Science Fiction Fanzines

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Science Fiction fanzines evolved alongside science fiction magazines. The first fanzines published amateur fiction and discussed what was in the magazines, extending the possibilities of the letter columns in the magazines. The fanzines were organized into science fiction fandom by Rick Sneary, Robert Bloch and Bob Tucker, and then by the National Fantasy Fan Federation, which strove for contact with local science fiction societies and clubs. Science Fiction and its fandom were further organized by annual science fiction conventions. A chief organizer was Sam Moskowitz, the fanzine reviewer for the Merwin magazines. The Fantasy Amateur Press Association provided further organization. There are grouped stages in the evolution of fandom, commencing with First Fandom; fandom is now in the stage of the commencement of Ninth Fandom, whose purpose was to ride through all science fiction busts and preserve the culture, and then Tenth Fandom is supposed to begin the reconstruction when it arrives.

Ghu, a ghod of fandom, helps with the production of fanzines, and Roscoe helps with their survival and distribution.

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Noted examples of fanzines are Inside, Sigma Octantis, Void, Oopsla, Quandary, Hyphen, A Bas, Skyhook, Yandro, Califan, Fanac, Fan Attic, Grue, Science Fiction Times, Rhodomagnetic Digest, Science Fiction Sheepherder, Cry of the Nameless, Destiny, Harmony, Stellar, Caveat Emptor, The International Youngfan, Equation, Mi Scribas, The Phantagraph, Ethereal, the Fanscient, Femizine, Bem, The National Fantasy Fan, Tightbeam...

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