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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 PR5, the Final Progress Report  is really a post-convention report, with a cover photograph taken from the masquerade. Scanning by Mark Olson.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 20, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

November 15, 2018
More 30s goodness for you today. We have 3 issues of Corwin Stickney's Amateur Correspondent  from 1937. These are very cool, with names like E. Hoffman Price, Robert Bloch (fan fiction?) and Clark Ashton Smith. Scan by Joe Siclari.

For those who like more modern fan writing, say 1943, we have the first iteration up of our source page for those interested Retro Hugos. This is a work in progress and there are at least 20 more links that we'll be putting in, but it's there for your perusement at We're including links not only to materials, but to relevant fanzines from the University of Iowa collection  of Rusty Hevelin's fanzines, and from Bill Burns's efanzines. If you have materials that are not online, and are willing to scan them for us, or make them available for scanning, please let us know. The Retros will be better if interested parties can access the original materials. Thanks to Mark Olson and Joe Siclari for putting this together.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #429†(6.6†MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

November 13, 2018
Ready for your dose of Irish fandom? We have 2 more issues of John Berry's Pot Pourri  today. These are issue 4 (1958) and issue 15 (1960). Pot Pourri was distributed through SAPS.

For those who think the 50s and 60s are too recent to count as fan history, we have issue 12 of Maurice Z. Ingher's fanzine Science Fiction Digest. This includes a chapter of Cosmos too. There are articles by Julie Schwartz, Mort Weisinger, 4sj and others. Very cool. Very old - it's from 1933.

We also have added issues 6 and 10 of the A series of Shangri L'Affaires, from Forry Ackerman. These are from 1941.

For your reference, there's also a useful bit of indexing done by Elinor Busby. It's an index  to the people in Laney's Ah! Sweet Idiocy!. Now you can ego scan for your favorite 40s LA fans. All scanning today by Joe Siclari, with Mark Olson contributing on the Pot Pourri. Thanks!

November 11, 2018
We're happy to have a new video up on YouTube for you. Well, it's from 1992, and it's about the early days of fandom. If you go to, you can watch Rusty Hevelin interviewing Art Widner about the early days of fandom. From the Youtube blurb: "The conversation ranges from the first fanzine (arguably published by Lovecraft) to the origins of FAPA to the Singleton suicide hoax. You'll hear about the perils of mimeography, the start of the Strangers Club and even learn the plural of YHOS. If you are interested in Fan History, here's your chance to get a personal view from someone who was there at the beginning. To read many of the fanzines discussed, go to FAFANAC.ORG." It's nice to hear Rusty's laugh again.

We have fanzines too. Today's have been scanned by Joe Siclari. First up, last issue of the Dietz(s)/Raybin fanzine, Ground Zero. This is the Detention issue, and includes Ted Johnstone's convention report.

Two more issues of Charlie Hornig's Fantasy Fan  have been added as well. These are from 1933/1934. As I said before, this is the fanzine that got the Charlie a job as editor of Wonder Stories. We added issues 2 and 16, and on the first page of issue 16, he notes his role as "Managing Editor: Wonder Stories". Why not. In 1933, Charlie was 17.

November 9, 2018
We've added a couple more LACon1 publications. Progress Report 3 has a great Tim Kirk cover. The hotel reservation card will give you pause. Room rates were $14/night for a single. You can find the pubs at

For a look at early fandom, we've put up the 1936 issue 4  of the Science Fiction Fan, a fanzine edited by Olon Wiggins. Donald Wollheim contributed FanFarade (see page 1), a column about fan doings. Sample: "A committee was formed to arrange the next and more pretentious gathering of all fans East of the Mississippi next year..."

November 8, 2018
Today we bring you news of the 1950s and 60s, and an interesting Worldcon program book from the 70s. First, thanks to scanning by Mark Olson, we have the L.A.Con 1 Program Book  from 1972. There are some interesting things here. For example, see Artistsí Interpretations of Frederik Pohlís Works.

In the way of news, we have two titles represented. From 1954, there are 3 issues of Futurian Society News, the clubzine of the Futurian Society of Sydney. Thereís also a 40th anniversary meeting publication  of the society. This newszine and the next are from the scanning of Joe Siclari.

Last but not least, we have 28 issues from 1959-1966 of Ron Bennettís Skyrack, a regional newszine from Liverpool. Our newszine collection now has 2637 zines, with the early issues predating the first worldcon.

November 6, 2018
A couple of interesting newszines for you today, scanned by Joe Siclari. First, we have a February 1939 issue of The Futurian News, edited by John B. Michel. News for Futurians, by Futurians, before the first worldcon.

Next, we have two issues of the Rick Weiss fanzine, The Filking Times  from 1991. We don't have much filk related material on line yet, so this newszine is a welcome addition. Thanks for the newszines, Joe!

From the scanning of Mark Olson, we also have the Program Book from Discon II, the 1974 Worldcon. You can find it at Thanks Mark!

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 18, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

November 5, 2018
George Phillies sent us a PDF of the latest issue  of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by George himself and Jon Swartz. Thanks George!

Today, we also added the November issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issue #427†(5.8†MB), and #428 (4.9 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,043 names in these listings.

October 25, 2018
Some newszines, another musical, and an Irish fanzine for you today. First, the musical. Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we have for you Mik Ado About Nothing (Back to Rivets, Part 1). Written by Sue Anderson and Mark Keller, this was produced by the RISFA players, and performed at Boskone 14 (1977). Thanks Mark!

The Irish fanzine today is another issue of Pot Pourri, to wit, Pot Pourri 8. It's John Berry's SAPSzine, this one from August of 1959. Read your Irish zines! They are homework for worldcon (sort of). Scanning also by Mark Olson.

Joe Siclari has been scanning newszines. Today we have 8 more, across 3 titles, from 3 continents. First up, Bay Area News #3, from 1946. It opens with a discussion of the controversial "open letter to the NFFF".

Next, we have 2 regular and one special issue of the Merv Binns newsletter, Australian SF News.We've added the 1st issue, the 50th issue and the special issue  given away at Seacon in 1979. Headline? "Come and See The Largest Coathanger in the World!"

Finally, there are 2 issues of a Checkpoint  from England. These two were edited by Darroll Pardoe, and are from the mid-70s. Three titles. Three continents. Thanks Joe!

October 19, 2018
From the days of early fandom, thanks to Joe Siclari's scanning, we bring you today the complete run (4 issues) of Sully Roberd's Fantasy Fictioneer. This is from 1939-1940, and has the subheading, "Official organ of the Illini Fantasy Fictioneers, sponsors of the 1940 Chicago Science-Fiction Convention!". It has articles by Erle Korshak, Bob Tucker, 4sj, Don Wollheim and others. Conventions were still a very new thing for science fiction.

The rest of the materials on Discon I  are up now. Today's addition consists of 2 more progress reports, a hotel form, an art show form (from Bjo Trimble's Art Show Project!) and the Hugo ballot. They are here - Scanning by Mark Olson.

George Phillies sent us a PDF of October 2018's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. I also managed to miss September while on vacation. That's up now too. Thanks George.

October 18, 2018
Three very different fanzine treats today, all scanned by Joe Siclari (and thanks, Joe!). First, for the Poul Anderson fans (and who amongst us is NOT a Poul Anderson fan?), we have Smorgasbord. He never pubbed any other issues of this fanzine, but here in issue 1, you will find poetry (including translations of old Norse poetry), and thoughtful articles. It's a fascinating look at some of the things Poul thought interesting.

Still on the west coast, we have the 1944 article by T. Bruce Yerke, Memoirs of a Superfluous Fan. This was intended to be in multiple parts, but he only completed part 1 of his life in fandom. If you want another view of what LASFS was like (besides Laney's tirades), check it out.

The last of the fanzine offerings today comes from 1934-35. We have two issues of Charlie Hornig's fanzine, The Fantasy Fan. This is amongst our oldest fanzines on line, and for me, it's the oldest fanzine we've scanned pubbed by someone I've known. This is the fanzine that got the young fan a job as editor of Wonder Stories. Number 18 is the last issue. Fantasy Fan was produced on a monthly basis for all 18 issues, regular as clockwork. Charlie was a nice guy, even when faced with being talked over by Julie Schwartz.

For your time travelling convention pleasure, today we have a batch of publications from the 1963 Worldcon, Discon I. Scanned by Mark Olson, you can see the Fan's Guide to Washington, the first 3 progress reports, and a fabulous Convention Annual, chock full of pictures and the occasional snarky comment in the photo key. Photos by the incomparable Jay Kay Klein. It's all to be found here - Check out the way cool photo of the Stopas on the back cover. Thanks Mark!

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