— Faned: Allisa McDonald. A mimeozine perzine with offset covers, “decadent writing, great cartoons,” and good quality reproduction pubbed out of Vancouver B.C. (GS)
1980 – (#1 – Mar)
1981 – (#2 – Sept) – There may have been another issue in 1983.
— Newsletter of the NEWTONBROOK SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION, a Sci-Fi club at NewtonbrookSecondary school in Willowdale, Ontario circa 1977/78.
1978 – (#1 – Mar) (#2 – ?)
[ See NESFA ]
–– Faned: David Vereschagin. Newszine.
1977 – (#1) – Dec
— Faned: Joseph ‘Beak’ Taylor. The first 3 issues were issued under this title in 1943. Name changed to CANADIAN FANDOM with issue #4.
[ See CANADIAN FANDOM ]
THE ELECTRIC GANG-BANG PORK CHOP
–– Faneds: E.B. Klassen, Derek McCulloch & friends. This one-shot is another in the Derek McCulloch tradition that any time two or more fans (who are not related by marriage) get together, they have to put out a fanzine. This is why Derek has one of the largest total page counts in the history of Canadian Fandom while still remaining relatively unknown. Pointless verbiage unless you know the participants.” (RR)
1985 – (#1 – Jun)
— Faned: Leslie A. Croutch. His CROUTCH MAGAZINE MART NEWS was changed to CROUTCH NEWS with issue #93 (1 Jan 1941). Then, with issue #100 (15 Apr 1941) Croutch evidently felt the need for a dramatic change and called his zine ELECTRON, which was more in keeping with his livelihood as a radio repairman. This lasted four issues. Croutch found out that American BNF Jack Speer already had a zine called ELECTRON (first issue Dec 1940, tho evidently only 1 issue produced) so he switched back to CROUTCH NEWS with #104 (15 Jun 1941).
With the name change to ELECTRON Croutch switched from carbonzine to hectography. All issues of ELECTRON were hectographed.
The following stories by Croutch appeared in ELECTRON. #100 – “The Sargasso: A Story of Fantastic Improbability.” #101 – “The Vampire’s Revenge.” #101 – “Demon: A Story Of A Terror That Terrorized London.”
1941 – (#100 – 15 Apr) (#101 – 6 May) (#102 – 15 May) (#103 – 1 Jun)
[ See CROUTCH, CROUTCH NEWS, CROUTCH MAGAZINE MART NEWS, THE VOICE, LIGHT, LET’S SWAP ]
ELI AMONG THE ICE FLOWS
— Faned: Eli Cohen. Perzine.
1974 – (#1 – Jul)
— A Quebec fanzine active circa 1985. (PL) (Info wanted!)
— Faneds: Mike Glicksohn & Susan (Wood) Glicksohn. Probably the most important Canadian fanzine of the early 1970’s. 15 issues pubbed out of Toronto, Ontario between 1970 & 1973, with a memorial 16th issue published in 1981 after Susan’s death in 1980. The only Canadian zine ever to win a HUGO, in 1973, for best fanzine. (Susan later won Hugos for Best Fan Writer in 1974, 1977, and 1981 (the latter posthumously).)
Energumen featured high quality art work from the likes of Derek Carter & Alicia Austin, and articles by such famous fans-turned-pro as Robert Silverberg & Bob Shaw. Glicksohn’s column was called “Feedback From The Mike”, Wood’s “My 2 Cents Worth” & the loccol: “Static”.
Arnie Katz wrote in VEGAS FANDOM WEEKLY #99 ( 2007 ): “Mike Glicksohn & Susan Wood brought a lot of fresh talent into fanzine fandom, including the excellent Rosemary Ullyot. They also had plenty of material by the more established fans once the excellent physical package and editor’s winning personalities made ‘NERG’ one of the best fanzines in which to appear in the mid and late 1970s.”
1970 – (#1 – Feb) – Cover is a wonderful B&W drawing by Alicia Austin of a bald-pated wizard within a pentagram-circle conjuring up mini-flying dragons. Other featured artists include George Barr, Derek Carter, Connie Reich, Jack Gaughan, Bill Rotsler, Mike Symes, Murray long & Joe Haldeman.
In his editorial FROM THE MIKE, Glicksohn writes: “A good friend, Elizabeth Kimmerly, stumbled across ‘Enurgumen’ while reading a book of weird words…. The pronunciation is really quite simple: the “ner” rhymes with “fur”, the “gumen” is pronounced exactly as in “argument” and the initial “e” is pronounced as in the French pronoun “Le”. All very simple. And the meaning?
“ENURGUMEN: a person ferociously worked upon, chiefly by a devil or a frenzy. Hence, a demonic enthusiast or raving devotee.”
“Now I ask you. Isn’t that what fandom’s all about?”
In THE KUMQUAT MAY, a “semi-regular column” by Rosemary Ullyot, an amusing dispute over ownership of a painting by Jack Gaughan (to whom this issue is dedicated) provides an interesting detail on Susan Wood: “Susan is a very cautious person. Anyone who drinks gin out of a teacup is very cautious and very weird.” Alicia Austin contributes a wonderful drawing of the dispute taking place in Wood’s “Wat Tyler Memorial People’s Revolutionary Co-operative” apartment. I note the “Amblesnide & Tidly Cove Girl Guide’s Fyfe and Bulge Corps” poster on the wall, which I suspect may be inspired by an old Norris Cartoon.
Peter Gill offers an article titled: “FANS & THE FUTURE” in which he predicts: “The traveling fan, holidaying and friend-making rather than convention bound, will probably be a phenomenon of the 70s…Conventions will continue but with declining attendance… by the late 1970s conventions will no longer be the meeting place of fans… by the late 1980s conventions.. will effectively be dead, along withy the Hugo awards which will have been phased out only a few years earlier..” He goes on to predict the demise of both clubs and pro-magazines, the only remaining market for SF writers being fanzines which will be distributed in stores everywhere. Wrong on every account, thank Ghu, tho I admit selecting fanzines from a supermarket rack does kinda appeal to me…
Mike’s brother, Manning Glicksohn, not at all a sci-fi fan but definitely an art film lover, presents an ecstatic review of Kubrick’s 2001 film. Basically, he calls it a true labour of love and argues that critics who found it dull, overlong and incomprehensible were simply incapable of appreciating the near perfection of the film. He assumes the black slabs represent God (rather than a hyper intelligent alien civilization guiding man) and the plot an essay on life’s journey. Quote: “The immortality of life is reaffirmed in a visually and spiritually spectacular way. There is no death in the film, only a fusion with and an association with that which is and always will be—life—a force that seeks unselfish expression.” … Ah… sure… whatever. I assumed it was aliens evolving man for their own selfish purposes, but what do I know? An interesting review.
Susan Wood’s “OF COURSES” describes a free summer course on SF she gave at CarletonUniversity; free as in ‘unstructured’. “I, in the background, kept asserting my group leader function by interjecting comments like “Yes, the role of man in society is very important but shouldn’t we discuss it in SF rather than in theory?” and “Please don’t call it sci-fi!” It was hard to keep people on topic. Just organizing a book list took weeks. But by the end participants couldn’t stop talking, were so excited and enthused they wouldn’t even break for coffee. So maybe there’s something to the concept of unstructured education after all.
– (#2 – May) (#3 – Aug) (#4 – Nov)
1971 – (#5 – Feb) – Featured a delightful cover by Toronto fan artist Derek Carter, depicting a Bode-ish scene of 2 amphibian-like soldiers tromping down a slope followed by an amphibian mounted on a lizard/camel/horse-like critter.
– (#6 – Apr) (#7 – April) (#8 – ? ) (#9 – ? ) (#10 – Dec)
1972 – (#11 – ? ) (#12 – ? ) (#13 – ? ) (#14 – Dec)
1973 – (#15 – May)
1981 – (#16 – Sept) – Details of this, the only issue preserved in the BCSFA archive, to be added.
“It’s been a long time since anyone gave any thought to the once-famous Canadian blue paper, but once again the agent of this mythos has refreshed fannish memory. It is not exactly the ‘Nerg of the saintly days of yore. The graphic style has changed. Mike doodles with the type, a la Liebscher, and lays out more tightly than before… It was a case of coming out of retirement for a special occasion for (artists) Tom Kirk, Alicia Austin, George Barr, Randy Bathurst & Grant Canfield….” – (TW)
ENTER THE LISTS
— Faned: Garth Spencer. A ditto publication out of Victoria, B.C. circa early 1980s. “…an irregular zine which lists fanzines, clubs and other things in serialized columns. Subsequent issues correct and add to these lists. Layout and reproduction quality vary wildly as Garth uses ETL to experiment with fanpubbing methods.” First 3 issues were perzines, #4/5 a clubzine. (GS)
1983 – (#1 – Mar) (#2 – Jul)
– (#3 – Oct) – “Enter the lists was very difficult to read. Is the thermofax acting up?” – M. Slater. “I was experimenting again… it seems that you cannot thermofax a page with liquid-paper corrections, different inks, or markings on the back…” – (GS)
“Zine of lists, fanzines, small fiction markets, locs, updates on requests for information, lists of zines, clubs, fanartists. Difficult to read. Thermofax? Ditto?” (LP)
1984 – (#4/5 – Mar) – “Garth offers the zine up for grabs to whoever wants to take over. Locs, list of fanartists, zines.” (LP)
— Faned: R. Graeme Cameron. A one-shot perzine pubbed out of Vancouver, B.C. in 1986. Articles included a spoof of the Myles Boscon spoof bid, a spoof sercon review of the film ROBOT MONSTER, a VCON 1 retrospective, an article “Why Frederik Pohl Thinks I’m A Lunatic”, and a review of the old ARGOSY article: “Flying Saucers Are Canada’s Secret Weapon.”
“R. Graeme Cameron’s first fanzine: a t-h-i-n genzine from another universe. Any fanartists want to contribute? (Any other fanwriters?) This is the first fan I’ve read who has the courage to claim Mylescon is an evil sinister Dero plot!” – (GS)
Revived in Aug 1998 as an apazine for FAPA.
[ See FAPA, also SPACE CADET]
— Faned: Daniel Say. A Serconzine pubbed out of Burnaby B.C. in the early 1970s. Chester Cuthbert described EN as “an excellent, important fanzine.”
1973 – (#4 – ? )
– (#5 – ?) – Was a D. G. Compton special with articles about Joanna Russ & Ursula K. Le Guin.
– (#6 – ? ) – featured Dan’s interview with Stanislaw Lem, an article about Lem by Michael Kandel, and a review of Tolstoy’s AELITA by Elaine Wilson.
— Faned: Philip J. Currie. An irregular, offset fanzine devoted to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Published out of Drumheller, Alberta, in the early 1980s. (GS)
— Faned: Fred Woroch. A zine intended to be pubbed out of Toronto, Ontario circa 1954. The most famous case of premature Nydal’s Disease in the history of Canadian zinedom.
#22 of CANADIAN FANDOM (Sept 1954) contained the following item: “… a new fan has appeared on the scene, complete with a modern printing & litho plant under his direction. So keep an eye out for ESCAPE… the magazine will be monthly and well worth supporting.” The same issue of CANFAN described ESCAPE as “general” in nature and a member of CAFP, the “Canadian Amateur Fan Publishers.”
Excitement grew. Woroch must have been very good at soliciting material. He acquired an original article from Harlan Ellison entitled “Is Science Fiction Literature?” and an article “Fandom’s Enchanted Circle” by legendary Irish Fan Walt Willis. Woroch wrote an intro to the latter article which read in part: “..Fandom’s greats seem to fade away when Walt Willis is mentioned, and yet, it seems not to have affected him as it would the average individual.”
To which William D. Grant added, writing in CANFAN #25 (Jun 1955): “The above introduction was written by Fred some six months ago for the first pages of ESCAPE. Walt sent scads of material for use in ESCAPE and quite a bit of it disappeared as did Fred Woroch a few short months ago…. Just for the Hell-of-it I would like to know what happened to Fred Woroch? Something tells me he is going to be a very talked-about person for a long time to come. When I go to Bellefontaine in June I’m going to take along an incomplete sample copy of ESCAPE to show some of my friends that the magazine is no myth or super hoax cooked up over a bottle of wine.”
In CANFAN #33a (Feb 1957) Grant further stated: “The saddest thing that has happened to fandom was the almost completely printed ESCAPE, professionally printed by Fred Woroch. Four and five colours on individual pages. Fred disappeared and ESCAPE went with him. The only thing left is the letterhead is the letterhead I use for all my letters to friends in fandom. A grim reminder.”
But all was fortunately not quite lost. The above mentioned articles by Harlan Ellison & Walt Willis, dummies of which had remained in Grant’s possession, saw print in CANADIAN FANDOM #25. A glimpse of what might have been.
[ See NYDAL’S DISEASE ]
ESFACAS GUIDE TO SF & FANDOM
— Faned: Robert Runté.
1978 – ( First Edition – Oct)
1979 – ( First Edition, 2nd printing – Oct)
1981 – ( Second Edition – Aug) — Cover art ( on purple paper ) by David Vereschagin depicts a rocket ship taking off from a futuristic city, utilizing a comic style with the letters ZOOM in the rocket’s exhaust cloud.
Contents include brief articles on the definition of science fiction, the history of SF, Canadian SF, Almost Canadian SF ( concerning authors from other countries resident in Canada, or Cdn authors who moved away, like A.E. Van Vogt to the US ), Alberta SF, Comic Fandom, SF Fandom, as well as a genre chart, a recommended reading list, a Fanspeak Glossary, and an extremely interesting reprint of an article by Pro-Editor George C. Scithers on how to submit a manuscript which concludes: “Use of insured, certified or registered mail is simply a waste of money; your only protection against the loss of the ms is to keep a good copy”.
The opening paragraph of the ‘Canadian Science Fiction’ article is startling:
“When asked in a recent survey to name their favourite Canadian science fiction author, nine out of ten Canadian fans replied that they hadn’t known there were any Canadian science fiction authors. The other 10% — those who named a preference — incorrectly identified as Canadian various American and British authors. Only two fans out of all those surveyed were able, after considerable prompting, to correctly name even one Canadian science fiction author… Even allowing for the fact the main characteristic of the Canadian Identity is the lack of Canadian Identity, this abysmal ignorance of their own cultural heritage on the part of Canadian fans is embarrassing.” (RR)
And under the title THE NCF GUIDE TO SF & FANDOM:
1988 – ( Third Edition – Feb) — Cover art ( in B&W repro, but the original is probably in colour ) is “Emerald Shores” by Rob Alexander depicting elegant crystalline structures rising out of shallow water near a sea shore. Beautiful.
‘NCF’ stands for NEW CANADIAN FANDOM, the important genzine edited by Robert Runte in the early 1980s, who also edited the ESFACAS guides of the same period. That this edition, an expanded and revised ESFACAS guide, was named the NCF Guide probably has to do a lot with the Canada-wide name recognition factor Runte had established for his genzine.
Contents include articles on the definition of SF, the history of Canadian SF, a detailed bibliography of Canadian SF authors which is the most comprehensive I have ever seen, the very interesting article ‘And The Canadian Way?’ by Christine Kulyk ( in which she discusses the unique aspects of Cdn SF: our tendency to emphasize cultural differences, to avoid happy endings, to stress the art of compromise, to identify with the victim, ktp), on the origin, history and future of SF fandom, on what to do at a convention, on fanzines, on publishing your own fanzine, on APAs, and a fanspeak glossary in which ‘obsolete’ terms are deliberately left out.
The conclusion by Runte states: “That’s it. You now know everything you ned in a hobby which will eat up your free time, your savings, and your sanity. If you’ve read this far it’s probably too late. You are hopelessly hooked…. My world, and welcome to it.”
A fourth edition “with expanded coverage of Canadian Francophone SF” and an updated and expanded bibliographic section was planned, but I do not know if it was ever published.
— First incarnation of the newsletter of the Edmonton Science Fiction & Comic Arts Society.
1976 – VOLUME ONE: Edited by David Vereschagin? (Or Runte?) A number of untitled one-pagers, followed by (#1 – Sep) – or at least, it was the first to be titled ESFACAS NEWSLETTER.
Wrote B. Klassen in MAPLE LEAF RAG #4 (Apr 1984): “The first ESFCAS newsletter ( was ) 1&1/2 spaced in a single page-wide column. A nice touch ( and one of the reasons I believe Vereschagin designed the zine ) is that all the articles are boxed, while the graphics for the most part are not. This makes for a some-how balanced newsletter, with an air of quality about it — a much higher quality than one would expect for a first ish.”
Followed possibly by one or more issues in late 1976, then:
1977 – VOLUME TWO: Edited by Robert Runté. (#1 – Jan) (#2 – Mar) (#? – May) (#3 – Jun) (#4 – Jul) (#5 – Sep)
– (#6 – Oct) – Wrote B. Klassen: “We see a zine that has a certain quality of editorial content finally make the shift completely to mimeo production with e-stenciled graphics & headings… headings become larger… become the central design focus of the page. More important than the size of the heading is the amount of white space around it… this produced the effect of setting article off from article.”
– (#7 – Dec)
1978 – VOLUME THREE: Edited by David Vereschagin – (#1 -Feb) – Wrote B. Klassen: “A strange, lively look, mostly dictated by Dave’s artwork… ( Thish & subsequent NEOLOGY’s edited by Vereschagin ) simply fun to look at, with whimsical snakes with human heads heading the comic news column, Ellisonian look-alikes shouting ‘MUMBLE, MUMBLE’ at the top of the editorial, and sensuously-curved, absurdly-styled spaceships swooping about. Into this look, William Rotsler’s line drawings fit perfectly, the ‘feel’ almost making you think that he was an Edmontonion, and a member of the Gang of Four.”
Note: Title changed to NEOLOGY with #2.
[ See NEOLOGY, & GANG OF FOUR ]
— Faned: Greg Young. Media/fictionzine of the Star Trek Winnipeg club circa 1980s. Was available to members or thru subscription. No trades or ‘the usual’.
1980 – (#1 – Jul) (#2 – Nov) – I believe further issues were produced at least up till 1987.
— Faned: Reid Edwards? At least one issue pubbed by ‘The Extrapolative Arts Association’ of Garden City Collegiate (High School) of Winnipeg. Contained at least one story and editorial comments. Chester Cuthbert gave a talk on SF and UFOs to this group.