FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST - Issue 12 (Vol. 1, Number 12) Sep 1941
Though the US was still officially neutral, President Roosevelt banned the sale of US
aviation fuel outside the western hemisphere and British Empire on August 1st, and on
the 14th he met with Churchill at sea to discuss greater cooperation between our two
In the east, the Germans capture Talinn, surround Odessa, and force the Red Army to
evacuate Novgorod, a hundred miles south of Leningrad Not that they had everything their own way.
August also saw the first Soviet air raid on Berlin, and on the 31st the Red Army launched a
counter-offensive on the River Dnieper.
Distributed with this issue:
STAR PARADE #(-) - ed. Ken Bulmer - 1 page
OCRing and copyediting this issue done by Greg Pickersgill.
TIN TACKS #7 - ed. Don Doughty - 4 pages
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News of the 1941 Science Fiction Convention at Denver, Colorado, USA, is just
beginning to trickle in. An airmail letter from Forrest Ackerman brought the
first comments and copies of the "Denvention" VOICE OF THE IMAGI-NATION,
RYT'S DENVENTON SHEET and Forry's Denvention publication have been sent to
British fandom. By the courtesy of FANTASY FICTION FIELD there follows a
potted account of the convention : ...
Los Angeles Science Fiction Society wins 42 convention bid over rivals...
Frisco, Washington, and Philly... honor guest Heinlein beloved by all; author
and charming wife feted at banquet ... sixty-eight register... 28 states
represented ... but nearly one hundred turn up ... costumed fans include
Morojo as Merritt's Frog Woman, Knight as John Star, E.E.Evans as Rhean
Birdman, 4E as hunchback of Notre Dame, Widner as "Granny" from "SLAN",
Korshak as spook, Rustebar as Hubbard's "Tramp", Daugherty as $500 worth
of spacesuit, Chet Cohen as Nehemiah Scudder (Heinlein's Prophet),
Kornbluth.as a mad scientist with blood on his hands, Heinlein as "Adam
Stink the world's most life-like robot", Leslyn Heinlein as Niafer from
"Figures of Earth", Mukeul as the Improbable Man, and Doc Lowndes as a
Zombie with throat cut from ear to ear ... prizes went to Evans, Daugherty
and Ackerman in that order ... auction terrific, Korshak auctioneer ...
Daugherty recorded entire convention on 65 discs ... he also awarded five
medals; Wiggins, for the best fanzine, Roy Hunt, for the best fan art; Julius
Unger for the best news fanzine; 4E for best general activities;
& Damon Knight for the best humour ... similar medals to be permanent
feature of future conventions ... S.D. Gottesman takes chair at (joke)
meeting while fans present vote to hold next years Con in Piccadilly
Bomb-Shelter ... forty fans, attending banquet, wind-up convention ...
Allen Class, Ohio fan, wins the Denvention award.
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Some little time ago Art Widner's FANFARE contained an article by Damon Knight
dealing with the real need for a national (American) science fiction
organisation which would do things and not be actuated by feuds and similar
unhelpful activities. A worthwhile response followed from both new and old
fans and the society is in a fair way towards a successful start. The name
chosen is The National Fantasy Fan Federation and its Bulletin is entitled
BONFIRE. Copies of the first issue of this have been distributed to those
who have applied for membership of the NFFF (some 64 so far) and to the
members of the FAPA and Frontier Society. Contents include a proposed
constitution, the idea behind it, various helpful suggestions, a ballot
form for the first election - these standing include; Tom White and L.R.
Chauvenet for president; Robert Studley and Pogo for Vice-president; Elmer
Perdue is the sole applicant for secretary-treasurer - and these peoples'
platforms for Office. It is not yet known whether Britishers are eligible
for membership but the address for enquiries is
Art Widner Jr, Box 122, Bryantvllle, Massachusetts; U.S.A.
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FUTURIAN WAR DIGEST is an amateur magazine devoted to the interests of science
fantasy fans. Edited by J. Michael Rosenblum, 4 Grange Terrace, Chapeltown, Leeds 7,
England. Price 3d per copy, 3/- per year (12 issues) or 75 cents to Americans.
Reciprocal exchange with similar publications welcome. Comments and contributions
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Ye Booke Column
"ARKHAM HOUSE" PROJECT NEW SERIES OF WEIRD STORIES
Two years ago "Arkham House", publishers, published the first of the Lovecraft
memorial Trilogy entitled "The Outsider and Others", and they are at the moment
preparing a second volume for the press. However, they now announce the
impending publication of a series of compact full-length
books of weird tales to sell at $2 each, depending on the success of the first,
due on October 1st. This is actually "Someone in the Dark", a selection of sixteen
stories by August Derleth, & considered by him to be amongst his best. Possible
succeeding volumes and works by Clark Ashton Smith and Henry S Whitehead, and an
anthology of the best stories from Weird Tales Magazine. Address is Arkham House,
Sauk City, Wisconsin, USA, if you care to write, but what we in England can do
about it is more than doubtful.
Andre Maurois' "Thought-Reading Machine", scheduled for March publication in the
"Guild 6d" series, has at long last appeared. A first class tale.
Number 7 of the 1/- series of "Jolly Novels" is a reprint of "The Amazing Spectacles"
by Noel Godber. It is supposed to be a "naughty" book. and deals with a pair of specs.
which render all non-living organic material transparent; in particular, clothes. Plot,
writing, humour(? ) - not recommended.
A couple of current "remainder" books are "Bride of Frankenstein" by Michael Egremont
(nuff said) and one by Hannen Swaffer, "When Men Talk Truth" a number of short
fictionalised accounts of psychic studies.
BOOK REVIEW from Bert Lewis.
A recently published book which may be of interest to you is "The Twenty-fifth Hour"
by Herbert Best (Cape 8/-). The tale is based on the supposition that the war continued
indefinitely, that it extended to America, that no means of extermination shocked the
leaders of the belligerents. America and Europe became wastelands, peopled by the few
bands of marauders, who contrive to preserve their coherence.
Erik S Needham Called Up
We now have fuller details of Erik Needham's position at the moment, following the
bare announcement last month of the receipt of his call-up notice. Erik is now an RAF
Flight Mechanic in embryo, stationed at a holiday camp near Filey on the Yorkshire
coast only some 70 miles from Leeds. He expects to be there for about five weeks before
being transferred for a further course.
A FEW WORDS FROM ERIC F. RUSSELL
Sam Youd has taken me by surprise with his comments on Gold's letter (in Fan Dance No.l ,
Aug. 1941). Sam's usually well-balanced and not one of those soon made tipsy by his own
emotions. However he has slipped up this time, and I hope FIDO will give me space in which
to answer him.
To start with, Horace L. Gold made not the slightest suggestion that 90% of the Anerican
public share his own views. What he did say was that 90% of those who do share his views
are being muzzled. Neither did he advocate "Ghandi" (Gandhi ?) methods against Panzer
divisions. America is not being attacked by Panzer divisions, and Gold has not chosen to
reveal the strategy he favours should America ever be attacked by Panzer divisions.
As for me, Sam tells the world that I've no intention of "practising the querulousness"
I preach. Since Sam doesn't know what I preach, much less what I'm practising, and hasn't
the faintest idea of my intentions now or at any time in the future, his comment is sheer
twaddle. This is most unusual coming from such a source. Has the Home Guard introduced him
to that strange stuff called beer?
(signed) E. F. Russell.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
No "Fan Dance" this month! Our Samuel so overwhelmed with the aftermath
of his hectic holiday in Liverpool, together with a re-organisation of
H.G. clerical duties (he says ) that he has had no time to put out his
maglet. ... whilst on the subject of meetings, Arthur Williams reports
seeing Dave McIlwain, Jack Gibson and Jack Banks within the the month,
a grand "bag" Art, and I for one am jealous ... Another call-up; Eric
Hopkins reports to the RAF on August 31st, best of luck to you Eric ...
Paging Spaceways Annissue! "Renny" mentions that he sent his almost
unique copy of Spaceways (the rest got drowned ) round fandom about six
months ago, and its present whereabouts are unknown. If its you who have
it please send it back to him or ring Whitehall 1212 -- joke for British
readers ... the brains trust is at work, E.C.Williams & S.L.Birchby are
already at work thinking out a programme for the reconstitution of active
fandom, once . the present spot of bother is disposed of; its a good idea
- we must have our Peace Aims ready, even the stf. ones ... Ralph Orme
mentions that "Flight" began a series of articles on Aug. 7th, dealing
with ."Rocket Propulsion" by Lanchester, but mainly about use under
atmospheric conditions ... two latest supporters of the Futurian Society
idea are those energetic Londoners Art Williams and Ken Bulmer ... it
seems that, we have been had. Some time ago we printed a report of a
convention at Sydney, Australia (and FMZ Digest has it too!) Latest ish
of Tucker's Le Zombie mentions the account of the convention circulated
through fandom and adds that before printing it Bob considered the almost
miraculous success of the affair together with the fact that no regular
Aussie fanzine since that date has mentioned it, and came to the apparently
justifiable conclusion that it was all a hoax. No comments escape our
firmly closed editorial lips but.......... last letter from Bert Lewis
to us mentions that he has just had a new photograph taken, and will have
a few spare copies available for those people who have asked him for one ...
you have probably noticed that "Introducing", "Received Recently" and
magazine reviews, to say nothing of "Gleaning" have been been missing from
our pages of late. Its due to lack of space of course, but persistent
requests, especially for the first, will make us try our hardest to get
them squeezed in, in future. And incidentally, comments on last months
issue welcomed the appearance of both "Bibliophan" and "Fan Dance", the
former in particular seems to fill a real need .... the first issue of
Harry Turner's ZENITH has just arrived. As we all expected the art work
is its strong point, and indeed the whole format rather shows up FIDO's
rough and ready and hastily put together appearance. An intriguing series
"The Future of Civilisation" commences in this number and there are articles
by John F. Burke, Maurice K. Hanson and Ted Camell. Not to mention a poem
by C.S.Youd and a full-page illustration by Harry, of a concept of Edgar
Allan Poe's. Well worth investigating if the fifty copy maximum is not yet
reached. ... the August issue of "Tomorrow", a worthwhile magazine that we
have mentioned before, contains the third consecutive article by Eric Frank
Russell. Entitled "World Invasion" it deals with alien air or space craft
which appears to be indicated by a considerable amount of Fortean data ...
Harry Turner's article "Creed of an Atheist" published in the March 1940
FANTAST is to be translated into Esperanto and republished in "Satana
Bulteno" - an old-established Esperanto magazine, now being put out by
Morojo of Los Angeles. S'all for now, cheerio . .....
CLIPPINGS FROM CANADA
by Leslie A. Croutch
Canada has just get her second weird magazine! Rumoured printed
by one of the country's largest publishers, EERIE will appear
this month (July). Was supposed to be out about June 15th but no
sign yet. New Canadian magazines are usually slow in appearing,
though. I haven't any details at time of writing except that Leslie
A. Croutch sold his fifth story "A Dictator Dies" to it for the first
issue. You're right - that nasty man gets killed!
Donald Wolheim and Oliver E. Saari had stories in Canada's UNCANNY
TALES, the June issue. Leslie A. Croutch's third sale "Dancing Partner"
was also in the same issue.
Oliver Saari again - he has just sold a 5000 worder, "Ghost World",
to Lowndes for either SF or SFQ. Also sold "Gold Mine" to Pohl of
ASTONISHING. This is the story which Clifford D.Simak said would not
succeed because the idea was too hard to put over successfully. Saari
went ahead just the same. Saari has also had accepted "The Door" by
ASF - a 1500 worder.
Watch for Basil Wells. He's an up and coming writer soon to appear in
fantasy. He sold his "Factory In The Sky" to ASTONISHING, "The Giant"
to COSMIC, & is rewriting a 5000 worder for PLANET. His "The Skull"
appeared in UNCANNY TALES under his wife' name, Margaret Wells. This
Wells is a very prolific writer, having written and submitted "Robot
Casanova","Pioneers of Space", "Slaves of Zutar" ; "Land of the WEE",
"Masters of Smallness", "Other Men", "Gray World", "Nitha of the Blue
World", "Crusader", "Within the Bowl" and "The Doubles" to various stf
and fantasy mags of late.
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And this month we have.......
TRUE OR FALSE QUIZ
compiled, conducted and arranged by T. HUGHES
Mark the following statements "True" or "False" and then turn overleaf and
see how right you were, (no peeping tho'). For amusement only.
- No stories by Miles J.Breuer have appeared in "Astounding Stories".
- Verrill's story "The Inner World" which was in Amazing was reprinted in "Tales of Wonder".
- "ToW" was the first English SF story publication.
- "Faster than Light" is a story title that has been used by at least 3 different SF authors.
- One well-known SF magazine published an annual.
- "Famous Fantastic Mysteries" was the title of the first SF magazine to
contain all reprints.
- At least one story by H.P. Lovecraft has appeared in Amazing Stories.
- No magazine has ever published two original stories by the same author in one number.
- Some adventures of Buck Rogers have been published in Amazing Stories.
- "Fantasy" and "Wonder Stories"" have both published stories that were
afterwards reprinted by "Amazing Stories".
- "Astounding Stories" was the only SF mag to feature stories by Victor
- After two issues "Air Wonder Quarterly" was merged with "Science Wonder Quarterly".
- "Miracle Stories" was one of five American SFmags to appear before '33.
- "The Gostak Distims The Doshes" was the title of a story by Dr. Miles J. Breuer which aroused much comment.
THE FUTURIAN SOCIETY OF GT. BRITAIN
Last month, as you will no doubt remember, I vaguely mentioned the idea
of a "Futurian Society of Great Britain". It was, in short, "flying a kite".
To date, however, the response has hardly been sufficient to judge whether
such an organisation would or would not be desirable. One person is definitely
against, one is sitting on the fence, and six in all (R.G. Silburn, J.Gibson,
D. Webster, J.Parr, J.E. Rennison & T. Overton) backing the idea. Now, before
proceeding any further, I feel more response is essential, and many suggestions
will be needed.
So I am going to ask the active portion of the FIDO clientele to pass round a
special chainletter and incorporate their ideas in it. Answer Yea or Nay as it
were. And I particularly want to know the reactions of any ex-officers of the SFA.
The skeleton suggestion is that of regularising the various activities in British
fandom today, especially those circulating round FIDO. We have a library, for
example, in S.F. Exchange. Note paper and member-cards are easily available if
desired. It seems to me that no dues (except the sub to FIDO, perhaps) are really
essential nor need more than a very minimum of officers be chosen. For the time
being I can act as organiser, no funds need no treasurer, a titular President
might be a good idea, and as ideas for activities arise (as I hope they will)
capable persons to fill the vacancies can be discovered. A good exanple is S F
Exchange once again with Jack Gibson. What are your ideas?
And; are you or aren't you in favour? Remember, no demand, no society.
WANTED Any Rocket Society's mags or bulletins. List to D.W.Gardiner,
48 King Edward Ave, Worthing, Sx.
A. Dewick, 25 Grove St., Ovenden, Halifax, would like a penfriend,
over 21, in London, who will exchange letters on SF & general topics.
R.G. Silburn, The Dingle, Rhydybelin, Aberystwyth, would like to swap
some back nos of "Flying" for SF mags.
URGENTLY REQUIRED ONE "STAN" no. 2., (Write stating Price to Edwin
MacDonald, 25 Dochfour Drive, Inverness.
FOR SALE in good condition, write first. Amazing, Feb 37 @ 9d ; Dynamic,
Feb, Apr. 39 @ 6d; Marvel, Aug, Nov. 38, Feb.Apr .Aug. 39 @ 6d; Science
Fiction, Mar. Jun. Aug. 39 @ 6d; Startling, Jan. Mar. May. Jun 39 @ 6d ;
TWS all 37, all 38, Feb. Apr. Jun. 39 @ 6d. Prices are for single copies.
D. Houston, 142 Ardington Rd, Northampton.
WANTED Vol 1 of Pelican "Outline of the Universe" - J.G.Crowther. Will
pay 1/- for quick delivery. J. Parr.
WERE YOU RIGHT? ()()()()() QUIZ ANSWERS
1.false; 2.false; 3.false; 4.true; 5.true; 6.false; 7.true; 8.false;
9.true ; 10.true; 11.false; 12. false; 13. true; 14. false. Well, how
many did you know? and how many did you guess wrong? Another quiz soon,
this time provided by Bob Silburn of Aberystwyth.
Personal Column (continued)
26 Edward St, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent .
Larry B. Farsaci of 48 Lewis St, Rochester, NY, USA, wishes to complete
his file of Novae Terrae. Can anybody over here help him?
Letters so far this month from:- Julian Parr, Bert Lewis, Eric Frank
Russell, Edwin Macdonald, D.Houston, C.R. Forester, Eric Hopkins, Terence
Overton, and Erik Needham to which I may not have time to reply. Abject
apologies to those missed out.
We can still do with some more subscribers, so if you know of anybody
who would like a specimen copy tell us.
Very funny, isn't it, that after I have mentioned in my monthly Newsletter
how lack of space prevents the inclusion of sundry departments that Ken
Bulmer should present me with this extra side. So, to start off with we will
deal with some recent fanmaggery. The July 41 SHANGRI-LA is dedicated to Ted
Carnell - with a bonny little picture of (presumably ) this gentleman in a
rather Americanised version of the pre- this -war British cavalry uniform,
not to mention a beautiful sabre . . and apparently a sergeant too; except
that the chevrons are upside down. Never mind, its a friendly thought. Two of
Ted's articles grace the following pages together with one by Bill Crawford,
and one of Hoy Ping Pongs (Bob Tucker). For the first time another of HPPs is
allowed to appear in the July LE ZOMBIE, wherein detective Pong deduces the
adventures of some of those long-suffering envelopes & wrapping papers which
pass from fan to fan. And the drafting of "Sully" Roberds, Tucker's bosom pal,
reveals his first name to be "Clarence". He is with the AA Artillery at Camp
Wallace, Texas. The long-awaited second issue of Damon Knight's SNIDE came out
at last with a truly wonderful cover. It is fandom's only humour fanzine and is
particularly good at furious satires, such as "Call for Captain Past" & "Via
Sweepstakes", which are in this issue. Ron Holmes has an article in too. THE
DAMN THING for May reveals that Bradbury, Joquel and Yerke of Los Angeles are
Pacifists, by a cover on which they are seen in a concentration camp guarded
by the ultra-patriotic John C. Miske, whilst Gillings and I sympathise from
the wings. The issue attacks Miske and Daugherty, contains L.A. news, and,
in general, debunks fandom. Other recent fanzine arrival are THE FANTASITE,
AUSTRA FANTASY, CFS REVIEW, TELEFAN, SPACEWARD, POLARIS and ZEUS.
A COMPLETE SURPRISE was the arrival, this morning (Aug 30th) of a record
from Walt Daugherty and a certain Forry Ackerman of Los Angeles. It was
actually a message to Ted Carnell, but Ted is circulating it around fandom
as suggested by 4e. Best wishes are sent to quite a few Britishers, in
particular, the Londoners, and Walt discourses on the then-forthcoming
SHANGRI-LA and his FAPA pub. CYCLOPS. It is a distinct thrill to hear the
voices of the elite of US fandom and it certainly gives one a sense of the
elimination of distances. I hope as many British fans as possible will get
a chance to hear this unique record. Both Walt and 4e have fine speaking
voices and in spite of the inevitable scratches caused by the long journey
it has had to come, practically every word is distinctly audible - indeed the
various hesitations and indecision as to what to say make the whole thing very
human. I, for, one, am glad that it is not a stilted and carefully written
message; but a straight from the heart talk between. Thanks very much, Los
Famous Fantastic Mysteries - August 1941 Vol 3, No. 3.
Contains the complete Merrittale "The Metal Monster" together with one rather
poor short story not worthy of mention. Metal Monster is quite a good story
in a slightly different vein to Merritt's usual, but is by no means up to
the standard of most of his work. Deals with a hidden city in the bowels of
the earth where a freak of evolution has produced intelligent metallic life
of a high order, living together in a somewhat similar style to an anthill.
And of course there is the beautiful human "queen", who introduces our heroes
to this strange world.