sci fi zines

Important Announcements!

> The Emina Fanthology’s first issue will be pushed back to October 27, 2017

> The Fanthology is going to try something a little different in 2018 with regards to submissions.

Instead of announcing the theme in the same month as the submission window opens, I’m going to post the themes for the year ahead of time and only accept submissions over a period of one month.

That way, writers will have ample time to draft and finalize submissions before the submission windows open and won’t feel too much pressure to get things done within a month and a half.

The themes and submission windows for the 2018 issues have been posted under the Schedule tab on the blog.

> Depending on the reception in 2018, the Fanthology may increase to three releases per year for 2019 and onward. So, spread the word far and wide, and let’s make 2018 a good year for some great writing.

-Mod Monte

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The University of Iowa’s fanzine collection is going digital before it falls apart .

Librarians have been working since July on digitally archiving over 10,000 science fiction zines. 

The library is partnering with the fan-run Organization for Transformative Works to collect more zines for eventual digital archival, but Hampton is currently focused on material from the 1930s to 1950s, spanning the rise of zines and the Golden Age of science fiction.

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Here we have Vol. I, Issue I of Scorpio, published in L.A. in March 1941.  The cover is an example of white-on-black printing–hard to photograph yet awesome to behold.  We have numerous zines with white-on-black covers within the Hevelin Collection.  See some other examples here and here.

Scorpio. Vol.I, Issue I.  California: an Astra publication.  Edited by Alojo. Cover by Barnes. Interior illustrations by O’Brien, Moyer, and Chamberlain. The Rusty Hevelin Science Fiction Collection.    

-Laura H.