The latest edition of Journey Planet is a departure for the team of Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon as they focus on a single Russian poem, “Defying Integrity of Continuity,” accompanied by art by Ann Gry with a stunning cover by Sara Felix.
You can read it at Weebly here or on eFanzineshere.
Ann Gry who
co-edited this issue is from Moscow, is an event runner, lecturer in law,
artist and poet, who was welcomed by Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell to read at a
Dublin 2019 programme item featuring astronomy-related poetry pieces.
The editors say:
The question of what one does for poetry and how one finds poetry was important to the process of producing the fanzine. Journey Planet supports and welcomes work from fans and professionals alike, and have been privileged to have so many amazing contributions. In this issue the simplification of what readers are receiving, is hoped to allow a focus on poetry, allowing some thought, cogitation and consideration of the poem in full. The importance of art complementing the poetry is vital here. Ann Gry created the interior art, revised from the initial idea of presenting this zine in a livre d’artiste format. And all co-editors were absolutely overjoyed to be able to have such a fabulous cover by Sara Felix.
Ann Gry discusses the poem: ‘It is one of the most important pieces I’ve produced so far and it was largely inspired by the Irish Worldcon with all the readings, writings and conversations. I trust you to fill in the lines that follow with your own meanings.’
Chris and James recognize that this is perhaps the purest art edition of Journey Planet they have edited. Both approached this very differently. James was captured imaginatively by the simple yet beautiful line, that soon became the title of the zine, while Chris has always enjoyed penning and reading poetry, Ann became fully immersed in the editorial process, contributing more than expected to the layout, decisions and process while also seeing it as so many fans have, as a starting point.
James noted that he has bought art by Sara Felix, and supports writers, comic artists and YouTubers both by Kickstarter and Patreon. But how do we support a burgeoning poet? So James was very pleased when Ann said that she would start a Patreon to coincide with the release of this issue. Looking forward to her future work at https://www.patreon.com/AnnGry
Not all countries can access Weebly, and the editors “are grateful to Bill Burns for hosting and managing efanzines.com“.
issue will also be available on Scribd and Issuu:
Journey Planet 46 marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Editors, Chris Garcia and James Bacon welcomed Steven H Silver as guest editor on this special issue. Download the 144-page fanzine here.
contributions from Regina Kanyu Wang, Allen M. Steele, Gregory Benford, John
Scalzi, Patty Wells and Jack Clemons, there is a wide variety of subjects
covered -all connected with the Moon Landing.
“Walter, Frank, Jules, My Grandfather and Me” by David M. Stein
“Apollo 11 and the Volvo” by Jack Clemons, Images courtesy Jack Clemons
“Moon Shots—Words and Pictures” by John Scalzi
“The Hasselblad and the Space Program” by Richard Man
“The First Time All Over Again” by Alma Alexander
“Waiting for Someone From China… or Maybe California” by Allen M. Steele
“Apollo 11 Reminiscences” by Bryan A. Palaszewski
The Apollo Art of David Hardy
“Church and Space” by Nancy Jane Moore
“Coolock is Full of Spacers” by Pádraig Ó Méalóid
“Passing the Torch” by Brenda W. Clough
“Knowing Buzz” by Gregory Benford
The issue includes art and cartoons by Ed Hengeveld, Kurt Erichsen, Tim Gagnon, and Teddy Harvia.
on the fanzine began last year, and it is notable that co-editor James Bacon,
after making much mention of his pleasure at meeting Nasa Astronauts, said “I
will hope that Norah Patten, Ireland’s astronaut scientist, achieves her
dreams, and gains entry into the elusive and exclusive club of people who
have travelled into space, and I wish that she gets to watch the silent
stars go by” — perhaps he will say that in person at Dublin 2019.
By John Hertz: WOOF (World Order of Faneditors) is the apa collated annually, since 1976, at the World Science Fiction Convention.
It’s another Bruce Pelz invention. As Suford Lewis said, he had a fruitful imagination.
Legend says he called it his second dumbest idea. But what did he know?
I’m well aware that actually answering this question would be an elephantine task.
An apa (amateur press, or publishing, association) is – among us – in origin a device for distributing fanzines.
Russell Chauvenet coined the word “fanzine” in the 1940s. Analog, Asimov’s,The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and like that, are prozines. Our fanzines are amateur publications by fans, for fans. Pros sometimes contribute. Some people are both.
We borrowed apas from Amateur Journalism (sometimes “ayjay” for short). NAPA the National Amateur Press Association, founded 1876 and still ongoing – its 144th annual convention was 11-13 Jul 19 at Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. – says it is
dedicated to the furtherance of Amateur Journalism as a hobby. Although deeply rooted in the “Black Art” of letterpress printing, all of the associated arts of writing, editing, publishing, and illustration are equally important to NAPA members. Each month’s bundle of papers, mailed to all members, will contain the work of printers, some who do not write, and writers and poets, and some who also print. Some edit and publish the work of others, leaving the craft of printing to yet others.
You can look it up.
Our fandom is younger, but was well along in 1937 when John Michel and Don Wollheim founded FAPA the Fantasy Amateur Press Association – also still ongoing.
It occurred to Michel and Wollheim – each of whom has much to answer for (historical present tense; JM 1917-1968, DW 1914-1990) – that fanziners could send copies of their zines to a central officer who would then collate and distribute them. From this came copy counts, membership rosters, waiting lists, and things too fierce to mention.
Since then we’ve had dozens of apas. They come and go, each with its own rules, customs, and jokes. Most of our apas have been quarterly or monthly. I’m in one that’s weekly.
The central and only officer of WOOF is the Official Editor. Some have held that position for years – Pelz himself, and Victoria Smith, to name two – but this too comes and goes.
The OE for WOOF in 2019 is Kees van Toorn, who among much else chaired the 48th Worldcon, at the Hague.
This year’s collation will be WOOF 44 (the number, like much else, is subject to controversy but there you are; possibly pertinent, but I insist it isn’t, atomic element 44 is one of the rarest metals on Earth, and has no biological role).
Sue Mason, some of whose artwork was collected by Alison Scott in No Moose Today, Thanks, will do a cover.
Would you like to contribute? There’s no formal membership.
This year’s Worldcon will be at Dublin, Republic of Ireland. At the moment WOOF seeks a convenient place for depositing and collecting contributions on paper. Electronic contributions will be printed and collated in.
The result will be (1) sent by paper or electronic mail to each contributor, as each may arrange with the OE; (2) sent to people who do not contribute, if any so arrange; (3) given to members of the Worldcon who seem interested, as resources may permit – including some way of covering the OE’s costs, with Dutch letters of exchange – that may not be right – hmm — or PayPal, or something.
Stay tuned for more details (“Slans! This is a Porgrave thought-broadcaster,” A.E. Van Vogt, Slan ch. 14, as the electronic may see here).
Meanwhile if you wish you can write or call me, 236 S. Coronado St., No. 409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, U.S.A.; (213)384-6622 (Pacific Time zone).
Why me – when I’ve never been in WOOF? Well, Lord Melbourne (William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, 1779-1848), when told he was a pillar of the Church, said “I don’t think I can be a pillar of the Church. I must be a buttress. I support it from outside.”
Among much else he wrote and translated under the name Rei Kozumi. Some of us rendered this as “Mr. Kozumi”, not recognizing his Japanification – while in Japanese style the last name shall be first, the Japanese are punsters far beyond even the likes of me (and I wish I’d invented “Black Art”, though ink comes in other colors too) – of “cosmic ray”. He was great in fandom and prodom.
By James Bacon. Journey
just published four issues in quick succession. Covering a wide variety of
subjects and with co-editors James Bacon and Chris Garcia the consistent
constant, there have literally been 3 fanzines a day made available this week.
Journey Planet issue 41 presented Tony Roche’s
legendary fanzine Heroes Unlimited #8,
edited with Tony, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and Merlin Roche. Issue 42 – Infinite
Diversity in Infinite Combinations looks at Diversity within Star Trek fandom
with co-editor and Taff Candidate Sarah Gulde. Issue 43 was about Silicon
Valley co-edited with Chuck Serface and Issue 44, a Half Pint of Flann, a
primer of Flann O’Brien was co-edited by Michael Carroll and Pádraig Ó
four issues of Journey Planet have
converged for publication, but they did not come about or start anywhere near
the same time.
Journey Planet issue 41 presented Tony Roche’s
legendary fanzine Heroes Unlimited #8,
the Journey Planet edition repackaged
and added considerably to the edition published in print in September. Bonus
additional content, driven by those who had read and enjoyed the hard copy with
letters of comment, and also a reflection on the loss of Stan Lee, amongst
other new additions were added in. It is hard to know the genesis of this
issue, and it would not be unfair to say, possibly 49 years ago when issue 7 of
Heroes Unlimited was published, there
was an expectation that issue 8 would appear, but in modern times, it was in
February 2017, that Pádraig suggested that the time was now ripe for Heroes Unlimited #8 to Tony and so, it
began and twenty-two months later, an issue arrived. It was a glorious
experience, and involved a visit to Northampton, and meeting fanzine reader Alan
expected that we might get the Silicon Valley issue done some time before
Worldcon 76. That would have made sense, I thought, but all three editors had
commitments to Worldcon 76, albeit my own were tangential and all related to
Dublin 2019, Chris was an MC for the Masquerade and Chuck…. Well Chuck had a
really quite serious and responsible job at Worldcon 76, as Division Head for
member services. I thought it would be so nice to share my favourite Bay Area
places with fans before they arrive, and had written notes as early as June. It
was well after Worldcon that this issue really took shape, although work had
already been started, and I was on my way to San Jose in November when I
finished my own long contribution and we saw the issue come together.
chatting to Sarah Gulde after Worldcon, definitely in September and thought a
Star Trek issue would be a nice idea, Sarah then steered this in a direction
that really pleased both myself and Chris and suddenly we also had the title ‘Infinite
Diversity in Infinite Combinations’ and some excellent contributions coming in.
Michael Carroll expressed some interest when he was engaged about our Instant
Fanzine section and provided an amazing image for the and then Front
I had written another article on “The High Ground.” Despite bashing out 2,000
words on this episode that was banned by the BBC in the UK and RTE in Ireland,
and researching it with local fans, both Sarah and Chris felt the article did
not fit in with the overall theme of the issue. This is why co-editors are
important, I did not need to argue, or discuss it, if they both felt that way,
they are probably right, and it can be hard to objectively reflect immediately
when one is so close to an item, so you trust your co-editors. This will
actually work out well. We have heard by a back channel that someone connected
with “The High Ground” was pleased with the issue, which is terribly exciting,
and so, maybe it would be better to ask them first about for the article, while
another co-editor who contributed shared their passion for Trek, so at some
future stage, we may have a better article in another Trek issue, so Chris and
Sarah was very right.
of the real joys about Journey Planet
is that myself and Chris, are very open to ideas and concepts, and areas of
discussion. We cannot always find the energy and enthusiasm we need, to bring
an issue to fruition, which is why having co-editors is so vital. The
complexity of the workload, and reach of editors and skills they bring vary per
issue, is flexible, has to be. Sometimes ideas do not excite, or fail to
capture the imagination significantly, but can be returned to, other times,
work on an issue goes into hiatus, for any of many reasons. Right now, we have
a variety of potential issues in a wide variance of statuses, and know that we
can come back to them when matters are right. Everyone involved works very hard
and it is a pleasure to see what other voices and opinions can bring to the
zine, and this perhaps has something to do with why the fanzines are such
is everything though, for instance in our Flann issue, Michael Carroll was lead
on layout. That is because this issue had a stumbling block. I had forgotten to
tell everyone how much of this issue I had worked on in my head. Indeed, I
produced the idea of the issue, more broadly, on Friday the 21st of December.
That would be nine days ago.
Christmas period is always a good time for me to get writing done, and I find
that not only work, but Dublin 2019 matters slow sufficiently, that various
things that require thinking time can occur, an annual reflection and check-in
on how things are with Dublin 2019, and writing for fanzines is the pastime
things that I can get to, as well as sending out post, looking for books,
asking for input or instant fanzine contributions and enjoy reading submissions
so on. It can be really very productive.
course, I should have said to Chris, at least, that a Flann Primer was in my
head. You see, there is a lot of celebration occurring next year, At Swim Two
Birds is 80 years published, Palimpsests: The fifth International Flann O’Brien
Conference at University College Dublin on the 16–19 July and Dublin 2019
is occurring a month later. I would hope that we could garner some interest in
the subject of Flann and his writings, and elicit some future contributions for
a future far off issue, and so a ‘Primer’ to get people interested was the
notion that had concocted in my brain.
was over breakfast in Cafe Journal in Monkstown, on the south side of Dublin
with Tony and Pádraig, and while Tony is a fan, he is more of a Beckett man, if
truth be told, that the Flann issue came up.
a fabulous feast of Irish delicacies, surrounded by books, I voiced the idea of
the issue, and so it came to be. Chris of course, was appalled. His own
workload schedule was filled, and layout was beyond him, but I was not going to
not see this fail and once more into the breach, Michael Carroll stepped up,
and indeed now nine days later there is an issue done. Incredible.
was truly wonderful. While in Ireland I spent time reading and researching.
Fortunately, my late father had a supply of decent books on the Railways in
Ireland so I was able to reach for the Boocock.
Boocock wrote the Locomotive Compendium
Ireland, DMU Compendium, Irish railways 40 years of change and an
Irish Railway Pictorial, amongst
dozens of others). Johan Anglemark, Val Nolan and Jack Fennel turned up trumps
and Pádraig who is a scholar in Flann, had many an item on file and Michael
produced a first rate cover to wrap it all up.
so four issues are now up on the weebly and shortly I hope
will be on Bill Burns efanzines.com and I will pivot my focus back to
matters relating to Dublin 2019.
After 49 years, Heroes Unlimited #8continues the fanzine tradition that started with Merry Marvel Fanzine in Dublin in 1967 by Editor-in-Chief Tony Roche.
September this year, Editor-in-Chief Anthony Roche, Co-Editors James Bacon,
Chris Garcia, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and Merlin Roche, published in print copy Heroes Unlimited 8.
HU8 sports a cover by Paul Neary, with cover logo by co-editor Merlin Roche and cover caption by Todd Klein.
fanzine features a massive interview with Alan Moore by Tony Roche, an article
on “Women in Comics” by Sharae Deckard, and interviews with Maura McHugh;
Karen Green; Dr. Melanie Gibson; Hannah Means-Shannon; Annie Parkhouse; Kate Charlesworth;
Maggie Gray; Suzy Varty; Mary Talbot; Nora Goldberg-Fourrel de Frettes and
Sarah McIntyre by Pádraig Ó Méalóid.
fanzine contains a comic, “Something in the Post” by David Hine, and
illustrations and sketches and art from Ken Simpson, Will Eisner, Al Williamson
and Henry Scarpelli.
are articles on Irish authors of the fantastic, such as “A Master of Irish
Fantasy: Lord Dunsany” by Patrick O’Donnell, and “Bob Shaw’s Science Fiction”
by Eamonn Hughes, while Rob Hansen writes about early comics fanzines.
co-editors took time to write themselves, with Tony Roche reviewing the SCARP
Comic Convention in 1968 and the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo in 2018.
James Bacon took to writing about Troubled
Souls by Garth Ennis set in Northern Ireland and science fiction writer and
friend James White who also lived in Northern Ireland. Pádraig Ó
Méalóid writes about his beloved copy of Watchmen.
Heroes Unlimited 8 also reprints the Letter of
Comment that Alan Moore sent in following issue number 5, as well as a letter
from Derek G. Skinn that not even Dez remembers; and a late letter from Peter C
fanzine was printed and published in September 2018, and presented to
contributors, for comment.
Journey Planet is proud to present this, an
updated version of Heroes Unlimited 8,
as issue 41 of Journey Planet. We
have included a new article about the passing of Stan Lee by Michael Carroll,
words from Tony Roche capturing the connection he had with Stan Lee, letters of
comments from Dr. Sharae Deckard, Harry McAvinchey, and Dave Hine, and a record
of quite a wonderful and humbling day for the editorial team, with photographs
of the paper copy being presented to Alan Moore.
by the same group of editors who decided that it would be demanded in PDF
format and that they should take full advantage of the electronic form of
presentation. They hope you enjoy JP:HU8.
Themed, for your pleasure.
The 2018 First Fandom Annual has just been published: Remembering Jack Robins (1919-2015), Edited by John L. Coker III and Jon D. Swartz.
This periodical showcases new articles and photographs, as well as a long interview with Jack Robins recalling the good old days, an article by Lottie about her family, and two of Jack’s SF-themed plays: “The Ivory Tower” and “The Trials and Tribulations of Publishing.”
Here are first-hand accounts of some early adventures of SF fans from the 1930s, including Donald A. Wollheim, John B. Michel, Leslie Perri, Richard Wilson, Fred Pohl, David A. Kyle, William S. Sykora, Cyril M. Kornbluth, Robert W. Lowndes, Isaac Asimov, and Damon Knight.
Also presented are a selection of Jack’s poetry and several of his historic SF photographs.
Also featured, a Jack Robins bibliography prepared by Christopher M. O’Brien.
90 pages, limited edition (50 copies); Laser printed on good quality paper; B&W photos and interior illustrations; Gloss covers, 8½ x 11, saddle-stitched.
This will soon be out-of-print, so order your copy today by sending a check or money order for $30 (payable to John L. Coker III) to John at 4813 Lighthouse Road, Orlando, FL – 32808.
Top photo: (Standing:) Helena Binns, taking her photo at the side; James ‘Jocko’ Allen; Terry Morris; Kam-Hung Soh; Mervyn Binns, Bruce Gillespie; Sally Yeoland; LynC; Robin Johnson; Irwin Hirsh; Alan Stewart; Gerald Smith; Perry Middlemiss; Jean Weber; Leigh Edmonds; Murray MacLachlan; Jack Herman; Gary Mason; Roman Orszanski. (Seated:) Stephen Campbell; Eric Lindsay; David Grigg.
[May the Fourth is a date for celebrating Star Wars and James Bacon’s birthday, and connecting the two, is the release date for a special issue marking 10 years of Journey Planet.]
By James Bacon: May the Fourth be with you – we offer you Journey Planet:The Star Wars issue
With a stunning cover by Sarah Wilkinson, this issue of Journey Planet sets out to explore the Galaxy Far Far away. Edited by Chris Garcia, James Bacon and John Coxon, we’ve interviews with Tom Vietch, Timothy Zahn, Ruairí Coleman, Sean Williams and Will Sliney.
Andrea Swinsco and Jeannette Ng have very different views on The Last Jedi.
Craig Miller offers considerable insight to his times working with Star Wars, and also provides an obituary remembering Carrie Fisher.
We have An Islamic Perspective of Star Wars by Irfan Rydhan and a consideration of contemporary cultural narratives in Imperfect Worlds by Charlotte Cleo Wolf, while Micheal Carroll shares his scrap-book clippings.
James Mason looks at visual concepts, David Ferguson looks at characters and Juan Sanmiguel looks at Star Wars on the Radio and we have a Holiday Special survival guide by Helena Nash
Dr Anthony Roche reviews Alan Moore’s Star Wars comics, James Shields sources input about Star Wars Lego, from Hoth to Millennium Falcons and Will Frank considers the Lucasflm Buy and Fanwork.
We also have articles on the female pilots who never made it on screen, and those who did, Irish Connections in Star Wars, The Five Greatest Star Wars Games of All Time and Hardware Wars the latter two by editor Chris Garcia.
This has been a tough issue for one of the editors, Chris Garcia noted: ‘I am writing this from a tiny nook in Santa Clara’s Kaiser hospital. Vanessa, my loving wife, is having a ten hour surgery upstairs. I am downstairs. I’ve had my coffee, some tater-tots, a couple of pieces of bacon, and an orange juice. I’m listening to podcasts, specifically Last Podcast on the Left about the late, great Art Bell. I am more scared at this moment than any other in my entire life.’
“Hope.” — Leia Organa
We hope you join us in celebrating Star Wars today, and even if you are not a fan, enjoying reading views and opinions and thoughts on this wide-ranging universe that so many love so much. And if that fails, we offer you in desperation, the raising of a pint as one of our editors celebrates their birthday today and this issue marks ten years of Journey Planet.
By Chris Garcia: Team Journey Planet for 2017 were James Bacon, Michael Carroll, Vince Docherty, Chris Garcia, Jackie Kamlot, Mark Meenan, Helen Montgomery, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Steven H Silver, Hugo nomination-worthy editors, one and all!
Journey Planet received a Hugo Nomination in the Best Fanzine category, and those of you who are observant will note that the editors are listed as Team Journey Planet. As we explore new ideas, working hard to bring new angles and voices to fanzines, we expand, and this is a neater listing that the ten names of folks who did the heavy lifting to bring Journey Planet to life in 2017.
The entire concept of Journey Planet is based around a rather strange idea – someone comes to us with an idea, or James or I will come up with a weird idea, and from there we put together an issue dedicated to a theme. We need to be excited, animated, and fascinated by the idea, it really needs to capture the imagination, and we work hard to reach out to fans to engage them. We have had hundreds of fans contribute to out ‘Instant Fanzine’ section, where they answer questions for us, and through this skulduggery, we hear new and fresh fan opinions, that otherwise might be missed.
James and I always need to feel passionate, egging each other on, motivating, and encouraging, and we then rely on other editors too get us past inevitable writing blocks and problems, and we go at it, sometimes we are at the cold face, writing ourselves or soliciting hard, and other times, observing over an overall strategy for the issue.
I do layout for the zine most of the time, and our editors who aren’t James and I are usually the ones who handle the copyediting. When we started JP, with Claire Brialey was the one keeping James and I from going off the rails, the idea was for a themed zine, and as time went by, we changed our MO to the point where our other editors are a key part of the process. Without them, the thing we call Journey Planet today wouldn’t exist. Plain as that.
2017 was a great year for us, starting with Padraig O’Mealoid and Michael Carroll coming on-board for No More Heroes: A History of Irish Comics Part 2. This is a great example of the importance of the editors who come to us. They bring us the approach to individuals we’d otherwise have no touch with. Without Padraig and Michael coming on-board, the issue would never have happened. There’s a good reason why we love working with those two exceptional Irishmen: they’re amazing, they bring with them incredible connections and talent. Just look at that cover from Mike! Amazing!
Speaking of people we love working with, Hugo winner Helen Montgomery comes to us for two issues about Disney! The first one was Disney on Rails, all about the trains of Disney, perhaps the most esoteric and fascinating issue we’ve ever attempted, saw Jackie Kamlot make her JP editing debut. The issue that looks at Disney more generally, which was actually the one that Helen came to us with back in 2015, and featured so many great folks I love, and an amazing cover from Hilary Pearlman-Bliss that makes me incredibly happy.
Between our Disney excursions, multiple-time Hugo nominee Steven H Silver joined us for the first time to edit an issue I unofficially named “Programatic” where we brought some incredible stuff together from some great people. It’s about convention programming, from a few different angles. It’s an incredibly fun issue for me to go back over!
Chuck Serface, the King of Men!, joined us in celebrating Bay Area legend, and WorldCon 76 gHost of Honor, Bob Wilkins. This was an issue that celebrated Creature Features, the late night television show that brought a lot of fans to science fiction and horror fandom, and a major influence on both Chuck and I. A lot of great fun, and a return from Hugo winner Mo Starkey on the cover.
We finished the year with an exceptional issue with Vincent Docherty and Mark Meenan about 40 Years of Glasgow Conventions. Awesome stuff! Another issue where I personally knew nothing, where without the folks who came on board, the issue just doesn’t happen.
So, indeed, know that Team Journey Planet for 2017 is James Bacon, Michael Carroll, Vince Docherty, Chris Garcia, Jackie Kamlot, Mark Meenan, Helen Montgomery, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Steven H Silver!
By John Hertz: Where I live it’s the first day of spring. For Bruce Gillespie, the New Zealand for 2020 Worldcon bid, and like that, it’s fall. Diversity again. Easier said than done, but worthy of both.
I like to think science fiction has to do with diversity. John Campbell and Larry Niven, among others, have said our essential element is Minds as good as you but different. Easier said than done, but worthy of both.
The other day I saw a hundred folks had reported their Hugo nominations here (nice photo of Hugo trophies, thanks). Someone said “I am struck by how very * different * all our tastes are”. I didn’t happen to think so. The reports looked very similar to me. Another said “if [people are finding] mostly works by [X], it would indicate to me that either 1) the sources they are using … are extremely insular, or 2) they are – consciously or unconsciously – self-selecting for things written by [X].” Of course that’s neither complete nor conclusive. But it’s an important indicator.
It often seems “What’s incorrectly included?” shows up more easily than “What’s incorrectly omitted?” To see that something’s been left out you have to get the big picture. You have to be bigger than your immediate adventure. I once said that to Jon Singer, who is no dope; he said “How?”
Friends can help; in particular, diverse friends. If everyone I hang out with is just like me, who’ll point out what I’ve been missing? Of course it’s a strain. You find yourself thinking “How could you do such a thing?” This is a question better answered than brandished. If we only mean by it “Too strange, gotta go” we don’t learn anything.
One of the sandboxes I play in is Fanzineland. People have been pouring in new sand. It’s fascinating. Not so long ago fanzines were on paper – mostly; according to legend there’ve been slices of bologna, or worse – don’t ask me what I saw in Bruce Pelz’ refrigerator – but then came electronic media, and we had to think it out again.
All of us. Not just the folks upon whom new stuff poured, but the folks who poured in with it. Diversity can’t just be You have to accommodate me, but I don’t have to accommodate you.
Well then. Here are some fine fanzines, fanwriters, fanartists, of 2017, whose names leapt to my mind, conspicuously omitted by those hundred folks (and of course neither complete nor conclusive). Some of them can be found on-line, e.g. through Bill Burns’ eFanzines; that doesn’t matter much to me, it may to you. I couldn’t begin to guess which, if any, will appear on the Hugo ballot; that’s not why I’m writing. Let’s say that next time you get to How do I love thee? you count the ways. Or, not to top that, because I can’t, let’s consider Love your neighbors, for they are not like you. Or let’s just say I like to share my toys with friends.
Enter at Your Own Risk
The MT Void
The White Notebooks
The Zine Dump
Ylva Spangberg (imagine a ring over the second “a”)
Humpty Dumpty tells Alice (Through the Looking-Glass, ch. 6) “You’re so exactly like other people…. two eyes, so – nose in the middle, mouth under. “It’s always the same.” Alice says any other way might not look nice. He answers – and these are his last words – “Wait till you’ve tried.” Of course it doesn’t occur to him that he falls under the same description himself.