Fanac

A look at what’s doing amongst the science fiction fans

     There has certainly been a lot of science fiction activity going on this year, more activity, really, than the world has ever before seen, to put it in the fan Approval Mode.  Fan activity worthy of Ninth Fandom has come into being upon the, in many ways, inert computer screen. Possibly fans are beginning to enjoy the actual possession of something so much in the science fiction perspective as the Internet system. It’s like being in a science fiction tale of yore, and the fans are perhaps spaced by it. At any rate, they’ve adapted to it, and become progressive, as is desired by the precepts of Ninth Fandom (Eighth Fandom having been dominated by a mundane perspective). (What was inert about the computer? Fans being inept in its use—but this is being overcome). (They need only look in Heinlein’s works to find ample reason to become skilled in the operation of a technological implement.)

     For example, we have been witnessing Steve Davidson’s crusade to resurrect the news stand magazine Amazing Stories, which started off with tons of pledges rolling in, but apparently encountered setbacks thereafter, not due to any diminishing in the campaign’s enthusiasm. Steve has proven himself a man who thinks big and talks big, and accomplishes things, as well as being a grand-slam promoter.  He is the owner of the internet electronic Amazing Stories, which has been highly successful in retaining its place on the net and presenting fiction, columns, and a further variety of science-fiction related materials. Already he has published and established connections with a great many new writers and some fully established ones as well. But he is going for a paper edition fully available to a public who may not possess computer systems. We do not know as yet whether this will be successful, but we do know it’s been highly successful in promoting interest in science fiction, and the idea is still glowing in the atmosphere. Now that is fan activity.

     Also doing big business is Jeffrey Redmond, who has two Facebook science fiction groups with thousands of members in both of them, from whose ranks he recruits members for the National Fantasy Fan Federation, and  he provides support and advice for advancement in the science fiction realms to his memberships. Jeffrey is constantly at work to keep things moving in science fiction fandom, and expends much time at his Facebook groups presenting science fiction art and news and information to its members. His science fiction groups are two of the biggest Facebook groups on the net. He won’t take no for an answer to the question of the advancement of science fiction in the literary and entertainment worlds.

     The National Fantasy Fan Federation now has two new bureaus, the Fan-Pro Coordinating Bureau and the Fan Educational Bureau, both of which are intended to activate interest in science fiction and lead to future activities. The Fan-Pro Bureau has been interviewing prominent authors and fans and looking about for science fiction promotional activity to recommend and encourage. Recently it has had an interview with Sheila Williams, the editor of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. She discussed how she relates to fans of the magazine.  The educational bureau is researching the history of science fiction fandom in order to keep the past alive and provide a substantial grounding from which to achieve advancement. It is gaining new members as well, thanks to the efforts of Jeffrey Redmond. It now has five publications, The National Fantasy Fan, Tightbeam, Ionisphere, Eldritch, and Origin, as well as an affiliated fanzine organization called the National Amateur Press Alliance, and it distributes various non-N3F fanzines among its membership. TNFF, Tightbeam and Ionisphere can be found at http://efanzines.com , a site which presents many of the fanzines now being circulated. The Fantasy Amateur Press Association has also been kicking up its heels from time to time, and has a page at Facebook. SF fans would be happy to trace down these organizations, which have not been listed in the science fiction magazines for many years, although the NFFF has taken out some recent advertising in the Dell magazines.

     If you know of any fan activity which is not being reported here, be sure to send it in for coverage, and then you’ll be a fan activator too.

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