Science Fiction and Fandom
What Kind of Fan Are You?
One of the great things about being a fan of science fiction
is that you can participate at any level you like. You can just
read the books or watch the movies. You can go to conventions and
meet other fans, authors, artists and publishers. You can help
run the conventions. You can write for fanzines or you can edit
them. You can even aspire to become a "filthy pro"
writer, artist, publisher or editor, and when you succeed, you
can remain a fan.
Below you'll find some links of interest to all kinds of fans.
- Our store's site
- has science fiction board games (as well as many classic
games) and artwork by Real Musgrave, Michael Whelan,
Alicia Austin and more. Also dragon figurines from the
Windstone Editions line by Melody Pena and Pocket Dragons
by Real Musgrave, and some fantasy and science fiction
Are The Best SF Books?
- Here's a constantly updated list of the 100 best sf
books. The list changes, but if you watch it over time,
you'll get a good idea of the books you ought to read.
You can even enter your own vote.
- Lone Star Con 2
- The World Science Fiction Convention comes to San Antonio
August 28-September 1st, 1997. If you're a fan, you don't
want to miss the chance to visit the biggest convention
of them all, especially if it's in your own back yard (we
Texans have Big Back Yards).
- Worldcon Home Page
- Check on the Hugo awards and the location of future World
Science Fiction Conventions.
SFWA Home Page
- Here you can find the past and present winners of the
Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Awards.
- The New England Science Fiction Association, sponsors of
great Worldcons and they publish books, too!
- Science Fiction Readers Group
- meets on the third Saturday of each month at 4:00 pm.
Call 520-6463 to find out what book is being read and
discussed this month.
- Society for Creative Anachronism
- Meets at alternating locations in Midland and Odessa on
Sunday afternoons. If the idea of participating in real,
live Jousting and other medieval pastimes appeals to you,
call Astral Castle
(520-MIND) for dates and locations.
- Dating from 1959, here is an online version of a classic
fannish text. Read through a lot of weird and wonderful
entries to get a feel for the history (and fun) of
- Fanac Fan History
- A major site in progress hosting pages for fan funds, the
Timebinders home page and more, all directed toward
preserving the history of fandom. This is fanac.org, a
- This one looks like it's just coming up online. Maybe web
hosting of web pages for fans? At least I see a few
familiar names here, so I'm just throwing it into this
list so I won't lose track of the URL.
- Britain's FIAWOL
- Home of the Who's
Who In Fandom list of active fans of science fiction,
with data on how and when they have participated. Here
you'll also find a British Fanzine bibliography, and
Feminists Against Censorship, as well as Rob Hansen's
A History of British Fandom
- And speaking of Rob Hansen, here you will find the web
version of his fanzine history.
- A tale of Jophan's travels in search of the enchanted
machine that turns out fanzines.
- Rob Hansen's sequel to The Enchanted Duplicator.
- Returning to the present, real world of fandom, read one
of our funniest writers' newzine about the current doings
of fans and the things fandom concerns itself with. Heck,
go back in time by reading back issues, too.
- The Wide World
- There's so much more to fandom than just my little corner
of it. There's filking
(where the musically inclined hang out) and anime fans,
there are gamers, renaissance
recreationists and more. Here is a good starting
point to go off exploring more of what fandom offers.
These pages are links to other fans' pages on the net. These
folks are members of a sort of "old-fashioned" variety
of fandom, known as fanzine fandom, in which the members
participate by reading, writing or drawing for, commenting on or
publishing little magazines called fanzines. Once upon a time
fanzines dealt with science fiction (this variety is now known as
a "sercon" -- short for "serious
constructive" fanzine) but nowadays trufannish fanzines deal
more with fandom and the every-day lives of fans with some
emphasis on a science ficitonal slant. Lest you think that
messing about with fanzines is a trivial pursuit, you might want
to consider that most of the people on the list below are
published writers and/or respected editors by profession. (Many
Big Name writers and editors in the field started off as fans;
you'd be surprised!)
Copyright ©1999 Linda Blanchard All Rights
Reserved. Date Added: February 8, 1998. Last Update:
January 07, 2009.