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Outre’ #5

  The cover above is  from Outre #5, which ran through mailing 34 of The Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA), circa 1968. Ned Brooks, official archivist of of SFPA, was kind enough to provide it for me, along with the text below from the issue . Science-fiction fanzines then and now came in two general types: genzines and apazines. […]

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Robert E. Gilbert in Black and White

In the 1960s and early 1970s Robert E. Gilbert (or REG as he was known) was a prolific fan artist in science fiction fandom–and a popular one. More than once the members of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance voted him Best Fan Artist, and his work appeared on the covers and inside of Hugo Award […]

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A Fantastic Cover

I’ve always thought the cover to the left, from August, 1962 Fantastic Stories was great. An internet search for the names of most Sixties Fantasy or SF artists will usually garner significant information. But I found virtually nothing when I Googled the name of Vernon Kramer, who created this cover. All I can tell you […]

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Get it While It’s Hot

For the next month, my publisher has reduced the price of the e-book edition of my novel, Jimmy Stu Lives!, to $0.99. (No reduction on the trade paperback’s price, but the e-book’s a steal right now.) The book’s out there everywhere downloads of e-books are sold. A review of Jimmy Stu lIves! from Fenris is […]

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An Amazing Cover

This cover, by George Schelling for the May, 1962 issue of Amazing Stories, is one of my all time favorite pieces of of sci-fi art. I’m not sure what I like so much about it. I suspect the composition is very nice. I also think that the colors and shading on the space station are […]

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Zombies Stink (and Vampires Suck)

OK, I’ll state right now that I’ve enjoyed more than my share of both zombie and vampire tales. Still, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I think maybe, just maybe, both zombies and vampires have been have been overused for several years now–in books, movies, TV, and comics. One day it […]

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Outre’ #1: Cover, flash fiction, natter.

Back in the mists of prehistory when I was fifteen, I edited Outre’ #1, the first of six issues of that zine and the first fanzine I ever edited. Probably I should just let sleeping BEMs lie. Lots of zine editors from back in Sixties would rather their first effort remain unseen, and that’s not […]

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Artist Robert E. Gilbert (REG)

Robert E. Gilbert, who signed his work REG, was arguably the most prolific and popular illustrator of SF fanzines in the 1960s. His covers and interior illos were nearly ubiquitous, particularly in midwestern and southern zines. They appeared everywhere from popular regional zines like Iscariot, Maelstrom, and Double Bill to Hugo-nominated zines like Yandro and […]

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Gary’s Top Comic Books (of 2012)

The following post is by Gary Brown and is reprinted from his zine, Oblio. Each year I take some time to look back on the previous 12 months and pontificate on what I think were the best dozen comic books of that period. As in the past, I remind my readers that these are MY […]

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The Lenient Beast

Fredric Brown was a master of the flash fiction form long before the term was coined. Back in the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties, when genre publications labeled such pieces “vignettes”, Brown wrote scads of them, many of which were collected in Nightmares and Geezenstacks, which I recommend if you can find a copy. His other […]

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