The schtick behind The Zine Dump is well-known by now. You send me your fanzine, I write up a notice, you send me lots of money. An orientation to SF is preferred but not necessary; you see how much I enjoy Brooklyn!, for instance. Be brave! If any criticism is offered in these pages, it's seldom harsh. To my mind, fanzine editors need encouragement and camaraderie (see above), not contempt.
But please! Check out my genzine, Challenger, at www.challzine.net and critique it as you will! I desperately need LOCs for the next issue, #29, which I hope to debut in January. Also articles, illos, what-have-you -- the issue's theme is sports, but don't let that limit you. Again, please! Time is of the essence!
No hurry regarding Challenger #30, which will be coming out next June or July. Its theme is faith . . . religious and otherwise. I'm hoping to see strong, challenging (of course) writing on what and why the writers hold most true ... what sustains them, what they care about . . . moments of challenge or need and how they were survived or overcome. Or whether Wall*E is cuter than R2D2. Who cares? Just write me something, draw me a picture, send me a letter . . . anything! Let me hear from you!
And now, you can hear from me.
Alexiad Vol. 7 No. 5 / Joe & Lisa Major, 1409 Christy Avenue, Louisville KY 40204-2040 / email@example.com / $2@ / How destitute TZD would be without an Alexiad to lead things off. John Scalzi electrified the worldcon when he copped the Best Fan Writer Hugo, calling on fandom to honor a new winner every year. We could start with Joe. All kinds of detailed, erudite but endlessly entertaining book reviews, notes on arcane current events (e.g., the near-simultaneous deaths of two Romanov princes), parodies, sharp friendly ripostes to an enviable flood of LOCs. Excellent stuff, always. This issue is juiced by Joe's Denvention report, horse stuff by Lisa (happy birthday!), notes on Hurricane Ike, which apparently penetrated even as far as Louisville (it missed here, thank heaven). Good contributions by Johnny Carruthers, as usual, and Rodford Edmiston, whose piece on bullets is worthy of a CSI. (Carruthers' review of a new Snickers bar is more tasty, however.) The lettercol, as indicated before, is excellent. Only complaint: the cartoons are too small. I have trouble reading the text.
AmaZed and CorfluZed / Randy Byers, firstname.lastname@example.org / A Progress Report for the forthcoming Seattle Corflu, March 13-16, the 26th of its kind -- thus its identification with the 26th letter of the alphabet. As Corflu is a fanziner's convention, Randy wanted to fashion his P.R. along the lines of a fanzine, so he features articles by the great Wally Weber (about his wedding, depicted on the cover) and John Hertz, advocating Supporting Memberships for Corflu. Byers announces a Seattle fanthology for this event asks his readership to "pub your ish." Since I'll never get there in person, I'd love to send a special Challenger in my stead. Suggested copy count, Randy?
Ansible #256 / 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 / The November issue of an essential zine of news and gossip; the news is mostly British but the gossip covers the worlds. Beneath this number's Sue Mason heading, a delightful quote from Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate, NYTImes columnist, and SF fan, crediting Foundation for getting him into economics -- news that Dan Simmons overrated The Terror has won the International Horror Guild Award and Guy Gavriel Kay the World Fantasy trophy for Ysabel -- repetition of the news about Forry (we echo Dave's "Damn") -- a Thog's Masterclass moreorless devoted to Uri Geller -- news, buried in the Geek's Corner, that a hefty nonfiction project might wreak havoc on Ansible's schedule and even erase an issue or two. No, no -- we can no more go a month without Ansible than (insert your own phrase here).
Anticipation Progress Report 1 / www.anticipationsf.ca / I know, I know -- worldcon p.r.s aren't fanzines in the usual sense. But I wanted to mention this attractive, bi-lingual, sideways pub, meant to mimic in appearance one's computer screens. We look forward to the convention, in part because we've never visited Montreal. The photo of Taral Wayne is the first I've seen. Hi, Taral.
Aphelion #126 / Dan Hollifield / www.aphelion-webzine.com / A webzine devoted to fiction and verse, Aphelion always sports a gorgeous astronomical cover. Dan's editorial for the October '08 issue centers on recent scientific news, such as the Hadron Collider which failed to destroy the planet and the problems with the Hubble. The fiction and verse vary in quality, of course, but I will say that I much enjoyed "Frosty" and "The Nameless Squire's Tale" and several other entries. I understand Hollifield lives in Atlanta; he describes a meeting of a "steampunk" society; has he been to any other fannish events?
Argentus / Steven Silver / http://www.sfsite.com/ ~silverag/argentus.html. / eFanzines / After we both chewed choad at the Denvention Hugo ceremonies, I took a great photo of Steve wrestling John Scalzi for his Fan Writer Hugo, and he returned the favor for Glyer and me.
As the Crow Flies / Frank Denton, 14654 - 8th Ave. S.W., Seattle WA 98166-1953 / Bearlodge@msn.com /
Askance #10 / John Purcell, 3744 Marielene Circle, College Station TX 77845 / email@example.com / $2, trade or on eFanzines.com / Received by hand at FenCon in Dallas, with Askew, a FAPAzine. Absolute delight to hang there with John and the Benfords! Proudly proclaiming that it is the only fanzine ever assembled during a hurricane, Askance boasts a very funny Steve Stiles cover and an epic Ditmar bacover. Between, good and varied writing, by Eric Mayer (on playing catch -- and much more -- with his father), Bill Fischer (a hilarious trip to Hungary), Lloyd Penney (reviewing Whistlestar -- see TZD #20), Patricia Rogers (another appreciation of the late Jack Speer), Arnie Katz (on his discovery of fandom -- one of a series), Chris Garcia (praising a Judd Apatow film we, alas, disliked), Lee Anne Lavell (on Indiana fandom -- and the mystery of "Mrs. Pboth"). Add to this variety a good lettercol, a regional convention calendar and Fischer's "Figby". It's a grand package. The only criticism I would make is there isn't enough of the editor's own work here -- so I look forward to John's account of his visit to Harry Warner's fanzine collection, which he promises for the next issue. Oh, to have hitched along on that ride.
Aussiecon 4 Progress Report 0 / c/o Mark Linneman, P.O. Box 221878, Sacramento CA 95822 / A one-page flyer mentioned here to hail the choice of our great pal Robin Johnson as Fan Guest of Honor at the 2010 worldcon. Could not have done better!
Banana Wings 35 / Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, U.K. / firstname.lastname@example.org / An attractive new digest size for this frequent Hugo nominee, unmistakable for the Atom art on its cover. Indeed, this "A5" paper change is discussed in Mark's chatty editorial. In a "Melbourne state of mind," he also comments on Denvention news about the 2010 worldcon and the Hugos. His "if-I-were-King" wish that WSFS "rebuild the entire Hugo edifice from scratch" based on contemporary realities is a throwaway suggestion, but I could get behind it. (Goodbye, Best Fanzine, hello, Best Blog.) Notes on newly departed fans, including Jack Speer, lead to Claire's introductory piece, an outstanding reverie on the place of space exploration in science fiction. It's too bad she's too young to remember the Apollo missions; Armstrong and Aldrin did their lunar dance on my 20th birthday, for which I thanked Aldrin when I met him years later. Flick's article "In Which We Preserve" has the double appeal of describing a 1928 newspaper predicting the far future (January 1, 2000) and Flick's attempts to preserve this nifty artifact from further harm. In a similar vein, Andy Hooper's GoH speech from Corflu 25 touches on two subjects, the future of fanzines and the past of Egypt. Hooper merges the two to surprising effect. Shelby Vick wonders what a fanzine is in this day and age -- beats hell out of me. After a long lettercol, Claire closes matters with melancholy musings on fans recently lost and her hopes for Aussiecon in 2010 and Corflu Zed in 2009. Word I'd apply to Banana Wings: dense, in the sense that there's a lot compacted into a small (now smaller) package and that it's a zine that requires concentration to appreciate. If one finds that an effort, I'd argue that it's well worth it.
Baryon Magazine 109 / Barry R. Hunter, 114 Julia Drive SW, Rome GA 30165 / www.baryon-online.com / free online, $5@ printed / Reviews reviews reviews . . . opening with pained eulogies for Budrys, Stan Winston, and Disch, and a lament for the effects diabetes has on the editor's ability to read. Fortunately, he still scans much, and he and Harriet Klausner hit more of the genre than any other zine I see. Among the gems uncovered here, a new St. Germain novel by my great friend Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, the new Clarke/Pohl collaboration, collections by L. Ron Hubbard and Richard Matheson, City at the Edge of Time by Greg Bear, Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi, and Marsbound by Joe Haldeman, all of which could be destined for the next Hugo ballot. (But I don't see Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, perhaps the most likely candidate.) New Asaro, new Turtledove, old Harry Harrison -- great variety. I'm eternally amazed at the spread of universes SFers create.
Batteries Not Included / Richard Freeman, 513 N. Central Ave., Fairborn OH 45324 / A sad moment for lovers of video sleaze: editor Freeman has announced that Adam's Film World is no longer reviewing porn, and he is therefore unemployed. First onto his new budget block is BNI -- which he hopes to renew someday on the net. Alas! What will perves like me do without Richard Pacheco and his insights into the smut industry -- only one of BNI's talented contributors? What will I do without Jeff Jarvie expounding on the manifold non-virtues of Kylie Ireland? And so on -- BNI was unapologetic and its subject matter could be distasteful, but it threw light upon our shadows, and our shadows could use it. Return! Return!
BCSFAzine #424 / Garth Spencer, Box 15335, VMPO, Vancouver BC Canada V6B 5B1 / email@example.com / eFanzines / Neatest part of this issue of the British Columbia clubzine is Spider Robinson's response to his Robert A. Heinlein Award, presented at Denvention. His delight is contagious. Elsewhere, Garth questions the need for a second specialty con in the area, and lists regional events, including FRED and BIFF, which are not a couple of fanboys but a couple of fan gatherings.
Beam / Nic Farey, P.O. Box 178, St. Leonard MD 20685 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben's Beat 93-4 / Ben Indick, 428 Sagamore Ave., Teaneck NJ 07666 / FAPAzine / Two very dissimilar issues of a fascinating publication dedicated to, among other things, the author's love of theatre. The earlier issue, from July, is fronted by a photo of a Garrett P. Serviss volume and a page about the early 20th Century SFer. Ben relates a trip to California to applaud excerpts from his son's opera, reviews -- delightfully -- a slew of plays (including Hemingway's rarely-produced Fifth Column), comments on a recent FAPA mailing -- and then reports that, in the midst of a "tiresome" play, he has suffered an equally tiresome heart attack. His next birthday, his 85th, seems far away. In issue #94 he reports that, thank heaven, he made it to that magic date, but his ill health compels him to say that "all bets are off." I don't believe him. Ben continues to read (and review what he reads) and continues to brag on his composer son; this guy is made of carbon steel. We'll miss that Broadway Beat wile he's on the mend.
Bento 20 / David Levine & Kate Yule, 1905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland OR 97215 / email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.bentopress.com / Delivered by hand at Denvention. / "The little zine that could" can and does score big with choice, entertaining writing. Theme is travel. Kate goes to Guadalajara to study espanol and eat glorious pastries. Both attend a gay square dance convention in Cleveland. Both study Japanese in preparation for Nippon 2007; the secret, David says, is kana. Kate describes the trip itself, and later, the foodies. (This zine is making me hungry.) One contention: I don't think Wall*E is so much gormless as unsophisticated. After all, when the movie opens, except for a cockroach, he's been all but alone for 800 years! No wonder he's a sucker for the first pretty robot to show up! Good to see Eeb Frohvet's name in the lettercol! Jolly stuff all around.
Brooklyn! No. 61-62 / Fred Argoff, Penthouse L, 1170 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11230-4060 / $10 in cash per 4 quarterly issues / The latest issue of this terrific zine about New York's most famous borough concentrates on industry, and except for an artistic view of the Williamsburg Bridge, the photos are all of rather ugly industrial sites. They tell an intriguing and compelling story nevertheless, as befits places with names like English Kills and the Gowanus Canal. #62 begins with an anecdote about laundry (!), a photo of one of the earliest Roller Derby teams (where else but Brooklyn?), a contributor's reminiscence of Brooklyn theaters, the inner story of Prospect Heights, ohits and a small squib on the legendary roller coast, the Cyclone. Love those Brooklyn neighborhoods; Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook and East Flatbush, fabled names within America's most fabled name. They conjure up emotions and sensations never to be forgotten; even amongst the cow pastures of northwestern Louisiana I can hear the polyglot jargon of the Brooklyn streets. But I need my cheesecake: where's Junior's?
Chunga / Andy Hooper, Randy Byers, carl juarez, 1013 N. 36th St., Seattle WA 98103 / email@example.com / $3.50@ / Editors request three copies of any zine sent in trade . . .
Dancing and Joking / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / available for $5 donation to a fan fund / John's collected wit and wisdom, well worth it!
DASFAx Sept-Oct 2008 / Ivan Geisler & Sherry Johnson, 8046 Lee Ct., Arvado CO 80005 / Editor@DASFA/com / Nice to meet DASFA honcho Sourdough Jackson at the worldcon! Too bad Ivan and Sherry didn't surface, nor my pal from New Orleans days, Dana Cain, now a DASFAxian. In the September issue club director Matthew Mishalak mentions that the group's meeting will be a symposium on the success of D3; its conclusions make it into print in Sourdough's column, to whit, D3 needed more publicity. The Sputnik Party on October 4 sounds like special fun. As he has for years, Fred Cleaver reviews some righteous tomes: I've got to get into Howard Waldrop's work. Ivan talks briefly about alternate histories, mentioning The Man in the High Castle and the high master of the sub-genre, Harry Turtledove.
Data Dump #123 / Steve Sneyd, 4 Nowell Place, Almondbury HD5 8PB U.K. / See The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, elsewhere.
De Profundis 430 / Milt Stevens, c/o LASFS, 11513 Burbank Blvd., N. Hollywood CA 91601 / www.lasfs.org / PDF versions available at http://barrydgold.home.comcast.net/deprof.html / LASFS' monthly clubzine is usually remarkable for Scribe Matthew Tepper's "Cream of Menace", i.e., the off-kilter, often funny minutes of its meetings. That remains the case. LASFS is a'glut with strange traditions (the incomprehensible Gift Exchnage, the Lantern O'Jack) and great names, among them Karen Anderson -- who drove me to my first SF club meeting (we bumped a curb) -- and Jeni Burr. The sweet ex-Coastie didn't show at the last L.A.Con and I thought she'd vanished forever. It's only been *urk* 30 years . . .
The Drink Tank Issues 183-6 / Chris Garcia, Garcia@computerhistory.org / eFanzines /. Congrats to Chris for his superb work at, with and for Denvention's Fanzine Lounge! These latest issues of his epically colorful and creative weekly involve his first-ever faan fiction. "Fandom of Infinite Earths", a wonderfully weird account of the 2011 Corflu he plans on chairing. I'm glad to see that I'm listed in attendance. The last issue -- as I write, there could be plenty more since -- also features a piece by Warren Buff on the genesis of the Raleigh 2010 NASFiC bid (and the terrors of Smofcon) and Taral's charming "Somewhere on Furrymuck". Must mention Dann Lopez' strip "the Dork Knight"; it's simply effin' brilliant.
DUFF 2008 / Steve & Sue Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
eI40 / Earl Kemp, firstname.lastname@example.org / eFanzines.com / Much of this e-zine by one of my fannish idols revolves around UCRiverside's fabled Eaton Collection, for which Earl and Chris Garcia were recently named consultants. Rob Latham and Melissa Conway describe the situs and show us some photos of the elegant facility. Kemp himself talks about bundling up "Eighty Pounds of Paper" (i.e., lots of fanzines) to donate. As my SFPA collection went to Hal Hall's similar collection at Texas A&M, I recognize his labor -- and his feelings at giving up such a treasure. Moving outward from Eaton, Richard Lupoff describes the Surinam Turtle Press, and -- de rigueur for a Kemp zine -- an article on porn, Jerry Murray's "SLODGE". (The initials stand for "Sex, Love, Obsession, Desire, Guilt, and Eccentric sexual behaviors".) Though Jerry mistakes Sinclair Lewis for Upton Sinclair as the author of The Jungle, he's obviously a literate and amusing fellow, and his long article on his life and porn career is the same. (But comparing John D. MacDonald to John Grisham is rank abuse -- to MacDonald!) Earl closes with a wondrous painting by Ditmar. I was tremendously disappointed that Kemp didn't appear at Denvention; he's one fan-ed I'd love to greet in person.
E.T.C. #2 / Chris Almond, P.O. Box 678421, Orlando FL 32867-8421 / www.thedonezine.com / $2 / The initials stand for "Everybody That Creates". A little zine of poetry -- much by the editor -- and art. I found Curtis Meyer's "Chasing Ghosts" and Jen Larino's prose piece "On Bees" particularly interesting, and Chuck Folgar's "Space Star Heroes" hits close to home.
File 770 / Mike Glyer, 705 Valley View Ave., Monrovia CA 91016 / Mikeglyer@cs.com / Congrats to Mike for his well-deserved Hugo victory at Denvention!
For the Clerisy Vol. 15, No. 74-75 / Brant Kresovich, P.O. Box 404, Getzville NY 14068-0404 / email@example.com / The "clerisy" are people who enjoy reading, and this publication presents capsule reviews of some of the tomes its author has scanned of late. "The central purpose is to assure readers that other readers in fact exist" despite "a willfully stupid and increasingly brutal mainstream." Well, the mainstream likes to read novels about cute teenage vampire boys, which may qualify as stupid but not really as brutal, but why argue? Any zine that encourages folks to read The Age of Innocence, Buddenbrooks, The Sheltering Sky and A Thousand Cranes is doing a marvelous public service. (No, I haven't cracked any of those volumes.) Issue #75 moves on to cinema, mourning Paul Newman. Rosy works with Pruitt Taylor Vince, his co-star from Nobody's Fool; my favorite Newman roles were in Judge Roy Bean, The Verdict (despite being legal nonsense) and The Hustler, of course. Brant is an excellent reviewer; his notes on Elmore Leonard's western stories remind me that I much prefer Leonard's novels in that genre to his mysteries.
Fosfax / Tim Lane, c/o FOSFA, P.O. Box 37281, Louisville KY 40233-7281 / $4
Harrison County 1968-2006 / Steve Stiles, http://taff.org.uk / Here's an absolute delight: 40 years in the making, Steve Stiles' TAFF report, adorned by Steve's illos and informed by Steve's humor throughout. There's a commonality to most foreign trip reports, as there are common experiences for every traveler venturing for the first time onto alien soil, but Stiles is never predictable or boring as he deals with them. The sudden change in popular culture -- Steve advocates watching a lot of local TV. Dealing with the "American footprint" -- in his case, the recent murder of Martin Luther King. History to learn -- Bramall Hall, Buxton -- and sights to see -- Jodrell Bank Observatory. Above all, fans to meet -- Bill Burns, Ella Parker, Eddie Jones, many others. There's a convention to conquer -- one with Kenneth Bulmer as GoH and Tom Disch and John Brunner in attendance -- and a speech to stumble through -- why did the Eisensteins give Steve such grief? Whatever, Phyllis Eisenstein accompanied Stiles on the penultimate part of his journey, or at least the penultimate part covered here, a tour of the great Cutty Sark, related in playlet form. I admit, the Krazy Kat parody which caps this funny, choicely-realized zine makes me think I've indulged in a bit too much VERGUZZ, but hey . . .
Impulse / Keith Braithwaite, c/o MonSFFA, 4456 Boul. Ste-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada H7R 1Y6 / Monthly newsletter of the Montreal SF club, publishers of the fine genzine Warp. I haven't seen any recent issues.
The Insider #270 / Michelle Zellich, 1738 San Martin Dr., Fenton MO 63026 / firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com / $10/year / Colorful and comprehensive publication for the St. Louis club by one of science fiction's great human beings. Lots of comics, lots of news (club and otherwise), lots of personality. This issue opens with a list of autumn birthdays (bedecked with illos in the favorite fall color, orange), club minutes (Peanuts), a sweet editorial praising my whiny worldcon report (Michelle was a joy of the Fan-Eds' Feast), news of a live MST3K project (goofing on Titanic), letters that are more communiques among friends than LOCs, a piece on the 50th anniversary of NASA (featuring a photo of Eisenhower, the last good Republican President), more comics, more epistles, obits for Paul Newman and others (Rosy works with one of his co-stars from Nobody's Fool), at least one worldcon report, science articles, more comics, Harry Potter, Blake's 7, pictures of cows, forthcoming club meetings and events (many), more color, more pumpkins, an Anita Blake drinking game, one last comic . . .
Instant Message #807-9 / NESFA, P.O. Box 809, Framingham MA 01701-0809 / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.nesfa.org / Monthly NESFA newsletter, detailing the business behind the club's many projects -- conventions (Boskone -- a beautiful color flyer accompanied #808) and publishing (for which the club was honored at D3, the well-merited trophy is depicted in #807 ). Must applaud Suford Lewis' Big Heart Award, also presented at Denvention. I rejoice to see that a collection of Poul Anderson's stories is due next February from the NESFA Press; hope it's the first of a complete set. Plans for renovation of their clubhouse are discussed in some detail; sounds like a lot of work.
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 / All kinds of nice media news e-distributed whenever Janeen hears something cool. Recent posts involve Doctor Who -- trailer for the Christmas special, David Tennant's stupid decision to leave the show -- a selection of Hubble photos -- news on Red Dwarf -- her nephew Tom's short film, on YouTube. Write to join her lucky e-list.
Journal of Mind Pollution #32 / Rich Dengrove, 2651 Arlington Road, #392, Alexandria VA 22308 / email@example.com /
Journey Planet 1-2 / James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Claire Brialey / Journeyplanet@gmail.com / Overseen by Claire, who apparently keeps a hand on each lad's shoulder to prevent complete defenestration, here's an ambitious new project by two young fanzine masters and TAFF winners. James is editor, Chris the layout guy, Claire handles copy editing duties. Beautiful artwork, excellent color graphics, unique contributors and a sharp, original editorial perspective -- mostly, it seems, Bacon's. First issue is built around London's underground -- we call it a "subway" in our northern cities -- with "Tubewhore"'s stated ambition of being photoed in its every stop making for a jolly article. Such a fascinating girl deserves a better soubriquet. Special delight to see: Yvonne Rowse, whose perzines are very much missed here. Second issue has an even more ambitious theme: women. Bacon orchestrates an excellent appreciation, informed by intelligent ladies talking about the feminine place in Sfdom. Farah Mendlesohn's "Painting the Future Red" argues that Marxism, of which we have heard blessedly little in recent years, may well have a place in SF's future. Journey Planet has a lot going for it, not least its editor's energy and openness. A powerful and promising debut.
The Knarley Knews #129 / Henry Welch, 18345 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos CA 95033 / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://tkk welchcastle.com NEW ADDRESES / t.u. / The spring of 2008 is a season Knarley is not likely to forget . . . ever. He negotiated a complex move for himself and his family from Wisconsin to California, sought and found and moved into a new home, and studied for and took the Bar exam. I shudder in sympathetic memory. Though Welch claims "studying for the bar was simply not enough to keep me healthily engaged," I advise -- for those who take this exam in the future -- disciplined concentration with an absolute minimum of distractions. I took a month off from my job and passed up a convention I really really wanted to attend, 'nuff said, to study for my Bar. The stress is indeed unspeakable: I'd rather be catheterized than go through it again. I bleed for Knarl as he awaits his results. Lest it seem that the entirety of this issue is consumed by "the Quiz," TKK's usual krewe of contributors chimes in: Sue Welch on a visit to the Bushmen, John Purcell on gardening moonflowers, Jim Sullivan on his love of libraries, Terry Jeeves with another chapter of his war memoirs (complete with Jeevesish illos), the Chorus with a friendly lettercol.
Littlebrook / Jerry Kaufman & Suzanne Tompkins, P.O. Box 25075, Seattle WA 98165 / email@example.com / also on eFanzines
Lofgeornost #92 / Fred Lerner, 81 Worcester Ave., White River Junction VT 05001 / firstname.lastname@example.org / FAPA and trade / Fred's panel on Kipling at Denvention -- which also featured Toni Weisskopf and John Hertz -- was an island of civilization in a sea of fannish chaos, greatly enjoyed by both la belle and myself. Here he describes his first trip to Paris, "the essential duty of any civilized man." Part travelogue, part history, this account makes this uncivilized Neanderthal yearn for a Paris-bound jet. All I've ever wanted to do there is weep before La Gioconda, which is painted on poplar wood, not canvas, tsk, but I see there are many more museums than the Louvre, and much more to do. Fred even tours the sewers! And Versailles -- he prefers Antoinette's "play farm" Troanon to the palace, as did the Queen. Choral responses to previous issues follow. .
The Magazine of Speculative Poetry Vol. 8 No. 3 / Roger Dutcher, P.O. Box 564, Beloit WI 53512 / $5@, $19 4 issue sub / Nice zine sent here by an attendee at one of Denvention's fanzine panels; he should have come along for the Fan-eds' Feast! "I don't know if you really call [MSP] a fanzine," he writes, "but it comes from the love of fanzines." That's tru enough for me. Ordinarily I shy away from poetic criticism since the impact of verse is intuitive and immediate, not receptive to analysis; but here are some strong pieces, among them "The Sea Wife" by JoSelle Vanderhooft -- fine imagery, powerful emotion -- and Robert Borski's "Elegy for a Thunder Lizard". Yes, Roger, MSP counts with me as a fanzine: an amateur publication by and for and about the imaginative work that brought us together. Next time you attend one of my panels, stick around for the chow!
Media Junky Issue 6 / Jason Rodgers, P.O. Box 1683, Nashua NH 03060 / "$1, stamps, nice letter" / Reviews of various anarchist zines, some of which sound vaguely interesting. I like the phrase "zinecraft as a method of taking control of identity construction." If you want to be seen in a certain way, present yourself in that way; better still, if you want to be a certain way, act in that way. Makes sense to me.
MT Void Vol. 27 No 23, whole #1518 / Evelyn C. Leeper, email@example.com / http://www. geocities. com/evelynleeper / Subscribe at mtvoid-subscribe@yahoogroups / Evelyn moderated our great fanzine panel at D3 and came to the Fan-eds' Feast. Now approaching their 30th year of publishing a weekly zine, one wonders when MT Void went exclusively electronic. Mark Leeper's declamations on any number of topics are almost always amusing and sprightly. His denunciation in a recent issue of the Milky Way for sucking stars out of the Sagittarius galaxy is . . . stirring. Let us march! In #1518 they applaud a new group forming in New Jersey, discuss the psycho stock market, Mark reviews Appaloosa, Religuous, and a new aspect of Titanic. You see the extraordinary range of this e-zine. Favorite recent issue is that for 8-4-08, where Mark reflects on MT Void's Pearl anniversary, the horrible 1943 Batman movie (which gave birth to the "camp" phenomenon sadists show to fans of the Caped Crusader, and Indian film. Everybody is a star in Bollywood!
/The NASFA Shuttle/ Aug-Sept 2008 / Mike Kennedy, c/o North Alabama SF Association, P.O. Box 4857, Huntsville AL 35815-4857 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $1.50@, $10/year / In addition to being a fine club journal (with fantasy fiction every issue by member "PieEyed Dragon"), the Shuttle is one of the most comprehensive newszines around, with awards news and convention reports by editor Kennedy. Mike's worldcon report in the September edition is one of the best I've read,. Info on the Business Meeting and 2010 site selection, masquerade results, and lotsa cool factoids dot his detailed account. Befitting a convention surrounded by good restaurants, Mike spends a lot of ink describing his meals, including the Fan-eds' Feast, where it seems he felt the slightest bit out of place. As an Orleanian, I'm all in favor of him talking a lot about food; as a fan-ed and fan of the Shuttle, I insist that Mike had as much business at the Feast as did I. The October issue features a well-turned article about Speed Racer, of all things. NASFA puts on Con*Stellation every October, by the way, an excellent event at which Rosy & I have been Fan GoHs. It too is highly recommended.
Newsletter of the Middle Tennessee Science Fiction Society #72 / Reese, email@example.com / e-zine / Acres of information on an incredible number and breadth of topics, from politics to astronomy to Janis Ian's forthcoming Nebula banquet to the next Speilberg project (Wyndham's Chocky) to Vanderbilt area movies and Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, which is drawing a lot of ink these days. The obituaries for writer David Foster Wallace -- 46, author of Infinite Jest -- and Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trip are quite moving. More links than a chain fence.
Nice Distinctions 17 / Arthur Hlavaty, 206 Valentine St., Yonkers NY 10704-1814 / firstname.lastname@example.org / An annual perzine by one of the great fanwriters. Its undated, so I have no idea if a new issue is pending. Arthur yaps about his copy-editing job, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, with great papers on "the posthuman" and the works of Phil Dick; I disagree with Arthur that Dr. Bloodmoney is mediocre; its iconic Dickian elements make it a fine introduction to his themes and the sequence where the hero views the night through the eyes of a hawk is phenomenal. Some powerful thoughts on love, a W story, Ellliot Spitzer's fall from grace (was that her name?), the passings of Johnny Hart, Falwell, Albert Ellis ("he discovered the clitoris" . . . and Rational-Emotive Therapy), Bill Walsh, Hank Reinhardt, Clarke, Disch, Jack Speer and many another notable personage. Somehow he makes sense of all, a benefit of finding Hlavaty's words -- missed in SFPA! -- in one's mailbox.
No Award / Marty Cantor, 11825 Gilmore Sty. #105, N. Hollywood CA 91606 / email@example.com / t.u.
Opuntia 65A & 66A&B / Dale Speirs, Box 6830, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2E7 Canada / $3 @ or. / Canada's most prolific fan-ed is a good writer as well; his natter on "Boomtown Days", anecdotes of his parks work around Calgary, shows a fine command of English and choice of detail. An article on personalized stamps makes me wonder about the people who paste their own faces on their postage, but at least one depicted is a friend and brother fan editor (Alan Stewart of Melbourne and Thyme) so why should I kvetch; I'm not a numismaticist to be driven mad by the uncollectability of such things. Beautiful scenes of Canadian high country -- where Dale hiked last summer -- the Rae Glacier is especially gorgeous; especially heinous is Speirs' note that it will be Gone in a few years. His essay on pronghorn antelopes as shown on stamps is nifty; his paragraph on jackalopes makes me wonder if he ever saw
Parsek No. 101 / Boris Svel, SFera, Drustva za znanstvenu fantastiku, IV, Podbrezje 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia / http://parsek.sfear.hr/ & http://parsek.blog.hr/ / "The oldest Croatian fanzine," boasts the editorial, first published 31 years ago. This issue was apparently published for D3. Fiction occupies the first section of this zine, a long and comprehensive history of SF and fandom in the region the next (with a page of SF haiku in between). Testimonials from Guests of Honor at various SFeraKon GoHs follow. One can't help but take talk of a Zagreb worldcon bid much more seriously after viewing this.
Picofarard #s 1, 13-14 / Petrea Mitchell / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www. bidalaka.com/picofarad / Three issues picked up at D3 of a most interesting perzine. The author/editor -- whom I assume is female -- is apparently from Portland OR, and has interests ranging from anime to gaming and back again. She reviews movies, games, books, mourns great authors (I join her regrets about John Brunner, whose presence at DSC '79 really juiced up that convention). She talks literately about creating convention websites and, in a superb editorial in her 14th issue, about welcoming neos into our krewe. Chris French reviews movies, and quite well, though I completely disagree about the "Eh"ness of Wall*E, so far the best movie I've seen in 2008. Cool ongoing bit: "Days of Yore", describing events of 10, 100 and 1000 years before.
Planetary Stories Holiday Issue / Shelby Vick, email@example.com / Associate editor, Jerry Page, firstname.lastname@example.org / www.planetarystories.com / This homage to SF pulps has more energy than most. Bound with Pulp Spirit, posted on line even though admittedly unfinished, the Holiday Issue is a work in progress, with more stories to come with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buoyed by a YouTube promo, the issue already features stories in a holiday vein -- including Halloween! A special photo section from Hallowcon shows Fred and Mary Ann van Hartesveldt in costume, though the cover is a jolly Christmas scene -- Santa confronted by the Shadow!
Plokta no. 39 / 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 / The zine which brought whimsy back to fanzines publishes its summer special, with a color cover (a beach scene), an inserted poctsarcd, a photo story, a puzzle page, a board game, and a report by Kari on her pilgrimage to Alexandre Dumas' tomb. Except for the last item, it's all madness, with an emphasis on mooses, reminiscent of a SatNiteLive Sarah Palin sketch. Remember the guy in the moose suit? Relief comes in the form of a page about a boy with green hair (Dean Stockwell, 1948 . . . or The Joker, 1940-2008) and the lice Olympics taking place upon his pate. There's also a lettercol, but what can you say in response to merry lunacy like Plokta? I once saw a moose standing in a stream in Yellowstone, not green, but whether he had head lice is between him and his veterinarian.
The Powers That Be: A Tribute to Tim Powers / Chris Garcia, see The Drink Tank / An expression of awe and admiration by Chris, John Hertz (reviewing Three Days to Never), and Espana Sheriff. Barbara Johnson-Haddad contributes a sonnet, and Powers himself has the cover and spot illos, which are quite good! I'm a big fan of Declare.
President TAFF's Bathtub, Sept. '08 / Chris Garcia, see The Drink Tank again / A financial report and deadline declaration for "all nominations, platforms, pledges and bonds" for the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund, which will bring a European fan to Anticipation. TAFF has an impressive bankroll but Chris is full of plans to boost it even further.
QuasiQuote #7 / Sandra Bond, 40 Cleveland Park Avenue, London E17 7BS, U.K. / firstname.lastname@example.org / I agree with Sandra; Brad Foster's cover on this A4 perzine is epic. What does it depict? I'd say a procession of alien priests. But the whole zine is excellent, even the editorial where Bond announces that QQ, too, will be going mostly electronic. Even though Chall has a website and TZD is distributed mostly by e-mail, I still lament. Within, a clever (of course) piece on a fanzine merit badge by Dave Langford, a Dickian fan fiction by the unlikely F. Towner Velocipede, praise for recent fanzine covers, and Bruce Townley's tempting review of Charles Stross' Saturn's Children. Amazon time! A great lettercol -- needs addresses, though. Hey, issue #6 came out only four months before #7. What's next for terrific QQ? A frequency to rival Drink Tank?
The Reluctant Famulus 66 / Tom Sadler, 305 Gill Branch Rd., Owenton, KY 40359 / email@example.com / TRF is a consistently good genzine, a staple here since I first poked my snout into general fanzine publishing 15 years ago. A very funny Steve Stiles cover -- is there another kind? -- and lots of other good, funny art, by Schirmeister and Erichsen and Foster and others. They illustrate a serious editorial about space exploration and four good, funny articles by Bob Sabella, Gene Stewart, Sheryl Birkhead and Alfred Byrd, reviewing a mystery set in Caesarian Rome, musing on the loss of "sensawunda" as techno-reality outstrips SF, describing painful home repair and lamenting the hassles of DNA testing -- respectively. I'm going to keep Byrd's piece on hand in case I ever have to cross-examine a DNA expert again. A good, long lettercol from familiar members of the Chorus and an intricate Brad Foster "squiggle" close the deal.
The Revenge of Hump Day / Tim Bolgeo, firstname.lastname@example.org / News, terrible jokes, obsolescent politics -- and it appears weekly in one's in-box. Contact Timmy to join his list. You'll see . . . well, let's just look at the November 5th edition. News about Forry. News about Planetary Stories. News about Robert Downey Jr. and the Avengers movie. The NASFiC in Raleigh. Discussion of Sarah Palin, whoever she is. A hilarious "Election Day Poem". A blonde joke involving the word "pasteurized" which stopped me cold. Science news involving laser TVs, synthetic diamonds, and the Hubble. And it's all free.
Sense of Wonder Stories 2 / Rich Coad, 2132 Berkeley Dr., Santa Rosa CA 95401 / email@example.com / Very handsome sercon publication on attractive cream-colored stock, saddle-stitched; thoughtful yet entertaining articles. Coad's editorial mulls "Mundane SF", which means "no FTL, no FTL communications, no time travel, no aliens in the flesh, no immortality, no telepathy, no parallel universe, no magic wands" -- SF strictly extrapolated from present-day knowledge, in other words. Critiquing a critic, Bruce Gillespie reviews the "combative" George Turner. Bruce Townley describes an 1843 steam-powered aircraft design -- a neat article on a splendid dream. Peter Weston's piece on James Blish's criticism mentions Algis Budrys' Rogue Moon, my father-in-law's favorite SF novel (and one of mine). I dare a correction: I think it lost the Hugo to A Canticle for Leibowitz, not Starship Troopers. Graham Charnock's overview of J.G. Ballard's career is breezy and conversational -- and manages to be informative and provocative, too. Classy zine, sercon without ever being dry.
So It Goes / Tim Marion, c/o Kleinbard, 266 E. Broadway, Apt. 1201B, NY NY 10002 / firstname.lastname@example.org /
Some Fantastic 13-15 / Matthew Appleton, 28-13 Fort Evans Rd, NE, Apt. 201. Leesburg, VA 20176 / email@example.com / primarily via PDF, free, but $2@ for printed copies
Southern Fandom Confederation Bulletin Vol. 9 No. 2 / Warren Buff, 2144B Ravenglass Pl., Raleigh NC 27612 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.southernfandom.com / SFC membership $15 annually / Active in the Raleigh-in-2010 NASFiC bid and any number of fannish projects, Warren still produces a solid, entertaining zine for the SFC. A lot of the content is standardized -- stuff for sale, treasury, fanzine listings, club listings, con listings, con reports -- and Buff has an able staff assisting him, Tom Feller and M. Lee Rogers, with a chapter of her ongoing "Adventures in [Jack] Speerology" from Patricia Rogers. In his editorial, "Buff's Broadside", Warren speaks of the resurgence in Southern fandom brought on by the discovery by his generation of regional traditions and camaraderie. There's also a fun article about Lois Lane, of all characters. Lots of clubs, lots of cons, lots of zines, lots of future for fandom in the South.
Statement #360 / Sandi Marie McLaughlin, OSFS, 18 Norice St., Ottawa ON K2G 2X5 Canada / email@example.com / memberships or trade / The Ottawa SF club's bimonthly newszine, a short issue -- as symbolized by the Bat-SmartCar on page 1. Club elections are announced, the membership list is . . . uh, listed. The club's 1977 founding is recalled, books and TV are reviewed. Many SF/fantasy flicks pending in the rest of 2008 are mentioned -- look for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to score big, and hope that The Day the Earth Stood Still lives up to its forbear. An inspiring bit of club news is the wedding of Harry and Sheila Middleman, in defiance of Harry's esophageal cancer. We wish them Godspeed.
Steam Engine Time / Bruce Gillespie, 5 Howard St., Greensborough VIC 3088, Australia, Janine Stinson, P.O. Box 248, Eastlake MI 49626-0248 / firstname.lastname@example.org, tropicsf@earthlink. net / GillespieCochrane.com.au /
Taboo Opinions #114 / Dick Geis / eFanzines / In an irregular e-zine of rather small controversy, the great Geis opines on economics. Latest issue I can find: August.
This is Not My Livejournal / Colin Hinz, address not given / Two sheets mimeographed on goldenrod fibretone -- talk about a time trip for senile fan publishers! -- picked up at D3. Colin was supposed to produce a mimeo'ed genzine at worldcon as part of a demonstration of the way fandom was back in the day. That zine never appeared, but from these sheets -- produced a paragraph at a time during Denvention -- we can see the problems with "those good old days of liquid fuel." The repro is occasionally blotchy. The paper makes one's fingers itch. Lines are unevenly spaced. Of course, Colin's sprightly style makes any effort expended in reading the pages worth it, but I still feel that xerox -- and laser printing -- have been a liberation for fan editors. That's certainly true for this fan editor -- I haven't done a mimeo zine in . . .um . . . 25 years.
Tortoise / Sue Jones, Flat 5, 32-33 Castle Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2BQ U.K. / sue.tortoise@ btinternet.com / www.tortoiseloft.com / editorial whim
Vanamonde Nos. 758-62 / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / Trade / These editions of John's wonderful Apa-L zine date from December of 2007. Our eminently civilized friend -- he wore a top hat to the Denvention Hugos! -- reports on Loscon XXXIV, mentioning names revered here (R.A. Lafferty and Becky Thomson, for two), reveals the meaning of the word "Plokta", reflects on the Heinlein centennial, finds the common thread in a series of meaningless words, prints a new Tim Kirk 'toon . . . and without even mentioning it makes us wish Anticipation was next week instead of next year.
VFW #110 / Arnie Katz, 909 Eugene Cernan St., Las Vegas NV 89145 / email@example.com / by e-mail and eFanzines / It's the last page of this on-line genzine that compels first attention: Arnie's announcement that, in some unspecified fashion, he'll be changing the substance of the former Vegas Fandom Weekly. Considering the eternal restlessness and energy of Katz' fannishness, this is not surprising -- back in the days of Wild Heirs, he founded a new zine seemingly every few weeks. Glad VFW is still around, because electronic or not, it's a model genzine: superb layout, great Rotslers, and excellent contributors supplementing Arnie's own writing. For instance, herein he talks about exploring the discs wherein he records old zines -- giving up chocolate --Fan Sanity in the senior days of his beloved Core Fandom -- and an idea given vent on The Wasted Hour, an egoboo bank. I'd be overdrawn. Dick Lupoff's appreciation of Fox B. Holden is repeated from #109; a glitch prevented it from appearing properly last issue. Shelby Vick talks politics. Taral Wayne laments his past gafia. SFC President Warren Buff tries to define the South. Give it up, Warren; you might as well try to define "Alive." John Purcell honors Challenger by including it among his top ten fanzine favorites. (He sees a couple of pubs TZD does not! Whuzzis Inca?) In "Fandom Newsbreaks" an "all-fan" audio play of the hour-long Twilight Zone is mentioned; I'm sure Ross Chamberlain makes as fine a lead as did Albert Salmi, but Arnie, you are no Julie Newmar. Great lettercol, many congratulating Arnie and Joyce for Corflu Silver, apparently another Katzian masterwork.
Virtual Tucker Hotel #21 / Peter Sullivan / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.ustream. tv/channel/the-virtual-fan-lounge / eFanzines / The official fanzine of this year's grand fannish experiment, the Virtual Fan Lounge. Has it worked? Peter reports . . . yes and no. "No" for regularly scheduled events, "yes" for spontaneous gatherings on-line, what he calls "Mickey Rooney" moments -- "Let's put on a show right now!" The VFL has built up quite a video library, episodes of Arnie Katz' The Wasted Hour and the like. Such is the nature of newness -- revolutions must find their own parameters. They have my support but I must admit, what excites me about this issue is the antique cover by Russ Chamberlain. Now that's fandom.
Visions of Paradise / Robert Sabella, email@example.com / eFanzines / The most expansive perzine we see, VoP comes in three sections -- four if you count the lettercol. A new issue is promised as we go to press. Whither Fei Fei?
Warp / 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 /
WCSFAzine #11 / R. Graeme Cameron, Apt. 72G -- 13315 104th Ave., Surrey, B.C. V3T 1V5 Canada / email@example.com / eFanzines
Damn! There's a lot of this shit! And more where this came from -- check out eFanzines.com; you'll find much more fannish writing of every sort -- much more than I can cover. Felicity Walker, keep Ish in gear! This issue is dedicated to Val Jeeves, whose tolerance for her husband's hobby enabled us to enjoy decades of Erg. And with gratitude and the best of wishes to Forrest J Ackerman, because in 1960 Famous Monsters of Filmland printed a photo from a Mexican horror movie which showed the mummy's face. A friend of mine told me about it, I badgered my dad into buying the magazine, and another nail was pounded in. At my first convention, St. Louiscon 1969, Forry was the first stranger I met, and he was generous enough to chat for a while with a near neo about Basil Gogos and Lon Chaney. And in years since, as I learned about the years before . . . Our role model. Our main man. Mr. Science Fiction.