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Sci-FILE 770 is Mike Glyer's science fiction fan "newzine," focusing on fanzines, science fictions clubs, conventions, fan funds, and fanc. Glyer's newzine provides many of the same things you would find in a regular newspapers; however, the stories and contributors are centered around different areas of the science fiction world. Even today in 2016, the zine continues to be printed as a paper fanzine.

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Mike Glyer


April 2001









Everything you know will be disproved!
File 770:138 is edited by Mike
Glyer at 705 Valley View Ave.,
Monrovia CA 91016.
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Art Credits
Alan White: Cover, 2,3, 7, 8,
11, 15, 16, 19
Kurt Erichsen:
Joe Mayhew: 7, 15, 23
Brad Foster: 9
Ray Capella: 4
Bill Rotsler: 2, 24, 25, 26
Teddy Harvia: 4, 5, 12
Freff: 14 (from Vanamonde 415)
Julia Morgan-Scott: 6
Grant Canfield: 21, Back Cover
Keith Stokes: (photo) 10
Phyllis Eide: (photo) 22
File 770's "White Album"
Is it any wonder people suspect File
770 of being a hoax when I'm
sending out the April issue in May?
But I don't want to waste Alan
White's tremendous "April Fool"
Another famous tannish White -
Ted - contributed an excerpt from
his Cortlu report. Then, Alan White
comes back with an article
describing the way he produces the
computerize fan art published in File
770. Each man also wrote a meaty
letters of comment, making this
truly the "White Album" issue of File
770. ' .
The People Speak: File 770, Not Frohvet, Is The Hoax!
Editorial Notes by Mike Glyer
E. B. Frohvet is his own man, whoever he is.
And whoever he is, he's not Moshe Feder.
My zealous effort last issue to unmask the
"Frohvet hoax" and "blame" him on Feder did
not come across to everyone as the intended
joke, though some got it: John Hertz called me
immediately after reading his copy to say that
the reference to Feder was hilarious, because
he knew it was impossible. On the other hand,
this thunderbolt from Feder came whizzing
through e-mail after someone asked him about
the story:
Moshe Feder: Greg Benford happened to
call Tor for David Hartwell, and since DH
is out sick, I answered the phone. We chatted
a bit and he took the opportunity to tell
me that in the current issue of File 770 you
claim to have discovered that I've been
maintaining a hoax persona under the
name Frohvet, and that apparently you
base this conclusion on his sharing an old
opinion of mine. That's awfully flimsy
evidence, far beneath what I thought were
your journalistic standards. In fact, this
claim is complete nonsense ... By Roscoe's
mighty tail - first Martin Tudor libels me
in his TAFF report, and now this!
While Feder was talking to Benford, he enlightened
Greg about what I do for a living.
(Talk about libel!) I wonder if Benford was
horrified to learn that I work for the IRS - I
realize it's not exactly the most libertarian
entity in America.... But we did let Jerry
Poumelle deduct his rit1es as a research expense
(so he always says.)
Frohvet's own letter soon followed, denying
that he' s a hoax at all. He's sin1ply a pen
name. Ted White also sent an e-mail, suggesting
the proper comparison is to David McDaniel,
the pro pen-name of LASFSian Ted
Johnstone. Applying the one-fan one-fanac
principal (which I just made up), I suppose if
Frohvet is a nom de plume of a fan we otherwise
have never heard of, tl1en they're both
right, he's not really a "hoax." (Their letters
lead ofT The Fanivore.)
By then, Feder's copy of File 770 had
reached him:
Moshe Feder: When I got home later, I
found that the issue had arrived and was
able to read the piece myself. In context,
I think the reference to me does come
across as a joke, though perhaps not a
very funny one. (On the other hand, I'm
slightly pleased to be thought still involved
enough in fanac to have my name
used this way.)
I honestly thought the piece was funny
when I wrote it, though once I saw it in print
it seemed to reek of neglected-newzineeditor-
with-big-ego --therefore, probably too
much like the truth to be taken for a joke!
Other readers pointed out my error in
identifying Joseph T. Mayhew as someone
who met Frohvet at Chicon 2000. Yes, that
was a mistake - after all, I was calling Frohvet
a hoax, not a ghost. (Joseph T. Major
met him at Chicon.)
So, in the grand tradition of File 770, I
will spend the next several issues explaining
(and probably getting the correction wrong)
that E. B. Frohvet is not a hoax and also is
not Moshe Feder. I hope you won't get so
confused you' ll have to check a photo ID
before you shave yourself. Especially if
you're a woman!
Corflu 2001
excerpts from a report by
Ted White
[[Ted kindly permitted File 770 to run the
following excerpts of a full-length reporl
that will appear in Sandra Bond's fanzine
QVASIQVOTE. Contact her via e-mail at
If the omens were to be believed, this year's
Corflu was going to be a disaster. Ominous
nunors were floating about: the hotel was
terrifically overpriced, and had no amenities
(no restaurant - not even a coffee shop).
Publicity from Bob Webber, the con-chair,
was conspicuously absent - no Progress Reports
were ever published and the first online
information was not posted to the fannish
lists wttil late last fall, after some public
grumbling had made itself heard. "Is anyone
going?" was a common question.
But Sheila Leightsey canvassed the area
arowtd the hotel and reported on the many
restaurants within walking distance, aided
and abetted by George Flynn, and she asked
me for suggestions on consuite mwtchies.
And it was Sheila who arranged for the Swtday
banquet to be catered by a local restaurant
at the hotel. As the convention grew
closer it began to seem more solid, more
The MidTown Hotel turned out to be
more of a motel - only two stories high, with
ample parking wtderneath. I drove up to
Boston with rich brown and ended up parking
almost directly opposite the lobby entrance,
an ideal spot. The hotel was, in fact,
a close cousin to the "Tudor Nightmare Village"
hotels of several past, and fondly remembered,
Corflus - lacking only eating
facilities. (It did have a "coffee shop" - but
it served only breakfast and was open only
wttil 11 :00 AM.)
It was at some point Friday night that Nic
Farey's name was pulled from the hat as
Corflu's Guest of Honor. It's uncanny how
these things work out.
I had gotten almost no sleep the night
before driving up, but I've learned the secret
of sleeping in con-hotels: ear-plugs. Thus
equipped, I got a decent night's sleep - my
first in a couple of days.
The food laid out in the lower consuite
provided an adequate breakfast and I was
ready to be on the first program item of the
day. I wish I could fmd my copy of the
"program" sheet, but it seems to be misplaced.
I found I was on the first item when
Bob asked me to be. Since it had to do with
the intersection of one's fannish and professional
interests, I felt well suited to be on it.
I shared the panel with Deb Geisler and
Sharon Sbarksy, with Bob moderating and
Deb and I did most of the talking, as it
turned out.
I missed the next item (spouses of faneds
or somesuch) while Frank and I went out to
explore the other main direction in which
we'd heard there were restaurants. It had
stopped raining, but was cold and windy.
Back at the convention, it was soon time
for the fanzine auction. Dan Steffan had
given me a box of fanzines to take up to be
auctioned for TAFF and they included some
Real Gems, like QUANDRY #13 - the
QUANNISH - and bidding was occasionally
Following this was to be the rehearsalwell,
read-through- of Andy Hooper's new
fannish play, ''HOMICIDE: The Book of the
Fuggheads," in which I had the part of"Ted
White, a big-name science fiction fan."
Andy Hooper is the Unsung Hero of modem
Corflus. He has more than once singlehandedly
produced entire programs for several
Corflus and I believe his suggestions
provided most if not all of this year's program.
The play was clearly the highlight this
year - as his plays have been in past years.
It's been several years since the last new
play Andy presented, and I think his take on
Homicide (the TV show - recently cancelled),
ranks among his best.
The party that night was genuinely
unique. As Bob Devney described it in the
one-shot, "Ian Sorenson filled me in on what
happened after I left the party last night. The
April 2001 3
highlight? 'You missed our Practical Time
Travel Workshop. At 2:00AM we all joined
hands and shifted forward an hour into the
future."' Yes, Daylight Savings Time went
into effect during the Major Party of the convention,
suddenly depriving us of an hour of
Prime Party Time. This has never before
occurred at a Corflu - and I can only hope it
never will again. (It won't next year, because
Corflu will be in February .... )
Perhaps for that reason, people turning
up for the Sunday banquet at noon looked a
bit bleary-eyed and seemed subdued. The
Sunday banquet is the best of the Corflu
traditions- established at the very first Corflu
in 1984 - and is included in the membership
fee. This year we had the best of both
worlds: an in-hotel banquet catered by a local
restaurant - the Dixie Kitchen, a Cajun
restaurant. All credit to Sheila: the food was
excellent, and well-catered by the Dixie
Kitchen staff.
Then it was time for the GoH presentation.
Nic Farey had been careening around the
convention all weekend in a state which convinced
some people that his stint as GoH
would be a disaster. When queried, he'd ron
his eyes and act convincingly like a bad accident
waiting to happen. But "crazy like a
fox" is a phrase coined to describe Nic. He
began by saluting everyone there by first
name, running down the list of 40-odd people
(no puns needed here; by this point we
were all a bit odd) and concluding, after a
brief pause, with "and ... Ian." (Much laughter.)
He fmished with "a brief thought,"
which he kept to himself
As usual, we had an election of the fwa
past-president (for 2000). The fix was in.
This year people had been coming up to me
throughout the convention with the same
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name and I recognized the absolute rightness
of that name. Indeed, I wondered in retrospect
why he'd never been suggested before
- after all, he, like me, had been to every
Corflu to date. He was the oldest fanwriter in
the room, once a Boston native, and he surely
deserved the "honor." I'm speaking of Art
Widner, of course. Two others were nominated
(before one of the plants in the audience
could move the nominations be closed),
but Art was the overwhelming choice of the
Corflu attendees, as the vote clearly indicated.
Then, fmally, the FAAN Awards. Once
again the indefatigable Andy Hooper conducted
the Awards (which also meant that he
counted no votes for himself - which I think
additionally skews the voting), and he made
his announcement of the Awards from hastily
scribbled vote tallies upon which he'd still
been working that morning. Here are the results,
as reported in the one-shot: there were
45 ballots.
Best New Fanzine Fan: Sheila Leightsey
(who handed out copies of the second issue
of The Accidental Fanzine; the flrst issue was
distributed at last year's Corflu). Best Letterhack:
Robert Lichtman. Best Fan Artist:
Steve Stiles. Best Fanwriter: Victor Gonzalez
(Nic Farey and I were tied for second
place only a few points behind). Best
Fanzine: Idea. The #1 Fan Face category
awaits Andy's tabulation of the total votes in
all categories, but he believed it would be
either Victor Gonzalez or Robert Lichtman.
Actual certificates were handed out this year
(and for the two previous years as well) with
art by Stu Shiffman. I brought Steve Stiles'
back with me to give to him.
So what's left to be said about this Corflu?
Although attendance was lower than that
of all but the Panama City Corflu (and maybe .
El Paso' s), there was a good mix of fans. I
was delighted to meet Murray Moore, for
example, and it was good to see fans like
Ron Salomon and Ed Meskys again after
many years. Although some of my favorite
west-coasters (like Lichtman) did not show
up, Letmy Bailes, Randy Byers, Andy
Hooper, Carrie Root, Catherine Crockett,
Colin Hinz, Victor Gonzalez and Art Widner
did. Jean Weber and Eric Lindsay were
there on what amounted to the ftrst leg of
their GUFF trip (but Eric has been to enough
Corflus already that I almost think of him as
a Corflu regular). Dick & Leah Smith were
back for their flrst Corflu in half a decade.
And we had a smaller contingent of Brits this
year, but it was great to see Allison Freebairn
and Yvonne Rowse and ... whatsisname? .. .Ian
again. And Linda Bushyager surprised everyone
with her announcement that she and Ron
are moving soon to Las Vegas - although that
did not really make up for the absence of the
Katzes or the Formans. I was handed copies
of eleven different fanzines, which I fully
intend to read Any Day Now.
Next year: Annapolis. Y' all come.
++Ted White
Views and Reviews
in PDF
Ted White points out, "A few
months ago I began doing fmz
reviews specifically aimed at
clubfans to pull them into
fanzines." Currently these reviews
(600 words an installment)
are appearing in six clubzines in
the US and Canada, including
LASFS' De Profundis and The
WSFA Journal.
Bill Burns is posting them on
his eFanzines site at:
Burns' site is also home to
downloadable Adobe PDF versions
of eight fanzines edited by
Arnie Katz (Corflatch, Jackpot!),
Marty Cantor (No Award), Ron
Clarke (The Mentor), Erika Maria
Lacey (Sardine Tin Gods), Joyce
Worley Katz (Smokin' Rockets),
Michael J. Lowrey (Vojo de Vivo),
and Bill Bowers (Xenolith).
Or can link
you to other sites containing Ansible
(Langford), Bento (Levine
and Yule), Covert Communications
From Zeta Corvi (Andrew
Murdoch), Dynatron (Roy Tackett),
eFNAC (John Foyster), Fanthology
'87 (Richard Brandt), Gegenschein
(Eric Lindsay), Gloss
(Lillian Edwards and Victor Gonzalez),
Groggy 2000 (Eric
Mayer), It Goes on the Shelf
(Ned Brooks), Light in the Bushel
(Richard Brandt), Mimosa (Nicki
and Richard Lynch), Plokta
(Alison Scott, Steve Davies, Mike
Scott), Squib (Victor Gonzalez),
and This Here (Nic Farey).
"No animals
were harmed It hurts when
in the making of they don't mention
this fanzine," but~ us vegetables.
what about ,~~
vegetables? ~
C> 0 c:>
April 2001 . 5
2001 Hugo Award Nominees
The Millernuum Pinicon© annow1ced
there were 495 total nominating
ballots. 178 of those ballots were
submitted electronically. There were
an additional29 paper ballots, and 15
electronic ballots that were received,
that were marked ineligible for
various reasons.
Best Novel
(381 nominating ballots, 205
A Storm of Swords by George R.R.
Martin, (Voyager, Bantam
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury;
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
(Warner Aspect)
The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
Orbit 1999ffor 2000)
Best Novella
(229 nonlinating ballots, 50 nonlinees;
six nominees due to a tie):
"A Roll of the Dice" by Catherine Asaro
(Analog Jul!Aug 2000)
"Oracle" by Greg Egan (Asimov's Jul2000)
"Radiant Green Star" by Lucius Shepard
(Asimov's Aug 2000)
"Seventy-Two Letters" by Ted Chiang
(Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction
Anthology, Tor Jul2000)
"The Retrieval Artist" by Kristine Kathryn
Rusch (Analog Jun 2000)
"The Ultimate Earth" by Jack Williamson
(Analog Dec 2000)
Best Novellette
(237uominatiug ballots, 131 nominees):
"Agape Among the Robots" by Allen Steele
(Analog May 2000)
"Generation Gap" by Stanley Schnlidt
(Artemis Spring 2000)
"Millernlium Babies" by Kristine Kathryn
Rusch (Asimov's Jan 2000)
"On the Orion Line" by Stephen Baxter
(Asimov's Oct/Nov 2000)
"Redchapel" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's
Dec 2000)
Thtl Hugos artl I ittlrar~ awards. Thtl
mtldia should htll thankful Wtl condtlsctlnd
to givtl thtlm tlVtln ontl rocktlt.
Best Dramatic
(279 nominating ballots, 151
What artl ~ou tr~ing to
do? Win thtl award for Btlst
Dogmatic Prtlstlntation?
Chicken Run
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Frank Herbert 's Dune
Best Short Story
(295 nominating ballots, 248 nominees):
"Different Kinds of Darkness" by David
Langford (F&SF Jan 2000)
"Kaddish for the Last Survivor" by Michael
A. Burstein (Analog Nov 2000)
"Moon Dogs" by Michael Swanwick (Moon
Dogs, NESFA Press Feb 2000; Asimov 's
"The Elephants on Neptune" by Mike
' Resnick (Asimov's May 2000)
"The Gravity Mine" by Stephen Baxter
(Asimov's Apr 2000)
Best Related Book
(213 ballots, 86 nominees):
Concordance to Cordwainer Smith: Third
Edition by Anthony R. Lewis (NESFA
Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob
Eggleton by Bob Eggleton, Nigel
Suckling (Paper Tiger)
Putting It Together: Turning Sow's Ear
Drafts Into Silk Purse Stories by Mike
Resnick (Wildside Press)
Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion
by James Gifford (Nitrosyncretic Press)
Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature ed. by
Andrew M. Butler, Edward James and
Farah Mendlesohn (The Science Fiction
Best Professional Editor
(288 nonlinating ballots, 77
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schnlidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Best Professional Artist
(246 nominating ballots, 145 nominees):
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Frank Kelly Freas
Donato Giancola
Michael Whelan
Best Fan Writer
(20 1 nonlinating ballots, 134 nominees):
Dave Langford
Evelyn C. Leeper
Steven H Silver
Best Semiprozine
(241 nominating ballots, 56 nominees):
Interzone edited by David Pringle
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown
New York Review of Science Fiction edited
by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and
Kevin Maroney
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew
I. Porter
Speculations edited by Denise Lee and
Susan Fry; published by Kent Brewster
Best Fanzine
( 194 nonlinating ballots, 90 nominees):
Challenger edited by Guy Lillian ill
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
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Mimosa ed. by Nicki and Richard Lynch
Plokta edited by Alison Scott, Steve
Davies and Mike Scott
STET edited by Dick Smith and Leah
Zeldes Smith
Best Fan Artist
(127 nominating ballots, 81 nominees):
Sheryl Birkhead
Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Taral Wayne
John W. Campbell Award
(201 nominating ballots, 100 nominees):
James L. Cam bias (I st year of eligibility)
Thomas Harlan (2nd year of eligibility)
Douglas Smith (2nd year of eligibility)
Kristine Smith (2nd year of eligibility)
Jo Walton (1st year of eligibility)
1950 Retro Hugo
Award Nominees (Scribner's)
(Astounding SF Nov 1949 -Jan 1950)
"The Dreaming Jewels" by Theodore
Sturgeon (Fantastic Adventures Feb
"The Last Enemy" by H Beam Piper
(Astounding SF Aug 1950)
"The Man Who Sold the Moon" by
Robert Heinlein (Shasta Publishers)
"To the Stars" by L. Ron Hubbard
(Astounding SF Feb-Mar 1950)
Best NoveleUe
(73 nominating ballots, 32 nominees):
"Dear Devil" by Eric Frank Russell
(Other Worlds May 1950)
"Okie" by James Blish (Astounding
Science Fiction Apr 1950)
"Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer
Smith (Fantasy Book #6)
"The Helping Hand" by Poul Anderson
(Astounding SF May 1950)
'The Little Black Bag" by C.M.
Kornbluth (AstoundingSF Jul 1950)
Best Short Story
(I 00 nominating ballots, 64 nominees):
There were 130 total nominating ballots. 48
ballots were submitted electronically. One
additional paper ballot was received that
was marked invalid.
First Lensman by Edward E Smith, Ph.D.
(Fantasy Press)
"A Subway Named Mobius" by A.J. Deutsch
(Astounding Science Fiction Dec 1950)
"Born of Man and Woman" by Richard
Matheson (F&SF Summer 1950)
"Coming Attraction" by Fritz Leiber
(Galaxy Nov 50)
Best Novel
Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by
C.S. Lewis (Geoffrey Bles)
(Ill nominating ballots, 31 nominees): Best Novella
"The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out"
by Reginald Bretnor (F&SFWinter(
73 nominating ballots, 18 nominees): Spring 1950)
The Dying Earth by Jack Vance (Hillman)
Farmer in the Sky by Robert A Heinlein "And Now You Don't" by Isaac Asimov
"To Serve Man" by Damon Knight
(Galaxy Nov 1950)
2001 Hugo Award
Nominee Voting Summary
Short Story
Related Book
Dramatic Pres.
Professional Ed.
Professional Art.
Fan Writer
Fan Artist
Campbell Award
Votes Nominees Range
1189 205 56-28
615 so 45-33
734 131 32-21
864 248 31-21
478 86 35-25
876 151 105-46
786 77 129-61
669 145 127-30
537 56 88-46
481 90 54-30
498 134 41-23
316 81 42-16
449 100 29-19
Counting software developed by Jeff Copeland.
1950 Retro Hugo
Nominee Voting Summary
Short Story 100
Related Book*
Dramatic Pres.
Professional Editor
Professional Artist
Fan Writer
Fan Artist
Votes Nominees Range
324 30 54-28
141 19 44-9
299 32 67-18
327 64 54-22
14 10 2-1
252 30 72-18
193 21 55-11
151 31 29-11
133 29 27-7
8 8 1-1
98 26 19-7
82 20 19-4
*Category not on final ballot
130 total nominating ballots
Best Related Book
(9 nominating ballots, 10 nominees):
Category has been dropped due to
insufficient response
Best Dramatic Presentation
(88 nominating ballots, 30 nominees):
Destination Moon
Rabbit of Seville
Rocketship X-M
Best Professional Editor
( 64 nominating ballots, 21 nominees):
Anthony Boucher
John W Campbell, Jr.
Groff Conklin
H.L Gold
l Francis McComas
Best Professional Artist
(49 nominating ballots, 31 nominees):
Chesley Bonestell
Edd Cartier
Virgil Finlay
Frank Kelly Freas
Best Fan Writer
(38 nominating ballots, 29 nominees):
Lee Hoffman
Bob Silverberg
Robert "Bob" Wilson Tucker
James White
Walt Willis
Best Semiprozine
( 4 nominating ballots, 8 nominees):
Category was dropped due to insufficient
Best F anzine
(36 nominating ballots,
26 nominees):
Science Fiction
The Fanscient
Best Fan Artist
(30 nominating ballots,
20 nominees):
Jack Gaughan
Lee Hoffman
Ray Nelson
Bill Rotsler
James White
Notes from the Hugo Administrators: Ed
Emshwiller received enough nominations to
be on the ballot in the Best Professional
Artist category. However, the Hugo
Committee has determined that his first
professional work was in 1951 and therefore
he's ineligible to appear on the ballot.
Harlan Ellison received enough
nominations to be on the ballot in the Best
Fan Writer category. However, the Hugo
Committee has determined that he did not
have any fan writing published in 1950.
Both Bjo Trimble and Dave Kyle
received enough nominations to be on the
ballot in the Best Fan Artist category.
However, the Hugo Committee has not
found any work by either in 1950.
After discussion with Stanley Schmidt of
Analog, it was decided that conducting
nominations for the Campbell A ward would
be inappropriate.
The software used for counting the
nominations was developed by Jeff
Inside the File 770 Voting Booth:
Electronic Hugo voting was handicapped
when the Millennium Philcon site went
down a several of days before the March 31
deadline. Votes cast online from March 28-
31 might have been lost, so Hugo
administrators Rick Katze and Saul Jaffe
opened their mirror server and extended the
deadline four days to allow people to reenter
Just the other day I found the special PR
from Millennium Philcon containing the
Hugo nominating ballots. The one with a
special mailing label containing my "unique
identifying number." Having been unable to
April 2001 -7
fmd it before the deadline, I had resorted to
using the number on the mailing label of an
earlier MilPhil PR which I had located. It
turns out those numbers are not the same.
Now I wonder if my electronic vote was
counted by Rick and Saul?
ConJose Announces Web Site
ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon, will present a
special Hugo Award for Best Web Site. It
will be open to any web site primarily
related to the fields of science fiction,
fantasy, or fandom and will be given for
material displayed on the World Wide Web
during the calendar year 2001 . The A ward is
being added under a WSFS rule that permits
a committee to include an experimental
Hugo category. There will be a single
category, eligibility will not be subdivided
("professional," "fan," "semipro" etc.)
Answering the question of how to judge
web sites with changing contents - which,
hopefully, is most of them! - Kevin
Standlee explained, "Just as artists often
produce a continuous flow of artwork, web
sites quite often change over time. Just as in
the Best Artist category, our basic
assumption is that Hugo voters will be
making their decisions based on what they
saw appear during the previous calendar
year. (And just like the Best Artist category,.
we won't quiz the voters on the specifics
they're using.) Luckily, many web site sites
provide archives or ' issues' so that visitors
can examine past content."
ConJose Hugo Postscript: John Lorentz
has agreed to administer the 2002 Hugo
A wards for ConJose. He previously coadministered
the 1998 Hugo Aw!ifds at
Bucconneer with his wife, Ruth Sachter.
Ruth, however, expects to be a little busy in
2002 as Vice Chair ofConJose.)
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News of Fandom
Wedding Countdown Begins
Guy Lillian III and Rose-Marie Donovan
will be married in Cocoa, Florida, on June
30th. Guy boasts, "An Atlas-Agena is scheduled
to be launched that very evening from
nearby Cape Canaveral. As Joe Major says,
a good wedding should have fireworks."
Fandom Inc. Goes Bust
Bid farewell to the company fans love to
hate. Debra Streicker-Fine, CEO of Fandom
Inc., announced on April 2 that the company
is shutting down its online operations. Creation
Entertainment, acquired by Fandomjust
four months ago, has already been sold back
to founders Gary Berman and Adam Malin.
They paid a lower price to get their company
back than Fandom Inc. paid for it in the first
Though I don't rule out the possibility
that they simply pulled it out of the dumpster
behind Fandom's officers. No question
that's lawyers are still in it,
after Carol Burrell successfully fought their
efforts to take away her domain
name. Carol, left with $1,500 of unpaid legal
bills, hopes fans will help her out.
[[Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Ansible
Bad Vibrations
Seattle was hit by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake
on February 28, but the depth of the
fault involved resulted in fewer seriously
damaged area than might otherwise have
been the case. Bill and Joy Warren's home
in Tacoma was essentially untouched by the
Jordin Kare, from California's Bay Area,
was there at the time doing some consulting
with Boeing. According to Mary Kay Kare,
"He said it was pretty interesting, moderately
strong and long lasting but not especially
Bill Warren, who also is working at Boeing,
can be excused if he felt a little differently.
Although his home in Tacoma
emerged essentially unscathed, his workplace
in Renton did not. He told readers of
Chronicles of the Dawn Patrol:
"My building was trashed .. . During the
quake, our seismically-designed building -
which I had just moved into a week earlier -
proceeded to do what any good seismicallydesigned
building should do: it rocked back
and forth and flexed and didn't fall down!
That's the good news. Not-so-good: the
building proceeded to beat itself to death on
the concrete supports for the [flight] simulators.
Part of that beating included breaking
the fire sprinkler system into a whole bunch
of independently owned and operated fire
sprinkler systems, each of which immediately
went into competition with each other
to see which one could turn t11e largest collection
of posters, books, information handouts,
files, etc. to papier-mache first. Since a
lot of these things were on the third floor (I
was on the first) the upstairs got very heavy
very fast. As a result, when we all filed out
of the building in an orderly fashion (shh!
I'm telling this!) we found out they wouldn't
let us back in the rest of the day, so they said
'go home.' They say the 25-01 may be open
to Boeing folk in maybe 3 months. We got it
better than the Company HQ building near
Boeing Field: our sprinkler system soaked
our building and contents. At Corp HQ it
was the sewer system."
Eric Lindsay dropped a line while he and
Jean Weber were packing for their latest
overseas adventures. "We leave on the
GUFF trip in less than a week, so we are
typically totally disorganized. Our path takes
us to the US East Coast for once, with a visit
to Corflu in Boston, before flying to London
and then the Eastercon. We do have plans to
see lots of UK fans, so I hope we don't get
too lost in making our way around the UK
seeking them out. Jean has assisted this materially,
by making me get rid of my old
map, which apparently pre-dates the Norman
They did get one thing started before
leaving, a new GUFF web site:
http://psiphi.serverl 0 l .com/guff/index.
Eric adds, "In a triumph of optimism
over realism, Jean even arranged a
' donations' page there, so that, for the very
first time (we think) in a fan fund,. fans can
donate to the fund over the internet in any of
several different ways."
For the record, here are the GUFF voting
Aus UK Other Total
Lindsay/Weber 17 22 10 49
Warman/Woods 19 12 3 34
"I got a laugh out of your coverage on the
Canadian Unity Fan Fund," wrote fund administrator
Garth Spencer. "Actually Murray
Moore didn't unilaterally declare himself
winner. I had been delegated the balloting
this year, and Murray was the only one to
run as nominee - getting more than enough
nominations, in both eastern and western
Canada. I declared he was the delegate this
year. In January 2001. Evidently I put everyone
on my email release list except you.
Check out for information
on this year's VCon, doubling as this
year's Canvention, where Murray should
DUFF got a fmancial boost from the Wild
Cards Consortium, which donated a complete,
15-book set of the Wild Cards (US
edition) to auction at Boskone. According to
Janice Gelb, they were signed by most of the
writers of the series -- including the late
Roger Zelazny.
Marc Ortlieb reported in Australian SF
Bullsheet #166 that DUFF delegates Naomi
Fisher and Pat Molloy visited Melbourne in
April, "managing to get to the Nova Mob,
Friday Night Gathering and The MSFC, as
well as a visit to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary,
where they weren't bitten by a wombat."
Lucy Zinkiewicz of New South Wales and
Sean-Paul Smith of Victoria are the first
winners of the National Australian Fan Fund
(NAFF). They were scheduled to attend
Swancon in Perth at Easter.
NAFF, announced in February, is designed
to assist fans to attend the Australian
National SF Convention. Fans residing in all
states and territories outside the one where
the Natcon will be held are eligible to be
non:linated for NAFF. Preference is given to
fans who have (a) not attended a Natcon
and/or (b) have not attended a convention in
the state/territory of the current Natcon.
NAFF provides the cost of airfare (or traveling
expenses) and convention membership.
The first NAFF winners were selected by
a committee consisting of Grant Watson
(Western Australia) and Sue Aim Barber
(Victoria). Future NAFF races may involve
voting by the fan community.
The nominees had to provide a 200-word
description of what they could bring to interstate
fans and a brief description of their
fannish history. The winner is expected to
produce a trip report and engage in fundraising
to support NAFF.
Next year's NAFF will send a fan to ConVergence
in Victoria- then, fans from Victoria
will be ineligible to enter. [[Source:
Australian SF Bullsheet #162,165])
Victor Gonzalez won the TAFF race, edging
Tom Springer in a comparatively close race.
But you'll have to trust me on this, I lost the
little piece of paper that fell out of my copy
of Ansible. Oh, wait, I found it: Victor Gonzalez,
56; Tom Springer, 40; No Preference,
5; Hold Over Funds, 3.
The winner traveled to the British
Ancient TAFF Stuff
Martin Tudor (European TAFF administrator
1996-98) has recently been made aware
of what he terms "an appalling oversight"
that occurred during his Administration. In
1997 Paul ' Skel' Skelton contacted TAFF to
offer the donation of the book and magazine
collection of his recently deceased friend
and sometime co-editor Brian Robinson. The
sale of this collection raised £1,000 which
went a long way towards paying ofT the
TAFF debts generated after Abigail Frost
had stolen the TAFF fund; but somehow
Martin failed to record his thanks in the
TAFF newsletter. So, belatedly, Martin
would like to record his thanks to Skel and
Cas Skelton for sorting out Brian's stufT,
Tony Berry for transporting it, Andy Richards
for agreeing to buy it without even
viewing it and, of course, Brian Robinson
for kindly donating his collection to a good
fannish cause. (Andy Richards' Cold Tonnage
Books can be contacted on 01276
475388 or check http://www.coldtonnage.
Mockery of a Sham
Famous Monsters' Ray Ferry survived another
day in court and avoided a conviction
for criminal contempt. On February 28 a
Superior Court judge in Los Angeles said
Ferry's business dealings "bear the hallmarks
of a contrived sham" designed to help
him avoid payment of a $500,000 judgment,
but declined to hold him in criminal contempt.
Judge Stephen Petersen found Ray Ferry
not guilty of willfully disobeying a court
order to refrain from selling back issues of
Famous Monsters of Film/and. Ferry also
was ruled not guilty of willfully refusing to
return certain items to Forry Ackerman.
Last year a jury awarded Ackerman
$724,500 in damages, which Petersen later
reduced to $475,499, plus $30,000 in attorney
fees. Ackerman has not yet collected a
penny of the judgment.
"This just goes on and on," Ackerman
told the Los Angeles Times. "I never
dreamed everything could be so complicated,
so many ways for the wrongdoer to
avoid paying what the jury awarded me."
According to court records, Ferry assigned
his magazine's trademark to Esketores
Systems, a corporation formed by the
law firm that represented him during his
civil trial against Ackerman, which then
April 2001 · 9
licensed the trademark for $1 00 a month to
another company called Gothix, whose
president is Gene Reynolds- Ferry's trusted
friend, companion and "cosmic brother,"
according to court documents and testimony.
Reynolds is listed in Famous Monsters as
the general manager, just below Ferry's
name on the masthead.
Ferry's lawyers testified that they took
the magazine's trademark as collateral for
Ferry's unpaid legal bills.
Fans Want Acktion Figure
It's not all bad news. Fans of Forry Ackerman
have started a petition to get noted horror
toy manufacturer SideShow to create an
action figure of Ackerman. Ackerman, the
creator of Vampirella and former editor of
the original Famous Monsters of Film/and,
is recognized as the world's foremost authority
on horror and science-fiction films. Fans
can sign the petition online at: http://www.
Ackerman would like to see it happen. "I
think rve got a good chance," he
said. "Better than 50/50."
As of December 8, the petition had
gained 298 signatures. And a few horror
luminaries have even made the scene. Noted
comic artist and writer Dan Brereton
(Noctumals) has signed the petition, as has
Chaos! Comics and EternalToys head Brian
Hi lifter
Ben Overkamp, son of St. Louis fan Jenny
Overkamp, earned a spot on the U.S. Junior
World Weightlifting team over the April21-
22 weekend at the national championships
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still online.
Judy Kindell says her announcement
drew about 4,000
comments, an unusually large
The Alliance for Justice is a
national association of environmental,
civil rights, mental
health, women's, and consumer
advocacy organizations. And the
IRS is, well, you know .. .
AntiFan Films
Mark Loney has arranged to
preserve the two AntiFan movRetro
Hugo nominee and triple-banquet- ies made to promote the Aussiehonoree
- Wilson "Bob" Tucker. Photo by con ('75) and Sydney in '83 WorldKeith
Stokes. con bids. ScreenSound Australia
- - -------- ----- ------will assimilate the AntiFan films
in Shreveport, LA. He is the first St. Louis
lifter to qualify for the team in more than 25
The eight-man, seven-woman squad will
compete in the Junior World Weightlifting
Championships in Greece in mid-June. The
competition is Olympic-style, which includes
the snatch and clean and jerk disciplines.
Ben made the Jr. World Squad in weightlifting
last year and attended the Olympic
training center last summer. Ben is presently
ranked number one in his age and weight
Dragons Talk Back to IRS
As File 770 reported last issue, when the
IRS decided to make rules about the way
tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations use web
sites, it asked for public comment. Because
it's a small world, who else could be the
principal author of the IRS' announcement
than Judy Kindell, President of the Washington
Science Fiction Association? Equally
interesting, another WSFA lawyer, John
Pomeranz of the Alliance for Justice, was
assigned to look over the announcement for
items requiring comment by the Alliance.
Pomeranz saw the story and responded,
"Thanks for the mention of my employer,
the Alliance for Justice, in your story on the
fannish involvement in the IRS Request for
Comments on Internet Activities by Nonprofits.
(As a result, File 770 is now a part
of our official press clipping files.)"
The Alliance's comments to the IRS included
some unusual exhibits: web sites for
two fictitious organizations, the 50l(cX3)
Dragon-Lovers Alliance for Research and
Education ( and the
50l(cX4) Dragon-Lovers Action Fund
( The sites contain
lots of fantasy references. They are probably
into their collection, make digital tape master
in betacam format for their own purposes,
and provide the donors with video
tape copies at cost. Loney had been taking
reservations for copies in betacam or VHS
PAL format, with an April deadline.
Whether further copies can still be ordered
is not known: he can be contacted at: PO Box 181,
Campbell ACT 2612, Australia. [[Source:
Australian SF Bullsheet}}
Triple-Ba"eled Tucker Tributes
Last issue reported that Bob Tucker trimmed
the list of conventions he travels to, so the
ditto 14 and FanHistoriCon 11 were beating
the odds by staging both cons in Tucker's
home town -Bloomington, lL - next fall
over the weekend of October 12-14.
Now it's been announced that before
October's double-barreled conventions,
Tucker will be celebrated at an even bigger
tribute event in Bloomington.
Keith Stokes explains: "I liked your
comments about the Mountain going to
Bloomington. But Bloomington will host
twin peaks this year. On August 4, 2001,
science fiction readers from around the
United States will be gathering in Bloomington,
lllinois to honor Wilson and Fern
"Tucker Tribute, a semiformal banquet at
the Ramada Inn, 1219 Holiday Drive, will
celebrate Wilson's literary contributions in
the science fiction and mystery fields and his
contributions to Science Fiction Fandom.
Fern is being celebrated for the love and
support that allowed him to accomplish the
"Wilson Tucker, known to most science
fiction fans as Bob, has been a science fiction
reader and fan for over 70 years. One of
the best known and most popular science
fiction fans, Bob is responsible for many of
the traditions honored by thousands of science
fiction fans and writers around the
"Along the way he published 60 science
fiction, mystery and adventure short stories
and novels.
"Tucker received the 1970 Hugo Award
(presented by the World Science Fiction
Society) for Best Fan Writer. His novel,
Year of the Quiet Sun, won the John W.
Campbell Memorial Award, a nomination
for a Nebula Award, and a Hugo nomination.
In 1985, First Fandom, an organization
of science fiction fans that have been active
since the 1930s, presented him with their
Hall of Fame Award.
"At a ceremony on the Queen Mary in
1996, Tucker was the second person honored
by the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America as Author Emeritus.
"The Tucker Tribute is sponsored by the
Dawn Patrol, an international organization
of science fiction, aviation and aeronautics
enthusiasts. Attendance is open to the public,
but will be limited to 175 people. Banquet
tickets will not be available at the door.
"The cost of the event is $25. There will
be a hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday,
but activities are currently planned for
Saturday only. Checks made payable to Barbara
Walley should be sent to Tucker Tribute,
c/o Barbara Walley, 10202 White Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64134. The deadline for
registration is June 30, 2001.
"Rooms are available at the Ramada Inn
(800) 385-0000 for $59/night. Tell them that
you are with the Dawn Patrol's Tucker Tribute."
For additional details, see the web site:
Access Denied
Sincerely, Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison has declared war on people
who post his work on tl1e Net without his
permission. His targets are part of an online
subculture who feel that "information should
be free" and create sites to distribute copy- ·
righted fiction over the Net. People wanting
to read stories by Ellison story or other sf
authors (it's happening to many, including
Larry Niven and Roger Zelazny) simply
download the entire text instead of buying
the story or borrowing it from a library.
Ellison warned some other folks who
were bothering him a few years ago, in a
letter to File 770:112: "As those who remember
will attest, I am more than capable
of traveling great distances to knock the
block off evildoers. .. Is there anyone out
there who knows me at all, who doubts that I
would think no more about getting on a

plane and going to Glasgow to do such a
deed if I felt so moved, than I would about
squashing between thwnb and forefmger a
roach that had gotten into my cornflakes? I
sweep the crap out of my Augean stables
personally. I don't hire mercenaries." Or if
he ever did, Harlan explained, even "the
contwnacious Norman Spinrad" would not
be sufficiently explosive for the purpose.
SFWA's attorney, Christine Valada, apparently
is. She's been hired to handle Ellison~
s litigation. But Stephen Robertson didn't
know that, or surely he would've been
more careful. Last April, Robertson, a 40-
year-old motel manager in Red Bluff, Calif.,
was caught uploading several of Ellison's
short stories to a newsgroup where hundreds
of free- and unauthorized- digitized books
and stories are posted for the taking. Ellison
promptly nailed him with a lawsuit, which
Robertson ended up settling for some
Ellison also targeted AOL and RemarQ,
a Usenet subscription service, for providing
access to the pirated work. And Ellison
founded Kick Internet Piracy, a fund he
hopes will help defray the $40,000 he's
spent on legal fees so far. Mark Frauenfelder
reported in The Industry Standard,
"Ellison ... does have some supporters. One
fan conducts online stings to identifY infringers.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
of America has allocated $5,000 to stop Netbased
copyright infringement."
Kick Internet Piracy has received $1,300
in contributions from Ben Bova, Frank M.
Robinson, and at least one local sf club.
Robin Bailey told Chronicles of the Dawn
Patrol that the Kansas City Science Fiction
and Fantasy Society pledged a donation
of $400. In addition, they held a raffle
of autographed books and KC Wizards'
soccer paraphernalia, netting $254.
Bailey planned to personally deliver the
donations to Valada at the Nebula weekend
in LA
Anyone who wishes may also send
checks directly to Ms Valada. Those
checks should be made out to - Law
Office of Christine M. Valada and
mailed to: Kick Internet Piracy, P.O. Box
55935, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.
Heinlein Gets the Chair
All of fandom has read by now that the
Aerospace Engineering Department at
the United States Naval Academy is taking
applications for the Robert A Heinlein
Chair in Aerospace Engineering.
Heinlein, one of the most popular science
fiction writers in the world and the first
to be designated a "Grand Master," was
also a graduate of the Naval Academy in
1929 and a servmg officer until he was
medically retired for tuberculosis in about
What fandom doesn't know is who endowed
the chair, although free-lance journalist
Francis Harnit twice posed the question
to the Academy's press relations officer.
Harnit wonders if the Donor is Virginia
Heinlein: "In recent years, not only has
Heinlein continued to be one of the most
popular authors in the world, but there have
been movie deals for works like Starship
Troopers and The Puppet Masters which
have brought in quite a bit of money."
The Academy states that the person hired
to fill the inaugural Heinlein Chair "will
provide vision and direction for the USNA's
astronautical engineering curriculwn, its
srnall satellite program, and its satellite
ground station .... Applicants must have a
strong background in designing, building,
testing, launching, and operating spacecraft,
along with demonstrated research ability, a
strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,
and excellent communications skills. An
earned doctorate is desirable, but applicants
with strong industriaVlaboratory experience
will be considered."
Medical Updates
Larry Niven fell while attending Norwescon
and had to have an operation on his
Jerry Pournelle spent a day helping make
the technical accommodations Niven needs
to keep writing. Jerry explained on his web
page: "Due to his injury he can't climb the
stairs at all and he's mostly in a wheelchair
April 2001 11
for a while. I found a typing table that will
work, and Eric and I spent the day comlecting
hin1 up to his internal network ... and I
learned more about wireless (and some
forms of wired) networking than I really
wanted to. But it is done now."
Robert Lichtman slipped in mud and suffered
a triple fracture of his right ankle on
February 25. [[Source: Ansible 165]]
In early March, Kymm Kimpel's wife Joei
Kimpel suffered a stroke. She still has most
of the movement in her right side, but has
trouble talking at times. [[Source: Chronicles
of the Dawn Patrol]]
On April 11 , Marty Cantor was hospitalized
overnight after complaining of chest
pains. X-rays revealed that his real problem
was an intestinal blockage. He was treated
and released in the morning. Contact Mr.
Cantor for a graphic description of what
medical science proved he was full of.
Lafferty Contact Point
People interested in information about R. A
Lafferty should check the Internet at:
It's based in Gernlany, and gives addresses
where Ray can get mail:
R. A Lafferty, c/o Franciscan Villa
Health Care Center J-54, 17110 E. 51st
Street, South Broken Arrow OK 74012 .
Lafferty has had a couple of strokes and
is unable to respond properly, but is doing
better than some fans had feared. The Devotional
page has a couple of postings from the
husband of the nurse who cares for Ray.
[[Source: Robert Whitaker Sirignano]]
The Road to Everywhere
Bruce and Elayne Pelz went on a 65-day
cruise up the coast of Africa and around
the Mediterranean, to places most of us
have only heard about in Hope and
Crosby pictures. Luckily, we didn't have
to wait for them to return to read about
the trip - Bruce has taken advantage of
the proliferation of Internet cafes around
the world to e-mail news from their portsof-
call. All that's been missing is the traditional,
"having a great time, wish you
were here." Hmm ...
March 12 -Cape Town, South Africa
March 15 - Luderitz, Namibia
March 27- Dakar, Senegal
April4- Valletta, Malta
April 9 - Kusidasi, Turkey
April 11 - Port Said, Egypt
April 17 - Barcelona, Spain
April 19 - Casablanca, Morocco
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Good eating and good shopping
are usually worth a headline in
Bruce's e-mails, like this description
of an early stop in South Africa:
"We've been spending most of
our port time shopping. And eating.
(As if there weren't enough to
eat on the ship... . ) One of the
more interesting local foods is
called Bunny Chow (or just
'Bunnys'). They take a half a loaf
of bread, hollow out the center,
and pour in some kind of curry
dish - I had a chicken Bunny in
Durban. There are also sort of
mini-Bunnys which appear to be
bread pockets (large) with the
curry dish inserted. Quite tasty."
Though contrary to what you
might think, Bruce admits, "We're
not the most adventurous of eaters."
Pondering whether there was
anything worth eating locally at the
stop in Turkey, Bruce wrote, "I
suppose there's always Turkish
Delight - the real stuff, not the
Bonomo's junk .... We took a break
in the Grand Bazaar and had drinks - Diet
Coke, of course - and a plate of Baklava.
That the stuff we get in the states dares to
use the same name is really a crime!"
Spring weather can be fierce, even in
balmy southern Italy. Storms plagued the
stop in Naples and interfered with "the Pompeii
trip, which would have been great except
it rained pitchforks and hammerhandles
all day, together with a wind strong
enough to turn the umbrellas inside out, and
a temperature far too low for comfort, even
in a jacket."
Bruce ended one of his latest posts,
"Elayne says I should assure everyone - and
maybe disappoint a few - that we haven't
been turned off of cruising yet (after 6 of our
9 weeks), but we have decided that we need
one of the larger ships - with a self-service
laundry and several jacuzzis - for anything
longer than a 7-day cruise."
They're on the way to Barbados, using
the days at sea to rest their legs from shopping
in the bazaars of Turkey and Egypt.
Five Sheets To The Wind
J. Michael Straczynski told us what happened
to the first four Babylon vessels, but I
don't think anyone ever revealed the fate of
the four zines that preceded FactSheet Five.
Or why the number never changes although
the editor does. And it's happening again.
"FactSheet is alive and well and will soon
be kicking under the scrutiny of DwayneMichael
D. Alborn ," says an from
Mr. Alborn. "Please email me all the info
and your most recent edition and future
editions for review and possible write up in
FactSheet Five written publication ... " Uh,
probably not.
The Buying Lantern Is Lit
Copies of Lan 's Lantern, published by the
late George "Lan" Laskowski, who passed
away about a year and a half ago, are still
available for purchase from Kathleen Laskowski.
She's also selling much of Lan's sf
book collection.
Special Author issues of Lan 's Lantern
available for postage and production costs
($4 each): Poul Anderson, Clifford D. Simak,
Bob Tucker, Hal Clement, Theodore
Sturgeon, A E. Van Vogt, Fritz Lieber, Arthur
C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Jack Williamson,
and Robert A Heinlein. She also has
copies of "general" issues #31, #39, #40,
#41 , #42, #43, #45, and others.
Contact: Kathleen Laskowski, 2466 ValleyviewDrive,
Troy, MI 48098-5317.
Ed Meskys had Niekas 46 available at Boskone.
The issue includes articles and columns
by Ray Nelson, John Boardman, Ben
Indick, Diana Paxson, Pat Matthews, Anne
Braude, and others. The usual, or $4.95, or
4/$19. Contact: Ed Meskys, RR #2 HBox
63, 322 Whittier Hwy, Center Harbor NH
Unofficial SF Club
Garth Spencer, BCSFAzine
's new editor, reports
an interesting legal fact
that keeps the Vancouver
club from registering its
name: "BCSF A is only
informally organized; it
doesn't exist in law, because
we can't register a
non-profit society with the
province with the name
'British Columbia' in the
title. (We would have to
advertise it to 70% of the
fans in the province, and
prove tltat we have done
so, and how do you prove
A difficult thing to
prove, but impossible?
Won't one of the traditional
solutions work?
Nail an issue of BCSFAzine
to the door of the city
cathedral? Drape a club
banner over an elephant and lead it down
Btunaby St. while someone bangs a bass
drum? Print up bumper stickers that say,
"Honk if you're a British Columbia SF fan"?
Opening The Time Capsule
In 1990, Mike Rembert asked the members
of Harry SF, a northeastern Ohio club, to
write down their predictions for life in the
new millenniun1. With Howard Hartzog's
help, these were assembled into a one-shot
zine called the Time Capsule. Rather than
burying the Capsule, copies were distributed
to all the members. The turn of the millennium
was the date set for "opening" the
Time Capsule.
According to Doug and Mary Piero
Carey, "Old science fiction fans aren't bad at
crystal gazing." Some of Harry's predictions
for 200 1 included:
• A new space station in orbit.
• Years of Hubble Telescope successes·
erase the stigma of early failure.
• Window-size satellite dishes challenge
cable TV.
• Chrysler under foreign management.
• Increases in home schooling.
• SF con attendance has dropped dramatically.
• Popular music is so nihilistic that no
adult can bear to hear it.
• Computer-controlled stage management
(lights, mikes, etc) for theaters.
• VCRs that can skip recording commercials.

• Voice recognition for computer security
and computing in general.
• New metallic threads used in fiber
• Workfare replacing welfare.
• More recycling.
• Electric vehicles on the roads.
• Disappearance of the middle class as
the gulf between rich and poor widens.
• Computer jobs eliminate lower class
· • ·Little guys swallowed up by big corporations.
• Computer shopping for food, clothing,
toiletries and toys.
• Electronic greeting cards.
• Ismel becomes more militant.
• Pacific Rim market domination collapses.
Ending on a coy note, they say, "Of
course, like any Cassandra, we don't mention
the wrong predictions here!"
Fans Find Wealth
on the Internet- Their Own
If the Internet isn't making you rich, it may
at least help you break even. All those TV
news stories about the state holding unclaimed
money for you are a "sweeps week"
cliche but LASFSian Matthew Tepper took
the advice and inched closer to his next
shopping spree at Tiffany' s. He looked up
his name on the California state controller's
web site and learned an insurance company
had a $55 check waiting for him. After Joe
Zeff heard Tepper announce the find at a
club meeting, he visited the controller's site,
too, and found $160 being held for him. The
check is on the way.
The biggest such recovery has been made
from the state of Colorado by the Denver
Area Science Fiction Association. DASFA.x
reports the club's building fund was found
by the State Treasurer's department in much
the same way that America was discovered.
"What? It was lost?" commented Thea
Hutcheson, who has been quietly taking care
of it for years. When the DASF A gets its
$1 ,200 back, technically they won't be any
richer than they were before, but they feel
like they are.
Clean Up Your Act!
The newly elected head of a well-known
science fiction club ended his inauguml address
with this complaint: "Lastly and most
sorry I am to mention it. BATHE, WASH
YOUR CLOTHES! This is your responsibility.
You are adults. It is embarrassing and
annoying to mention this. Does the club
have to do something to enforce cleanliness?
This one is complained about by more than
just me." Indeed, the problem is more common
in fandom than you might think. I'll
leave it up to you to decide if it was written
by the president of your club.
Hint: It wasn't written by the President of
the Melbourne SF Association. That issue
was handled by Terry Frost in the August
2000 issue of its clubzine, Ethel the Aardvark.
Terry wrote, "I don't care if you come
straight from working in a colliery to the
meetings. I don't care if you tripped over in
the abattoir just before the end of the shift. I
don't care if your flatmate dumped the contents
of a cat-litter tray into the pockets of
your parka ... three months ago. Buy some
roll-on Norsca and rub it over your flabby
torso before you lumber into the building.
It's not a sign of masculinity to be able to
make camels retch. It's not an effete bourgeois
thing to run water over yourself in
months that have the letter J in them ... . If
this little heartfelt plea doesn't work, I recommend
that the committee pass a special
by-law to increase the smelly-bloke membership
rate to around the same price as a top of
the range DVD player. Membership cards
for these special members should be printed
on car deodorizers."
KaCSFFS 30th Anniversary
The Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy
Society celebrated its 30th Anniversary
with a banquet on March 24. Three honorees
were recognized for service to the club, one
from each decade: Susan Satterfield, Becky
Rickert, and Sally Osgood. The banquet was
followed with a dance.
For more details check http://www.
World Wide Party 8
It may be the middle of winter where you
are but midsummer night is on the way.
Daie Speirs reminds every fan that the gth
Annual World Wide Party is coming again
on June 21. At 2100 local time, "Raise a
glass and toast your friends in the Papernet
around the world. Have a party if you will,
do a one-shot zine, prepare and post a batch
of mail art, or whatever else you may think
Benoit Girard of Quebec first suggested
the idea, and with a boost from Franz Miklis
of Austria it has been orbiting fandom ever
since. Speirs explains, "The idea behind a
2100 toast is to get a wave circling the
planet celebrating zineish friends and connecting
everyone in the Papernet briefly by a
common activity."
April 2001 · 13
Now On Sail
Hurry online and buy dozens of copies ~f
Eve Ackerman's novel, Pirate's Price, wntten
under her pen name of Darlene Marshall.
The humorous romance, set in 19th
century Florida, is available in e-book format
from Daylight Dreams, www. There's an excerpt
from the novel on the website.
"If someone asked me to describe my
book in one sentence," says the Florida fan,
applying a Proustian definition of sentence,
"rd say it's about a pirate ship crewed
mainly by men who've been at sea with
other men far too long, and their captain is a
woman pretending to be a man who has a bit
of a swish to his walk and then one day they
capture her estranged husband, who she's
been robbing blind, and things get interesting."
Eve insists, "It's a romance. Trust me
on this."
She started Pirate 's Price in 1993, set it
aside for six years, "Then finally planted my
butt in the chair and finished it. And sold it,
which is even better."
Expect another one soon. The working
title is Captain Sinister, also a pirate saga.
How Few Remainder
Mike Walsh's Old Earth Books has obtained
reprint rights to the works of Edgar Pangborn.
Old Earth will bring out editions of
West of the Sun, A Mirror for Observers,
Wilderness of Spring, The Trial of Callista
Blake, Davy, The Judgment of Eve, The
Company of Glory and a one- or two-volume
omnibus of shorter fiction.
Walsh wrote online, "Each book will be
reset and published in hardcover with the
usual good stuff: acid free paper and sewn
signatures." He's planning to release the
first few at Millennium Philcon.
Two other Pangborn works are not part
of the agreement: his first novel, A-100: A
Mystery Novel, and the announced but never
published Atlantean Nights Entertainment,
although Walsh says this may change in the
Focal Point Book
Mike Weasner has a chapter in a book
scheduled for May titled Astronomy With
Small Telescopes, from Springer Verlag.
The book has chapters devoted to several
types of small telescopes. Mike wrote the
chapter on the Meade ETX. The book is
edited by Stephen F. Tonkin. Weasner is not
the only LASFSian who contributed to the
book - Jay Freeman of the Bay Area also
wrote a chapter. Other contributors are
Kevin Daley, Dwight Elvey, Robert Hatch,
Dave Mitsky, and Tim Tonkin.
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The book has been announced on Amazon.
com. Orders through Mike's ETX site
( will be credited
to Mike.
Short Waves
Marty Cantor will be delighted to know that
The Leaky Establishment by David Langford
was the first release from Big Engine,
Britain's new subscription book publisher.
Juliette Woods and Damien Warman,
ruim~-up in this year's GUFF race, seem
to have located a consolation prize - they're
moving to Texas. Woods told Australian SF
Bullsheet #163, "I now have a finn idea of
where we're going once rve finished my thesis.
From July we'll be in Austin, Texas. I
have a postdoctoral appointment at the
Texas Institute for Computational and Applied
Mathematics at the University ~f
Texas. Damien will be able to complete hts
PhD and do a bit ofT A work there. We' ll be
there for at least a year, depending on
whether I get an Australian fellowship or
not We will try and arrange to drop by and
visit people in Europe and the UK en route."
Julie Zetterberg married Greg Sardo
on January 20 in a ceremony held at the Museum
of Flight in Seattle. Many members of
the costuming community participated. The
bridesmaids were Frances Simmons and
Kathy Sanders, and the Matron of Honor
was Susan Taubenek Spinning another tradition,
the "Groomswomen" were Betty
Bigelow and Dr. Lynn Kingsley.
The wedding cake looked like a stack of
three hat boxes, with a special topper made
by Betty Bigelow. [[Source: Michael Citrak,
Westwind 1120011}
Karen Pender Gunn has changed her
first name to KRin. She is organizing a Relay
for Life team to walk the Whitehorse
venue in November to raises money for the
Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, Australia.
The cost is $10 per person and the idea is
that the team takes it in turn to walk, with
the whole thing running for 48 hours. If you
are interested, contact her at:
KRin is back working, at the Anti-Cancer
Council Library. [[Source: Australian SF
Bullsheet #166]]
Moffatt House At 75
by John Hertz
[[Reprinted from Vanamonde 415 by permission.]]
Len Moffatt having happily celebrated
his 75th birthday, that June would go on to
hers was a consummation devoutly to be
wished, which last Friday (April20) came to
pass. These two diamonds of the ftrst water,
hospitable local fans, able fanwriters, ~e
companions, Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund wmners
who published their trip report, Uphft
hosts of mystery fandom, Friends of the
Great and Near Great (as Bill Rotsler put on
a name badge for Larry Niven), could either
of them have for the occasion been surrounded
by fans of any number and celebrity.
Each instead had a small family gathering.
For June's the definition was commodtous.
The three children of her body were
present, two of which, being married,
brought their own families. But she has also
taken an interest in younger fans as almost
to adopt them, and some of these filially
attended. I myself owe more to June than I
can easily recount Deft and encouraging,
crisp, discerning, and cheerful, t?e Mary
Poppins of APA-L, she has figured m adventures
from strange steak dinners at the Pacific
Dining Car, and hammering hazelnuts,
to editing the Rick Sneary memorial fanzine,
Button-Tack. Let us all rejoice in such
friends, and revel in a fandom where they
As a present I found at the last moment a
75th anniversary edition ofK. Grahame, The
Wind in the Willows (1913), in hard covers
with illustrations by E. H. Shepard, who
conferred with Grahame but alas finished
too late for him to see the whole. Making
this arrive in time (indeed, as it happened,
on the very day) was a feat It proved to contain
drawings no edition in June's library
had, and with my urgent instructions followed
it came, as protnised, with a card
BTHliTHDY. In the vicissitudes of fate and
fashion I was able to wear to Saturday dinner
a necktie of about the age of our
friendship, say 30 years, with no other
remark than Ed Green asking, "Is that
tartan?" I hope not, I said; I'm not entitled
to any that I know of
Changes of Address
Allan D. Burrows,
Linda Bushyager,
Connor Freff Cochram,
Donald & Jill Eastlake, 155 Beaver St.,
Milford, MA 01757
Teddy Harvia, 12341 Band Box Place,
Dallas TX 75244-7001
Elspeth,Kovar, E-mail:
Richard Labonte, Marlborough Farm, 166
Stoughton SideRoad, RR2 Calabogie,
ON KOJ IHO, Canada
Cheryl Morgan,
Bruce Pelz, E-mail:
Elayne Pelz: E-mail:
Gene Stewart, E-mail:
Paul Treadway, 22 York Street, Cambridge,
CBl 2PY, U.K.
Roger Wells, 8152 SW Hall Blvd. #405,
Beaverton, OR 97008;
As soon as Roger Wells saw his COA in the
last issue, he wrote, "Yes, my mailing address
has changed yet again. I was laid off
from my position at New Edge Networks in
Vancouver, just after really getting moved to
Vancouver; about 30% of the workforce was
let go. Within a few weeks I had four offers
... rve accepted a position managing the
productization department at the Beaverton,
OR office of Wind River Systems, headquartered
in Alameda, CA"
Richard Labonte says, "I've given up
gay bookselling after 20 years and plan to
spend the next couple of years living on a
farm I've owned communally with several
other college friends for 25 years now. Next
time I read File 770 I'll be rocking on the .
front porch."
Linda Bushyager says her new e-mail
handle, Misscraps, "Comes from the casino
game of craps. I played a lot of it for a~hil~.
Actually right now my game of chotce ts
video poker - if you know the correct strategy
and on some machines you can have a
slight advantage over the casino." L~da and
Ron will soon move closer to the actton: they
are building a house in Las Vegas. "We expect
house to be completed and to move
around August or September, though we
don't know exactly when. Our current house
will be put up for sale in March."

Pat Ellington
Appreciation by Robert Lichtman
Pat Ellington, widow of the late Dick Ellington
and a long-time fan, passed away on
Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Alta Bates
Hospital in Berkeley, California. A longtime
smoker, she'd been diagnosed with
cancer about a year ago, but it was her
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that
was the immediate cause of her death. Pat's
main fan activity was in the ' 50s, when she
had articles in a couple issues of "Joan W.
Carr's" Femizine. She assisted Dick in the
production of The Bosses ' Songbook and
had an illustration in it, and in the '60s and
early '70s was a member of FAPA jointly
with Dick. She's survived by their daughter
Marie, her sister Mary and her brother
Dr. Donald Anthony Reed
March 18,2001
Appreciation by Alan White
"I discovered at a young age I could never
become a God, so I decided to become a
judge. " - Donald Reed
How can one put into words the passing of
Dr. Donald A Reed, a sad and spoiled antifan
who, since 1960 has provided (one way
or another) a much needed service to the
genre fans of Hollywood? It's hard to provide
epilogue for this elfish man-child, but
knowing him 25 years, I am as qualified as
I was smitten by the Count Dracula
Society in 1963. Don and Manny Weltman
created this odd assemblage of genre movie
and literature fans, pseudo-intellectuals,
would-be authors and script-writers. The bimonthly
meetings were a haven for fans in
the '60s and actual celebs like Ray Bradbury,
Robert Bloch, AE. van Vogt, Christopher
Lee and others attended regularly.
Don was on to something, having an annual
banquet presenting awards to everyone from
Wolfinan Jack to Rock Hudson, Bob Clampett,
Robert Wise or Gene Roddenberry! I
asked how he got all these
people to show up and he
replied "People will go
anywhere to get an award!"
He found by giving fannish
losers an award as well, he
could garner their complete
allegiance, and thus always
have someone to lick the
stamps, fold the flyers and
stuff the envelopes; I was
one of them.
He lived in his grandparent's house in
South Los Angeles forever yet was never
aware of the changing surroundings. I called
him during the Watts Riots, having seen a
TV helicopter shot of the liquor store on his
corner burning to the ground. He couldn't
understand why "People are carrying television
sets down the middle of the street!"
While he told people he was a history
instructor, he was actually the librarian at
Woodbury College and a clerk in a law
office specializing in draft law. On at least
three separate occasions he took the Bar
exam, but never passed. While never actually
receiving a degree, he adopted his
lifelong moniker "Dr." and enjoyed collecting
honorary degrees and had stacks of
bogus shingles on every possible subject.
He also had a number of those mail order
ministries and offered to marry fans.
It was the beginning of the end when he
fell in with these guys purporting to be
Monarchs and Royal emissaries. He began
the "Royal Order of Count Dracula" and
insisted on "Knighting" everyone with this
big Dracula Sword causing Robert Bloch
and others to drop out in disgust.
He was such a character, yes, I was
mesmerized by his ability of persuasion and
the potential for meeting just about anybody
while in his company. Many club members
were called-on for a number of odd jobs.
For example, I wrote the first half of his
book, The Films of Robert Redford,
and others wrote the rest.
He was also paid for teaching
one-night adult classes at USC,
but convinced someone else to
actually teach the class for free. I
attended his class on "Special
Effects," only to fmd I was actually
the instructor! Don had
strange powers of recovery as
well. At a USC screening of King
Kong, the projector broke before
a single frame hit the screen.
While a rep was offering to give
everybody their money back, Don
ran to the front of the theatre and
gave an hour-long dissertation on
why "King Kong is a great
April 2001 ·1s
movie!" A woman came up later and said
his talk was "The most wonderful evening
I've ever spent!"
So Don didn't have to languish in the
hospital after his car accident, I spent a
week in his home dishing out drugs and
emptying his bed pans.
He relished appearing on The Tonight
Show and other interview programs both on
TV and radio.
At some point, Don knew the Society
was decaying (if not why) and devised a
new, more glamorous organization that
would only include people in the movie
industry. He called it "The Academy of
Horror Films, Science Fiction Films and
Fantasy Films." I opted for a shorter name,
but he wouldn't have it. Finally, I offered to
donate money to put the club on the map,
put on our first awards show and buy the
first award if we could shorten the name to
"The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy
and Horror Films." Imagine my surprise
fmding out the first award goes to Don
Reed "Because I thought of it!" When Don
discovered industry people didn't share the
same allegiance factor as fans, he opened
the ranks to anybody with money for a
There were many at the time who
thought Don an idiot and wanted to wrest
the reins of power from him, but in the end,
none of the usurpers had the energy or the
wild self-aggrandizing attitude to actually
do it.
Meeting Arnold Shapiro (multi-Emmy
winner for productions such as Scared
Straight) was a thrill and his ability to
produce our television award shows was
assured. It was Arnold that commissioned
and produced the actual Saturn A ward
much to the surprise of Don who wanted the
trophy to be known as the "Dr. Donald A
Reed Award." Under Shaprio's guidance,
the show boasted absolutely everyone from
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Charlton Heston, George Bums to Mark
Shapiro presented Don with an offer that
by restructuring the Academy like the Oscar
Academy, keeping books and actually having
elections, he would ensure the success and
longevity of our organization. This was what
I'd been waiting for-- the legitimizing of the
Academy! Don's reply was "I'd rather be a
big fish in a little pond" and "Poof1" it was
essentially over.
. In 1989 I bowed out from sheer frustration
and he never spoke to me again. While
everybody has a Don Reed story, in the end,
he will only be remembered for his quotes
on the covers of bad videos.
In Passing
Rosemary Hickey passed away on April 26.
She was in her 80s, and had been living in a
nursing home in Houston for some time.
During the 1950s-1970s, she was an active
member of the University of Chicago Science
Fiction Club and a committee member
for ChiCon ill. Earl Kemp wrote online, "In
her own right, she was quite a hostess for sf
affairs, a sportswoman, and a formidable foe
with a target rifle."
Pierre Versins, writer, faneditor, critic,
and author of the Encyclopedie Des Voyages
Extraordinaires, De L Vtopie Et De La
Science Fiction (Worldcon special committee
award, 1973), died peacefully in his
sleep in April at a hospital in A vignon,
France, his home town. He'd returned there
after living long years in Switzerland, where
he founded the SF museum La Maison
d'Ailleurs. In 2000, he was GoH of the
French SF Convention in neighbouring
L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue. He was 78. [[Source:
Joyce Scrivner}}
Answer Man
Not long ago the website's
"Answer Man" received a letter written in
pencil by a shaky 10-year-old hand:
"Dear Science Fantasy Society: I would
like to know how can a person have a fantasy.
Write down about that for me and write
down some steps about how I can have a
fantasy. Then, I would like to know is magic
science fiction. Here's an example of what I
mean. I mean like if somebody could zap
something and it would turn into something
or if somebody could do a magic spell. If
magic spells are real, please send me some.
Love, Chris."
LASFS member Bret Achorn, who
worked on The Iron Giant with Warner
Bros. and now works for Disney, therefore
knows a bit more about the art of illusion
than the average fan, volunteered to answer
Chris's letter. His thoughtful reply is worth
repeating in these pages:
"Dear Chris: I'm writing to answer your
letter to the Los Angeles Science Fantasy
Society. They thought that I might be able to
answer your questions. As for what we do
down here, we're pretty much like anywhere
else, except we enjoy science fiction and
fantasy stories, usually in the form of books,
movies or TV. We hang out together, and
talk about lots of things, and go places
together, just like any group of friends.
"As to how a person can have a fantasy,
it's mostly a matter of taking the way the
world is, and imagining changing it any way
you'd like. One way to do that is to ask
'What if?' 'What if people could fly?' is a
favorite of mine. There'd be no more cars,
everyone would have doors on their roofs,
and cities would look very different.
"As for whether magic is science fiction,
a very wise man named Arthur C. Clarke
once said, 'Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic. '
That means, to people long ago who never
had light bulks or cars or computers, those
things would be mysterious and magical.
"Of course, if by ' science fiction' you
mean 'make believe,' then that' s a much
harder question. Because, you see, we're all
like those people long ago. When we don't
know much, everything, even a light bulb, is
magic. Later, when we understand it, we
say, 'That's not magic, that's electricity.'
And then, much later, if we're lucky, we
realize that the world isn't a simple place,
and that there' s a lot we don't understand. If
you've ever stood outside when it was
snowing on a quiet day and listened to the
sound of the snow and the way nothing
sounds like it usually does, or watched
lightning storms on a hot, dry summer day,
you might know what I mean.
"I'm sorry to say that I don't have any
magic spells to send you. At least as far as
I've seen, magic is something each person
has to fmd on their own. I can remember
writing a letter very much like the one you
just did, and I know that isn't the answer
you wanted. All I can say is that if you keep
your eyes open and look at the little things
that most people never notice, you' ll fmd
that there's a very magical world out there.
Sincerely, Brett Achorn."
These are the winners of the 2000 Nebula
Awards, given out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
in Beverly Hills, CA on April 28:
Novel: Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio
(Ballantine Del Rey)
Novella: Linda Nagata, "Goddesses"(Sci
Novelette: Walter Jon Williams, "Daddy's
Wor!d"(Not of Woman Born, Roc)
Short Story: Terry Bisson, "macs"(F&SF,
Oct/Nov 1999)
Script: David Howard & Robert Gordon,
Galaxy Quest (Dream Works SKG)
Also honored at the ceremony were:
SFWA Grand Master: Philip Jose Farmer,
SFWA Author Emeritus: Robert Sheckley;
Bradbury Award: 2000X - Harlan Ellison,
host/story editor, Yuri Rasovsky, producer/
director; Warren Dewey, sound Engineer.
These are the results of the 200 1 SFWA
Officers Election: President:
Norman Spinrad; Vice President: Sharon Lee;
Secretary: Madeleine Robins; Treasurer:
Chuck Rothman; Canadian Regional Director:
Chris Atack.
Just Desserts
SCIFI, Inc., the folks who brought you L.A.
con Ill, tried to kiss up to the pros attending
Nebula Weekend in Los Angeles by sponsoring
a Dessert Party.
Craig Miller said I-told-you-so when the
inevitable confusion occurred: "rd mentioned
previously that I felt the signage in the party
room should say more than just Sponsored by
SCIFI, Inc. for fear of confusion with the SciFi
Channel in the minds of the party's attendees.
What I hadn't counted on is that the
folks who maintain the SFWA website and
SFWA's e-mail announcement list would get
into the act. They both announced that the
Dessert Party will be sponsored by Scifi.
Miller and Christine Valada, who coordinated
the Nebulas, both caught the mistake
and prompted changes to the website and a
corrected e-mail message to be sent out.
It happened in such a short period of
time. The individual occupations of
"Graphics Designer, Layout, PasteUp
and Typesetting Artist" was going the
way of the Pinsetter. Throughout the 70s
I had designed movie advertising material
on typesetting machines, developing
reams of film that would be cut into
gallies, waxed and pasted onto layout
boards. Stills were photographed with
huge cameras, trimmed, waxed and put in
place with T-Squares, X-Acto knives,
skill and patience. Fixing a minor typo
was costly and time consuming.
In 1984 Apple released it's personal
computer and a Brave New World began.
Like a scene from Return of the Fly, the
Layout, Paste-Up, Designer and
Typesetter all melded into one huge,
multi-tasking person. Looking back, the
thought of running an entire graphics and
printing department on 4 megs of Ram
seems unthinkable.
Layout programs like Quark X-Press
made it possible to quickly and easily do
what had taken hours to do in the past.
Fixing a mistake became instantaneous
and cost nothing. Compared with today,
the computers, printers and scanners were
grossly expensive.
No more wrestling with stencils and
corflu. At last a state-of-the-art fanzine
can be created to rival the big boys.
Today, computers are relatively
inexpensive and scanners are sold at
supermarkets for less than $100. Now it's
the programs that are grossly expensive.
Adobe's Photoshop allows manipulation
of art and photos to create the
unreal or enhance what already exists.
Combined with other art programs like
Corel's 3D software Bryce, new worlds
can be created by anyone with the time to
spare and the spirit of adventure.
With a boost from the internet, you
can now, not only create your fanzines
with all the bells and whistles of the
largest design companies, but either print
them out or circulate them anywhere in
the world via the internet absolutely free.
One such zine I am thankful to be in
cahoots with is Joyce Katz' Smokin'
Rockets where I've been given the
freedom to do anything I want AND in
color. Since Mike received a letter
wondering how I created some of the
covers for File 770, I thought I would
give a behind-the-scenes look at creating
the cover for Smokin' Rockets #3.
There are many 3D rendering
programs on the market, but for only
$150, Bryce is perfect for novice or pro
alike and available for both Mac and PC.
Both Bryce and Photoshop are huge
memory hogs, so come prepared.
Bryce allows you to assemble any
number of wire-frame shapes to create
anything from scenic landscapes to
horrifying robots. After, sketching a
rough of what you want the final to look
like, crank up your program.
Since Bryce gives you a variety of
shapes to use, I prefer working from what
I determine will be the biggest geometric
shape outward. Sometimes melding
shapes together, sometime, just sticking
them on!
What you are working with can
become a tangle of wires and shapes, so I
usually make additional articles on
separate pages and paste them into the
major piece to be attached later.
Something like building a real robot.
When working in a three dimensional
world, care is taken the image is correct
from every angle. Up, down, back and
forth; the pieces can be moved around the
A big (left) hand for the little robot
screen freely. A completed art piece can
be viewed from any angle!
By accessing one of the many
"material" pallets, you can create the
metal coverings for your robot and
rocket, plus terrain material for your
Bryce 4 now allows you to animate
your new figures and the environment
you create for them!
You have created your wire frame
picture, covered each figure with its
respective material, chosen the proper
"camera angle", rendered your scene and
finally, saved your project. Printing out a
proof copy is a wise move too. Now it is
imported into Photoshop to make some
color adjustments and apply the rocket
smoke. The Smokin' Rockets masthead
that was made in Typestyler 3.5.8 is also
imported into Photoshop and the entire
concoction of art is squished together,
ready to be printed out or e-mailed to
anyone in the world. •
This article is meant solely to
acquaint more fans with just a tad of the
technology available to them. Yes, it's
presented as an overview of a process I
use and enjoy and has been quite
simplified. No, I'm not thumping the tub
for Adobe or Corel.
Here is a shot of the working page showing the shapes palette at the top
and ]-dimensional movement controls along the left side. Notice the flurry of wires
and in the background, the mountain range.
Apply a material surface to each object, render your picture and voila!
SIIIIKI Anyone who has tried drawing with a mouse
knows its limitations ...
The Wacom Art Tablet allows you to draw/erase or
trace directly into your computer much as you would
with pen on paper. The thickness and quality of your
line is reflected by the pressure you apply to the tablet.
Once your art is in the computer, it is available for any
changes, clean-ups, effects and applying color.
Different pens function as either a drawing instrument
or an airbrush, giving the artist a wide variety of styles
and effects. If you are already familiar with drawing ·
and computers, the transition is easy. The tablet and
pens give you the ability to draw naturally as you
would with pen or brush.
All my covers and filler art are created on a Mac
G4/500 using Photoshop 5.5, Bryce 4, Typestyler 3.5.8,
Wacom Tablet (12x12) and Stadtler technical pens,
either singly or in any combination. For black and
white printout, artwork is sent to a HP Laserjet 5000 for
printing at 1200 dpi.
To see this cover in color and other computer art, go to: >Wow!
You can download Smokin' Rockets at:
April 2001 ·19
by Tadao Tomomatsu
[[J'adao Tomomatsu will be Fan
Guest of Honor at DemiCon in Des
Moines, lA over he May 4-6
by Tadao Tomomatsu
Greetings to one and all.
My Name is Tadao Tomomatsu:
Actor, Comedian and Jack of Most
A Japanese-American from Texas.
Experiment# JA-355947-TX
An experiment that went
Horribly, Horribly Wrong .. ..
I've never actually written up
what's happened in my life, my
misadventures are often told in
person with a myriad of voices _to
match the personalities. And I wnte
the way I speak, or in the Classic
"Radio ScripUV.O. (Voice Over)
Format." So I will apologize for my
spelling and grammar, for those
you used to such things.
I should explain who I am first a
bit and the silliness may ensue soon
afterwards. • I'm the very odd one in the family. A
long line of Priests and a long Line . of
Samurai before that. Dad broke away With
being a Scientist. Mom used to be a
Translator/Director at NHK: The Japanese
Version of Public TV. And I'm generally
considered the Isei/Nisei of the Family.
Mom and Dad were the first to live in the U.
S. There for Nisei. Isei because I'm the first
one born in the US. And oddly, as a Texan.
Yes, I had a Texas Accent. Took me about
four years to get rid of it. But don'cha' ll
worry nun. Takes a whole hoot to get me
back to ride'n hard and scoot'a boot. Yup.
Ok. So an Actor. I have to admit I can't
explain it myself. Oddly, I looked on it as a
challenge of sorts. It was something that no
one else in the family was doing. And as the
only Asian in a Midwestern, somewhat
redneck area I had to be creative. Not to
mention being a ....
Ok ok .. . that's neither here nor there.
I do have to mention that I am a
"Working Actor." Oddly enough that me_ans
that I'm not working most of the tune
anyway. Such is the life in Hollywood. I do
have a BA degree in Communications
Broadcasting: TV, Radio and Film, with a
minor in Theater Arts: Acting. What does
this mean? My back-up job is just as
difficult to get and fmd as my "career" is.
So. Relating stories about Hollywood. I'll
be the first to admit; I'm rather biased. And
I am telling stories out of sequence. I'm not
starting with the very first "Acting" job I had
or how I got started. That may be later, when
I remember.
The old phrase goes, "Actors are the
greatest liars." I admit that I am a comedian/
storyteller and an actor. Most all of the
stories are true. The names are changed or
unmentioned to protect the innocent. I will
be the first to admit these are fun stories,
and if most of what I mention ever gets out
the other phrase is "You' ll never do lunch in
this town again" comes to mind. So just look
upon these as "Stories." At least I can keep
my residuals.
Where to begin. The last thing mentioned
in File 770 was a bunch of "promos" for
"Crocodile Hunter" on Animal Planet. If you
caught me, I was flubbering words out to a
Green, Fuzzy, Alligator puppet. People
thought it was great. However the odd news.
I caught it. And it's an
It was two days of
work in Oxnard, CA. I
live around Burbank.
Needless to say, a rather
long drive. Although it
was just as the SAG/
AFTRA commercial
strike was getting
underway, doing this
promo was fme with
because the company
signed the interim
agreement. Much to the
great fmancial relief of
the actor. Yay.
I waited for a script
on Monday, with the
shooting scheduled on
Tuesday. I got nothing,
so I called in and
checked: apparently they
were still writing the
script. Talking about
"while the ink was still
wet"isn't even the half of it.
Don't get me wrong. The Co/Director
and crew were all professionals.
Instead of getting a copy of a script at
around 6 p.m. I get it at 9 p.m. And it's
three pages - only a paragraph or so each.
Now it's a mad rush and a few hours of
sleep to get this down. . .
And being Japanese, and usually this IS
so I go early to the location.
' There were also three ladies with
speaking parts. Now the first thing th:y
were asked as a group was, "Are you afraid
of snakes, can you handle snakes?" <?f
course, the answer is yes. You see, m .
Hollywood if you are asked can you fence,
can you ride a horse, etc. you say yes. If
someone asks if you are a god you say YES.
Well, all three ladies said yes.
Then the pythons came out.
First thing was the tall skinny blond who
was trying to figure out what was so terrible
about pythons. Well if they don't like you no
problem. If they really like you and they give
you a hug .... kiss your lower ribs goodbye ..
Oh, no problem. I don't have any.
Blink .. . blink ...
And it suddenly dawned on us guys.
We've heard the legends but we never
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thought we'd actually meet one. Legend has
it that some women have their lower ribs
removed so they can fit into tighter dresses.
It's a Hollywood thing.
When they brought out the four foot
albino python, most of us were outside the
classroom watching the "replay" monitor,
without no sound. After the shooting was
over, the blond came straight out, started on
a cigarette and filled us in on what was said.
On screen we saw the python on both
shoulders. She was rather stiff. She was
scared, and as soon as the python was on her
shoulders the python's head was moving and
eventually was entirely on one shoulder
when this conversation finished.
Director: Okay .. get ready.
Blond: Wait, can we do something.
Director: What
Blond: Film me being scared ..
Director: And then?
Blond: Film me being scared ..
Director: And then?
Blond (Shaky) Film me being
scarrredd ...
Director: Okay. Then let's do that and
we' ll add to that. Roll 'em. • As the film was rolling, the snake fell off
her left shoulder and she jumped. Those of
us watching went, "Ouch, that must hurt the
p y thon. Wait , s he looks
scared ... " (Lightbulb over our heads.)
Now there was a brunette there also. Not
to put too fme a point ... she was five foot..
and exceedingly skinny. Yes she was scared.
However, her python wanted to see what
size bra she was wearing. And "his" head
started to nudge inside of her shirt. All we
see for a few seconds is her treating it like a
guy. Looking down and slapping its head,
saying, "Hey, get out of there!"
Just like it was a guy .. . hmm go figure.
Now Beth, the third lady, she's from
Michigan. Beth is a self-proclaimed farm
girl. African American ... who is doing the
"Hispanic" Rosie Perez Voice. She also
speaks eight languages. She's outgunned me
by at least five. And she surprised me. She
speaks practically perfect Japanese.
She starts off fme. "You .. know, you're a
grumpy little snake." However, by the fifth
take, the python is now head level and
staring at her. Every take her voice was
getting shakier and shakier, and still with
the Accent.
Ahhh, the things you do in Hollywood. • As I mentioned in an earlier File 770, we
had the "Lubriderm" Crocodile as well as
the pythons.
A huge Ford pickup with a truck cover
holds the Croc and the pythons. All I
remember is it was parking near the food
tables. And the handler is reading a paper in
the truck. There is this tremendous ... . uh ..
well for lack of a better term "Burp." A
Crocodile Burp .. . and the truck shakes ever
so slightly ..
Without missing a beat the Handler
drops the paper..and does the fist thumping
chest bit, says, "Excuse me."
And goes back to reading the paper.
++ Tadao Tomomatsu
Long, Hot Summer
The Lord of the Rings movie premiere isn't
until December, but Forrest DeLanger
already got his name in the paper by being
first in line for tickets at the Rancho Santa
Fe, CA theaters. The 46-year-old bachelor
with no life declared, "Only one person can
be first in line, and it should be me."
Alan White clipped this article for File
770, and added a note warning, "This is a
hoax." I guess, after Alan read what I had to
say about Frohvet last issue, he wasn't sure I
could tell the difference .
Brush Up Your Tolkien
While the world lines up to see the movie
version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the
Rings, Britain's Tolkien Society is keeping
its eye on the place where it all started -
Tolkien's books. Decades after publication,
copies of early editions in the circulating
collections of public libraries require
conservation to stay in service.
Tolkien Society Trustee Trevor Reynolds
said, "I saw a newspaper article about the
British Library's Adopt-A-Book scheme
which explained how much of our literary
heritage was at risk, so I contacted them to
see whether any books by Tolkien were in
need of conservation. They told us that three
books needed work and that this would cost
them £1300."
The Society has paid to conserve all three
books: a rare UK first edition of The Hobbit,
an early Puffm paperback edition of The
Hobbit, and a USA first edition paperback of
Tolkien's elegiac fairy tale Smith of Wootton
Major. A spontaneous collection among
members during the Society's annual miniconference
Oxonmoot last September raised
about one-third of the money. The rest came
from the Society's publications budget.
The British Library invited the Tolkien
Society to send four members to visit the
Library's conservation department and
"meet" the adopted books. The places were
allocated by a draw among members who
had contributed to original collection.
Conservation, not restoration, is the
objective. "All our books are intended for
reading," says the department's Mike
Western. A large part of the work involves
books and manuscripts from the 20th
century - modern wood-based paper
degrades faster than the rag paper used in
older, more expensive publishing. Cheap
acid paper turns yellow in a few years.
Reversing or stabilizing the effect of the acid
is the main treatment needed by modern
books and prints. "We have a 300 year
backlog," a doleful conservator told
And the conservators appeal to book
lovers - don't use sticky tape to fix loose
pages! Treatment can remove the plastic
strip and adhesive, but the staining is
The Tolkien Society's idea has inspired
Adopt-A-Book to appeal to other literary
groups for funds to conserve ''their" author's
early editions.
Adopt-A-Book's website,
adoptabook, has been named as "most
loved" in the UK by one publication. The
Tolkien Society also draws visitors to its
website at
UK Census Undercounts
Jedi Faithful
The British government nearly had a Jedi
jihad on their hands. According to online
news sources, Star Wars fans were taken in
by an e-mail hoax suggesting that the
forthcoming U.K. Census would recognize
"Jedi" as a religion if enough people wrote it
on the form. The Office of National
Statistics denies that they will count the
write-ins. Their representative told
reporters, "There won't be any coding for
Jedi. So it won't be called a religion even if
10,000 people do it." If the official had
nothing further to say, I'm sure that was only
because he felt the grip of an invisible hand
closing on his throat. [[Source: Chronicles
of the Dawn Patrol]]
Coming This Summer
Area (19)51 SF Film Festival
Forrest J Ackerman will host the Area (19)
51 SF Film Festival, part of Kansas City's
"Halfway to Hollywood" cinema celebration
in June. Area (19)51 is sponsored by the
Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy
Society, Inc. and Photoplay Inc., in
association with the Fine Arts Theatre
Seven classic SF films from 1950-1951
will be shown: Destination Moon, The Day
the Earth Stood Still, The Thing From
Another World, When Worlds Collide, The
Man From Planet X, Lost Continent, Flight
to Mars. Five rare 35 mm episodes of the
early TV series Space Patrol will also be
The Area ( 19)51 festival boasts highquality
35 mm prints from the collection of a
noted Kansas City area theater owner. In the
case of The Thing From Another World, the
print is a pristine original vault find from
Australia with deleted scenes not available
since the film's original release in 1951.
During the festival, there will also be the
theatrical premiere of a new documentary on
the making of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Original props, posters, and stills from these
films, not seen for half a century, will be on
display at the Englewood.
These films launched the beginning of
the modern science fiction film era and
contain wonderfully entertaining insights
into the Atomic Age. They represent the
hopeful, innocent qualities of the era but
also draw attention to the fears of atomic
warfare, racial unrest, communism and
possible life on other worlds.
Visit the festival website (still under
construction) for more information and
Spock Groks Observatory
Leonard Nimoy is doing his part to ensure
that Griffith Observatory lives long and
prospers. The actor and his wife, Susan,
have donated $1 million to refurbish the 66-
year-old Los Angeles landmark. "I think it's
of cosmic consequence," said Griffith
Observatory Director Edwin C. Krupp.
"There's something really appealing about
Leonard Nimoy's professional career and
being able to bring it into this space."
The donation is the first contribution by
an individual to the renovation effort, which
has acquired about two-thirds of the $63
million it needs from corporations,
foundations and public money. The face lift
is scheduled to begin next year and be
completed by late 2004.
"By observing the sky and pondering our
place in the universe, people gain a new
perspective on their daily lives," Nimoy said
in a statement. "Griffith Observatory gives
its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los
Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure
will be here for generations to come."
About 2 million people visit the
observatory a year to view the universe
through its 12-inch Zeiss refractor telescope
and planetarium. Millions more have seen
its bronze Art Deco dome in films, including
the switchblade scene in James Dean's
Rebel Without a Cause. [[Source: AP]]
Dragonritlers Will Take To Air
Having mentioned in last issue's obituaries
how Bill Donaho helped Anne McCaffrey's
novelette tie for the 1968 Hugo, it's
noteworthy that WB has ordered Pem as a
series for the fall, an hour-long SF drama
based on her Dragonriders of Pem stories.
Ronald D. Moore, a veteran Star Trek and
Roswell writer, will produce the show,
according to Variety. [[Source: ASFACTS,
Clipping Service
"During the "People vs. James T. Kirk" trial
panel, panelist David Levine remarked,
'While it is true that Kirk decimated several
planets, the way those people dressed shows
they were begging for someone to come
along and do just that."' - Craig
Chrissinger, "Random Chicago Worldcon
Notes, "Asfacts 912000
"Of course, the other big pain is that now
I'll actually have to pay for printing This
Here, nichevo, SingSing and the rest instead
of sneaking into work at 6 a.m. and slapping
out the copies on that nice machine that
sorted and stapled 'em for me. Pah! (Hey,
April 2001 · 21
maybe that's why they ' discharged'
me ... )"-Nic Farey, this here #8
"I can read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I
can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal
education." Tallulah Bankhead, quoted in
this here #8
"I am the only member of the Melbourne SF
Club who has ever been officially censured
by the club for trying to set the Club
President on fue. I take a certain pride in
this. It's a marvelously gonzo non-recurring
phenomenon. I wasn't really going to set exPresident
Sasquatch on ftre with the lighter
fluid and a Zippo. I ftgure that anyone who
threatens to blow a loud whistle in a small
room while I have a splitting headache
deserves a sudden jolt of mindless,
involuntarily farting terror. What I want to
see if the kind of club where threatening to
set the President on ftre is taken in the spirit
in which it is intended. If I threatened to set
the new President on ftre, he'd just look me
in the eye and say, 'If you do that, Sean-Paul
becomes President,' which of course would
stop me dead in my tracks." - Terry Frost,
Ethel the Aardvark, 8/2000
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. Thanks For All The Fish
How much does a party for 300 of your
friends in Hawaii cost? James and Kathryn
Daugherty turned in the fmal accounting for
Conolulu, and the convention's net loss
(made up for by a donation from the
Daughertys to the parent corporation,
SFSFC) was $31 ,906. The 2000 Westercon
took in $18,046 and spent $49,852. "Not
that this was surprising," wrote Kevin Standlee,
"We've known all along that Conolulu
would be almost certainly a money-losing
event, and the Daughertys did the bid assuming
that they would have to donate a
substantial amount of money to make it
work." A tip of the hat from Westercon
members to James and Kathryn for their
Drawing Card
What does Ferdinand Feghoot look like?
ConJose is looking for artists to answer this
question. The 2002 Worldcon is running a
contest for the best visual representation of
Ferdinand Feghoot, the Imaginary Guest of
Ferdinand Feghoot, created by the late
Reginald Bretnor, was the hero of a series of
shaggy-dog stories, each one ending with a
pun strong enough to cause internal hemorrhaging
in the unwary reader. For example,
who can forget his famous culinary creation,
the ground-glass-and-meat dish known as
silicon carne?
The press release explains, "Due to all of
his roanting through time and space - having
adventures here, saving galaxies there -
ConJose has no photograph, or drawing, or
anything, ofFeghoot. But a representation of
the Imaginary Guest of Honor must appear
in the convention publications and web site
somewhere. All knowledge is contained in
fandom ... including, presumably, what Feghoot
looks like. Hence this competition."
The rules are: ( 1) The artwork must
prominently feature Ferdinand Feghoot. (2)
The artwork must be capable of being displayed
at the convention and reproduced in
some manner in our publications. (3) The
deadline for entries is April 2, 2002. (This
may change.)
Prizes and declarations of fame and
honor for the winner will be armounced
later. Address inquiries to Feghoot Contest,
ConJose, P.O. Box 61363,
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4128, or send email
ConJose Mailing Lists
ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon, has started
two publicity Iistserves. The first will
distribute official information about the
convention. The second will foster discussion
of ConJose-related subjects, including
travel and tourism in the BArea. Both lists
are open to anyone and can be joined by visiting
the ConJose web site and signing up:
http:/ /www.conjose. org/Contactlmaillists.
A Lack of Conviction
If you bet that Omaha fans would inaugurate
their new convention before a Bugs Bunny
cartoon would be nominated for the Hugo -
you lost.
Conviction, plarmed for the March 31
weekend, was cancelled for the second consecutive
year. According to Selina Rosen,
fans trying to make hotel reservations were
told none were available. The hotel reserved
all its function space and rooms for other
users, though the committee claims it had a
contract. Organizer Gimlie Fee will
try again. In the meantime, she is
offering refunds. [[Source: Chronicles
of the Dawn Patrol]]
On the Con Patrol
Czarkon will change its name to
The Con Patrol in 2002. Organizers
are moving the con to Kansas
City, focusing on the members of
the online Dawn Patrol and adding
programming to make it a much
different con than it used to be.
Guests will include Web Hero
GoH Keith Stokes, Dusk Petrol
GoHs Carol and Demlis (The Unknown
Pfan) Doms, Dawn Patrol
and Technology GoH Ross Hathaway
and Special Guests who are
still making up their minds.
For pictures of the last Czarkon:
http ://www.
Join Capclave Now!
Capclave is giving fans an incentive to join
immediately. TI1ey will be holding a drawing
from the first 50 people to register for
the convention and reserve a room in the con
hotel room. Grand prize: your room free for
a night! Second prize: Membership reimbursement
and a Capclave T-shirt. Eight
additional prizes will be given out, meaning
that 20% of the first 50 people will win
Charlotte Granted Exemption
Lance Oszko armounced that on February 10
the IRS granted IRC 501(cX3) status to the
nonprofit corporation running the Charlotte
in 2004 bid. Surprisingly, their application
was approved within six weeks.
BucConeer Running
Out of Treasure? ·
Comptroller Bob Mcintosh reported to BucConeer'
s corporate meeting on December 16
that there is a grand total of $28,800 left in
all accounts. ChiCon expenses were expected
to use most of remaining convention
profits, with much of the rest going to finance
Student SF Writing contests through
The committee will be looking for donations
to continue the contests, and may have
How do committees get fans to join
their conventions sooner? They've
been trying to solve this problem
for a long time, not only to pay the
pre-convention expenses, but more
importantly, to based their budgets
on accurate membership estimates.
Kosh goes Hawaiian, at Conolulu 2000.
Photo by Phyllis Eide. Additional photos on
File 770 web page.
fotmd the first "contribution" in-house. Michael
Nelson's said there had been so few
submissions for the BucCaneer Memory
Book that they should simply put the photos
on the web page and give its budget to the
Student Contests.
Power Play
Natural gas, electricity, gasoline - the cost
of every kind of energy has gone sky-high
this year. Corporate price manipulation is
suspected, and it seems convention hotel
executives hated to see the bandwagon leaving
without them. Doubletree employees
told fans reserving rooms for the Portland
Westercon there would be a $3/night
"energy surcharge" added to the bill.
When Westercon's Patty Wells heard
this, she contacted their sales manager and
got the charge eliminated. She wrote online,
"It's the gambit where they try it out and
then deal with the groups that really object.
What it looks like they're fmding is that any
professional group (where the room costs are
being reimbursed) is fme with eating it, the
rest of us aren't. But you can't blame them
for trying."
Aussie Worldcon Bidding
Across Time and Space
Before Aussiecon Three ended, several fans
were already promoting another Worldcon
down under in 2007. Since then, Smofs inside
and outside Australia have discussed
alternative venues and so many different
years fans are confused whether we're talking
about the next Aussiecon or Ferdinand
"There are rumours that Australia may
move to 2009," reports Bridget Wilkinson in
Fans Across the World #108. Oh, that's the
old rumor, Bridget, part of last year's great
smotTy scheme to keep non-North Americans
from bidding for three consecutive years
Stephen Boucher left the jasmine-filled
rooms of the Hawaii Westercon with a brief
to shift the Aussie bid to 2009, but it may
have been too early to assume there was any
kind of monolithic bid able to make such a
decision. Australia's rival local fandoms all
want their say - and some are having it in
the pages of Marc Ortlieb's Australian SF
Rose Mitchell wrote in #163: "Most of
the Aussie fannish community has heard of a
group of people, some of whom live in Melbourne,
who are working on a proposal to
bid for a Worldcon to be held somewhere in
Australia in either 2007 or 2009 .... So far,
there is a declared bid for Japan (no city yet)
in 2007. It is strongly supported by Americans
and Canadians and a delegation from
this bid attended Chicon last September
where they created a great deal of interest
and excitement. However, some people believe
the bid may founder before 2004. A
shame if it does because a Worldcon in Japan,
though comparatively expensive, nonetheless
would be extremely exciting and
interesting . ... So this group of people have
decided to defer further planning of a bid to
hold a Worldcon in Australia until after
Philcon (in August 2001 )."
Mitchell adds, "It was never ever the
intention of the above group of people to
hold this possible convention in Melbourne.
This is a misconception that keeps being
perpetuated. There is also a bid for a Worldcon
to be held in Australia in 2008 originating
out of Sydney. As I understand this bid,
the intent is to stage the Worldcon in Sydney
.... Melbourne has staged all of the Aussiecons
because at the time of bidding, that
city had (a) an appropriate venue to accommodate
the numbers and (b) an active fandam
and (c) was not as expensive as Sydney!
Just had to throw in some intercity rivalry.
"All Australian cities now have (or will
have within two years) purpose-built convention
centres and connecting international
flights daily. Perth has recently broken
ground for its convention centre, and it has
one of the most active fandoms in Australia
Sydney's Gany P Dalrymple replied in
#164. He researched the prospects of future
Australian Worldcon bids during Aussiecon
Three. "There was generous support for a
future Australian Worldcon; none of the 200
people I approached rejected the idea as implausible.
Non-Australian respondents were
supportive of a time frame of 'more than
five, less than ten,' while Australian respondents
were more pessimistic, supporting a
time frame of greater than nine years. I think
it is very significant that for 'Next Australian
Worldcon,' Melbourne for a fourth time
was very much a minority choice, rating not
much higher than Perth which was an unknown
city to most respondents.
"If the 'Melbourne Worldcon Bid' people
are serious about being seen as a 'Not necessarily
Melbourne' bid, I have seen no evidence
of it, and it seems they are denying
themselves a significant advantage by not
making this point clear."
On the other hand, said Dalrymple, "I
have no objection to the next Australian
Worldcon being in Melbourne in 2007 or
2008, provided the Smofs behind Melbourne
do not drop the ball again, but instead announce
a commitment to developing the opportunities
for all Aust & NZ fandom."
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South Gate Again in 2010?
By Andrew Porter
Another worldcon for LA, downtown instead
of at the airport or in Anaheim? The old battle
cry of "South Gate Again in 2010!" is
growing more viable. The 1958 worldcon
was held at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown
LA, which was ceded to the City of
South Gate by LA for the weekend, because
Sneary's successful bid for that suburb didn't
have any hotels large enough to hold a
The passing years have not been kind to
parts of downtown LA, or to the Alexandria
Hotel. In the intervening decades, the Alexandria
fell into disrepair, becoming a flophouse
for down-and-out LA denizens. Now,
with renovation sweeping the area, as described
in "Swank Plans in Skid Row Los
Angeles" in the 1/25 New York Times, the
Alexandria's revival as a commercial hotel is
growing more likely. As the Times noted,
"The Alexandria Hotel, a flophouse on
Spring and Fifth, may be the next candidate
for developers, with its grand ballroom with
a Tiffany stained-glass ceiling."
Although Rick Sneary is dead, maybe his
dream has some life in it.
Bubonicon 33 will be held August 24-26,
200 I at the Howard Johnson East, 15 Hotel
Circle NE (I-40 and Eubank) in Albuquerque,
NM. GoH: Sarah Zettel. TM: S. M.
Stirling. Guest Artist: Lee Seed. Auctioneer:
Robert Vardeman. Rooms: $58 sgl-quad.
Telephone: (800) 877-4852. Memberships:
$22 til 5/28, $25 til 8/13, $28 at the door.
Dailies sold at the door. Make payments to
"NMSF Conference." Contact: NMSF Conference,
PO Box 37257, Albquerque, NM
87176, E-mail: Website:
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The Fanivore
E. B. Frohvet
My first reaction to File 770:13 7 (other than
admiring both front and back covers) was
that my slight influence in fanzine fandom
must be growing, if even the illustrious File
770 is doing covers in Frohvet Pink. Thereupon
I opened the ziue and discovered your
editorial. To say that I was flabbergasted is
an understatement.
There's a scene in an unpublished story I
wrote in which the students of a magic academy
(the piece is several years old and predates
"Harry Potter") are offered a problem.
It is in fact a sneaky trick problem. But one
of the students argues intensely her solution.
The target of the exercise says apologetically,
"The enthusiasm with which you make
your case almost, but
not quite, makes up
for the fact that you
are wrong." Life
imitates art.
Let's take that a
piece at a time:
"When Frohvet
first . appeared, the
grapevine promised
he was a hoax being
carried on by several
Although it's true
I was, and am, using
a pen name, I disavowed
being a
"hoax" from the outset.
And if anyone
concluded that I was
"several" fans, that
was their conclusion,
for which I accept no
" ... the deliciously
evidence that Frohvet,
a ubiquitous
Jetterhack, never
tried to get a copy of
File 770, or sent his
fanzine Twink in
The adjective
"paranoid" is yours.
However, had you
asked, you might
well have found that
I did not solicit trade with Fasfax, Plokta,
Nova Express, or many other fanzines, all of
which turned up tmsolicited in my mailbox;
only then did I send my own zine in trade.
"Authors of fannish hoaxes send their
material where the intended audience -
faanish tans - will see it. They simply don't
have the time to raise a smokescreen by
writing to sercon fanzines."
Ah, we're back to "hoax" and now
"smokescreen." In fact, as would be apparent
to anyone who has read my zine, my own
interest has always been sercon, as evidence
by, e.g., a regular book review section. I fear
that, having been blindsided by this whole
"hoax" preconception, you are trying to read
into my involvement a whole cryptic subtext
which simply is not there.
"Tom Feller reported in SFPA, 'E.B.
explained to us that 15-20 years ago he was
very active in convention fandom under his
real name ... He used to write articles of
Lan 's Lantern under his real name as
All true.
That brings us to my note in response to
File 770:136, in which I expressed the view
that it would be gracious for someone like
yourself, who has had many fannish honors,
to step aside for awhile and Jet someone else
have a chance. From this you conclude that I
must be Moshe Feder. Uhh, no. I would be
pleased if I were anything remotely like a
fan of Mr. Feder's BNF status, it just ain't
so. Among other problems, I believe Mr.
Feder resides in the New York area. Ellicott
City, Maryland, is where I actually live.
Anyone is welcome to visit (a trifle of advance
notice would be preferred.) I am not
into fannish politics, indeed that was why I
"burned out" of fandom, as described to
Tom Feller. I wince at "late middle-aged,"
depending on how one defmes the term, but
it's true enough.
In short, I keep telling people over and
over, that if they heard my "real" name, 90%
would go, "Who?" Not a BNF, not a hoax,
just someone who wants to do a modest
As for my expressed views on the Fan
Hugos, they reflect accurately my own opinion
as well as that of many others - Guy
Lillian and Tom Sadler and Nic Farey
among many have taken similar positions.
(Nor did I at any point suggest you withdraw
"permanently." If you really want to know,
my position is that anyone who wins three
Fan Hugos in any one category should thereafter
not be eligible in that category for two
years. The present exclusionary nature of the
Fan Hugos discourages fanac and initiative;
and relying on individual restraint has patently
Whoa. Deep breath. Have we covered
[[/ can 't disagree that it 's a pleasure to
recognize good fanzines with an award,
though the Hugos are not like the Winston
Cup in auto racing -- winning is not the ultimate
reward for participating. Being nominated
for a Hugo is like the cherry on the
sundae if it happens - good, but not the
main event. Then, of course, all that
"excludes" a fanzine from a Hugo nomination
is a lack of votes. This year, 30-54
votes was enough to qualify a Best Fanzine
nominee -- if there is a "problem" couldn 't
it be "solved" by relatively small numbers
of people nominating other good fanzines?
Greater participation is the real key to diversifying
the winners. People often comment
about the repeat winners without considering
that between 1990 and 2000 five
different fanzines won the Hugo. An even
higher rate of change is possible if more
people make a commitment to nominate.
Wheiher the Hugo electorate is knowledgeable
about fanzines, they can only vote for
what is on the final ballot. It isn 't enough to
merely agree with Andrew Hooper's highly
insightful comment (from 1988). "The people
[that} nominate the Hugos are a small
group, and the people that are on the mailing
lists for good fanzines are a small
group, but they're not the same small
group." We are dealing with such small
numbers that individual fans who take the
trouble to nominate can make a big difference.]]
Always entertaining to see Worldcon
from another point of view, although it appears
your path and mine did not coincide.
Concerning Dr. Bob Passavoy's, "Do you
have what it takes to be a fan?" - If his examples
are what it takes, then maybe not.
Glasgow Worldcon bid: I recall saying at
the time that the 1998 Worldcon in early
August in Baltimore was advantageous due,
among other reasons, that it fell during
school holidays. lbis observation was generally
ignored. Worldcon is held on Labor Day
weekend, because it's always held on Labor
Day weekend. "I like Buicks because they
are my favorite car." Oh, well ...
[[In the past, Worldcons were typically
held on Labor Day weekend because it was a
dead time for hotels, so "bottom-feeders"
like sf conventions could get cheaper rates.
There's more competition for the weekend
now, but the Worldcon stays around Labor
Day for the same reasons many other annual
conventions stick with a fixed holiday
or date, because predictability it helps
maintain its core of regular attendees. Running
the con anywhere between mid-August
and Labor Day seems to work fine - and as
you said, an earlier date avoids a conflict
for parents with kids in school. A date as
early in August as the U.K. bidders want to
hold it should work fine for them, but using
the same date in North America would put it
in conflict with some smaller cons - which
brings us back to another advantage of
keeping the Worldcon on a predictable
weekend: fans aren 't forced to choose between
two cons they want to attend.]}
Lloyd Penney repeats the common fiction
that Lois McMaster Bujold "reworked a Star
Trek novel" to the form of her first novel,
Shards of Honor. In fact, as Lois has said
many times in many places, among them a
Joe in my Twink #4, that an unwritten Trek
novel was one minor source ("that old daydream")
which influenced Shards, and from
which she took chiefly the name of the central
character "Cordelia," her hair color, " ...
and the setting/idea (hardly new) of two enemies
forced to survive together.. . All the
first media influences were jettisoned by
that time. I no longer wanted to write imitation
anybody; I wanted to write original Bujold."
The Joe was in response to an article I
had done in Twink #3, psychoanalyzing Sergeant
P.S. Finally figured out what Grant Canfield
's wonderful back cover reminded me
of: Sort of a cross between the Bu-javid, the
citadel of the aifi in Shejidan in Cherryh's
Foreigner, with Neuscwanstein Castle in
Bavaria. Looks as if it would be a great
place to live, as long as one's legs were fit
for lots of stair -climbing.
Ted White
Did you have second thoughts about Alan
White's cover? Or have to make a substitution?
I ask because my copy is stapled twice,
with a shred of pink paper under the first
staple - indicating that a cover was tom off
and a new one restapled.
[[The copy shop did an awful Job on
Alan White's cover, so I had them run another
version, and replaced them myself]]
Or maybe it was a rewrite of the insidecover
piece - your "Editorial Notes"? Had
you said something far more scathing about
E. B. Frohvet? Or guessed a different identity
for him?
I've met the man. I also had tangential
dealings with him under his real name, back
in the '80s. Under his real name (look it up
if you have a copy of the fanzine) he had an
article in BSF AN, back when the Baltimore
clubzine was being edited by the Stileses. It
was an once interesting and wrongheaded,
revealing what I think of as "typical" neofannish
paranoia about what he perceived to
be The Powers That Be in fandom. (My
memory of the piece has totally faded; I'm
left only with my none-too-perfect recollection
of how the piece struck me then - more
than 15 years ago.)
lbis article inspired me. I wrote (on my
manual Underwood) a long (several pages)
letter of comment on it. I was proud of that
letter, I thought it one of my best. I mailed it
off to the Stileses with anticipatory pleasure.
I looked
forward to seeing it published. Steve had
April 2001 - 25
been after me for a LoC on BSF AN for quite
a while, and I was pleased that I'd fmally
written him a good one. I sat back and
waited for it to appear in print.
It never did. Steve informed me that he'd
accidentally thrown it out with the old newspapers
and trash. "You'll have to send me
another copy," he said. I told him I had no
other copies. "You didn't copy it?'' he asked,
sounding dumbstruck by my revelation. "No
carbons? No xeroxes?"
"Steve," I said, "it was just a Letter of
Comment. I don't make copies of my Letters
of Comment." He was crestfallen. "Oh," he
So I never had a LoC published in
BSFAN and was not motivated to write any
more. I don't react well when people toss
my letters out with the trash, sublime in the
confidence that I can provide another copy.
And perhaps it was Just As Well that letter
was never published. Ghod knows what
David - oops! Make that "E.B." - would
have thought of it then. He might never
have reincarnated as "Frohvet."
[[I naturally rose to the bait -your hint
about his real first name, and his admission
that he was on the 1983 Worldcon committee.
All I discovered is that nearly everyone
on the Constellation committee except the
chairman was named David.]}
He was at the 1998 Baltimore Worldcon.
He seems like a decent enough chap. He has
no presence in fandom under his real name,
however, and I now think of him as another
one of those fans - like "Ted Johnstone" -
who has a separate name in fandom. No big
whoop. No real "hoax" either - I think you
are vaguely recalling the attempt by Hooper
and Gonzalez to hoax fandom into thinking
they'd created "Frohvet" ... a kinda reverse
hoax of sorts. I don't think anyone took them
seriously, even then.

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Alan White
For all the noise fans make over science fiction
and the future, they are probably, as a
group, the least qualified to live in it.
As Samet Nuhiu pointed out last issue,
the SF community is probably the last to
take advantage of new technology in zine
publishing and certainly the last to recognize
it. While they claim it's the words that are
important, in the end, it only refers to a technological
constipation and a circling the
wagons mentality. I'm hard pressed thinking
of another awards group that
doesn't reward technical achievement and
advancement of the beliefs they claim to
hold so dear. This is why so many talented
fans become fringe fans, leave fandom altogether
or move on to Comics Fandom where
technology and innovation is applauded. I
am at heartened to read there will be a special
Hugo for the Best Website of2001.
If anyone doubts TruFandom is dying,
you have only to read File 770 obits that
strike closer to home with every issue.
Fandom was a gift to the Baby Boomers
that has gone to seed. Of course, our founding
fathers didn't have TV and the Internet to
contend with and thus, Trufandom will only
survive by changing its definition, which
means the SMOFs are going to get knocked
down a peg and learn to love the word "SciFi"
or soon they won't have anything to be
the master of, secret or otherwise. Unless
you can show me groups of teenage Trufen
out there, busily cranking their mimeos, I'm
lost to see how we're repopulating our ranks.
Marie Rengstorff rejoices in being "isolated
nerds" but today, people are only isolated by
choice and as for being nerds, well, that's
Gracious, what got into Dennis Lien lambasting
me for not mentioning the Garden of
Allah hardback and then rambling on about
those "squarish things" called books?
Frankly, while I remember them being more
rectangular, I'd have been impressed if he
mentioned Sheila Graham's Garden of Allah
which was about the property we were talking
about, but I guess he doesn't read as
much as he'd like us to believe. Interestingly,
as I write this, I see has a new
edition of the Hichens novel for $48.00;
meanwhile, there are two-first editions on EBay
that just sold for $2 each. Go figure.
Greg Benford
Good issue! I always like worldcon reports;
yours and Elspeth Kovar's brought it all back
quite well. Like you two, to me Worldcons
especially bring out my old fan joys, sensawunda
and all. I seldom see any flaws, and
program glitches etc. matter little compared
with seeing some of my favorite people, and
fresh friends.
I approve of the retro Hugos, but geez, it
is hard to assess through the haze of memory,
without doing major research work at
the UC Riverside Eaton collection to see ifl
truly recall who was good back there 50
years ago ... For example, in the mid-1950s
one of the major frnz was, in my opinion,
Cliff Gould's Oblique. Nobody recalls it
now, but it was a legendary hot, focal point
frnz ... for maybe 8 years, then gone. I met
Gould at BayCon 1968 and he did not hit it
off with anyone there, seemed disappointed
that hardly anybody remembered his zine.
Maybe it's no big loss (he had become a lawyer)
but it rings in my resonant memory.
Brad Foster
Got in File 770:13 7 this week. Nifty-cool
robot cover. I can see why Alan had several
editors trying to get it. Hey, if he ever gets
into making 3-D models, I'd love one of that
guy for my toy bot collection!
Oh, and killer back cover, too, [[by
Grant Canfield]] for a totally great wrap of
art. I've always been a sucker for great fantasy
architecture work, and that' s a villagesized
house I'd love to live in.
Enjoyed the Chicon report, always fun to
read these, and fill in the gaps of what happened
that I didn't get to see myself. On our
own trip between hotels for the Hugo ceremony,
Cindy lost a one-of-a-kind brooch that
we had traded an artist for at a street festival.
I spent the quarter hour before having to
go down to the ceremony running around
seeing if anyone had found it. We didn't
hold much hope that it would be retrieved,
but put a notice in the daily zine asking if
anyone had found it, then discovered a lady
had found it that very night and taken it over
to lost and found. Talk about the honesty of
fans! We let her have her choice of a piece
of artwork, even though she didn't expect
any reward. (Have had other similar things
happen at previous Worldcons that keep my
faith in general humanity from going completely
Was also fun to fmd out the day after the
Masquerade that my shiny bald pate had
been broadcast on the closed-circuit system
into the hotel during the break before the
award s were announced. I wonder if 20
minutes of the back of my head has now
used up my 15 minutes of TV fame?
James M. Taylor
I'm afraid the only fannish news I have to
report is undoubtedly old by this time, but I
will go ahead anyway just to waste your
time. The Formans are moving from Las
Vegas. Just where isn't clear, but some
where in the San Bernardino/Riverside area,
since Ken's new job is in Colton. Now you
lucky bastards will get to go to all their parties.
Will Las Vegas fandom survive being
gutted? Probably more important (at least to
me), will Snaffu live on? Will I (finally)
have to get active in fandom? Maybe if only
to get away from all the other problems that
seem to have converged recently. But isn't
relief from the more oppressive parts of reality
an important part of fandom, even today?
[[Yes. And, apparently, once fandom
becomes too oppressive, people tum to TV
wrestling for relief Where ross/in 'fans go
for relief when that passion becomes too
intense I haven 't figured out, though I read
that Army recruiting was exceptionally fruitful
outside the XFL games at the LA Coliseum
... ]]
Joseph T. Major
Turnip Files Bankruptcy: That is an established
way of dodging a judgment. For example,
T. Cullen Davis, the Dallas oil millionaire,
skipped paying a wrongful death
settlement to his ex-wife by declaring bankruptcy.
(He had been acquitted of killing her
daughter and her lover and shooting her, but
the wrongful-death suit came out differently
- shades of O.J.) Perhaps Ferry can
further emulate Texas gym magnate Richard
Minns, who is under a $60 million judgment
for the attempted murder of his former mistress
Janni Petrofsky, and ship all his assets
[[Maybe Ferry is one of those disappointed
friends of Roger Clinton 's who
waited in vain for their names to show up on
the list of Presidential pardons.} J
Gordon Dickson: While I usually dislike
posthumous literary deals, not to mention
overriding the author's own judgment, I
really would like to see the publication of
Gordy's unpublished historical novel in the
Childe Cycle, The Pikeman. He had - I had
heard - actually written the book about Sir
John Hawkwood but had held it back for
various reasons. If it were anything lile Dorsai
it would be pretty good.
Win Chris Barkley's Money: Judge
Roy Bean's is "nearby" the Executive West
for some rather large values of "nearby";
about three miles in a straight line and
somewhat longer if you actually drive in a
surface car instead of using your equilibrimotor
or ingravity parachute.
The Fanivore: Harry Warner, Jr.:
Since the zones have been abolished, South
Gate Again in 2010 is now perfectly acceptable.
They can even have Sneary as Fan
Ghost of Honor.
Laurraine Tutihasi: Given that the
Mythopoeic Society has roped in Dorothy
Sayers, for her marginal association with the
Inklings, and is well-known, but has ignored
E.R. Eddison, who was actually invited to
come, and is not well-known, I can see many
good reasons not to be in the Mythopoeic
[[That's a bizarre comment. Though J.R.
R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams
are the three Inklings at the center of the
Society's "bull's-eye, " its publications
cover all kinds of fantasy writers, not only
Inklings. Sayers ' background -- as a contemparary
of the Inklings who had some
contact with them, a Christian, and a popular
writer in her own right --, simply helps
make her simpatico to some fans of Lewis,
Tolkien and Williams. Everybody realizes
she never attended any of the meetings -
though she was sighted at the Dead Inklings
panel during the 1998 Myth con... . I got to
play Warren Lewis, and when someone in
the audience asked us, "What was the most
unexpected thing you saw when you got to
heaven?" my answer was: "Charles Williams.
David Bratman replies: that LOTR was
always published as a three-volume novel,
but I have two single-volume editions and a
seven-volume edition.
Eric Lindsay
I did like your take on the fan behind the fan
behind the fan behind E B Frohvet.
I also like the idea of ditto 14 moving to
Tucker. Sounds a great idea, and I hope lots
of fans attend.
We also have done a bunch of flyers for
our relaxa.con around 14-17 June 2002 in
Airlie Beach, the week after Australian Natcon
in Melbourne, and two weeks after the
expected date of the New Zealand NatCon.
We have spent a feverish week distributing
them, although not nearly as widely as we
but at least some are getting out there now.
That also has its own web page (and even a
PDF of our flyer) at:
h ttp://psiphi. server I 0 I . com/relaxa. con/
Teddy Harvia
I love Alan White's impish computerrendered
robot cover art. I can almost see it
moving. Very moving.
ArmadilloCon has again invited me to a
guest. If it a ploy to get me to draw them
cartoons, it worked. I accepted and am creating
art for their flyer featuring a monster
attacking Austin.
Much of Hugo voting is based on cult of
personality. You must be a real person who
is bigger than life to win. If E.B. Frohvet
continues to hide in the netherland of anonymity,
that's where his nomination, however
well-deserved, will remain, too.
The cartoons of Bill Rotsler and Joe
April 2001 · 27
Mayhew continue to delight me. If only I
could tell them in person again.
Julia Morgan-Scott's scratchboard art is
amazing. How does one think in reversed
black and white. I hope she has come back
out of the woods after her robbery to create
Dennis Caswell
In the latest issue of File 770, you had an
obituary for Lyon Sprague de Camp. In this,
you mentioned that you did not believe that
de Camp had won the Hugo Award. I would
like to state that de Camp did in fact win the
Hugo A ward in 1997, for his nonfiction book
Time and Chance. The fact that it was a nonfiction
work would have escaped the notice
of a number of your readers.
I would like to mention that I had met L.
Sprague de Camp (and Catherine Crook de
Camp) a number of times. He was that rarity
among SF writers - a real gentleman. They
will both be missed.
Connor Freff Cochran
Thanks very much for the coverage in File
770. I really appreciate it, and hope some of
your readers come check out the site.
I also hope to give you lots more news in
the future. The "Creative Options" essays
are only one of a long list of things rve been
working on over the years. There should
eventually be some film and music
business action to announce, too, if things
continue to move at their current pace and
BTW, I did make it into the Clown College
back in 1974. One more experience for
the eclectic resume, along with being a
comic book writer/artist and a BBC-TV science
reporter and a few other things. It has
been quite the journey since back at LACon
(and yes, rm still not getting much sleep).
Dave Langford
I like getting File 770 and hope you still
enjoy Ansible despite its recent overlays of
gloom. Hazel and I both loved the current
back cover by, gosh wow, Grant Canfield.
In your letter columns, I couldn't work
out whether Samet Nuhiu's aside about Ansihie
meant that it couldn't be found on the
web, that the web site offers only a paper
issue, or that the site design fails to "satisfy
some standards." If the first was meant, the
spelling "Anisble" in that letter may offer a
clue to the problem. On the second point, I
retort that every single issue since Ansible 's
launch in 1979 is archived on the web. On
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point number three, I will join you in pleading
Jack of time to construct colossal graphics,
Rea!Audio accompaniment and Flash
animations -- though actually I think the text
is somewhat more important.
Sheryl Birkhead
As nifty as the front cover is, I was taken by
the back cover - then an, "Ah, yes" - when I
saw it was by Grant Canfield. I can hope
fandom will be treated to more of his work,
so many fans today have never seen his superb
I've written "Philadelphia Pubs" several
times asking for a Greg Bear bibliography.
No response. Does any File 770 reader happen
to have or know of one? The one site I
found is linked to and is only
novels. And that was a long time ago.
File 770 just keeps getting better. Just
hope the fan news stays on the positive side!
Henry Welch
The reports on Chicon were interesting and I
have two items I'd like to clarify.
First, I've always considered Kelly
Freas's leather jacket as more Battlestar
Galactica than Buck Rogers. It reminds me
very much of the jackets the fighter jocks
wore in that TV show.
Second, my recollection of registration
from Chicon V (I worked the first night) was
that the precon material didn't arrive until
that Wednesday. It was also in an unexpected
electronic form and so all we had to
go by were a number of three-ring binders. I
thought we processed people quite well all
things considered, since any worker could
handle and member. The real annoyance was
that some of the badges (program participants,
dealers, staff, etc.) were moved to
another place or places with no apparent
rhyme or reason. It took me two days to fmd
my staff badge and I'm sure it was more
than frustrating to attendees who waited in
line only to be told that their badge couldn't
be found. Since there was no simple way to
cross reference if another worker had
handed one out or not it really ground things
to a halt. I'm glad to see that some progress
is being made in this area and I hope future
worldcons learn by the example.
Joy V. Smith
Lovely cover. What's the medium? [[See
Alan White's article in this issue for the answer.)]
I really liked the back cover too.
(Exploring old houses and villages is fun.)
And I enjoyed the other artwork and cartoons,
including Robot Ballet: Rite of
Thanks for the Chicon 2000 Worldcon
report. Isn't it wonderful to not stand in line
when you register! That's a great start to a
con. Only dry munchies in the con suite. Not
even any dip? (However, I don't think I ever
met a dry mw1chie I didn't like.) The fan
history video sounds great. I hope it gets
passed around to other cons. Eggleton's Jive
painting demo was another wonderful opportunity
for fans. The pie toss, on the other
hand, is too hostile for my taste. Great parties
and programs. Thank you too for the
Masquerade wimlers Jist. They rarely get the
appreciation they deserve. [[Kudos to John
Hertz,for providing the list.)]
Chris Barkley's colunm, "Win Chris
Barkley's Money!" was interesting. I'd
never heard of that SF trivia game at cons.
Congratulations on your win, Chris, btw!
And I admire you for plugging away at reading
the Hugo contenders before you and
Naomi voted. (I read a few online. I much
prefer doing my reading away from the computer.)
John Pomeranz
Well you invoked my name three times in a
single issue, so I guess I'd better drop you a
line ...
First, a correction: At the Chicon opening
ceremonies Kathi and I were engaged in
animated non-verbal communication not
with DC fan Bob Macintosh but with Aussie
fan John Maizels. Unfortunately, his accent
was so appalling that I'm not sure what we
said either - my best attempt at translation
is: "Meet us in the Vegernite jar after the
carpet escapes and we11 knit herrings." (I
gotta get a new phrase book ... )
I strongly recommend holding a surprise
wedding. We had a camera ready as we announced
the event to our assembled guests
at our New Years Eve party. The photo of
the looks on their faces is one that we will
treasure forever.
Lloyd Penney
I can sympathize with E.B. Frohvet on
spreading the wealth a little when it comes
to Hugos, but then, the awards go to the
year's best, without consideration of who
was last year's best. Both arguments have
merit, but until spreading the wealth becomes
the overwhelming choice, we11 have
Hugos for the best of the year, and that's a
better indication of SF's quality.
An update to Alan White's cartoon on
page 3 ... fandom is like a box of chocolates!
Sometimes, there's fruits, and sometimes
nuts, but every so often, there's a cream ...
(Beats the same old line about why California
is like granola, lun.)
I would be happy to send fannish news to
Andrew Porter, but I haven't seen SFC in
some time. Canadian distribution was nonexistent
for some time; that may have
changed. I will double-check with Bakka
Books if they have been able to obtain it. I'd
be interested to see what SFC looks like
since AP sold it to Warren Lapine.
I checked out the Irwin Hirsh website
and besides DUFF, GUFF and FFANz'
there is now the National Australian F~
Fund, or NAFF (you Britfen, settle down),
which operates somewhat the same way
CUFF does ... a fan a part of Australia where
the National Convention isn't gets to go to
where it is. Can a single country's fandom
support four or more fan funds? Stay tuned
I'm not sure I've ever met Cliff Samuels
and I've never been to a Calgary convention:
but a Worldcon in Calgary might be an excellent
idea. (Like I said last time, does Calgary
fandom know about this?) Should
Dragon*Con take some fans away from
Worldcon on the Labor Day weekend,
smaller cities like Calgary should be able to
host a smaller Worldcon, with no problems.
It would be interesting to see what John
Mansfield has to say about this .. .I'm sure no
Western Canadian Worldcon bid would go
ahead without his blessing.
I should also say this now: many thanks
for all the Canadian-based articles and bits.
Always appreciated, as we don't have a
newszine of our own right now, not since
MLR shut down.
Greetings to Samet Nuhiu ... who relays a
name I haven't seen in quite some time,
Krsto Mazuranic, the Mad Croat himself.
Mad bidders never desist! I hope Krsto is in
good health. Could you try to fmd him (last
living in Samobor), and pass on our good
wishes? I think Samet (and many others)
will fmd that for every fan who is progressive
and forwards-looking, there is another
who is nostalgic, and wishes for things as
they are, or as they were.
Update on my Jetter ... Con*cept may be
considered dead, only one year past an enjoyable
con we attended. I hope Montreal
fandom will consider starting again where
they first did, with a one-day convention,
and building up again to a strong and fun
convention. Concinnity is rising again, with
another relaxicon with none other than Dave
Kyle as GoH, in Ottawa in October.
Gene Stewart can be assured that those
pesky Canadians are indeed still alive. We're
just biding our time, smiling and quietly
watching the fannish melee south of the bor•
der. Every so often, we glance at one another
and nod our heads knowingly. Worked for us
in Chicago, so who knows what else we'll
do? Well, I have some ideas, but I'm not saying
anything ... but, we will have some programming
in English.
To Joseph Major: Arnie Katz captured
one main fannish neurosis exactly with his
"five fuggheads" jape in Jackpot! Who's the
fugghead? Is it you? Is it me?
AUUUGGGHH! If I recall, I simply resportded
by saying that this fugghead will
happily take more issues. Maybe Arnie
thinks I didn't get (or see through) the joke?
No matter, the fugghead-don't-wannabees
are still making a fuss, and rm sure Arnie is
Gene Stewart
Alan White's cover makes a nice alternative
rendering of The Iron Giant.
On the subject of Frohvet's disappointing
substantiality, if you're still craving an unseen
fan, may I humbly offer my own irreality,
if not unreality, as fandom's great invisible
professor of gibberish and blather extraordinaire,
magus calibre deluxe? Ask
yourself: Has anyone ever really seen Gene
Stewart? And what's all this OLD 815 nonsense?
Sorry to hear 4E Ackerman is being further
screwed by the criminal Ray Ferry, and
I hope his shenanigans land Ferry in jail for
a good long time, perhaps sharing a cell with
Ed Kramer, who can perhaps teach him a
thing or two about BOillCAjustice.
So boycotting Fandom, Inc. is yet another
way to shore up the ghetto wall?
Hooray for ATom and alas for ATom and
KenCH: R.I.P. Ken Cheslin was good
enough to send me quite a load of ATom art
just before he died, and I can only hope he
got my thank-you letter in time.
Glad to know Hour 25 stuck to its guns
and made the move to freedom, so we can
all continue to enjoy it.
The medical updates had me cringing
and nodding in sympathy. Heal quickly, everyone,
and may heaps of bad karma crush
the souls of the scurvy mundanes who hurt
Chicon 2000 strikes me, as veteran of
only one con, WillyCon m, with all of 25
memberships, as overwhelming. Great report,
Mike. And by the way, from what I can
see in the pictures, you and I look alike.
Might be fun to meet at a con one day and
confound everyone with a Separated At
Birth? act. Well, a handshake'll do, though.
WillyCon m was held 26 - 27 March in
the modem, light, and airy brick and glass
student center on the campus of Wayne State
College in Wayne, Nebraska, a farm community
a couple hours north of Omaha.
Writer GoH was Canadian sf writer Julie
Czerneda and Artist GoH was Frank Wu. I
attended as one of the pro writer guests and
made a splash at the story readings when I
went last and chose a 500 word short-short
zinger. Reliefl
I also sat on a panel discussing electronic
publication along with fellow Omaha Neutragonist
Terry Hickman and Artist GoH
Frank Wu. Attendance at the panel was
greater than expected and the weekend,
which ended there for me, was a success.
And Julie Czerneda proved to be a gracious,
generous GoH who made herself available
almost constantly, taught an insightful writing
workshop, and attended many panels,
often bringing along her entourage of admirers.
The WillyCon website is:
http://www. wsc.edulstudent/acti vi ties/
Chris Barkley's money? Where's my cut?
Loved the frrantic pace and present-tense
narrative. You wear me out, Chris. And way
to go on that trivia: impressive.
Elspeth's Chicon only deepens the impression
Mike's report left on me; rll work
my way slowly up to worldcons, I think.
Allan Burrows - Unlike Ted White, I
never have strokes for the fun of it, thanks.
Also have no clue what you're on about, but
if it helps, I'm sorry, okay? Please dear
ghods forgive a poor confused old loccer his
trespasses, and lead him not into Trufen ...
ad nauseum.
John Mansfield
So even though you confirmed by email that
I truly was the chair of '94 [[ConAdian]],
you still put it in the photo caption as 93. :(
How soon the Americans forget. So now
am I not only the only person whose real
name was not used in Alternate Worldcons
but also, the one that the Americans changed
the date of. .. .
[[It must be the exchange rate - your
Worldcon came 30% sooner ... }]
BTW, the small detail left out of the Penneys'
trip report is the fact that the fund paid
for both Lloyd's & Yvonne's flights to
Montreal. Mind you, I see they are complaining
that there is not enough money in
DUFF to bring the two winners up from Oz
this year.
Fandom, got to love it...
Robert Kennedy
At the Chicon 2000 Fosfax dinner I sat
April 2001 - 29
across from a person who identified himself
as E. B. Frohvet. Apparently it was the same
person that Joseph T Major had met at another
con and wondered if the next time it
would be the same person. Frohvet freely
indicated that it is not his real name. I think
that Joseph T. Mayhew's description is accurate.
So we are still left in the dark as to his
real identity. There were two other people at
our table and maybe they will have something
to add. Guy H. Lillian ill did publish
the photo ofFrohvet in Challenger #13 (Fall
2000) even if it was only "the top half of his
face" with the lower half covered by a copy
of Twink # 18. Perhaps it will be enough for
someone to identify Frohvet.
It is also my opinion that persons in the
Fan categories who have won more than one
Hugo should give someone else a chance.
Frankly, I am tired of seeing the . names of
Gardner Dozois and Dave Langford. Maybe
Locus too.
I forgot to mention that I really like the
back cover by Grant Canfield.
Letterhacks' Addresses
Greg Benford, E-mail:
Sheryl Birkhead, 25509 Jonnie Court,
Gaithersburg, MD 20882
Dennis Caswell, Rt. 1, Box 459, Harpers
Ferry, WV 25425-9320
Connor FretT Cochran, 712 Bancroft Road
#109, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Tom Feller, E-mail:
Brad Foster, P.O. Box 165246,
Irving TX 75016
E. B. Frohvet, 4716 Dorsey Hall Dr. #506,
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Martin Morse Wooster, P.O. Box 8093,
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Teddy Harvia, 12341 Band Box Place,
Dallas, TX 75244-7001
Robert Ketmedy, 1779 Ciprian Ave.,
Camarillo, CA 93010-2451;
David Langford, E-mail:
Eric Lindsay, E-mail:
Joseph T. Major, 1409 Christy Ave.,
Louisville, KY 40204-2040
John Mansfield, E-mail:
Lloyd Penney, 1706-24 Eva Rd., Etobicoke,
ON M9C 2B2, Canada
John Pomeranz, 5927 3rd St. North,
Arlington, VA 22203;
Marie Rengstorff, E-mail:
Joy V. Smith, E-mail:
Gene Stewart, E-mail:
James M. Taylor, 446 Raindance Place,
Handerson, NV 89014
Henry L. Welch, E-mail:
Ted White,
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