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The National Fantasy Fan

The e-Fan was essentially the same publication as its printed counterpart, The National Fantasy Fan (aka The Fan).

With issue 71-1, March 2012, the name and numbering reverted to those of The National Fantasy Fan.

Since this version is downloadable to the general public, most personal information has been removed. Any personal info you see is used with permission.

Full details of the National Fantasy Fan Federation may be found at the organization's website.

The e-Fan 0 (Dec 2003) The e-Fan 1 (Mar 2004)
The e-Fan 2 (Jun 2004) The e-Fan 3 (Sep 2004)
The e-Fan 4 (Dec 2004) The e-Fan 5 (Mar 2005)
The e-Fan 6 (Jun 2005) The e-Fan 7 (Sep 2005)
The e-Fan 8 (Dec 2005) The e-Fan 9 (Mar 2006)
The e-Fan 10 (Jun 2006) The e-Fan 11 (Sep 2006)
The e-Fan 12 (Dec 2006) The e-Fan 13 (Mar 2007)
The e-Fan 14 (Jun 2007) The e-Fan 15 (Sep 2007)
The e-Fan 16 (Dec 2007) The e-Fan 17 (Mar 2008)
The e-Fan 18 (Jun/Sep 2008) The e-Fan 19 (June 2009)
The e-Fan 20 (Sep 2009) The e-Fan 21 (Dec 2009)
The e-Fan 22 (Mar 2010) The e-Fan 23 (Jun 2010)
The e-Fan 24 (Dec 2010) The e-Fan 25 (Mar 2011)
The e-Fan 26 (Dec 2011) TNFF 71-1 (Mar 2012)
TNFF 71-2 (Jun 2012) TNFF 71-3 (Sep 2012)
TNFF 71-4 (Dec 2012) TNFF 72-1 (Jan 2013)
TNFF 72-2 (Mar 2013) TNFF 72-3 (Fandom Annual 2013)
TNFF 72-4 (Jun 2013) TNFF 72-5 (Sep 2013)
TNFF 72-6 (Dec 2013) TNFF 73-1 (Feb 2014)
TNFF 73-2 (Apr 2014) TNFF 73-3 (Election 2014)
TNFF 74-1 (Jan 2015) TNFF 74-2 (Feb 2015)
TNFF 74-3 (Mar 2015) TNFF 74-4 (Apr 2015)
TNFF 74-5 (May 2015) TNFF 74-6 (Jun 2015)
TNFF 74-7 (Jul 2015) TNFF 74-8 (Aug 2015)
TNFF 74-9 (Sep 2015) TNFF 74-10 (Oct 2015)
TNFF 74-11 (Nov 2015) TNFF 74-12 (Dec 2015)
TNFF 75-01 (Jan 2016) TNFF 75-02 (Feb 2016)
TNFF 75-03 (Mar 2016) TNFF 75-04 (Apr 2016)
TNFF 75-05 (May 2016) TNFF 75-06 (Jun 2016)
TNFF 75-07 (Jul 2016) TNFF 75-08 (Aug 2016)
TNFF 75-09 (Sep 2016) TNFF 75-10 (Oct 2016)
TNFF 75-11 (Nov 2016) TNFF 75-12 (Dec 2016)
TNFF 76-01 (Jan 2017) TNFF 76-02 (Feb 2017)

Tightbeam #276

The NFFF has re-launched Tightbeam as a genzine.

Tightbeam's previous life was that of a letterzine - but the Internet and email pretty much wiped out the need for letterzines, so it lived as a letter column in TNFF for more than a decade until it was resurrected as a genzine with a focus on fan art, fan writing and fan tips/reviews.

Issues in the new format, beginning at #264, keep the numbering intact since Tightbeam's launch in 1960 by Walter Coslet, Art Hayes and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Tightbeam 264 (1.5MB)
Tightbeam 265 (1.9MB)
Tightbeam 266 (1.8MB)
Tightbeam 267 (2.2MB)
Tightbeam 268 (2.9MB)
Tightbeam 269 (3.4MB)
Tightbeam 270
Tightbeam 271
Tightbeam 272
Tightbeam 273
Tightbeam 274
Tightbeam 275
Tightbeam 276

Tightbeam has a fairly rich history. Its current name was picked by its third editor, Marion Zimmer Bradley, in 1960 - and stuck.

In 1949, Art Rapp, the editor of Spacewarp, a popular fanzine, decided to put out a letterzine for the N3F, calling it Postwarp. This was available on subscription, at 10 cents a copy (the usual price in those days) which paid for itself. It contained letters on all subjects, but mainly discussed the N3F, and not being official, could be free to criticize (as continues to this day, even when edited by the President). When Art left, others took up Postwarp, with varying success, continuing to 1960, when Alan J. Lewis (not to be confused with Albert J. Lewis) has problems and Postwarp did not appear regularly or on time.

By now the zine was financed by the N3F, and the officers, understandably, wanted it to appear before they paid for it. Lewis, on the other hand, could not promise anything and claimed he needed the money in advance. This impasse went on for some time, and caused various new rules to be made, to no avail, so they decided to go around the delinquent editor by doing another letterzine, letting him delay Postwarp as long as he pleased. So, in a sense, Postwarp and Tightbeam (which was not quite the name of the new zine) were not related.

Walter Coslet volunteered to do the first issue, and named it Hyperspace Tightbeam. Another reliable, Art Hayes, did the next and Marion Zimmer Bradley (no less) edited the third issue, and promptly renamed it Tightbeam, a more sensible name which described the activity - that of serving as a medium for inter-member communication. So the first few editors rotated, setting a precedent, though sometimes it was more efficient to have a semi-permanent editor, who could control the contents of the issue to fit the pages allowed.


Ionisphere. edited by John Thiel, is the official publication of the National Fantasy Fan Federation Fan-Pro Coordinating Bureau

Ionisphere 1
Ionisphere 2
Ionisphere 3

Last revised: 11 March, 2017

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