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October 16, 2017
Two more of Mike Glyer's File 770s, this time from 1984. Scanning by Mark Olson. Thanks Mark!

Five more issues of the Lynch's CHAT, the newszine of the Chattanooga Science Fiction Assocation. These are from 1979-1981. Scanning by Richard Lynch. Thanks Richard!

October 14, 2017
Continuing today with Newszines. Five more File 770s, 1983 and 1984. Scanning thanks to Mark Olson. By my count, we have put online 2267 newszines so far, with the earliest from April 1938, and the most recent from 2011. That April 1938 newszine, Science Fiction Newsletter, published by Dick Wilson, appeared only 12 years after the first science fiction magazine hit the newsstand. Dick was 17 at the time, and his first short story was published in Astonishing Stories two years later.

October 13, 2017
More Shangri-LAs! Today, 5 issues from the 1940s, edited by either Dale Hart or Walt Daugherty. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Shangri-LA  was one of the official organs of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.

A big drop of fannish history today. Ever hear of Claude Degler? You can read the Fancyclopedia 2 article about him here. Degler and his Cosmic Circle were the center of fannish furor in the 1940s (and deservedly so). Here  is a whack of the original materials published by and about the Cosmic Circle. Here you'll find both external criticism (so marked) and the Cosmic Circle fanzines. Today, a whack equals 44 publications. Included are almost the entire run of Cosmic Circle Commentator  and three Fanews Analyzer. All scanning by Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 15, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

October 12, 2017
A slew of new things today. We've added issue 23  of Rhodomagnetic Digest, scanning by Gideon Marcus. Thanks Gideon!

With the permission of the LASFS board, we have started putting up some Shangri-LA issues. Today, 5 issues from the 1950s. Scanning by Joe Siclari. Shangri-LA  was one of the official organs of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.

Added issue 13  of Bruce Sterling's Cheap Truth  from 1985.

Who was who in 1940 in fandom? We have the answer here. What we don't know is who it was that produced this publication. If you do, please let us know. Send the info to fanac@fanac.org .

October 11, 2017
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 25,205 names in these listings.

October 8, 2017
You can't tell the BNFs without a scorecard, or at least a Who's Who. We've added L.D. Broyle's Who's Who  from 1961 under Fannish Reference Works. Here you can read about folks like Roger Ebert, Dick Eney, Rick Sneary and more. What did the world (or at least Broyle) think of Harlan Ellison in 1961? Of Bjo? Read it here. Broyle even included what kind of audio equipment each fan had. Scanning by Mark Olson.

October 6, 2017
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #393 (4.6 MB), #43.1A.pdf (5.0 MB), and #43.1B.pdf (5.3 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

October 5, 2017
Two more File 770s, from March and April 1983. Scanning thanks to Mark Olson.

October 3, 2017
More fannish news today, this time from the 70s and 80s. First, thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we've added 5 more issues of Mike Glyer's File 770, from 1982 and 1983. If you remember Chicon IV  with fondness, you might want to check out the File 770 issue that includes the convention report. Thanks Mark!

Thanks to the scanning of Richard Lynch, we have another 16 issues of CHAT, the newszine of the Chattanooga Science Fiction Assocation. With co-editor Nicki Lynch, the zine also covered fannish news of the region and the nation.

September 29, 2017
Today's update includes Ron Bennett's TAFF report. The report was published in 1961 and covers his TAFF trip in 1958. Want to see what fandom was like almost 60 years ago? Read the report.

Thanks to the scanning of Mark Olson, we've added 11 more issues of Mike Glyer's File 770, including all the issues from 1981 and a couple from 1980 and 1982. Thanks Mark! As all you viewers of this page know, File 770 is still a very living newszine and can be found at file770.com.

September 26, 2017
Thanks to the scanning of Richard Lynch, we have added two issues of CHAT, the newszine of the Chattanooga Science Fiction Assocation. He edited it with his wife, Nicki Lynch, and the zine also covered news of the region and the nation.

Added the latest issue of John Thiel's Ionisphere. Thanks!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #392 (6.8 MB), #42.5 (5.1 MB), and #43 (5.1 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

September 18, 2017
Ready for your close up? Maybe it's already online. Today we added photos from the 2016 SMOFcon. Many of these were taken by Rick Katze. Thanks Rick! The rest were taken by Edie Stern. We also put up a batch of photos from 2000 from Tropicon 19, including many South Florida fans. These are from the collection of Joe Siclari. If you can identify the folks marked as ???, please let us know who they are. It's easy to fill in an update form. You'll see the "Click Here" button near the caption.

Added 6 issues of Mike Glyer's File 770  from 1979 - 1980, including the 1980 Yearbook. Scanning courtesy of Mark Olson.

Added issues 27  and 29  of the 40s cardzine QX. These issues happen not to be cards, and are not dated, but I think they are from 1945. Warning - these are not the best zines of the run. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #391 (6.4 MB), #42.1.pdf (2.5 MB), and #42.pdf (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.


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