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December 15, 2017
Another issue of Ed Meskys Niekas, thanks to Mark Olson's scanning. Thanks Mark! These are big issues, so it's a lot of scanning. And of course our thanks to Ed Meskys for his support of this effort.

George Phillies sent us a PDF of the December 2017 issue  of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by Bob Jennings. Thanks George.

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 24, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

December 14, 2017
A new fanzine title today! Thanks to Mark Olson's scanning, we have 4 issues of Ed Mesky's Hugo award winning fanzine Niekas  online. Niekas was the first fanzine focused on Tolkien. Per the article  in fancyclopedia.org, contributors included Piers Anthony, ATom, John Boardman, Vaughn Bode, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Charles N. Brown, Don D'Ammassa, Philip K. Dick, an ongoing "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Robert Foster, who later published Tolkien's World From A to Z: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, Clyde Kilby, Jack Gaughan, Jack Harness, Ben Indick, S. T. Joshi, Tim Kirk, Fred Lerner, Dave Locke, Sam Moskowitz, Andrew J. Offutt, Diana Paxson, Bruce Pelz, Darrell Schweitzer, Bjo Trimble, and Roger Zelazny.

December 13, 2017
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #400 (8.0 MB), #47.1A (5.2 MB), and #47.5 (5.0 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

December 11, 2017
ONE MISSING FILE 770! That's all that's left. Does anyone have issue 81? Mark Olson has scanned the last 4 issues that he has, and we're now only missing issue 81. If you have it and could scan it, please send a note to fanac@fanac.org . We will keep looking for that issue. You can see them (almost) all at the FIle 770 index page.

Thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we've added 6 issues of Shangri L'Affaires, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) newsletter. There's one from the 1st series and 5 from the 2nd series, both from the early 40s. This zine lasted over 80 issues, until the 1980s.

December 9, 2017
A plethora of once current events is now yours for the looking, with 25 newszines added today.

We've added our earliest newszine title, Science Fiction News, with 2 issues from 1936. This was an official publication of the Oklahoma Scientifction Association, edited by Dan McPhail, with Jack Speer as an assoicate editor. Marked as Volume 5, Number 3, one of the articles makes mention that was the first printed issue. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

We have more File 770's  up too, with 5 issues from 145-149 scanned by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

There are another 18 issues of Graham Stone's Science Fiction News, this title from Australia. The issues range from 1954 to 1983. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

December 8, 2017
Another voice from the past for you today, thanks to Evelyn Leeper, we've added an audio with images of Theodore Sturgeon's Guest of Honor speech at the 1972 Lunacon. You can find it at https://youtu.be/QPjVcgZcC24. With an Isaac Asimov introduction, there are corny puns and jokes from both of them, but primarily the talk is a serious, constructive discussion of Sturgeon's "best beloved field", and a defense against those that would marginalize and dismiss it. There are a few heartfelt minutes at the end about the (1972) US government amassing citizens' private data, without any ability to challenge it. More than 40 years later, it's still important, and worth listening. This is an audio tape enhanced with images. Thanks Evelyn!

Added the latest issue of John Thiel's Ionisphere. This is the Bulletin of the National Fantasy Fan Federation Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity. Thanks!

December 7, 2017
Mashable.com has discovered the FANAC YouTube channel! Or at least one item on it. They did an article  on our Video Archeology footage of the MidAmeriCon Star Wars panel, and the hits shot up to over 10,000. It's great to have all that hard work by the Video Archeology crew pay off. That's far more than the entire attendance was at Big Mac.

Newszine update: We've added 6 more issues of File 770  from 2001 and 2005. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Joe Siclari has been locating and scanning Shangri-LAs! 9 issues added today from 1941 to 1956. There are some choice issues here, includng one with a cover by Charles Schneeman. Thanks Joe!

Added Evelyn Leeper's report on Philcon 2014. Thanks Evelyn!

More to come. Smofcon 35 was last weekend, and we'll be putting up a batch of photos. We're also working on a new audio piece for Youtube. Actually it's an old audio piece - from 1972. Does anyone have any 1972 Lunacon photos? We could sure use them.

December 4, 2017
Newszine update: We've added 11 more issues of File 770, with Mark Olson providing 5 issues from 2000 and 2001, and Mike Glyer giving us the last 6 issues from 2012 to 2016. Thanks to you both!

Added the last two issues of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thaks Leybl!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #399 (5.8 MB), #46.5D (5.3 MB), and #47 (4.4 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale!

November 28, 2017
Don't Miss: A real treat today. Do the names Mort Weisinger and Julius Schwartz mean something to you? Today, we put up an issue of the 1932 fanzine, The Time Traveller  that they put out with Allen Glasser and Forry Ackerman. This is one of the earliest fanzines devoted to science fiction. This fanzine is so old that the masthead lists one Forrest J. Ackerman, with a period after the J!

If you got the FANAC newsletter, you know that we've been adding issues of Mirage, Jack Chalker's Hugo nominated fanzine. If you didn't get the newsletter, and you would like to, then please drop a line to fanac@fanac.org and I'll make sure you get on the list. Joe Siclari has scanned issue 5  from the Spring of 1962.

Another fanzine we've been working (see the newsletter ) is Shangri-LA. Today we added issues 11, 15 and 26. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari.

Newszines: We've added 4 newszines today. Mark Olson scanned two more File 770s  for us, these from the latter part of 1999. Joe Siclari scanned two issues of CHAT  for us, these from 1978. Not quite a newszine....but in the ballpark. Joe also provided a scan of Fantasy Faction Field  purportedly from 1941. It's issue &@ .

November 26, 2017
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 25,456 names in these listings.

November 25, 2017
We've posted the latest FANAC Fan History project update. This gives you a tops down view of what we've been doing over recent months. Sometimes it can be easy to get lost in all the detail you see in what's new. The update  can make sense of it. You can find the update in the section About Us  which also contains interesting info on who we are, what we're doing, and most importantly, who our contributors are. If you should be listed and you're not, then it's the webmaster's error, so please send a note to fanac@fanac.org and we'll get that little problem corrected.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #398 (5.0 MB), #46.5B (4.9 MB), and #46.5C (4.5 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

George Phillies sent us a PDFs of November 2017's issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's The National Fantasy Fan. Thanks George.

November 20, 2017
Thanks to the Video Archeology folks (especially Geri Sullivan and David Dyer-Bennet), we've uploaded another bit of fannish history. Today, it's an excerpt from the Weird and Horror Genre Luncheon panel discussion. This features Poul Anderson, Charles Grant, Ted White, Kirby McCauley (mod), Tom Reamy and Stuart Schiff talking about Lovecraft, ghost stories, fairy tales and why they are attracted to the genre. There is some damage to the film, but DDB has made it very watchable. You can find it here  or just search for the FanacFanhistory channel on YouTube.com .

We've also added 9 more issues of File 770, these from 1998 to 1999. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark, for the photos and the fanzine scanning!

November 18, 2017
Who are these people? We've added about 100 new photographs from two Worldcons, and a bunch of other conventions. Check out these photos provided by Mark Olson for ConFrancisco  and ConAdian. New photos (also from Mark) for Westercon 48, 1995, Boskone 31, 1994, Smofcon 7, 1991, Eastercon, 1996 and Fourth Street Fantasy, 1994. As always, we appreciate any corrections or people identifications you can give us.

We've added 5 more issues of File 770, these from 1997 to 1998. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark, for the photos and the fanzine scanning!


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