"Although their behavior was professional and respectful, I was stunned when I found out that mine was the first formal report filed there as well. From various discussions in person and online, I knew for certain that I was not the only one to have reported inappropriate behavior by this person to his employer. It turned out that the previous reports had been made confidentially and not through HR and Legal. Therefore my report was the first one, because it was the first one that had ever been formally recorded.
" -- Well known science fiction fan Elise Matthesen was sexually harassed at Wiscon and decided to formally complain to both the convention and the harasser's employer
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Jul 3, 2013 -
Before the internet, nerds communicated through Amateur Press Associations
(APAs). Members wrote and photocopied their individual 'zines on a subject, then mailed them to a central mailer, who collated and mailed the completed sets to all the members. The earliest APAs were founded by printers and amateur journalists. The National Amateur Press Association
is the oldest, founded in 1876. Later APAs were often the province of science fiction and comic book fans. They are still around
[pdf]. A lot more inside... [more inside]
posted by marxchivist
on Aug 2, 2010 -
The geekiest thing you will see this month is this fan-made comic called The Ten Doctors
. Unexpectedly awesome, though!
posted by JHarris
on Dec 6, 2007 -
"Claude Degler attended the Chicon in 1940, and at Denver in 1941 delivered a speech purporting to have been written by Martians."
So begins the Fancyclopedia I entry on Degler's Cosmic Circle. Claude Degler
believed that science fiction fans were destined to evolve into a new species superior to homo sapiens, "cosmen." In 2001 (the year) David B. Williams went in search of Degler
, who had disappeard from fandom in 1951. Teresa Nielsen Hayden wrote in 1986 a story/essay about the inner Degler called Hell, 12 Feet
. He was as infamous as fans got, though some remember him sort of fondly
. Degler crops up regularly in the "All Our Yesterdays" columns
written by fandom historian, Harry Warner Jr. The ones with most information are the columns H.C. Koenig. Claude Degler
, O Pioneers
and The Cosmic Circle
. Here's a Degler quote from the last link: We have created a fannationalism, a United World Fandom. Someday soon we will have our own apartment building, then our own land, our own city of Cosmen, schools, teachers, radio programme — later; our own laws, country perhaps! Our children shall inherit not only this earth — but this universe! Today we carry 22 states, tomorrow, nine planets!
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 8, 2006 -
Multi Genre Star Ship Comparison?
"This site is intended to allow science fiction fans to get an impression of the true scale of their favorite science fiction spacecraft by being able to campare ships accross genres, as well as being able to compare them with contemporary objects with which they are probably familiar." Someone has spare time...
posted by Spoon
on Apr 10, 2003 -