science fiction films of the 1950s

If you enjoy Keith’s Sunday Classic Films Matinees, this will interest you.

FIFTIES SF MOVIES. Carl Slaughter wants people to know about Bill Warren’s Keep Watching the Skies, a recently revised and greatly expanded reference book on science fiction films of the 1950s. Publisher MacFarland issued this “21st Century Edition” in February 2016. It includes a foreword by Howard Waldrop.

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FANAC Fanhistory

Thanks to File 770 for reminding me of this website, It’s a gold mine! FANAC means Fannish Activity, and covers everything from running a world con to pubbing your local zine.

If, like me, you missed going to World Con in Kansas this year, there are photos here:

http://www.fanac.org/worldcon/MidAmeriCon/x16-p00.html

FANAC FANHISTORY YOUTUBE CHANNEL. The FANAC Fan History Project has a website at Fanac.org with over 20,000 pages of photos, fanzines, references and other material. Their Youtube Channel will be used to provide a variety of audio and video recordings from conventions, clubs, interviews and other fannish endeavors. Most Recent video posts:

 

 

 

HOW TO SEE THE NEW CHINESE SPACE STATION

HOW TO SEE THE NEW CHINESE SPACE STATION: Amateur astronomers have spotted China’s new Earth-orbiting space station, which was launched just last week. Although it is only a fraction of the size of the ISS, the Tiangong-2 is visible to the naked eye from dark-sky sites. Visit today’s edition of Spaceweather.com for observing tips and a video of the outpost gliding across the night sky.

Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree

 

This is one of those occasions when you need to borrow somebody’s kid.

hall-treeTHE HALLOWEEN TREE

Written by Ray Bradbury
Adapted and Directed by Amanda Kellock

On Halloween night, five friends meet up to go trick-or-treating. But their best friend, Joe Pipkin, is too sick to go. He tells them to meet at The House, an old, deserted place in the ravine that none of them have ever dared to visit on Halloween night, but when they arrive, instead of Joe they encounter a mysterious man named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud… What follows is an epic journey into The Undiscovered Country to find out the hidden secrets of Halloween and to save Joe Pipkin.
Schedule

Friday, October 21: 7pm
Saturday, October 22: 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, October 23: 2pm
Saturday, October 29: 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, October 30: 2pm

Dave Kyle (1919-2016)

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David A. Kyle at Chicon 7. Photo by John L. Coker III.

Dave Kyle has passed away. Some years ago, he was a guest at Con*Cept, staying with Anne Methe and Jean-Pierre-Normand.

Aged 97, his passing is hardly unexpected, and yet he was one of those people you always expect to be there.

Posted in Locus online:
Author, illustrator, and fan David A. Kyle, 97, died September 18, 2016 of complications from an endoscopy. Kyle was a member of First Fandom, active in SF since 1933, and a founding member of the Futurians. He chaired NYCon II, the 14th Worldcon in 1956, and was fan guest of honor ConStellation, the 41st Worldcon, in 1983. Kyle published countless essays and letters in fanzines, and illustrated covers and interiors for many books. He received the Big Heart Award in 1973, and was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1988.Kyle co-founded Gnome Press with Martin Greenberg in 1948, one of the premier small presses of the era, and designed many of the dustjackets for their publications. The press closed in 1962. He wrote the text for two extensively illustrated books on SF: BSFA Award winner A Pictorial History of Science Fiction (1976) and The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams (1977). He was an occasional fiction writer, with first story “Golden Nemesis” appearing in Stirring Science Stories (1941); he also illustrated the piece. He wrote three books set in his friend E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series: The Dragon Lensman (1980), Lensman from Rigel (1982), and Z-Lensman (1983).David Ackerman Kyle was born February 14, 1919 in Monticello NY. He married fellow fan Ruth Evelyn Landis in 1957 (they met at a convention), and they went to the Worldcon in England for their honeymoon on a specially chartered flight with friends and family. She predeceased him in 2011. Kyle is survived by a son, a daughter, and grandchildren.
Posted on File 770 September 18, 2016

 

Posted by File 770:

David A. Kyle, who chaired the 1956 Worldcon (NyCon II) and was fan Guest of Honor at the 1983 Worldcon (ConStellation), died September 18 at 4:30 p.m. EDT “of complication from an endoscopy” reports his daughter Kerry.

Just yesterday Kyle had been shown on Facebook enjoying New York fandom’s “End of Summer” party.

Kerry Kyle wrote:

I know he was 97 and frail, but his spirit was strong, his heart was huge, and I’m still in shock. I’m still surprised. I expected him to last a few more years. I expected to be making him dinner tonight. And I’m bereft. And at the moment I don’t really want to type much.

I know many in the Fannish community loved Dad as well and are equally as bereft reading this. I hope it …makes you feel better to know that, as always, Dad chatted about science fiction with the EMT who brought him to the hospital and with the nurses who made him comfortable. He chatted about the love of his life–science fiction–genuinely interested in hearing what they read and watched. Always spreading the word and wishing to instill within them the flame he had within himself. And, yes, he made constant jokes and terrible puns that charmed everyone in the hospital….

Dave’s wife, Ruth, predeceased him in 2011. They met at a convention in 1955. The next year she served as Secretary of the Worldcon in New York, which Dave chaired, and the year after that they married, trufannishly honeymooning at the 1957 Worldcon in England, traveling there with 53 friends and in-laws on a specially chartered flight.

Dave and Ruth had two children, Arthur and Kerry.

Kyle was one of the most active fans from sf fandom’s earliest days. He attended the 1936 meeting of New York and Philly fans which decided to dub itself the first science fiction convention in advance of the Leeds event announced for 1937. He wrote the “Yellow Pamphlet” that helped inspire the “The Great Exclusion Act of 1939” but, unlike his fellow Futurians, was not kicked out of the First Worldcon. In later years he was made a Knight of The Order of Saint Fantony, won the Big Heart Award, and in 1988 received the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award.

Kyle also had a notable professional sf career. Dave Kyle and Martin Greenberg made history by co-founding Gnome Press in 1948. Together they published dozens of volumes of classic sf in hardcover for the first time. Gnome Press went under in 1962.

Kyle’s 1956 NyCon II is particularly remembered for producing the year’s Hugo Awards by affixing Oldsmobile rockets to a decorative wooden backing. The L-shaped base displayed the rocket standing upright while concealing its hollow underside.

A list of Kyle’s autobiographical fanhistory articles for Mimosa can be found here.

Arthur C. Clarke receives Hugo Award from chairman Dave Kyle at the 1956 Worldcon, NyCon II.

Arthur C. Clarke receives Hugo Award from chairman Dave Kyle at the 1956 Worldcon, NyCon II.

See also: Dave Kyle Remembered in Photos

Watch for Aurora on the night of the 20th

HERE COMES THE SOLAR WIND: The Arctic Circle is about to turn green. Forecasters say there is a good chance of bright auroras around the poles on Sept. 20th when a solar wind stream engulfs Earth’s magnetic field. Researchers have long known that auroras favour equinoxes. The timing of the stream could scarcely be better as it is expected to arrive only two days before the beginning of northern autumn. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

MONSFFA meets Sept 18 AT NOON

Sept 18: We have a NOON start with the SF Classic movie Matinée.
After the discussion on the merits of the classic, we will have two short presentations: Cathy to give a behind the scenes look at our website, and Sylvain to speak on preparing for a con trip.
Then we have a contest led by Fern Novo and Keith Braithwaite, Guess that Theme Music!

Long Range Sensors Detect:

  1. SPOOKY ECLIPSE OF THE HARVEST MOON
  2. EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD CAUGHT RINGING LIKE A BELL

SPOOKY ECLIPSE OF THE HARVEST MOON: According to folklore, this Friday’s full Moon is the Harvest Moon. For many observers, the usual lustre of the silver orb will be dimmed by a spooky shadow as the Moon experiences a “penumbral lunar eclipse.” Visit http://spaceweather.com for visibility maps and a cool animation.

EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD CAUGHT RINGING LIKE A BELL: This week a magnetic observatory in Norway recorded almost pure sinusoidal oscillations in Earth’s magnetic field–a phenomenon unlike normal geomagnetic storms. The magnetic “ringing” was accompanied by equally sinusoidal electric currents flowing through the ground. The data and underlying physics are highlighted on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com.