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Yet another weird SF fan

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Politicization of SF Fandom Is Nothing New

The politicization of SF fandom (discussed by Instapundit) is nothing new. Back in 1971 (and if you don't believe me, I'll hit you with my slide rule), Donald A. Wollheim said of Campbell-era Analog:

For mighty few are the Hugos and Nebulas won by Analog entries. The highest awards of science fiction in literature and popular reader appeal go fairly consistently to novels and short stories from the pages of Galaxy, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the publishers of original novels in book form.
This was despite the large circulation of Analog.

In other words, maybe this merely means the 1970s are back … like a horrible recurring nightmare.


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