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SFRA Newsletter 2 Past SFRA Presidents Thomas B. Clareson Arthur O. Lewis, Jr. Joe DeBolt (1970-1976) (1977-1978) (1979-1980) (1981-1982) (19S3-1984 ) (1985-1986) James Gunn Patricia S. Warrick Donald M. Hassler Pilgrim Award Winners J.O. Bailey Marjorie Hope Nicholson Julius Kagarlitski Jack Williamson I.F. Clarke Damon Knight James Gunn Thomas D. Clareson Brian W. Aldiss Darko Suvin Peter Nicholls Sam Moskowitz Neil Barron H. Bruce Franklin Everett F. Bleiler Samuel R. Delany George H. Slusser Past SFRA Newsletter Editors April! May 1987 (1970) (1971 ) (1972) (1973) (1974 ) (1975) (1976) (1977) (1978) (1979 ) (1980) (1981 ) (1982) (1983) (1984) (1985 ) (1986) Fred Lerner Beverly Friend Roald Tweet Elizabeth Anne Hull (Issues 1 to 30, 1971-1974) (Issues 31 to 62, 1974-1978) (Issues 63 to 92, 1978-1981) (Issues 93 to 122, 1981-1984) eeee


I\prilhiay 19W7 3 E;\ Nc \I-sld lr'J" COLUMN This colu1nll is being written at the beginning of t\\u weeks of scholarly activity not related to sciellCl' fiction. I'll be participating in two IllcetillFs where thl' discussion will center 011 the editing of Loth literary works and literary rcmains such as letters and jOllnlals includinb commercial (and authorial) cditinp: fOl" publication as well as scholarly editing later. Perhaps to show a prejudice 011 Illy part, I think this is a killd of activity which might engage in more frequently ;1.Ilci intensively. 'l'oInmon"ow [relative to this writing), I'll be speakillg in a Syillposiulll tile Society for CI"itical Exchange is sponsoring on textual scholarship and literilt)'. theory here on thc Oxford campus of 1\liallli University. I\nd two weeks frollJ now, I'll be in Ncw York for the biennial conference of the Society for Textual ::;tudy .. Many of the papers and much of the convprsation at both meetings will, of course, be pretty tecimiC:ll. i\lul"t,'oVCI", a lot of it will prohrtbly be pretty dull to allybudy but those clirectly concenleu with probleills in the texts of cE'rtain authors; the work being uone Ly the scholars speakin/--; at tliese rtleetinp:s isn't going to IX' as exciting as sOlne of the papers on themes, i ll1;l.rces, and icJerts tila t constitute the staple frtre at PCI\, ;md IAF!\ conferences. (IlldeC'cI, one of my colleagues huffily re fcrs to textual criticism as "acaclernic hOllsekeepinp.") \,)' own experience in ecliting Eobert Lc\vis Stevenson illli)l'ls rile to agn'e ill part: estal)lishing 3. sound text is, 011 OIl{' level, ollly a precursor to significant studies of it esthetic construct. But on another level that Salll(' experienc c has given III e sign i fic an t1y 1)(:' t tel" i nsigll t i 111 0 the complex creative process by which f asltioncu h is 11<1 rra tives.


SFP,A Newsletter 4 'I'll(' issl't,S an.' ill1pot"tant in science fiction "s well. Think, for instance, of the cOlliplaillts SF writers have ilad abOlll how their "ven' cut to fit a fwecietcrrnillecJ klli;th, 01" how texts were altered hy editors anel puLllishers IJCCallSe clelllcnt of content was (lee Illl'd inappropriate to the :lSSUlllCcl audience (or IJecal1se the publisher couldn't produce tilt' typographical t"efine:nents the writer cieillandcd). [vly guess, hased on work a f,"iend has been doing wi til tIte texts of Dashiell lIall! nlett rnysterics, is that COllllrtiol! of a popular t('xt like an SF ""ork is more likely than not. reason I write at such length about these is that I wonder why we in SFlZA aren't payinv IIlore s('rious attention to the etliting of the texts we study. Silould SF 1U\ as a organization l)e more concenled with the quality of texts? Should we work actively to publishers to issue of carefully edited stc'.l1clan.l texts? What (io you thi.nk? ---lVilliClIl1 H. Harclesty, III OF POSSIBLE INTEREST In case YOll didn't know: the title of Philip Jose Fanner's story "Sail On! On!" was taken from the refJ";lin or Cincinnatus Hiner (I'JoClquin1') .Miller's poem "Colllillbus." CLlI"iously, tht' inspiration for the story -acco1(lilll', to i\'iClrtill Greel1berg1s [ntroduc tion to The Classic Philip Jose Farmer 1952-1964 (New York: Crown, 19,H) -not rrol1l Miller but from


April/ May 1987 5 SFRA Newsletter a recurring dream Farmer had in which he says III sa \', the tiny galleon of the Portugese Prince Henry the Navigator (A.D. 1394-1460). It was sailing along in a heavy sea ana on a oark night. A small building was on the poorxleck; in it sat a very fat monk. He had earphones on ana was tapping out a coded message, in Latin, on a spark-gap transmitter ... 11 (vii). -Dave Mead and !Yluriel Becker FOUNDATION OFFER RENEWED Foundation SF has again generously extended its offer of a discount subscription for SFRA members. In several previous years SFRA members have had to have paid for their Foundation SF subscription before January of each year in orc.ier to obtain the discount rate of $11.00. Foundation SF has indicated toi our Treasurer, Charlotte Donsky, that they will accept discounted subscriptions through our Treasurer all year long from current SFRA members. If you would liKe to subscribe to this excellent .sri tish publ ica tion, sene. your na m e and address together with a check for $11.0U to Charlot tc Donsky Treasurer, SFRA 1265 South Clay Denver, CO 80219


H.A Newsletter 6 Apri 1/ May 1987 ANNUAL MEETING PROGRESSES NICELY Special Guests Marion Zimmer Bradley, David Drake, Allen \Vold, and Mark Van Name have accepted our invitation to attend. Extra Tickets for the Pilgrim Award Banquet Extra tickets for the banquet (for a visi ting spouse or friend who will not be attending conference sessions) are available for $12.50 each. Conference Sessions and Their Chairpersons New Sciences in SF Chair: David Mead, Department of English, Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. British SF Chair: Tom Clareson, contact Walter Meyers. Star Wars Chair: Raymond Cormier, Department of Foreign Languages, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Works of James Tiptree, Jr. Chair: Adam J.' Frisch, Department of English, Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA 51104.


April! ivlay 1 l)87 7 Works of Zimmer Braulcy Clui!": Charlotte Donsky. Section Filled. Works of Michael Bishop Cllair: Donalti \:. Hassler, 1226 Woodhill Drive, Kent, OH -1:-1:240. The Shaclow as Archetype Chair: Ll',m,l1"ll He lcireth, Northern University, '.131'1Ul'ltL', 49855. Works of Isaac Asimov Contact\':altcr \kYL'rs. Religion in SF/Fantasy Chair: Robert Galbreath, 4217 Woodburn Street, Shorewooc, 'td =)3201. Early SF (primarily ] 9th century) C1air: Francis .'vlolson, Department of English, Cer.tral University,' {"jount Pleasant, \11 4S85Sl. SF Utopias Chair: Lynn F. \';i11ia:1Is, 71 ,)rcharc; Street, Bel mont, ;ViA 02178. II Orphaned II papers that are accepted will be grouped into a Miscellany section, where variety will be part of the attraction. Direct all correSpOllGenCe (ot)lel" than specific contacts with session chairs) to: Walter E. >.leyers 403 Carriage Lane Cary, NC 27511 eee


SFRA Newsletter 8 Aprilltvlay 1987 THE SHAPE OF FILMS TO COME by Ted Krulik May 1987 -Mel Brooks, who has done some funny lampoons of various lIlovie genres, has made a new movie that satarizes the science fiction film, most notably the Star Wars saga. At Lunacon, a New York SF convention, scenes from Brooks' new film were presented by a publicist for the movie. In the following, New Jersey science fiction collector and essayist, Bruce Tinkel, gives a report of the presenta hon: Mel Brooks, who destroyed Westerns in Blazing Saddles, ripped apart the horror fils in Young Frankenbstein and deep-sixed Alfred Hitchcock in High Anxiety, turns his sights on the Science Fiction film in the upcoming Spaceballs. As reported at the March 1987 Lunacon (by Terry Erciman, the film's publicist), Spaceballs chronicles the story of Princess Vespa of the planet Druidia. Yes, she is a Druish Princess. She flees a loveless marriage in her flying Winnebago. In the meantime, President Skroob of the. planet Spaceballs has hatched a plan to steal the oxygen from the planet Druidia. King Roland of Druidia enlists the aid of Lone Star and his companion Ma wg, who is half-man, half-dog (in this way he is his own best friend). Together with the Princess amI her personal android Dorothy Matrix,usually referred to by the nickname Dot, they try to thwart evil President Skroob's plans. Along the way they meet a climinuitive creature named Yogurt who is


April/May 1987 9 SFRA Newsletter the keeper of a mysterious power called "The Schwartz." They frequently employ tbe phrase "May the Schwartz be with you." The cast of Spaceballs inc ludes Bi II Pullman (who was Anita \lorris' stupid boyfriend in Ruthless People) as Lone Star, The inimitable John Candy is \lawg. Daphne Zuniga (of The Sure Thing) is Princess Vespa. Dot Matrix has mime Lorene Yarnell (of Shields & Yarnell) inside the costume while Joan Rivers supplies the voice. Rick Moranis (last seen in Little Shop of Horrors) plays the evil Dark Helmet. Finally, the crazed Mel BrooKs has two roles: President Skroob and the wise Yogurt. Will President Skroob succeed with his dastardly plot? Will the Princess finally be forced to marry a man she does not love? Is there a force stronger than "The Schwartz" called the Moskowitz? These questions and more will be answered when Spaceballs blasts into your theatre on June 26th.


;\t:wslettcr 1() April/ .\:ay 19S7 MYTHOPOETIC MEETING SCHEDULED Tilc 18th Annual Conference ot the Society will be helll at ;\iarquette University, '.\ihvaukee, ',\,isconsin, froin July 24 to July 27, 1987. Focus of the meeting \vill be on works of mythopoctic fantasy. Special attention \vill be paid to the 50th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Fc,r additional inforrnation contact either Taum Santoski ivlythcon XVIII P.O. bOX 537 Milwaukee, WI 53201 or Richard C. West, SecretalY Papers and Panels Com :nittee Mythcon XVIII 1918 ;\tladison St. iVlilwaukee, WI 53711


Apriln.lay 19fn 1 1 SFt<.A :\c\\slctter NOTES ON NEWSLETTER DELAYS and other If you've been woneering wHy no Arri I SFRA Newsletter has an-ivccl, it's Sec;luse tLcre was notilin2: to send. The only thing that arriveci to be includecl between the i,-larch issue ana the bCf,;inning of April was Bill Hardesty's President's Column. It se(' rlled to me ar. ill-advised use of ,sFRA's limited func.s to mail an issue with that ami my notes on ARTFILE. By the time the Lulk of what had arrived, the c losinr; cia te for passeu. Thus, to keep the issue sequential, this joint-nurnbereei issue. else is in this issue the ;\] ay Issue hau nUlllbers intact anu I, at least, founei it refreshing to note that it's "traditional" with the Newsletter to be delayed [see the "i3last froil. the Past" section else\",here in this issuel. As of my last com munica tion with Uill Hardesty there were no fir;11 contenders to take over the Newsletter editorship. I hope those aLlong you who think. you might possibly be interesteo vv'ill clrop either 13ill or me a note to indicate so. It would be a shame to have the Newsletter em; afh-r :110rc than 150 Issues, just because we couldn't fir.d a new editor. I'll be glacJ to sha re wha t I've le3.ITlec; a bOllt the je-i I, as I'1ll sure will any of the previolls editors (Jiste(; on tL,' insic.:e front cover).


SFRA Newsletter 12 A nBLAST FROM THE PAST" or April/May 1987 Notes from the History of the SFRA Newsletter This Spring the Newsletter received a delightful present. Long-time member Faye \\'ilbur has donated her personal library of back issues of the Newsletter to us. It's a complete run of the early issues, except for issues 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12. I haven't had time to thoroughly check issues from the last few years for missing issues -perhaps next issue. (If anyone out there has issues 1,2,4, 5, or 12, PLEASE make a xerox and send them to me, so I'll be able to pass on a complete run to my successor.) Obviously I've not had time to read our complete "history," but! thought I'd include what seem to me to be representative or distinguishing sa mples, together with a few reflec tions. The first issue Faye sent on was #3 (l June 1971) and is 2 sheets (3 pages and a blank) xeroxed onto blue SF RA letterhead. The Newsletter masthead says The SFRA NEWSLETTER is published irregularly by the Science Fiction Research Association, a nonprofit scholarly organisation. It is edited by the Secretary-Treasurer of SFRA (Fred Lerner, 7 Amsterdam Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA) and is sent to all voting, supporting, student and institutional members.


April! May 1987 13 SFRA Newsletter That third issue, however, lends support for some sort of circular theory of time. The lead note is APOLOGIES This issue of the SFRA NEWSLETTER is six weeks la te bec ause of the editor's recent illness. We hope to resume our regular schedule with the next issue. The third note in that issue (after the announcment of Marjorie Nicolson's Pilgrim Award) says WELL, YES,ABO UT THE PROCEEDINGS Transcription of the three-day October conference, Secondary Universe III, proceeds. Glacially, true; but it proceeds. Printers, the Federal Work-Study Program, and the Albany budget willing or unwilling, an August publication date is expected. We are shooting for July. Costs: The volume is planned at about 250-300 pages, offset, with some total transcripts, some formal papers, and some abstracts. Projected price for SFRA members: Pre-publication, $2.00; post-publication. $3.00. Price for non-members: Pre-publication, $7.00; post-publication, $10.00. (The disparity in price is a direct reflection of the advantages of SFRA me:l1bership and of SFRA's sponsorship of the project.) Order by postcard anytime {from Virginia Carew. English Dept., Queensborough Community College, Bayside NY 11364 -Virginia Carew, Chairman Proceedings Com mittee


SFRA Newsletter l-l So, you la te and v/c ;lppear. see, a t our inception were \vai tint;. for an April/ivlay 1987 the Newsletter was 11 AnnuaI Volumell to By #7 (25 January 1972) [also numbered Volume 2, Nurtlber 1] the masthead shov,;ecl a philosophical shift with to the Newsletter: The SFRA is published monthly by the Science Fiction Research Association Inc., a nonprofit scholarly orbanisation. It is sent to all voting, supporting, student and institutional members. Address all correspondence to the Editor: Fred Lerner, 7 Amsterdam Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA. Assistant editor: Janet Kagan. We had IIgone monthly,1I were identifying the Editor as a separate responsibility, and had an assistant editor [which \ve could use again]. The first dozen or so issues were primarily devoted to three kinds of news: reports of meetings, presentations about works in progress and book revie\vs. Things ran smoothly for a while, but suddenly there 2ppeared an issue numbered 13-15 (July-September 1972) and the note UP 'We have fallen behina our monthly schedule, partially because of editorial and technical difficulties, anci partially because of limited summertirne news input. We hope to adhere rnore faithfully to monthly publica t ion as the new ac 3de mic year bqoins. The presC'nt combiner: !lumber will


April/May 1987 15 SFRA Newsletter at least bring us into closer cOLlpatibility to the calendar. \ve apologize for the delay. Publication continued, with normal c"litches, until the first "blockbuster issue" (9 pages) appeared in ivlay-June 1973. It was primarily a reprint of Peter Nichollsl artic Ie "FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE, E2\GLISH STYLE" (from The Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America) describing the nature, philosophy and goals of The Science Fiction Foundation. [I have \vritten, asking permission again to reprint tha t essay. Coupled with the note about subscription discounts to Foundation which appedrs elsewhere in this issue, I think weIll all find it informative.] But, I infer (and understar;d), editorial burnout reared its head with issue #30, for therein appeared ABOUT THE '\E\,:SLETTE.k. The SFRA Executive Com:llittee has often hinted at its dissatisfaction with the Newsletter, but has never responded to our repeated requests for instructions. Members of the Committee have been uncooperative about sending 111 news of their own activities; and we have received little communication frolll the \,anous standing com mittees of SF RA. Under these circumstances it is extrer:lt::>ly difficult to publish the Newsletter, aIle: i to publish it on anything like a regular schedule. Yet the continual strcCiill of requests we receive indicates that there is a real neeu for the sort of com tT'c:nica tions process which we have been trY'in: to foster. \-Iost


SFRA Newsletter 16 Apri 11 May 1987 of the complaints we have received from SFRA members indicate that their major source of dissatisfaction with the Newsletter IS its irregularity of publication. Therefore \ve have decided to attempt to continue publication of the SFRA Newsletter for the time being, relying on the coopera tion of those who wish this com munications medium to function. What we need most of all is news: information on research projects, new publications, meetings, curricular developments, and the like. If you want a Newsletter, you'll have to contribute to it: there's no other way. And with issue #31 Beverly Friend took editorship (with Hal Hall as co-editor), the shifted to the back page and the title shifted to SFRA newsletter The news and information bulletin of the Science Fiction Research Association. I'vlore internal history next month. \ over the masthead


April/i\lay 19B7 17 eee YOU, TOO, CAN OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY If you have all extra :ii325 in your rocket, EastOn Press may have just what you nE'ed -a video history titled America's Achievements in Space. The set of tcn <;)()-rninute cassettes (VES or Beta) is sent iTl pairs every other month. You're expected to pay monthly, $29.95 (+ $2.50 p&h). Any cassette may be returned unopened for a full refund. [Of course they don't \\"ant you just copying the tapes, but how do you know whether you want the thing until you've seen it?] Seriously, this is probal)ly an excellent way to havl' a chronicle of the U.S. space program, but the hype uf the Easton Press ad is a bit hanJ to swallow: "This is the library you would have wanted to create yourself ... if you had uwned a Lack in 1961 when Alan Shepard into space ... in 1962 when John Glenn orbited the Eartll ... in 1969 when Neil Armstrong \vall\.eu on the Never II1i11d that you didn't uwn a VCR back then .... Because here is something better -something you couldn't have taped on your 0\\"11. Here NM:iA's official films! Every" mission captured. Chronicled. Docurnentt>cI. Explained All these years, NASA has been kel'pilli; a record for you ... and IlOW it's available! Each cassC'tk has <)0 minlltes of breathtaking official "footagL'1 with stilTing narratives by such notables as Carl Sahan, J',.G. ;\!cll"slJall, Orson Welles, and c"cli i tho


SFlZA Newsletter 18 April/ !\lay 1987 Please note tlla t mine. The rest are in a t ten t ion-ge t te r. only the uoldfacecl elipses are the original text as some sort of Perhaps there is forthcoming an offer for The Soviet Union's Achievements in Space. If not, it's unfortunate that such a chronicle of the Space Age couldn't have given us a more complete picture. If you're interested, write The Easton Press 47 Richards Avenue P.O. Box 5705 Norwalk, Conn 06856-9926 e


The SFRA Newsletter is published ten times a year by the Science Fiction Research Association. Address editorial correspondence to: Richard W. Miller Philosophy Department University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla, MO 65401 USA SPACE (Scholarly Projects and Critical Endeavors) Editor: Charles Elkins English Department Florida International University Miami, FL 33199 USA Commercial Films Editor: Theodore Krulik 29-10 137th Street Flushing, NY 11354 USA President: Vice-President: Secretary: SFRA Executive Committee William H. Hardesty III Department of English Miami University Oxford, OH 45056 Martin H. Greenberg College of Community Sciences University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay, WI 54302 Elizabeth Anne Hull Liberal Arts Division William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL 60067 Treasurer: Charlotte P. Donsky 1265 South Clay Denver, CO 80219 Immediate Past President: Donald M. Hassler Department of English Kent State University Kent, OH 44242 SFRA Newsletter Editor: (ex officio), address above Copyright 1987 by SFRA


e SFRA NEWSLETTER # 150/151 Richard W. Miller, Editor Philosophy Department University of Missouri-Rolla Ro 11 a, MO 65401 Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Rolla, Missouri Permi t No. 170 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED Philip E. Kaveny P.O. Box 2056 Madison WI 53703


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