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January 15, 2019
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Four more issues of Egoboo, the late 60s/early 70s fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. Today we added issues 11-13, and 17. Scans by Joe Siclari.

In the early 60s, the NFFF published Fandbooks  as background education on fandom. In the 2010s, they've published a couple more. Fandbook 5  is on Pseudonyms, and fanzines/Fandbook/Fandbook06-01.pdf  is on Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Thanks to the NFFF for providing them.

January 14, 2019
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We've added issue 161  of Buz Busby's Cry of the the Nameless. In this issue: Buz, Red Boggs, Terry Carr, Wally Weber, Elinor Busby, John Berry, and Ted White. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Three more issues of Egoboo, the late 60s/early 70s fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. Today we added issues 9-10 and 15. Scans by Joe Siclari.

In the late 1950s, John Magnus edited a little newszine called Rumble. It had fan doings, opinion, reviews and LOCs. We have 13 issues on line for you today.

January 12, 2019
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We're scanning a new title today, Pat Mueller's Texas SF Inquirer. These 20 issues are primarily from the mid-80s. The earlier issues were marked "The Best Little Newszine in Texas". Scanning by Mark Olson and Joe Siclari. For those that came in late Pat Mueller is Pat Virzi. Thanks Mark and Joe!

There was a Special Issue  of Cosmic Tales  done for the 1st Worldcon in 1939. In fact, it was dedicated to the committee. Contains what may be the first piece by Cyril Kornbluth. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

There's a treat for you today. We've uploaded 6 issues of Egoboo, a fine fannish fanzine edited by Ted White and John D. Berry. These issues are from 1968-1972 and include a lot of good personal writing and a plethora of really interesting letters from their friends.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #433 (2.0 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

January 11, 2019
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We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, MT Void Vol. 37, No. 28, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

January 6, 2019
Three more Tolkien Journal, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. Today we've added issues 7-8 and 15. Thanks Mark!

George Phillies sent us a PDF of the January issue of The National Fantasy Fan Federation's Tightbeam, edited by George Phillies and Jon Swartz. This months Tightbeam once again comes in two parts. Thanks George!

January 4, 2019
Before it was "Speculation", Pete Weston's fanzine was "Zenith". We've added issues 3, 5 and 6 today, and you can find them all here - http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Speculation/. Articles by Poul Anderson, Terry Pratchett, Chris Priest, Ethel Lindsay, among others. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Back to the Tolkien Journal, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson. Today we've added issues 9-14. Contents include part of the proceedings of the first annual Tolkien Conference and art by Tim Kirk. Thanks Mark!

January 3, 2019
More issues of The Voice of the Lobster. Edited by George Flynn, and produced by the committee of Noreascon 2, Voice of the Lobster was published to "discussion of Worldcon management and related topics". Today we added the last 5 issues. This completes the run. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Today's newszines have an international flavor. We've added the complete 5 issue run of Science Fiction International News, edited by Keith Freeman and Dave Kyle. This newszine ran from 1976-1976. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

January 2, 2019
South of the Moon  was a 1970s fanzine that gave information about current APAs. It has a variety of editors, and today we have uploaded 5 of them. Scanning by Mark Olson and Joe Siclari.

Today's newszines cover June and July of 1970. We have 3 issues of Focal Point  for you. The newly added ones are V2, numbers 6-8. These were edited by Arnie Katz and rich brown. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

From 1939, we have issue 2  of Ted Carnell's New Worlds. This early British fanzine ran for 4 issues, and after the war, Carnell edited a prozine by the same name. Cover by Harry Turner. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

If you are interested in conventions, especially Worldcons, you may want to read the discussions in today's newly uploaded title - The Voice of the Lobster. Edited by George Flynn, and produced by the committee of Noreascon 2, Voice of the Lobster was published to "discussion of Worldcon management and related topics". Today we added the first 2 issues. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Taral Wayne sent us a PDF (6.5 MB) of his Perzine Rat Sass 11  which we have added to the Rat Sass index. Thanks Taral.

Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #432 (5.6 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

December 30, 2018
Well, it turns out that I was wrong when I said we were done with uploaded Outworlds. We have 2 more issues today - issues 4 and 6 from 1970-1971. Scanning by Mark Olson. Issue 4 has a cover by Vincent Di Fate, and interior artwork by Alicia Austin, Tim Kirk and others.

May 1952 saw the last issue of the short run newszine, Stfanews  edited by Clyde Hanback. We uploaded the last issue today, completing the run. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Moving down under, we have 2 issues of Alan Stewart's Thyme  from the early 90s, issues 94 and 95. Alan distributed several other fanzines along with these. Both issues contain an Artychoke  by Ian Gunn, and an Australian SF News, edited by Alan Stewart and Merv Binns. Scans by Mark Olson.

Continuing with the newszine theme, Mike Ward has scanned more Sanders  for us. We've added issue 0 (really more of a flyer), 1, 13, and 15. Thanks Mike! All we seem to be missing now are issues 6 and 21. Hey, does anyone out ther have issues 6 or 21? We're up to 2746 newszines now.

December 29, 2018
An interesting item for you today, originally distributed in FAPA 87. Edited by Terry Carr, it's The Stormy Petrel. This is a collection of articles about Francis Tower Laney. Laney is best known for two publications. First, his star studded fanzine about Lovecraftian fiction, The Acolyte  and second his diatribe on fandom, Ah! Sweet Idiocy!. The Stormy Petrel was put together in response to news of Laney's death. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

We already have part of the Willis Papers  online as retyped text version. Today, we're adding a scanned version  as well. Now you can see it in all its original glory. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Continuing with Pete Weston's Speculation, today we have 2 more issues - 24 and 26. Here you'll find Chris Priest, FM Busby, and Fred Pohl, not to mention Pete Weston. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Thanks to the scanning of Joe Siclari, we've finished the run of Henry Elsner's fanzine, The Sciencefictionist. This was mid40s, and issue 5 just added has articles by Laney, Speer and E. Everett Evans.

We already had online Shelby Vick's full Hyphen Tribute. Today, for completeness, we added the Hyphen Tribute Thumbnail  that Shelby did for the May 1999 FAPA mailing. Different cover, subset of the contents. Thanks to Mark Olson for the scanning.

Added issue 6 of Science Fiction World. This was a Bob Bloch/Bob Tucker newszine of the 1950s published by Gnome Press. One of the leading articles in ssue 6? "Fancyclopedia Project Under Way". Of course, that was Fancyclopedia 2. Read all about it in Fancyclopedia 3 at http://fancyclopedia.org/fancyclopedia-2.

December 27, 2018
Three more issues today of Pete Weston's excellent fanzine, Speculation  from the 1960s. These are actually Zenith Speculation issues - 7-8 and 10. You'll find content by Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, Walt Willis and Chris Priest. Speculation was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fanzine four times. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Len Moffatt edited a newszine in the mid 1950s named Science Fiction Parade. We've added 5 issues today from 1956 - 1958. You can read it here - there's a Westercon IX report, a report on NYCon II, awards polls, etc. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

One more issue of The Sydney Futurian, this one from 1950. Headline: Futurian Society Will Carry On. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

December 26, 2018
For our Irish Fandom  page, we have 2 new entries today. First, we have an April 1, 1957 newszine from Joy and Vince Clarke, Sandy Sanderson and Chuck Harris. It's Goontact 13. Next, the 1961 Willis Fund Papers, including the announcement, invitation and raffle. This was a kickoff for the fund to bring Walt to the 1962 Worldcon. It was very much a group effort - check out the list of fans on the announcement. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

There are 2 additional issues of Pete Weston's Hugo nominated fanzine Speculation  from the 1960s as well. We've uploaded issues 13 and 23. You'll find content by Brian Aldiss, F.M. Busby, and Chris Priest among others. Scanning by Mark Olson.

December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. For your holiday pleasure, we have two Christmas Art publications from LASFS. From 1960, we have the Shangri L'Affaires Christmas Art Supplement. From 1968, we have another Shangri L'Affaires Christmas Art Supplement. Enjoy! Scanning by Joe Siclari.

For the 1941 Worldcon, Denvention, Fanfare  published a special supplement. Although Art Widner published it for the 1941 Worldcon, it contained the text of the GoH speech that Doc Smith had given for Chicon, the 1940 Worldcon. Now you can read it too. Scans by Joe Siclari.

Today's Outworlds  are: issues 3, 32-34 along with the first 2 flyers. I believe these 4 issues are the last of the ones we have available to scan. All Outworlds scanning has been by Mark Olson.

Well, it seems to be more of a 40s day than a 30s day. Another offering from the 1940s - issues of the LASFS clubzine, Shangri L'Affaires. Today we have 10 issues - issues 25-26, 29-31, 33-35, 37-38 plus a 1941 promotion zine, a 1945 Fanquet reminder  and a 1945 LASFS program schedule. There's also an issue 38 supplement  where Burbee explains that this is the last issue he plans to edit. There is a lot of content by F.T.L., art by Rotsler, a review by A.E. Van Vogt, a poem by Tigrina, and generally just what you would expect from Los Angeles fandom in the 40s. Scans by Joe Siclari.

December 24, 2018
Still adding more Outworlds. Today, we added 9 issues: issues 1-2, 10, 13-14, 29.5, 35-37, and Outworlds' Inwords 8, the floating lettercol for Outworlds. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

We still have more 30s zines too. Today, we put up Ted Dikty's Grab Bag, a fanzine done for the first Worldcon in 1939. Ted notes that he cannot attend.

December 23, 2018
Still adding more Outworlds. Today, we added 9 issues: issues 40-43, 49, 51-54 from 1984-1985. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Time for newszines. We've added 27 issues of the British newszine Checkpoint, including some edited by Ian Maule, and many edited by Peter Roberts. These are from the mid 1970s. Today's addition - issues 63-77, 80-84, 86-91, 93-98 and issue 100, the final issue. Issue 100 includes an index of all the Checkpoints. Several of the zines include issues of Eric Bentcliffe's MI. There are also two issues of TAFF Talk, by Peter Roberts. Scans by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe! By my count, we now have 2731 newszines, ranging from October 1936 to December 2016.

December 22, 2018
Dale Speirs sent us a PDF of issue #431 (6.3 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

December 21, 2018
Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we've uploaded the complete 14 issue run of Denis Quane's Notes from the Chemistry Department. This ran from 1973-1975, and had contributors like Joan Vinge, Jerry Pournelle, Greg Benford and Mike Glyer. Thanks Mark!

Still adding more Outworlds. Today, we added issues 38-39 from 1984. Scanning by Mark Olson.

December 19, 2018
A massive Quandry annish from Lee Hoffman for you today! Quandry 13  from August 1951 is 100 pages long. The table of contents lists contributors like Walt Willis, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Bob Tucker, Bob Shaw, and of course, Lee herself. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Four more Outworlds  today, along with 3 Outworlds flyers. The flyers are more than flyers - they have content! At least some of them were associated with a specific issue of Outworlds. Interesting. Scanning by Mark Olson.

Still working on fanthologies, today we've added "6 in 60", An Incomplete Look at 60 Years of Science Fiction Fandom in Chicago ..and beyond. Done for Chicon 2000, this fanthology edited by Marcy Lyn-Waitsman, has pieces by Bob Tucker, Bob Passavoy, Ross Pavlac, Phil Foglio and many more.

December 18, 2018
Five more issues of Lee Hoffman's Quandry today! Contributors include Walt Willis, Lin Carter, Bob Tucker, Bob Silverberg, Red Boggs, Shelby Vick, and need I list more? If you haven't read it, you should. These are from 1951. Find out why Quandry was a focal point fanzine. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Three more Outworlds  today, along with a couple of unusual items, like the Outworlds 1970 Egoboo Poll. Scanning by Mark Olson.

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

December 17, 2018
We've uploaded another choice recording on our YouTube channel. During the filming of the "Demon With a Glass Hand" episode of Outer Limits, Harlan Ellison gave a talk about adapting science fiction for media. This was at the 1964 Worldcon, Pacificon II. Thanks to Jerome Scott, Director of Projects for SCIFI in LA, we have the audio. You can find it at it at: https://youtu.be/pCS7bhYrtY0. The first few minutes of the talk are missing. From the YouTube description: Harlan gives an engrossing talk (audio, enhanced with images) about writing for television and about how Hollywood works. The talk took place during the filming of the Outer Limits episode, "Demon With a Glass Hand", and Harlan speaks very frankly (including complaints) about his experience as the writer on the episode. Includes Harlan's reading of a scene as written, and as changed by management as well as discussion on the casting, the directing and the location. Embedded are photos of Harlan throughout his science fiction career." Enjoy! WARNING: Harlan uses some strong language in this talk.

As it happens, today we've uploaded a Harlan Ellison edited zine. It's Bulletin of the Cleveland Science Fiction Society 16  from 1952. This is the issue that was transitional between the Bulletin and Science Fantasy Bulletin. In fact, if you look at the last page of the zine, it's marked as "Science Fantasy Bulletin". Contributors include Lee Hoffman and Dave Kyle ("In Defense of My Fanhood"). Scans by Joe Siclari.

The NFFF has been the "entry point" into fandom for many fans. In the early 60s, they published Fandbooks  to provide fans with background education on the fannish community. Here are 4 of them - http://fanac.org/fanzines/Fandbook  . Scans by Joe Siclari.


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