At this year's worldcon -- but weeks away as I write -- yhos GHLIII will be one busy little beaver. I'm scheduled for program items on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All will be fun, but the key event is slated for 11 AM Saturday, August 8th --- the Fan Editors' Panel. Seated before our awed and enchanted audience in room P-524A: David Levine (our Hugo-winning moderator), Jeanne Mealy, Joe Major, TAFF delegate Steve Green . . . and me. It'll be a delight to meet Green (I know everyone else), and afterwards . . .
The FAN-EDS' FEAST -- currently scheduled for noon-thirty Saturday, August 8 at the Fourquet-Fourcette Restaurant in the Palais des Congres! All fan editors and/or readers and contributors to SF fanzines are invited. Gather outside of P-524D after the above panel and march on excellent foodies -- right in the convention center!
We must have 20 people! According to Cathy Palmer-Lister, who has heroically searched for a suitable locale for our soiree, the Fourquet-Fourchette has agreed to open for lunch especially for us on our promise of over 20 customers. Don't make liars out of us! Stuff your chops in the company of your fellow fanzine fanatics!
Naturally, there is a complication. Other fannish activities, particularly a fine fan writers' panel starring at least two fine fanwriters (Chris Garcia and John Hertz), are set on Saturday opposite the Feast. Joe and I absolutely hate distracting anyone from their efforts. Yet the Fourquet-Fourchette is opening up especially for us. What to do? What to do is we play it by ear. For now, 12:30PM it is. If change is required, change will happen. CALL ME. I will turn my cellphone on as soon as we finish the fanzine panel. My number is 504-909-7084. I'll alert you. Or check the daily conzine. Or come by P-524D and gnaw on my leg.
To return to the Anticipation program, my other panels take place at 8 PM Friday (on Southern Fandom, also in P-524D), 10 PM Saturday (a limerick competition in P-518D -- who schedules a panel at 10 o'clock at night?), and 11 AM Sunday (How to Read for Pleasure, in P-513A; I'm supposed to be moderator). Chris Garcia, Steven Silver, Christian Sauve and I will man another fanzine panel -- "The Best Fanzine in the World Except for Mine" -- Sunday at 3:30, in P-511D. You can expect a mass case of nerves -- we'll all be facing the Hugo ceremony later that night. (I have my favorites -- Challenger and WALL*E, although he has a better chance -- but I refuse to predict any winners except Best Novel -- I think Anathem will take it. It's an incredible act of world-creating audacity and focus. True, the book makes me feel like an earthworm trying to drill through a brick, but that's not Neal Stephenson's fault.
Come say hello. Meeting you (among others) is Rosy's and my whole reason for coming to Montreal.
And what of the journey that will bring us there?
Continuing my practice of introducing my beloved to the most romantic places on the planet, we're stopping by Gettysburg en route. (Previous journeys down the tunnel of Lillian love took us to the execution chamber at Angola State Penitentiary, the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, and in a Fourth of July rehearsal for our August trip, the battlefield of Vicksburg, Mississippi.) After the con, to compensate for my testosterone-soaked Civil War obsession, we'll shoot east for Prince Edward Island, the site of Rosy's favorite girlhood read, Anne of Green Gables. Before, after, we'll linger in Grand Island, New York, with my brother's family.
We won't need passports to get into Canada, but we do need them to return to the United States. (That's true for you too, so be prepared.) Since his shots are up to date and we have a vet-signed health certificate, it doesn't look like we'll have any trouble schlepping our yorkie Pepper into Canada nor getting him back across the border. Thank heaven -- I had visions of blasting the beast across the Niagara Gorge by cannon. Lastly, and this is a new question for us -- which car do we take? Our reliable Honda CR-V ,"Big Red" -- or our new, flashy, more economical but much smaller Mini Coop -- "Little Red"? Whichever, whatever, however, it all begins August 1st. We can't wait.
But wait we must, and while we do, let's scan some of the fanzines that have drifted our way since our last number . . . some on eFanzines, although nowhere near everything, and much in the mailbox. I grovel in apology if your pub isn't listed. I'll do better next go-round. Italicized zines didn't show this time.
Alexiad Vol. 8 nos. 2 & 3 / Joe & Lisa Major, 1409 Christy Avenue, Louisville KY 40204-2040 / email@example.com / $2@ and on eFanzines / I suppose I'm wearing out this CD, but it has to be said: Alexiad is one of the most literate zines of review and comment that fandom has going. Its subjects range from history (Joe's obsession) to horse racing (Lisa's purview), with plenty of stops in between -- such as annual analyses of the Hugo nominees (did I mention Alexiad reviews fiction, too?). Other contributors include Grant McCormick and Rodford Edmiston, plus the Chorus, in excellent, friendly form in Joe's giant lettercol, one of fanzinedom's most energetic. Some highlights in No. 2: Joe's review of Adam Tooze's book on the Nazi economy (like almost everything else National Socialist, it was a membrane of hard glitter stretched over chaos) and Lisa's eulogy for the great horse Alysheba. In no. 3, Joe's review of Anathem is both awed and devastating (killer last line), his look at a volume on the KGB is illuminating, and his eulogies for the last Arctic explorers and the last doughboys are heartfelt and inspiring.
Ansible #264 / Dave Langford, 94 London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AU, U.K. / U.S. Agent: Janice Murray, P.O. Box 75684, Seattle WA 98125-0684 / SAE or google it. / Web news.ansible.co.uk / July issue of the inimitable and essential British newszine. I must note the superb Brad Foster illo atop the colophon to this number. After agreeing with Dave about the newsworthiness of the latest plagiarism lawsuit against J.R. Rowling ("Yawn"), and wondering why on Earth the British Fantasy Awards would nominate Dexter, I turn to the RIPs. David Carradine and Farrah Fawcett are noted for their genre connections but not the star of "Thriller", whose whole life was a work of science fiction. Ah -- Langford anticipates and answers the complaint in his last line: "You don't need Ansible to tell you about that singer chap."
Aphelion #134 / Dan Hollifield / www.aphelion-webzine.com / Though he's been distracted by home repairs, Dan still comes forth with his very attractive webzine. It features exceptional artwork and some good content. Of the fiction this issue, I most enjoyed "Darkside"; of the non-fiction, the article on manga and anime was excellent. Dan's editorial invites all to his backyard BBQ, a.k.a. "Aphelicon", an annual summer at his Athens GA home affair that has, alas, already passed this year. His gallery shows off past covers, the editor's attempts at cartoonery, and some nice photographic collages. ("Collage: that's a French word meaning 'paste'.") Hollifield attended Libertycon this year; sooner or later he's bound to find me at some Southern convention or another.
Argentus / Steven Silver / http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/argentus.html. / on eFanzines
Askance no. 15 / John Purcell, 3744 Marielene Circle, College Station TX 77845 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $2, trade or on eFanzines.com / Askance is always an energetic, enthusiastic, quality pub. It's solidly based in traditional fanzinedom, as shown by the welcome -- and quite beautiful -- cover by Vegrant Ross Chamberlain, whose art has graced fanzine covers since the early '60s. But its perspective is always fresh. Alas, being to-to-date means noting our losses; this issue richly and commendably memorializes the great Nashville fan, Ken Moore, featuring tributes from the SouthernFandomClassic group and lots of heartbreaking goofy pictures. The Khandor is well-served. Articles include Steve Silver on silent film comedienne Mabel Normand, Chris Garcia on two avant garde movie moments from 1928, and Purcell himself on being ejected from Intolerance back when he was an obnoxious collegiate. Some movies take "mistying" better than others. Our downunder friend Bill Wright adds an element of culchuh with a piece on John Milton, and Lloyd Penney brings us back to fannish Earth with a review of Motorway Dreamer. Traditional Askance elements include a "Figby" cartoon, a list of regional cons (including FenCon, at which we'll see John), some silly filk, and the lettercol. Where are "the hinterlands," anyway?
Aussiecon IV Progress Report #1 / Karen Babcock, email@example.com / Initial notice from the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, scheduled for September, 2010. Strangely, the exact dates aren't given in this P.R., otherwise a handsome, if slim, greeting from the concom. It features membership rates (liberal change in the "child" rates), a call for volunteers, short squibs about the various Guests (Kim Stanley Robinson -- ask him about the Face on Mars), Shaun Tan, our great pal Robin Johnson, ad rates, and a membership list to date. Rosy and I are marked "S" for supporting. Our aim: upgrade to "A" for attending.
Banana Wings #38 / Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, U.K. / firstname.lastname@example.org / Two pages in this latest BW -- a frequent Hugo nominee, as if you didn't know -- are paste-ups covering printing faux pax [sic]. A shame somebody else's foul-up had to affect such a neat, professional-looking production, but that's life in the big city. It forces us to concentrate on the fine, fandom-focused content. Mark's editorial reflects on the changing nature of fandom (re Eastercon: "where did all the young fans come from?") and some fans lamentable reliance on a program to justify attendance at a convention. Like me, Mark goes to a con to see the people; the program is way secondary. He sadly reflects on the closing of an SF bookshop. Greg Pickersgill carries this discussion forward, with similar melancholy. ("Today's forms of fanac have more or less totally overwritten those of the past"). Claire reports on Corflu -- or rather, on being in Seattle for Corflu. Her favorite item: Mephistopheles Beer. James Bacon -- along with Chris Garcia, one of fandom's most prolific and enthusiastic writers -- pens the tale on the donkey of chairing an Eastercon, illustrating his article with images from Gettysburg. I sorta get his metaphor. Curt Phillips, who is everywhere these days, mentions his childhood dreams of spaceships. The lettercol is liberating: much of it emits from Brits I don't know, and it's always nice to meet new members of the Chorus.
Baryon Magazine 112 / Barry R. Hunter, 114 Julia Drive SW, Rome GA 30165 / www.baryon-online.com / free online, $5@ printed / Barry's zine of book reviews begins with Brad Strickland's moving account, written the very day, of the passing of his friend, Tom Dietz, and a eulogy for David Eddings. Then Barry and reviewer extraordinaire Harriet Klausner are off to the races, with dozens of reviews ranging from Adam Nimoy's autobiography (I wonder what Marina Sirtis would say about it) to Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. Most enthusiasm is engendered by China Mieville's The City & the City, which causes the normally cool Harriet to exult. I'm sold.
BCSFAzine #s 431-3 / Felicity Walker, #209 -- 3851 Francis Road, Richmond BC, Canada, V7C 1J6 / email@example.com / C$3/US$2 / Each of these three digest-sized issues features a Brad Foster illo on the front; setting a whimsical tone Felicity follows; she produces a sly zine with funny off-the-wall-isms ("Magneto would win a fight against the Terminator"); even the calendar of forthcoming cons and events is witty. I sympathize with "Cosmic" Ray Seredin attending Norwescon just after the death of his mother; my mother passed away in February, Mardi Gras followed soon after, and I was weird throughout the entire weekend.
Bento / David Levine & Kate Yule, 1905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland OR 97215 / firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com /
Brooklyn! No. 64 / Fred Argoff, Penthouse L, 1170 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11230-4060 / $10 in cash per 4 quarterly issues / Another great collection of photography, architecture and history regarding the hearty part of New York. (I'm not kidding. Think "Manhattan". You think glitz, Broadway, Wall Street, power. Think "Brooklyn". You think hot dogs, a funny accent, the funky bridge, and if you're of a certain age, the Dodgers. That's heart.) This issue opens with a beautiful photo of Marine Park, and seems to concentrate on beaches, as a number of Brooklyn's shores are mentioned. There's also a cool crime story from the '20s and a plaint from the editor about jury duty. Whaddyawan, Fred? We shysters need people to talk at!
Chunga / Andy Hooper, Randy Byers, carl juarez, 1013 N. 36th St., Seattle WA 98103 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $3.50@ / Editors requests three copies of any zine sent in trade /
Dagon / John Boardman, 234 East 19th St., Brooklyn NY 11226-5302 / Apa-Q /
Dancing and Joking / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / Available for $5 donation to the fan funds, and easily worth ten times that.
DASFAx June-July'09 / Ivan Geisler & Sherry Johnson, 8046 Lee Ct., Arvado CO 80005 / Editor@DASFA/com / http://www.dasfa.org / The tiny June issue of the Denver clubzine features a photo of local author David Boop, who is undoubtedly so tired of being asked about his Aunt Betty -- his She Murdered Me with Science wins opprobrium from club fixture Sourdough Jackson. July returns to form with a full issue. And why not celebrate? Denvention gave the club $1500 of its surplus! Sourdough adds a piece about the Futurian Society, Ivan Geisler asks "When Is a Globular Cluster Not a Globular Cluster?" (When it's a fruitcake, I imagine.) Parties are announced, a book mall trumpeted, post-worldcon Denver fandom rolls on.
De Profundis 435-7 / Marty Cantor, 11825 Gilmore St. #105, N. Hollywood CA 91606 / www.lasfs.org / PDF versions available at http://barrydgold.home.comcast.net/deprof.html / .It's interesting to compare DeProf, the club newszine of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, with NESFA's Instant Message. Both provide a monthly glimpse into the workings of one of SFdom's premiere organizations. Both groups sponsor cons -- including the occasional worldcon -- and used to publish genzines. But compare NESFA's business-oriented meeting minutes with LASFS' "Cream of Menace", filled with wry asides and member tributes. For instance, the club's Patron Saints (including Elst Weinstein, who owes Challenger an article) and Bill Warren (author of the seminal -- sounds dirty -- reference on '50s SF movies, Keep Watching the Skies!). This club is all about the craziness. Its 75th anniversary is coming up October 27th -- we expect a phenomenal party!
The Drink Tank Issue 217-8 / Chris Garcia, Garcia@computerhistory.org / On eFanzines / I always feel guilty when I review The Drink Tank, because I can only cover the last two or three issues, and for Chris, that's barely a month's work. And that doesn't account for his other zines, Claims Department etc. This prolific and almost madly enthusiastic superfan deserves much better. But we do what we can, and so here let's note issue #217, where Chris laments his love of movies and frustration at not being in the biz himself and Taral Wayne talks about the lamentable death of Michael Jackson, and #28, where Chris reveals his worldcon itinerary, and busts my heartbox. Like I said above, his Saturday schedule conflicts with the Fan-Eds' Feast, and I am at a loss as to what to do. At least we appear on one panel together, "The Greatest Fanzine Other than Mine", Sunday at 3:30. See us there!
EI / Earl Kemp, P.O. Box 6642, Kingman, AZ 86402-6642 / email@example.com / eFanzines.com /
ERB-Apa / Current OE: Scott-Tracy Griffin, 1507 7th St. #236, Santa Monica CA 90491/ Congrats to this splendid group of Burroughs (Edgar Rice, not William) fanatics as they surpass their 100th mailing! Our great friend John Guidry founded this group in 1984, and 25 years later it shows no sign of falling off the vine. If you're really into Burroughs, these are your people. Kreegah! Bundolo!
File 770:155 / Mike Glyer, 705 Valley View Ave., Monrovia CA 91016 / Mikeglyer@cs.com / I wish Mike could have published Alan White's cover in color; I can only imagine what that fantastic cityscape would look like in real hues. (Why don't we give Alan a Hugo one of these years?) Anyway, here's the reigning Best Fanzine Extant's April 2009 issue, fandom's yearbook. Articles include a long obit for Forry Ackerman and other losses of the spring, Taral Wayne reflecting on his fellow Rotsler winners, a thoughtful piece by Glyer on the value of awards, John Hertz' Denvention report (how sad to see a photo of the Hugo winners, Charlie Brown all a'smile), James Bacon on a British Cosplay Ball, Glyer on Corflu, Steve & Sue Francis on their worldcon journey. Striking interiors from Foster, Gilliland, and that rarely seen talent, Grant Canfield. File is the standard, of course, by which most other zines are judged. Mike's wonderful family had problems with immigration before the last Canadian worldcon; I hope no such hassle comes up this year.
Fosfax / Tim Lane, c/o FOSFA, P.O. Box 37281, Louisville KY 40233-7281 / $4 /
Home Kookin' #4-5 / Arnie Katz and The Vegrants, 909 Eugene Cernan St., Las Vegas NV 89145 / e-mail / Arnie and his estimable krewe of Vegrants spread the welcome mat for visitor Nic Farey and his wife, and produce these photo-rich fanzines to mark the occasion. Everyone looks and sounds joyful. Arnie wears a tiger tee (hi Linda) shirt, appropriately enough, and Farey sports a tat! I love one photo especially, taken outside -- I don't know how, but you can tell that's a western sky.
The Insider #273-4 / Michelle Zellich, 1738 San Martin Dr., Fenton MO 63026 / firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com / $10/year / First thing a new reader would notice about the St. Louis club's gen/news/clubzine is that it is, to steal a cliché, a riot of color, from reprinted comics (many strips I haven't seen before), photos, headlines, highlights. There's all kinds of stuff in these editions -- too many obituaries (for local fan John Brooks, Phil Farmer, too many others), science and celeb news ("Captain Kirk to Take Over Canadian Civilization") recipes (a "snow bunny" cupcake?). I find the zine irresistible; I've loved Michelle for ages and what Boomer boy could resist a zine that notes Superman Day in Metropolis, Illinois?
Instant Message #817-823 / NESFA, P.O. Box 809, Framingham MA 01701-0809 / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.nesfa.org / Twice-monthly (usually) newsletter of the strongest SF organization in the universe, with updates on reports on projects such as the NESFA Press, Boskone, the conversion of microfiche files to digital, library acquisitions, clubhouse renovations, and all else under the science fiction sun. Most frequent initials seen, MSP or MSPU. #823 opens with a fine eulogy for Charlie Brown by our mutual friend, Tony Lewis, whose relationship with Brown dates back well over 40 years, and whose account of the founding of Locus is a fascinating piece of fannish history.
Interstellar Ramjet Scoop / Bill Wright, 4/1 Park St., St. Kilda, Vict. 3182 Australia Janeens_news@yahoo.groups.com / Janeen. Schouten@nrm.qld.gov.au / You never know what SFnal glories Janeen will next proclaim in an e-letter to her newsgroup. Recent postings have broadcast her nephew's nomination for a film award -- all right, so the proud aunt brags a little on her nevvie -- the Solar Wind News Group, forthcoming flicks, and much more.
Jomp, Jr. #27 / Richard A. Dengrove, 2651 Arlington Dr. #302, Alexandria VA 22306 / RichD22426@aol.com / t.u. /
The Knarley Knews #133 / Henry Welch, 18345 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos CA 95033 / email@example.com / $1.50 @ / Gotta say this for cover artist Scott Patri: despite all, he's actually getting better. (While remaining defiant. Once after I panned his awful artwork, he replied in the only suitable way, and sent me a dozen fillos.) His witty drawing sits atop a fine collection of articles by Welch's usual krewe and several guests. Beginning a new career in a new state -- lawyering in California -- Knarl "spumes" about buying, selling and renting real estate, the intricate Patent Law Bar, watching wild turkeys mate (I've seen Wild Turkey lead to mating, but this is something else), and what to do with the episodes of Terry Jeeves' war memoirs he's published in the past. (My suggestion matches his: single volume.) Sue Welch follows with a report on the incredible San Diego Zoo, Jim Sullivan butchers the story behind "The Star-Spangled Banner" (I've visited Fort McHenry), and Gene Stewart muses upon story-writing. John Purcell and Steven Silver step out of their own fanzines to offer entertaining articles on music and the 1893 World's Fair, respectively. The Chorus turns out in good form for the lettercol, nicely illustrated by Marc Schirmeister, Rotsler and Brad Foster.
Littlebrook/ Jerry Kaufman & Suzanne Tompkins, P.O. Box 25075, Seattle WA 98165 / firstname.lastname@example.org / also on eFanzines
Lofgeornost #95 / Fred Lerner, 81 Worcester Ave., White River Junction VT 05001 / email@example.com / FAPA and trade / Fred's the kind of fan who listens to academic lectures on SF during long drives, and the kind of fan writer who makes his responses imminently interesting -- especially when he finds he's listened to paragraphs from one lecture not as the professor spoke them, but at random. This discovery leads Lerner to muse upon a Burroughsesque (William Burroughs, that is, not Edgar Rice) idea of a novel written, torn into pieces, and reassembled without coherence -- my comparison, not his. Next, Fred discusses the vagaries of search engines, including human ones, an essay prompted by his need for a picture of an ancient Chinese library. Somehow this endeavor leads him to porn star Bunko Kanazawa. See why we read this zine? Either Fred or Joe Major misspells Mackinlay Kantor's name during a vibrant discussion by several of For Want of a Nail. He ends with an endorsement of Readercon, "a gathering of people who take pleasure in taking science fiction seriously." Sounds great. Can I wear my wookie suit?
MarkTime #92 / Mark Strickert, 9050 Carron Dr. #273, Pico Rivers CA 90660 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $2 or t.u. / Says here that Strickert has been doing his zine about metropolitan mass transit for 40 years. This issue is half letters of comment -- glad to see Brooklyn!'s Fred Argoff and frequent Chorus member Lloyd Penney represented -- and half the tale of trips to Phoenix and Buffalo (talk about different climates!). Being familiar with Buffalo (my brother lives near there) I can visualize the places Mark mentions, but not the buslines he uses; never used them. I wonder if he's ever ridden New Orleans' streetcars.
MEOW / Colin Hinz, 148 Howland Ave., Toronto ON Canada M5R 3B5 / email@example.com / Here's a noble experiment in the obsolete medium of mimeography. In fact, that's what MEOW stands for, Mimeography Experimenters of Worldcon. Colin tapped several fan writers, including yhos, to write about what we wished, promising to electrostencil the texts and print them as part of a mimeo workshop at D3. He also lured several fan artists to "draw" contributions on stencils, also to be published at the worldcon. No such luck then, but here the zine is now, with writing by Cheryl Morgan, Chris Garcia, Dave Langford, Steven Silver, Colin and myself and art by Foster (electrostencilled and beautiful) and Wu (unrecognizable) among others. I hope Colin doesn't mind when I say that the zine is a mess.; I have to disagree with Cheryl and agree with myself: as I say in my article here, we are well shed of "those good old days of liquid fuel", i.e., mimeo ink.
MonSFFA Impulse / Bernard Reischl, firstname.lastname@example.org / www.monsfa.com / Who has a better right to be excited by the onrushing worldcon than Montreal fandom? This e-issue is filled with plans for a summer BBQ party , a pre-con soiree for TAFF winner Steve Green and a welcome-to-Montreal gig Friday night of Anticipation at the Delta Centre-ville. We'll be there!
MT Void Vol. 28 No 2, whole #1552 / Evelyn C. Leeper, email@example.com / http://www. geocities.com/evelynleeper / Subscribe at mtvoid-subscribe@yahoogroups / E-mailed zine of review and comment, this issue written almost entirely by Evelyn's husband Mark, a good and insightful critic. Here he centers on obscure films like Lovely By Surprise and Dog Days; his article last time about 3-D movies draws some good LOCs from David Goldfarb and others. Also here, a fun piece on Politifact, a site rating the truthfulness of political statements on the Net and in the news. Most -- but not all -- of the best lies are winger slurs against Obama, but the famous b.s. about the books Sarah Palin allegedly wanted to ban is also here. The allegation that the President is also the Anti-Christ isn't exactly a lie, assuming the speaker believes it; in that case, it's just rooster-raping crazy.
Mumblings from Munchkinland #24-6 / Chris Lewis, 63 Ligertwood St., Evatt, ACT / firstname.lastname@example.org / eFanzines.com / "The only West Australian fanzine ever published in Samoa!"
Narcolepsy Press Review IV / Randy Robbins, P.O. Box 17131, Anaheim CA 92817-7131 / email@example.com / Except for The Knarley Knews and Opuntia I don't think Randy and I overlap at all in terms of the zines we review. I seldom see zines about self-mutilation, for instance, but to be fair, that's only one of the myriad (not the apa) publications Randy lists here. Many feature self-published comics, many deal with music, several are international, all are deep counterculture. The opening section of NPR -- I listen to that radio station -- involves the editor's heart transplant (!!!), which thank heaven went well; he kept busy reviewing zines, reading Phil Dick (among others), listening to music (from Janis Joplin to Bowie to the Muffs). I'd love to hear more about it. Randy lives in Anaheim; was he at L.A.Con IV?
The NASFA Shuttle Apr.-July. 2009 / Mike Kennedy, c/o North Alabama SF Association, P.O. Box 4857, Huntsville AL 35815-4857 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $1.50@, $10/year / I do believe that the Huntsville group is the healthiest SF club in the south. Certainly their monthly newszine has few equals, with lots of national and regional news accompanying club minutes, calendar, and con reports -- by Steve & Sue Francis (Denvention, by way of every other place in America) and editor Kennedy (the DeepSouthCon; they're looking for a worldcon reporter). The Shuttle features the strongest awards news in zinedom, ranging from the Lambdas to the Compton Crooks. An independent group is bidding to bring the 50th DeepSouthCon to Huntsville in 2012; one hopes that NASFA will offer it substantial support. The DSC began there in 1962, after all, 5 guys reading pulps in a garage.
Newsletter of the Middle Tennessee Science Fiction Society March, 2009, #77 / Reese, email@example.com
Opuntia 67.1D, E&F, 67.3 / Dale Speirs, Box 6830, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2E7 Canada / $3 @ or. / "Whole numbers are sercon, x.1 issues are reviewzines, x.2 issues are indexes, x.3 issues are apazines, x.5 issues are perzines." So what's the editor got against "x.4"? / These issues of his incomprehensibly-numbered digest are chockablock with articles -- on Sherlock Holmes fandom (fascinating), the Algonquin Round Table (good fun for lit'ry buffs), rubber stamps in mystery fiction (there's an advantage of print zines over their electronic counterparts -- you can rubber stamp them!). In another number Dale reviews alternate histories, and in yet another ruminates on gold investing and works on the academic life. 67.3 is Speirs' FAPAzine, featuring mailing commentary and a few nature photos, and late-arriving 67.5 tells tales of the parks where Speirs works and eulogizes his pilot uncle with the tale of a terrifying crash. Outstanding, crisp b&w photos from Dale's hiking trips -- I hope he hikes to Anticipation.
Picoficard #17 / Petrea Mitchell, 1435 SW 211th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006 / firstname.lastname@example.org / SASE or on eFanzines / Petrea talks about "space headaches," legal shenanigans surrounding Harry Potter (I'm glad I don't touch that type of law), and reviews Knowing (to use a legalism, the film needed to establish a foundation for the climactic reconciliation between Cage and his religious father -- and lose the pretentiousness). Her S.O. Chris French opines on a gaming con before Petrea reports on the Seattle Corflu and a MST3K revival, which sounds both amusing and confusing. Good LOCs from Lloyd Penney and John Purcell on the future of fandom and other issues of the day. An ongoing "Days of Yore" feature is fun, and the news that Petrea will distribute the next issue in person at worldcon is very good news indeed. Come to our panels, Petrea!
Planetary Stories #15 / Shelby Vick, www.planetarystories.com / Co-edited with Jerry Page, who says about this issue, "A somewhat different Nadir McGuirk story." 'Wonderlust' features a reprint of a controversial story by me, 'Too Much Night.'" Beautiful artwork. and a strong, positive nostalgic tone throughout See Pulp Spirit.
Plokta / Steve Davies, 52 Westbourne Terrace, Reading, Berks U.K. RG30 2RP; Alison Scott, 24 St. Mary Rd., Walthamstow, London U.K. E17 9RG; Mike Scott, 2 Craithie Rd., Chester U.K. CH3 5LJ / email@example.com / http://www.plokta.com
Pulp Spirit #6 / Jerry Page, www.planetarystories.com / A colorful and indeed, quite spirited paean to the great adventure magazines of the past, with beautiful illos by Mark Fults and others, good fiction, and a terrific article by Page and the late Jerry Burge devoted to pirate yarns from the pulps. I am still regretful that I only got to meet Burge once, and that Southern fandom never awarded him the Rebel he so deserved.
QuasiQuote / Sandra Bond, 40 Cleveland Park Ave., London E17 7BS UK / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reluctant Famulus 69-70 / Tom Sadler, 305 Gill Branch Rd., Owenton, KY 40359 / email@example.com / I don't think any other zine proclaims the craft of fanzine publishing as much as does TRF. Its color interiors, its obvious but handsome bubblejet printing, its constant improvement are testament to the fact that a fan's personal touch lies behind every aspect of its production. Tom has a regular crew of contributors -- Gene Stewart, Sheryl Birkhead, Bob Sabella and Alfred Byrd -- who provide a very entertaining read. TRF also features a flow of glorious Brad Foster illos and, on issue #70, a cover of beautiful blue design. In the latest number, Tom reflects on the creation of his first issue (in November '88) and the hassle and agony of a current concern, an ankle injury and the surgery to correct it. *ICK* Sabella's "Old Kit Bag" asks if SF is still optimistic, Gene Stewart's "Rat Stew" reflects on where writers find inspiration, Byrd describes his pilgrimage to various Kentucky cemeteries, Sheryl replaces her oven, Taral Wayne tells the tale of a couple of Canadian fanzine reviewers gone astray, John Purcell reviews a book on Medieval machines (that's close to its title), and there's a fine long lettercol. No addresses, damn it! The whole package looks nice indeed. 70 issues and TRF keeps getting better.
The Revenge of Hump Day / Tim Bolgeo, firstname.lastname@example.org / Still recovering from his heart condition, "Uncle Timmy" celebrates another successful LibertyCon with jokes he undoubtedly heard under anesthesia. Where else could he get such groaners week after week after . . .He also announces the awful news of Charlie Brown's demise, adds science news, a dash of winger politics to keep things honest.
Royal Swiss Navy Gazette #17-18 / Garth Spencer, Box 74122, VMPO, Vancouver BC Canada V5V 3P0 / email@example.com / Thought at first that Taral Wayne had done both issues' covers, but #18 is by a skilled pensman named Roy Pounds. Filk songs and photos of fans -- including the editor, in shadow -- fill the issue; Ange Gordon has great eyes. Dropping back to #17, we find lotsa LOCs and Taral Wayne discussing "Furries," not as prevalent in fandom since the CSI expose`. RSNG seems a lot livelier these days than in years past; the editor seems to have made a conscious decision to lighten his load, and it tells.
Southern Fandom Confederation Update Vol. 1 No. 7 / Warren Buff, 2144 B Ravenglass Pl., Raleigh NC 27612 / firstname.lastname@example.org / SFC membership $15 annually / Depicted on the cover and extensively eulogized within, Nashville's Khandor, Ken Moore. Tom Feller describes the funeral of one of the worst drivers and best con-givers I've ever known in my life. Laura Haywood-Cory campaigns in the lettercol for her "heart-shaped fanzine," dealing with coronary disease, and there's a most complete listing of conventions in the region -- plus the worldcon.
Statement #364, Vol. 33 No. 3 / Sandi Marie McLaughlin, OSFS, 18 Norice St., Ottawa ON K2G 2X5 Canada / email@example.com / memberships or trade / Attractive newsletter of the Ottawa SF Society.
Steam Engine Time Issues 9-10 / Bruce Gillespie, 5 Howard St., Greensborough Vict. 3088 Australia; Janine Stinson, P.O. Box 248, Eastlake MI 49626-0248 / firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com / "print edition available only by negotiation with the editors" / Given justice in the universe and national pride extant in Australia, SET, Bruce and Ditmar will all win Hugos at the 2010 worldcon. Such recognition is overdue and incredibly well-deserved.
This Here. . . #11-12 / Nic Farey, P.O. Box 178. St. Leonard MD 20685 / firstname.lastname@example.org / A dying breed, the perzine -- an individual fan writing about whatever perks his pot; his personality front and center. The blog serves the same purpose, but often without craft, that magic word, so the demise of the perzine should be mourned. When and if it happens. Herein, Nic keeps the medium alive, griping about the demise of paperzines, waxing miserable about a trip to Tennessee to face a traffic judge and work on his trailer. In the 12th issue he talks about Corflu, NASCAR, good music, wrasslin', and other good stuff. He has a rich, personable lettercol (without addresses, tsk; how will I get rid of all my extra Challengers?), wherein he prints a photo of a blonde (Brigitte Nielsen?) that cured my toothache, and mentions a past that includes the London School of Economics!
Tortoise / Sue Jones, Flat 5, 32-33 Castle Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2BQ U.K. / sue.tortoise@ btinternet.com / www.tortoiseloft.com / editorial whim / Bring it on whenever, Sue.
Vanamonde Nos. 783-7 / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / Apa-L & Trade / John is again Hugo-nominated as Best Fan Writer, and it couldn't happen to a wittier or more deserving soul. Van is published for LASFS' weekly Apa-L, and consists of sharp, intelligent comments on others' publications and bits o'business on all kinds of topics, for instance the first Explorer satellite (such a thrill to 8½-year-old GHLIII when it made orbit), Pontian Greek dance, the Glenn Glazer/Allison Hershey nuptials (I knew Glenn in LASFAPA), and Swiss Family Robinson, with an occasional haiku. Oops, I see I've wandered into issues from even further in the past -- well, Van is varied, but always consistent.
Visions of Paradise #142 / Robert Sabella, email@example.com / at eFanzines / Incorporating Bob's "Out of the Depths", personal natter, "Passing Scene", a diary of the period since his last issue, "Wondrous Stories", his sercon review section, and "Halcyon Days", his lettercol. Lead piece this time is "If I Selected the Hugos". Looking over the winners between '66 and '80, Bob declares his own favorites for those years. We've all written from time to time, if only in our heads -- mine would place Hal Clement's Star Light or Poul Anderson's Tau Zero over Ringworld (I didn't like Teela Brown). After personal updates in "The Passing Scene", Bob evokes a great name we don't hear enough these years, Murray Leinster, and assails his readership with some righteously wretched jokes.
Warp 70 / Cathy Palmer-Lister, MonSFFA, c/o Sylvain St-Pierre, 4456 Boul. Ste-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada H7R 1Y6 / www.monsffa.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Yclept Yarbro #29 / Lindig Hall Harris, 17 King St., Asheville NC 28804; 828-777-1065; email to lindig17 @ gmail.com / This is the May issue of an e-zine devoted to the schedule and events in the life and career of one of this genre's beacons, my magnificent "mama," Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Biggest recent news items include the eminently well-merited Lifetime Achievement Award visited upon Quinn from the Horror Writers Association this June, and her Guest of Honorship at a Melbourne convention, ConTinuum, in August. I cheer for Quinnie's first trip downunder -- wish we could climb Hanging Rock with her -- but froth that she apparently won't be at worldcon. (Dragon*Con, yes.) Lindig talks about visiting Quinn recently, a jolly time, and pens an article about Yarbro's ambivalence about conventions. (I urge all to see my account of St. Louiscon in Challenger no. 1.) Lots of lists, lots of links to matters Quinnish, including her webpage, http:www.chelseaquinnyarbro.net.
Hope you all got your copies of Challenger #30 without hassle -- if not, hit me up at Anticipation; I'll have some. In exchange, send me LOCs, if so moved, and your own zines -- TZD wants to see every SF-oriented fanzine published in English!
This Zine Dump is dedicated, of course, to Charlie Brown, one of the ultimates among fan editors, to my Kappa-Alpha and Shadow-SFPA comrade `Larry Epke, a friend stalwart and true, Dr. Jack Stocker, New Orleans collector and scholar of the field, and Southern Fandom's great and good Ken Moore, Rebel (and Rubble) Award winner, founder of Kubla Khan, worst driver on the planet, pilot, art aficionado, and trufan. Raise a glass for us in eternity, brothers.