The Fanac Fan History Project

What's New at Fanac, Inc.

August 2, 2019
We're glad to announce that we have completed the run of Joe Kennedy's major fanzine, Vampire. We added the rare first issue (hecto & construction paper) from 1945.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 5, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

July 28, 2019
First, we've added another classification system for your edification. This one is from Jack Speer, and was originally published in December of 1943. The version we have uploaded is the reprint by Roy Tackett in Dynatron 25 (1965). The title is Decimal Classification for Fantasy Fiction. Scans by Joe Siclari

Mark Olson has been continuing to experiment with OCR of mimeographed fanzines, and we are now starting to put these searchable PDFs online. Remember when you are searching them that the OCR of these old documents is not 100%, but hot damn, now we can search in fanzines that were published decades ago! The earliest today is Yandro 50 from March 1957.

Today's searchable bounty:

--Issue 67, January 1989, of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary. We also put up issues 71-72  from April 1992, but that scan is not searchable as yet. Scans by Mark Olson.

--Issue 1, July-August, 1976 of Brian Earl Brown's The Whole Fanzine Catalog. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Issue 76, April 1971, of Don Miller's WSFA Journal. Scan by Mark Olson

--Yandro, by Buck and Juanita Coulson, issues 50, 69, 73, 93 and 95. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Xero, by Dick and Pat Lupoff. We've put up our first issue, which is the final issue, #10.

July 26, 2019
George Phillies sent us a PDFs of July 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #450(5.0MB) of his perzine Opuntia, as well as an updated index to cover the last 25 issues. Thanks Dale.

July 25, 2019
More from the scanners of Susan Graham and her team at UMBC:

1. Two issues of Harry Warner's Spaceways  - issues #2 and #6 from 1939. Number 6 has been tinkered with to improve readability.

2. Issue 6  of Ron Ellik's Starspinkle. This newszine from the early 1960s was a "bi-weekly news and chitter-chatter fanzine" according to Ron.

3. Issue 2  of Ed Mesky's Niekas  with an off-putting front cover. Page 4  has a lovely description of the filk singing session in Karen Anderson's room at Chicon. Sample - "For the next few hours I was there listening to and grokking in its fullness the various filk, Tolkien, and filth songs sung."

4. Issue 8  (edited by Jean Cox) of Shangri-LA. This is a "conference issue" from 1948, and the cover advertises in this issue A E Van Vogt, Ray Bradbury, L Major Reynolds, and Chas Schneeman.

Many thanks to Susan Graham and UMBC.

July 24, 2019
Very pleased to say that today's update consists of 3 of the first 4 issues of Laney's The Acolyte. These were provided and scanned by Susan Graham and her team at UMBC. They kindly have helped fill in some holes in the archive and there are more fanzines from UMBC coming (although unfortunately not more Acolytes). Issue 1 has been tinkered with in terms of color and contrast in order to make the text more readable. Thanks, Susan!

July 23, 2019
Ed Meskys has provided more than 20 boxes of fanzines to scan and upload. We're starting to go through them now. Thanks, Ed! It's like finding a treasure chest and just getting ready to open the lid. Mark Olson provided the transport. Thanks, Mark! That's a lot of boxes.

We're putting the individual zines from the Denventioneer up on their own index pages. Today, we've added Wright's Denventioneer Comet  issue to that index, and started one for Yerke's Damn Denventioneer Thing. These are from Marh 1941. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

In the spirit of tidying up, we've also added the cover (found it!) to Bas 6. There's also a B&W cover  for the same issue. I don't know the story behind the two covers. Do you?

Additionally, we have added the double issue 18-19  of the Whole Fanzine Catalog from March 1981. Scans by Mark Olson.

July 22, 2019
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,660 names in these listings.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #449(8.6MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 18, 2019
A bit of a puzzle to lead off with today. I put up issue 3  of Psychotic today, but I'm not entirely sure that it is issue 3. If someone can clarify this for me, it would be much appreciated. There's no issue number that I can find or date. Apparently Geis had some printing problems too, as there were blank pages embedded. We think we put this back to together accurately but if you have a copy, we would appreciate any corrections or confirmations. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Thanks to David Ritter, we now have the first 4 issues of volume 2 of Fantasy News. These are whole numbers 27-30 and date early 1939. All issues are from David's collection, with the exception of issue 27 which is from the collection of James Halperin, Heritage Auctions. David did all the scanning. Thanks David!

Joe also scanned Science Fiction Reivew 21  published by Dick Geis in August of 1955. Contributors include Damon Knight, Dick Lupoff, and Harlan Ellison.

Moving to a more contemporary period, we've added issue 71-72 of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary  from April, 1992. There are letters from Ursula Le Guin, Walt Willis, Brian Aldiss, Mal Edwards, Stan Robinson, and many more. Scanning by Mark Olson.

And lastly, today, we have issues 20 and 21 of the Whole Fanzine Catalog. As the index says, these are both from November 1981. They were mailed out together and they are separate issues. Scanning by Mark Olson.

July 14, 2019
Thanks to David Ritter, we now have the first volume of James Taurasi's Fantasy News  online. All issues are from David's collection, with the exception of issues 18 and 24 which are from the collection of James Halperin, Heritage Auctions. David did all the scanning. The issues run from June - December of 1938, coming out very regularly every two weeks. Today's addition is issues 11-26. Here you can read the fannish reaction (or at least Taurasi's reaction) to important events of 1938. Example: the issue 13 headline: "Greater New York Chapter of the Science Fiction League dissolved by Thrilling Wonder Stories", followed a few months later by the issue 21 headline: "First Queens SFL Meeting Huge Success. Mort Weisinger, Editor of Thrilling Wonder, Present". A big hoorah for David Ritter! Thanks!

We have 4 more issues of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary. Mark Olson has scanned issues 32, 34, 38, and 68 for us. The first 3 are from 1978 and issue 68 is from 1990. Thanks Mark!

George Phillies sent us PDFs of the July issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. This month's Tightbeam comes in two parts (as did last month's issue). Thanks George!

We also received a PDF of John Thiel's latest Ionisphere  from George Phillies. This is the Bulletin of the National Fantasy Fan Federation Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity. Thanks George!

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of June 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

July 12, 2019

"Ain't Technology Grand" department - Mark Olson has provided a PDF of the Pavlat-Evans fanzine index  that is searchable! It's not 100%, eg there are some pages and characters that the OCR didn't grasp, but I ran 3 searches and 2 of them worked just fine. What a great improvement to those of us that use the Pavlat-Evans Index heavily. For those that don't, the index chronicles all the fanzines published from the beginning through to the December 1952. There are errors and omissions, but it's a very handy tool. Thanks Mark!

A real newszine treat, courtesy of David Ritter. He's scanned and provided us with the first ten issues of James Taurasi's Fantasy News, dating from the summer of 1938. The first headline of the first issue? "NEXT HELIOS TO BE LARGE SIZE!". A big thanks to David Ritter, and to Mark Olson who provided some reformatting support. This gives us 2886 newszines available online.

There are two more issues of Bruce Gillespie's SF Commentary  up - issue 19 (1971) and issue 29 (1972). Issue 19 is massive - it's 142 pages, and is a special John Foyster issue. Scanning by Mark Olson.

We have for you the (current) July issue of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #448 of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

And finally, a teaser. We have the last two issues of Spaceways  coming soon, thanks to Susan Graham and UMBC. There are other zines from our scanning wish list as well that we'll be getting online as soon as we can. Thanks so much for helping Fanac fill in the gaps in the online archive of important zines.

July 10, 2019
Mark Olson sent us scans of 3 issues of Don D'Ammassa's Mythologies. Today we've added issues 15-17. Thanks Mark!

July 8, 2019
Two sterling additions to the archive today.

First, it's a YouTube day. Thanks to the careful archiving of Bill Burns, we have a 1970 recording of a talk by James Blish. From the YouTube description: An interesting talk tracing the history of science fiction from well accepted general literature to a literary ghetto and back to general respectability. With wit and insight, James Blish (who was also the respected critic William Atheling Jr.) talks about science fiction before the debut of Amazing,and his perceptions of the malign influence of the specialty magazine. Jim discusses the impact of technology on society's attitude towards science fiction, and where we might go from here. Audio recording enhanced with 40 images. Recording and photos provided by Bill Burns, who was part of the Sci-Con 70 committee. Link: https://youtu.be/Sbj_ClgiQ4c 

Second, we've added a vintage Combozine. Scanned by Joe Siclari, we have added The Denventioneer 1, produced for the 1941 Worldcon, Denvention. Edited by 4e and Morojo, this includes special issues of VOM, Comet (Wright) including a Ray Bradbury piece, Fantasite (Bronson), Damn Thing (Yerke), Alchemist (Hansen), Pluto (Manning) and a few extras.

July 4, 2019
A few treats today for you:

The oldest is Damon Knight's Snide. We've added the Denventioneer issue, from 1941. The first page is more legible than the second, but if you blow it up you can read it. Scan by Joe Siclari.

From the 60s, we have Saint Fantony publications. First, from Keith Freeman and Stanley Nuttall, a very helpful explanation: The Most Noble and Illustrious Order of Saint Fantony, a history and structure. There's also the 1966 secret ballot  for election to the Order.

Dale Speirs was kind enough to resend a PDF of issue #445(5.8MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Somehow I missed/lost it. Thanks Dale.


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