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February 26, 2020
I've been putting up a lot of fanzines lately, so for today, back to photos. Thanks to the cameras of TR Renner, Andrew Porter and David Ritter, we have some photos of this year's Boskone - Boskone 57. You can see them at http://fanac.org/Other_Cons/Boskone/b57-p00.html  .

Did put up issues 1-9, 11 and 13 of Richard E. Geis - Personal Journal. These are from 1975-1978. Scan by Joe Siclari. Two issues had mistakenly been up under the SF Review index, misidentified by me (not Joe) as Richard E. Geis. Those have been moved to the proper index now. Mea Culpa.

Since that was insufficiently confusing, we've added two issues of Richard E. Geis from 1972. These are in the index with SF Review. We've also added issue 39 of SF Review from August 1970. Scans by Joe Siclari.

February 24, 2020
Here's what's new:

--11 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2019. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.

--3 volumes of The Bleary Eyes, a set of retrospective anthologies by John Berry and Ken Cheslin. These were scanned at Boskone 2020 and provided by Murray Moore.

--1 issue of A. Langley Searles's Fantasy Commentator. This is issue 31 from 1981. Fantasy Commentator is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue Yerke's Mikros. This is issue 3, and has Ray Bradbury's 2nd story, "Hollerbochen Comes Back", a sequel to "Hollerbochen's Dilemma". Scan by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues of Dan McPhail's Phantasy Press. These are issues 15 and 28, but more importantly they are Memory Books. The first commemorates 20 years of the FAPA. The 2nd reprints material from FAPA 1. Very cool stuff. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--2 issue of John Magnus's SF. We've added issues 1 and 2 from 1952. We've also added a letter survey, and replaced issues 5 and 7 with searchable PDFs. Scans and OCR by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Art Rapp's Spacewarp. This is issue 2 from May, 1947. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Frank Lunney's Syndrome. This is issue 4 from 1975. Scan by Joe Siclari.

February 22, 2020
As the zines from the Boskone 2020 scanning station start trickling online, I'd like to mention that Murray Moore was a superstar providing substantial numbers of fanzines for the scanning. He has helped fill-in a number of runs, and provided some great stuff. Thank you Murray! The other superstar of the weekend was Geri Sullivan who also brought in a large batch of choice materials for the scanning. Thanks Geri! Thanks to all who brought fanzines to the convention for us. Watch this space to see them all going online. Today's uploads:

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. There are 4 issues from 2017 and the rest are from 2018. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.

--1 NFFF Fandbook. For 2020, NFFF has produced an 8th Fandbook, on "Founders of the National Fantasy Fan Federation". It's by Jon Swartz and George Phillies, and was sent to us by George Phillies. Thanks George!

--2 issues of Phil Bronson's The Fantasite. We've added issues 5 and 10, thanks to Rob Hansen who provided us with scans. Tucker, Chauvenet, and others. Thanks Rob! Some cool covers.

--1 issue of C.S. Youd's Fantast's Folly. This is issue 3 from Aug 1945, scan by Rob Hansen. Thanks Rob!

--1 issue of John D. Berry's Foolscap. This is issue 3 from Halloween 1967. Supplied by Murray Moore and scanned at Boskone 2020.

--1 issue of Forry and Morojo's Imagination. This appears to be Imagination 13 (V2#1, October, 1938) with a cover from Imagination 11 (August, 1938). Pavlat-Evans does not mention that the issue is misnumbered on the cover. If anyone can scan the correct cover and inside front cover, we will fix the issue. Scan provided by Rob Hansen. Thanks Rob!

--1 (and only) issue of Ginjer Buchanan and Suzle Tompkins fanzine Imryrr. This dates from 1969, and contributors include Bill Rotsler, Bill Mallardi, Sandra Meisel, Andy Porter, and Ted Pauls. Scan provided by Eli Cohen. Thanks Eli!

--2 issues of Jeff Smith's Khatru, issues 1 and 7. This completes the run. Khatru is one of our core fanzines to scan. Jeff sent us proof pages of these issues so we could scan them. Thanks to Jeff for sending them! Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of MT Void. We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 34, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both.

--1 issue of The National Fantasy Fan. George Phillies sent us the latest issue. Thanks George!

--6 more issues of the BSFA's Vector. Issues 4-5 (1959), 27-28 (1964), 30-31 (1965). This is a core issue for us to scan. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Lora Crozetti's Venus. Issue 2 from 1944. Contributors include Bob Bloch, Bob Tucker, Forry Ackerman and Alva Rogers. Provided by Murray Moore and scanned at Boskone 2020. Thanks Murray!

Last but not least, it's a YouTube day. We have a charming audio recording from Boskone 5 (1968) of Isaac Asimov holding forth for more than an hour. It's decorated with photos of people in the room, photos of Isaac, and book and magazine covers. I hope that those that never had a chance to meet Isaac get a sense of how it might have been. From the Youtube writeup: "...Isaac Asimov spends an hour talking about everything and anything. He is speaking to his extended family - a roomful of science fiction fans. Isaac speaks with great good humor about his writing (both science fiction and science fact), ribs his fellow writers, especially Lester Del Rey and others who were in the room, and tells stories about Harlan Ellison and John W. Campbell. He is charming and arrogant, explaining his view of women, why he doesn't write for TV, his experiences on late night TV and more. This is an opportunity to get to know one of science fiction's greats as his contemporaries did. Thanks to the New England Science Fiction Society (NESFA) and Rick Kovalcik for providing the recording." You can find it at https://youtu.be/OAxlrdkY1oQ 

February 17, 2020
If you've been following along, you know that we have had more than our fair share of migrations in the last 13 months. First, we moved to a new hosting company (and there are still a few truly irritating AF bugs left in that migration). Second, Mark Olson and John Bray migrated Fancyclopedia.org  to a new technology. That move was very painful and took a long time. They are, however, victorious and you can see it in all its new glory at the aforementioned Fancyclopedia.org. Welcome now to the next migration. The code that generates Fanac.org is a marvel of persistence and dedication. It was written over the course of 25 years by our late, lamented first webmaster - Jack Weaver. Embedded in the code are artifacts of the last 30 years of evolution of the internet. There is code from defunct publishers. There is code only maintained by a cabal of aging enthusiasts, none of whom were born after the election of Dwight D. Eisenhower. There are surprises galore. Still. Today, we migrate to Windows 10 and a new laptop. I put the migration off as long as possible (figuring I might make it to Windows 11 or 12 or 13), but the old system found an engaging new way to fail - presenting me with command menus on every (increasingly) frustrated keystroke. It's time.

It is likely to be a little slow in the fanzine uploading department for a few days. So far, so good though. There are problems still to be overcome. However, I present to you the first fanzines uploaded post-this-migration:

--Habakkuk  edited by Bill Donaho, issue V3#4. Provided by Murray Moore and scanned at Boskone 2020! This completes the run for us. Thanks Murray!

--Idea, edited by Geri Sullivan, issues 5 & 6 from 1992. Includes articles by Linda Bushyager, Stu Shiffman, and James White among others. This completes the run for us. Provided by Geri Sullivan and scanned at Boskone 2020! Thank you Geri.

--Mota, edited by Terry Hughes, issues 4 & 6 from 1992. Provided by Murray Moore and scanned at Boskone 2020! Includes articles by Lee Hoffman, Grant Canfield, and Ray Nelson among others.

--Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #467 (3.4 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

--We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 33, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

--Personal Notes, edited by Richard Harter, issues 1 and 2 from 1973-1974. This completes the run for us. Provided by Murray Moore and scanned at Boskone 2020!

Thanks to Dave Langford for bringing some navigation screwups to my attention. I think they're fixed now.

February 11, 2020
More fanzines today (but I am working on a YouTube piece):

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2016. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.

--February issue of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

--12 issues of Arnie Katz and rich brown's Focal Point  from 1970-1971. Focal Point was "a fanzine of news, views, and reviews". The new issues are the ones between V2#17 and V2#30, and they were scanned by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

--2 issues of Don D'Ammassa's Mythologies. These are issues 5 (1975) and 19 (1986). Scans provided by Eli Cohen. Thanks Eli!

--1 issue of Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. From George Philies, we have issue 305 in two parts. Tightbeam, is the clubzine of the NFFF. Thanks George!

February 10, 2020
Today in Fanac.org-

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2015. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.

--1 more issue of Larry Shaw's McSnoyd's Bulletin. Issue 2, January 1945.

--1 more issue of The Scarr, edited by George Charters. Issue 15 (marked as issue 120) from May, 1967. I have no idea why his numbering became so unique. Whole number 11 was marked as 102, 12 was marked as 110, and so on until 15 became 120.

--4 more issues of SFSFS Shuttle, the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. Editors for 3 of the issues are Joe Siclari and Edie Stern, and the 4th was edited by Carol Porter. These are issues 100, 115, 130 and 132. The 100th issue has some fun stuff including Joe Green's first published "story" (his quotes, not mine), a reprint of a short-short by Charles Fontenay, a short-short by Lee Hoffman (which I believe was never published elsewhere), one by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and a personal favorite of mine, a poem by Nancy Atherton entitled "Ode to Joe, Fan". Full disclosure: I co-edited the 100th issue. Also some LeeH cartoons.

--17 publications from Dick Geis. There are 13 issues of SF Review, from the early 80s, provided and scanned by Jim Harris. These are issues 43-45, 48, 53-61. We also have 4 issues of SF Review from the 1969-70 scanned by Joe Siclari. These are issues 34-35, 38 and a short 43. Note that the fanzines scanned earlier have random keystrokes for metadata, so the tab on the top of your screen looks kind of funny. We'll get that fixed, but I thought that it was better to get the issues up as is rather than wait until they were perfect.

--10 issues of Vector, the Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. These are issues: 108-115 and 124-125. The issues from 108-115 Geoff Rippington, and 123-125 by Paul Kincaid. These are from from the early to mid 1980s. Vector is a core fanzine for us to scan. Thanks to Allen Stroud, Alex Bardy and Polina Levontin and the BSFA for their scans.

February 8, 2020
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 28,072 names in these listings.

February 7, 2020
Thanks to Rob Hansen for the cover to issue 1 of Jimmy Kepner's Toward Tomorrow. You may recall that we put up a coverless copy recently, and appealed to anyone that had a cover. Rob came through for us! Thanks Rob.

Joe was able to scan more fanzines from FAPA 28. We're putting them up, beginning with

--Arcadia, Harry Honig

--Black & White, Nova Press

--Issue 2 of Chan Davis's Blitherings 

--Issue 5 of Larry Shaw's Caliban 

--Issue 1 of Mike Fern's Eccentric's Orbit 

--Issue 2 of Elmer Purdue's Elmurmurings 

--Issue 131 of Leslie Croutch's Light.

--Issue 15 of Milt Rothman's Milty's Mag 

--Issue 1 (and only) of Don Wollheim's New Hieroglyph 

--Issue 10 of Donald B. Thompson's Phanny 

--Issue 48 (V11#4) of Don Wollheim's The Phantagraph. See notes below.

--Issue 1 (and only) of Oliver Saari's So Saari 

--Issue 1 (and only) of George Ebey's Star-Stung 

--Issue 1 (and only) of Al Ashley's The Stump 

--Issue 7 of E. Everett Evans' Tale of the 'Evens 

--Issue 1 of Raym Washington's Take-Off! 

--Issue 10 of Walt Leibsher's Walt's Wramblings. Summer 1944.

--John B. Michel's The Works 

Also we have:

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2014. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--8 more issues of Will Sykora's Fantasy News. This includes some 1944 issues. Provided and scanned by Sam McDonald. You can tell which ones are new because they're marked as scanned by Sam McD. BTW, there are two V8#12s, as printed in the zine. Luckily, they have different whole numbers. Thanks for the scans, Sam! Especially thanks for the 1944 issues that might factor into Retro Hugo decisions.

--1 more mailing of J. Michael Rosenblum's Futurian War Digest. This is a 1944 issue, V5#1 (marked on the front page as V4#1 but we all know better). It includes issue 18 of the British Fantasy Society Bulletin  and a few other items.

--2 issues of Don Wollheim's The Phantagraph, issue V11#4, and V12#3 from November, 1944. This was distributed in FAPA 28  and FAPA 30A. "Founded in 1934 as The T.F.G. BULLETIN, Combined with SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW, MIND OF MAN, SCIENCE FICTION WEEKLY, IE VOMBITEUR, FANTASY FICTION DIGEST, THE PLANETEER, and others, including the rights to the original fantasy fanzine THE TIME TRAVELLER." Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Bill Watson and George Ebey's Sappho. This is issue 5, from September 1944. Scan by Joe Siclari.

February 2, 2020
"Today, in support of the Retro Hugos project for CoNZealand, we've added an alphabetical list of 1944 fanzines. It is the largest list of 1944 fanzines that we could compile. We have linked, both from our site and others, all the zines we can find to give you the ability to read what was going on in 1944. We will link to additional zines as we find them, and are also still scanning more ourselves. If you know of appropriate materials not on the list, please let us know. We hope this will give you some ability to judge the 1944 materials first hand. Much of it may not seem of significant quality to us today, but it gives context and the ability to compare the writers and editors of 1944, rather than just relying on their later reputations."...Joe Siclari http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Retro_Hugos1944.html 

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2013. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--1 issue of Forry's Outlandi  from October 1944. Actually it's the only issue. For your retro pleasure. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--8 issues of Derek Pickle's Phantamagoria  from the mid50s. Some of these are co-edited by Mavis Pickles, and others by Stan Thomas. Cartoons (some by Eddie Jones), articles, columns, reviews. This is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--2 more issues of Texas SF Inquirer. These are issues 30 and 42, edited by Dale Denton and Alexander Slate, from 1990-1991.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #466 (2.5 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

January 31, 2020
For you:

--12 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Rog Peyton and Carol Goodwin. Today's issues are from 2012. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--1 more issue of Alva Rogers' fanzine Bixel  from 1962. This is issue 1. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--4 more issues of Jeff Smith's Khatru. Includes the massive double issue 3/4 (over 160 pages) with the "Women in Science Fiction" Symposium. Participants: Susy McKee Charnas, Samuel R. Delany, Virginia Kidd, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Raylyn Moore, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr, Luise White, Kate Wilhelm, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and it's edited by Jeffrey D. Smith. It's a dream team. "Officially, the Symposium ran from 10/9/74 to 5/8/75 (though minor revisions carried on well after), seven months and 168 pages of letters. Most of those 168 are here." Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 more issue of James Kepner's Toward Tomorrow. This is issue 1, from Spring 1944. Unfortunately, the cover is missing. (Does anyone have one with a cover that they could scan? Or scan the cover and send that to us?). The issue is dedicated to the memory of A. Merritt. Scan by Joe Siclari.

January 29, 2020
Today's adds:

--24 more issues of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group Newsletter. These are edited by by Rog Peyton. Today's ssues are from 2010-2011. Thanks to Carol Goodwin for scanning them, and to John Bray for providing them to Fanac.org.

--1 issue of Alva Rogers' fanzine Bixel  from 1962. This issue has a Ray Nelson cover, and an article by Cleve Cartmill. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of T Dikty's Fantasy Digest, August 1939. "In this issue: Henry Kuttner Sam Moskowitz Eric Korshak Walter Sullivan J. Harvey Haggard Forrest J. Ackerman Harry Warner, Jr, Larry B. Farsaci" . Yep, Forry with a J period. There are more contributors, but those are the ones listed on the cover. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Jeff Smith's Khatru. This is issue 2 from 1975 and is the first Khatru we've put up. Thanks go to Jeff Smith and to Joe Siclari (who scanned the issue).

--1 issue of L. R. Chauvent's L'Oasis d'Horreur. It was distributed in 1941 in FAPA 15. It's in French. I can read some of it. Actually, some of it is a bit blurry.

--1 issue of L. R. Chauvenet's Nachgemachle Schild Krotensuppe. It was distributed in 1941 in FAPA 15. It's in German. I can't read it. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--3 issues of Mari Beth Wheeler's 1940s fanzine Rosebud, "fandom's intimate fanzine". There are two issues from 1944 for those looking to nominate in the Retro Hugos. Contributors include Forry Ackerman, Walt Leibscher, Bob Tucker, F.T. Laney, Dick Wilson, and Al Ashley. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue Don Miller's Son of the WSFA Journal, issue 5, February 1970. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--2 more issues of Lee Gold's Third Foundation. These are from 1968 when she was Lee Klingstein. Don't forget that when the zines are large, it may take a few seconds for them to come up on your screen. Have patience. They're there. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--1 issue of Eric Bentcliffe's Waldo. Issue 7, from 1983. Contributors include Mal and Hazel Ashworth, John Berry, Chuck Harris, and ATom. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--2 issues of Jeanne Gomoll's perzine Whimsey  from 1983. Thanks Jeanne!

--4 issues of the WSFA Journal  from the 1990s. Various editors including Joe Mayhew. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Also a WSFA data sheet from 1970.


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