2017 in Fanzines

Usually I only publish four fanzines a year, as part of my membership of the Spectator Amateur Press Association (SAPS).  I did so again this year.  They were:

OCTOGINTA QUINQUE, LXXXV
VETUS FELES SUNT BONI FELES, LXXXVI
NON MULTUM TEMPUS, LXXXVII
IAM NON OBSCURE, LXXXVIII

In keeping with my struggles to confuse the fanzine catalogers of the future I give each fanzine a new title and, because I’ve taken to using Latin, I thought I might as well use Roman numerals as well.  The only people who get copies of these are members of SAPS and three Australian friends.

As part of the project to research and write the history of Australian fandom to 1975 I’ve been publishing a sometimes small efanzine which contains all kinds of stuff relevant to the project.  They are all available from efanzines.com (when I figure out how to create links to that site and these fanzines on it, but in the meantime …)

1OTA 021OTA 031OTA 041OTA 051OTA 061OTA 071OTA 081OTA 091OTA 101OTA 111OTA 121OTA 131OTA 13a

Barwon Water history

Living by WaterOne of the things I do is write history for a living.  Almost all of this work has been commissioned histories and one I wrote over a decade ago was for Barwon Water, the Geelong based water authority.  They have put a copy of the book on their website where you can access it for free as a pdf.  The address for it is:

https://www.barwonwater.vic.gov.au/image_get.cfm?id=A2059647

 

(There are a few more of my histories that are available over the internet, but I’ll see what this one looks like before I attempt any more.)

The history of Australian fandom at Continuum

At last year’s Melbourne convention we held a panel item about the history of fandom in Australia.  On the panel were me (as moderator), Lee Harding, Dick Jenssen and Rob Gerrand.

convention panel
From the left: Me, Lee Harding, Dick Jenssen and Rob Gerrand

The panel discussed the beginnings of modern fandom, mainly in Melbourne, in the 1950s, including earlier exposure to science fiction, the public attitude to the genre and the difficulty of finding it in Australia.

A recording of this session can now be found and heard at:

https://doxa.podbean.com/e/msfc-fan-history-panel-continuum-13/