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May 12, 2021
Reminder: We have another intriguing Zoom sesson coming up. At 2PM EDT on May 22, Joe Siclari will be interviewing John and Bjo Trimble. Bjo and John Trimble have had an enormous impact on fandom from the 1950s onward. They've pubbed their ish, and some of the zines are available on FANAC.org. Bjo created the convention art show as we know it today (pre-pandemic) with Project Art Show, and published PAS-tell to share info with interested fans everywhere. In LASFS, Bjo had a large role in reviving a flagging LASFS in the late 50s. Her most famous contribution was the successful Save Star Trek campaign which resulted in a 3rd year of the original series. Bjo was one of the organizers of Los Angeles fandom's film making endeavors. John is a co-founder of the LASFS clubzine, De Profundis and an editor of Shangri-L'Affaires. Bjo and John were Fan Guests of Honor at ConJose (2002), and were nominated twice for Best Fanzine Hugos. Bjo was nominated for Best Fan Artist Hugo. They were also involved in the SCA and costuming, receiving a lifetime achievement award from the International Costumers Guild in 1992. In this interview, expect stories and anecdotes of Los Angeles fandom, how the art show came to be, Save Star Trek and more. If you're not on our Frequent Zoomer list, send an RSVP to fanac@fanac.org to receive a link.

Fanzines Added: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari.
--1970s One Shots. Added 1220, from Paul Skelton, Mike Meara, Pat Meara and Cas Skelton. Thanks to the Mearas and the Skeltons for allowing us to put up their zines.
--Chunder!, John Foyster. Added 8 issues of this Australian Newszine from 1979 - V3#1-V3#8. Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Crog, John Bangsund. Added 4 issues from 1969-70. Issues 1, 3, 7-8. Scans provided by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--DUFF related pubs. Added 2 items, both by John Foyster: "Ron's the One!" (Mar 94) and "Introducing Ken and Linda" (Aug 79). Both scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Grue, Dean Grennell. Added issue #28 (May 56). Contributors include ATom, Chuck Harris and George Charters. Unfortunately this copy is missing pages 3-8, *sigh*. Scan provided by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Hell, Paul Skelton and Brian Robinson. Added 7 issues (and one Post Mortem) of this new-to-us title. Anyone for fanzine geneaology? Inferno was originally the title of the reviews and comments section in Hell, but morphed into a stand alone fanzine by Paul and Cas Skelton, per Rob Hansen's "Then". After a couple of years, it became "Small Friendly Dog" which continued into the 1980s. Thanks again to Skel and Cas for permission to put these online.
--Intermission, Ahrvid Engholm. Added #108 from April 2021. Thanks, Ahrvid!
--Mentor, Ron Clarke. Added issues #12 (Oct 68) and #17 (Feb 71). Scans by Alan Stewart. Thanks, Alan!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 45. Thanks, Mark! Thanks, Evelyn!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added issue #500! Also added the Cumulative Subject index for all 500 issues. Dale has been publishing his perzine for more than 30 years, and in this internet age it is now resplendent in beautiful color photography. This issue continues his series on detectives, covering Bulldog Drummond, Barrie Craig, Boston Blackie and others from an old-time-radio perspective. Congratulations, Dale on this formidable achievement. Thanks, Dale, for providing Opuntia issues for the archive.
--Norstrilian News. Added 8 issues: John Foyster - Jan 72; Robin Johnson - 1972 (June, Nov), 1973 (Jan-Feb, May-Jun, Sept). Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Rune, Minn-Stf. Added 6 issues of Rune from 1971 to 1987. Lynn Torline and Chuck Holst: #20-21 (Feb-Mar 1971); Lee Pelton and Carol Kennedy: #52 (1978), #55 (Feb 79), #57 (Sep 79); Jeanne Mealy and David Romm: #76 (Aug 87). Issue 57 includes a transcript of the Minicon 15 Guest of Honor speech by Theodore Sturgeon, and it's his "Ask the Next Question" talk. It's a much better use of the letter "Q" than we've seen in recent years. Good stuff.
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and Jon Swartz. Added #320. PDF provided by George Phillies. Thanks, George!
--Van Houten Says, Raymond Van Houten. Added a 4 page "Greeting" Van Houten Says, done in summer of 1939 for the first Worldcon. Very cool. Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!

Conpubs: The first 3 items are Worldcon related.
--Nycon I, 1939. Linked to Raymond Van Houten's "Greeting". Scan by Rich Lynch as noted above.
--Chicon I, 1940. Added Bob Tucker's Tau Ceti Reprints No. 2, which is all about the Chicon I. The reprint was published in May 1965. Scan by Rich Lynch. Thanks, Rich!
--Aussiecon Two, 1985. Added 5 issues of the convention bidzine, Antipodean Announcer, edited by David Grigg. Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Second Australian Science Fiction Convention. Added a report by A.W. Haddon. Scan by Joe Siclari.

PDF Replacements: All OCR and PDFing by Joe Siclari unless otherwise noted.
--File 770, Mike Glyer. Replaced 20 issues with searchable PDFs: #100-119. OCR (and original scans) from Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

Corrections and Clarifications: Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet. I've combined the index pages for Series 1 and Series 2 and they're all together now, appropriately titled.

May 8, 2021
Fanzines Added:
--Chunder!, John Foyster. Added 6 issues of this Australian Newszine from the late 70s. Added #1-3, #5-7. Many thanks to the scanning dynamo, Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Fanew Sletter, Leigh Edmonds. Added 20 issues of this Australian Newszine from the mid 70s - 1974: #1, 3-10; 1975: #21; 1976: #50; 1977: #76, 85; 1978: 94-99. Scans by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!
--Focus, BSFA. Added 11 more issues, of which 10 were edited by Simon Morden, and the last (#50) by Martin McGrath. Issues added are #40-50 (from 2001 - 2007). Scans provided by BSFA. Thanks!
--Mentor, Ron Clarke. Added #27 (Oct 80). Scan by Alan Stewart. Thanks, Alan!
--Outworlds, Bill Bowers. Added issues 28-29 (Oct 76). Contributors include Steve Fabian, Leah A. Zeldes, Andy Offutt, Poul Anderson, Robert A.W. Lowndes, Joe Haldeman, Greg Benford, Susan Wood. Do I need to go further? Harry Bell, Dave Locke, Dan Steffan... Outworlds is a core fanzine for us to scan. Scan by Jerry Kaufman. Thanks, Jerry!
--Space Times, Eric Bentliffe and Eric Jones. Added 6 issues of this early 1950s genzine. From 1952: #3-6; from 1953: #7. Besides Eric Bentcliffe, contributers include Terry Jeeves, Ken Slater, Eric Jones, and Vince Clarke. Many thanks to Rob Hansen for providing these scans. Thanks, Rob!

PDF Replacements: File 770, Mike Glyer. Replaced 21 issues with searchable PDFs: #120-140. OCR (and original scans) from Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

May 5, 2021
Youtube: https://youtu.be/0PE8pcwolOo  Part 2 of the Zoom session interview with Erle and Steve Korshak is now online. Erle is pushing 98. As I was constructing the write up, I realized just how much and clearly Erle had given a picture of the early days of fandom. From the writeup: "Part 2 of his interview is replete with entertaining anecdotes of well known fans and pros in the field such as Aldous Huxley, Charlie Hornig, and Bob Tucker. Erle recounts a sweet tale of Frank R. Paul drawing on stencil, and a charming story of how he himself came to be the model for the Hubert Rogers cover for Heinlein's "Revolt in 2100". You'll also hear convention stories, art stories and more. Best of all, Erle paints a clear picture of what science fiction fandom was like in the early, early days."

Fanzines Added: Today's additions are almost entirely from Australia and New Zealand today. The scans are entirely from Australia.
--Chunder!, John Foyster. Added 12 issues plus one supplement of this Australian newszine from the late 70s. Scans provided by Irwin Hirsh Thanks, Irwin!
--Metaphysical Review, Bruce Gillespie. Added 6 issues - #10 (Mar 87), #11-13 (Nov 87), #14 (Nov 89) and #18 (Mar 93). Issues #11-13 were distributed as one; this mammoth publication is 124 pages and features a host of spectacular contributors including Brian Aldiss, Dave Langford, Thomas Disch, Greg Egan, Terry Hughes, Harry Warner Jr, Joseph Nicholas, David Lake, and Richard Brandt. There are so many more that you'll have to go and look for yourself. Scan by Perry Middlemiss (who is one of the contributors too). Thanks, Perry! This was a massive job.
--Noumenon, Brian Thurogood. Added 5 issues of this New Zealand genzine from the late 70s - issues #15, 18-21. Scans provided by Perry Middlemiss. Thanks, Perry!
--Rataplan, Leigh Edmonds. Added issue #31 (Aug 85). For the history minded among you, this issue includes an article on the 101ST (Airborne) Fandom by Jack Herman, described as a brief description of what happened in Sydney between 1978 and 1983. It begins: "Thursday night was the centre of the Golden Age of Sydney Fandom.". Scan by Perry Middlemiss. Thanks, Perry!
--Sky Hook, Redd Boggs. Added #6 (Spr 49). Sky Hook is a core fanzine for us to scan (and it's been a while since I had a chance to type that). Scan by Irwin Hirsh. Thanks, Irwin!

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Focus, BSFA. Thanks to Rob Hansen for providing out typos on the index page. Thanks, Rob!

Fancyclopedia: Thanks for recent contributions go to Jo Van Ekeren and Barry Gold. Those are the people behind the cryptic user names from the last "What's New" update. Thanks guys!

PDF Replacements: File 770, Mike Glyer. Replaced 19 issues with searchable PDFs: #141-151, and #152-160. OCR (and original scans) from Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

May 2, 2021
YouTube: https://youtu.be/1wrUeYvvzJ8. Last Tuesday, we did a FANAC History Zoom interview of First Fandom stalwart, Erle Korshak. From the YouTube description: Erle Korshak, founder of the legendary Shasta Publishers, instrumental in the second Worldcon in 1940 (Chicon I) and very likely the first SF bookseller, sat with his son, Stephen, and fan historian Joe Siclari for a dive into his 80+ year SF fan career (April 2021). Part 1 of this wide-ranging and entertaining interview covers Erle's early days in fandom beginning in 1934, his experiences at the first Worldcon as a 16 year old with his high school friend, Mark Reinsberg, and how they became the leaders of the 2nd Worldcon, Chicon 1, in 1940. Erle tells numerous anecdotes about some of the famous fans and pros of the period, including Bob Tucker, E.E. "Doc" Smith, Anthony Boucher, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein and others. Erle tells wonderful stories of Shasta, including how the Library of Congress made them successful. He recounts in detail the rise, fall and controversies of the small press.

Fanzines Added: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari.
--Focus, BSFA. Added 10 more issues of BSFA's Writer's Magazine. These are issues #30-39, from 1996-2001. The first 7 were edited by Carol Ann Green and Julie Venner, and the last three by Simon Morden. Scans provided by BSFA. Thanks!
--Ionisphere, John Thiel. Added Feb and Apr 2021 issues of this zine from the National Fantasy Fan Federation. PDFs provided by George Phillies. Thanks, George!
--Noumenon, Brian Thurogood. Added 4 issues of this new-to-us New Zealand genzine from the mid 1970s. Scans by Perry Middlemiss. Thanks, Perry!
--Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss. Added the May 2021 issue, #10, of Perry's perzine. Thanks, Perry!
--Resolution, Jackie Causgrove. Added #3 (Jul 78), thereby completing the run! Contributors include Dean Grennell, Hank Heath, Jack Gaughan, Dave Locke and Randy Bathurst. Thanks to Irwin Hirsh for seeing it on the One-And-Done page, and for providing the scan. Thanks, Irwin!
--Satura, John Foyster. Added #1 (Feb 1964). Scan by Kim Huett. Thanks, Kim!
--Tightbeam, George Phillies and Jon Swartz. Added #319. PDF provided by George Phillies. Thanks, George!
--TNFF, George Phillies. Added 3 issues from the National Fantasy Fan Federation, for Feb-April 2021. PDFs provided by George Phillies. Thanks, George!

Fancyclopedia: Contributors this last month include: Barry, Bill Burns, Darrah Chavney, Dave Langford, Gary McGath, Geri Sullivan, Jesse Weinstein, JoVan, John Bray, Leah Zeldes Smith, Steven Silver, Steve Johnson, Tom Cardy and of course, Mark Olson. Sorry for the several screen names.

Corrections and Clarifications:
--Space Times, Eric Bentcliffe and Eric Jones. Thanks to Rob Hansen for providing the whole number on the issue we have up. Rob has scanned some more issues and they will be up soon. Thanks, Rob!

PDF Replacements: All OCR and PDFing by Joe Siclari unless otherwise noted.
--File 770, Mike Glyer. Replaced 21 issues with searchable PDFs: #44-64. OCR (and original scans) from Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

April 30, 2021
Convention Running: We have a small section on convention running which you can see at https://fanac.org/Conventions/. Added 1 item today: "The Kennedy Compendium" - a distillation of experience from a number of experienced masquerade people on how to run a masquerade. Scan by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

Fanzines Added: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari.
--Focus. Added 8 issues of this SF Writer's Magazine from the British Science Fiction Association. From Cecil Nurse: #20-21 (Apr-Aug 90), #23 (Oct 91); Carol Ann Green and Julie Venner: #24-29 (Jun 93-Dec 96). Thanks to BSFA for the scans. Thanks! --MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the last 3 issues of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter - V39#42-44. Thanks, Mark! Thanks, Evelyn!
--Opuntia, Dale Speirs. Added issue #499 of this perzine. Thanks, Dale! --TAFF. Added 2 items: a list of the Iguanacon TAFF-DUFF Auction Items (Aug 78), and "Terry Hughes Wins TAFF" (Roy Tackett) from 79.
--Trip Reports. Added 2 items: Mike Glicksohn - "The Hat Goes Home", his Aussiecon Trip Report published 1976; Joe Siclari/Edie Stern - "On & Off the Road Again".

Conpubs: Aussiecon One. Added a link to Mike Glicksohn's Trip Report - "The Hat Goes Home". Scan by Joe Siclari.

PDF Replacements: File 770, Mike Glyer. Replaced 12 issues with searchable PDFs: #12, #14-15. #20-21, #23-29. OCR (and original scans) from Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

April 15, 2021
Bibliographies: Our section of Bibliographies can be seen at https://fanac.org/Fannish_Reference_Works/Bibliographies/BIBLIO.HTM, and today we added 3 items from Steven Beatty, that is, three of his Fanzine Indexes covering some of the years between 1976 and 1981. Scanning was done by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!

Fanzines Added: Unless otherwise noted, all scans are by Joe Siclari.
--Bobolings, Bob Pavlat. Added our first issue, #30 with a listing of the Shadow FAPA contributions from 1960-1966. It's linked from Bibliographies as well. Scan by Mark Olson. Thanks, Mark!
--CyberCozen, Leybl Botwinik. Added the April 2021 issue. Thanks, Leybl!
--Fan Polls and Awards. Added a section with 9 items on the FAAN Awards. Materials so far are from 1974-1980. There is a separate directory for the FAAN awards, but it will be combined shortly with this one.
--Mentor, Ron Clarke. Added 6 issues, including two that had multiple co-editors. Added #1, 4, coedited by Ken Hobson, Richard Moir and Chris Guy, along with #6, 9-10, and 25. Between issue 9 and 10, the page count jumped 20 pages. Contributors to #10 include Leigh Edmonds, Ronald Graham, Pat Terry and others. All but #25 are from the 60s. Issue #25 has a segment of Vol Molesworth's "Australian Fan History". Scans by Alan Stewart. Thanks, Alan!
--MT Void, Evelyn and Mark Leeper. Added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 39, No. 41. Thank you, Evelyn! Thank you, Mark!
--Outworlds, Bill Bowers. Added the 40 page 2nd part of issue 21-22. Outworlds is a core fanzine for us to scan. Many thanks to Jerry Kaufman who scanned both parts. Thanks, Jerry!
--Science Fantasy News, Vince Clarke. Added "Introducing the Science Fantasy Society" from 1949.
--TNFF pubs. Added 10 items: 2 NEFFER Newsletters from 1970-1971, edited by Stan Woolston, and 8 TNFFs from the early 2000s, with various editors. Thanks to the N3F for letting us archive these from their website.

Corrections and Clarifications: Destiny, Earl Kemp and Malcolm Willits}. Thanks to John Bray for catching a consistent misspelling in the editors names. Mea Culpa. It's fixed now. Thanks, John!


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