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August 7, 2018
Today's unusual offering is fannish musicals. I've put together a new section for these at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Musicals, and added John Pomeranz's Smoflahoma!, subtitled "The Discon III Memorial Musical Review". We've also linked to Midwestside Story, the musical written and produced by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society and performed at Minicon 12. Thanks Deny Lien and Matt Strait for making it possible!

More Niekas  today. Mark Olson has scanned for us issues 3 and 4 of Ed Meskys' important fanzine. Thanks Mark!

In the way of Irish fan publications, Joe Siclari has scanned a potful of Pot Pourri, John Berry's zine from the early 60s. We have 12 new issues, plus the index to the first 25 issues. Thanks Joe!

August 5, 2018
It's a YouTube day. Thanks to the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests (SCIFI), we've added a video of the Guest of Honor speeches from the 1984 Worldcon, LACon II. Fan Guest of Honor Dick Eney talks about his life outside of fandom (which is full of interesting anecdotes from his overseas experiences), and Gordy Dickson talks about his life, his mother, and the inspiration for his Childe cycle of stories. The last part of Gordy's speech is particularly poignant now. You can watch it on https://youtu.be/tv-B1Gqta14  or just search on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/fanacfanhistory.

Filling in the fanzine blanks. Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we have added issue 5  of Ed Mesky's Niekas. This one has an article and artwork by Poul Anderson, and a reprint of a SAPSzine by Karen Anderson. Choice.

Mark also scanned the November 1946 issue  of Gus Wilmorth's Fantasy Advertiser. Contents by Forry Ackerman, Walt Leibscher, Walter Gillings, and Art Widner. Thanks Mark!

More newszines today. Newszines from Australia, the UK and the US, all scanned by Joe Siclari (thanks Joe!). We've added 28 of them. From Australia, we have issue 4  from 1948 of Vol Molesworth's Sydney Futurian. We also have 24 issues(!) of Graham Stone's Science Fiction News. These issues are from the 50s and 60s with one lone 1999 issue.

From Liverpool, we have issue 65  of Ron Bennett's Skyrack. This one is from 1964.

We have an April 1950 issues of Ron Friedman's Science Fiction Weekly. This title didn't last too long. Also, we've completed the set of Bob Tucker's Science Fiction Newsletter  with the addition of issue 26 and the supplements to issues 28 and 29.

August 4, 2018
Quite a few zines to tell you about today. Both Mark Olson and Joe Siclari have been scanning.

We have two issues of Bob Tucker's Le Zombie. Joe has scannied issues 57 and 60 from 1944-45. Issue 60  includes a proposed constitution for the NFFF.

We also have a newsletter from the NFFF  in it's early days. Joe has scanned Vol 5, No. 6  from September 1945 for your reading pleasure.

During Harlan Ellison's fannish days, he was indeed a fan editor. Check out Dimensions 14  from 1954, which includes an article by Fletcher Pratt on the Harold Shea novels. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Mark Olson has scanned a huge number of pages in 7 issues of Gus Wilmorth's Fantasy Advertiser. There's an article by Arthur C. Clarke taken from a paper he delivered to the British Interplanetary Society on page 15 of Vol 5, No 1.

From the UK also comes issue 2 of Archie Mercer's Anglofanac. Scan by Joe.

Finally, we have some choice offerings from Irish Fandom. All of these from the scanning of Joe Siclari.

--Two issues of Slant  by Walt Willis. Issues 5 & 6 to be precise.

--Two issues of Pot Pourri  by John Berry. Issues 30 and 31.

--The lovely The Goon Goes West  by John Berry.

August 3, 2018
We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 5, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

August 2, 2018
Today's contribution to the fanzines of Irish Fandom  consists of 6 more issues of Walt Willis's Hyphen. Thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we added issues 25-29 plus issue 22.

From the scanning of Mark Olson (thanks Mark!) we have 7 issues of Gus Wilmorth's Fantasy Advertiser, running from 1947 to 1952. We also have the continuation under a new name - Science Fiction Advertiser. Roy Squires edited some of that title. The titles say "Advertiser" but these are chock full of interesting articles, Example: Taking Science Fiction Seriously  by Reginald Bretnor.

We have one issue of a newszine, and it's a new title for fanac.org as well. It's issue 2 of Graham England's Don't Panic  from 1979. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Some unusual Worldcon ephemera for you today. We have hotel cards and postcards from 3 different Worldcons, spread over 58 years. From the 1961 Worldcon, Seacon, comes this spiffy Hotel Postcard  and Reservation Card. This is old enough that it predates zip codes. From the 1965 Worldcon, Loncon II, this Hotel Reservation Card. Check the prices. And, from the 2019 Dublin worldcon, this attractive Postcard. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

George Phillies sent us a PDF of John Thiel's latest Ionisphere. This is the Bulletin of the National Fantasy Fan Federation Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity. Thanks George.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #420 (8.1 MB), #65.1 (5.3 MB), and #65.3 (5.6 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 28, 2018
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 26,604 names in these listings.

A varied collection of fannish material for you today.

First, I've set up a spot for proposed classifications  of fantasy and science fiction. There are two here so far, and there's at least one more that will be here eventually. Scanning by Mark Olson.

In the category of fanzines, we have several new offerings. From Andrew Porter, we have 12 issues of his fanzine Twentieth Century Unlimited. These were originally distributed in FAPA and scanning is by Mark Olson.

Today's progress in the way of Irish publications is in the form of two Walt Willis titles. We've added two issues of Woz, done for OMPA, and two issues of Pamphrey, done for FAPA. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Mark Olson also scanned the Summer 1964 issue  of Inside. This one is unique as it is combined with Riverside Quarterly. Sam McDonald has written a nice description of the name and editor changes from Inside  to Inside  and a summary will make its way onto the index pages shortly.

Lastly, another interesting item scanned by Mark Olson. This one is the IguanaCon Operations Manual  used by the operations staff at the 1978 Worldcon, IguanaCon.

July 27, 2018
We've added a convention report  by Evelyn Leeper on the 2013 Philcon. Thanks Evelyn!

The Shangri-LAs  are not all up yet, but we have added issue 17  from January 1950. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

For our continuing project to make available fanzines from Irish Fandom, we have for you today 2 more issues of Hyphen  (23-24) and 2 more issues of Slant  (2-3). Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #419 (7.6 MB), #64.5 (4.7 MB), and #65 (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

July 24, 2018
Yesterday, we added more fannish video to the Youtube station. From the wilds of 1997, and thanks to the kind permission of Chairman Karen Meschke and of ALAMO (Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization), you can now see the 1997 Hugos, with the entertaining preamble by Toastmaster Neal Barrett, Jr. The video is up in two pieces at https://youtu.be/4RpBF1wx5S8  and https://youtu.be/5fsrBmBTmaY. There are many departed friends (as well as many very much alive friends) here as award announcers and recipients. Among the luminaries are Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, GoH Don Maitz, Robert Silverberg, Michael Moorcock, Connie Willis (with at least one Harrison Ford joke), Algis Budrys and George RR Martin. If the links are too gnarly, you can do what I do. Just go to the channel and look. It's at youtube.com/c/fanacfanhistory 

Not all fannish publications fit into tidy categories of fanzines or con pubs. So we have organized a new category of unusual items, for things that don't fit in other places. You can find it at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Unusual_Items.html. Our first entry is The Game of Fandom, from 1964, by Dian and Bruce Pelz, greatly expanded by Lee Gold. Here you can find the rules as well as the gameboard. There'll be more to come, and we may move some stuff around so don't be too surprised. Thanks to Lee Gold for her kind permission and to Mark Olson for the scanning.

Are graveyards your thing? Check out these newly uploaded Howard DeVore business cards. There are more on the previous page too, albeit not involving graveyards. Scans by Joe Siclari.

In our quest to make more Irish fan writing available, we have added our first issue of John Berry's Pot Pourri  from 1960. Hopefully more of these to come. We've also added a promo for This Goon For Hire. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Not Irish, but British. You can see the 3 issues of Walter Gillings' Cosmos, with pieces by Arthur C. Clarke, Judith Merrill, and others. Cosmos  only ran these 3 issues. Scan by Joe Siclari.

We're moving still on adding 1943 fanzines. Today it's Al Ashley's Nova. We've added issue 3. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Another zine of 1943 interest is the poetry zine Sappho. This zine from the early 40s was edited by Bill Watson and George Ebey. We've put up 4 issues. Scans by Joe Siclari.

From the 1950's we have 2 issues of Belle and Frank Dietz's Ground Zero. Want to know what the 1958 Disclave was like? Here's your chance on page 9  of issue 2. Scan by Joe Siclari.

Two more issues of Ron Smith's Inside  today, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. These are issues 17 and 52 for those keeping track. We'll get an explanation of the numbering up soon. It's not completely intuitive.

July 19, 2018
George Phillies sent us a PDFs of July 2018's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

I've been remiss in posting updates, even though we have been putting more material on the site. Here's what's new since the last update.

First, we posted 4 more issues of the Walt Willis zine, Hyphen. Those are issues 15-18, dated from 1955 - 1957. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Issue 3  of Jack Chalker's Mirage  is up. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Fanfare 1  is up, edited by Francis Paro. Fanfare  later had other editors, including Art Widner and Earl Singleton. I think this was also scanned by Joe.

Patty Peters sent us 6 photos of (mostly) Detroit fans at Fan Fair 3, in Toronto. Thanks Patty!

Joe also scanned issues 2-4 of New Frontiers  from the early 60s.

Mark Olson has been scanning Inside  (first series) and Inside  (second series). We've add 4 issues altogther, with 2 from each series. Thanks Mark! These are long zines. The second series is a decade later than the first and has a different editor.

July 14, 2018
Yesterday, we put up a new FANAC Update  newsletter. Today, we added some of the older newsletters so that inquiring minds can contemplate the changes in the website. You can find them at http://fanac.org/fanzines/FANAC-Updates/. You might notice that there's a gap between the early newsletters and the later ones. The updates at that time went out to individuals via phone and email, and probably carrier pigeon. I think this is better.

Two more issues of Ron Smith's Inside  today, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. These are issues 14 and 15 for those keeping track.

Taral Wayne sent us a PDF of his Perzine Rat Sass 9  which we have added to the Rat Sass index. Thanks Taral.

July 13, 2018
There's a new FANAC Update newsletter today. You may have received it via email. If not you can find it at http://www.fanac.org/FANAC_Inc/update0718.pdf. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, you can get on our mailing list by filling in the form on the home page of fanac.org.

We have more from the scanning of Mark Olson today. We have 2 parts of The British Fanzine Bibliography  done in the 70s by Peter Roberts, covering fanzines from 1951 to 1970. Over time, we plan to corral other bibliographic efforts here as well.

There are also 4 more issues of Ron Smith's Inside. Thanks Mark!

July 10, 2018
Sorry all, but I screwed up yesterday and missed the fact that we already had a number of issues of Jane's Fighting Smofs  online. I've corralled them all in one directory now. The proper link is http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/FightingSmofs/.

July 9, 2018
A long update today, full of choice material.

Next year is the Dublin worldcon, and we're supporting it by putting some focus on Irish Fandom and the Wheels of If. We will be scanning as many classic Irish fanzines as possible, and making them available via a central webpage. We've started. The webpage is Irish Fandom Publications. You can see we've linked to zines like Hyphen, and are starting to add one-shots too. Towards that goal, today we've added the following zines (all scanning by Joe Siclari):

-- 6 more issues of Hyphen, issues 7-9, 10-11, 13-14

-- This Goon for Hire  by John Berry

-- The Thomson Saga  by John Berry

-- 7 issues of Toto, the Walt Willis reprint zine. There are also TOCs for the issues we don't have online yet. They're marked with "index only" in the comment section.

Added the July issue  of CyberCozen. Thanks Leybl!

Back to classic zines. Joe also scanned issue 3  of Fan Slants  from 1944, and 2 issues of Nick and Noreen Falasca's 1958 fanzine about (against?) WSFS Inc, Fandom's Burden, completing that run. He also scanned issue #1 of Bob Bloch & Bob Tucker's Science Fiction World  from 1955.

Two new fanzine titles today. We've added isse 6 and 7 of Luna', by Frank Dietz. This fanzine started life as Luna, and changed its name to Luna' with issue 6. There's also a completely different fanzine called Luna Monthly  by Ann Dietz. It's a little confusing, but there are far more confusing fannish naming practices in the world. Consistency has never been a preoccupation of faneds. Scans by Mark Olson.

The second title is Jane's Fighting Smofs, a fanzine dedicated to convention bidding by Jane and Scott Dennis from the 1980s. We have 3 issues up so far, with 2 from Mark's scanner and 1 from Joe's.


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