Cry of the Nameless

Clubzine of The Nameless Ones starting in the 50s, but by the mid-50s it had shortened its named to just Cry and had ceased to be a clubzine. It was edited for most of its lifetime by F. M. Busby with help from a number of people including Elinor Busby. In the 60s it was mainly the work of Wally Weber.

In the 50s it earned the reputation as one of the most fannish fanzines and one of its most popular features was its large letters column, "Cry of the Readers". It was the conduit into fandom for many younger fans who were just beginning to send off for fanzines and was a place where newer fans were at home with science fiction personalities such as Ellison, Asimov, Silverberg, Walt Willis, and Harry Warner, Jr.. Becoming a Cry letterhack was a kind of fannish rite of passage.

Other features included a prozine review column by F. M. Busby (as "Renfrew Pemberton"), the "Fandom Harvest" column by Terry Carr and John Berry's serialized 1959 North American trip report "The Goon Goes West".

Issue #135, the tenth annish was the first issue of 1960 and was one of the best. In that issue, Hal Lynch provided a piece of fan fiction about a fan who wanted to make a 12-hour film based on Moskowitz's The Immortal Storm. Jose Ferrer played Don Wollheim; Gregory Peck as Bob Tucker; Yul Brynner as Hoy Ping Pong; and Raymond Burr as Sam Moskowitz. It also included Dean Grennell denying that he was Les Nirenberg, an article by Les Gerber "How to Write Faan Fiction", and a letter from Bob Lichtman that summarized how many seasoned fans must have felt about fandom as the 1960s were just beginning: "I'm glad I'm not joining fandom now; think of all the things I'd have to wait ever so long to enter into the fun of, while I'm already in them. The learning process continues, and as I read every new fanzine I get, and with every letter I receive, and so on. I doubt that even Bloch knows everything about fandom, but imagine what a vast knowledge the elder Ghods like he and Tucker must have — fannish allusions and jokes long forgotten by other fen."

Cry ceased publication after the 174th issue in mid 1964 primarily due to Wally Weber being moved by his employer, Boeing, from the Seattle area to Huntsville, Alabama. It briefly made a comeback in the late 1960s under Vera Heminger, but it wasn't the same.

Rich Brown, a frequent contributor to the letters column, looked back at Cry some decades later, and delivered this eulogy: "No other fanzine of the time had quite the same mixture of pros and BNFs and new fanzine fans as enthusiastic participants; people didn't just 'like' Cry, they were genuinely fond of it."

One issue can be found at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Cry_of_the_Nameless/


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