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Entry updated 24 June 2023. Tagged: Fan, Theme.


Fan Language abbreviation for a Fanzine or Magazine primarily devoted to sf news and perhaps gossip; most also feature at least some book listings and/or reviews. Newszines with entries in this encyclopedia are: Ansible, British Fantasy Society Bulletin, Checkpoint, Critical Wave, Fanac, Fantasy Review (1), Fantasy Times, File 770, Futurian War Digest, Locus, Luna Monthly, The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation, Science Fantasy News, Science Fiction Chronicle, Skyrack and The Steampunk Explorer. Several are archived online, have a current web presence, or both [see under links below].

Further newszines of note include Fanew Sletter (Australia, 100 issues 1974-1978) edited by Leigh Edmonds; Karass (US, 38 issues 1974-1978) edited by Linda Bushyager; Matrix (UK, 1975-2011) published by the British Science Fiction Association and discussed in that entry; DNQ (Canada, 34 issues 1978-1983) edited by Taral Wayne Macdonald and Victoria Vayne; and Thyme (Australia, 136 issues 1981-2002) edited by Irwin Hirsh and various successors, the last being Alan Stewart.

A number of long-running newszines double as club newsletters for local groups, such as Brum Group News (1971-current, initially as B.S.F.G.) for the Birmingham (England) Science Fiction Group, Instant Message (1967-current) for the New England Science Fiction Association, Shangri L'Affaires (1940-1997, also nicknamed Shaggy) for the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, PSFS News (1937-circa 2004, also as PSFS Bulletin, PSFS Bulletin, PSFS News Bulletin and Variant) for the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and The WSFA Journal (1965-current, also as Son of the WSFA Journal) for the Washington (District of Columbia) Science-Fiction Association. There are many more. [DRL]

see also: Online Newszines.


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