Russian Science Fiction Oddities from the John H. Costello Collection

The book and zine collection of John H. Costello, who passed away in early 2015, was donated to fandom recently at Readercon 26. Here I will take a quick look at some of the Russian language materials that I found among Costello’s collection. As I was digging through these large stacks of books, David Hartwell […]

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Riddle me this: PEON and LEER fanzines

Bob Riddle has posted a selection of PEON and LEER fanzines from the 1950s, edited by his father Charles Lee Riddle.   There is some wonderful content, including interesting pieces by Rog Phillips, Jerome Bixby, James Gunn, etc.   And also a really trashy piece of fluff by Harlan Ellison…which I’m sure he would consign […]

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Boskone 48 Art Exhibit – Audio-Visual Reconstruction

At Boskone 48, not only were there great works of Greg Manchess, Omar Rayyan, and Bob Eggleton, among others, taking up several rows of panels, but there was also an entire wall dedicated to an exhibit of original SF and Fantasy paintings!   Curated by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern, the exhibit featured dozens of works […]

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Harold Zitzow Auction – Interview with Liz Zitzow

The Estate Auction of Harold P. Zitzow attracted many interested buyers at Arisia this weekend. Fans of every stripe paused to comb through the stacks and boxes full of items, including runs of Astounding, signed first editions, and space program memorabilia. I was lucky to grab Liz Zitzow away from the table for a brief […]

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Liz Zitzow Remembers her father, Harold P. Zitzow

A discussion of fandom and Harold P. Zitzow’s Science Fiction Collection, as related by his daughter, Liz Zitzow. Harold Zitzow learned telegraphy from a correspondence course, and never finished high school. But after serving in the armed forces, he took his G.E.D. exam and was accepted into MIT, where he completed his degree in electrical […]

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CUSFuSsing Fanzine Archive

Yes, in the late 1970s there were some *very* weird science fiction fans at Columbia University. Some read stacks of comics and novels every day, then meticulously reviewed them for the Columbia University Science Fiction Society Fanzine, affectionately known as CUSFuSsing. Others could be found deep in the necromancy sections of Magickal Childe or Sam […]

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