PLEASE READ THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE GOING TO THE SECTION YOU WANT. IT EXPLAINS WHAT IS AND ISN'T INCLUDED, AND WHY, AS WELL AS THE ABBREVIATIONS USED.
INTRODUCTIONThis bibliography concentrates on fanzines devoted to written Science Fiction and to the fandom associated with it. It does not include fanzines devoted to media SF such as STAR TREK, DR.WHO, STAR WARS, et al., or (for the most part) to fantasy, comics, horror, or associated genres. These are all perfectly valid - and, indeed, many sprang from the fandom covered by this bibliography - but they are more properly covered by individuals more steeped in these genres than the people who compiled this listing.
This work originally saw print in five parts. The online version maintains that separation, partly because some of this stuff was already on disk and it was simpler to do so, but also to avoid possible confusion because, inevitably, those who worked on the various sections didn't always order things in precisely the same way. This introduction is drawn from those in the printed versions, slightly amended to suit the requirements of this format.
The present bibliography has, wherever possible, been compiled from the original fanzines. Some additional information has, however, had to be extracted from comments and reviews in contemporary fanzines. The only previous bibliogaphy, Bill Evans & Bob Pavlat's Fanzine Index, was of substantial help in compiling the pre-1952 material. Other sources included Joy Clarke's APAthy (an index to the first twenty OMPA mailings) and Bob Pavlat's FAPA Book (for UK fanzines distributed through FAPA prior to 1960). None of these are available online. However, another source that proved extremely useful in filling a number of gaps, Greg Pickersgill's Memory Hole Permacollection list is. Details of the Memory Hole project can be found at http://www.gostak.demon.co.uk. A source of some additional data was Joe Siclari's listing of his own collection. Joe is largely responsible for the FanHistory web site, which is accessible at http://fanac.org. As of Feb. 1, 1997, over 25 megabytes of fanzines, photos, fanhistories, bibliographical and other reference materials were already available. The site grows almost daily.
The entries are arranged alphabetically by title. When known, the editor's name is given, and any connection with a local or national SF organisation. Individual issues are listed in the following format: 1) issue number (in brackets if it does not appear in the issue itself); 2) date (month, or season, and year); 3) method of reproduction (see abbreviations); 4) paper size (see abbreviations); 5) total number of pages (usually including covers); 6) any additional notes. A question mark indicates that information is missing.
In general, the *existence* of a title, the editor and the year of publication has been rated very much above 'month of publication', type of reproduction, paper-size and page-count, but corrections and additions to any or all of these points are welcome. Should you spot any errors or omissions, or be able to supply any missing information, please send it to Rob Hansen, who maintains this site.
In many of the years covered by this bibliography, fans were polled as to which they considered the best fanzines of the day. Where available, the results of these polls have been included at the start of each section
TITLES: Placed alphabetically. 'THE's, 'A's and similar prefixes are generally ignored. A symbol (eg.: '&') is treated as a word (in this case, 'ampersand'), and a number (eg.: 2001) is treated as though it were TWO-ZERO-ZERO-ONE.
YEAR: In a very few cases unknown, but from context (reviews in other fanzines, etc.) is obviously at least the decade in question.
METHOD OF REPRODUCTION as noted is sometimes inaccurate; too many systems produce similar results. Though numerous mimeographed fanzines had litho covers, this distinction has been largely ignored, particularly in the later sections.
NUMBER OF PAGES generally includes both covers, whether blank or not, but complete fanzines which are only printed on one side of each sheet are noted.
ORIGIN: In a few cases American fans have lived over here and produced fanzines - these are included. There's at least one instance of British fans living abroad but producing fnz for this country. These are also included. There's also the unique case (as far as we know) of Driftwood, ed. Rochelle Reynolds, (July/80 m AQ 6) produced in the USA for British fans only.
APAZINES are so marked, but many of these were also distributed to non-APA members; there's been no attempt to differentiate between the two types.
DEFINITION OF 'SF' FANZINE: The question of what constitutes an 'SF fanzine' as opposed to a 'fantasy' or 'comics' or 'horror' or 'Tolkien' or similar fanzine has been left to common sense or the editor's own prejudices. Some obvious 'fantasy' fanzines are included, as material therein may interest sf readers.
STATUS ETC.: Marital status, sex, and other causes of changes of name have been ignored; if you edit a fanzine as John Smith it's shown that way, even if you later become Mrs. Martha Higginbotham.
USE OF DECIMALS: Because of the limitations of the character set available via HTML, many fractions - be they in issue numbers or paper sizes - have been converted to decimals in this version of the bibliography. It should be noted that in virtually every case where a decimal appears herein, it was originally a fraction. Converting these is left as an exercise for the reader.
................Peter Roberts, Vince Clarke, & Rob Hansen.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All material in this bibliography is copyright © Rob Hansen, 1997, on behalf of himself, Peter Roberts and Vince Clarke. The introduction of each section notes which they were individually and/or collectively responsible for. The bibliography may be freely copied for private enjoyment or research but may not be republished (e.g. in printed or CD-ROM versions), distributed in modified form, incorporated into other works, or quoted out of context without the express written permission of the copyright holder.
x = xerox ie. photo-copy. b/w = bound with / stapled with m = mimeoed/duplicated d/w = distributed with sp = spirit duplicated TAFF, GUFF & similar = fan funds L = litho/offset litho APAs = OMPA, FAPA, etc. publishing assns. h = hectographed (-) = believed to be a 'one-shot' p = printed ? = information still required c = carbon-copied A3 = 297mm x 420mm paper size A4 = 210mm x 297mm paper size A5 = 148mm x 210mm paper size Q = quarto; 10" x 8" paper size F = foolscap; 13" x 8" paper size ½F = 6mo = half f'cap; 8" x 6.5" size AQ = American Quarto; 11" x 8.5" size