Fanzines are an important method of communication between fans. They may range from a few photocopied pages corner-stapled together to slick saddle-stapled issues that look as good as many professional zines. Some are of general interest, whereas others are of interest to fans of a particular type of sf or of a given writer's universe. Some are the 'zines of a specific club or organization. However they all have a few common traits.
Fanzines are a labor of love. Nobody makes any money doing a fanzine. The cover price of a fanzine serves only to defray the cost of printing and postage. The contributors are paid only in copies, and for most it is easy to become a contributor. You just need to write a reasonably coherent response to the previous issue.
Mimosa was an informational fanzine that won several Hugo awards in the 1980's and 1990's.
Read a review of Mimosa 19.
Read a review of Mimosa 20.
Read a review of Mimosa 21.
Read a review of Mimosa 22.
Read a review of Mimosa 25.
Nova Express is a review zine that also looks as sharp as many prozines. It has been a contender for the Best Fanzine Hugo award for several years.
FOSFAX is the clubzine of the Falls of the Ohio Science Fiction Association (FOSFA). They are based in Louisville, Kentucky. However, they have contributors from around the world. FOSFAX is a thick side-stapled zine with book and convention reviews, opinion pieces and lots of letters of comment. The political discussion gets intense at times, and leans toward the conservative and libertarian.
Literary: The Magazine of Writing is a small fictionzine printed up copy by copy.
Read a review of an issue of Literary
Last updated October 21, 2012.