Since the last issue of The Zine Dump Rosy and I have taken ourselves to Maryland, Niagara Falls, Florida, and New Orleans, on missions both sad and cheery: two funerals (her brother, my mother), Christmas and Mardi Gras. Most recently, we left town for la belle's birthday, and from the pictures above, you should be able to figure where.

Since they're portraits of Davy Crockett, Disney idol of my boyhood, and David Crockett, the real man born on a mountaintop in Tennessee (greenest state in the land of the free), you may guess . . . Tennessee. You'd be right -- but at another time. In mid-March, we went to San Antonio . . . the Alamo.

It was a moving visit. I love the Alamo. That little building is aesthetically beautiful, historically significant, and personally iconic, as any Boomer boy would tell you. Who of my age did not worship Davy Crockett and own a coonskin cap, or could ever forget the horror, the perplexity, and the nascent pride as Walt Disney's camera panned from Fess Parker, swinging Old Betsy at Santa Anna's advancing hordes, to the tattered flag of Texas, and you realized that your hero died -- but for freedom. Who's to say that the noisy idealism of our politically rambunctious youth wasn't inspired by that image?

Such my thoughts as we toured the Long Barracks Museum (a much more satisfying experience than trooping through the chapel). We were awed by the Bowie knives (wicked things) and rifles (two belonging to Crockett, one donated by Parker). I think I'll expand on these thoughts when I describe our trip in the next Challenger, which will be themed around challenge itself, and the action and faith -- in whatever -- by which we meet it. (I probably shouldn't mention our epic Mexican meal at San Antonio's famous Pico de Gallo, where they plopped a sombrero onto my wife's head and sang "Happy Birthday". Why make my readers jealous?)

So that's what we were doing over the Ides of March -- Corflu weekend. Wish we could have been there, but we loved being where we were. We'll remember the Alamo.

As for our next big excursion the Montreal worldcon, , Rosy and I are making our plans -- beginning with hotel reservations. We've decided on LaTour Centre-ville. It's within a block or so of the convention center and close to the (more expensive) party hotel. Haven't heard from the program people yet -- we do have five months to go -- but hopefully they'll schedule a fanzine panel at a time when we can segue thence to a restaurant for the latest Fan-Eds' Feast.

Cathy Palmer-Lister -- editor of Warp, the Montreal group's fine genzine -- has been scoping out sites for the Anticipation Feast. All the locales sound fine and one or two sound great. Joe Major and I will make an announcement when a decision is made. Everyone listed below -- everyone who does a fanzine -- everyone who contributes to a fanzine -- and just maybe, everyone who reads a fanzine -- is invited!

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Of course that invitation extends to the 2009 Hugo nominees for Best Fanzine . . . the editors, contributors, and readers of Argentus, Banana Wings, The Drink Tank, Electric Velocipede and File 770. Challenger has the good fortune to ride the Anticipation ballot in this company, to whom high congratulations are in order. I'm sure everyone will read these nominees, and cast an informed ballot. Contact info given below.

In that spirit, Challenger #29 is out in its print version and will appear on our website RealSoonNow. Please check it out and LOC, and many thanks to all who helped us place it on the ballot!

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Here's what's come our way since our last issue -- or much of it. Italicized entries did not come our way, and were missed. The Zine Dump wants to see every SF-oriented fanzine published in English! An assignment for the ambitious: discern a common thread in the zines here described. What's going on in fandom? Would one see it in our zines, or are blogs that much more?

Alexiad Vol. 7 no. 6 & Vol. 8 No. 1 / Joe & Lisa Major, 1409 Christy Avenue, Louisville KY 40204-2040 / jtmajor-@iglou.com / $2@ / Joe's review- and natter-zine is one of fandom's richest and most varied publications. At the heart of each issue, entertaining reviews of lotsa books on lotsa topics -- in these issues, for instance, SF by Resnick and Wolfe, the Run Silent Run Deep trilogy (no kid my age can forget the Bungo Straits), alternate histories of WWII and the War of 1812 (!), a critical Churchill biography and an Ann Rule true-crime collection. Joe gives a very generous endorsement to Challenger in the Hugo race ("effervescent"; wow), for which many thanks; why isn't he listed among the best fan writers? A sadly consistent segment in each issue: the obits. February's is heavy with genre losses (Majel Barrett, Patrick McGoohan, Edd Cartier, Ricardo Montalban) and Joe's particular interest, World War I veterans. As of February, nine survive from our side. Best item this time in this zine of vigor, wit and heart: the Majors' visit to Lane's End Farm, and Curlin, 2007 Preakness winner and "the best horse in the world on dirt." Neat to see both of their points of view. Oh yes -- excellent, friendly Chorus (lettercol).

Ansible #245 / 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 / It's always a hoot when you realize that a new month has come, and with it, an issue of Ansible, Dave's legendary one-sheeter with recent news, notices, quotations and some of the richest on-going bits in fandom, to wit, "Thog's Masterclass", bad writing from the genre, and "As Others See Us", insults against SF from the "mundane" world. (Some idiot, for instance, recently compared SF to creationism.) But don't blame the messenger, Ansible remains both essential and fun.

Aphelion #130, Vol. 13 / Dan Hollifield / www.aphelion-webzine.com / As usual, an attractive on-line zine of SF fiction and poetry. I don't feel right critiquing fannish fiction, so I'll stick with editorial stuff. Of the poetry, I prefer "Diamonds and Toads" (terrific last line). Fine review of Watchmen, which I too found close to the heart of the source, if not anywhere near its equal. Gorgeous starfield cover.

Argentus #8 / Steven Silver / http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/argentus.html. / on eFanzines / Steve has a sweet if forlorn piece about the Chicago Cubs in Challenger #29. Here is his own Hugo-nominated genzine, a collection of excellent short articles on various themes. One of my favorites deals with sexy vampires, a trope of which I am thoroughly tired. (worst transgressor, Francis Coppola's version of Dracula, very creative and effective until treacly romance raises its reptilian head). Another is Diana Glyer's piece on the effect of the Inklings group on Tolkien's writing. Yet another, John Hertz' elegant, elegiac account of his 2007 trip to Japan. And then there's Silver's own hilarious rundown of Illinois' crooked governors -- fun, but I live in Louisiana. These guys are amateurs. Hell, even if issue #8 doesn't boast a coherent, binding theme, as did previous numbers, the whole zine is good reading. Silver writes somewhere in here about the excitement of getting a Hugo nomination. It's a feeling he'll grow used to as the years trundle on.

Askance no. 13 / John Purcell, 3744 Marielene Circle, College Station TX 77845 / j_purcell54@yahoo.com / $2, trade or on eFanzines.com / Askance celebrates its second anniversary with a nice balance of sercon and fannish stuff. John has really hit his stride. His editorial waxes happily on the fanzine form and why he works in it. One could readily guess the reasons from the contributors he attracts: Taral Wayne writes on Claude Degler and an annoying kid whom he bamboozled using Degler's unholy name. Arnie Katz tells us about the "choke points" in his fannish career, when gafia almost took him. Bob Sabella celebrates such anniversaries as the first worldcon's, 1939, and St. Louiscon, 1969. Jeeze -- 40 years since my first convention! Bill Mills tosses in filk. Lloyd Penney reviews fanzines -- Sabella's own Visions of Paradise and Bill Wright's Interstellar Ramjet Scoop, both contemporary classics. There's a beast of a good lettercol, a page of "Figby" toons, a list of conventions in Purcell's purview. My favorite piece in the issue, though, is a reprinted hard science article about Apollo 8 -- we've just passed its 40th anniversary. Dr. Albert Jackson, an attendee at the last FenCon (as were John -- and ourselves), concentrates on the technological challenges faced by Borman, Lovell and Anders, but also hints at the emotional -- even spiritual -- aspects of the flight. To see "Earthshine" with one's own eyes -- to view the whole home planet in a single glance . . . it changed the men. Their Christmas Eve reading from Genesis seems a little corny now -- you can find it on YouTube -- but coming at the close of a year rife with assassination and war and anger and hopelessness, it was a stunning and affirmative moment. Lucky #13, John!

Banana Wings #36-7 / Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, U.K. / fishlifter@googlemail.com / BW returns to the Hugo ballot after a short absence. I won't credit its new size, but it adds to the attractiveness of an already good-looking genzine. So maybe I should also credit the size -- digest? Is that what you call it? -- for the fact that I enjoyed these two issues more than any I've encountered before. The fannishness I've found constricted and exclusive is now the opposite of off-putting. One fan's narrowness, after all, is another fan's focus. Perhaps it's the editors' appreciation for fans whom I also enjoy -- Nic Farey (by Claire), Bruce Gillespie (by Mark), who is noting his 40th anniversary as a fan editor. (I am too, if you count issues of The Barrington Bull.) Until now, I didn't know much about Harry Turner -- whose spooky illo from 1942 backs issue #36). Contributors' articles are also inviting and diverting -- Max on LARP, Chris Garcia on his adventures with a genuine Dr. Who scarf, Robert Lichtman on collecting pre-genre zines, Mark on toy soldiers, Taral -- quite prolific these days -- on Ben Stein's dogmatic religiosity. John Hertz, typically, sums BW beautifully in a closing note to #36, rich with literary reference and feeling: "A fanzine is a gift." And like all gifts sincerely given, it should be accepted and enjoyed for what's intended. BW celebrates fandom with elegance.

Baryon Magazine 110-1 / Barry R. Hunter, 114 Julia Drive SW, Rome GA 30165 / www.baryon-online.com / free online, $5@ printed / Reviewsreviewsreviews . . . or did I say that last time? Hundreds of genre books come under the eye of Barry and the bibliographically voracious Harriet Klausner, who scarfs volumes by the boxcar-load and produces entertaining synopses. I'm impressed by the surfeit of vampire fiction these days, but distressed that I have to search in this voluminous list for SF amidst the horror and fantasy.

Bento / David Levine & Kate Yule, 1905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland OR 97215 / kate@bentopress.com, david@bentopress.com

Brooklyn! No. 63 / Fred Argoff, Penthouse L, 1170 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11230-4060 / $10 in cash per 4 quarterly issues / Aerial views fill this issue of the only zine I know of devoted to New York's most fascinating borough. While the cool old buildings can best be appreciated from street level, these shots have a unique beauty and evocativeness of their own. I'm surprised by all the trees. Fred exults over all the money he's inherited lately from Nigerians on the internet, but even with billions, I doubt he'd ever leave Brooklyn.

Chunga #15 / Andy Hooper, Randy Byers, carl juarez, 1013 N. 36th St., Seattle WA 98103 / fanmailaph@aol.com / $3.50@ / Editors requests three copies of any zine sent in trade / One quality that I must always praise is the attractiveness of its design, very clean, easy on the eye. Its subject matter is fannish and light-hearted, easy on the spirit. This issue opens with Andy Hooper's report on '08's Corflu Silver, describing side trips to Arizona's Meteor Crater -- if you saw it in John Carpenter's Starman (a film I really like, by the way), visit it in person. Andy's awe at the Grand Canyon is also evocative, but I wouldn't go out on that observation deck for two Hugos held forth to me by Angelina Jolie. He had fun at the convention, too. Another aspect often found in Chunga is parody, and no one does it better than Stu Shiffman; his deadpan analysis of Superman as a Jewish superhero defies doubt. Taral Wayne's encounter with a counterfeit sestertius (a Roman coin) is a fascinating numismatic adventure. Continuing in the historical vein, Teresa Neilsen Hayden and Lenny Bailes discuss early fanzine history -- Julie Schwartz showed me his copy of the Scienceers' The Planet #1; in fact I 'roxed it for SFPA. Randy Byers mulls over the dichotomy of Core Fandom vs. Trufandom; I refer him to Warren Buff's terrific editorial on fannish generations in Challenger #29. The lettercol is entitled "Ye Ironne Pigge" -- I forget why, and frankly, can't imagine -- and is enriched by a sharp description of her Japanese visit from Sharee Carton (any relation to Sidney?) and Curt Phillips on Civil War reenactments.

Claims Department / Chris Garcia, Garcia@computerhistory.org / TZD is fortunate to be among 15 or so recipients of this rare paperzine from the curly-topped creator of The Drink Tank, a weekend-in-the-life involving crazy girls, short movies, and all-you-can-eat shrimp. Great art from Ditmar and several others, including the exquisitely-named John Toon. Highlight: a telling encounter with a high school flame who has grown away from Garcia's ken: a very good reason to stay away from friends of that era. Nothing good can come of it.

Comic Effect #47 / Jim Kingman, P.O. Box 2188, Pasadena CA 91102-2188 / jkcomeff@aol.com / A.k.a. "Schwartz's Greatest Hits" -- and indeed, that's Julie Schwartz's immortal fizz on the cover, in a fine zine devoted to thoughts on the best comics Julie edited during his incredible career. Contributors include Paul Levitz, Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Mike Barr, Tony Isabella, Jack Harris, Bob Rosakis, and yhos, but my contribution is disgracefully trivial considering the awesome impact Schwartz had on my life. For the record, I name "Flash of Two Worlds", the first Silver Age Flash tale, "Starro the Conqueror" (the first JLA yarn), "No Evil Shall Escape My Sight" in Green Lantern and Julie's revival of Superman as his greatest achievements in comics, but fail to expound on their importance anywhere near as much as I should. Fortunately, most of the other guys do a better job with the same stories, although the first Shazam! is also mentioned, along with the reconstruction of Batman, and Wolfman wisely credits Julie's letter columns with giving fans an inspiring and inviting place in the genre. I'll say! Also here, a fine article on GL/GA by the editor and good pieces on imaginary stories, Blackhawk and comic collecting in general.

Dagon #607-610 / John Boardman, 234 East 19th St., Brooklyn NY 11226-5302 / Apa-Q / Until recently, no zine out there maintained as consistent a structure as Dagon. It was as reliable as Boardman's old-fashioned pica font. His cover is composed of newspaper comics -- some widely available, some (like Tom Tomorrow's brilliant This Modern World) off the wall and hard to find. Inside front cover, a flyer for a psychic shyster, such as abound in New York City -- in these numbers, shamanism, spiritual healing, and Angel Talk training. What is "Angel Talk"? Page 3 used to begin with the Colin Ferguson Award, bestowed on someone John thinks a warmonger, but that unfortunate section has been supplanted by "Getting Caught Up" -- Apa-Q and "First Saturday" business, the latter being a monthly party hosted by the Boardmans, and natter, often of a political bent "The Ministry of Finance" details the pecuniary stability of Apa-Q. John seems also to have dumped his "Patriotism Is" section, and I hope he doesn't mind my presumption that this is due to the election of a President liberals can live with. "Patriotism Is" tolerable again! However, Boardman notes Obama's intention to expand the Afghan war as he applies the brakes in Iraq; fearing the return of the draft, he provides advice on passports, complete with Post Office phone number and website.

Dancing and Joking / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / Available for $5 donation to the fan funds, and worth it John has a Hugo nomination for Best fan Writer this year, and let's hope fandom remembers the call of last year's winner, John Scalzi, to "spread the wealth." Read this to see why.

DASFAx Feb.-March '09 / Ivan Geisler & Sherry Johnson, 8046 Lee Ct., Arvado CO 80005 / Editor@DASFA/com / http://www.dasfa.org / Attractive on-line club newszine, with fine color art. Nice photos of club meetings accompanying club minutes and forthcoming literary events. Fred Cleaver's book reviews have been a constant here for years; he's convinced me to find James Morrow's Shambling Towards Hiroshima. Mars is a big subject in the last couple of issues: Ivan Geisler's closing page is a good, if necessarily incomplete, overview of SF about the Red Planet, and Sourdough Jackson's Barsoom piece makes me wish I'd read more ERB.

De Profundis 433 / Marty Cantor, c/o LASFS, 11513 Burbank Blvd., N. Hollywood CA 91601 / www.lasfs.org / PDF versions available at http://barrydgold.home.comcast.net/deprof.html / Usually distied by e-mail, DeProf was once the monthly clubzine of the great Los Angeles SF Society. It still is, but Marty Cantor has taken it over as both editor and publisher, charging 55 cents@copy if hand-delivered, $1 if mailed, free by e-mail. In looks DeProf is the same as it's always been, with a calendar, library info, and "Cream of Menace", verbatim reports on LASFS' insane weekly meetings, complete with appreciations of outstanding members like Bruce Pelz and Dan Alderson, fondly remembered here. I hadn't heard that Donald Westlake, a.k.a. Richard Stark, had died; as a Parker fan, I mourn. But take heart: there's methane on Mars.

The Drink Tank Issue 206 / Chris Garcia, Garcia@computerhistory.org / On eFanzines / Effusive, prolific, energetic -- Chris has done fifty issues of The Drink Tank since my last Zine Dump, 11 already in 2009. This latest -- as of my writing -- is a Corflu report, wherein Chris exults over meeting Stu Shiffman, Steve Stiles, Nic Farey, and Sandra Bond, among others. #205 concentrates on James Bacon's "Punk Lions", a kind of sequel/prequel/equal to "Truman in Trouble" in Challenger, and Taral Wayne discusses the pterosaur recently found in Russia (In St. Pterosaurburg?) Fading further into the past, Garcia rants against Oscar's mistakes in #204; I disagree about Best Actress -- Kate Winslet was phenomenal -- but I'm absolutely with him about Best Actor -- I've never seen a better connection between an actor and his role than Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. And as you can always say about The Drink Tank, if these topics don't appeal to you, wait a week.

DUFF 2008 / Steve & Sue Francis, 5503 Matterhorn Dr., Louisville KY 40216 / sfsue@aol.com / So who won?

EI43 / Earl Kemp, P.O. Box 6642, Kingman, AZ 86402-6642 / earlkemp@citlink.net / eFanzines.com / This big issue -- 68 pages -- is devoted to his friend Mack Reynolds, whom I met at Iggy -- he showed us some volcanic hailstones that had fallen on his house. Contributors sharing memories of the author, who died in 1983, include Fred Pohl, Barry Malzberg, Kemp's son Earl Terry, George W. Price, Robert Lichtman . . . obviously, there is a lot to talk about: Reynolds' socialism, his African trilogy (a piece illustrated with glorious covers from the bedsheet Analogs -- the first prozines I ever bought), his wife Jeanette. This is not only an entertaining zine but an educational one, opening one's eyes not only to the world of an important -- and now, neglected -- SF writer, but to an era in American culture reminiscent of the Lost Generation. No surprise that eI won Corflu's FAAN Award this year.

File 770:154 / Mike Glyer, 705 Valley View Ave., Monrovia CA 91016 / Mikeglyer@cs.com / There's so much to File 770 that I find it very hard to describe, let alone review, an issue. There's fannish news, fannish commentary, extensive con reports, a helluva letter column, photos, great art . . . and a forest of Hugos. This is the November '08 number, so I'm sure that another is due out soon. Herein Mike mentions the horrible church shooting of last summer, witnessed by at least one actifan (who is writing up her experience for the next Challenger), announcement of a new version of Keep Watching the Skies (wannit! wannit!), a sad mention of Forry's last illness written before it took him from us. Even more striking, for this criminal defense lawyer, is the tale of fans Linda Mayfield and John Sohus, disappeared and presumed murdered in 1994. Their friendly smiles are painful to see; I must be kept up to date on the investigation. Rostler award winner Taral Wayne contributes a grim but strangely uplifting piece about life as a freelance artist. Mike brags about his brilliant wife's appearance at Oxford -- the Oxford -- to discuss C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. There's a bittersweet obituary for Judge Jack Speer, a sad loss but a long, full life, and a depressing eulogy for Bruce Dane, cut down far too soon. So now we're up to page 10 . . . More to come, of course. An exceptional Denvention 3 report in which Mike pays me a grand compliment. Chris Garcia goes after Hugo presentation etiquette. John Hertz covers Westercon; James Bacon does the honors for London's Film & Comic Con. Francis Hamit reports on the Las Vegas Westercon, mentioning my Iggy/LASFAPA pal Leigh Strother-Vien. Quite splendidly, Patricia Rogers adds to the memories of Jack Speer with "Adventures in Speerology", a wonderful article. And it is all good. No wonder we fan-ed wannabes cringe in despair when File shows up on the Hugo ballot!

For the Clerisy / Brant Kresovich, P.O. Box 404, Getzville NY 14068-0404 / kresovich@hotmail.com / $2, LOC, or trade

Fosfax 215 / Tim Lane, c/o FOSFA, P.O. Box 37281, Louisville KY 40233-7281 / $4 / I was wondering how Timmy, fanzine fandom's most vociferous conservative, would handle the 2008 election, and here's our answer. Creatively, articulately, amusingly -- but not convincingly. He knows the problem: W's disastrous administration left Republicans in defensive disarray. Obama was too cool as a candidate to respond to the GOP's clumsy attempts to demonize him -- or to point out his "flip-flops," a fair campaign tactic he was smart enough to ignore. Worst, and fatally, the GOP had little positive they could say for themselves. The right needs to articulate what it has to offer -- if anything. That's true in Fosfax, too. Tim needs to project his conservative philosophy positively. Here, from fandom's best right-wing writers, we find poems mocking Obama as a liberal messiah and skewed statements on what his supporters believe, but little except attacks. On me, for instance. Example: my criticism of Dagon and its "Colin Ferguson Award" in TZD #19. Timmy needs to reread it. In my review I specifically included Lane as being undeserving of such an invidious association. Why does he say I did just the opposite? I'm afraid the whole zine seems to labor under a suspicion of personal hostility, and Timmy and I get along fine. We have mutual friends and enjoyed the '08 Con*Cave together. Well, thank heaven, Fosfax's interests are broader than winger politics and there's more to this dense, full publication. There are bunches of well-turned reviews of authors ranging from the wondrous Catharine Asaro -- she writes well, too -- to Oscar Wilde to Dean R. Koontz to David Halberstam. Lane's baseball notes are so good I wish he'd written something for sports-oriented Chall #29.

FranHurst 2 / Steve & Sue Francis, P.O. Box 58009, Louisville KY 40268-0009 / SFSue@aol.com / The address above is that for the partycon to be held Oct. 16-18. In addition to fannish frolicking, expect beautiful autumn foliage en route to the venue.

Home Kookin' / The Vegrants, c/o Arnie Katz, 909 Eugene Cernan St., Las Vegas NV 89145 / Passionate angst over missing Corflu fuels this oneshot from the Las Vegas crew. Two pages of text from Arnie, Joyce, Ross Chamberlin and others, two pages of art from Katz' Rotsler file and Chamberlin himself: Core Fandom. I'd like to see much more stuff from Ross; I remember his masterful work of yore.

The Insider #271-2 / Michelle Zellich, 1738 San Martin Dr., Fenton MO 63026 / mzellich@csc.com OR michelle@zellich.com / $10/year / Color (text and pictures) -- comics (9 Chickweed Lane) -- photos (George Lucas in "carbonite"!) -- science (insulin chewing gum; "The Red Planet is Not a Dead Planet!") -- birthdays (James T. Kirk was born March 21st?!) -- club biz (this is the official publication of the St. Louis SF Society) -- fannish nonsense (a Klingon keyboard?!?) -- forthcoming cons and even a short story by Connie Willis -- the magnificent Michelle packs a lot into her mix.

Instant Message #811-816 / NESFA, P.O. Box 809, Framingham MA 01701-0809 / info@nesfa.org / http://www.nesfa.org / Scanning through these issues of the mighty NESFA's clubzine, I feel like I did at their dealers' table at Denvention: gassed by the volume of volumes in the NESFA Press. On deck: more collections of Poul Anderson's short stories, the shorter works of James Blish, the short fiction of Roger Zelazny, all of which deserve to remain in print. Of course, NESFA doesn't restrict itself to publishing; issue #816 is devoted to an extensive "debriefing" on Boskone 46 by Claire Anderson, to be used as #47 et. seq. are planned. These guys have the fan biz down.

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 news, mostly media-based, slipped into your in-box whenever an item of note comes to Janeen's attention. Recent posts report the sad, early death of actor Ron Silver, Harlan Ellison's latest Star Trek lawsuit, the promising Trek prequel, the new V (talk about the lizard brain!), Stargate (can't Lou Diamond Phillips find something better to do?), Dr. Who (he gets younger and younger), Mad Max (a cartoon?!? Phooey!), Heroes (renewed for Season 4), and -- unspeakably -- Star Trek fragrances, the thought of which sends me screaming into the street.

Jomp, Jr. #27 / Richard A. Dengrove, 2651 Arlington Dr. #302, Alexandria VA 22306 / RichD22426@aol.com / t.u. / Richard's articles on the occult and outré have graced Challenger since issue #1, and here's a concentrated dose in his own zine. Nothing occult in Dengrove's study of The King in Yellow, a fictitious play on which R.W. Chambers based an anthology of short stories -- an example of the power of literature Richard sees reflected in the phony protests against The Exorcist (and which I see in the genuine hoopla over The Da Vinci Code and The Last Temptation of Christ). Other pieces include the birth of spiritualism (with the Fox Sisters, or before?), Zoroastrianism (why worship a Mexican guy with a sword?), and of all people, the Queen of Sheba.

The Knarley Knews #130-2 / Henry Welch, 18345 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos CA 95033 / knarley@welchcastle.com / $1.50 @ / Used to be that Welch's light blue quarterly was notable for being the most consistent zine around. Now that consistency has slipped, victim of Knarley's Bar exam and the aftermath, but the editor still has one distinction: he's the coolest customer on Earth. He's taken the difficult California Bar. Results are due. He passes -- but only finds out because his brother-in-law bugs him to check. Incredible. The man's not human. The day my Bar results were to come in, I was an anxious, near-suicidal wreck. Also of moment in Knarl's "spuming" section is his family's acclimation to California and his adjustment to the legal life. (One advantage we public defenders have over "real" lawyers -- no billable hours!). The usual contributors make themselves known -- Gene Stewart, Alexander Slate, Sue Welch, Terry Jeeves (with his funny WWII memoirs), with pieces by Chris Garcia and Lloyd Penney also to be found. Stewart's "Parsing the Genre-Bound" is worth arguing with, and speaking of Lloyd, the TKK lettercol is remarkable -- often taking up over half the issue. Henry announces that he's going electronic -- mostly. Those of us who prefer paper can still get the Knews that way.

Littlebrook / Jerry Kaufman & Suzanne Tompkins, P.O. Box 25075, Seattle WA 98165 / littlebrooklocs@aol.com / also on eFanzines

Lofgeornost #94 / Fred Lerner, 81 Worcester Ave., White River Junction VT 05001 / fred.lerner@dartmouth.edu / FAPA and trade / Seemingly confined to home by the winter, Fred reports on his reading, with a review of Robert Sobel's deadpan faux-history, For Want of a Nail, along with thoughts on the sub-genre of alternate history itself. A fine review follows of Diana Pavlac Glyer's Hugo-nominated book on the Inklings, the lit'ry group C.S. Lewis shared with Tolkien and others. It's succeeded by Farah Mendlesohn's Rhetorics of Fantasy, which has been Hugo-nominated this year. Turning to the theatre, Lerner describes Benjamin Bagby's recital of Beowulf with such enthusiasm I might forgive the fact that it did not involve Angelina Jolie. A special quality to Lofg is the erudite tone of its lettercol: fandom is, after all, made up of folks hungry for intelligent conversation.

MarkTime #89, 91 / Mark Strickert, 9050 Carron Dr. #273, Pico Rivers CA 90660 / busnrail@yahoo.com / $2 or t.u. / As you can gather from his e-dress, the subject of Marl's perzine is mass transit -- one wonders if he's seen Fred Argoff's other zine (besides Brooklyn!) ongoing encomium to the NY subways. Strickert lists several cities whose buses and trains he's anxious to sample; among them is New Orleans. He'd love the streetcars! (I remember riding the now-defunct Birmingham streetcars with my mother when I was a whelp.) He publishes a photo of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile -- Rosy & I saw it someplace this winter -- and diary entries recounting the places transit has taken him and the sights he has thereat seen. Gotta love his enthusiasm. An "all-radio" issue is promised for the near future.

MonSFFA Impulse / Bernard Reischl / reischl@videotron.ca / Club news by e-mail, including the Aurora Award nominees, meeting notices with discussion topics and games scheduled, welcome Warp news (#70 is ready -- see below) and applause for local author Jean-Pierre Normand, who has just published a novel.

MT Void Vol. 27 No 37, whole #1536 / Evelyn C. Leeper, eleeper@optonline.net / http://www. geocities.com/evelynleeper / Subscribe at mtvoid-subscribe@yahoogroups / This week at MT Void . . . Evelyn on the mind-twisting concept of Star Trek fragrances (I'm too old to smell Ponn Farr) . . . Mark on Barbie's 50th birthday and the material babe image she projects . . . Mark on Watchmen, which he found disappointing, but I enjoyed because it made me remember the graphic novel . . . Mark on Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, a 1969 2001 wannabe based on the same premise as the great comic strip, Twin Earths (only much less original -- why isn't there a collection of those strips?) . . . Evelyn on Rush Limbaugh's perverse call for Obama's failure . . . Joe Kaspier on Greg Bear's City at the End of Time -- either great, he says, or a mess, he can't decide which . . . a compelling exchange between Mark and a member of the Chorus on whether belief has any place in scientific theory -- an oxymoron, as all science is answerable only to data . . . And that's only this week. Next week, more of the same, completely different.

Mumblings from Munchkinland #24-6 / Chris Lewis, 63 Ligertwood St., Evatt, ACT / nelsonleeoz@hotmail.com / eFanzines.com / "The only West Australian fanzine ever published in Samoa!" Always fitted with a parody prozine cover, Mumblings begins in Fiji -- where #24 describes a frightening political coup and a home invasion, and #26 describes a 2004 hurricane cyclone. It eulogizes Erik Frank Russell -- a friend and Sydney-area historian, not the great SF writer -- and describes the astonishing 1952 controversy over the admission of women to Sydney's Futurian Society. Some of the guys apparently didn't want the "distraction," but another came up with a classic line: "Are we Futurians or are we Victorians?" This is my first exposure to this well-written perzine; I'm glad to discover it.

The NASFA Shuttle Feb.-Mar. 2009 / Mike Kennedy, c/o North Alabama SF Association, P.O. Box 4857, Huntsville AL 35815-4857 / nasfa.shuttle@con-stellation.org / $1.50@, $10/year / This local newszine features more genre news than any other zine I receive except File:770 or Ansible; Huntsvilleans could be the best informed club members in the country. These latest issues, for instance, brought my first information about Seattle dropping its worldcon bid (due to a loss of facilities, a fate that befell New Orleans in 1973), and the interesting changes in Nebula rules. "A List of Lists" lists -- of course -- such oddities as the sexiest SF TV stars (I don't see Summer Glau, so this list is listless), movie remakes and sequels coming up in '09 (Terminator Salvation might be watchable). Their "Awards Round-Up" is the most complete I see. I join with the editor: calling Valkyrie and Slumdog Millionaire fantasy films is going a bit far. Most often a chapter of a PieEyedDragon fantasy tops matters, but in March a chapter of Steve & Sue Francis' worldcon report takes his place. Very enjoyable: any trip that includes a stop at Wigwam Village ranks as enviable to me.

Newsletter of the Middle Tennessee Science Fiction Society March, 2009, #77 / Reese, skywise@bellsouth.net / E-zine featuring loads of links to various sites, plus text. Dave Lake's paean to TV director Josh Whedon may go a tad o'erboard in its praise (comparing him to Orson Welles -- Charles Foster Kane the Vampire Slayer?) but is entertaining, as befits its subject, recent recipient of the Bradbury Award for screenwriting. Eulogies for Philip Jose Farmer and X-Men director Kim Manners follow. (The loss of Ricardo Montalban was noted in the last disty.) Links include an interview with Neil Gaiman and a Watchmen review. I wish they'd give this newsletter a name . . .

Opuntia 66.3, 67, 67.1A, 67.1B, 67.1C / 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"? As befits a fan-ed with so many variants on his title, Dale is quite prolific, his subjects quite eclectic. Whole no. 67 features a report on the World Fantasy Convention, with valuable detail on the panels, thoughts on oil production -- talk about horror -- and the revival of Con-Version. 67.1A includes stats and a list of fanzines he's received, including some I don't, and an eclectic set of book reviews. 67.1B (keep them straight) compares the book and several movie versions of The Lost World. If you ignore the fact that Professor Challenger (love his name) is a ridiculous loon, the book is still entertaining, and I will always love the original, silent film. Two black marks against the 1960 remake: their dinosaurs were lizards with glued-on prosthetics (a mere step above the plastic wind-up toys in The Mighty Gorga -- am I bright enough to make this up?) and Claude Rains' Challenger loses his umbrella. Finally, 67.1C tells the tale of a famous rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, through a review of a book thereon. Lots of "mail art" (i.e., stamps) on the topic.

Pulp Spirit #5 / Gerald W Page, www.planetarystories.com / Jerry Page and ShelVy know the pulp age atmosphere almost anyone publishing, and it shows. The stories are strong and the illos outstanding. To quote Page's announcement of this issue . . . "Pulp Spirit # 5 is a veritable cornucopia of grand reading, with two westerns, including a magnificent story by western novelist Jim Griffin, 'The Wind', and another fine story by Bob Bolin. We have two stories of mystery men in the pulp style, Erwin K. Robert's 'The Voice: Grand Opening . . . Under Fire', and 'The Sea Demon', a Doctor Shadow adventure written and illustrated by T.J. Glenn. ShelVy Vick offers a story set in Florida in the 1950s called 'Death of a Bounty Hunter', and the Diamondville Dolls investigate 'Graves in the Cellar'"

Planetary Stories #14 / Shelby Vick, www.planetarystories.com / Again quoting Page: "Planetary Stories 14 boasts a cover by Allan Kozsowski, which serves to illustrate Rob Shelsky's 'Bug-Eyed Monsters', There's also 'The Ballpeen Murders' by Richard Logan, 'Star Poet' by Gerald Page, and an Armadillo story, 'Fall of the House of Armadillo', also by Page. Illustrations are by Jim Garrison, Terry Pavlet and Paul McCall. As if a scad of readers' letter wasn't enough, this issue's 'Vibrating Ether' features a cartoon by Kevin Duncan, photos of Karen Barrett, Jessie Taylor and Mary Ann van Hartesveldt, and an illustrated (with photos and artwork) biography of one of our favorite artists, Jeff Fraker." You heard the man. Enjoy his labor of love.

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 / locs@plokta.com / http://www.plokta.com / Special "credit crunch" edition of British fandom's Hugo-winning madness, this issue dominated by the forthcoming Release 4.0. (That's a convention -- May 23-25, if you're lucky enough to be in the country.) Guest Diana Wynne Jones gets an enthused write-up, including bibliography, and the Cabal offers a practical guide to surviving the credit crunch (presumably so you can afford the con). "Train your cats to hunt for their own food, or . . . to kidnap the more valuable beanie babies for resale on eBay." Told you it was practical. Note also the dandy illos by Sue Mason, the silly song ("Plokta People" from Dr. Plokta himself), and the lettercol featuring a Chorus baffled by last issue's puzzles.

QuasiQuote 8 / Sandra Bond, 40 Cleveland Park Ave., London E17 7BS UK / locs@ho-street.demon.co.uk / QQ started out as part of a British perzine explosion a few years ago, but from the looks of this 36-pager it has morphed into a genuine genzine. (Those unfamiliar with our hobby's weird terms of art are invited to write the editor or Arnie Katz for an explanation.) I owe Sandra an enormous favor -- she agented an issue of Challenger to Brits for me several years ago -- but my enjoyment of this issue is sincere. For one thing, D. West's cover caricatures are the first idea I've ever had of what Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer, and Joseph Nicholas look like. Bond writes about obscure but worthy books, describes "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery" (a fan fic co-starring the author and the ghost of Vincent Clarke)and answers the Chorus in "Ish Mail" -- clever name for a lettercol. Other contributors, Taral Wayne's faux Fan GoH speech from "Mipplecon I", Mike Meara describes returning to Novacon after almost a quarter-century, and David Redd opines on the work of Erik Frank Russell. I've still never read Sinister Barrier. Funny bacover, returning to the subject matter of the front. Another QQ due later this year.

The Reluctant Famulus 67-8 / Tom Sadler, 305 Gill Branch Rd., Owenton, KY 40359 / thomasdsad@copper.net / It must be the Southern influence, since Tom's genzine grows better and better the longer he lives in the South. Certainly its colors grow more effective; Brad Foster's work atop #67 isn't as intricate as some of his other pieces, but the shading is really nice. (His interior work is, as usual, outstanding.) Among TRF's other artists, Alexis Gilliland, who also has lots of Hugos, and Marc Schirmeister, who should. Content, also very good -- Bob Sabella, Sheryl Birkhead and Gene Stewart are consistent, and consistently readable, contributors, as is Alfred Byrd, writing about his lab work. Tom's editorials range from the Hadron Super Collider to a mysterious supernova (could it have been the explosion of an alien starship?) to chaotic gas prices. Summing up: good genzine, getting better all the time. I say this even though I'm mad at Sadler for skipping Con*Cave last year, where we would have met.

The Revenge of Hump Day / Tim Bolgeo, tbolgeo@att.net / Amidst the atrocious jokes, winger politics, and cool science that are Hump Day's usual fare, Tim reveals some awful news: he is due for open heart surgery at the end of March. We wish Uncle T the very best. If Robin Williams can take it, so can you, Timmy! Also of special note this issue, the photograph attendant to "Why Women Can't Fix Cars". Shame, shame! I have repeatedly viewed this site so that I can again and again condemn its sexism. As a matter of fact, I keep a print-out in my desk at work so that I can feel feminist and liberal gazing upon it. Contact Bolgeo to get on his mailing list.

Robert E. Howard Days / Project Pride of Cross Plains, P.O. Box 534, Cross Plains TX 76443 / arstep@webtv.net, www.rehupa.com / A flyer for the June 12-13 event, co-sponsored by REHUPA, the apa devoted to Howard's work. My friend Rusty Burke will appear. Seeing Cross Plains is a necessity for Conan buffs, a neat and evocative visit to the heart of Cimmeria.

Royal Swiss Navy Gazette #16 / Garth Spencer, Box 74122, VMPO, Vancouver BC Canada V5V 3P0 / garthspencer@shaw.ca / Gloom permeates this issue of Garth's e-mailed perzine --over job-hunting and fandom, both zine and conventioneering. "Can you reinvent yourself at 52?" Garth asks, after surveying a slew of old fannish articles he's written. He states that he never "got" fanzine fandom, which he seems to equate with "the Corflu/Potlatch gang." "Gang" or not, zinedom is bigger than that; just look at TZD. Some advice: Spencer pens herein a nice squib on Norse runes -- he should write more like it. He evinces understandable horror at Ben Stein's equation of science with Nazi dogma (Stein needs to remember his Bronouski -- viz: "Knowledge or Certainty", The Ascent of Man). Garth should write more about such issues. In short, he should think more and write more outside of himself. Of course, in his own fanzine he can talk about whatever he wants, including this very familiar crisis of middle age, but I know from personal experience that there is a better venue for such talk -- face-to-face with someone who knows what to do with such information.

Sense of Wonder Stories / Rich Coad, 2132 Berkeley Dr., Santa Rosa CA 95401

"Smooooooth. . ." / Curt Phillips, 19310 Pleasant View Dr., Abingdon VA 24211 / absarka_prime@comcast.net / A special pub by one of the premiere Southern fans for Corflu Zed, done in part to thank the "Corflu 50" for bringing Curt to the Seattle event. Cover illo by the late Lynn Hickman, articles by Ted White (on his days at Amazing), Arnie Katz (on his first editing job), me (on mimeography, "Those Good Old Days of Liquid Fuel"). 23 years after Another Fan's Poison, his first genzine, Curt prints the LOCs it garnered. If not a record for delay, it's an impressive stat. And some impressive names, now lost to eternity, fill this column -- Robert Bloch, Harry Warner, Walt Willis, many more. Curt closes with a squib for the "Corflu 50". Terrific vibe -- but why did Corflu choose a walrus for its mascot?

Some Fantastic / Matthew Appleton, 4656 Southland Av., Alexandria VA 22312 / www.somefantastic.us / primarily via PDF, free, but $2@ for printed copies

Southern Fandom Confederation Update Vol. 1 No. 1-4 / Warren Buff, 2144 B Ravenglass Pl., Raleigh NC 27612 / warrenmbuff@gmail.com / SFC membership $15 annually / Monthly update -- well, duh! -- of Warren's fanac and activities in the SFC, of which he is pres.. Though issue #2 features an excellent piece by Jeff Thompson on Red Sonja, con reports predominate. ConNooga is topic, a miss as far as Buff is concerned, largely because of overzealous convention security. (Chattanooga itself, he loves. I wonder if you can find foodies on Sundays there nowadays. . .) Warren's looking forward to his Fan GoHship at Dallas' FenCon this fall. After a lettercol featuring Lloyd Penney and Joy Smith, we find the Raleigh NASFiC's tee shirt design, a rather ill-looking Sir Walter surrounded by fancy lettering. Busy lad, Warren; he's also in SFPA and on the NASFiC concom. Catch his fine article on bridging the fannish generation gap in Chall #29.

Statement #364, Vol. 33 No. 3 / Sandi Marie McLaughlin, OSFS, 18 Norice St., Ottawa ON K2G 2X5 Canada / osfs@ncf.ca / memberships or trade / Attractive newsletter of the Ottawa SF Society. Regular features include movie notices by members (both reviewers here approve of Watchmen), science stuff, announcement of a "Sci-Fi Spectacular" narrated by George Takei (best tickets $86 -- it better be spectacular!), lots of science (ongoing astronomy column by Ken Tapping, web bits from Alex Binkley, and a plethora of SETI and moon colony news), Janet Hetherington on graphic novels (complete Rocketeer coming), computer advice from Sheila Alder, and a familiar if still brain-tickling analysis of what "a billion" actually means. Frightening to realize I've been alive for about 1,200,000,000 seconds . . . but of course the real question is, how many do I have to go?

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 / gandc@pacific.net.au, tropicsf@earthlink.net / "print edition available only by negotiation with the editors" / SET is stunning work, `professionally composed and saddle-stitched, with slick color covers. by the great Dick Jenssen, a.k.a. Ditmar, and superb content. It's easily the class act among zines being produced today. #9 begins with Bruce's delightful account of a Canberra con at which he was Fan Guest, complete with photos. It continues with excellent appreciations of writers like my friend Daniel F. Galouye -- much missed these many years -- J.G. Ballard, Michael Chabon, Tom Disch, Geoff Ryman, Michael Moorcock and others. Central to issue #10 is a section devoted to master-of-genres Dan Simmons, whose Drood I have just begun, but again, there's no dearth of fannish material. Bruce's Fan GoH speech from the aforementioned convention is illustrated with Aussie fan photos and one priceless mug of the editor at age 15. (A daguerreotype?) Also interesting are reprinted book introductions by George Zebrowski and Ian Watson, fine fiction writers in their own right. The letter columns are challenging and engaging reads. Again, Steam Engine Time is a zine many cuts above our usual fare. 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. . . #9-10 / Nic Farey, P.O. Box 178. St. Leonard MD 20685 / thishere@mac.com / This Here is Nic's antidote to mundane tedium (pissing the day away"). It's a sharp, edgy perzine. Herein we find a rumination, decorated with portraits of Greek philosophers and informed with their writings, on recreating identity through fanac -- an interesting concept adapted from a Claire Brialey editorial. "Rasslin'" is a consistent topic; wonder if Nic liked The Wrestler as much as I did. In "Mockingbird" he describes a terrible trip to Tennessee, normally one of the best sites in America. His irked writing makes the misadventures amusing. Also amusing: the lettercol Chorus, discussing Eeb Frohvet's exit from active fanac among other controversies. (I like the suggestion for a Memphis Corflu. I might actually be able to get to that one.) Good to see Nic active again; we went quite a spell without hearing from him.

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. 773-782, 818-9 / John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado St. No. 409, L.A. CA 90057 / Apa-L & Trade / In one of his exquisite paragraphs of erudite commentary, John credits me with writing "The Con They Call the City of New Orleans" in 1986. Alas, I only printed it. A young man named Matt, last name buried at the moment, wrote the verse. But I feel gratified to appear in Van, anyway; its wit and wisdom won John a place on the Anticipation Hugo ballot as Best fan Writer, and I will proclaim proudly my intent to number him first on my ballot. In these issues, some a year old, some current, a eulogy for Sir Arthur, praise (happily echoed) for Gus Budrys' writing, a telling meeting with Larry Niven at an airport, an obit for the creator of the Frisbee. Variety is the spice of Vanamonde. Plus comments to LASFS' weekly apa.

V.F.W. #113 / Arnie Katz, 909 Eugene Cernan St., Las Vegas NV 89145 / crossfire4@cox.net / On eFanzines / Fourth Arn-ish -- and final issue -- of Arnie's colorful genzine, bedecked with a spectacular Foster cover. It may be his last issue, but it's an important document. Being entirely written by Arnie, and coming at fandom from a variety of directions, it articulates and illustrates a lot of Katz' fannish philosophy -- and that of Core Fandom. Such as why he feels fanzines are fair game for criticism, and why he doesn't do it, and the value of revered personalities, like Forry Ackerman, whom he movingly eulogizes. A fanfic, satirizing newer media fans, evinces a sense of being overwhelmed by legions of unlearned youth devoted to an alien view of fandom. Alas, though Katz protests that Core Fandom is friendly and fun -- a view certainly supported by Arnie's praise of the Vegrants, his marvelous local group, through photos of the crew (hi Joyce) -- a bitterness is evident that only exacerbates this fannish generation gap. Stepping outside of Sfdom, Arnie reviews The Wrestler, and confirms my approval of Mickey Rourke's wonderful performance -- I could have used this bit in my last Challenger. We'll miss V.F.W., but though one Katz title may have run its course, another will soon be along. Arnie has more energy than a hundred of the felines he's named for, and will be back.

Visions of Paradise #139 / Robert Sabella, bsabella@optonline.net / 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. This time Bob starts with thoughts on the written Hugo nominees -- I wish Iain Banks' Matter had made the cut -- not mentioning the fan categories. Is this the first time Tom Sadler has appeared outside of his Reluctant Famulus? He complains that "great literature" has been identified with human misery -- which misses the point, I think. Great literature is great not because its subject matter is unhappy, but because it touches on universal experience. Ulysses is joyous. There's torment in Les Miserables, of course, but the book is about overcoming anguish through love. Anyway, after personal natter about his educational career -- I saw no mention of Fei Fei -- Sabella lists critics' choices for the best SF of the year -- Anathem and Little Brother are by far the most popular novels -- reviews Deathworld by Harry Harrison from the '60s, and closes with raunchy jokes, a good exit anytime.

Warp 70 / Cathy Palmer-Lister, MonSFFA, c/o Sylvain St-Pierre, 4456 Boul. Ste-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada H7R 1Y6 / www.monsffa.com / cathypl@sympatico.ca / It took me forever to get the password for this issue typed in properly, but my efforts paid off: another grand issue of the Montreal genzine. Following a short lettercol -- Lloyd Penney, of course, and TZD's confused but enthusiastic review of the last issue -- a very cool "Vision of the Year 2000" leads off the content. Reprinted from an 1838 (!) journal, The Maryland Gazette, this SFer from the age of Poe shows both a poetic turn of phrase and a Gernsbackian imagination. His "vision" includes a series of wars with Persia, balloon (or Air-Gun) transport across oceans, the annihilation of the Indians, the extinction of the horse, steam cars, a road to China through the Bering Straits, a gravity car to the same destination via a "yawning chasm in the earth," individual winged flight, a robot built to saw wood, a new "Caloric engine" to replace steamboats, and a war machine that "demolishes a thousand men each revolution." All written two years after the fall of the Alamo. The way the future was is too close to the way the present is. Joe Aspier points out, elsewhere, that however romantic we view bygone days, it helps to remember the advantages of the present -- like, antibiotics. There's a lot of fan-writ fiction to this issue, plus reviews by St-Pierre (whose take on Edison's Conquest of Mars is more understanding of "the mindset of the people of the time" than most). A local event (the Salon de la Passion Medievale, forgive the lack of `s) promises beaucoup French culture for the worldcon, club plans for which are featured prominently in closing reprints from Impulse. I second the suggestion for a welcome-to-Montreal party; I can't think of a better way to anticipate Anticipation.

Yclept Yarbro #26 / Linda Harris, 30 Clairmont #F-2, Asheville NC 28804 / Lindig17@gmail. com. NEW / lindigs books@charter.net / $3@

I'd originally opened this Zine Dump with a rant about FOLLE's folly -- the attempt by a worldcon subcommittee to remove Forrest J Ackerman's "#1 Fan Personality" and Willy Ley's "Excellence in Fact Articles" honors from the Long List of Hugo winners. An update from Rich Lynch seems to imply that -- thanks in no small part to him -- the situation has been resolved, and Forry and Ley's status has been restored. I should hope so.

Note that this controversy was argued and settled, as much as it has been, without recourse to zines. The blogs and the e-lists took care of it, start to finish. Is't so with every other item of contention in the genre? Have blogs found their purpose -- arguing and resolving controversies -- and if so, what, as fanzine editors, is ours?