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For Your Hugo Consideration: Best Fanzine

A fanzine is an amateur magazine devoted the science fiction or fantasy or the fannish subculture. SF fandom was born in fanzines, way back in the 20s and 30s. In the old days most of them were mimeographed, and some -- the comic fanzines that I cut my teeth on back in high school -- were produced by even more arcane and primitive methods of duplication called "ditto" and "hekto" and "spirit duplication," which wasn't nearly as cool as it sounds.

Mimeographed fanzines are fewer these days, and ditto is gone entirely (thank ghu). And now we have a new sort of fanzine rising up... the webzine.

It's past time the Hugo Awards gave some recognition to this new breed. The age of the stencil is gone, the age of the blog has arrived, and the liveliest discourse about SF and fantasy is now taking place on the internet. So when I fill out my Best Fanzine ballot, I will be nominating


There are lots of great webzines and book blogs out there, but none as lively, informative, and regular as Pat's, with its mix of reviews, interviews, commentary, and contests. If you haven't seen it, check it out at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/ and see for yourself.

Proprietor Patrick St. Denis is a Dallas Cowboys fan, it's true, but try not to hold that against him. Rooting for the Cowboys is enough punishment in itself. Pat's also from Montreal, so what could be more appopriate than giving him a nod at Anticipation, the first Montreal worldcon?


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Feb. 20th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Pat's Fantasy Hotlist certainly deserves the nomination. Whenever I want a recommendation of something new to read, I can count on finding it at Pat's.
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Well, hello there. :)

I'll give Pat my vote even though he FAILED to visit us when he came to Europe. ;)
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Feb. 20th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
*waves to isis_newton--such a kindred spirit!*

winterfox: The reviews are Pat's opinions, and I don't have a problem with that. As far as I know, there isn't another blogsite dedicated to fantasy that compares to Pat's.

Feb. 20th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've had my disagreements with Pat's reviews and views myself, but that said, he seems to have hit some sort of zeitgeist. His blog's a popular destination for those looking for capsule reviews from someone whose tastes they know match theirs, and apparently he's a bit of an everyman -- a lot of people seem to find their tastes are similar to his.

Myself, I think I'd nominate The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent. by Andrew Wheeler. Formerly an SF Bookclub editor, he always has interesting things to say about genre literature and the publishing business. And seeing that full blog name on the nomination list would just be cool.
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I found my way to Pat's site through one of your mentions of a contest there, and I've checked back to it every few days 'cause it's so well laid-out, keeps me informed, is entertaining to read, and introduces me to many writers I might not have known of.
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Pat's blog
I don't like his blog.
A bunch of beautiful and intelligent words without a filler.
He fails to convey the true atmosphere of books he reviews. As someone said here, a school boy's diaries.
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