About File770.com

File770.com is the online version of Mike Glyer’s science fiction fan newzine, reporting on fanzines, sf clubs, conventions, fan funds and fanac. File 770 is named for the party in Room 770 at the 1951 Worldcon that upstaged the convention.

File 770 also continues as a paper fanzine, with PDF versions of every issue posted at eFanzines.com. The zine appears several times a year.

File 770 began life as a mimeographed fanzine in 1978, then joined the desktop publishing revolution in the 1990’s. It received the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001 and 2008.

Mike received the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986 and 1988.

File 770 and Mike can be contacted at MikeGlyer [at] cs.com

20 thoughts on “About File770.com

  1. So I’ll admit to Googling myself more often these days, looking for any new coverage of my book….and got such a kick out of coming upon File 770. Boffo!–but really that’s you, all those Hugoes, many congratulations. And then that Eric Mayer comment–he dropped me a note a few years ago, the first fan I’d heard from in years. When I got away from it all I guess I really did, sometime halfway through my freshman year in college. Sold my fanzines in graduate school (I think I used the money to buy wine….) and no longer even have copies of my own. Too bad, I suspect my fourteen year-old daughter would like to see them, she’s a big reader of Anne McAffrey and Orson Scott Card, and has gotten me into Game of Thrones, which I very much admire. Mysteries long ago became my genre of choice, but I’ve been dipping back into sf/fantasy just a touch. It’s odd to find that so many of the “mainstream” writers of our day–Michael Chabon et al—were devoted sf readers, and that the books that were once a kind of private world are now bestsellers.

    I’ve had some contact with two people I knew from fandom–do you remember a guy named Chris Couch? He taught at Smith for a few years, pre-Columbian art, and has lately been publishing on Will Eisner. And some email with Michael Carlson, more peripherally involved in the mid-70s, who eventually found a beat living in England and covering the NFL for European newspapers and TV. Also I once Googled John D. Berry–a book designer, lots of work for poetry presses.

    Anyway, there are papers to grade, and this memory trip has for the moment to end. But thanks once more for the plug. Fandom kept me sane all through high school, an escape into a larger world. I’ve got good memories of our correspondence in those years–great to know that faandom is still alive, and that you’re keeping it so.

    all best,

    MG

  2. Published several times a year? That has to be one of the more wildly optimistic statements I’ve heard in fandom for a number of years.

  3. So what’s your suggestion? Maybe change that to, “published only as often as Taral is able to kick Mike’s butt to the finish line”?

  4. Fanzines are a gift. Crabbing at someone because you haven’t gotten your gift yet is Scrooge-ish at best. I’m always happy to get a gift and accept it when it comes.

    David Gerrold said in 1973 in The World of STAR TREK that most fanzines were published with the regularity of a spastic colon and the lifespan of an Italian government. That’s still true, but with all the troubles in the world those are things to be celebrated, not complained of.

  5. @David: All true. But Taral and John Hertz deserve a lot of credit for my publishing any zines in 2012. So my snarky little comment to Taral is really one of those truths said in jest.

  6. Dear Mike-

    I came across your blog doing research for a piece I was writing; you had a link for the covers of some old Houston Yellow Pages phonebooks. I credited your blog for the image. I wonder if anyone has ever collected all of those old hand drawings, and assembled them into an art book. Would be a fine volume, I would imagine.

    Kind regards,

    -brenet

  7. So, I tried to send you email at the address above, which I know has worked before, and it bounced. Twice. Would you kindly email me with your current address? Thanks.

  8. My e-mail address is still the same but I have sent an e-mail as you asked. Hope that helps.

  9. I just read your obit about my dad dated Jan 3,2013. He was best known for his science fiction work, however he prefered to do landscape. He never sold any of his landscape work except prints for a view of Bare Hill across Canadaigua Lake viewed from the top of Bopple Hill Rd. I still have hundreds of them.
    He did a number of entries for the federal Duck Stamp but was never chosen for the stamp.
    He also did a large number of architectural paintings for new buildings in the Rochester, NY area. A picture of the proposed building was required for zoning approval.
    As kids we were drafted to pose for his sci-fi drawings. We would have to pose and not move for what seamed hours, but was probably only a few minutes, while he took photos. He was most interested in the shadows created so that he would get them right on the finished drawing.
    Besides covers he did a large amount of black and white pen drawings for inner pages of sci-fi magazines.

  10. This is odd. It seems that all of File 77 (minus the comments) is showing up here:

    [http://scifikindle.com/]

  11. Hi Mike! I came across this site thanks to a post by Jim Burns at comicbookfanzines, and I said to myself, “Hey, I remember Mike from Gil Gaier’s PHOSPHENE, VERT or GUYING GYRE from back in the ’70s!” Good to see you’re still active and I hope you’re doing well.

  12. Remembering Gil Gaier. Didn’t know him for long. Still in touch with a mutual friend, Preston Lyle Craig.

  13. Apologies – I couldn’t find a contact email address but I thought you might like this snippet. I was following a fark.com link to “The 40 Smartest People of All Time” at BusinessInsider.com – featuring such luminaries as Goethe, Einstein, Leonardo, James Clark Maxwell, Euler, Shakespeare etc. and I get to number 28 and think, “OMG I’ve met Edie Stern!” (In a London pub many years ago. Didn’t know at the time who Joe Siclari or Edie Stern were, but I later found out.) Of course, fandom includes and has included many very smart people, but to show up in a list of the 40 smartest of all time… That’s neat.

    If you do choose to link, no need to mention my pub memory, ’cause I’m sure Edie and Joe won’t remember, but I thought you might be interested in the story.

  14. To Whom It May Concern:

    The more I read about the current Hugo Awards situation, the more I think the Wizard of Oz might have been right — “Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain!”

    I enjoy *reading* good science fiction and fantasy fiction, but knowing more about the people who write it largely lessens that joy.

    Today’s writers seem to think their job is to become notable for themselves, their personalities and, I don’t know, home-life? Whether they enjoy being dog owners or making their own craft cheese?

    Speaking as a *reader*? I could not give less of a damn about any of that.

    It’s the writing. Not the process but the finished product that matters to me.

    I’m not even comfortable being aware that some individual human was somehow involved.

    I want the big magic trick. Not the little guy who made it up.

    So, if you’d like some advice from one of your readers? Get back behind the curtain to do your work. And to do your pathetic petty squabbling.

    Thanks very much for your time.

    With respects,

    – FLW

  15. I would appreciate it if any replies to GMB are attached to one of the Hugo discussion threads rather than turning the “About File 770″ page into another of those.

  16. Hey Mike – I’m sitting my favorite local bar ignoring sports on the tv(s) and found F770 on my new smart phone! Wow, now I understand this “Vox Day” thing. Mostly. Great to find you on the web (or, more actually, on my phone. In a spare moment where reading about stuff I’ve been ignoring on FB actually makes sense.)

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