Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fanzines Beget Blogs

That's Roger Ebert's theory, at any rate. He says so on his blog. Link via Test Pattern.

Roger Ebert's Journal: Fanzines beget blogs: "Fanzines were mimeographed magazines that were circulated by mail among science fiction fans in the days before the internet. They still are, for all I know, although now they're generated by computer printers. I first learned about them in a 1950s issue of Amazing Stories and eagerly sent away 10 or 20 cents to Buck and Juanita Coulson in Indiana, whose Yandro was one of the best and longest-running of them all. Overnight, I was a fan, although not yet a BNF (big name fan). It was a thrill for me to have a LOC (letter of comment) published on such issues as the demise of BEMs (bug-eyed monsters), and soon I was publishing my own fanzine, named Stymie."


Todd Mason said...

Not exactly the first to suggest that, y'know.

I'm reminded of Homer Simpson, back in the first decade of the cartoon: "Oh, the Internet is on COMPUTERS now..." Between fanzines and other personal/underground/club press, government publications and directories, and other odd and/or useful publications, he was less wrong than he was meant to be...

Brent McKee said...

I know I started out publishing a small Diplomacy zine (called Making Love In A Canoe). I liked the writing part, but wasn't exactly crazy about adjudicating the Diplomacy games (maybe because I was so bad at it). Then along came Blogger and suddenly I don't have to adjudicate games (and incidentally, thanks to online ads I'm making more money than I ever made doing a zine).