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August 22, 2017
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #388 (6.1 MB), #40.2 (2.4 MB), #40.5 (5.0 MB), and #41.1A (5.0 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

August 19, 2017
Back to the 40s today. We've added 26 issues of the newszine FanewsCard  from late 1943 - mid 1944. Scanning courtesy of Joe Siclari. Thanks Joe!

August 18, 2017
We have added the latest issue of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society's newsletter The MT Void, Vol. 36, No. 7, that was sent to us by Mark and Evelyn Leeper. Thank you both

August 16, 2017
News today about Western North American fandom in David Nee's Sanders. We've added 12 issues from 1971 and 1972. Scans by Joe Siclari.

August 15, 2017
Thanks to Jack Weaver, our site builder and webmaster for FANAC's first 20 years, we have a new FANAC.ORG feature! If you look at the fanzine list (either classic  or modern ) you'll see a count on the right of how many issues are online at FANAC.ORG and an indicator if the fanzine is new or updated, or if the run of fanzines is complete. Check it out!

Today we've added 3 newszines: 2 1978 issues of Mike Glyer's File 770  and one 1991 issue of the European newsletter Shards of Babel. Scans by Mark Olson.

We added a small picture of Carol Hoag, Iguanacon registration head, thanks to Tim Kyger.

August 14, 2017
Adding a few more issues of various newszines. First, issue 4  of Vince Clarke's Science Fantasy News  from 1949. Two issues of Graham Stone's Science Fiction News  from 1985. That last is from Australia. And finally two 1978 issues of Mike Glyer's File 770. Want to know more about these people? Check out the articles about them in Fancyclopedia.

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #387 (4.3 MB), #40.1 (5.2 MB), #40.2  (2.4 MB), and #40 (4.7 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

News and anecdotes (including one about Isaac and Harlan) from 1953 in 9 issues of a newly scanned fanzine Saturday Morning Gazette. This was edited by John Mangnus, and scanned by Joe Siclari. The editor's nickname for the magazine? "Smug".

August 11, 2017
Not at Worldcon this year? Stop by the FANAC site and browse through some prior Worldcon photo albums:  . Laurie Mann will be posting a few at the FANAC Twitter account. Follow along at:

Today, we added the August issue of Leybl Botwinik's CyberCozen. Thanks, Leybl!

Mark Olson has been scanning. Thanks to him we have issue 15  and issue 17  of Pete Weston's Speculation. We also have issue 3  and issue 4  of Mike Glyer's newszine File 770. Thanks Mark!

August 6, 2017
Evelyn Leeper has written a convention report  on this years NASFIC. Thanks Evelyn!

August 5, 2017
It's always interesting to see how others view us. In modern times, science fiction has permeated popular culture, but as we all know, it was not always thus. Today we've added the very first mainstream press review of a science fiction convention. Have a look at the TIME magazine report  on the first worldcon, published July 10, 1939. Scanning by Joe Siclari.

Thanks to Tim Kyger, we have put online Bill Patterson's memoir of Arizona fandom and how IguanaCon, the 1978 Worldcon, came to be. The Little Fandom That Could  is up under Fan Histories. Thanks Tim!

Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #386 (7.2 MB), #39 (4.7 MB), and #39.5 (5.2 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

August 2, 2017
Added the latest issue of John Thiel's Ionisphere. Thanks!

More newszines. Added 12 issues of Andrew Porter's SF Weekly  from 1967 and 1968. Scanning thanks to Mark Olson.

July 29, 2017
We have updated the Fanac Names Cross Reference. There are currently 24,940 names in these listings.

July 27, 2017
A whopping 84 newszines added today, all scanning by Joe Siclari:

4 issues of Focal Point, volume 2 from 1970. These were edited by Arnie Katz and rich brown.

80 issues of STEFNEWS, edited by Jack Speer from 1945 - 1947. This newszine was amazingly regular for the first couple years.

July 26, 2017
Continuing now with the newszines, we've added these zines scanned by Joe Siclari (thanks Joe!):

20 issues of Tympany, a zine edited by Redd Boggs and Robert Stein. These are issues from 1947-1948. One of the 20 is a hoax zine. (Don't worry, it's labeled in the index.)

4 issues of Shards of Babel  from 1982-1983. This is a newszine from the Netherlands edited by Roelof Goudriaan.

3 issues of Ron Ellik's Starspinkle  from 1963, along with a checklist of the fanzine.

3 issues of jan finder's Spang Blah  from 1976.

5 issues of (mostly) Roger Weddall's Thyme, with issue numbers in the 20s. The most recent issue  (from 1987) added today was edited by Lyn and Peter Burns.

Issue 1 (1992) of Joyce Katz's Spin Dizzy. The opening lines? "Joe 'Houdini' Siclari pulled off a neat trick at the worldcon, when he managed to turn an oversized gathering of anonymous convention goers into a warm and intimate room full of fandom's finest. Such was the feeling of walking from the thousands, into the true heart of the convention, the fan lounge, where a glow of goodwill filled the room." Joe chaired MagiCon, and Geri Sullivan ran the fan lounge.

Issue 441, April 67 of Science Fiction Times.

July 25, 2017
Steven Brust and Geri Sullivan tell the true story of Minneapolis fandom on today's new Youtube piece. Listen to this audio recording (with supplemental images) to hear great anecdotes about how the music parties got started, the Minneapolis style of convention running, the first Minneapolis World Fantasy Convention and much more. Geri does a great job of moderating as well as participating in this discussion. Check it out!

July 24, 2017
Dale Speirs sent us PDFs of issues #37.1 (5.2 MB), #37.2 (1.5 MB), #38 (3.6 MB), and #385 (7.9 MB) of his perzine Opuntia. Thanks Dale.

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