Fanac (Carr fanzine)

(Did you mean the fanspeak, the club doing fanhistory, the Holmberg fanzine, a magic wand or a game?)

Fanac was a news-and-chatterzine published in Berkeley by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik, begun in 1958, in the midst of (true) Seventh Fandom. Its activity promoted the 1958 Worldcon (SoLaCon), and gave wide circulation to the series of pro and fan deaths in 1958, on which it bestowed the title of The Year of the Jackpot (in reference to the Heinlein story of that title).

It started as a weekly, but moved to biweekly, with issues typically being four pages. (The February 1960 issue was an exception. It was a second anniversary issue, titled Fannish II and ran over forty pages, including a thirty-page section summarizing the 1959 Fanac Poll and an index to Fanac's first two years. The cover of this issue was a photo of a local fan, Trina Castillo, dressed in only a propeller beanie and a copy of Fancyclopedia II.) Hobgoblin was a fanzine-review supplement to it.

Besides news, it had features such as Walt Willis's column P*L*I*N*T*H, about happenings in Irish Fandom. Some of the early issues were paied with issues of Dave Rike's RUR. It won the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo.

In September 1960 Ron Ellik quit as co-editor and was replaced by Miriam Carr. In 1961, the Carrs let it lapse into hiatus and it was revived by Walter Breen, but he was unable to keep to the schedule or maintain the quality (the typography and printing both suffered markedly).

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 February 24, 1958 4
2 March 4, 1958 2
3 March 10, 1958 4
4 March 17, 1958 4
5 March 24, 1958 4
6 March 31, 1958 4
7 April 8, 1958 6
8 April 14, 1958 4
9 April 22, 1958 4
10 April 29, 1958 6
11 May 5, 1958 4
12 May 12, 1958 6
13 May 19, 1958 4
14 May 26, 1958 6
15 June 2, 1958 6
16 June 9, 1958 6
17 June 17, 1958 6
18 June 23, 1958 6
19 July 4, 1958 4
20 July 12, 1958 4
21 July 26, 1958 4
22 August 1, 1958 4
23 August 1958 4
24 September 8, 1958 4
25 September 26, 1958 4
26 October 3, 1958 6
27 October 18, 1958 8
28 October 28, 1958 4
29 November 16, 1958 10
30 December 5, 1958 8
31 December 18, 1958 6
32 January 18, 1959 4
33 February 14, 1959 6
34 February 24, 1959 30 The Fannish; Includes the results of the Fanac Poll
35 March 18, 1959 4
36 April 4, 1959 4
37 April 21, 1959 6
38 May 5, 1959 4 1/4
39 May 22, 1959 4
40 June 9, 1959 6
41 July 22, 1959 6
42 August 18, 1959 6
43 September 30, 1959 6
44 October 14, 1959 4
45 October 28, 1959 4
46 November 11, 1959 4
47 November 26, 1959 4
48 December 9, 1959 4
49 December 29, 1959 4
50 January 7, 1960 4
51 January 15, 1960 4 rider: Hobgoblin #4
52 February 17, 1960 4
53 February 24, 1960 46 Fannish #2: Includes index and Fanac Poll results
54 March 22, 1960 4 Issue is dittoed (in 3 colors!)
55 March 29, 1960 2 ditto
55 April 1, 1960 4 April 1 issue
56 April 19, 1960 4 rider: An Egoboo a Day From All Over 1
57 May 1, 1960 4
58 May 16, 1960 4 Miriam Carr added as circulation manager
59 May 27, 1960 4 rider: Hobgoblin #6
60 June 8, 1960 4
61 June 1960 6
62 July 16, 1960 4
63 August 22, 1960 4
64 September 4, 1960 2
65 September 30, 1960 8 Final issue edited by Ron Ellik
66 November 14, 1960 6 Editors are now Terry & Miriam Carr
67 November 30, 1960 4
68 December 19, 1960 4
69 December 31`, 1960 4 Includes 1960 Fanac Poll ballot
70 January 15, 1961 6
71 January 28, 1961 6 Final issue edited by Terry & Miriam Carr
72 April 18, 1961 12 Now edited by Walter Breen
73 May 6, 1961 6
74 May 23, 1961 8
75 June 14, 1961 14
76 June 30, 1961 6 Published from NYC
77 July 30, 1961 12 Published from NYC
78 September 9, 1961 8 rider: Admirable Crycon
79 October 6, 1961 16
80 October 24, 1961 8
81 November 16, 1961 6
82 November 28, 1961 10 rider: An Egoboo a Day from All Over #2
83 January 1962 8
84 January 25, 1962 10
85 February 7, 1962 14
86 Spring 1962 8 rider: An Egoboo a Day from All Over #3; Published from NYC
87 July 1962 6
88 September 10, 1962 8
89 November 20, 1962 6
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91 January 1963 6
92 February 1963 4
93 April 1962 6
94 October 1963 4 Aka The Insurgent Issue
95 Autumn 1963 6
96 November 1963 18
97 November 30, 1963
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100 February 1964 1
Fannish III April 1964 28 Mostly stenciled in 1961 by Terry Carr and published in 1964 by Bruce Pelz

Hoax copies by the editors

Carr and Ellik, the editors of the real Fanac also did three hoax issues:

Issue Date Pages Notes
55 April 1960 4 A fake April Fools issue, possibly by Les Gerber and Andrew Reiss
103 1982 2
XX April 1962 2 Done at the 1962 Eastercon and attached to Skyrack #42

Hoax copies by others

Ted White and Calvin Demmon published two hoax issues of Fanac which were call the "Insurgent Edition."

Issue Date Pages Notes
94 October 1963 4 It was a rider to Minac
96 November 1963 2 It was bound with Ego 5, 6 & 7 and with Minac 9 & 10
{$website} http://fanac.org/fanzines/FANAC . 1958 1964