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File 770

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

US Fanzine since January 1978, edited from Los Angeles by Mike Glyer, roughly bimonthly until 1999 but thereafter publishing three or fewer issues per year until 2016 (see below); the name alludes to the legendary (though only in Fandom) party in Room 770 of the 1951 Worldcon hotel that ran for two days and was a highlight of the event.

A newsletter covering Fandom, with emphasis on North America, File 770 was begun when the previous leading US NewszineKarass (1974-1978) edited by Linda Bushyager – folded. The focus of File 770, much of whose contents are written in Glyer's no-nonsense style, is Convention news and reports, though considerable coverage is also given to sf Awards and obituaries, and the activities of fans. This publication received Hugos for Best Fanzine in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016 and 2018, while Glyer won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 2016; earlier he had received a special 1982 Worldcon committee award (not a Hugo) for his work on File 770. From September 2004 the paper edition was supplemented – or for many fans, replaced – by a website giving frequent news updates in blog format, with readers encouraged to post comments [see under links below] and debate topical issues; there is a strong feeling of community. The paper version eventually slowed to an annual schedule, with numbers #160-#166 appearing late in the years 2011-2016 respectively, since when the print edition has apparently ceased though the website remains highly active. [RH/DRL]

see also: Longevity in Publications.


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