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September 24, 2022
YouTube: https://youtu.be/OJ-JgYw1Js4  - Julia Ecklar was the special filk guest at Tropicon 8, held in Dania, Florida, in 1989. This recording captures the second part of an open filk at the convention, and includes 11 songs (of which Julia sings seven). The singers on this recording in order of appearance: Julia Ecklar, Linda Melnick, Dina Pearlman, C.J. Cherryh, Francine Mullen, and Doug Wu...includes much of the conversation between songs, the laughter and the real feel of a 1980s convention filk session. One lovely addition is that Linda Melnick signs on one of the songs, as well as sings. Another bonus - this video includes several songs by Orion's Belt, which consisted of Dina Pearlman, Francine Mullen and Doug Wu. Tropicon was a small convention, and you will see some of the author guests in the filk. That's Tropicon 8 GoH Lynn Abbey sitting next to C.J. Cherryh for example, and Joe Green sitting back against the wall...Thanks to Eli Goldberg for sound editing on this recording.

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Avatar Press, Randy B. Cleary. Two issues added: V2#9 (Jul 00) and V2#22 (Jul 02). Scans by Rich Rich. Thanks, Rich!
--Frequent Flyer, Tom Feller. Two issues added: July 2000 and July 2002. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Guilty Pleasures, Eve Ackerman. Added 2 issues: July 2000, and #24 (Jul 02). Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Kaymar, K. Martin Carlson. Added #9 (Jun 64). Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Lesser Flea, Joy Clarke. Added 3 issues: #1 (Mar 55), 6 (Spr 57) and 10 (Jun 58). Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added the Autumn Equinox 2022 (most recent) issue. Thanks, Dale!
--Orb, Bob Johnson. Added 6 issues of this new-to-us genzine from the early 50s. Some good photos in #6, and issue 10 includes the script from the play presented at Nolacon 1 - "The Robot, the Girl, the Android and the Poet", a farce in one act by Fritz Leiber, Judith Merril and Frederic Brown. Wow.
--Paradox, Frank Wilimczyk. Added #5 (Fall 43). Contributors include Charles Burbee, and Raym Washington, Jr. Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Rache, Bruce Pelz. Added 8 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the 1960s.
--Rats!, Bill Kunkel and Charlene Komar. Added 6 issues of this 1970s genzine. Contributors to issue 14 include Bob Shaw, John D. Berry, Frank Lunney, Harry Warner Jr, Bill Rotsler, and Grant Canfield.
--Sphere, L.T. Thorndyke. Added 6 issues of this new-to-us title from the late 50s. Contributors include Bob Lichtman, Don Franson, George Scithers, and Guy Terwilleger. Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Spiral, Denis Moreen. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us title from the early 50s. Contributors include Terry Carr, Harlan Ellison, and others. Scanned at Chicon 8.
--Stardust, W. Lawrence Hamling. Added #5 (Nov 49) completing the run. Contributors include Mort Weisinger, Ray Palmer, Jack Williamson, and Robert Moore Williams. Thanks to David Ritter who saw in the last "What's New" update that we had uploaded the first 4 issues and was kind enough to provide us the scans for the last issue to complete the run. Thanks, David!
--Starling, Hank Luttrell and Leslie Couch. Added 2 issues: #11 (Dec 67) and 13 (Jan 69). Issue 13 is "celebrating one hundred fanzines". Scanned at Chicon 8. Thanks to Lesleigh Luttrell for providing the issues for scanning. Thanks, Lesleigh!
--Stefantasy, Bill Danner. Added 4 issues: 21 (Feb 51), 23 (Feb 52), 41-42 (Aug 58-Feb 59). Contributors include Carl Brandon and Harry Warner, Jr.
--Sustaining Program, Jack Speer. Added the Winter 1946 issue.
--Whatsit, Ken Cheslin. Added #1 (Oct 61) of Ken Cheslin's perzine.

Corrections/Clarifications: Thanks to Evelyn Leeper for pointing out incorrect italics in the cross reference under "P". It should be corrected the next time the cross reference is generated. Note that the cross reference is on the list for replacement. Thanks, Evelyn!

September 21, 2022
Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik. Added the August issue. Thanks, Leybl!
--Fanactivity Gazette, George Phillies. Added the September issue of this NFFF newsletter. Thanks, George!
--Home With the Armadillo, Liz Copeland. Added 6 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Liz! Thanks, Rich!
--Michigan - Other Publications. Added two MISFITS newsletters from the late 60s, both from Sandy Shapiro.
--Offline Reader, Irv Koch. Added 3 issues of Irv's SFPAzine from the early 00s. Added 17 (Jul 00), 26-27 (Jan-Mar 02). Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Off_Trails. Added 2 issues: #22 (Ron Bennett, Dec 59) and Bruce Burn (Jun 62).
--Passages, Janet Larson. Added issue #6 (Jul 00). Scans by Rich Lynch Thanks, Rich!
--Random Thoughts, Steve Hughes. Added 3 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--The Southerner, Jeff Copeland. Added 2 items, both from SFPA mailing 216. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Space Cage, Lee Ann Tremper. Added 6 issues of this genzine from 1960. Contributors include Hal Shapiro, Joe Sanders, Ray Nelson, Bob Lichtman, F.M. Busby, Juanita Coulson and Dick Lupoff.
--Spartacus, Guy Lillian III. Added #59 (Sept 22). Thanks, Guy!
--The Sphere, Don Markstein. Added #187 (Jul 00). Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Spiritus Mundi, Guy Lillian III. Added #178 (Jul 00). Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Stardust, W. Lawrence Hamling. Added 4 issues of this new-to-us title from 1940. Stardust was an early (the earliest?) semiprozine, published with very high production values. Contributors include L. Sprague de Camp, Charlie Hornig, Ralph Milne Farley, Harry Warner Jr., Robert Moore Williams, Willy Ley, Forry Ackerman, Dale Tarr, Julie Schwartz, Bob Tucker, Sam Moskowitz, Walt Liebscher and others. The zines were provided to us for scanning by Mike Hillen, who was kind enough to donate his copies after contacting us at the FANAC table at Chicon. Many thanks, Mike!
--Take Off, Alan Dodd. Added the complete 2-issue run of this genzine from 57-58.
--TNFF, George Phillies and Jon Swartz. Added the September issue of the The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks, George!
--Tyndallite, Norm Metcalf. Added V2#86 (July 00). Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Vagary, Roberta Gray. Added 5 issues of Roberta Gray's OMPAzine from the 50s: #3 (Sp 57), 7 (Mar 58), 11-13 (Sp 59-Jun 61).

Corrections/Clarifications:
--Thanks to Jan Vanek jr for pointing out a dead link in the notes to Walt Dunkelberger's Fanews  #276. Fixed now. Thanks, Jan!
--Many thanks to Jan also for his note on the breakage from deleting the old JPG version of Sense of FAPA when the new one was added. Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky, I've added a redirect so anyone that has the old link will still be able to find Sense of FAPA. Thanks, Jan and thanks, Bee!
--Thanks to Leah Zeldes Smith for pointing out a broken link on one of the Confusion  pages. Fixed now. Thanks, Leah!

We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 28,825 names in these listings.

September 17, 2022
YouTube: https://youtu.be/j6uRdWcYStU: Minicon 15 (1979)-Theodore Sturgeon Guest of Honor Speech, with intro by Toastmaster Bob Vardeman - Minicon 15 was held April 13-15, 1979 in Minneapolis, with Guests of Honor Theodore Sturgeon, Rick Sternbach and Tom Digby...In this brief Guest of Honor speech, Sturgeon speaks about his experience at the "Jupiter Encounter" at JPL, seeing photos of Ganymede and Callisto for the first time. This is followed by a rumination on humanity, interwoven with his shaping of "Sturgeon's Law", and an exposition on his favored "Ask the Next Question" philosophy. In this brief 16ish minute recording, you get a sense of the man himself. A lovely (and knowledgeable) intro by Bob Vardeman sets the stage...Thanks to Geri Sullivan and the Video Archeology project for providing the recording.

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Astra's Tower, Marion Zimmer Bradley. Added an "Astra's Tower Special Leaflet" from February 69, titled "A Message from Yesterday to Tomorrow".
--The Baloobius, Taral Wayne. Added #9 (Sep 22). Thanks, Taral!
--Bletherings, Ethel Lindsay. Added #2 (Mar 69).
--Dynatron, Roy Tackett. Added #39 (May 69).
--Fantasy Amateur, Charles Burbee. Added V12#1 (Fall 47). The Treasurer's report includes a list of all members.
--FAPA One Shots: Added 4 items from FAPA 41 (Fall 47). FAPA Flypaper (Dale Hart), Half-Length Articles (Andy Anderson), Requiem (Betty and Elmer Perdue) and Tangents (Mike Fern). Requiem is a rebuttal to Half-Length Articles. More issues from FAPA 41 in this update - guess what Joe has been scanning.
--Glom, Forry Ackerman. Added #9 (Oct 47).
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last two issues of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter - Sept 9 and 16. Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--Phanteur, Donald B. Thompson. Added #4 (Oct 47).
--Plenum, Milt Rothman. Added #7 (Fall 47).
--Poor Richard's Almanac, rich brown. Added #9 (Feb 62). The copy we scanned from was the one sent to Bob Tucker.
--SAPSzine, Ed Meskys. Added #16 (Apr 64). This is the first of the lot scanned at Chicon 8.
--A Tale of the 'Evans, E. Everett Evans. Added #17 (Fall 47).
--Tigger, Marc Ortieb. Added #17 (Dec 85).
--Title, Donn Brazier. Added 17 issues of Title from the mid 70s: #51-54 (Jun-Sep 76), 56-58 (Nov 76 - Jan 77), and 60-69 (Mar-Dec 77). Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Whistlestar, Lenny Bailes. Added issue #3 (Dec 85). Contributors include Jeanne Bowman and Robert Lichtman.
--Wild Hair, Charles Burbee, Cy Condra, F. Towner Laney. Added #1 (Dec 47) completing the run. Contributors include Al Ashley, Charles Burbee, F.T. Laney and Bill Rotsler. Wild Hair is a core fanzine forus to scan.

Conpubs: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Mark Olson.
--Worldcon:
---Aussiecon added Jack Chalker's "Preliminary Report"
---Aussiecon Three added Hugo Award Nomination Certificate
---BucConeer added Hugo Award Nominee Certificate accompanying letter, Hugo Award Nominee Certificate
---Chicon 2000 added PR 0, 2000 Hugo Awards Nomination List, 2000 Hugo Awards Voting Ballot, Hugo Award Nominee Certificate
---Chicon 8 added 2022-Hugo-Award-Details-Final (1), C8 - PocketProgram-5s, C8 - Program-Grids-Chicon-8, C8 - supplement_ballot and wsfs_f, C8 Program Book wAdditions Rvsd, Chicon-8-Artist-Showcase, PR 3, PR 4, PR 5, WSFS Agenda as of August 22
---ConJose added Hugo Awards Nomination Certificate
---Denvention I added Third Science Fiction Convention Booklet: Baltadonis & Train & Rothman
---Intersection added Hugo Award Nominee Certificate
---L.A.con III added Hugo Award Nominee Certificate
---L.A.con IV added KC in 2006 one page bid flier
---MagiCon added MagiAPA #8, Hugo Award Nominee Certificate
---Nippon 2007 added Half page bid flier
---Noreascon 3 added Louis Wu's Birthday Party Program
---Noreascon 4 added Boston in 2001 Receprion invitation 1996, One page flier
---Torcon 3 added Hugo Award Nominee Certificate

--DeepSouthCon:
---DSC 31 added Hotel Questionaire, Program Book, Pocket Program, Restaurant (etc.) Guide
---DSC 39 added One page flier
---DSC 41 added Flier
---DSC 42 added Flier

--Disclave:
---Disclave 12 added Haldeman II 1968
---Disclave 29 added Program Book
---Disclave 4 added Announcement of Disclave 4; Notes=Bob Pavlat

---Third Eastern added Third Science Fiction Convention Booklet Baltadonis & Train & Rothman 1937-10-31

---Chessmancon added Meteor, Program Book

--Fourth Street Fantasy Convention:
---FSF 1988 added Program Book
---FSF 1989 added Program Book
---FSF 1990 added Program Book, Pocket Program

---Philcon 2022 added Two sided postcard flier

---Smofcon 39 added - DC III questionaire, - Chendu in 2023 questionaire, - Chicon 8 Q&A questionnaire, - Glasgow in 2024 questionaire, - Hotel booking information, - LA in 2026 questionaire, - Netherlands questionnaire Eurocon, - NY 2023 Smofcon bid questionaire, Program, - Tel Aviv in 2027 questionaire, Flyer, Seattle 2025 questionaire, COVID-19 Statement

--Westercon:
---Westercolt added Program Book
---Westercon 46 added Program Book
---Westercon 74 added PR0, PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4-1, PR5

PDF conversions: Unless otherwise noted, all PDF conversions are by Joe Siclari --Blat!, Ted White and Dan Steffan. Repaced the last issue in the run, Blat! 3.5 Archives, with a searchable PDF.
--FANAC, Ron Ellik and Terry Carr. Replaced the first 40 issues with searchable PDFs. OCR and PDFing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

September 13, 2022
Thanks to Bob Silverberg, we've added a choice (and rare) item - the May 1937 original Constitution of the FAPA. "Its purpose shall be to unite in fraternity the amateur writers, publishers, editors and printers of fantastic and highly imaginative literature and publications..." It's the first thing on the Fantasy Amateur  index page. Thanks, Bob!

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari
--Alexiad, Joseph and Lisa Major. Added #124 (Aug 22). Thanks, Joseph!
--Ansible, Dave Langford. Added 3 recent issues: #416-418 (Mar-May 22) and replaced issue #74 (Sep 93) with a searchable PDF.
--Chunder, John Foyster. Added 4 issues from May 87-Jan 88. Contributions include an Aussiecon report by Don Fitch, and a Australian Natcon Report (BOFCON) by Elizabeth Darling.
--Fantasy Amateur. In addition to the constitution mentioned above, added 2 issues: V10#2 (Elmer Purden, Win 47) and V33#1 (Bob Pavlat, Nov 69). The 1969 issue was scanned by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added the early September 2022 issue. Thanks, Dale!
--Paperback Inferno/Paperback Parlour, Joseph Nicholas and Andy Sawyer. Added 9 issues of this new-to-us BSFA title from the late 70s/80s. This zine was devoted tor eviews of British paperback books. The zine changed its name from Paperback Parlour to Inferno in 1980 according to Fancyclopedia.
--Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss. Added the September 2022 issue. Thanks, Perry!
--Peter Pan and Merry, David Schlosser. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, David! Thanks, Rich!
--Philosophical Gas, John Bangsund. Added 27A (74), a precursor to issue 27, wherein John D. Berry is revealed to be the first person that offered to write a column for John Bangsund ever. This is a sweet and personal issue (and short). Scan provided by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin! --Revenant, Sheila Strickland. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Sheila! Thanks, Rich!
--Ritblat/Grim News, Greg Pickersgill. Added #1 (Mar 74) of this short run genzine. Contributors: Ian Williams, John Brosnan, Alan Burns, Leroy Kettle and Greg Pickersgill. Thanks to Greg for permission to put this online. Scans by Joe Patrizio. Thanks, Greg! Thanks, Joe!
--Spartacus, Guy Lillian III. Added #58 (Aug/Dec 22). Thanks, Guy!
--Tennessee Trash, Gary Robe. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the earlly 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Gary! Thanks, Rich!
--Title, Donn Brazier. Added 8 issues of Title from the mid 70s: #41-44 (Aug-Nov 75) and 46-49 (Jan-Apr 76). Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Vector. Added #291 (Sum 20), edited by Jo Walton and Polina Levontin. Scan provided by BSFA. Thanks!

PDF conversions: Unless otherwise noted, all PDF conversions are by Joe Siclari.
--Blat!, Ted White and Dan Steffan. Repace 4 issues: 2-4, and Blat! 4 Archives with searchable PDFs. PDFing and OCRing by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--Fantasy Times, James Taurasi. Replaced 17 issues: #169 (Jan 53) - #185 (Sep 53) with searchable PDFs.

Fancyclopedia: I'm a week or more late on listing contributors to Fancyclopedia, so apologies if you are left out. Recent contributors include: Clarire Brialey, Vincent Docherty, Andy Hooper, Dave Langford, Bee Ostrowsky, Meredith Peruzzi, Steven Silver, Leah Zeldes Smith, Jan Vanek jr, Jo Van Ekeren, and of course, Mark Olson. Thanks everyone!

September 9, 2022
We're just back from Chicon 8. If you were attending, then we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. :-) . We'll start uploading the enormous amount of material scanned at the FANAC table soon, hopefully next week. Thanks to everyone who brought materials for us to scan!

Fanzines: Unless otherwise noted, scans are by Joe Siclari
--Avatar Press, Randy B. Cleary. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us perzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Comments, Steve Hughes. Added 2 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Steve! Thanks, Rich!
--Confessions of a Consistent Liar, Arthur Hlavaty. Added 3 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Arthur! Thanks, Rich!
--Convention Girls' Digest, Lucy Huntzinger, Allyn Cadogan and Sharee Carton. Added the complete run of 2 issues of this mid 80s zine. From #1 - "So Iím sitting here, nice day in the park, reading The Snarkout Boys And "The Avocado Of Death, minding my own business, when who runs by but Moshe Feder in a White Rabbit suit, pink ears twitching, clutching an exotic timepiece, "I'm late" he mutters distractedly. "Great Ghu, I'm late!" Grabbing my hand in passing, he yanks me peremptorily to my feet. "Hurry!" he cries, "Ben Yarrow will have my head!" Publications provided by Ben Yalow. Thanks, Ben!
--Fan To See, Larry Touzinsky. Added #3 (May 53). Contributors include Hal Shapiro, Harlan Ellison, and Terry Carr.
--Femizine, Ethel Lindsay. Added #14 to complete the run. Contributors include Juanita Coulson and Bjo Wells, as well as editor Ethel Lindsay. Scan by Rob Hansen. Thanks, Rob!
--ISFA, Ed McNulty and Robert Adair. Added 2 issues of this publication from the mid 50s, sponsored by the Indiana Science-Fiction Society. Contributors include Buck and Juanita Colson. Issue 11 has a poem titled "Quandry". Pretty sure it's not a typo.
--MFS Bulletin, John Gergen. Added 5 issues of this early 30s clubzine from the Minneapolis Fantasy Society. Added: 6, 13-15, 17, published between Oct 42-Feb 43). Gordon Dickson was a contributor. We have a 20 minute video on these days on the YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/-jIUsS7W8w0, which was posted last July. Scans provided by Rob Hansen. Thanks, Rob!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last two issues of the Mt. Holtz Science Fiction Society Newsletter (8/26-9/02). Thanks, Evelyn! Thanks, Mark!
--My Back Pages, Rich Lynch. Added #25 (Dec 20). Scan provided by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Passages, Janet Larson. Added 5 issues of this new-to-us APAzine from the early 00s. Scans by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie. Added #110 (Jul 22), with a new column by Colin Steele. Thanks, Bruce!
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and John Swartz. Added the September issue. Thanks, George!
--Title, Donn Brazier. Added 11 issues of Title from the 70s: #32-35 (Nov 74-Feb 75), 37-40 (Apr -Jul 75), 70 (Jan 78), 72-73 (Mar-Apr 78). Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Thanks to Bee Ostrowsky for pointing out a problem with the navigation bar on issue #44 of The Science Fiction Fan  (edited by Olon Wiggins in March 1940). Thanks, Bee!


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