Three more zines have come in! First up, the clubzine BCSFanzine 523 which is dated March 2017 because editor Felicity Walker is still trying to get caught up on all the deadlines she missed. It makes for an odd reading experience. For instance, in this issue, there are obituaries for authors and actors who passed away in 2018.
Lots of fanzines arrived, several while I was away from my computer, so I have not had a chance myself to read them all. The Kommandeur is new to me–a clubzine for AHIKS, which looks to be a club for gamers. It LOOKS good, but more than that I am not qualified to say.
Leybl Botwinik’s Cyber Cozen is WARP’s penpal. I was intrigued by his review of The Seven Sisters , AKA What Happened to Monday?.
Alexiad has reviews of books, conventions, movies, comics, as well as other news and articles.
TZD 40 Edited by Guy Lillian III The Zine Dump wants to see every science fiction or fandom-oriented zine published in English. Approximate range for this issue, 3-1/4-30-17. Lots and lots of zine reviews, a great place to start if you are new to the zine scene.
Tightbeam 277 , edited by Bob Jennings, has lots of reviews of books, cinema, television, zines. TIGHTBEAM is produced on a bi-monthly basis by the N3F –The National Fantasy Fan Federation, a world-wide club for fans of science fiction/fantasy and related subjects.
MonSFFA trades zines with various other editors and clubs. We have received the following fanzines recently.
Spartacus, a perzine by Guy Lillian: most interesting articles on current US politics and the messy justice system.
Alexiad, perzine by Joe Major: Long article on James Bond and Thunderball.
Art of Garthiness, perzine by Garth Spenser: Garth’s continuing efforts to teach common sense. Also, funny graphic of Vancouver and fanzine reviews.
BCSFAzine, clubzine edited by Felicity Walker: Notes on club meeting and upcoming events.
OSFS Statement: Clubzine: We receive paper copies from the Ottawa SF Society. They have a website, but they do not seem to upload their zines to the site. They carry a lot of astronomy news. If interested in seeing it, ask me at a meeting.
“Some of the contributors are beginners; several are pros. The latter lent their talent to my project to help get it off the ground, to lend credence to the zine. Pros like Robert J. Sawyer, Eileen Kernaghan, and Rhea Rose; award winners all. And Casey J. Wolf, who’s well known on the West Coast, and Karl Johanson, editor of Neo-opsis magazine. I’m very grateful for their help. Lifts the standards of Polar Borealis well above my usual fanzines. Should go a long way toward convincing potential readers PB actually IS a semi-pro mag well worth checking out.”
In Issue #1:
Art by Jean-Pierre Normand, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, and Taral Wayne.
Poems by Rissa Johnson, Eileen Kernaghan, and Rhea Rose.
Stories by Christel Bodenbender, R. Graeme Cameron, Steve Fahnestalk, Karl Johanson, Rissa Johnson, Kelly Ng, Craig Russell, Robert J. Sawyer, T.G. Shepherd, Casey June Wolf, and Flora Jo Zenthoefer.
But fanzines seem to be fading away. Chris Garcia, that effervescent exemplar of fannish energy, is now devoting more and more time to his penguins — that is, his children, and we should all shower him with pictures of Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor. And other faneds are fading away. Arnie Katz, for example. Instead, we have the blogosphere, where irrelevancy, derailing, and venom seem to be the prevailing way. And so ends the trend begun by Comet, so long ago and so near by.— Joe
One way that MonSFFA keeps in touch with other fans is through fanzines. Most are readily available thanks to Jim Burns over at http://efanzines.com/ so there is no longer any point to maintaining our “trading post” page. However, we do hear directly from some fan-eds and these I will start passing on to our membership through our website.