Richard E. Geis, the “Alien Critic” died February 4th. Richard Geis’s fanzines – Science Fiction Review and The Alien Critic were among the first fanzines I subscribed to and avidly sought back issues to. In a large way, one could say that Mr. Geis helped start me on my fannish career. He and his publications were nominated and won numerous Hugo awards for Best Fanzine and Best Fan Writer; he was one of the few writers and publishers able to elevate themselves past what was the Locus juggernaut. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing and even more so by the fact that it took nearly a month for the news to reach fandom. Multiple outlets including File 770, with an obit by Andrew Porter are offering up words. Some of Richard’s fanzine work can be found on EFanzines; a listing of the publication history of Science Fiction Review here and his entry in the SF Encyclopedia here. Like many, I never met the man, but he was certainly influential and reading his work was a regular highlight of my day.
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Fred Haskell – long-time Minn-STF fan, entertainer and wide-traveler is in the process of scanning RUNE, the club’s fanzine. Like SFR, Rune was one of the first fanzines I acquainted myself with. It’s chock-a-block with all of things that make a fanzine a FANZINE. Check it out here