FANAC

A LOOK INTO WHAT SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM IS DOING

     The well-dressed science fiction fans of today are very open about what they’re doing—and how they’re going about doing it. They’ll get a corner table in a Howard Johnson’s and, forming a close-packed unit, they’ll mention various trivia they know; no excuse is necessary for congregating, and it doesn’t need to be in a large, ritzy place, either.

     They will let the world know what they’re thinking.

     FACEBOOK Fanac has speeded up, with more reactive commentary, more facility at using the net, and people are starting to stand up and be counted at the various fan pages. A great interest is starting to be shown in fandom of the past, and in certain events occurring closer to the present time, such as the Detroit Autoclave and the Corflu. There is now a page for Post Apocalyptic Fandom called NINTH FANDOM, and some stout fellows have joined it, too, as well as a couple of women of whom one need say no more than that they are There. “Will we meet later on?” is being answered by “Yes, we will.”

     The National Fantasy Fan Federation, with two new bureaus which emphasize activity (the Fan-Pro Coordinating Bureau and the History and Research Bureau), is surging ahead, and has upped their number of publications. They now have The National Fantasy Fan, Tightbeam, Eldritch Science, Origin, Ionisphere, and a gaming publication, as well as a general fanzine distribution department and an apa with five or six more attractive zines , and their fanzines are available via http://efanzines.com .  Their history bureau is researching and reprinting items of historical significance and notes about earlier fandom, much as if the time capsule project which members of the NFFF proposed in 1960 were completed and the time capsule being opened. The internet search engines are picking up science fiction materials more than ever before and science fiction is starting to put in a substantial appearance on the net (after numerous net failures which are being recouped).

   This may be the beginning of a good year for fanac.

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