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November 18, 2019
Today's haul in 4 parts:

From Kim Huett, we have a batch of interesting Australian Newszines.

--Australian Fan News, by Bill Veney. As far as I know, this is the only issue. Bill Veney chaired the first Australian Science Fiction convention in Sydney in 1952. Scanned and provided by Kim Huett.

--Science and Fantasy Fan Reporter, various editors. We have 13 more issues today, from 13-25. Note that Pavlat-Evans only lists them up through 15, so here you go. Thanks Kim!

From Joe Siclari's fanzine scanning, we have an issue of John D. Berry's Foolscap, issue 13 from 1978. Note that he used a piece of art that was not new, and so the cover says "Foolscap 7". It fooled us, and the title metadata lists the wrong issue. It's on our list to fix.

--Also from Joe Siclari's scanning, the 1955 edition of Tucker's Neo-Fans Guide. Fandom explained in 10 pages.

The 3rd part of the additions today: another 24 photos from the collection of Howard DeVore. You can see them at  Scans by Joe Siclari.

The 4th part is an addition from a regular contributor. George Phillies sent us a PDF of November 2019's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

November 17, 2019
Today's haul has 24 fanzines from Australia, Northern Ireland, England and the US.

--Starting with the fanthologies, we have 2. There's "Curt Phillips for TAFF!" from Randy Byers and Claire Brialey (2014), and the "Best of Entmoot", from Greg Shaw (1970). You'll find them in the Fanthologies index at  . Scans by Joe Siclari.

--The Scarr, George Charters, issue 111 aka issue 13, November 66. "The Scarr" is of course an anagram of "Charters". This was done for OMPA 50. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Science and Fantasy Fan Reporter, from Eric F. Russell, Colin Roden, Graham Stone and Vol Molesworth. We add this newszine title and 12 issues from 1941, Australia. These were scanned and provided by Kim Huett. Thanks Kim!

--Science Fantasy News, Vince Clarke, issues 7, 8 and 11 from 1951-52. This continues the newszine theme and brings it to England. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Space Diversions, issue 7 from Norman Shorrock, John Roles and David Gardner. This issue is over 100 pages long. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Spaceship, from Robert Silverberg with some co-edited by Saul Diskin. Here we have issues 5, 9, 10 and 13 from 1949 to 1951. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Waldo  from Eric Bentcliffe, issue 2. Scan by Joe Siclari.

November 16, 2019
It's a YouTube day today. I've uploaded the Harlan Ellison Memorial panel that was held at Worldcon 76. From the YouTube description: "This Memoriam panel (audio, with pictures) features memories and anecdotes from Tom Whitmore, Robert Silverberg (who was a friend of Harlan's for 65 years), Chris Barkley, David Gerrold, Christine Valada and Nat Segaloff (Harlan's biographer). Each of the panelists had a close relationship with Harlan, and these loving but clear-eyed reminiscences are a comfort to those that miss him, and hopefully to those readers who never had a chance to meet him. Harlan was an enormous presence in science fiction. His stories, his scripts, his kindnesses and his sometimes unbelievable missteps will be long remembered. Recording provided by Karen G. Anderson and Richard Lynch." It was all I could do to not add my own Harlan stories to the description. My favorite memory may be watching Harlan try to convince my then 5 year old that violence was wrong, and that he should not watch Godzilla movies. 

In the world of written material, we've added a few things to the site (scans by Joe Siclari).

First, a searchable PDF version of the magnificent John Bristol (aka Jack Speer) effort Fancyclopedia 1  in our reference section. More reference materials here: 

For the newsminded, SF Parade, issues 3 and 5 from 56-57, a special Walt Willis one-shot from 57 and a 1962 issue edited by Stan Woolston.

November 15, 2019
It's been a few days since I did a 'What's New' entry, but I have been putting up a few things.

First, thanks to Bruce Mai and Filthy Pierre for their photo corrections. I've got some of them up, and am working on the rest. Thanks guys!

Secondly, if you're on our mailing list, you received a Flash Update from Joe Siclari. Thanks to a suggestion we received after the last newsletter, we're using Mailchimp to distribute future communications. If you didn't get one and you'd like to be on our mailing list, let me know at . If you believe you're on our mailing list already but didn't get the Flash, then please let me know that also. We had some email bounces and I may have misread your email address from one of our signup sheets at a convention somewhere.

Ok onward. If I've added correctly, we have 35 items added to the archive for this edition of 'what's new'.

--Idea, Geri Sullivan, issue 4, February 1992. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--ISFA Newsletter, edited by Richard Gallagher. We added the first 8 issues (from 1976-77). These were provided by Philippa Ryder and scanned at Dublin 2019.

--Lowdown, Richard Labonte, issue 1, 1968, which completes the run. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 38, No. 20,Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thanks Mark and Evelyn!

--Opuntia, Dale Speirs, issue #460. Thanks Dale!

--Science Fiction Review, Richard E. Geis, issues 14, 16, 19-20, 23, 26, and 36-38. These were scanned and provided to us by Jim Harris. There's something a little screwy with the title metadata on these. When you look up at the title tab, you'll see nonsense letters. We'll fix that, but for now the fanzines are up as is. Thanks Jim!

--Scottishe, Ethel Lindsay, issues 63-64 from 1972. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Sky Hook, Redd Boggs, issue 2, May 1948. On page 4, "FAN MEETS AUTHOR: The talk at the post-meeting session of MFS members had got around to the subject of mutants. Someone said reflectively, "There was a good story in Astounding some time ago about a mutant -- a kid and his dog... What was the name of it?" Poul Anderson blinked a few times, then ascertaining that the otner was not kidding, remarked, "It was called 'Logic'. I wrote it. " Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Spacewarp, Art Rapp, issue 85, 1967. Scanned by Joe Siclari.

--Texas SF Inquirer, issue 43, edited by Dale Denton and Alexander Slate, 1991. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Xero, Dick and Pat Lupoff, issues 3 and 4 of Xero Comics from 1961. Scans by Joe Siclari

--Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson. Issues 193-195 and 197. Scanned by Mark Olson.

And two special items.

--TAFF material. Joe Siclari has rescanned "ATom Abroad" and made it a searchable PDF. Over time, we'll migrate the TAFF reports to this spot on the site.

--Musicals. We've added the script and a glossary for the Dublin 2019 production of "The Enchanted Duplicator - The Musical", written and updated by Irwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss, who provided the material to us. Thanks Filthy!

Also, for those that are interested, I've updated our progress on the list of core fanzines to scan. You can find it here - 

November 11, 2019
More fanzines today. If you received the last newsletter, we pointed you to our list of fanzines that are high priority for us to scan. I'll try to indicate which ones are "core" as I report on what we've put on line. The list can be found at: 

Today, all the uploads are core. We have 16 newly uploaded issues:

--Erg, Terry Jeeves, issues 0 and 133. How's that for a spread. There's also an upgraded 64 with a fewm ore pages. Scan by Joe Siclari.

--Pot Pourri, John Berry, issues 18 and 46. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--SF Review, Richard E. Geis, issues 30-33 from 1969. Jim Harris has kindly provided the scans to us. Thanks Jim!

--Scottishe, Ethel Lindsay, Issues 62, 67, and 68. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Spacewarp, Art Rapp, issues 73, 77 and 80 from the 1960s. Additionally, we replaced issue 76 with a searchable PDF. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Xero, Dick and Pat Lupoff, issues 1 and 4. Scans by Joe Siclari.

November 10, 2019
First, a few miscellaneous items. In our quest to move to the searchable format, we've replaced Andy Porter's Algol 15 with a searchable PDF. It's at  .

Also, we've replaced the 4 PDF listing of Joe Siclari's Fanzine Archive colllection with a single bigass PDF. It says A-E on the first page, but ignore that. It's the whole collection. Easier to search, easier to deal with. Thanks Joe. Oh yes, you can find it at: 

Now on to the 16 newly uploaded fanzines.

--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik, Oct and November 2019 issues. Thanks Leybl!

--Fantasy War Bulletin, C.S. Youd, issues 4, 7, and 8, 1940. These were provided by Rob Hansen. Thank you Rob!

--Light, Leslie Croutch, issues 118-120, 1942. Scanned by Bob Hurter, from the collection of Canadian fan, Fred Hurter. Thanks Bob!

--The Time Scanner, Bob Studley, 1941. This is the complete run of 2 issues. Scan by Bob Hurter. Thanks again!

--Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson, issues 187-192 from 1969. Scans by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

November 8, 2019
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 27,939 names in these listings.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #459 (2.7 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

November 7, 2019
Today's roster of 25 fanzines (plus a few pieces of ephemera).

--Haverings, a review zine by Ethel Lindsay. We've added 18 issues, along with a couple of pieces of ephemera. I was happy to get a guestbook comment recently from someone that really appreciated the ephemera we've been adding. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Mikros. We've added issue 7, (Vol 2, #1), from Spring 1941. This was edited by Russ Hodgkins, Henry Kuttner, Art Barnes, Jim Mooney, and Fred Shroyer. The zine was provided and scanned by Alistair Durie. Thanks Alistair! I've added you to our list of contributors at  . If anyone out there has contributed time, material, scanning, articles for Fancy 3, etc. and is NOT on that list, please let me know. Send a note to and I'll put your name on it. I know we're missing a number of names.

--Outworlds, Bill Bowers, issues 8.5 and 8.75 from 1972. I know, a quarter point issue is a bit strange. Warning: issue 8.5 is marked as a "supplement for consenting adults". Issue 8.75 is a lettercol. Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Prehensile, Mike Glyer, November 1974, issue 13. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--From George Philies. we have issue 302 of Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. This one is in 2 parts. Tightbeam of course, is the clubzine of the NFFF. Thanks George!

--Triode. We've added issues 3 and 4, edited by Eric Bentcliffe and Terry Jeeves, and issues 20, 22, 25, 26 edited by Eric Bentcliffe. Issue 26 is the last issue, and they range over 20 years. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

November 4, 2019
We've started a new fan photo album for Howard DeVore's collection. When photos are identified as having been taken at a convention, generally we put them on the convention page. For the non-convention photos from Howard's collection, we have this album at There are some rarely seen fans pictured like Raymond Washington (he of the Cosmic Circle), along with old friends like Pat and Roger Sims, and folks we would have liked to know like Doc Smith. Thanks to Karol DeVore Sissom and Mark Hickman for getting these to Joe Siclari for scanning.

There are two new titles in the fanzine department. Curiously, they both end in an exclamation point, although one is in quotes.

--Sound Off!, Joseph Gilbert, 1941. We have the complete run of 3 issues thanks to Bob Hurter. These were scanned from the collection of Fred Hurter.

--The 'Pseudo-Futurian!', J. Michael Rosenblum, all 4 issues from 1940. The 'Pseudo-Futurian!' then combined with Science Fantasy Review's War Digest to become the Futurian War Digest. Three of these issues were provided by Rob Hansen, and Joe Siclari supplied the last, completing the run.

November 3, 2019
23 additional publications uploaded today, along with replacing 3 more publications with PDFs instead of JPGs.

--Duplicating Without Tears!  is the new entry here. It's a symposium, edited by Viną Clarke. This is where we are collecting articles and publications on how to (physically) pub your ish. This contribution comes from Rob Hansen. Thanks Rob!

--Fantasy Foundation publications. This index has "I Bequeath" by Forry Ackerman (1946), and a Checklist of Fantasy Magazines, 1945 edition. Scans by Joe Siclari. Read a 1959 article from Fancyclopedia 2 about the Fantasy Foundation in Fancyclopedia 3 - Scans by Joe Siclari.

--Light, Leslie Croutch. 14 issues added: 115-117, 121-122, 124-128, 34-36, and 43. The numbering in this list is ordered by design. Light started with issue 108, ran to 135 and then changed its numbering to start back at issue 29. Scans by Bob Hurter from the collection of Fred Hurter.

--Sustaining Program, Jack Speer. Issues 9-13 (1941-1942) are newly online, and the other 3 issues from 1942 have been replaced with PDFs. Scans by Bob Hurter. Thanks Bob!

--The History of SF Fandom in New Zealand, 1981, Nigel Rowe, scan by Mark Olson. We have a number of short histories of various aspects of fandom in our history section. Look here to see them listed by geography and by decade: 

November 1, 2019
Today's count is 12 fanzines and 23 photos. All scans besides Opuntia today by Joe Siclari.

--Diablerie, Bill Watson, 1944, issues 1 and 3. Articles by F. T. Laney, and E. Hoffman Price. Published by "Watson and his Cohorts in Horror" just too late for Halloween.

--Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #458 (6.9 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

--Peon, Charles Riddle, issue 36 from December 1955.

--unterHelios, Joe Siclari, issues 2 and 3 from the mid1970s.

--SFSFS Shuttle, Joe Siclari and Edie Stern. 4 issues from the mid 90s. Yes, we are scanning our fanzines too. This was the clubzine of the South Florida Science Fiction Society. I flipped through these issues and was scandalized at a missed typo in an editorial. Summabitch. However, I really liked one of the other editorials (so generating my own egoboo apparently).

--Shadow of a Fan, Joe Siclari, w Edie Stern. Issues 1 and 2

All the photos today are from the collection of Howard DeVore, courtesy of Karol DeVore Sissom and Mark Hickman.

--MidWestCon  - 11 photos from MidWestcon. Of these 5 are from MidWestCon 1  in 1950 and 6 are from MidWestCon 50  in 1999. One of these is a photo of Howard DeVore and Margaret Kiefer, the only people to have attended all 50 MidWestCons.

--Discon 1  - 12 masquerade photos from Discon 1 in 1963.

October 31, 2019
Thanks to Karol DeVore Sissom, we are scanning photos from the collecton of Howard DeVore. Today, we put up 19 photos from Detention from Howard's collection.  . Scans by Joe Siclari.

We also added two calendars today, one from 1960 (George Barr) and the other from 1969 (Tim Kirk). They're now in a directory set aside for calendars, and I'm sure there will be more as we go forward. You can see it at:  . Scans by Joe Siclari.

October 29, 2019
16 publications for you today (although one is just a bookmark from 1944).

--Triode, Eric Bentcliffe, issues 21, 23-24, from 1975-76. Contributions from Bob Shaw, Terry Jeeves, Tom Perry, Rob Jackson, John Berry and others. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--Scarr, George Charters, issue 14 aka issue 112, March 1967.

FAPA 29, September 1944. Finally finished, and as complete as it is going to get. Today we added 12 zines. Please go to the FAPA 29 index to link to individual zines.

--Elmurmurings 3, Elmer Purdue, August 44

--FFF Presents Richard Tooker and ER Burroughs; Julius Unger, September 44,

--Janus 1, Paul Spencer, September 44

--Mad Muse, James Russell Gray, September 44

--Panty Raiser 1, Jimmy Kepner and F. T. Laney, September 1944

--Paradox 8, Frank Wilimczyk

--Rouzine; Gordon K. Rouze

--Shangri Luna'Affaires, Claude Degler, a Cosmic Circle publication

--Star Bound bookmark; Litterio Farsaci

These last 3 FAPA contributions are of a type.

--Open Letter to All Members of FAPA, Robert Lowndes, September 1944

--Open Letter to Officers and members, F. Towner Laney / Walt Daugherty / James Kepner / Morojo / Mel Brown / Forrest J Ackerman, September 1944

--These Amazing Amendments, Al Ashley

October 26, 2019
We've put up 4 more fanzines from the Fred Hurter collection, scans courtesy of Bob Hurter.

--, issues 1 and 2 of Art Widner's YHOS from 1941

--, the complete run of Last Testament, by Lee Eastman, 1941-1942. That's issues 1-2.

We started a new directory on fanzine reproduction. It's  "How We Used To". The first item here comes from Ahrvid Engholm. It's a 127 page publication called "The Stencil Duplicated Newspaper", from FS and Damon Knight, 1941. We'll put more "how to" materials in this directory as we find them. Thanks Ahrvid!

And of course, more fanzines went up as well.

--, Looking Ahead, Jack Robins, 3/1940. Issues 1 and 2 (both from March of 1940). Scanning by Joe Siclari.

--, Yandro, Buck and Juanita Coulson, issues 180-183. We've also replaced the JPGS on seeral other issues with searchable PDFs - issues 146-150, 152. Scanning by Mark Olson.

--Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #458 (6.9 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

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

FANAC Update #10 has been uploaded as well; it was sent out on 10/24/19. You can find it at: 

That's 14.

October 22, 2019
For your reading pleasure, we have 18 zines from the early 40s, all courtesy of Bob Hurter from the collection of Fred Hurter. Bob provided us these scans and more; these are the first ones to be uploaded (after OCR) to the Fan History Project. Thanks Bob!

--2 issues of Le Vombiteur, Doc Lowndes, issues 34 and 37 from 1940,

--13 issues of Light, Leslie Croutch, early 40s. We have issues: 29-33, 108-111, 123, 134, 135, and Light Flashes 1. Note that issues 29-33 are from a later date. These issues are the "new" Light.

--3 issues of Sci-Fic Variety, Bob Tucker, issues 3,4,5 from 1941 and 1942.

October 20, 2019
Updates for the last few days include 11 more FAPA 29  zines, a script for a science fiction musical, and another 6 fanzines. We have received a number of scans from Bob Hurter, son of Canadian fan Fred Hurter (who edited "Censored"). We're running them through the OCR process and will start putting them up shortly. Thanks very much to Bob Hurter for helping us to preserve this material.

Today we have a new MT Void, providing me my eye-roll moment of the day. Thanks to Mark and Evelyn Leeper, we get new issues regularly, and I have a software routine that accepts them and readies them for posting on However, today's issue started with a section by Mark asking folks to stop using the word "million" in emails to him, so he could filter out all the spam that offered to make him rich. My software decided that this MT Void, which quoted a number of such emails, was itself spam and refused to process it. Thanks to the magic of manual processing, the new issue is up, but that was an unexpected consequence of this particular fannish diatribe. You can read it at: 

Getting back to our regular update, from FAPA 29  and scanned by Joe Siclari, we have

--An Anonymous Civilian, Bill Watson, 

--FAPA Fan, Donald Wollheim, #15, 

--Fandango 6, F. Towner Laney, 

--Guteto V4, #2, Morojo, 

--Light 132; Leslie Crouch, 

--Milty's Mag Fall 1944; Milton Rothman; 

--Nucleus, V5, #2 , August 1944; Louis Kuslan, 

--Presenting Adam Singlesheet, September 1944, Forrest Ackerman, 

--Sardonyx V3, #4, Fall 1944, Chauvenet, 

--Tale of the Evans, V2, 4, Fall 1944, E. Everett Evans, 

--Twilight Echoes 1, Fall 1944, Joe Fortier, 

Andy Hooper sent us a musical treasure. It's a scan of the script for The Purple Pastures, performed at the 1960 Pittcon, written by Terry Carr/Carl Brandon in 1958, and adapted for presentation by LASFS in 1960. This was produced jointly by LASFS-CHIAC for the 1960 Pittcon, and performed on September 4, 1960. Thanks Andy! BTW, I didn't know what "CHIAC" was so I looked it up in - 

We've also posted the August 2019 update online, finally. It was sent from a Dublin hotel room before worldcon, and managed to evade online publication. If you missed it, you can read it here - 

5 other fanzines added (all scanned by Joe Siclari):

-- Richard E. Geis, issues 1, 2, 1975, along with Geis Letter 48 from 1998. These are listed on a common index page for all of the Geis pubs, so if it looks funny, just keep scrolling down till you see what you're looking for.

--Scientifriction, issue 5, Mike Glyer, 1978.

--Texas SF inquirer  issue 49, Alexander Slate, April 93.

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