FANAC

DOINGS IN SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM

 

     What’s doing off the net? On the ground level, so to speak? It’s hard to say, things move too slow there. You wait a month for a zine, write a loc, and wait another month for your loc to appear, and another month to answer the answer, if you’re even keeping things up at that pace—anyway, that’s a quarter of a year for one exchange, and your correspondence, a couple of letters a month would be the rate of that, is perhaps nil. Yet there is much to talk about, if the talk about all the doings is not too big to even get started at talking. There was too much gafiation at one time to do other things than fanac, and there hasn’t really been enough recovery from it.
     So there’s an effort on the net to get things together, like at the Facebook sites such as Fanhistory and the Society to Preserve Faanish Fandom. The N3F is trying to shape itself up and is experiencing possibly unprecedented success, but a whole lot more success is needed. There’s a lot of possibility of conflict there; the Directorate sort of flamed up during the month of November, but people got over a lot of the problems that came up. Fapa remains strictly on paper, so there is a sparse amount of net contact with them, and the apas remain unavailable to non members even with the net making a wide distribution of an apa spread possible.
     The Fan History project is getting more successful and more active; Joe Siclari is the spokesman for that. And interest in fandom, that all important factor, is picking up; there’s getting to be more sights and sounds, which is very helpful in picking up the activity.
     Fantasy material and sf and fantasy attitudes are coming to visibly infuse the net. Why would it be otherwise? The internet was born in science fiction.

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