The National Fantasy Fan Federation, also abbreviated as N3F or NFFF, was founded in 1941 by 64 fen, including E. E. Smith, Ray Bradbury, and Damon Knight. Now celebrating its 81st year of existence, the N3F is the oldest international science fiction organization. Its members are called “Neffers.” At one point or another, most old-time actifen belonged to the N3F.
Non-voting memberships are free.
- 1 History
- 2 Officers and Directorate
- 3 N3F Fanzines
- 4 Bureaus
- 4.1 Anime/Comics Bureau
- 4.2 Artist Bureau
- 4.3 Birthday Card Bureau
- 4.4 Book Review Bureau
- 4.5 Collector's Bureau
- 4.6 Comics Bureau
- 4.7 Convention Calendar
- 4.8 Correspondence Bureau
- 4.9 Fanclubs Bureau
- 4.10 Fan-Pro Activity Coordinating Bureau
- 4.11 Fanzine Clearing House
- 4.12 Fische Bureau
- 4.13 Follow-Up Bureau
- 4.14 Franking Service
- 4.15 Games Bureau
- 4.16 Gourmet Bureau
- 4.17 History and Research Bureau
- 4.18 Information Bureau
- 4.19 Information Techniology
- 4.20 Ladies' Auxiliary
- 4.21 Manuscript Bureau
- 4.22 Membership Activities Bureau
- 4.23 N'APA
- 4.24 Neffer News Bureau
- 4.25 Neffy Awards Bureau
- 4.26 Neo Fan Fund
- 4.27 New Fanzine Appreciation Society
- 4.28 Overseas Bureau
- 4.29 Photo Bureau
- 4.30 Plancom
- 4.31 Pro Bureau
- 4.32 Publications Bureau
- 4.33 Publicity Committee
- 4.34 Recruiting
- 4.35 Round Robins
- 4.36 Short Story Contest
- 4.37 Social Media Bureau
- 4.38 Tape Bureau
- 4.39 Teaching SF Bureau
- 4.40 Video Bureau
- 4.41 Welcommittee
- 4.42 Writers' Exchange Bureau
- 4.43 NFFF Press
- 5 Other activities
- 6 Fan Feuds
- 7 More Information
The need for a general fan organization was perceived in the earliest days of fandom, but one did not actually get off to a successful start until Damon Knight wrote "Unite — or Fie!" (a play on the Michelist speech "Mutation or Death!") for the October 1940 issue of Art Widner's fanzine Fanfare, in which he said in part: "I sincerely believe that a successful national fantasy association is possible, that it could offer a needed service to every fan, and that it could be established today."
Reader response soon led to the formation of the National Fantasy Fan Federation (abbreviated NFFF or N3F) with 64 charter members. While knight's interest soon waned, Widner, Louis Russell Chauvenet (who coined the term "fanzine") and other prominent fans of the day guided the initial development of the club.
The organization had several early successes, including but not limited to publication of a book by Dr. David H. Keller and sponsoring (with Forry Ackerman and the LASFS) the first Fancyclopedia. For much of its existence, the N3F was in hands of those whose primary fannish activity was in the N3F.
The N3F has sometimes languished. But it endured while other organizations have come and gone. In more recent times, the N3F has published a series of Fandbooks, has sponsored an annual amateur short story contest (among other writing projects), and has given the annual Neffy Awards. The N3F currently publishes ten fanzines, the fanzine The National Fantasy Fan being the lineal descendant of its original newsletter Bonfire. Activities are supported by close to 50 offices and bureaus, all of which are participated in by the membership.
The club has sometimes been the subject of criticism. It has sometimes been claimed that the sole function of the N3F should be to introduce new fen to our way of life, but in fact the N3F in recent decades has not had such an activity.
1940s and '50s
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|NFFF - National Fantasy Fan Federation. With the decline of New Fandom, damon knight and Art Widner suggested forming a new general fan organization along certain lines, and fans were asked to lend support and suggestions. In 1941 it began functioning after a preliminary election, and President Chauvenet drew up a rather long constitution, describing minutiae of procedure to be followed. Due to the Fincom report, this was not adopted, and tho approval of a constitution was finally secured, an interregnum began in June 1942. This was broken by Evans' Blitzkrieg, but only temporarily.
America having entered the War in late 1941, more and more active fans were removed from activity by going into the Army and other overtime occupations, so that the government structure envisioned for the N3F could not be worked. The N3F was to include all fans, it was hoped, determined by activity tests. The US would be divided into several regions, each of which would have certain functions within itself; there was also some provision for affiliating local groups. The central administration of the Federation, besides the elected officers and the Advisory Board, would include several committees, and a permanent judicial or legal body of certain middle-aged fans. The N3F was expected to perform such functions as coordination and standardization, and undertake such projects as were forwarded by the Plancom and approved by the Directorate.
Battle Creek Plan
A plan for managing the N3F.
The club started out with no constitution, and the one drawn up was cumbersome and rejected by the membership when it was submitted. A constitution was finally adopted, but the machinery remained cumbersome, and the negligible results for the early labor plus the difficult requirements for nomination (all under the shadow of the stress of war) caused insufficient candidates to file to fill the necessary offices when the first administration lapsed.
E. E. Evans, Plancom chairman of the first year, got a new set of officers by Blitzkrieg methods; but before the organization could gather momentum again Evans, the new President, was forced to drop activity. VP Tucker turned the presidency over to Evans' neighbor (at the Slan Shack in Battle Creek, Michigan), Al Ashley. It being conceded that the old Constitution was unworkable, Ashley planned to carry out Evans' idea of a pyramiding state-regional-national scheme with many officers (the "Battle Creek Plan") including as "citizens" all who could be called fans, while Harry Warner spoke for an organization with few officials and stiff membership requirements.
A wrangle over whether the directorate should pick one plan for submission to the membership or have a vote on both led to stalemate, again the terms of officers ended with no replacements, and the N3F lapsed. In the fall of '43, at the height of Cosmic Circle furor, Ashley questioned the Board members with a view to revising the group under an emergency for-the-duration constitution; this was realized next year, with Walt Dunkelberger in the Presidential chair. Elections were resumed in 1947.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|The National Fantasy Fan Federation, the chief general fan organization. (Forbye, it's international, despite the name.) It was organized in 1941 by elements of the Stranger Club of Boston, Mass, stimulated by damon knight's article "Unite -- or Fie!" in Art Widner's Fanfare, which had suggested formation of a new general organization with the decline of New Fandom. In 1941 the group began functioning after a preliminary election, and President Chauvenet drew up a rather long constitution. Plans were laid to finance the Federation by a tax on activity by amount, rather than by equal dues; a majority of members had approved this notion when Widner advanced it, but when the Finance Committee offered a concrete plan (omitting calculation of how small the sums would actually be) a great babble went up about "penalizing activity", "paying tribute", usw. This prevented the adoption of the constitution at first; an altered one was finally adopted, but did not prevent the Interregnum in June 1942. And after Evans' Blitzkrieg the removal of active fans by wartime difficulties made it impossible to work the governmental structure envisioned for the N3F. Tho this trouble, as explained under Interregnum, was eventually resolved, the N3F has never since gotten out of a sort of permanent embryonic state. It continues to day by an act of faith among those who Believe in it, but few knowing outsiders would dissent from some such opinion as the one Harry Warner expresses:
"I've heard this assurance that big things were around the corner for the N3F so frequently... it's funny by this time. The N3F invariably has a half-dozen energetic members who can get things done, and several hundred who are either content to let the others work hard, or jealous that the others are active. The organization may be justified by serving as an outlet for fans during a period of six months to a year -- the period when they're just getting acquainted with fandom, with a yen to read long lists of fan addresses, high-sounding words about purposes, and so forth. After that, a verbal arrangement with two or three other people can accomplish more than the N3F has ever done."
The organization started out with fine plans for recruiting fans, inspiring activity, setting up regional subordinate organizations (for New England, Dixie, the rest of the East, the Midwest, West [Mississippi-Rockies], and Pacific areas), selecting convention sites, and so on. The central administration of the Federation, besides the elected officers and the Advisory Board, would include several committees and a permanent judicial or legal body of certain middle-aged fans.
It is said to have a membership of about 400, give or take 100 either way, and supposedly publishes a frequent bulletin, The National Fantasy Fan. But the N3F has never managed to be an important force in fandom, tho some of its aims -- organizing, standardizing, and coordinating fan activities, providing a common meeting ground, and publishing informational booklets like this one -- would be worthwhile. It is so large and unwieldy that it never gets off the ground; the normal official lethargy of fan organizations is multiplied by the fact that the N3F officers consult by correspondence; and the "benefit list" of projects whose fruits are going to drop into the N3Fers laps Real Soon Now is a standing joke in fandom.
The chief complaint seems to be inertia among the membership, which require to be treated like the rank-and-file of large mundane organizations. N3F officials have usually included active and competent fans, even some BNFs of legendary status like Speer, Warner, and Rapp, but the routine of administering a flaccid mass of marginally interested stfnists is such as to drive personalities of the sort fans have into gafia, Insurgency, or paper-doll-cutting. The efficient chaser of details who forms the backbone of any administrating organization is not a type plentiful in fandom, and even when found can usually get greater rewards of egoboo through individual fanac. Fans would probably do better at coordination -- which was the original idea, after all -- and the activities which call for it to exercise only this function, like the Round Robins (chain letters) and N3F APA are the most successful in the club; but as a rule activities to coordinate is just what the N3F lacks.
The ’60s was mostly a quiet decade for the organization, in contrast to the high-power feuds that racked it during the ’50s. There was a moderate amount of excitement in 1963 when former director Alma Hill started impeachment proceedings against Al Lewis, who was then the chairman of the Directorate of the NFFF. Lewis had written an article in the club's fanzine, The National Fantasy Fan, defending the worth of the newszine Fanac to its readers, which came across as an unfavorable review to the consternation of many readers.
Hardly had that fracas blown over when Lewis was once again the subject of an impeachment proceeding, this time by Clay Hamlin. Lewis had defended Earl Kemp from libelous charges leveled at him by an otherwise little-known fan, D. Bruce Berry, in a fanzine article. Ron Ellik reported, tongue-in-cheek, on the two impeachment attempts: "That Lewis sure is a scoundrel."
Although the N3F is subject to internal feuds, a strong defensive reaction to intentional and unmeant criticism, and a tendency to charge off in several different directions at once, it is a well-established and stable organization. It has been in existence since 1941; it has a big enough treasury and enough expertise to carry out what it sets out to do, within reason. The relationship between the con committees and the N3F, therefore, has been one of mutual assistance rather than dependence. A hard-pressed con committee can call on, and get, help from the N3F; a particularly strong con committee can offer substantial assistance to the N3F during the con.
This activity continued through the early 1970s.
The N3F went through a period when a very few actifen kept the Federation up and running.
In 2015 there was a major change in N3F leadership and organization. The use of electronic mail meant it was entirely straightforward to distribute a multiplicity of fanzines at little cost. First The National Fantasy Fan and then the old letter and review zine Tightbeam were brought to monthly publication schedules. The N3F APA N'APA, which had dwindled to two members exchanging emails, was given regular bimonthly publication. New zines include Ionisphere, Origin, Eldritch Science, Films Fantastic, Mangaverse, the FanActivity Gazette, and The N3F Review of Books Incorporating Prose Bono came into being, each being sent to all members who use email. Email also brought a great increase in membership, from around three dozen increasing recently to 250 members.
Officers and Directorate
The N3F has two Officers, the President and the Treasurer, and a board of directors, the Directorate. The N3F President is elected by the membership. The Treasurer is appointed by the President subject to Directorate approval. The President may create Bureaus, appoint Bureau Heads, and set up new activities, all subject to review by the Directorate. In recent years, the Directorate has approved without objection of more or less all Presidential proposals.
The Directorate is the governing body of the N3F. It consists of five members elected each year by the club membership. A Chair, who guides the activities of the Directorate, is chosen each year from among the newly elected members of the Directorate.
In the past, there was also Vice-Chair who took over if the Chair was unable to function.
The National Fantasy Fan is the N3F's oldest fanzine. It was first published, under the title Bonfire, back in 1941. Its contents and format have varied over the years. It is now the newszine and main letterzine.
N’APA is our second-oldest clubzine. First published in 1959, N’APA is our club’s apa, or amateur press association. The APA publishes six issues a year. Each participating contributor creates their own fanzine and sends it into the central editor, who compiles them into the APA for redistribution to all N3F members. Jefferson P. Swycaffer has served as central editor since 2018. The most recent edition, No. 255, features material by Neffers including Ahrvid Engholm, Samuel Lubell, Will Mayo, George Phillies, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, and John Thiel. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/napa/.
Tightbeam, the N3F's third oldest clubzine, was established in 1960 as Hyperspace Tightbeam. It took only a few issues for the name to be shortened to Tightbeam. The last issue of 2021 was issue 327. That issue featured fan art; a letter column; anime, comic book, and movie reviews; a bio-bibliography of Philip José Farmer, and even recipes. Delicious! You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/12126-2/.
Ionisphere was originally published by the N3F, some decades ago, and has now been revived by its original Editor. John Thiel writes of his objectives as Editor and BuHead of the N3F Fan-Pro Coordinating Activity Bureau:
“It is my feeling that there should be a closer relationship between science fiction and fantasy fans and the writers and editors and artists who create this form of literature. The fans are visible supporters of writing of this kind, and have some interchange with the professionals by way of letter columns and now internet forums, and at the conventions as well, but this could always use improvement and especially now when the number of magazines has dwindled. Possibly contact between fans and pros could re-create an original enthusiasm which could be very useful today, when science fiction has had its influences on cultural life in general, but is not as successful as it once was on the home front.”
Since 2017, Ionisphere has kept a consistent bimonthly schedule. At the time of this writing, the most recent issue was number 31, which came out in October 2021. Another issue was expected yet this year. Number 31 included an article considering science fiction movie soundtracks and a too-short interview with Garth Spencer, who discusses the history of fandom in Canada. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/12116-2/.
Eldritch Science is the N3F’s fiction, poetry, and art zine. The clubzine publishes longer works of fiction—from 7,500 words to complete novels—poems, and related fan art. It does not publish fan fiction as such. Published once or twice a year, a recent issue, No. 7, was released in May 2021. That issue featured fiction from writers including J. F. Posthumus, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Ian J. Malone. and Chris Kennedy. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/eldritch-science/.
Films Fantastic, now edited by Justin E. A. Busch, spun out of The Fan in 2018. The clubzine is the official organ of the N3F Film Bureau and explores motion pictures of long ago. A recent issue is number 13, which came out in November 2021. That edition featured reviews of Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Giant Claw, King Dinosaur, Land Unknown, Teenagers from Outer Space, Fire Maidens of Outer Space, The Story of Mankind, Maniac, and Attack of the Giant Leeches. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/films-fantastic/.
Mangaverse is the house organ of the N3F’s Anime, Comics, and Manga Bureau. Published since 2004, it has been helmed by several editors, most recently Patrick Ijima-Washburn, who published three issues in 2021. The most recent issue, Volume 5, Number 2, came out in November and was labeled a “Special Demon Issue.” Contents of this wonderfully-designed clubzine includes an article on horror legend Shinichi Koga, manga reviews, fan memories, and material on the history of manga. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/mangaverse/.
The N3F Review of Books is another relatively new clubzine, in publication since 2019. The Review publishes reviews of novels, anthologies, literary criticism, and other books—and offers material on the actual writing of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The N3F Review is monthly. A recent issue, number 26, featured more than 30 book reviews, an article on the role of antagonists in fiction, and a piece on the value of literary criticism. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/the-n3f-review-of-books/.
Origin is also relatively new. The publication of the N3F’s Fandom History and Research Bureau launched in 2018. Published monthly, the clubzine features historical articles and a vigorous letter column. A recent issue, number 45, came out in November. It features a look at science fiction published by Century Publications and its Merit Books imprint, a consideration of reading sf and fantasy, one contributor’s favorite science fiction stories, and an analysis of science fiction books of the 1950s. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/origin/.
Fanactivity Gazette is the club’s brand new monthly newszine. The Gazette was launched because, on one hand, the N3F President thought the N3F should publish a newszine and, on the other hand, Tightbeam and TNFF were receiving news-type articles that were too long to fit easily, given the Tightbeam and TNFF space limits. A recent issue included fanzine reviews by Justin E. A. Busch, Cathode Ray’s frenetic TV column “Rabid Ears: Ravings of a TV Fiend,” Mindy Hunt’s convention calendar, and a Corflu Pangloss Progress Report. You can access back issues at https://tnfff.org/the-n3f-newszine/.
The club, historically, has had many departments, called bureaus, led by BuHeads. Some of them are:
The Anime/Comics Bureau supports discussion of all aspects of this hobby. BuHead is Kevin Trainor.
Birthday Card Bureau
A bureau that sends birthday cards to members. The Bureau Head is Judy Carroll. The Bureau has also on and off, been in charge of sending renewal notices to members whose memberships are expiring.
Book Review Bureau
The Book Review Bureau tries to persuade members to write at reviews of all new novels.
Organized by Ev Winne, its first BuHead, in 1951, this bureau recruited members to write letters to other members. Correspondents as of February 1952 were Robert "Jack" Anderson, Richard Bergeron, K. Martin Carlson, G. M. Carr, Lyell Crane, Henry Ebel, Bob Farnham, Eva Firestone, Nan Gerding, Norbert Hirschhorn, Julian May, Charles Moslander, Ray Schaffer, Landis Shepherd and Stan Woolston. The current BuHead is Judy Carroll.
Fred Lerner was BuHead in the late 1960s.
Fan-Pro Activity Coordinating Bureau
The bureau and its zine, Ionisphere, exist to increase interactions between readers and writers, publish interviews with writers and fen, promote contact information and web locations, and support convention activities. The BuHead is John Thiel.
Fanzine Clearing House
A Fanzine Clearing House distribution service was handled by Seth Johnson. The service paid for ads in some of the prozines to sell bundles of fanzines to science fiction readers who could be potential neofans. Johnson also took it on himself to locate new recruits directly by scanning prozine letters columns for addresses, then sending them packages of fanzines. The problem was, some of the fanzines he sent out were so poorly produced and written that it often had the opposite effect. This led some fanzine publishers, most notably Ted White, to claim that Johnson had no understanding or appreciation of fannish writing.
One of the many bureaus of the N3F, created in the 1980s. It has been proposed that 'fische' is a variant spelling of 'fiche', short for 'microfiche', a data storage scheme on which an entire page was reduced to a small image on a piece of film. Once upon a time, microfiche library storage was the wave of the future. Paul Doerr was the Bureau Head. The Bureau is no longer active.
The Follow-Up bureau asked former members why they left the N3F. Lenny Bailes was one-time head.
The Franking Service performs the original purpose of the N3F, redistributing fanzines to N3F members. Nowadays, their work is purely electronic.
Supports gaming by N3F Members, including board games, RPG, miniatures, diplomatic games and LARP. In 1968, it had a War Games Division that published a fanzine, Picklehaube. The Games Bureau, in the 1960s, published the fanzines The Gamesman and The Games Letter.
History and Research Bureau
Its purpose is to inform fen of the history of SF and SF fandom. The current Bureau Head is John Thiel. Jon D. Swartz is Associate Bureau Head, and N3F Directorate member Judy Carroll also assists with the Bureau's activities. The Bureau's fanzine is Origin.
This Bureau maintains the N3F's web pages, social media pages, and fanzine mailing system. George Phillies is the BuHead.
The N3F Ladies’ Auxiliary was one of the organization’s bureaus in the 1950s. The N3F proper never had any rules about members’ genders, so why they needed a ladies’ auxiliary is unclear, especially since all the women in the auxiliary apparently belonged to the main club as well. Florence S. Anderson founded the group in 1949, and served as president; she apparently quit and the auxiliary became inactive in 1950. The auxiliary’s activities included running the club’s lending library. Betty Sullivan was Librarian.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|The N3F has a Manuscript Bureau which was much used by its fanzine-publishing members like Racy Higgs, but of it least said is soonest mended.|
Wilkie Conner was buhead in the early 1950s.
Membership Activities Bureau
Its activities are lost in the depths of time.
N'APA, the Neffer apa, has been going since 1959. It’s open to all members of NFFF. The Official Editors during the ’60s included Robert Lichtman and Fred Patten. The current official editor is Jefferson Swycaffer.
Neffer News Bureau
Sheryl Birkhead was buhead in the mid-1970s.
Neffy Awards Bureau
The Bureau manages the nominations and voting for the Neffy Awards (originally the Laureate Awards), which are the oldest awards in fandom. Neffy Awards cover professional stfnal works and fan activities.
Neo Fan Fund
New Fanzine Appreciation Society
Reed Andrus ran this in the mid-1970s.
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|(Evans) - The Long-Range Planning Committee of the NFFF. It was to consider all suggestions for new activities to be undertaken by the Federation and work into shape those that it considered worth while, but after it had finished, they had yet to be approved by the Board, EEEvans was chmn of the Plancom, and sent out carbon-copied sheets to the Committeemen carrying ideas and comments, received comments and ideas, and sent out more sheets. In an active quarter, the ides considered included: establishment of a Welcom, compilation of a history of fandom, recognition of official poll taker, publications of a fannual, reader's bureaus to advise which stories in the current pros were worth reading (disapproved), voting by all fans on time and place of conventions, official stationery, public relations idea, awards, federal subdivision of the country, and others.|
One of the oldest bureaus in the club. A round robin is a packet of chain letters (or emails) written about a subject or author. The letters follow a route headed by a robin master. Most robins have four to six members. Three members are required for each topic to begin "rounding." A few of the N3F’s long-running robins were on SF&F Films, Star Trek, Time Travel, Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey. The Bureau has substantially become inactive.
Short Story Contest
The N3F sponsors are annual short story contest for amateur SF writers, with cash prizes to first, second, and third place winners. There are no entry fees. Jefferson Swycaffer is the current judge fro the contest.
Social Media Bureau
The Social Media Bureau supports the N3F's pages and groups on various social media sites.
The Tape Bureau stockpiled authors’ readings from cons. Ann Ashe was was buhead in the mid-1960s, and Joanne Burger beginning in 1969. Ann published at least five issues of the N3F Tape Bureau Newsletter from 1965–67. A separate taping bureau read and recorded books for the blind.
Teaching SF Bureau
The Video Bureau, currently headed by the anonymous Cathode Ray, reports on stfnal-related TV events.
Welcomes new members to the club, pretty much as described under Welcommittee in previous editions of Fancyclopedia (below). The committee members used to be called “Hostesses.” One of them was Zeda P. Mishler, who wrote a remarkable letter welcoming BNF Charles Burbee in 1948.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|A group of N3F members who contact new members and help them get acquainted with the club and its activities. Embarrassing passages have arisen from such events as the one in which Burbee, after several years of activity and fame, was "welcomed" to fandom. This group originally had a function (no longer exercised) of watching the prozine letter columns for promising letters from non-fans and having committee members in the same section of the country write them letters "welcoming" them into fandom and explaining what it is all about.|
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|The Welcoming Committee, a recruiting adjunct of the NFFF, which would watch the pro letter sections for promising letters from non-fans, and have committee members in the same section of the country write them letters "welcoming" them to fandom and explaining what it is all about.|
Writers' Exchange Bureau
Members of the Writers’ Exchange Bureau read and critique each other’s manuscripts. The current BuHead is Judy Carroll.
For the N3F's 75th anniversary, it published A Sea of Stars Like Diamonds, an edited book of short stories by Neffers.
- In May 1963, John & Bjo Trimble hosted what was billed as "The First Annual N3F Swim, Beer, and Good Clean Fun Afternoon" in Los Angeles.
- An annual story contest with cash prizes to the winners. The judges included Fred Pohl (1966).
- A sponsored hospitality room at Worldcons, the N3F Welcome Room, was something like a Neffer-focused Fanzine Lounge, with literature aimed at explaining fandom to neofen.
- Sponsored fanzines, including The National Fantasy Fan, Tightbeam and a letterzine.
- Neffy Awards and Laureate Awards.
The N3F has granted Life Member status to several fans since its founding.
|Forrest J Ackerman|
|David H. Keller|
|E. E. Smith|
|Jon D. Swartz||2018|
The N3F has been the subject to occasional fan feuds. The strangest perhaps occurred at the start of the Korean War, when a member issued a fanzine attacking the Red Cross and other groups, and had his publications banned from the mails. In January 2021, N3F President George Phillies sent out a mass email to members asking them to publicize the N3F on whichever social media sites they used, including Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, Parler, and Gab. Controversy ensued. Phillies received complaints from several persons who were not N3F members. Phillies' position was that fen with good intent were welcome to join the N3F, no matter where they were found.
After several emails from Bill Burns, George Phillies suggested to Burns that he should not announce publication of N3F fanzines on eFanzines. As is typical of fan feuds, in the end, several N3F members revoked their memberships, while a moderately larger number of fen, learning of the N3Fs apolitical nature, joined the N3F.
- Official website.
- The National Fantasy Fan online at fanac.org.
- Tightbeam online at fanac.org.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- Art Widner audio: An mp3 of Art Widner explaining how the N3F was founded and more... time: 12:50. Recorded at Corflu 25 (April 2008), Las Vegas, Nevada. (Audio courtesy of TheVoicesOfFandom.com.) Widner describes the founding of the N3F and along the way gives a general personal history including anecdotes regarding his fanzine YHOS, his 34-year gafia, his years as a teacher, the game TSOHG and more!
- List of Presidents of the N3F.
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