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Entry updated 18 June 2021. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

US Fanzine, edited by from Berkeley by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik (issues #1-#65, February 1958-September 1960); Terry and Miriam Carr (#66-#71, November 1960-January 1961); and subsequently by Walter Breen (#72-#100, April 1961-February 1964). US quarto format, mimeographed; initially weekly, but for the most part fortnightly from July 1958; irregular from Spring 1962. 100 issues (but see below).

Fanac was a small (typically 4pp) but frequent Newszine carrying information on sf writers and Conventions and news of sf fans and their activities, including the Fan Funds. Its informal and humorous style was popular and became a model for later news fanzines. Contributors included well-known fans and professional writers, among them Robert Bloch, Walt Willis with the column "Plinth", and Bob Shaw. Fanac won the Hugo for best fanzine in 1959. There were 100 issues in all, the missing #90 being compensated for by a special issue intended to celebrate the fanzine's third anniversary in 1961, which had remained in limbo until eventually published in April 1964 after the main run had ceased in February of that year. [PR/DRL]


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