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To finish off the year we present what we think is a pretty damn fine issue, extra chewy, beginning with the first part of Greg Benford's inescapably sfnal memoir Heavy Lifting: The Many-Volume Series.
News, news, news, we got all kinds news. TAFF is off, Corflu in on, and (how we wish Langford hadn't already used the best joke) Ellison Makes Deadline! Truly these are auspicious times.
It's not every month your writing is pubbed in the same zines as Benford and Ellison, but Victor managed this with his pieces in Science Fiction Five-Yearly and this less-prestigious zine, with Hood-Mounted .50 Cals. Daily Double? Trifecta x 2/3? You decide.
Steve Green favors us with first-person reportage in re Wham Bamm Pam's Bogie remake and (no surprise) TAFF in another installment of Fannish Memory Syndrome.
Sure baby it's cold outside but there's a party, so grab your earplugs and come visit After Vanguard, or The Little Rave That Couldn't. (On second thought, those earplugs might not be necessary.)
It is indeed a proud and lonely thing to be a fan, but what does fan mean, exactly? Randy Byers, first Past President of the Fringe Fan Writers of America, explores the nuances inThe President's Address.
Penultimately, our correspondents respond at some length re driving, TAFF, Arriving and clocks in a severely-edited letter column.
And Andy brings the festivities to a critical close with the value-added Fanzine Countdown, including reviews that didn't fit in our printed edition.
We hope that Tom Lehrer is enjoying the season.
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