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Entry updated 25 January 2024. Tagged: Community, Fan.

The commonly used acronym for the Fantasy Amateur Press Association, formed in 1937 in the USA by John B Michel and Donald A Wollheim to facilitate distribution on an APA basis of Fanzines published by and for members; it was the first of many such groups in sf Fandom (created in the pattern of older non-fan "amateur journalism" or "ajay" APAs which the founders had learned of from H P Lovecraft), and still continues. Early contributors included E J Carnell, Francis T Laney, Robert A W Lowndes, Sam Moskowitz, Frederik Pohl, Wilson (Bob) Tucker, Harry Warner Jr (from 1939 to his death in 2003) and Richard Wilson.

Many other fans/authors with entries in this encyclopedia also participated at one time or another, including John D Berry, Gregory Benford, Robert Bloch, Sandra Bond, Marion Zimmer Bradley, F M Busby, Terry Carr, Jack Chalker, Juanita Coulson, Robert Coulson, Richard E Geis, Bruce Gillespie, Rob Hansen, Lee Hoffman, Earl Kemp, David Langford, Judith Merril, Ray Faraday Nelson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Larry T Shaw, Bjo Trimble, Ted White, Walt Willis and C S Youd (see John Christopher). Current members include Gordon Eklund and Robert Silverberg. [PR/SHB/DRL]


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