom's Retribution  from from the late 1950s/early 1960s.

If you like parody zines and convention running, you should look at Sad3Party, a sideways look at convention planning. Better read an issue of Mad3Party  afterwards, lest you keep the wrong earworm. (Also from Joe.)

Today's musical is from 1961. Captain Future Meets Gilbert & Sullivan or Alas! Who Loves a Spaceman?  It was produced with a stellar West coast cast, including Bruce Pelz, Bjo Trimble, and Ron Ellik, and was written by Steve and Virginia Schultheis. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Anyone up for a revival?

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 11, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

September 11, 2018
Ever wish you had memories of the first Worldcon in 1939? Now you can relive the highlight by reading Sam Moskowitz's New Fandom. Issue 6 is virtually a proceedings of what went on, including speeches, attendee lists, finances and more. Not surprising since New Fandom was the organizer of the convention. Issue 7 is also online. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Today, thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we have another 5 issues of John Berry and ATom's Retribution. This batch include the last issue, #17.

We have another of Gus Willmorth's Fantasy Advertisers. This one is from 1947. You can find V2#3 at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Fantasy_Advertiser/Fantasy_Advertiser0203-01.html.

September 9, 2018
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #423 (6.3 MB) and #66.3 (5.5 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. This batch completes the last of the archive issues. Thanks, Dale! We're looking forward to more new issues.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 26,719 names in these listings.

September 7, 2018
Worldcon 76  is over, and we are now anticipating Dublin 2019! To that end, we are focused on adding more publications from Irish Fandom. Today, thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, 5 issues (and an index) of Retribution, edited by John Berry and Arthur Thomson. Retribution was the official organ of the Goon Defective Agency, or G.D.A. The G.D.A. is probably the most famous fannishly mythological organization created in science fiction fan circles. There's artwork by ATom, articles by Walt Willis, Robert Bloch, Harry Warner and others, a speech by Poul Anderson, and above all, the doings of the legendary G.D.A.

Need a convention fix? How about a Worldcon fix? If the Worldcon you're faunching after was held in 1980, you're in luck. Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we have added three Noreascon Two  publications. The pubs are listed here at: http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/Noreascon/w80-pubs.html. You'll find the Memory Book, the Souvenir Book and Progress Report 3. Leslie Turek chaired Noreascon Two, and it was delightful.

Today, we also added the September issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl! Somehow, we had inexplicably failed to add all the issues from 2015 and 2016. My fault, and that's now been remedied.

September 6, 2018
More Cry of the Nameless!  Thanks to Mark Olson's scanning, we have 11 more issues of this important zine. I cannot imagine how much work it must have been to turn these out once a month. Just the production, collation, and mailing would have been brutal. Issues average about 50 pages each, and January 1960  was over 100 pages. Features writers like John Berry, Dean Grennell, Terry Carr, Harry Warner, rich brown, Art Rapp....

Still working on the newszines. Joe has scanned three more issue of early 90s Ansibles. Thanks Joe.

September 4, 2018
A real treat today. We have 8 issues from the beginning of the major period of Cry of the Nameless. Edited by Buz Busby, this fanzine began as a clubzine for the Seattle "Nameless Ones" club. Many of these issues have columns by John Berry, articles by Buz and/or Elinor Busby, Wally Weber, art by ATom, Terry Carr's column "Fandom Harvest", and more. Scanning of these issues (all from 1959) by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

For the Tucker fans amongst us (and who isn't?), we have 5 more issues of his fanzine Le Zombie. These are from the 40s. There are some interesting photos in issue 58 -- see them at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Le_Zombie/lezom58-06a.html. Issue 55 has a list  of fans (and their ranks) in uniform. Remember, this was 1943. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Continuing our newszine focus, Joe has also scanned 6 more issues of the Australian newszine, Thyme. These are from the early 90s, and some include Merv Binn's Australian SF Newsletter. Thanks Joe!

September 2, 2018
Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we've added 14 issues of Shangri L'affaires, dating from 1962 to 1992, published by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. Today's addition includes 4 from the "C" series and 10 from the "B" series. There's a lot of content here!

A couple of choice fanzines scanned by Joe Siclari. First, the Spring 1946 Acolyte 14, edited by Francis T. Laney and Sam Russell. It has a Rotsler cover, and an interesting mix of articles, poetry and reviews.

Second, is the very first issue of Granfalloon, edited by Linda Eyster (Linda Bushyager) and Suzanne Thompkins. This completes the run on FANAC.ORG of a focal zine of the time. Thanks to Linda Bushyager for supplying the copy, and to Joe Siclari for the scans.

Evelyn Leeper has sent us her report on the 2017 Philcon. Thanks Evelyn!

September 1, 2018
Rich Lynch sent us some photos of both LoneStarCon 3  and Sasquan. The Lonestar photos included a few taken of the baseball game that was played (indoors) in homage to the game played at the first Worldcon in 1939. Thanks Rich!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #422 (3.4 MB), #66.1 (5.3 MB), and #66B (4.6 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

August 31, 2018
Added the August issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #421 (5.2 MB), #65.5 (5.5 MB), and #66A of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

August 23, 2018
Gary Farber sent us a scan of Leonard Moffatt's 1950 Fan Directory, sponsored The Fantasy Foundation and The National Fantasy Fan Federation. You can find it here with other "Who's Who" publications - http://www.fanac.org/Fannish_Reference_Works/WhosWho/index.html. As you look through the pages, you realize how few fans there were. It's a proud and lonely thing. This is the first scanned pub from Gary. Thanks Gary! Looking forward to many more.

Worldcon is over and we have a whack of photos for you (where whack=100). These were taken by Rich Lynch, Mark Olson, Joe Siclari, Lisa Hayes and Edie Stern (me) and I suspect more are coming from others. Especially note the photos from our pictorial project "1000 Years of Fandom", started by Mark Olson. We actually captured 6707 years of fannish experience. You'll find them all at the Con Jose photo index, or just find Con Jose under Worldcons.

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

August 22, 2018
George Phillies sent us a PDFs of August 2018's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.


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