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&fQA Newsletter Editor: Beverly Friend Book Review Ed.: II.W. lIa11 Asst. Ed.: Alex Eisenstein Published monthly for the Science F.ictioll /?"sedrch Assoc. Editorial Correspondence to Dr. Friend, 3415 Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, I1. 60645. For review assignments, inquire with Mr. Hall, 3608 Meadow Oaks Ln., Brian, Tx. 77801 No. 41 June-July, 1975 In June, 1971, the Articles of Incorpocation of thro FICTION RF.:SEARCH ASSOCIATION were distributed to ':he Mo ..... '" recently, by-la'Ns ha,.,e been proposed and circulated among memhers of the executive committee. They are reprinted as f0110\.;s: (1\11 comments and suggestions should be sent to Art Lewis, 105 Sparks Building, Pennsylvania ,)tate University, University Pa ..... k, PellJlsylvanid 11)81)2.) ARTICLES OF INCORPORATfON unders jori ty of whom are citizens of the United States, desiring to form a corporation, not for profit, under the General Corp ation Act of Ohio, do hereby certify: FIRST: The name of said corporation shall be FICTION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION, also known as SFRA. SECOND: The place in this State where the principal office of the corporation is to located is Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. THIRD: The purpose or purposes for Wili.ch said corporation is formed are: (a) To develop, encourage, publish and promote new schola'Cship in the field:, of sciC'nce fiction and fantasy. (b) To encourage, develop and promote the teaching of science fiction and at all levels of instruction. (c) To encourage, develop and promote cooperation and exchange of informa':ion among the students of science fiction and fantasy throughout the world. (d) To improve access to published and un?ublished materials in the of science fiction aid fantasy; and to aid in securing for library collections pa?ers and records needed for present and future study of science fiction and (f) This corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, literary or educational purposes. No part of the net earnings of the corporation or the principal assets of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of its members, trustees, offic('rs or othC'r PI' i VElte j'LT';()ilS aid upon dissoLution ,)r lirl'Iidalio(l of the corporation all nC't of the corporation shall be distributed to onc or more exempt purposes as defined for this purpose in the Internal Revenue Code. No part of the of the shall cO:1sist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation or participating, or intervening, in any political campaign on behalf of all candidate for office. (g) This corporati.on is for the purpose of receiving aid maintaining a fund or fWlds and applying the WllO Ie or, from time to time, any part of the principal [)r income exclusively to literary or educdtional purposes and a':tivities. FOURTt!.L As one of its regular to fulfill the purposes set forth in the third paragraph the Science Fiction Association hold an annual scholarly conference whi.ch will be knmoJll as the "Secondary Universe Conference" or "Secon". FIFTH: The scholarly journal "Extrapolation" published aid ::o?jrighted by Alice J. Clareson aid Thomas n. Clareson of Wooster, Ohio, will serve as the official publication of the Science Fiction Research Association. (A the first trustees: Fred Lerner, Darko Suvin, aid lvor Rogers.) PROPOSED BY-LAWS One: A. Individuals paying

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dues to the Association shall thereby become active members of SFRA. They shall receive the publications as designated in Sect Lon ,have the right to vote on all issues presented to the membership, a,d eligible to hold offices and serve on committees. Certain appropriate organizations, such as libraries, may a\.so ')e active ,,,e,,,hers of SFRA. Such organizations, however, shall have a .dngle vote in all husiness matters. B. Two groups shall make up tIl(> category of honorary memhers. The first shall be the recipients of the Pilgrim Award; the second, the members of the Board. They shall pay no dues but shall have the full rights ald privileges of active members if they so choose. Section Two: Dues. Dues shall be paid on aTI annual, calendrical basis, and their a'l1ount for any given year shall be determined by the Executive Committee a'ld ratified "!Jy the memhership. Section Three: Lia')i lity l)f Memhers. No one at pn'sent, or in the future, a Illcmlwr 0 f SFRA (10 he s pc' I I ed (Jill in final draft) shall I,L' rwrsonally lia')le to its eredi Lors [or nll(ll'; wi II h(' rL'liJilH'ci :I pI, should thl'n' he' (j.'l'sl ion, ""'!flt' :Ivai 1-ahle at tIl(' Limp of till' [JlIlilill ",('('Iilli' .. C. The husinC'ss met't i II)', I I b C' COil due I (' d till rl e" R 0 her t s I{ II I "s "r Order, revisl'd edilion. Section Five: Puhlications. A. All memhers of SFRA automatically receive the following publicatio;Js '",hich are recognized d:i official puhlications of SFRA: 1. The Newsletters, published monthly. The expeil.,es of the SFRA Newsletter shall be paid out of the Association's general fund. 2. Science Fiction Book lT2d2x,-puhlished-c:1y-II.W-:--Ilall. It is recognized that SFBRI sp,'vps SFRA but rPllia i ns Lhe pro[lerLy "i" H.W. lIall in.1s,,,,,,:h a', it kJS a Nici,"" circulati,,:, thall till' Illl"lIlwl"ship "I' SFI{A. SFRA i,; not nnw "r in thl' future Liahl(' [0 its ('!"('ditors, ],111 does pay a'l agreed-upull SUTII to 'Ia I I from each member's alnual dues. 3. Extrapolation,published by Thomas D. Clareson. It is recognized that Extrapolation serves SFRA but remains the property of Thomas D. Clareson inasmuch a, it has a ''''ider circulation thal the member ship of SFRA. SFRA is not nOON or in the future to its creditors, but doC's pay an agre(.'d"upoll 'itll" I:" C larl'soll rrn;lI I'B,,'h 11II'IIIh('r' s illlllll,j I d LII3S. (,. s i !lVIlI v ill)'. these 1',.,',1 i('ations, l'sl'vcially SFIII{I ald Ii2n:l'i()r "HI P)"[lll,,'1 (' r'lrthC'r pllhliciltio,l o\" "'iltC'ri"lc;

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valuable to the study of science fiction in the various media. Section Six; Annual Conference. Once each calendrical year SFRA will hold a scholarly conference. The time of that conference will be determined hy the host institution in consul tation with the Chairman a,nu Committee. The host institution anu SFRA shall cooperate in arranging the but SFRA shall not be liable f6r any indebtedness of the Conference. Members of SFRA will personally pay any registration fee; SFRA will not deduct such fees from a member I s annual dues. Sectio;) Seven: The Executive Committee. The function of the Executive Committee shall be to serve as the Corporation and conduct the business of the Association in such a ma:lner as to promote the aims of SFRA as outlined in the Articles of IncoTpocation. A. Membership on the Executive Committee shall be for a term of three calendrical years, beginning 1 January of the year after election. B. The i VP Conmri [tC'C' shill I he cOlllposl'd or nint' IH'rsol1,c; ,tJilo:;(' l('rolls o[ orrice an' slll)',i',c,rt'd. 1':lI'.'h yt'.'lr Lhrl'P pC'l-sons sha I I hl' (' lec Ll'rI. 1. A nominating commiLtee shall two persons for each vacancy after a nominating ballot has he en sent to the members-at-large. The committee will select those persons receiving the greatest number of nominations; however, additional may be placed on the ballot by petitions signed by four or more member s 2. A final ballot will then be sent all members, a time-period set, and election shall be by a of those responding to the mail ballot. Section Eight: Miscellaneous. A. All powers not delegateu resiue with the Committee. B. The hy-Iaws may he amended by the vote of two-thirds (2/3) of those responding to a mail ballot. The vote of two-thirds of those attending the annual business meeting is not adequate; such issues must be submitted to the membership at large. COLLEGE STUDENTS ORGANIZE TO PROMOTE SF That a large number of Colleges offer courses in science fiction under the aegis of various academic departments is a fact well documented by Jack Williamson and others. That there exist a steadily growing I number of stuJent organized College science fiction clubs, societies, and/or coteries devoted to promoting a through standing of science fiction on and off campus is a [acL largely 11111
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Univ of Illinois SF Society Chicago Circle Campus 519 CCC Chicago, III 60616 New York Univ Cluh c/o Richard Friedman 2068 Ocean Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11230 Univ of Maryland SF Society 5114 Ludlow Drive Camp Springs, Md 20031 Johns Hoplh'dRECENT FILMS FROM The University

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of Kansas, 746 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, KA, 66044: SCIENCE FICTION AND THE MAINSTREAM, John Brunner discusses SF's relationship to the rest of literature, with from his own work. EARLY DAYS OF THE SCIENCE FICTION James Gunn interviews Jack Williamson on the early magazines and their editors. THEME IN SCIENCE Cunn and Gordon Dickson discuss major SF themes. A CAREER IN SCIENCE FICTION, James Cunn interviews Clifford Simak on his work and feelings ahout heing a SF author. ***Brian Fraser, 85 Gilchrist Ave., Ottawa, Ontario Canada, is working on a1 audio presentation on the current state of SF teaching plus the roles of SFRA a:1d ISFHE. ***Bill Reynolds, Hope MI, 49423, is indexing science fiction movies in SF magazine. College, Holland the reviews of which appeared teachers, especially thosl' who cOlllhilH' SF and futuristics in their course offerings. NEW The Garland Science' Fidio:l Yet another I illlilpd edit copies) of clac;sies allt! l1"*"'Pocket Books has announced the puhCagle, The I,j lly Library, !ndianl;l Illlivl'r-1ication of a new SF series: "1999" to sity, Bloomington, !N 47401. The be titled after a new TV series: "Space Ubrary will appreciate all cOnlC'rs --1999" to he aired this fall. they hope the catalogue gets in the (Publisher's Weekly, June 2, 1975,p.27).:hands of all SF academics and teachers. tA copy of the 71-page catalogue canle' *"o'cBallant:ire announces publication of IWith this information, and I can re-"Star Trek Blueprints" ($5.00), a comI commend it highly. It features a color plete set of 12 blueprints of the Starcover and is full of illustration of ship Enterprise packaged in an imitatiOn\exhibits and books. Each book featured brown leather pOlJch. (Publisher's Weekly, in the catalogue is annotated. (Hal June 2, 1975, p. 28). iHall) Ijames Gunn SF IIistory Dennis Livingston (Dept. of History and iMay 13, 1975, the Texas A&M University Political Science, Rensselaer Poly'Lihrary has issLied ils Misr:ellaneow; technic Institute, Troy, NY 12181) has lPuhLication No. 13, "The Discovery oJ prepared an illustrated lecture on I'the Future: The' Ways Science Ficl ion "Images of the Future". The talk, with iteveloped", The puhlication consists slides drawn from SF and other sources f the lecture delivered in Oct., 1974, covers possible alternative futures for' Y Professor James Gunn of the University humanity, for better and worse, as depf Kansas English Department. It is pic ted in science fiction and speculative vai1ab1e for $2 fro;n the University social science. He also has "A Bib1io-ibrary administrative offices, College graphy of Alternative Futures" tation, Texas 77843. available for $1.00. The bibliography contains both fiction and non-fiction, should serve as a useful tool to SF

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DISSERTATIONS: Science Fiction Theses and Dissertations: a Preliminary Checklist. Compiled by H. W. lIa II A relatively largt' hody of r('sl'llrl'h in til(' [il'ld of sci('IH"t' fiel iOIl 11;IS IW{'II done by grauual(' sludcnts ill cllllogps and Llnivl'rs'il il's "i1l1)',ing i"I"<)!l1 to atrocious. This litcrattJrt' is only haphazardLy ('onlrollt'd, in spilt' o[ the efforts of Ilisst'rtation i\hslraf:ts International a:vi :v1aSLt'r's Ai>stracls. In particular, one mi.ght say thorc is nci ther contro I nor a('Ccss to the many master's theses done year. The [ollo'Ning checklist reprcsl'nts lho:;l' academic papers known to the compiler as of May 1975. Especially in the area of Master's theses, the listing only scratches the surface. Notification of additional theses and dissertations will be greatly appreciated; data should be sent to the compiler at 3608 Meadow Oaks Ln. Bryan, TX 77801. theses are generally available on interlibrary loan from the institution granting the degree. In some cases, they may he purchased from University Microfilms. Doctoral Dissertations are most often available from University Microfilms by purchase. Abstra:ts of most of the dissertations listed here may he found in Dissertation Abstracts I nlernat iona I. I f the dissertation is nol ava il ah ro d irec l Ly to the instilution. 1. Adams, Frank Davis. The Literary Tradition o[ the Scientific Romance. Ph.D., Univ. of New 3 /+4p. .----.------------2. Albrecht, Wilbur Theodore, II. Willia"Tl Morris' The Well at World's End: Explanation and Study. Ph-:-O:-, Univ. of pennsylvania,3. Alterman, Peter Steven. ,of Four Scien'=.<:. Fiction Themes and Their Function in Contemporary Novels. Ph. D., Univ. of Denver, 1974. 256 p. 4. Anderso,l, Ray Lynn. ,ersuasiv<:. Functions ,?f 12 in !he Rhetoric of Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota, 1968. 379 p. 5. Bailey, James Osler. ..i:.12 1817-,1,,914; 12 forms. Ph.D., Univ. of North Carolina, 19'34. 820 p. 6. Rarbar, Dorothy Elizabeth Klein. I!le th<:. Lore! Rings. Ph.D., llniv. o[ Michigan, 190,). 20'3 p, 7. Barnes, Myra Jean I:clward<; Fantasy_. Ph.D., East 'J'pxas Slale llniv., 1971. 2:)0 p. 8. Rerger, Albert L. rhe Magic Works: .,Lohn Ii. and American Response to :rechnology. Masters, Northern Illinois Univ., 1972. 151 p. 9. Berger, Harold Lynde. Anti-,Utopian of Century. Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1970. 239 p. 10. Black, Eldred. Study f Science Abilities of Science .Fict!:.Cl.I! Readers. Masters, Atla:1ta Univ., 1959. 86 p. 11. Brown;-Rexford Glenn. Conflict a:1d Confluence: The ,of Burgess. Ph.D., Univ. of Iowa, T971':-3SSP:-----12. Carter, Albert Howard, III. Fantasy 1:..12 The ',\Fork of Italo Ph.D., Univ. of Iowa, 1971. 204 p. 13. Christensen, Bonniejean McGuire. Beowuef a:1d Hobbit: Elegy in Tolkien's Creative Ph.D., Univ. of Southern California, 1969. 208 p. 14. Christensen, John Micha21. Utopia and the Late 12 Popular Literature, Ph.D'1 Northwestern Univ., 1974. 250 p. 15. Clareson, Tho:nas Dean. of ,Americar:. 1880-1915; Study of ,.t:..he !.mpact:.. f .cience Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1956. 365 p.

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16, Cole, Susan Ahlon. The Utopian Plays of George Jlet"nanl Sha'tJ: !2 !2.f The Plays and Their Relationship the Fictional of the 1:eriod hom Ea!:.lY 1870's to the Ph.D., Brandeis, Univ., 1972. 196 p. 17. Cornwell, Charles Landrum. From to the Studies Victorian FaC1tasy. Ph.D., Univ. of Virginia, 1972. 201 p. 18. Crouch, Laura Ernestine. The Character of the Dt"apier in Jonathan Swift's "Drapier Letters" (a:1d) The Scientist American Fiction: 1843-1912. Masters, Univ. of Texas, 1970. 49 p. '/ 19. Dailey, Jennie Ora Marriott. Modern Fiction. Ph. D., Univ. of Utah, 1974. 83 p. Dauben, Joseph W. Ray Bradbury. Masters, Harvard Univ., 1967. 21. deAraujo, Victor. The Short Story t!.enry !:!. G. Wells, and E. M. Forster. Ph.D., Univ. of Washington, 1965. 282 p. 22. Digg, Sandra Elizabeth. The Identification anc!. Analysis of and Universal Themes in Selected of Childt"en '2 Litera-.::.y Fantasy Published between 1965 and 1970. Ph.D., Univ. of Chicago, 1971. 71 p. 23. Dimeo, Richard Steven. The Mind and Fa'ltasies of !l
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41. Green, Wi LLiam IIoward. '2l Tolkien: Their Hoots iJ! tj,'dieval 'iet::.<2.ic _':r2.r!. Ph.D., Louisa;-;-a Stile -Univ., 1969. 195 p. 42. Greenlaw, Mad lyn Jean. !:. Study of <.:I (--'-'2 Human Values as Reflected in Modern Science Fiction for Childl-ell. Ph.D., Michigan State 1970. -201r.---------------43. Grenewitz, Rainer Vadim. ts Romant ie i in The Soviet Union: lallyatin, Pilnyak, and Ph.D., Cornell Univ., 1971. 139 p. 44. Guitierrez, Maria Del Rosario Briones. li'!Y Bra(!bury: Ii lr:!to The Future. Masters, Instituto Technologicos Ile SUfJeriores d;-Monterrey, 1970. (cf. Wm Nolan, Companion) 45. Gunn, Ja'lles E. Modern Science I::'Ltion: Ii fritical Analysis, Masters Univ. of Kansas, 1947. '388 p. 46. Hall, Larry Joe. of /!i!h in I'ost-World-War-ll Allll'ric
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65. Muller, G. The Origins .of H.P. Lovecraft's Fiction. Honors Thesis, Brown Univ., 1969. (not availa'Jle-,::;-n-interlilHary 103n or by photocopy.) 66. Mundhenk, Rosemary Karlllelich. '2 \,)'' j II'I'!:, Ph.D., IIniv. of c.1Ii[ornfa, I,ll,S 1\11)',I'I<'s, 1"1:'. 'J'>! I'. 67. Nelsoll, J)llvid 1\ I!",,,, II,,' ('J'!:, Lutheran School of Thenlogy at Chicago, IY7). 8Y p. 68. Nydahl, Joe Mellin. 6.':!,l.:.r.,!,.<:..a_':..'. Fiction, 1790-1864. Ph.D.,Univ. of Michiglll, 1974. 277 p. 69. Oliver, Chad. 1b..e1 Tower. Masters, Univ. of Texas, 1952. l37 p. 70.,--,Orth, Michael Paul. Revenge: !i of Edgar Rice Ph.D., Claremont, 1974. 409 p. 71. Panshin, Ale:xei A. A Critical Exa'Tlination of Science Fictio:1 for Mas ters, Univ. of :S8p-:--'---72. Pettichord, Rod.2;er Lee. An 12K of Writing .of Masters, Washingtoll State ;Jniv., 1967. 73. Petty, Anne Cotton. ThEC. .6. Stuc!"y The !':!Lthic I.'npulsEC.. Ph.n., Florida Stat!' Univ., IY72. 151 p. 9 74. Philmus, Rohert Michael. Into the Unknown: The of Sf'jolle(' Fiction in from Fra'let's-Godwin to 11.7:.' ----.-UniV-:-of 1968-:--2ils -r-.75. Pratter, Frederick Earl. Thr:, c:f of !i,nH"rical .E.eculativEC. I'Il.n., lIniv. of Imn, 1973. 395 p. 76. Purrington, Linda. of Masters, \.Jayne State Univ., 1969. 58 p. 77. Rockwell, Theo. !i Content of Heroic FaClta..2Y Masters, Long Isla:ld llniv., 1971. 92 p. 78. Rogers, Champion. The Fictitious Characters of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in Relatlon--!.12. l':!.i'!:.JC:. Univ. of Wisconsin, 1972. 22J p. 79. Rossi, Lee Donald. ThEC. ,Politics of FAnta,y: ,U. 1,e_wis a,d Tolkien. Ph.D., Cornell Univ., 1972. 264 r. 80. John. Ne<:: !i Definitior:. and_ Ph.D., Univ. of New 1973. 219 p. 81. St. Armand, B. 1.. H.P. ],ovecraft: The Outsider in Legf!.nd B.2.c!,!y'th; !i ,Biographical Univ., 1966. 272 p. 82. St. Clair, Gloria Ann Stralge Slaughter. Studies in the Sources ofLR.R. Tolkiens The Lord of !,he Ph.D., Unt'v-.-o-f-----Oklahoma, 1970. 191 p. 83. Samuelson, David Studies in the Contemporary America, and British Science Fiction of Southern CalifornIa, 1969. 433 p. --84. Sa:lders, Joseph Lee. Fantasy in The Twentieth Century NOvEC.l. Ph.D., Indiana Univ., 1972. 258 p. 85. Schultz, J0371 Evelyn .6. Study of H.G. Well!;' In The nays_ of Th<:. Comet. Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois, 1963. 455 p. 86. Shapiro, Barbara Linda. !h_<:. Fiction Ph.n., Harvard, 1973. 3/+2 p. 87. Shermall, Shirley. Postwar Soviet Science I .. jction. Masters, Columhia Univ., n.-d-.-85p.--------------88. Shor, Ira )Jeil. Vonnegut's of -L12'llliry. Ph.D., Univ. of Wis., 1971. 294 p.

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10 89. Smith, Michele Claire Beraducci. !l Content Analysis of th'=. Fiction of f. Clarke, Lester del Rey,_and Asimov. Masters, Long Island Univ., 1970. 154 p. 90. Stone, Donald O. The:. Questi2!,g Branch Th'=. Evolution .<: Ph.D., Florida State Univ., 1969. 262 r. 91. Stupp1e, Alexa,der James, Jr. Utopian iJ!. 1888-1900. I'h.D., Northwestern Univ., 1971. 2')7 r. 92. Suffel, Fannie '..Jhittenhul-g. Science in Science Fictiol1. Masters, Southwt'st Texa;.; St
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caused the growth of the fan phenomenon, its attributes, and its major activities. Chapter One pairs the fans and the academics, noting the present interplay between the two groups. Cha?ter Two discusses the origins of the fan movement as adolescent groups, with their many rivalries and feuds, formed in the 1930's. Chapter the special language of the fans, the words they have created (primarily through acronyms) and the philosophy expressed by such constructs as "FIAWOL" -"Fandon Is A Way of Life". Chapter Four focuse:.; on such attributes as the search for identity as fans formed early communes ("Sla'1 Shacks"), continually examined themselves for evidence of superiority (via I.Q., personality tests, aId Superma, theories), and sought actual superiority (via adherence to such philosophies as Dianetics). Chapter Five examines the establishment makeup of fan conventions (local, regional, and world meetings) and the bestowal of awards on both professional and fan authors, editors, artists, etc. Chapter Six centers on the publication of the fan with an extended analysis of eight issues of The Allen Critic as a prime of one Cha:,ter SevL>n, entitl(',] "The Academic Fans and the Fannish Aca demics", illustrates the merging of the two groups as the fans academically publish scholarly works, such as indices and encyclopedias; and the academics fannishly hold conventions and bestow a'"ards. This is an outgrowth of the process by which young fans have grDlvn up to become academic experts on science fiction. The appendices include (A) locations, attendance, and guests of honor: (B) awards: fan, author, and academic; (C) a representa'::ive listing of fan magazines; a,d (0) the publication of two fa-_, pLlhl ishers: Arkham Ilouse a ld Advent. (Beverly Friend) >h'dPROPOSAL: Fred Lerner's doctoral proposal, "Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community," ha" been approved jy the faculty of the Columbia University School 0: Library Service. His study will trace the changing literary reception of science fiction in the United since 1926. Pro posed chapters are: 1, What is modern science fiction?; 2, The Publishing of modern Science fiction; 3., Science fiction and the popular audience; 4, II Science fiction a:ld L1l!' I itl'rary audience; 5, SciellCe' fieLio,] in the classrocJ!lI; 6, Sl'il'nCl' ficLi()1l in the library; 7, SCil']l("C' i"ietiu;] in the wnrkshop; H, 'I'll(' fut ure ,) f modern scicllce fiet ion. Appendix alld hihli"!'Y<1phy. (Fred l,el"l1<'r, I\ox 'll'), to-l()IlLpl'li('I-, ___ (Thi sis tIll' first insta I IIIIl',lL ,,f" a regular column 011 L:Ill' fanzinl's most perLinent to ,>cho1.ars <'mel .. .'h ers of SI", wdtte,l hy <:y Ch;j'I'Jin, 17829 Ro'>eville, MI 4H!J6())' Most scholars, teachers, a,d libraria1s who have developed a special interest in science fiction have least heard of the term "fanzine", eVe",1 if they have neveer encountered issue bE same. Fan zines are by certain de voted readers of science fiction, most of wbocn know other (at least through correspondance). They vary wildly in quality ald intent, but I think should b(> of interest In members of the SFRA for thn>i> red<;()'l',: 1) Tlwy are an important, lInlil,)p,;1 source Ilf articles, inlcl-vic'w'" n'a HI ,)LIH'r 11IClll_Tial :.II){)'I' sciencL' '"il't-io'l, SOllie uf whil';1 i': ,,/" iJ very high quality: 2) They provide al outler: th,' publication of SFRA melnher's studies, and discussions of 3) Publishing a fanzine might be a 'Jseful and entertaining way for students to learn more about science fiction and creative writing. The falzines I will in this column will be ones I believe will be of interest to SFRA memhers for these reasons--J don't intent tn try to cover th0m al I. J I, April 1975, editer! :):1 David 1'1. Connan, 8729 South Saint Peter, Apt. 6, Indianapolis, IND. 46227. 7Sc or 3 for $2. For any reader interested in the work of Joanna of af's literate and original writers--this issue of is a It con tains a 22-page analysis hy Douglas Barbour of Russ' first two novels, Picnic on Parad lse and And Clw:);; l)i (':.I, Rarhour's-"i1,1lysis trar:es -the -r-;-;-I ing elemc'nl"sin Russ' Tlnvl'ls: '1'11(' Qtil'St!JOiJrnc>y Pattern; I,iterary !Ill! Cultural Allw;ions; The Creation ", Possible Future Cultures; and :-;ty I (' aId Struc ture. It is fill en 'dith elaborate and specific detail.

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Sheryl Smith also provides a review of Russ' most recent novel, The .E.emale:. Ma'1, aid since Ms. Smith is the best American Critic now writing for it is required reading. A lona lettercol out the issue--ald, ae; in IHallY fan:dnes, the lettercol is frequently the nIDst interesting part of SF COMMENTARY 41/42, February 1975, edited jy Bruce R. Gillespie, GPO Box 5l9AA, Melbourne, Victoria 3801, Australia. $1, or 5 for $5 (This double issue, $2.) SF COMMENTARY has been nominated for three Hugo awards for best fanzine, and is one of the leading critical journals of science fiction. This present issue is 102 pages long, 11I11:,t of it in l1Iicroelite type (650 words per according to the editor), aid is an ,1ma:dng publ icatioll The highlights or the issue include: a careful alalysis of FRANKSNSTEIN, by Joe Sanders; "Other Eyes, Other Universes" by Gerald \v!urnane, who looks at sf from a skeptical point of view, and see it in terms no different than other forms of fictio:1; to The Mainstream'' by Geroge Turner, transcript of his guest of honor speech at the Melbourne, Castercon in 1973; "Tomorrovl is With Us" hy George Turner, a discussion a.ld review of Thoillas M. Disch's 334 and 2020 edited by J. I'ournelle: "Paradigm and Patter: Form 3nd ;V[ea'ling in The:. by George Turner; (Turner is Australia, novelist and critic) and "Sho\vlng Children the Value of DeathU by Peter Nicholls, on Le Guin's Farthest Shore. --Each of these articles alone is worth the price of the fanzine--and there is more yet besides. SF COMMENrARY will provide provacative reading for all, and Tibrar ians in particularly are recommended to order it. S F'RA NEWS LETTER V!15 W. ]>r a t t Lincolnwllod, 11.61)645 USA 12 THE EILDON TIn:I'; III, l'd i Led I,y Don Keller [01-tl](, '1'111' Ila'llasy I\ssoci:l t ion, Box i'L1 'i(,() I.ns /\11,1'." It':> Ca I i [. 90024. $1 ur II fOI-$'1.')0. Tilis falzine is till' 1110:;[ h,11c/;()llIl' Ol[ (1)(' threc revil'w'.'d, with ('x"('II('nl :11-1 a,d an inll(lv:ll iv,' l:lyIHll', hill i.'; inferior ill 1 ('nil:; of ,onl('nl. SI ill, scholars inlt't-('stl'd ill the fanlasy genre mighl find it a w,eful puhI ication. The editor, Don Keller, provides a short overview of the faltasy of William Morris; Joe R. Christopher discusses "The Death of Robin Hood"; E.E. Farley attempts to use James Bra,lch Ca'Jell's OIv11 style and manner isms in a :JiSCllssioll of Cahell's m.;n work; and Darrell Schwc:oitzer,ill till' Ill()st ["ea:Jahle and slIl'('c:;sful articl(' in the isslle', aClalys('s "1.llrd lll;]:;any: (;raCld ,"1a"l"I' of Won(k'r." S()Ill(, superior sllorl [C'view:; 1"1)'.111(1 1)'.11 Lil(' issue. For dev',)tees of traditio'vll fantasy only. (Cy ChaJvin) : ----Dr. Roger C. Schlobin, English Dept., Purdue University, North Central Campus, Westville, IN 46391 is seeking copies of Sald2["s Anne Excaliber (Ballatine, 1973). He also appi?eciate SFRA members wri ting to Ballantine to support Ms. l.aJbenlhal's attempt to get the book in print. Issue 42 will feature Book Reviews and will state The News Letter's new Book Review Policy_ ------


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