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David Ritter, Working With First Fandom, is looking for fanzine scans.  See the list below the gift  guide

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Dear First Fandom and Friends of First Fandom:

Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of… well, not wealth and taste, but hopefully of some interest to this amazing community.

My name is David Ritter and I’m honored to be a friend and associate of John Coker. I’ve been a fan and collector of early Science Fiction and Fantasy for many years. Most recently, I’ve developed a very keen interest in the history of fandom in the late 1920s through the end of the 1930s. I know that this period has been documented in some detail in several books and many articles, including the seminal work that John has authored and edited.

Based on conversations with quite a few people with similar interests, we believe that there’s an opportunity to take the preservation of early fandom to another level and to tell the story in a more
comprehensive way.

In particular, we’d like to more thoroughly capture the fan publications, conference material, correspondence and other ephemera – preserve it permanently in high-quality digital form – and
republish selected parts of the relevant zines in facsimile form. The goal would be to give interested subscribers a sense of what it would have been like to be a fan in these early days, where each day’s mail might bring a new and exciting magazine or fan pub or letter from a fellow enthusiast.

In this effort we give all due credit to the many folks who have tackled this topic before, including (but not limited to) Joe and Edie’s wonderful Fanac archive, Jim Emerson’s “Futures Past,” and the folks who manage and maintain isfdb. We’re investing significant time and some considerable expense to assemble as complete a set of relevant material as possible. To complete the picture, we’re still looking for a select set of fanzine issues that we believe were among the most important and defining during these decades.

We would deeply appreciate the First Fandom community’s help in identifying where high-resolution digital scans of these issues might be acquired. If you have or know the whereabouts of copies in reasonable condition, I’m willing to compensate for the cost of professional scanning. If you’re aware of someone who would be willing to sell copies of any of these issues, I’d be an interested buyer. In exchange for contributions of material, we’ll make available early editions of the published history and facsimiles, which we expect will begin to appear in the second half of 2019. We expect the digital archive to be made publicly available after the initial print editions have been produced.

Kind regards and thank you in advance for your help and advice,

David Ritter (email David)

The list of material we’re seeking follows on the next page.

Want list (Roman numerals in (parens) refer to the listing in the Pavlat-Evans fanzine index)
Starting year
1930  The Comet / Cosmology (I) Any issues from 1930 or 1931
The Asteroid (I) (Bay Street Science Club) Any issues
1931 Science Fiction News Any issues from 1931 – November 1935
The Meteor (I) (Ackerman, Nicholson) Any issues
Any material related to the release of the movie
1932 The Planet #2
Science Fiction (Seigel & Schuster) #5
The Planetoid (II) (Tucker) Any issues
Any material related to the release of the movie King
1934 International Science Fiction Guild’s Bulletin Any so titled
Bulletin of the Terrestrial Fantascience Guild Any so titled
International Observer v1 #1, 2, 6
1935 Imaginative Fiction Any issues
The Planeteer v1 #1, 2, 3, 5
The 14 Leaflet v1 #1, #3, #4, #5, #8
1936 The Science Fiction Fan v1 #9-12; v2 #1-9
Novae Terrae v1 #1
Phantagraph v4 #5, v5 #1, 3
Any material related to the first EasternCon
1937 Supramundane Stories v1 #1
Imagination! v1 #1
Solor v1 #2, 6, v2 #3, 4
Any material related to the second or third
1938 Incredible v1 #1
New Fandom v1 #2, 3, 4
Science Fiction News Letter v2 #12-13, v3 #21
1939 Any material related to the 1939 WorldCon
New Worlds (successor to Novae Terrae) #2 – 4
Also, any obscure or one-off fanzines or related ephemera and correspondence from the 1930s

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